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by PopMatters Staff

27 Sep 2012


by PopMatters Staff

27 Sep 2012


Photo: Hadrien Denoyelle

French downtempo/trip-hop producer Wax Tailor (Jean-Christophe Le Saoût) returns this month with his fourth album Dusty Rainbow From the Dark, a 22-track affair conceived of as a concept album inspired by how children look at the world. Le Saoût has brought in a large cast to bring his dreamworld to life, including Aloe Blacc who features on this video for the very soulful “Time to Go”. Other featured guests include Shana Halligan (Bitter:Sweet), Elzhi, Jennifer Charles (Dan the Automator’s Lovage project), Charlotte Savary, Mattic, and more.

by Cole Waterman

27 Sep 2012


“My Hill” segues into the shuffling drum patterns of “Lost River”, the slowly building music evoking the watery feel of its title. The twinkling piano drifts on the surface, a chugging guitar serves as the undercurrent and the swaying violin and cello lap against the riverbanks. “Hush now, creature / Dry your eyes / I know a place / Where a body can hide,” Turla intones comfortingly, though his intent is ambiguous—is the place he speaks of a location for retreat, or a dumping ground for an inconvenient corpse? “Though my days are over / You know where I’ll be / Swim that lost river to me,” Turla continues in the chorus, supported by the ghostly vocals of guest Samantha Crain, personifying a drowned lover beckoning to a mate on the shore to join him in the deep. This is romanticism as done by Murder By Death, the most endearing sentiment laced with the morbid, and yet, when the wave-breaking crescendo hits, it’s inescapably moving.
Review of Murder By Death: Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Sep 2012


by PopMatters Staff

26 Sep 2012


Ralph ‘Soul’ Jackson has been an R&B singer for near-on 50 years, hailing from a part of the world where God-given soul talents seem to run in the waters. Jackson comes from Phenix City, Alabama, deep in the so-called “Black Belt” where music is an essential part of life. His first single released in 1965 after Rick Hall brought Jackson to Muscle Shoals to work in his FAME studios. Since then the singer has kept up his rigorous performing schedule, as he says “I grew up in the country, a hard working environment where your ass had to get out there and work.” Jackson became known as the Alabama Love Man for his special appeal to female music fans. “See, I may sing my songs from the gut but they come from my heart. I learned very early that women appreciate attention, I’m not singing for women, I sing to them.”

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