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by PopMatters Staff

29 Jan 2010


FaltyDL topped our Best Electronic Music list of 2009 with the Planet Mu release Love Is a Liability and London’s the xx topped our best debuts list for the year. So, what a delicious pairing this is, FaltyDL remixing the xx’s “Islands”, one of the finest tunes on their initial public offering.

The xx
“Islands (Falty DL Remix)” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

29 Jan 2010


White Hinterland
Kairos
(Dead Oceans)
Releasing: 8 March (UK), 9 March (US)

Back in 2008, Matthew Fiander said of Phylactery Factory: “Casey Dienel assembles a full band and releases an intricate and beautiful record that trumps her solid solo debut in every way.” Kairos‘s “Icarus” has an electronic warmth, a direction she explores Dienel on the upcoming album.

SONG LIST
01 Icarus
02 Moon Jam
03 No Logic
04 Begin Again
05 Bow & Arrow
06 Amsterdam
07 Thunderbird
08 Cataract
09 Huron
10 Magnolias

White Hinterland
“Icarus” [MP3]
     

by Tyler Gould

29 Jan 2010


Love Is All
Two Thousand and Ten Injuries
(Polyvinyl)
Releasing: 23 March

01 Bigger Bolder
02 Repetition
03 Never Now
04 Less Than Thrilled
05 Early Warnings
06 False Pretense
07 The Birds Were Singing With All Their Might
08 Again, Again
09 Kungen
10 A Side in a Bed
11 Dust
12 Take Your Time

“Repetition” [MP3]
     

“Kungen” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

29 Jan 2010


Black Tambourine
Black Tambourine
(Slumberland)
Releasing: 30 March

Slumberland plans a March re-issue for Black Tambourine that will include a number of previously unreleased songs as well as a photo collection. The four new songs on the set will feature two originals as well as two covers of tunes by Buddy Holly and Suicide. The record will be available both as a deluxe CD and in vinyl format.

SONG LIST
01 For Ex-Lovers Only
02 Black Car
03 Pack You Up
04 Can’t Explain
05 I Was Wrong
06 Throw Aggi off the Bridge
07 Drown
08 We Can’t Be Friends
09 By Tomorrow
10 Pam’s Tan
11 For Ex-Lovers Only (First Demo)
12 Throw Aggi off the Bridge (First Demo)
13 Heartbeat (Buddy Holly cover)
14 Lazy Heart
15 Tears of Joy
16 Dream Baby Dream (Suicide cover)

Black Tambourine
“For Ex-Lovers Only” [MP3]
     

by Alex Suskind

29 Jan 2010


Dreams in Static
Serene Poetic
Shempseed
Releasing: 2 Februrary

Where experimental hip-hop meets psychedelic rock, you will find Dreams in Static, a Brooklyn-based duo on the verge of releasing their debut album, Serene Poetic. Awash in layered harmonies, sharp analog synths, reverbed guitars, and dense drumbeats, the record—which will be released on 2 February—is as peaceful as it is haunting.

Dreams in Static is the brainchild of Diwon, a hip-hop producer from New York, and Dugans, a guitarist from Texas. For this project, the two combine their respective musical backgrounds to form one cohesive sound. Diwon, who plays drums and synths on the record, is deeply influenced by his Yemenite background (where his mother’s family originates). By blending a Middle Eastern flair with a classic hip-hop sound, he provides the backbone to Serene Poetic. Dugans adds his own flair with ambient guitar riffs, amplified by a unique brand of effects, to perfectly complement Diwon’s dark beats. While Serene Poetic may be all instrumental, there are also plans to release an album with vocals in the near future.

SONG LIST
01 If on a Winter
02 The Ineffable
03 Day/Night
04 Notes From Under
05 Invisible Man
06 The Border/The Sun
07 Theta
08 Magic Carpet
09 Heartbreaking Work
10 American Pastoral
11 Befallen By Dreams
12 Kingdom Come
13 Lost/Forgotten
14 Standing in Shadows
15 Recurrent Dreams
16 Waking
17 Crescent Shape
18 Murmered Rhymes
19 Eighty Six
20 A Farewell Too
21 Disquietude
22 What You Did feat. Dov

 

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