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by Sarah Zupko

13 Jun 2017


One of the Americana scene’s best bands, the Lone Bellow, is set to release their third album, Walk Into a Storm, on September 15th via Descendant Records/ Sony Music Masterworks. Americana super producer Dave Cobb handled production duties on the Brooklyn’s band’s latest. Today, the band shared the record’s first single is the bright toe-tapper “Time’s Always Leaving” and you can hear that clean and crisp Cobb sound that lets the music speak for itself with minimal fussiness.

by Imran Khan

7 Apr 2017


Woman’s eerie, neon-coloured “Marvelous City” doesn’t exactly deviate from the throngs of electropop singles flooding the market as of late (often sadly referred to as EDM), but it does employ a pleasantly lush practice in ambient-pop noodlings. “Marvelous City” is rife with catchy hooks and harmonies, but its pungent atmosphere of orbiting synth waves is the draw here. Swelling with sonic panic and anxiety, the number overflows like a cauldron of anti-romantic synthpop.

by Imran Khan

22 Dec 2016


Known for her art-rock compositions with Goya Dress and the more straightforward pop songwriting of her solo career, Shetland-born Astrid Williamson returns to the classical musical training of her formative years to present Requiem and Gallipoli. A ten-piece set of orchestral compositions written by Williamson herself, Requiem and Gallipoli is a crystalline example of the songwriter’s talents as a composer.

Her work with the atmospheric and dramatic alternative rock outfit Goya Dress established Williamson’s skill in combining the storms of pop-rock structures with the understated and moody arrangements of a string section. The artist further expressed classical designs in her follow-up solo work, always within a pop context.

by Imran Khan

29 Nov 2016


Backed by Books One, Maestro Gamin returns after a brief hiatus with a single from the upcoming Miracle Work Medicine EP. Decidedly more straightforward than his previous works, “Future Calling” mines a chunky, percussion-looped groove laced with the sample of a Middle Eastern buzok. Gamin’s designs are more socially-conscious on this latest effort, forgoing the surreal, cut-up lyricism that defined his earlier work. The tune never directly references the colour-line issues we are currently undergoing these days. Rather, there is the sly circling of racial matters that brings the rapper’s poetry into spiritual form. Gamin’s voice, quite like the soulfully smooth consistency of peanut butter, rips an edge rougher than usual here; his lyrics on this new material command rather than inform. In the past, the rapper has never cared much for dancefloor fodder. But on “Future Calling”, his urgency to connect language with movement demonstrates an uncommon parlance – one that has the power to transform the ghettoblaster into a talismanic device of medicinal properties.

by PopMatters Staff

21 Mar 2016


Photo: Eric Peterson

Brooklyn indie rock band the Loom will release the sophomore album, Here in the Deadlights, on April 22nd via Crossbill/Stereocilia. It was a long hard road getting to this point for the band as frontman John Fanning went through an emotional storm in his personal life that had him examining everything, including his music, as he rebuilt his life. While that process was painful and difficult, it afforded Fanning the opportunity of a rebirth, something he channeled into the Loom’s new music. The Loom has always been interested in repetition and grooves, things that are the primary concern of electronic music and it’s interesting how Fanning and the Loom are able to borrow dance music aesthetic elements and make them seem completely organic to indie rock. Here in the Deadlights is the first of two records that the band has ready to release as they have found so much creative inspiration drawing from the drama inherent in every day life.

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