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by PopMatters Staff

14 Apr 2016


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Classically trained composer Andrew Shapiro possesses a deep love for melodic pop alongside his more high brow classical pursuits and he has a real sweet spot for synthpop. Shapiro’s new project is Pink Jean Mint Green, which releases June 24th and updates the classic ‘80s synthpop sound for the modern era. It’s also his first time composing pop tunes. Shapiro says that he’s “a child of both classical training—and technique—and ‘80s pop. And I think Pink Jean Mint Green is truly an offspring of the two. If one is thinking in a certain kind of way, it’s not such a huge stretch to go from classical minimalism, like Philip Glass, to music like the Pet Shop Boys (who are a major influence on the album).”

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2016


Southern singer-songwriter Nate Currin writes poetic, plain-spoken, emotionally charged songs that are deeply affecting. Currin is also a master at creating atmosphere in his music and he’s equally comfortable rocking the house on songs like “Midnight Train” and slowing things down for a stunningly beautiful ballad like “A Madman and a Poet”.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2016


Photo: Michele Siedner

Dr. Robert’s day job is being the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with veteran new wave band the Blow Monkeys, but he’s always made room for his solo work, having released nine solo albums to date. Now Robert is about to release his 10th record, Out There, on May 2nd via Fencat Records and we’ve got the video for the new single “A Bottomless Pit”, which Dr. Robert says “was written about someone close to me. Musically I was trying to cross the spirit of Johnny Cash with Jacques Brel. I used local accordion player Jos Hawken plus saxophonist Joe Degado who busks locally in Granada. The video was shot by my wife Michele and edited by our Webmeister Julian. It was shot in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Andalusia” where Dr. Robert now resides.

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2016


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Canadian garage poppers JPNSGRLS are back with their first new song since their debut album, Circulation, back in 2014. Their sophomore album will release in the summer and this is the first taste of the band’s new music and it’s a great one. “Bully For You” is a feminist song and an empathetic expression of male sympathy over the every day misogyny that women must face. The lyricist, Charlie Kerr, was inspired by the personal life-experiences of “his many awesome, outspoken and inspiring female friends” and the desire to “be on the right side of history” as an ally to all women.

by PopMatters Staff

12 Apr 2016


Indie folk singer-songwriter Kyle Britton writes about the dark depths of the soul in a compelling and self-confessional manner. Folk music is all about honesty, engaging stories and music standing for something. It may sound pretty, but there’s always lyrical material to rouse the emotions. Britton’s latest single “Villain” may as well be a case study for all of the qualities previously mentioned. In the tune, Britton dissects a relationship gone wrong with biting realism and emotional honesty. Meanwhile he’s backed up by seasoned Los Angeles musicians who have worked for the likes of Daniel Lanois, Macy Gray, Elle King, and Dave Matthews Band. Of the song, Britton says that “everybody has that voice in their heads which temps them towards less than favorable choices. I wrote this song as a warning that I, at the time, was letting that voice control everything I did.”

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