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Friday, Mar 21, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Intimacy is the theme just under the surface of Faces on Film's new album, Elite Lines.

The follow up to 2008’s The Troubles and 2011’s Some Weather, Faces on Film a.k.a. Mike Fiore plays with our sense of reality and employs skillful use of imagery throughout Elite Lines, which we premiere here at PopMatters today.


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Friday, Mar 21, 2014
Vancouver's pop-soul darlings Chains of Love are set to release the second installment in their Misery Makers EP series on March 25, care of Manimal Vinyl/Light Organ.

Originally planned as a full-length LP, Vancouver’s pop-soul darlings Chains of Love decided instead to break the Misery Makers project into a series of EPs. Volume 1 was released on November 5th of 2013, with the second installment due out on March 25, 2014 care of Manimal Vinyl/Light Organ.


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Thursday, Mar 20, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Singer-songwriter Kwesi K utilizes African musical elements in his unique style of thoroughly American folk music.

Ghanaian Kwesi K is gearing up for the release of his new EP Lovely coming on April 15th with this new single, “Great Goodbye”. The breezy tune draws deep from African beats to power its forward movement. Paul Simon fans will flat out love Kwesi K.


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Monday, Mar 17, 2014
For those not keen on spending their St. Patrick's day in an Irish pub drinking green beer whilst strategically avoiding puddles of vomit on the floor, singer/songwriter Tim Larson's spare cover of the traditional "The Unquiet Grave" ought to do the trick.

For those looking to counter the consumerism of St. Patrick’s Day, singer/songwriter Tim Larson may have just the remedy. Larson has recorded a cover of the Irish standard “The Unquiet Grave”. Spare, evocative, and almost gospel-like, Larson’s take on the classic tune is perfect for those who prefer to have a quiet St. Paddy’s, without the allure of cheap green beer surrounding them. This “Unquiet Grave” is best accompanied by an Irish whisky in a dimly lit room.


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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Elsinore's latest tune begins as a achingly beautiful chamber pop tune before crashing into its hard-charging anthemic chorus. In another words, it's a great pop tune.

Like all great pop tunes “The Art of Pulling” is also memorable. Elsinore’s Ryan Groff tells us that “this song, along with the entire PUSH/PULL record, is about living with yourself and the people around you. I’m in my early 30s now, my wife and I have a one-year-old, and Elsinore has been together for over nine years. I’m more introspective, quirky, and creative than ever. So, I wanted the themes of the record to reflect all of those traits. “The Art of Pulling” is a wake-up-call of a song, asking the “you” in the song to get up and DO something. It’s about pulling in a lot of different ways. And I tried to describe them all lyrically, but have the music be ultimately upbeat and dancey.


“And, with the video, I think we achieved an exact visual interpretation of what the song means. Our videographer, director, and other crew were all on-board to make something beautiful and cinematic. We definitely accomplished that, and we were able to involve over 50 close friends and our favorite locations around Champaign-Urbana, a true Midwestern setting. This video shows anyone who wants to watch it who we are as a band. And hopefully a lot of people like it.”


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