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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
Mixing together the stylings of female powerhouses like Florence Welch and Adele along with a heaping spoonful of '80's synths, Australian songwriter Maxi has a catchy new tune in "Walking with the Animals".

Take equal parts Florence and the Machine and Adele‘s 21, throw in a heaping spoonful of ‘80’s synth-pop instrumentation and you’ve got Maxi’s “Walking with the Animals”. Maxi Vauzelle, who goes solely by her first name as a performer, hails from Melbourne, Australia, and with one EP already under her belt she’s gunning to expand her sound from here on out. Her voice, already powerful in its own right, becomes even more gripping when the soulful backing vocals in “Walking with the Animals” join her in her exploration of the primal side of human experience.


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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
You can stream "Vampire on My Fridge", a song from the Iceland by way of USA group Low Roar's forthcoming album 0 exclusively on PopMatters.

Low Roar’s crowdfunded sophomore album 0 is set to be released in the coming weeks. The principal member behind the Low Roar name is one Ryan Karazija, who a few years ago moved to the ethereal environs of Reykjavik, Iceland, a place that clearly influences his music. “Vampire on My Fridge” has string arrangements that would make Sigur Rós proud. Add in a hypnotic, clanging percussion, and Karazija’s lilting tenor and you’ve got an enticing teaser to Low Roar’s latest creation.


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Thursday, Jun 19, 2014
The deluxe edition of the Los Angeles based shoegaze duo the Cold and Lovely's Ellis Bell EP is available for stream exclusively here on PopMatters.

Ellis Bell, an EP by the Los Angeles-based shoegaze duo the Cold and Lovely, was initially released in September in 2013. Less than a year later, the team of Meghan Toohey and Nicole Florentino has put together an expanded edition of the EP. “The Deluxe version features two new songs as well as a remix by the amazing Dan Konopka of OK GO,” describes the band.


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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014
Stream the sunlight-brushed "At Least I", by the singer/songwriter Katie Buchanan, exclusively here at PopMatters.

Katie Buchanan‘s music feels like it’s basking in the rays of the sun. Though now based in the concrete jungle of New York City, Buchanan originally hails from Kansas, and her country-inflected music reflects her roots. As depicted in the cover art to her newest single Go—also the name of her forthcoming EP—her songwriting has a certain golden hour aura about it. “At Least I”, another track from Go EP, similarly evokes this summertime ambiance, with chant-like background vocals and a convivial spirit that makes this sound like an ideal song for spinning in a summertime picnic out in a freshly trimmed field.


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Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014
"Concerning Spectral Pinching," one of the standout tracks off of the Portland, Oregon, folk and Americana group Hook & Anchor's self-titled debut, is available to stream exclusively at PopMatters.

After touring and writing music with Blind Pilot, musician Kati Claborn found herself with some tunes in need of a home. Upon teaming up with friend and frequent collaborator Erik Clampitt, Claborn began what has now become Hook & Anchor, a Portland-based Americana group. Their forthcoming self-titled debut represents a rousing take on a tried-and-true, distinctly American style of music.


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