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Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014
In bringing together the stylings of classic California rock and dusty, melancholic noir, indie rockers Sugarplum Fairies create their own unique vision of Los Angeles in their song "Escondite".

The dusky, shadow-tinged depiction of Los Angeles that is “Escondite”, a track off of the latest Sugarplum Fairies album Godspeed & Silver Linings, brings to mind the infamous opening credits of The Big Lebowski, tumbleweed and all. Yet while the sonic-to-aural comparison is uncanny, there are no bedraggled bowlers or mustachioed narrators here; instead, the echoey vocal of frontwoman Silvia Ryder plays against the gravelly bass vocals of RT Valine, crafting a sonic landscape indebted to ‘70’s California rock. The vision of Los Angeles that Sugarplum Fairies construct throughout Godspeed & Silver Linings, however, is entirely their own.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
The deceptively cheery, Zappa-esque ditty "It Doesn't Even Matter", by the Brooklyn chamber pop band Onward Chariots is available to stream exclusively on PopMatters.

“You’d never guess it,” says Ben Morss of the Brooklyn chamber pop outfit Onward Chariots, “but I initially conceived ‘It Doesn’t Even Matter’‘, the band’s latest single, “as the dark, angry, highly bitter cri du coeur of a frustrated songwriter”. One spin of the track, and it is indeed difficult to have the notion in one’s head that it ever began with such intentions. “It Doesn’t Even Matter” positively bleeds of the sunny side of ‘50s and ‘60s pop.


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Monday, Jun 23, 2014
Jordan JAE may only have 14 years to her name, but her pop ambitions far outstrips her youth. Here you can stream the remix of her first single "Said No One Ever", by the hip-hop group Oxymorrons and the DJ duo AfterThem>.

The peppy and spirited environs of pop music are always providing DJs the world over with material to chop, splice, and revamp, a fact 14-year-old New York City songwriter Jordan JAE knows quite well. Though in the present day and age it’s become increasingly easy for young songwriters of Jordan’s ilk to record songs that might otherwise collect dust as the years of youth past by, her debut single, “Said No One Ever”, has already garnered significant attention. To further the song’s presence in the popsphere, Jordan has handed over her tune to the Queens, New York hip-hop outfit Oxymorrons and a DJ duo called AfterThem to inject some new life into her song. “I thought it would be really cool to hear other peoples take on ‘Said No One Ever’. To hear it in a completely new light and redone in someone else’s vision was really interesting and amazing.”


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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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