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Friday, Oct 3, 2014
The latest tune from Bergen, Norway rockers the Well, the xx-esque "Separate Ways", gets a video treatment reminiscent of the famous Apple silhouette ads.

The Well is a six-piece group of brothers and cousins that hails from Bergen, Norway. The band’s latest tune, “Separate Ways”, begins in a style reminiscent of a band whose music would fit quite well in Bergen’s chilly environs: the xx. But rather than go for the minimalist ethereal route of that UK duo, The Well takes the clean guitar lines in the opening and blows them up in an anthemic, endearing chorus. The song is equal parts triumphant and melancholy in its descriptions of two people going their “separate ways”.


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Friday, Oct 3, 2014
Brooklyn-based musician Arum Rae's latest tune, "Waving Wild", melds together a Spoon-esque driving rhythm with Rae's captivating vocals.

Arum Rae (formerly known as White Dress) is set to release her new EP, entitled Waving Wild, following a year of waiting for its release while she was being courted by a major label. Recorded at Public Hi-Fi in Austin (the studio of Spoon drummer Jim Eno) and remixed/mastered by John Congleton (notable for his recent production credit on Swans’ To Be Kind), Waving Wild EP is a long-awaited solo release from an artist who has made a significant splash as a collaborator. Most memorably, she collaborated with John Paul White (of the Civil Wars fame) in writing “If I Didn’t Know Better”, the season one theme song for the smash hit program Nashville.


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Thursday, Oct 2, 2014
A beguiling and intriguing mix of organic and synthetic instruments, Memoosh is an exciting collaborative album that sounds like Tim Hecker decided to record a jazz album.

Memotone & Soosh, comprised of William Yates (Memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh), is definitely one of the most fascinating collaborations of 2014. The duo’s reflective and melancholy sound is informed in large part by its diverse range of instruments. Memoosh, the duo’s new album, was made using “a mixture of live instrumentation (guitars, piano, cello, zither, drums, clarinet, synths and numerous others) coupled with effect boxes, samplers, vocals and field recordings, influenced by everything from random static and buzz, to a beautiful early morning rain or the bass thud of a closing door.”


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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jon Durant for an exciting progressive jazz album, Etymology. "Précis" is an intriguing taste of what's to come on the album.

Following their 2012 self-titled debut, bassist Colin Edwin (of Porcupine Tree fame) and guitarist Jon Durant have teamed up once again as the progressive jazz duo called Burnt Belief. “Précis”, a track off of the duo’s forthcoming Etymology LP, is an inviting and knotty instrumental that displays a keen ear for melody and, most importantly, a nuanced understanding of groove and rhythm. A nocturnal, electro-jazzy number, “Précis” is an ideal taste of what’s to come on Etymology.


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Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
"Love Song" is a tender, open-hearted duet that's just perfect for those who like their music lovelorn.

The Toronto trio Ménage’s name suggests a certain sensuality about its music. But as attested by the band’s latest tune, “Love Song”, there’s also a tenderness and sadness to the music as well. “Love Song”, which is structured as a duet around a love that has since been lost, is an emotionally resonant number for anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak before.


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