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by Sarah Zupko

1 Nov 2016


London’s Izzy Flynn is an artist on the rise as her blend of electronic, electropop, soul and jazz is mesmerizing. Flynn trained formally in jazz music at Leeds College of Music and she has toured the world accompanied by the Abstract Orchestra, supporting Mos Def, De La Soul and Afrika Bambaataa. Flynn has a new EP, Faith, coming on November 18th and we’ve got the title track to share with you today.

“Faith” builds slowly with a strong sense of movement and direction as spare instrumentation showcases Flynn’s deeply affecting voice. More electronic elements enter the scene, as do additional voices and the chorus is revealed as the full musical accompaniment fills in. Flynn says, “the track involves a lot of layered textures and heavy synth/arpeggiated chords.” It’s beautiful composed and stunningly performed. Fans of FKA Twigs, SOHN, James Blake, and Jessie Ware are sure to find Izzy Flynn completely irresistible.

by PopMatters Staff

31 Oct 2016


Portland-based independent label Deer Lodge Records is releasing Bruja, the debut solo album from Reno, today just in time for Halloween. Reno is Mike Lund in real life and he expands beyond the rock of his previous musical project, Drugstore Cowboy, in his solo career. As Reno, Lund adds in Americana and honky tonk country elements, as well as psych rock. Reno’s latest single is “Heaven” and to celebrate the release of his solo album on Halloween, Reno enlisted Von Porter from Scabby Knee Productions’ to create an animated video based around the idea of a fictional series called Edgar Allen Poe’s Mystery Hour. Reno tells PopMatters that “Heaven” is about that is beyond the singer’s reach. He jokes that witchcraft can’t even help.

by PopMatters Staff

31 Oct 2016


PHOTO: SHERVIN LAINEZ

Brooklyn electrofunk, synthpop duo French Horn Rebellion recently released their new album, Classically Trained, another slice of upbeat, funky and fun tunes. Speaking of “fun”, French Horn Rebellion recorded a tribute to Weezer—a band that greatly influenced the pair—by recording this cover version of “Buddy Holly”, which appeared as the second single on Weezer’s 1994 debut, Weezer (The Blue Album). French Horn Rebellion’s version has got the funk and big beats to drive home its mega pop melodies. A great bit of fun on this most fun of days, Halloween.

by Cole Waterman

28 Oct 2016


Los Angeles-based Send Medicine brings a modern approach to ‘60s psych-folk. With newest single “Translucent”, the group takes this to the extreme. Tribal percussion, whispery vocals, twangy guitar, and subtle electronics gel to give the tune an unorthodox pop sensibility. The off-kilter rhythm and fluid instrumentation create a sense of bobbing on an undulating wave at dusk.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Oct 2016


East Nashville’s Adrian + Meredith are a married couple with a passion for roots music that found their sound together. Adrian comes from a rock and punk background where he played the acoustic guitar in the style of clawhammer banjo, while Meredith comes out of the old-time music scene. And while their music is primarily Americana in origin, they shake things up a bit by adding in some Eastern European melodic flourishes, as well as a healthy dose of gypsy swing. On their new album, More Than a Little, the duo offers up more roots goodness with a compelling set of folk, old-time, swing jazz with a punk sneer and a good healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll energy.

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