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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
The '80's funk of Dirty Loops' newest tune, "Accidentally in Love", is a bit on the goofy side, but more importantly it's undeniably infectious.

With “Accidentally in Love”, the Swedish pop trio Dirty Loops has done something pretty impressive with what might otherwise have been a rote and near laughable take on ‘80’s pop. (With the right modifications, it could have been Kenny Loggins number.) The group, consisting of Jonah Nilsson (vocals/piano), Henrik Linder (bass), and Aaron Mellergårdh (drums), clearly knows just how to toy with a classic formula, in this case the ‘80’s synth-pop formula. Nilsson’s vocals, quite reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, are immediately appealing, but especially striking the instrumentation on “Accidentally in Love”. The slap n’ pop bass is a nice touch, but even more dynamic are the song’s multiple time signature changes. Just when you think it’s settled into its saccharine groove, the trio finds a way to upend the listener’s expectations.


This eminently danceable number is a standout cut from the trio’s forthcoming album, Loopified, and you can stream it below.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Arriving right at the peak of summer is "Silver Lining", a tune just perfect for the beach by the San Francisco indie outfit City Tribe.

The most popular indie rock of recent years, from the psychedelic washes of Tame Impala to the sunny vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes, has always found the most comfort in the warm rays of summer heat. Joining groups such as these is the San Francisco-based City Tribe, who with its latest tune, “Silver Lining”, balances melancholy subject matter with music that would find a fitting home at the sands of a beach.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
The newest tune by the Atlanta folk/pop outfit Seven Handle Circus, "And We Danced", perfectly balances pop harmony with bluegrass melancholy.

The Atlanta folk-poppers that call themselves Seven Handle Circus are yet another piece of evidence that reveals just how versatile the bluegrass instrumental lineup can be. With a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and drums, the group creates harmony-centric pop that grabs the ear at first listen, all the while maintaining a rustic quality inherent to the instruments being played.


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Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Check out the latest video from the doomy rockers the Grayces, the scuzzy "Lord and Gods of Alcohol".

There is a certain swampiness to the rock ‘n’ roll purveyed in by the Nashville-based the Grayces. Despite the rock revival leanings that the band’s name might hint at, this trio’s closest sonic kin at the moment is the up-and-coming occult rock trend. No track is better evidence of this than the newest cut to come forth from the soon-to-be-released Westing, “Lord and Gods of Alcohol”.


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Friday, Jul 25, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
There are lots of components at work on Setting Sun's "Seasons", but songwriter Gary Levitt makes them cohere in an immediate way.

There are lots of components at work on Setting Sun‘s “Seasons”, but songwriter Gary Levitt is able to make everything seem smaller in scale—in a good way. While you notice the melancholy strings, layered acoustic guitars, boy-girl vocal harmonizing, and more jump out here and there, “Seasons” is immediate and delicate enough that you don’t realize how much is going on until you catalog all the elements in the mix.


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