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Friday, Apr 5, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Vandaveer revisit the ghastly tale of "Pretty Polly" with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement on their new album of murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please....

Alt-folk outfit Vandaveer have a new album of old-timey murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please…, releasing on 30 April via Quack!Media. These types of traditional tunes formed a sizable chunk of English and Scots/Irish folk music that later blended into bluegrass. “Pretty Polly” is an old British folk song that made it’s way to Canada and the Appalachian mountains and it’s been performed through the years by notables such as the Byrds, Ralph Stanley, Judy Collins and Pete Seeger. Vandaveer now revisit this ghastly tale with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement, using subtle restraint and carefully chosen notes from banjo and cello to perfectly create an atmosphere of foreboding and pain. It’s musically masterful.


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Monday, Apr 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Underworld's Karl Hyde steps forth with a highly poetic new solo album, Edgeland, and the project's first video.

This year is the 25th anniversary of electronic music legends Underworld, a group that has never lost the plot for even a second, as one fine album followed another over the years. Now, the act’s singer Karl Hyde is stepping to the forefront with a solo album, Edgeland, created with Leo Abrahams (Pulp/Brian Eno). Hyde describes the highly poetic record as being about “edgelands where city meets scrub, where ragged ponies graze annexed fields and the air smells chemical.”


Today, we have the pleasure of premiering the first in a series of videos for Edgeland; stay tuned to PopMatters for the rest of Hyde’s videos over the coming months as we are premiering the entire lot.


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Monday, Apr 1, 2013
"Albatross” shows that Seattle's Jetman Jet Team is a band that’s starting to make inroads and fast.

Seattle shoegazers Jetman Jet Team may be relative newcomers to the noise-pop scene, but they’re definitely eager to try and find their place in some rarified company. With their debut full-length We Will Live the Space Age (Saint Marie) ready for release in a few weeks, Jetman Jet Team has already received a seal of approval from none other than Stereolab’s Laetitia Sadier, who apparently called the band’s music “very beautiful”. Plus, they garnered some attention for covering a track off My Bloody Valentine’s latest almost right after m b v was released. But you could argue that “Albatross”, premiering on PopMatters, is a better tribute to My Bloody Valentine, with its lush melody and bittersweet tone. Just check out “Albatross” and its accompanying video, and you’ll see that Jetman Jet Team is a band that’s starting to make inroads and fast.


Jetman Jet Team’s We Will Live the Space Age is out 16 April on Saint Marie Records.



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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn duo Callers (Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton) specialize in downtempo indie with powerful vocals.

Brooklyn duo Callers (Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton) specialize in downtempo indie with powerful vocals. That was on full display on one of the best songs from their 2012 album Reviver, “Heroes”, which PopMatters’ Brice Ezell described as “one of the best pop songs of 2012, one that’ll sadly be overlooked. Over a spare guitar line and minimalist drumbeat, vocalist Sara Lucas sings with an incredible beauty and power.” Today we are bringing you a new remix from Callers of the title song off Reviver. Seaton explains, “This is the Soft Encounters take on the title track from our latest full-length. Luke is cranking out quality remixes these days, and this is another in a line of saturated, pumping, delay-heavy versions that are being churned out of his laptop.”



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Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Hollis Brown may be New York through and through, but they trekked to Nashville -- like so many artists these days -- to find their true musical soul.

Hollis Brown may be New York through and through, but they trekked to Nashville—like so many artists these days—to find their true musical soul. As you can here from “Nightfall”, their classic rock ‘n’ roll takes on an Americana tinge in the home of the Grand Ole Opry, all suffused with laid-back grooves evocative of gentle, Southern climes. The band’s latest album, Ride on the Train released earlier this month via Alive Records.


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