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by PopMatters Staff

22 Sep 2016


British singer-songwriter Rumer steps away briefly from recording her own music on her new album, This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook, to celebrate the timeless hits of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Bacharach and David’s songs are known for their breezy sophistication where light as air melodic confections rest on top of complex harmonic structures. At first glance, a tune of theirs might seem simple, but the songs are incredibly rich and they require the very best vocal interpreters. Of course, Dionne Warwick is most known for her takes on Bacharach and David tunes and now Rumer is adding the music to her repertoire.

“I couldn’t have made this album five years ago,” says Rumer. “I think I’ve now got a wide enough emotional palette to draw on for these songs’ characters and stories. That kind of insight only comes as you get older.” Indeed. Hear Rumer’s take on the classic “Walk on By” now and check out This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook when it releases October 21st via Rhino Records.

by Sarah Zupko

21 Sep 2016


London’s Blue House makes lovely, intricate indie pop music so light and airy that the melodies could be pasted on gentle rolling clouds passing above your head. “John the Unready” is one of two tracks that the duo, James Howard and Ursula Russell, released on September 9th via Canvasclub, Canvasback’s imprint for singles by up and coming musicians. Hushed “ba ba ba’s”, understated guitar lines, languid synth washes create a state of utter dreaminess. The video is animated and featuring a rabbit. Howard says, “Respect to Tjoff Koong Studios for making something so good with my cryptic instruction that ‘I imagine the video involving a rabbit.’”

by PopMatters Staff

20 Sep 2016


Driftwood is a perfect name for this band of restless musical spirits and road warriors as the group describes their work as rooted in the land while exploring genres such as Americana, folk, old-time, punk, pop and rock ‘n’ roll. It works beautifully as Driftwood naturally inhabit whatever influences they choose to employ on any given song. Playing more than 150 dates every year has turned Driftwood into a high performance machine, a super tight band that can thrill crowds and craft great records with relative ease.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Sep 2016


Photo: Júlia Braga

Luísa Maita perfectly personifies the multi-cultural character of her home city of São Paulo as she is the daughter of immigrants (Syrian and European Jewish) with a great love for traditional Brazilian music as well as the many off-shoots that have been developed by the many ethnic groups of Brazil. Maita is also thoroughly modern in her approach, incorporating electronic music into her sound as we hear on her new video for “Fio da Memória”, which also happens to be the title of her latest album. “The record is about what Brazil is today aesthetically, in this electronic age,” says Maita. “Fio da Memória” is a beautiful song with its gentle programmed beats and Maita’s stunning voice.

by Sarah Zupko

19 Sep 2016


William Clark Green nearly became a rancher, like many good Texans, but we’re thankful that music intervened in those plans as Green brings some real rock ‘n’ roll punch to his straight from the heart country tunes. Like many notable Texas singer-songwriters, Green takes his cues from the storied legion of Lone Star State songwriters who have gone before and brings in the energy of rock and attitude of outlaw country. It’s a potent mix that make Green a tremendous live performer. On this live version of “Sympathy”, Green brings down the house and shows a musician quickly maturing to take his place alongside Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, and Billy Joe Shaver. Green tells PopMatters that he’s “never written a song with that much emotion in it in 45 minutes, and will never do it again.”

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