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Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012
House of Blondes is an up and coming electronic duo from NYC and their vibe is electro synth, and their sound is akin to the likes of Daedulus, Holy Fuck, Amon Tobin and Hot Chip.

House of Blondes is an up and coming electronic duo comprised of John Blonde and Chris Pace, based in New York City. Their vibe is electro synth, and their sound is akin to the likes of Daedulus, Holy Fuck, Amon Tobin and Hot Chip. The group relies heavily on improvisation in the studio for their creative process. In fact, their current album began as 20 minutes of ambient riffing, and is inspired by GAS, an ambient techno project by Wolfgang Voight. Some of House of Blondes’ past singles include “Shadows” and “Do it Yourself (Landscape)”, both of which will be featured on their debut album, titled Clean Cuts, available on February 28th through Glowmatic Records.


Below, check out the new video, premiering here on PopMatters, for House of Blondes’ single “Come Running”. It was directed and edited by band member John Blonde, and produced by Kurt W. Sawilla. The video is shot entirely in black and white, with block color occasionally flooding the screen to provide emphasis and mood. Sometimes in fast motion and sometimes in slow, the video plays with speed the way “Come Running” plays with tempo. While the characters’ actions echo the methodical pulse of the song, don’t get too comfortable… the end is a shocker! 



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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012
Overlapping images powerfully bleed into each other as McCrackin’s melodic tones and expressive lyrics echo and emphasize the dreamy ambiance of “Ladykiller’s Wife”.

Daisy McCrackin, a San Francisco native, first broke onto the musical scene in 2009, when she wrote and recorded an album titled Til Death Do Us Part, which acted as the soundtrack to the feature film 29 Palms. She has recently released her sophomore album, called God Willing, featuring nine soulful tracks infused with a modern-folk vibe. McCrackin emphasizes simple and elegant melodies, which allow listeners to focus on the insightful lyrics and moving messages her songs espouse.


The video for her single “Ladykiller’s Wife” was shot on location in Topanga Beach, CA, and is the brainchild of director Ciamac, producer/actor James Mathers, and of course, singer/songwriter, Daisy McCrackin. The video, making its premiere here on PopMatters, focuses on the antagonistic relationship between a husband and wife, and is, as producer Mathers describes it, “A meditation on the dominator paradigm (and all things Daisy).”


The video is presented almost entirely in slow motion, which serves to underscore the extreme tension between the couple described in the lyrics. Overlapping images powerfully bleed into each other as McCrackin’s melodic tones and expressive lyrics echo and emphasize the dreamy ambiance of “Ladykiller’s Wife”. Gentle splashes of water provide a scenic backdrop to the image of the singer’s flaming red hair, flowing freely as she runs away in desperation from her tormenting husband.  McCrackin herself speaks to the fantastical mood the video evokes, saying: “Without castles and horses and chainmail armor, this is the absolute best video that could have been made for this song.”



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Monday, Jan 30, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
The Danish pop collective, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour, specialize in a super poppy and dancey form of simultaneously retro and futuristic soul.

The Danish pop collective, the Asteroids Galaxy Tour, specialize in a super poppy and dancey form of simultaneously retro and futuristic soul. You can hear the Stax (check the glorious horns on “Major” below) , Motown and ‘70s funk DNA in their tunes, but those remain influences and reference points while the band takes soul pop forward with electronic flourishes and contemporary dance beats. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour returns with their latest album Out of Frequency this week and today we present the Cosmic Kids remix of album tune “Heart Attack”, following a previous remix by CSS. The Cosmic Kids version is mellower than the original tune, with a muted spacey vibe and early Depeche Mode-esque synth beats. Great stuff that should light up the hipper dance floors this year.



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Thursday, Jan 26, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Two Dark Birds frontman Steve Koester leaves the confines of the Big Apple for new musical inspiration in the mountains.

Two Dark Birds frontman Steve Koester left the 24/7 lights of New York City well behind him and forged a new life deep in the Catskills recently. The move has given him a fresh musical lease on life and infused the band’s latest album, Songs For The New, with a new vibrancy. Or as Koester says, “this whole album is, in a sense, about being born… or being reborn.” The music draws from a vast wellspring of influences and sounds, including folk, Americana, R&B, and pysch rock, as well as employing a broad range of instrumentation, of which horns and strings are prominent.


Keeping with that theme, the new Scott Kawczynski-directed video for “Black Blessed Night” depicts the flight of a bird from the confines of the city to the freedom of nature in the mountains. Obviously, Koester is super pleased with his new residence. The song itself is described as being “about freedom and about how nature or music can pull you out of yourself.”




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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Soso is a rising Swedish singer with true pop star potential and if she plays her cards right, she could be the next heartthrob diva.

Soso is a rising Swedish singer with true pop star potential and if she plays her cards right, she could be the next heartthrob diva. She’s already drawing praise from Interview Magazine and RCRD LBL, who said “Soso is Swedish superpower composed of Monica Belluci’s face, Robyn’s voice and Adele’s heartbreak.” Her debut album, That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up in China will release this coming May 1st and “Who’s Gonna Love Me” is the catchy first single, which you can check out below. The first remix of the tune was produced by Ghost and today we present the premiere of the second remix by Helium Robots, which presents a more mellow vibe with a dreamy and cloudy haze over the song.


Here’s the original track and an additional remix…



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