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by Jordan Blum

11 Mar 2016


Photo: Kyra Ross

Defining itself as “a collective of musicians with backgrounds in contemporary classical, metal, jazz, and folk music, all who happen to play rock music [sic]”, Brooklyn outfit Emanuel and the Fear (led by Emanuel Ayvas) proved to be an incredibly eclectic, skillful, and striving troupe on its previous two LPs, Listen (2010) and The Janus Mirror (2013). Channeling the instrumental prowess and/or symphonic melodic grip of ELO, Frank Zappa, and the Dear Hunter (among many other diverse acts), the group always takes its listeners to unexpected places while also maintaining certain distinctive traits. Fortunately, both expectations are met on “Meredith”, the first single from their upcoming third studio album, Primitive Smile.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Mar 2016


Photo: Lisa Siciliano

Colorado’s Elephant Revival spring from a state full of amazing string bands and they are among the very finest. Folk music is serious business around the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest and those areas are a veritable hotbed of forward-looking, traditionally rooted, string musicians who break boundaries between types of folk music, thereby creating new hybrids continually. Elephant Revival is one such group, a band of virtuosic musicians—you can’t really be anything else in bluegrass/folk as there’s nothing to hide behind—that are rooted in both Celtic and American folk, but bring in elements of African music, reggae. classic jazz and bluegrass.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Mar 2016


Dublin producer Jack Colleran (a.k.a. MMOTHS) traveled to Los Angeles to spend some time composing and creating music on his laptop while he stayed with a friend. It was a fruitful period for the 22-year-old musician as he spent a month of 12-hour nights in the recording studio working on his debut release, Luneworks. One can hear the ethereal mists and moody cloud-filled landscapes of Ireland in MMOTHS’s dreamy, cinematic music. Colleran constructs giant walls of sounds with gentle colors, downtempo ambiance, and evocative visions to accompany a complete mind trip. Luneworks is simply gorgeous we highly recommend it.

by Jordan Blum

10 Mar 2016


With its 2014 debut LP, The Fall, “dark, alternative, new-wave duo [sic]” Se Delan (English multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves and Swedish singer Belinda Kordic) proved itself as one of the most distinctive and auspicious new acts on Kscope. Brimming with ghostly vocals, gritty atmospheres, and a gregarious balance of chaotic density and moody sparsity, the collection was a haunting opus that left fans eager for a studio follow-up. Fortunately, the twosome’s sophomore effort, Drifter, will be arriving on April 29th, and to assuage the wait a bit, they’ve just issued the first single from the record, “Going Home”.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Mar 2016

As the warmth of spring nudges winter in it’s side, in turn the heat is rising from the Quantic studio, Sound Workshop. The new song “Curuba” has us hanging up our snow shoes and folding umbrellas for a return to swampy dance nights in empty swimming pools with luminescent cocktails. Pulsing arpeggios weave with sultry drifting banjos, the crimson horizon is just in the distance; and even knowing our winter may return, this is a welcome tropical intermission—snap it up now. This track is exclusive to Quantic’s tour 45.

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