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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
by Emily Hearn
Beguiling singer-songwriter Emily Hearn tells us all about her new EP in her own words.

Below are the inspirations from my life that grew into songs. Each one is a piece of my heart, but I also believe that from time to time you might have felt the same way. So enjoy reading about the roots of these songs, but I would love it even more if they grew to mean something more meaningful in your own life.


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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
There's a warmth and immediacy to David Berkeley's music, which comes through all the more vividly in this live rendition of "Shelter".

“Shelter” comes from singer-songwriter David Berkeley’s 2013 album The Fire in My Head. According to Berkeley, the original version of “Shelter” was recorded in one take, which “lends the song and the whole album an intimacy that is hard to preserve when you spend too much time trying to make things perfect.” This live rendition of “Shelter”, captured by videographer Ehud Lazin backstage before a NYC date, might feel even warmer and more immediate than the original.


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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
London's Bombay Dub Orchestra (a.k.a. Andrew T. Mackay and Garry Hughes) returns with another wonderful album of globetrotting world beats, blended with traditional Indian orchestral sounds.

The title Tales From the Grand Bazaar tells you much of what you need to know about Bombay Dub Orchestra, as the bazaar is where cultures meet and intertwine, with Istanbul’s bazaar being the grandest. The band builds that out further, pulling sounds and textures from places as diverse as India, Turkey, Macedonia and Brazil, while blending them into a mellow electronic vibe that can be quite mesmerizing.


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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
With Azure Blue, former Irene and Laurel Music songwriter Tobias Isaksson creates a melange of '80s synthpop textures and '90s shoegaze vocals mixed with that wall of sound, perfected by pop music back in the '60s.

Yet, this music sounds utterly contemporary. Azure Blue’s debut album, Rule of Thirds, received many critical accolades back in 2011 with the culmination being a win for best pop album in the Swedish version of the Grammys last year. Now Isaksson returns with his sophomore album under the Azure moniker, the philosophically titled Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt. Matinee Records will release the album next week in the US, but it has released today in Sweden, so here’s your official preview of the new music… that is, unless you live in Sweden.


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Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013
From Tomorrow Is Another Day, the latest full-length collaboration between Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters, "Das Volk Has Keine Seele" is a mix of the organic and synthetic.

Indie electronica impresario Ulrich Schnauss returns with a second full-length collaboration with guitarist Mark Peters, titled Tomorrow Is Another Day. Premiering here on PopMatters, album track “Das Volk Has Keine Seele” offers a complementary mix of synthetic and organic elements, as some staticky hiss that begins the piece opens up into tender guitar plucking and gently ascendant keyboard lines. The video accompanying “Das Volk Has Keine Seele” aptly visualizes the song’s sound, its atmospheric imagery finding something pastoral in the cityscapes pictured in it.


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