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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
PopMatters has the exclusive premiere of the video for English post-rock outfit Lanterns on the Lake's "Elodie".

England has become a veritable hotbed for post-rock, with acts like Maybeshewill putting their own unique takes on what has become a much worn-out genre. The evocatively named Lanterns on the Lake are growing players in this impressive scene. In his PopMatters review of the band’s newest album, Until the Colours Run, John Bergstrom calls the music “deeper”, “richer”, and “better-crafted” than anything it has put out before.


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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
PopMatters has the exclusive stream of the Mark E remix of the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra's "Dead Dance", a tune tied to one of the most important developments in Brazilian disco music.

In light of the recent passing of Jose Roberto Bertrami, one of the key instigators of the Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra and one of Brazil’s most prominent arrangers, the folks at Far Out Recordings have taken to compiling a two-disc tribute to this most innovative of groups. The Orchestra, responsible for bringing a potent injection of disco into the Brazilian music scene, gets a fine tribute on this two-disc release. The first disc contains numbers by several key players in both Brazilian music and the Orchestra itself, while the second disc includes remixes from multiple artists. Mark E took the helm on the Orchestra’s “Dead Dance”.


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Monday, Jun 9, 2014
Chicago's Empires update the mid-'90s alternative rock formula to remarkably potent results, as this stellar single proves.

There have always been three types of bands that people could fawn over: those that push the envelope with each successive release (for better or worse), those that reliably churn out the exact same thing with each subsequent release, and those that don’t mind using existing genre tropes already in place but just so happen to use them with remarkable skill, making their music sound fresh even if they’re not venturing too far off pasture.


With a sound that’s very much rooted in classic mid- to late ‘90s alternative rock, Chicago’s Empires don’t imitate those that come before so much as they emulate, taking the sounds of those FM bands synthesizing it into something that’s very much their own. With a very smart melodic sense, the band creates riff-rockers that create a distinct late-night atmosphere that still never ends up shying away from the brilliance of a good pop hook, crafting songs as beautiful as they are anthemic, as immediate as they are purposeful.


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Friday, Jun 6, 2014
The French electronic project helmed by Simon Delacroix, the Toxic Avenger, has a new LP out on June 10th entitled Romance and Cigarettes.

Following the anticipation-building bass notes of “In the Beginning”, French electronic maestro Simon Delacroix, known as the Toxic Avenger, takes the listener on a whirlwind, hour-long journey through a whole gamut of electronic music with his new album, Romance & Cigarettes. The ‘70’s-indebted title cut, which Delacroix intended “to do something that reminded [him] of the golden age of Italo-disco,” is a funky, catchy jam. “Chase I” is reminiscent of fellow French electronic (and as of late rock) outfit Justice, though Delacroix’s vision of the song is much simpler: “Back to the basics—A beat and a bass!” Featuring multiple collaborations and spanning multiple subgenres within electronic music, Romance & Cigarettes is a feast of danceable tunes; one would be hard-pressed to not find something to get down to.


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Friday, Jun 6, 2014
You can stream the full audio of from clay to figures, the newest release by the Belgian post-rock outfit Amatorski, exclusively here at PopMatters.

Following its European release in April, from clay to figures, the new LP by the Belgian post-rock outfit Amatorski, is finally seeing its stateside release. The album, which in true post-rock fashion spans a whole range of soundscapes, brings to mind the placid, dreamy reveries of Sigur Rós. The music’s melancholy streak echoes of the work of the French instrumental project Ending Satellites.


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