Formed in 2013, Los Angeles trio the Battlefield specialize in a sumptuous blend of folk, Americana, classic country, and the adult contemporary side of pop music. And even a little ragtime. Lively, rustic, and soulful, Matt Ducey, Jenny Weaver, and James Addison trade lead vocals and serve up rich harmonies on their debut album Tipping Point, which we premiere in its entirety today.
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Northern Irish hard rockers the Answer have put together a nice career after appearing almost a decade ago, cultivating a solid fanbase through heavy touring and some good, consistent albums. Their fifth album Raise a Little Hell came out this past March, and they’ve just completed a video for “Gone Too Long”, which we’re premiering here at PopMatters. A departure from the usual heavy blues-driven fare the Answer have become well known for, the band goes for something a little more understated on the acoustic-backed tune, which is sold well yet again by Cormac Neeson, who belts out those vocals in soulful, Glenn Hughes fashion.
When it comes to the RIYL (“recommended if you like”) sections of press releases, you take such publicist hyperbole with a grain of salt. So Atlanta native Sydney Eloise is geared towards fans of Natalie Prass, Neko Case, Rilo Kiley, Fleetwood Mac, and Phil Spector, huh? Thing is, when you hear her new track “Tell Me What I Want to Hear”, from Sydney Eloise and the Palms’ debut album Faces, every single one of those boxes gets checked. Timeless and contemporary, it’s a gorgeous, extraordinarily simple track that utilizes a classic pop formula to perfection, making it sound fresh and vibrant. It deserves to be heard, and we are elated to premiere it here at PopMatters.
It’s fair to say that a band that combines Japanese, Balkan, cumbia, gypsy, dub, tribal, roots, and 8-bit music will probably sound just a little bit eclectic. Such are the Dolomites, who for years have been combining different forms of world music to create one crazy, eclectic, and hugely enjoyable whole. Take “Wakannai”, for instance, whose video we’re premiering here today. Featuring accordion, tuba, darabuka, and wadaioko, the song inexplicably marries Balkan polka, Japanese/English lyrics, and tribal scatting, yet manages to wriggle into your head in seconds.
Known for his collaborations with Nico, John Cale, and Pere Ubu (where he serves as an auxiliary member) Graham “Dids” Dowdall has been making music for decades, and his latest under the pseudonym Gagarin, the forthcoming full-length Aoticp, continues the artist’s experimentation in the electronic realm. The humming, lurching “Feral Dreams” is a great indication of what you can expect to hear on its eleven tracks, a combination of hypnotic ambient electronica and thrumming, skittering percussion, vague in form save for the skeletal structure of the beats. Part classic electronic, part futuristic.
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