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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Mark Van Hoen's Children of the Stones are back again with yet another 2014 release, revealing a trippier, moodier side on "Save for Me".

Earlier this year, PopMatters premiered the first new work by Children of the Stones, a project spearheaded by electronic music impresario Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Black Hearted Brother) and collaborator Martin Maeers. Coming on the heels of an introductory EP and a debut full-length The Stars and the Silence, Children of the Stones is releasing yet another EP on 3 June, MCM (Saint Marie). Premiering here on PopMatters, the MCM track “Save for Me” showcases the trippier and moodier side of the duo’s electro sound.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
With its uncanny '80s vibe, the video for Scraps' "Projections" looks like it could've come from a long-lost VHS tape.

Laura Hill, the Aussie one-woman synth-pop band who works under the name Scraps, has an uncanny ability to not just recreate an ‘80s sound, but the vibe that goes along with it. On the video for “Projections”, which premieres on PopMatters, the retro mood of her bubbling keyboards and neon-lit production is accentuated by visuals that look like they could’ve come from a long-lost VHS tape lodged in a VCR buried in a dusty thrift-shop corner. “Projections” appears on Scraps’ 2014 full-length, Electric Ocean (Fire).


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Despite its underlying melancholy, Baby Baby's "Short Little Summer Love Song" is a bouncy tune that's ideal for listening to in the rays of the summer sun.

In describing “Short Little Summer Love Song”, Atlanta rock outfit Baby Baby says, “The worst part about about love is feels like it will last forever and there’s nothing anyone can tell you otherwise. However, if life has told us anything it’s that love is fleeting and fragile at best.” Despite its otherwise bouncy demeanor, “Short Little Summer Love Song”, a track off of Baby Baby’s recent Big Boy Baller Club LP, attempts to clutch on to the inherently ephemeral spirit of summer.


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Friday, May 23, 2014
PopMatters presents "Saturday Night", a wah-wah guitar-heavy tune by Liverpool-based rockers Familiar Looking Strangers.

The wah-wah guitar and police siren that open “Saturday Night” may lead one to think she has stumbled onto a soundtrack for a ‘70’s police drama. Alas, it is not, although anyone looking to develop a retro police drama should probably take note.


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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Bedroom Shrine's "Protector" is a tune that evokes dusty, barren landscapes that countless Westerns have taken much more time to capture.

Sand-swept valleys, piercing rays of sun, and endless desert roads are all images brought to the mind by the first strum of the guitar in “Protector,” a track off of Bedroom Shrine’s upcoming album No Déjà Vu. The twangy guitars and Tom-Petty esque vocals also add to this lonesome, rugged sonic terrain; after only two and a half short minutes, “Protector” leaves quite a visual impression. Even more enticing is the tune’s cliffhanger ending: “Back to another time / Back to another day / When we were on the run.” The last note of the song doesn’t land with the impact that one would normally get had it landed predictably on the tonic, but the band’s small decision here makes the ending all the more effective.


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