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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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Monday, Sep 30, 2013
In Texas, the surname Robison is songwriting gold as the family has spawned numerous notables such as Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwick.

On his rockin’ new Americana album, High Times, Charlie Robison covers some of his favorite tunes. “Look Out Cleveland”, penned by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, is a surefire highlight, as is Doug Sahm’s “Nuevo Laredo” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. He honors his sister as well with takes on a number of Ludwick’s tunes. Great stuff all around that makes you feel like you’re downing Lone Star longnecks at the local Texas roadhouse.


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Monday, Sep 30, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Today we bring you the final installment of Dave Stewart's lyric videos for his new album Lucky Numbers.

It only makes sense to conclude the series with the title track of the album, a tune that’s gently funky and super catchy. What really makes all of these songs work so well is Stewart’s understated approach. Young artists throw everything they have against a wall and hope the combo sticks (i.e. Oasis). When it does, it’s brilliant, sometimes the best work of their careers, but when it fails… watch out. Musicians who have been on the professional circuit for many years often reach the point where they understand that less really is more: instrumental passages become more pointed and spare, lyrics more direct, and arrangements become really clean with not a single unnecessary passage. Dave Stewart has reached this level and his music is the best it’s ever been.



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