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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
France's El Boy Die constructs his tunes like a film composer, creating expansive, cinematic music that evokes mood and imagery in equal measure.

France’s El Boy Die constructs his tunes like a film composer, creating expansive, cinematic music that evokes mood and imagery in equal measure. For his new album, Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins, releasing 26 October on Semprini Records El Boy Die decamped to Montreal to work with the likes of Herman Dune, Yeti Lane, Cyann & Ben, Zombie Zombie, and Valleys. It’s all part of his attempt to deconstruct psych-folk and the results are intriguing to say the least. Today, we present the premiere of the first single, “Dead Kings,” from Black Hawk Ladies & Tambourins. Check out the mesmerizing, tribalesque drumming.



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Wednesday, Oct 13, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Victoire merge electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole.

Brooklyn’s Victoire have high musical ambitions, defining themselves as a chamber rock quintet, an obvious nod to the complexity and richness of classical music. They live up to the moniker, merging electro glitch, pop, haunting vocals, and classical violin and clarinet amongst a plethora of instruments into a unified whole. Earlier this week PopMatters’ Maria Scurr said of Victoire’s new release Cathedral City, “[this] is a sturdily crafted work. While it is easy to meet an album full of dense instrumentation with indifference, Cathedral City is just as much an exhilarating excursion as it is a welcome release from the speed of life.”



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Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Portland's Tu Fawning have developed a sophisticated and mature sound that draws from the noirish elements of Tom Waits, the textures and moods of Portishead, and '20s and '30s big band tunes and folk music.

Portland’s Tu Fawning was formed three years ago by Corrina Repp and Joe Haege and, in that short time, have developed a sophisticated and mature sound that draws from the noirish elements of Tom Waits, the textures and moods of Portishead, and ‘20s and ‘30s big band tunes and folk music. The emphasis is very much on experimentation and messing about with traditional rock instrumentation, so it’s not unusual to hear Tu Fawning trotting out trumpets, trombones and just about anything else that will allow them to augment their jagged riffs with something a bit unexpected. As Haege says, “We’re trying to weave a fabric that is a little more dense, which some will undoubtedly find unnerving. For others, though, ourselves included, it seems to be the last oasis for searching out that emotional high that music can give you. There is just something magical about being able to make your songs sound as though they were played while a giant walks through a valley, a piano is stabbed in a 1920’s basement, drums are beat on a mountain or that you’re singing in a cave.”



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Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
Buenos Aires’ Tremor fuse the indigenous sounds of the Andes with electronic grooves and rock-like riffs and attitude into a potent combination.

Buenos Aires’ Tremor fuse the indigenous sounds of the Andes with electronic grooves and rock-like riffs and attitude into a potent combination. Composer Leonardo Martinelli is the heart of the group and his background in creating musical scores for film and theatre plays out in the group’s theatrical presentation and ambitious musical scope. Tremor had the honor of being selected to appear at this year’s WOMEX in Copenhagen in October and they have a new record planned for the future, of which this video “Tarkas” will give you a preview of coming attractions. The video was filmed back in June in Brooklyn during a tour to the US and is named after the type of flutes played in the song.


Help Tremor realize their goal of playing WOMEX by pledging your support here.


TOUR DATES
Oct 21 @ Glazart, Paris France
Oct 22 @ RASA Centre for World Cultures, Utrecht Netherlands
Oct 23 @ Sodra Teatern, Stockholm Sweden
Oct 28 @ WOMEX, Copenhagen Denmark



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Monday, Oct 4, 2010
The British/Dutch Legendary Pink Dots are veterans of psychedelic rock, plying their trade since 1980. The band has a new album, Seconds Late for the Brighton Line, coming from ROIR tomorrow (5 October).

The British/Dutch Legendary Pink Dots are veterans of psychedelic rock, plying their trade since 1980. The band has a new album, Seconds Late for the Brighton Line, coming from ROIR tomorrow,  5 October.The Dots also have a lengthy North American tour scheduled (dates below the jump) to promote the new record as well as to celebrate their 30 years of musical expression. New Yorkers can catch the group with the Dresden Dolls at Irving Plaza in NYC on Halloween. Today, we bring you the video premiere of the moody “Hauptbahnhof”, which highlights the dark, Krautrock, classical influence in the Dot’s work.


<a href="http://legendarypinkdots.bandcamp.com/album/seconds-late-for-the-brighton-line">Russian Roulette by Legendary Pink Dots</a>

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