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Friday, Jul 13, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Taking the spare approach of Dico's new single, "Moon to Let", and adding in layers of bubbling synths, Zero 7 adds a further warmth to the song with an electronic sheen.

Denmark’s Tina Dico possesses a deep, atmospheric voice suggesting the chilly outdoor landscapes of rural northern Europe mixed with the cozy interiors of rich colors and a fireplace. In other words, her voice is perfectly suited to music that is simultaneously cool, moody and warm. So, taking the spare approach of Dico’s new single, “Moon to Let”, and adding in layers of bubbling synths, Zero 7 adds a further warmth to the song with an electronic sheen.


The “Moon to Let” EP will release on 16 July (UK), 17 July (US) and features the original tune and remixes like this one and another by Fink. Dico’s new album, Where Do You Go to Disappear?, produced in Iceland with her musical partner Helgi Jonsson, will be available on 10 September via her own label, Finest Gramophone.



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Monday, Jul 2, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Raw Geronimo is a young L.A. band whose sound is an interesting mix of '50s and '60s surf, '60s girl groups, '70s glam, with a dash of post-punk.

Raw Geronimo is a young band out of Los Angeles known for their mesmerizing live shows in southern California. Their sound is an interesting mix of ‘50s and ‘60s surf, ‘60s girl groups, ‘70s glam, with a dash of post-punk. LA Weekly said of the group, “If you remember the B-sides of ‘80s punk comps, where “art” bands like the Nuns, Los Microwaves and Suburban Lawns matched playful technique with a sense of humor and the sheer force of personality, then you’ll recognize Raw Geronimo instantly: new wave in the best and weirdest way.” Raw Geronimo have released a couple of 7-inch singles so far via Neurotic Yell Records with the recent “Roll Play” (below the fold) being the latest. Today we bring you the premiere of a new song “Shot on the Spot” by way of this brand new video directed by Aliethea D’Angelo.



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Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Cosmo Jarvis is still quite young at 22, but he's already made a substantive impact in the pop world with his story-filled songs that take unexpected twists.

Cosmo Jarvis is still quite young at 22, but he’s already made a substantive impact in the pop world with his story-filled songs that take unexpected twists. He’s made a fan out of Stephen Fry and I can barely think of a better endorsement that being beloved by the Noel Coward of our age. It was that “Gay Pirates” tune that broke things wide open for Jarvis and resulted in heaps of praise from leading lights in the UK press such as The Guardian and Mojo. Now Jarvis is back with his third album, Think Bigger, releasing 17 July via 25th Frame/The End.


Today we bring you the online premiere of Jarvis’ acoustic take on his new single “Love This”. Also, check out the acoustic video and the video for the album version of the song below.



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Monday, Jun 25, 2012
Van Rivers, a noted Fever Ray collaborator, takes a song off of Man Without Country's most recent LP and works new magic on it.

There was already something darkly foreboding and mysterious about Man Without Country‘s recent excellent single, “Closet Addicts Anonymous”, but Van Rivers focuses more on the latter than the former of those two by stripping it down to a Gorillaz-esque pop dirge that manages to have bounce to spare. It’s a strange angle yet it works wonderfully with the context of the song itself, accentuating the light/dark dichotomy that the original only hinted at, choosing to emphasize the dark and bury the light.


In “Closet Addicts Anonymous” there’s an odd sort of resigned acceptance that things aren’t that great but the track manages to stay away from being completely defeatist. This is what the remix expertly hones in on and exploits. It’s a thrilling transition from an intensely aggressive piece to something that barely resembles its former self yet retains part of what made the song so great to begin with, which is exactly what a great remix should do.



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Friday, Jun 22, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Jonathan Caouette’s latest film Walk Away Renee documents his cross-country trip with his mentally ill mother who Caouette is helping to move.

Jonathan Caouette’s latest film Walk Away Renee documents his trip to move his mentally ill mother across the country. It’s a means of delving into the mother/son relationship, with glimpses into the past through the prism of the present. Music montages, real juxtaposed with imaginary scenes, and trippy bits paint a portrait of love and sacrifice. Caouette says, Walk Away Renee was developed from equal parts love, sweat, humility and pure happenstance. I am ecstatic that people will now be able to see what I consider the final version of this film.” The movie premiered at Cannes in 2011 and will have its North American premiere on 27 June with a screening at BAMcinemaFest as well as on SundanceNOW’s SVOD (Subscriber Video-on-Demand) program Doc Club. Today we bring you an exclusive clip from the film, as well as a set of stills.



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