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Friday, Feb 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
On the video for "As Long as We Try a Little", Thus Owls finds the drama in small gestures.

On “As Long as We Try a Little”, Montreal-Stockholm husband-wife duo Thus Owls finds the drama in small gestures, both musically and thematically. Trained mostly on minimal piano lines and Erika Angell’s steadily climbing vocals, there’s a slowly gathering intensity that crescendos patiently, yet still to startling effect. Premiering here, the video for “As Long as We Try a Little”, directed by Joe Yarmush, matches the music’s mood, as it follows two brothers puzzling over a mysterious letter that, fittingly, says, “It’s time,” in Swedish.


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Friday, Feb 14, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Miami's Harlowe G. formed Jean Jacket as an electro-rock multimedia project that has thrilled Florida fans.

Along with their ‘80s inspired tunes—think later ‘80s Depeche Mode—Jean Jacket includes artistic video projections within their performances. These videos are all specially created for each specific song and create a really compelling live experience that adeptly melds music and film into a single artform. Today we are sharing the new song “Super Party Cups” with you. Harlowe G. says, “‘Super Party Cups’ is about that divine feeling of knowing exactly who or what you desire, and the disappointment that follows soon after getting it.”


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Thursday, Feb 13, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
"Fell So Hard" is a fine example of where Thalia Zedek's present and past meet, combining the broader, more open palette of 2013's Via with the heft of the blues-tinged indie sound that Come pioneered.

Thalia Zedek had a fairly prolific 2013, what with the release of her band’s standout album Via and the reunion of her best-known vehicle Come behind the reissue of its 1992 debut Eleven: Eleven. Working off that momentum, Zedek and her band recorded another EP Six in October 2013. Premiering on PopMatters, Six‘s leadoff track “Fell So Hard” is a fine example of where Zedek’s present and past meet, combining the broader, more open palette of Via with the heft of the blues-tinged indie sound that Come pioneered. Thalia Zedek Band’s Six comes out on 25 February, via Thrill Jockey.


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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
While it's accurate to describe Evan Ønly's synthpop as "future vintage", his upcoming EP No Matter What sounds wholly current.

Evan Ønly describes his electropop as “future vintage”, which provides a fitting mental picture of the slick, neon-saturated compositions on his upcoming EP, No Matter What. And while No Matter What trades in a nostalgic vision of the future with its sweeping synths and post-‘80s vibe, Evan Ønly executes his sound in a vivid and vibrant way that feels wholly current. Premiering on PopMatters, No Matter What releases on 18 February, via Underwater Peoples.


 


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Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Off Belle Adair's 2013 debut The Brave and Blue, "Slowest Routine" combines a rootsy undertone with sleeker, modern elements, a vibe that's visualized in its stunning video.

Off Belle Adair‘s 2013 debut The Brave and Blue, “Slowest Routine” combines a rootsy undertone with sleeker, modern elements, a vibe that’s visualized in the stunning video for the track. Indeed, it captures what’s both organic and state-of-the-art about Belle Adair’s approach, the rough twang of Matt Green’s voice set against a gently building soundscape that hits a dramatic crescendo. Directed by Kris Daw, the video for “Slowest Routine premieres on PopMatters.


 


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