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by Adrien Begrand

29 Jun 2015


When you listen to the new track by Jesse R. Berlin, there comes a point where you find yourself thinking, wait, is this guy just taking the piss? Then you read his bio, which his fictionalized so hilariously, that you laugh and go along with it all. It turns out this project is helmed by a New York artist who prefers to bring some fun mystique to the indie scene, and although it only takes a 30-second Google search to learn who he is, it’s better to go with it, and listen to the comical blend of new wave, chillwave, and outsider music on new track “Wash Your Boat!”, which we’re very happy to premiere here at PopMatters.

by Adrien Begrand

26 Jun 2015


Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, English duo Malpas have created a unique sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali M. Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while producer Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood (producing such bands as My Bloody Valentine and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart) adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. All ingredients are on full display on the track “Where the River Runs”, and we’re proud to present the bleakly themed, beautifully photographed new video for the track. It’s a perfect visual companion to the aching composition.

by Adrien Begrand

26 Jun 2015


Having formed at the same university Pink Floyd attended, it’s rather fitting that London band Venice Trip draws a great deal of influence from Syd Barrett and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Floyd. Comprised of three distinctly different songs, Venice Trip’s new EP Look Forward, ironically, hearkens back to late-‘60s psychedelia and the budding progressive rock scene, veering from mystical, to pop-oriented, to sheer rock ferocity. The versatility they show in such a short time span is awfully impressive, and it’s enough to make listeners salivate for even more new music.

by Brice Ezell

26 Jun 2015


Nyles Lannon, the guitarist/songwriter for the band Film School, wears many hats, one of which is the n. Lannon moniker, through which he explores a unique take on the singer-songwriter formula. Using things like an 808 drum machine and atypical samples (including smatterings of Persian music), n. Lannon creates an electro singer-songwriter sound that’s like a quirky take on the style that David Gray purveyed in on records like 1999’s White Ladder. While n. Lannon isn’t sentimental in the way that Gray is (you’ll find no “This Year’s Love” here), his ability to take the intimacy and directness of the “guy with an acoustic guitar” formula and defamiliarize it with unique production and instrumental choices is certainly worth your attention. As such, we’re happy to premiere his latest LP, Falling Inside, right here on PopMatters.

by Brice Ezell

26 Jun 2015


We’re big fans of NOLA music here at PopMatters, so it’s hardly surprising when we say that we’re excited to premiere the latest tune by the New Orleans funk/rock band the Revivalists, “Stand Up”. The tune, which features on the group’s forthcoming Men Against Mountains LP, is an all-out blast of aural fun and celebration, made up of equal parts Fender Rhodes and funky grooves.

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Ten Great Criterion Titles: What to Watch and Why

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"As the Criterion Collection's ever-growing roster shows, there are simply too many great pictures out on home video to know what to do with.

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