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by Sarah Zupko

18 Apr 2016


Cardiff’s Tibet plays a uniquely British brand of indie pop that draws from ‘90s Britpop, but isn’t defined by that now often derided genre. Tibet honors the past while moving into the future, keeping the flame of melodic guitar rock alive and vibrant. The group springs from the fertile Cardiff music scene and Rat Trap Recordings, which began its life as a club night drawing bands together at various venues around town. Tibet releases a new EP, Above the Moon, on May 23rd and we have the lead single for you today. “I’ll Put You in My Pocket” is a stomping rock tune with great harmonies and hard-charging guitars. It’s pretty irresistible.

by PopMatters Staff

14 Apr 2016


Texas indie rock band Blue Healer have released a new video for the Americana-tinged song “Only the Rain”. It’s a memorable number whose tune gets lodged in your head after a listen and won’t let go. Blue Healer are based out of Austin and they utilize distorted upright bass, shimmering guitar, analog synths, and drums in their blending of indie rock with dance elements.

by PopMatters Staff

14 Apr 2016


Photo: Charlotte Ferguson

Brooklyn’s Liam Benzvi has a day job with Strange Names who have had a successful debut with Frenchkiss Records and have another album on the way. But Benzvi wanted to branch out and explore different sounds and so he formed Soft Ethnic. Soft Ethnic has a great sound that’s an amalgam of synthpop, electro soul and queer no-wave. As you’ll hear on “Prints”, Soft Ethnic wraps delicious pop melodies inside a gentle, soulful groove, creating a sophisticated blend.

by PopMatters Staff

14 Apr 2016


Photo: Dorota Buncler

Classically trained composer Andrew Shapiro possesses a deep love for melodic pop alongside his more high brow classical pursuits and he has a real sweet spot for synthpop. Shapiro’s new project is Pink Jean Mint Green, which releases June 24th and updates the classic ‘80s synthpop sound for the modern era. It’s also his first time composing pop tunes. Shapiro says that he’s “a child of both classical training—and technique—and ‘80s pop. And I think Pink Jean Mint Green is truly an offspring of the two. If one is thinking in a certain kind of way, it’s not such a huge stretch to go from classical minimalism, like Philip Glass, to music like the Pet Shop Boys (who are a major influence on the album).”

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2016


Southern singer-songwriter Nate Currin writes poetic, plain-spoken, emotionally charged songs that are deeply affecting. Currin is also a master at creating atmosphere in his music and he’s equally comfortable rocking the house on songs like “Midnight Train” and slowing things down for a stunningly beautiful ballad like “A Madman and a Poet”.

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Difficulty As Tone in 'Hyper Light Drifter'

// Moving Pixels

"Hyper Light Drifter's creates a certain tone -- melancholy resignation mixed with a feeling of just barely scraping by -- that wouldn’t be possible in an easier game.

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