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by PopMatters Staff

12 Oct 2016

Sonic Avenues’ “Future” shows off the band’s punk roots and their post-punk sound that bares deep influences from Devo, the Buzzcocks, and a bit of Howard Devoto’s Magazine. It’s a rocking, two and a half minute slice of raucous energy, poppy choruses, slashing and chopping Rickenbacker guitars. Sonic Avenues hail from the incredibly fertile Montreal music scene and they are about to release their fourth album, Disconnector, which examines themes of future and destiny, human potential and its annihilation. But always with catchy tunes.

by Jedd Beaudoin

12 Oct 2016

Singer-songwriter Shawn Fogel returns with a six-song collection of smart, clear-eyed songs. Titled Volume 1 it is the debut recording from his latest endeavor, Brothers in Yarn. We are pleased to premiere it for you today. The opening “A Million Tiny Arms”, which serves as a kind of prayer for a return to childlike wonderment, showcasing the purity of Fogel’s voice and his gift for crafting uncluttered, unhurried arrangements. The material carries an undeniable emotional complexity, avoiding the binary of happy and sad but instead exploring those shades between, the darkness lurking in the light as well as the light breaking through the dark.

by Sarah Zupko

12 Oct 2016

Photo: Martina Monopoli

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King draws from a long list of American roots genres to concoct his Americana songs, including blues, folk, jazz and ragtime. He’s formally studied music in universities and in the Czech Republic, while having seen a lot of the world through his peripatetic musical career. Winslow-King recently released his fifth album, I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, and it’s a record rooted in the sadness and heartbreak that arises due to the end of a marriage that ultimately ends with a form of acceptance and forgiveness. As the finale of the record, “No More Crying Today” carries this forgiveness, as well as the resolution to feel good again, stop crying, and move on with one’s life. It’s a deft, gentle, relaxed song with delicate, subtle guitar lines, the hushed vocals of a man worn out from pain, and yet another example of Winslow-King’s masterful songwriting skills.

by Sarah Zupko

11 Oct 2016

Photo: Warrick Beyers

Classically trained Scottish musician and composer C Duncan creates gorgeous, dreamy soundscapes that are carefully crafted one layer at a time in his home studio. Growing up the son of two musicians, Duncan excelled at music from an early age and eventually attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he focused on composition. That training lends Duncan’s music a harmonic complexity and tonal richness that complements the gentle electronics and acoustic elements. Duncan’s latest album, The Midnight Sun, released last Friday and it ups the electronic elements, as well as contains the deliciously, dreamy song we’re sharing with you today, “Do I Hear”.

by PopMatters Staff

10 Oct 2016

Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

Atlanta rockers O’Brother are about to head out on tour with the Dillinger Escape Plan on October 12th, but before they do they’s shared this amazing cover version of Portishead’s “Silence” from that group’s brilliant album Third. Earlier this year O’Brother released their third full-length album Endless Light, while “Silence” is a brand new track. The band nails the Portishead aesthetic as it makes the song’s sound both heavier and darker than the original.

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