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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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Monday, Feb 10, 2014
by PopMatters Staff
Columbus, OH's Mount Carmel still believes in rock 'n' roll -- you know, the real stuff with charging guitars and drums meant to stir the loins before the brain cells... And I mean that in a good way.

Like the blues, traditional rock ‘n’ roll remains a great musical building block and form. It’ll never be out of date. Mount Carmel shows their devotion to the crunchy riff on “Back on It”, a smokin’ tune from their upcoming album, Get Pure. Mount Carmel bass player Pat Reed tells us about “Back on It”: “The song was built off of the riff. A simple driving riff. The vocals aren’t very complex either. About the repeated monotony of trying to be a man. The song is based off of feeling. Theres a looseness to it. We try to run away from any intellectual complexities that could contribute to a song becoming too narcissistic.”


Mount Carmel’s Get Pure will be released on CD, digital formats and limited edition vinyl on March 25th via Alive Naturalsound Records.


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Monday, Feb 10, 2014
PopMatters premieres the video for "Somniloquist", taken from Messenger's genre-defying debut album Illusory Blues, set for release on the 28th of March.

For many, the video for “Somniloquist” premiered below will be your first encounter with British band Messenger. Formed by Khaled Lowe, Barnaby Maddick and Jaime Gomez Arellano in 2012, Messenger make their full-length debut in March with the release of Illusory Blues, an album of wondrous scope that spans diverse genres ranging from prog rock to blues, by way of neo-folk and psychedelia. However, Messenger refuse to fully commit to the traits or tropes of these genres, instead drift smoke-like through a variety of sounds, with the band’s meticulous songwriting acting as a beacon and an anchor.


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