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Monday, Oct 21, 2013
The German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue has kindly offered PopMatters the premiere of the fourth video from their Tales of Transit City LP, "Dream On."

Tales of Transit City, the second LP by the German psych/prog outfit Okta Logue, is quite plain about the influences it draws from. From the classic rock of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to the psychedelic prog of Pink Floyd, the album covers the veritable prog playbook in its nine-track running time, all the while maintaining a chilled-out mood captured in its warm, vinyl-friendly production quality. Yet instead of sounding like a student regurgitating material for a test, Okta Logue comes off as a group that knows how to respectfully pay homage to a time-tested sonic—and have a blast doing so.


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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
On Light Up Your Lantern, Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Lynx comes up with a new album that's steeped in tradition at the same time it advances homespun innovation.

On Light Up Your Lantern, Bay Area multi-instrumentalist Lynx comes up with a new album that’s steeped in tradition at the same time it advances homespun innovation. Premiering here on PopMatters, Light Up Your Lantern evokes the immediacy of guitar-based folk music, only given more scale and texture with electronic elements that add depth and energy. It’s a play of contrasts that works well, as Lynx takes a familiar, time-tested approach and updates it with a sense of flair that’s current and vital.


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Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
We have been featuring a lot of synth pop lately, which is inevitable as synth pop has been having its greatest resurgence since the 1980s.

White Prism (a.k.a. Johanna Cranitch) is very much a part of that neo synth scene. That said “Fool” actually had other inspirations. Cranitch recently told Idolator that “[she] was listening to a bit of Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey‘s first record when I wrote this. I guess it’s about unrequited love. That vibe you get into where you like someone so much that you just stare at the phone hoping they’ll call, but you can’t call them because you don’t know how they really feel about you.” Now Ladytron has taken the song and sped up the tempo, upped the pop quotient and added some additional dancey beats.


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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
The video for "Tonight at Ten/Tonight at Eleven" captures what's organic about the post-rock genre that Brokeback leader Douglas McCombs helped to define.

Dusting off the Brokeback moniker after a ten-year hiatus between recordings, Douglas McCombs and company returned earlier in 2013 with Brokeback and the Black Rock, an album PopMatters’ John Garratt describes as “boiled down Brokeback, built for easy travel.” Built on a foundation of lush, evocative instrumentation and intuitive interplay, Black Rock captures what’s most organic about the post-rock genre that McCombs helped to define with Tortoise. Premiering on PopMatters, the video for album tracks “Tonight at Ten” and “Tonight at Eleven” conveys just that kind of feel, as the group’s Latin inflected guitars soundtrack understatedly romantic vignettes.


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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013
by PopMatters Staff
Brooklyn's Easy Lover is the duo of Jeremy Wimmer and singer Kali Holloway and they create exceptionally atmospheric synth pop led by the Holloway's head-turning vocals.

No, that doesn’t mean they sound like Yaz. Easy Lover‘s sound can be both far sparer and more orchestral in a single song. Multi-instrumentalist Wimmer explains” “We learned that in a duo, you have learn how to construct a song so that the music can feel like it has weight and depth. It took awhile, but with Kali’s huge vocals and some experimenting with composition, we ultimately found it.” Dig in an enjoy the band’s new EP releasing next week and here’s hoping a full-length won’t be far behind.


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