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by Arnold Pan

8 Jul 2014


There’s nothing lightweight about Lightfoils, not considering the heavy-lidded dream-pop the Chicago group creates on its new album Hierarchy. Sure, there are some atmospheric wisps of melody, mostly courtesy of Jane Zabeth’s vocals, but Lightfoils’ neo-shoegaze sound mostly tips the scales at the weightier end of the genre with their dense, swirling guitars and substantial rhythms. Premiering here on PopMatters, Lightfoils’ Hierarchy is out today via Saint Marie Records.

 

by Brice Ezell

1 Jul 2014


“The Girls Are Here,” the newest single by the New York songwriting duo Beautiful Small Machines, brings one classic group to mind immediately from the outset: The Beach Boys. With this track, the duo of Bree Sharp and Don DiLego bring to mind all the summertime fun associated with that quintessential pop act, all the while adding their own unique dose of fun to the equation. However, despite the beachfront environs the song evokes, the initial inspiration for the song comes from the realm of late-night partying out in the city.

by Brice Ezell

1 Jul 2014


With the 4th of July coming in the next few days, there is no better time to spin “4th of July”, the new track by the New York City-based singer/songwriter Mackenzie Shivers. After graduating from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with a degree in music composition and theory, Shivers’ talents as a songwriter only grew, as evidenced by the delicate songwriting on this track. The gospel-inflected piano chords create a reflective mood that becomes all the more significant when one takes the song’s inspiration into account.

by Brice Ezell

1 Jul 2014


Later this year, Nashville-based rock outfit the Wans are set to release their new LP, He Said, She Said. Lead singer and guitarist Simon Kerr says of the record, “I’m more proud of this record than anything I’ve done in my life. The songs are all the strongest songs I’ve ever written. The production and sounds are brilliant thanks to our producer, Dave Cobb, and our engineer, John Netti. I can’t forget Vance Powell who mixed it and Ed Spear who was assistant mix engineer. I’ve got pretty high expectation’s for this record and I’m so excited for people to hear it.

by Brice Ezell

25 Jun 2014


One of the wonders of music is its ability to soften the impact of intensely personal subject matter through the use of “happy sounding” technique and key signatures. As Chris Thile once said about bluegrass, “If you want to be happy, listen to the music; if you want to be sad, listen to the lyrics.” “Lover”, the latest single from the Bridgeport, Connecticut alt-country duo Lines West, is an ideal example of the tension between affable music and emotionally probing lyrics. The team of John Radzin and Brian Larney behind the Lines West name bring out this classic feature of country and bluegrass music especially on “Lover”. It’s a tune one will likely hum along to, whether or not one notices Radzin’s melancholy self-exploration.

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Kiasmos: 26 May 2015 - Rough Trade NYC (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Kiasmos is the exciting, dark and trippy electronic project from Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen.

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