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by Maria Schurr

28 Apr 2017

Mark Fernyhough photographed exclusively for PopMatters by
Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit

Those with an interest in particularly dorky pop cultural titles may be aware that the time of predicting 2017’s “Summer Anthem” is fast approaching. British-born, Berlin-based artist Mark Fernyhough’s new single “Steal My Love” is by no means the sort of song one would normally see in the running, nor is it marketed as such. Yet it feels more in line with the true feelings of summer than whatever lowest common denominator radio fodder will inevitably be awarded the ubiquitous summer anthem title. “Steal My Love” is certainly anthemic in the British pop sense, with big, hooky verses and even bigger, hookier, more blinding choruses, but it’s also beguilingly wistful, a sumptuously warm and sunny day belying a doomed summer romance. Luckily, “Steal My Love”’s hooks are gripping enough to outlive any direct pigeonholing, seasonal or otherwise.

by Sarah Zupko

28 Apr 2017

Chris Ingalls: Brooklyn’s Drums have cited the Beach Boys and Joy Division among their influences, and this kind of eclecticism is obvious in their music. “Blood Under My Belt” manages to combine sweet harmonies and pop hooks with a sense of pseudo-goth poses that update the sound nicely. It’s refreshing to hear a band that embraces retro influences from a variety of different sources and eras. Imagine a group of sullen kids dressed in black discovering Pet Sounds, and you’ve got the general idea. [7/10]

by Jordan Blum

28 Apr 2017

As a member of Grammy Award-winning a cappella quintet Pentatonix—among other outlets—Avi Kaplan has long since established himself as a remarkable vocalist, musician, and arranger. It’s not too surprising, then, that he’s recently branched out into his own project, Avriel & the Sequoias, whose debut EP, Sage and Stone, will arrive on June 9th. To help tide over fans until then, he’s just put out the first video from the release, “Fields and Pier”, which does an excellent job of setting the stage for the whole sequence. Rustic and grave, it’s a gorgeously somber and symphonic slice of introspective chamber/indie folk that’s sure to stay with you.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Apr 2017

Canada’s Blackie and the Rodeo Kings released their latest alternative country/Americana album Kings and Kings earlier this year and it features the band pairing up with their favorite male vocalists, including Fantastic Negrito, Buddy Miller, Keb Mo, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Eric Church, and Raul Malo. This LP is a companion of sorts to their 2011 effort Kings and Queens that featured the group working with their favorite females vocalists.

by Sarah Zupko

26 Apr 2017

Recently Saltland, a.k.a. Rebecca Foon, released her latest album A Common Truth, which we praised and rated an eight. Andrew Paschal wrote, “Rebecca Foon has managed to take what could have been a narrow exercise in chamber music and crafted something with real emotional depth and scope. She takes cues from sources as diverse as drone and freak folk while hewing devotedly to her core instrument.”

//Mixed media

Players Lose Control in ‘Tales from the Borderlands’

// Moving Pixels

"This is an interactive story in which players don’t craft the characters, we just control them.

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