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by Sarah Zupko

31 Oct 2016


We’re doing something a little different here with this year’s Halloween playlist. No “Monster Mash” or the typical fare. Instead, we’re setting the mood for an adult Halloween with a set of complex electronic music that evokes fear, dread, worry, paranoia and even existential angst.

Play the pop tunes early, if you must, but then settle in to the dark of the night with a fine drink or bud and prepare to get tripped out with these unsettling beats. With this list of disquieting sounds, we’re also highlighting music from some of the very best electronic albums of the year (Ital Tek, Ash Koosha Kuedo, Antwood), nestled in with some old favorites (Underworld, Flying Lotus, Orbital).

by PopMatters Staff

31 Oct 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Don’t mistake Solange’s cool voice for weakness: she has a strong message and proud resolve, and she makes both very clear in this stunning single. Her voice sounds more beautiful than it ever has, and her minimalism, both sonic and visual, is art, focusing the song’s considerable strength directly on her, where it belongs. Sampha’s soft, soulful backing vocals complement her well, adding a layer of sweetness to an empowering ballad. [10/10]

by PopMatters Staff

31 Oct 2016


PHOTO: SHERVIN LAINEZ

Brooklyn electrofunk, synthpop duo French Horn Rebellion recently released their new album, Classically Trained, another slice of upbeat, funky and fun tunes. Speaking of “fun”, French Horn Rebellion recorded a tribute to Weezer—a band that greatly influenced the pair—by recording this cover version of “Buddy Holly”, which appeared as the second single on Weezer’s 1994 debut, Weezer (The Blue Album). French Horn Rebellion’s version has got the funk and big beats to drive home its mega pop melodies. A great bit of fun on this most fun of days, Halloween.

by Cole Waterman

28 Oct 2016


Los Angeles-based Send Medicine brings a modern approach to ‘60s psych-folk. With newest single “Translucent”, the group takes this to the extreme. Tribal percussion, whispery vocals, twangy guitar, and subtle electronics gel to give the tune an unorthodox pop sensibility. The off-kilter rhythm and fluid instrumentation create a sense of bobbing on an undulating wave at dusk.

by PopMatters Staff

27 Oct 2016


East Nashville’s Adrian + Meredith are a married couple with a passion for roots music that found their sound together. Adrian comes from a rock and punk background where he played the acoustic guitar in the style of clawhammer banjo, while Meredith comes out of the old-time music scene. And while their music is primarily Americana in origin, they shake things up a bit by adding in some Eastern European melodic flourishes, as well as a healthy dose of gypsy swing. On their new album, More Than a Little, the duo offers up more roots goodness with a compelling set of folk, old-time, swing jazz with a punk sneer and a good healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll energy.

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