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by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2016


Photo: Julia Schill

Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger teams up with two other well-known Canadian indie rock musicians—Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties) and Marty Kinack (Transistor Sound & Light Co)—to form the dream-poppy Laser. This is Lobsinger’s first recorded solo work outside of Broken Social Scene and she very much has her own sound, veering off in a dreamy direction with tunes that feel completely organic, but are washed with gentle synths and languid beats. It’s a journey of the mind through late night city spaces, deep forested landscapes and wide open plains.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jan 2016


Ryan Dieringer: CSLSX have been on the grind in Philly for a while. I played one of their first shows with them in 2011 when they first started dropping singles. They were surprisingly nice guys despite their media rep for “elusiveness”. It’s nice to see them nailing their role on this new Lushlife record. The haze and trap of this beat is almost uncannily indebted to Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which of course is gonna sound good under an Atlanta flow. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2016


Dustin Ragucos: There’s something faux about Charlie Hilton’s melancholy on “Funny Anyway”. While Lana Del Rey has something going for her in her performance, Hilton feels at a loss for words, but in a way where listeners don’t feel empathetic. Hilton’s audience feels lulled into a snooze, and whether that’s her intention or not, her material will be for an acquired taste. It’s just not mine… [4/10]

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2016


John Bergstrom: From their upcoming sophomore album. With the earnest, repeated sample, the simple arrangements and the emo chords, it is quite reminiscent of the sound that made Moby famous. So it’s come back around, then. Not a bad thing. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

21 Jan 2016


Jedd Beaudoin: What a pleasant surprise! Great energy and that whole childlike, “We could be robots or a rock band” thing is pretty dang pleasant. The tune also doesn’t stay in one place too long, it’s repetitive when it needs to be but keeps on surprising as it goes along and it’ll get you up and dancing too. You can’t see me right now but I’m actually typing this with my feet ‘cause I’m waving my hands in the air. Hopefully not everything the band does is exactly like this ‘cause that’d be boring but this is sooo good. [8/10]

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