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by PopMatters Staff

27 Oct 2016

Photo: Owen Berry

Vancouver’s Goodwood Atoms blend indie folk, indie pop and electronic music into delicate, ethereal, and enticing soundscapes that seduce the listener. Influenced by Radiohead and Alt-J, the band formed back in 2014 and by 2015 had won FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording program, which is funding the work on Goodwood Atoms’ debut LP that is scheduled for release in November. Today, we’re sharing the group’s new single “Into the Bay”.

by Sarah Zupko

26 Oct 2016

Barnaby Carter‘s sound is a deep and lush shade of ambient, but with the cinematic influences of Ital Tek and Jon Hopkins adding a sense of movement and direction to Carter’s music. “Evening Redness” begins with synth washes and gentle beats that emanate a warm redness, as the title suggests. Female vocals add the ethereal quality and the textures become richer as the track moves along. Carter hails from the rich electronic scene of Brighton where Ital Tek also plies his trade. Growing up with the British post-rock of Radiohead and Mogwai, Carter has been heavily influenced by the work of the Future Sound of London and Boards of Canada. His debut album, While It Still Blooms, releases Friday via Project Mooncircle with “Evening Redness” being the new single.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Oct 2016

San Diego’s Rafter, otherwise known as Rafter Roberts, concocts little, brilliant nuggets of off-kilter pop with an experimental spirit. No two songs on Rafter’s new album XYZ sound alike and ideas aren’t repeated as the album exhibits a real flash of originality blending Beatles, XTC and Queen influences with electro pop and really inventive rhythms and texture. Tossing a bit of R&B into the mix as well, XYZ is a super fun album that should be a true delight to all pop fans who appreciate out-of-the box thinking.

by Jedd Beaudoin

25 Oct 2016

There’s a well-worn adage which states that great art can be born from pain. That’s certainly the case with Solas, the latest from the Answer. Coming off a 2015 tour, the band returned to Northern Ireland to face dire circumstances. The members faced dire emotional and financial circumstances that drove the collective to the precipice, wondering if there would ever be new Answer music again. Eventually, the collective returned to what it had done for the previous 15 years, making music. Determined to come back with a stronger effort than ever before the quartet set about making Solas. Taking its name from the Gaelic word for light, the LP shows a markedly improved and mature band examining both the light and the darkness that light has to offer.

by Sarah Zupko

24 Oct 2016

Tim Easton said of Texas singer-songwriter Adam Carroll, “Adam Carroll is East Texas’ own Shakespeare of song…. His songs belong in Texan and Bayou anthropology courses, but mostly they should belong to your car stereo speakers.” We couldn’t agree more as Carroll’s songs are genuine, poetic, literary and relatable tales of life in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

This coming Friday, October 28th Austin-based Eight 30 Records is releasing a tribute to the influential Carroll entitled Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, which includes takes on Carroll’s music by leading Americana luminaries like the Band of Heathens, Hayes Carll, Tim Easton, James McMurtry, and Slaid Cleaves.

//Mixed media

That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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