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by Sarah Zupko

22 Feb 2016


Nathan Lawr (a.k.a. Minotaurs) is an experimental soul, respecting no boundaries as he explores his musical adventures. Lawr previously worked with King Cobb Steelie, a band that blended electronic, dub and punk back in the ‘90s. He then moved on to Royal City, as well as having worked with the Constantines, Jim Guthrie and FemBots. This restless musician is now focused on his new project Minotaurs and his third album under that moniker, Weird Waves releasing March 11th. Lawr describes the record as being an “apocalyptic-psychedelic afro-folk epic”, something you can hear straight away on his new single “Stayed Too Long”, which begins rather like an indie pop tune before picking up some funk beats and moving into an all-on jazzy, soul section. Lawr’s music is forward looking and his tunes always go someplace, often in unexpected ways, which makes this thoroughly exciting music.

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2016


Chris Ingalls: The thing about minimalism (whether it’s Steve Reich or dance music) is that if it’s executed the right way, the sonic rewards are plentiful. That’s the case with the opening title track of the Field’s upcoming album. As soon as a riff or sound eases its way into your brain, a new element is introduced. That’s how the Field manages to keep things interesting for 12-plus minutes. Good background music, but even better for deep listening. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2016


Irish American roots music band Solas has been around for 20 years thrilling audiences with their forward-looking Irish music. Many amazing musicians have played in Solas over the years, including fiddler Winifred Horan, accordionist Mick McAuley, and founding member Seamus Egan. For their brand new record, All These Years, releasing today, Solas has brought back all of the musicians and singers who have passed through the group over the years and they also introduce a brand-new vocalist, Moira Smiley, who previously worked with tUnE-yArDs.

“We thought it was a way for us to celebrate the past with all of the people who had been important to us over the years,” says Egan. “But we didn’t want use this as an exercise in nostalgia, because we weren’t interested in that at all. Even though we’ve been at it 20 years, I think creatively we’re still as excited about the possibilities as we were back then.”

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2016


Photo: Josh Wool

Emmanuel Elone: This duet seems to bring out the best of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop. The acoustic guitar was elegant, but the light percussion and warm piano notes in the back enhanced this song a lot. Add to that the wonderful, chirping vocal performance of the duo, and the result is a beautiful love ballad that sounds fresh, original, unique and gorgeous. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

18 Feb 2016


Chris Ingalls: Seth “Com Truise” Haley’s raison d’etre has always been spacey, crisp synth instrumentals that sound tailor-made for the soundtrack to “Halt and Catch Fire”—there’s obviously meticulous care involved in replicating the era of shoulder pads and pastels. “Diffraction” sounds a bit sunnier than previous Com Truise efforts, but that doesn’t lend it any less credibility or stop it from being an enjoyable listen. [7/10]

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