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by PopMatters Staff

10 Sep 2015


Chris Gerard: British synthpop duo Darkstar will release their third album, Foam Island, on September 25. This preview is glitchy computer pop that has some interesting textures and a lurching rhythm, but it doesn’t quite gel as a piece of music. It’s got that “sad computer” vibe that’s already been perfected by others, and there’s not much in the way of melody. The whole thing is kinda monotonous. It’s a surprising choice to lead a new album—“Through the Motions” is an apt title. Perhaps it should have been a b-side instead. [4/10]

by Adrien Begrand

10 Sep 2015


If Brian Carpenter is in high demand from such artistic luminaries as Swans, Arcade Fire, Marc Ribot, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Colin Stetson, without even hearing a note of his music you immediately know the band is clearly respected. After a series of avant-garde releases Carpenter has formed a new band that plumbs the darker depths of Americana, creating an “avant-noir” sound in which you can hear faint echoes of modern-day Swans, Timber Timbre, and of course Johnny Cash, which you can hear on the new track “Savior of Love”.

by Adrien Begrand

10 Sep 2015

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Nicolas Padron

Brooklyn singer-songwriter Danielle Parente is getting set to release her new album Dark Eyes on 18 September, and on the heels of the smouldering R&B of “Very Last Breath (5 Minute Stares)” she now grabs your attention with an audacious and inspired electronic cover of Chris Isaak’s classic tune “Wicked Game”. With its slow build that combines electropop and straight-up dance, it has “club hit” written all over it.

by Adrien Begrand

10 Sep 2015

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Nekrographie

Created by guitarist Thomas Sciarone and singer Milena Eva, Rotterdam band GOLD initially sounded like a natural offshoot of Sciarone’s previous band, the late, great occultists the Devil’s Blood. As a result the debut album Interbellum, while leaning more toward a hard rock sound, was still very much under the “occult rock” umbrella.

by Adrien Begrand

9 Sep 2015


Southern California band Boroughs serve up some laid-back Americana in the tradition of Wilco and Ryan Adams on their soon-to-be-released debut EP, and a great example of that warm, accessible sound is their newest single “Keep It Up”.

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