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by Zach Schonfeld

12 Mar 2013


After more than half a decade of waiting and a preparation process steeped in secrecy and seclusion, your patience has been rewarded. No, I’m not talking about a new pope—it’s the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience, available for exclusive streaming at iTunes a week before its March 19th release on RCA. It’s been over six years since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, and with the release of “Suit & Tie” in January, Timberlake has begun repositioning as what Buzzfeed‘s Matthew Perpetua terms “an upscale pop star” who “only makes music when he feels truly inspired.” The new album clocks in at just over 70 minutes spread out among ten tracks, which means—yes—an average track length of over seven minutes. It’s worth it, if only for the largely instrumental funk breakdowns that seem to come into play around the four-minute mark on most tracks.

Here’s the stream.

by John Bergstrom

12 Mar 2013


Watt, who also co-founded the English indie-pop duo Everything but the Girl in 1982, started Buzzin’ Fly in 2003. Over the last decade, the label has put out records by Justin Martin, Pete Heller, and many others, as well as Watt himself.

Buzzin’ Fly will for now remain in existence as an archive label, to keep the back catalog in print, and will also release some retrospective packages via digital media. Strange Feeling, the label’s less beat-driven subsidiary, will continue to release any new material from Watt’s partner and ex-bandmate Tracey Thorn.

 

by Jane Jansen Seymour

8 Mar 2013


Their dreamy indie pop tune “All of Us”, off their self-released EP Canopy, was featured in PopMatters’ Summer 2011 New Music Playlist. The songs also caught the ear of Kevin Barnes, who invited them along on a nationwide tour with his band of Montreal. Painted Palms quickly evolved into a five-piece band to take advantage of this opportunity, along with other opening gigs with STRFKR and Braids.

Now their debut album Carousel is ready to drop on 2 April, with two songs available to stream via Polyvinyl. (They are being released as a limited edition 7” vinyl for $6; pre-orders are rewarded by an instant full-album download.) The title track, “Carousel”, swings easily with breathy singing extolling the virtues of beautiful friends over sun drenched synths. “Click” picks up the pace, creating interwoven melodies plus background vocals over a layered percussive vibe.

by Geoff Nelson

7 Mar 2013


While flashing ode to the big tents under which James Blake, the xx and the Weekend have re-appropriated, and in some cases bastardized, the weird R&B fever that took hold in 2011, Aquilo show more interest in a cloud-clearing chorus on lead demo, “Calling Me”. It is bifurcated to be sure, verses at one timbre and refrain at another, but the design is an intentional dualism: at once elegant and memorable.

Reprinted with permission from 32ft/second.

by PopMatters Staff

7 Mar 2013


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Moving Pixels Podcast: Unearthing the 'Charnel House'

// Moving Pixels

"This week we discuss Owl Creek Games's follow up to Sepulchre, the triptych of tales called The Charnel House Trilogy.

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