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by Juana Giaimo

1 Aug 2013


Erlend Øye’s creativity is endless; as if being part of Kings of Convenience and the Whitest Boy Alive wasn’t enough, he will now release an entire album with tracks sang in Italian under the name of Erlend Øye and La Comitiva. La Prima Estate – which in English means “the first summer”—still doesn’t have a release date, but you can listen to the title track and first single on Spotify. Bubble Records, the label he co-founded with Marcin Øz in 2006, shared some details of this new record on their Facebook page:

“In 2012 Erlend Øye moved from Norway to Italy. It didn’t take him long to discover the goldmine of Italian music of the 60s and 70s and start taking inspiration from its arrangements and style of melodies. Neither did it take him long to take inspiration from the lives of the people around him in the Sicilian town of Siracusa, his new home, and learn enough of the language to write this song, La Prima Estate, his first song in Italian, which centers around his friend Lucia and her day of graduation. Recorded in Berlin, backed by the musicians of The Whitest Boy Alive on bass, drums and synthesizer, Erlend plays the electric guitar and mandolin, while new face Victor Abrahamsson is responsible for the tracks signature flute melodies.”

by Jennifer Makowsky

30 Jul 2013


To coincide with the album’s release, the band will be touring with reunited Neutral Milk Hotel.

Last week, Elf Power released a single from the album also named “Sunshine on the Moon“. The track is a succulent, accessible pop melody comprised of the band’s signature jangly guitars and psychedelic overtones. Like a lot of Elf Power songs, the track is immediately catchy, which is no easy feat for a band that has been composing melodic gems since 1994. Give it a listen. You will be singing along in no time.

by Sachyn Mital

29 Jul 2013


Though I’ve found new electronic artists like Robert DeLong and Disclosure to be exciting, I tend to follow the same electronic musicians now as I did a decade (or more) ago. So that means if there are new songs by artists like Moby, Underworld or Deadly Avenger, I’d like to know.

BT is another one of those artists that I keep tabs on. And he’s putting out a new album, A Song Across Wires (ASAW) in August. Although PopMatters’ didn’t do an official review of his last major release, These Hopeful Machines, I felt that album was an incredible glimpse inside the auteur’s mind. At times brilliant, it challenged a lot of listeners in part due to it’s length and some tangential moments. That album still finds it way into my rotation to this day, but now I’m salivating for #ASAW based on the first track on the album “Skylarking”. Other tracks have been debuted including “Tomahawk”, “Surrounded” (which as Aqualung as a guest) and “Must be the Love”. You can view the tracklist here but you should listen to “Skylarking” below.

by PopMatters Staff

28 Jul 2013


Here’s a remix of “Feel the Love” by Woz and featuring buzz rapper Childish Gambino.

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by PopMatters Staff

26 Jul 2013


You can stream “Flying” over at Soundcloud.

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