In early November, PopMatters premiered the self-titled EP of Milán, the latest project by the Brooklyn-based musician Maria Neckham. With these tunes still fresh out of the recording studio, Milán’s music has already attracted artists looking to remix her work. Below you can hear Stafford’s remix of the Milán EP cut “DK6”, here given a sprightly rendition driven by bouncy synth notes.
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In his review of the 2009 tribute album Loving Takes This Course: A Tribute to the Songs of Kath Bloom, Matthew Fiander wrote, “Kath Bloom has been around writing beautiful songs for a long time—long enough that she should be known by more people, and should already be remembered for more than just her appearance on the Before Sunset soundtrack.” Bloom continues to prove that sentence right by sticking to the craft she’s been honing since the late ‘70s. If her ninth studio effort Pass Through Here is any indication, none of the passion has faded from her career. Below you can stream the Pass Through Here tune “Criminal Side”, which finds Bloom’s sharp lyrics met by some tastefully played seventh chords on acoustic guitar.
With two albums under his belt (Mal Eduqué Mon Amour and Giselle), Xavier Caféïne has already made a significant splash in his native Montreal punk scene. Caféïne has a new record coming out soon, and while you wait for that set of tunes, you can stream and download the anthemic pop/punk of “Love Disease (Christmas in New York)”, his latest single. Sung from the perspective of someone alone during the Christmas holiday, “Love Disease” takes a straightforward, power-chord driven song structure and accents it with bells, bringing a tangible yuletide spirit to accompany the catchy hook.
RONiiA (pronounced Row-nee-a) is an eclectic conglomeration of artists. Comprised of Nona Marie Invie (Dark Dark Dark, FUGITIVE), Mark McGee (Father You See Queen, Marijuana Deathsquads) and Fletcher Barnhill (Joint Custody, FUGITIVE), RONiiA brings together the group’s wide span of influences, spanning dark folk to subtly catchy synth pop. The trio’s self-titled debut is out today; you can stream the entire LP below.
New Zealand native Geoff Ong recently took to studying music at the prestigious Berkelee College of Music in Boston, where he recently held a pre-release party for his newest EP, The Boston. Below, you can stream a track off of the EP, the neo-soul inflected “The Last Song I’ll Ever Write About You”. While a big breakup may be hard to get over, Ong sounds like he truly is writing the last song he’ll write about a past love of his, as evidenced by the buoyant mood of the songwriting.
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