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by Nigel Spudes

24 May 2013


In the past several years, Dylan Ettinger has carved his place out in the electronic music world with a dark, post-punk indebted style that embraces a range of analog equipment, hacking a new path out of well-worn devices. His newest, bass-heavy, ringing “The Pale Horse”, found on a new split 7” with Goldendust, sees Ettinger yowling in borderline-Ian Curtis desperation over cut-up, static-y percussion. The song’s video consists of VHS footage from Michael Almereyda ‘s Lynchian 1994 vampire masterpiece Nadja, including a scene of David Lynch himself in a turn as a morgue receptionist, cut up into a stuttering, nauseous, color-altered smear (courtesy of the Tachyons+ Video Art Machine) that complements Ettinger’s icy electronic excursions. The same weighty, pixelated pulse drives both song and video, resulting in an claustrophobic, immersive viewing and listening experience.

by Nigel Spudes

24 May 2013


Last time we heard from Candy Claws, 2010’s Hidden Lands, the band showcased a soft, dreamy, layered style that was easy (and often quite pleasant) to just get lost in, letting it carry you off to its titular lands. Their newest song, “Transitional Bird (Clever Girl)”, from Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time, due out June 25th, retains the same layers and a measure of the dreaminess of Hidden Lands, while sounding a good deal more propulsive and energetic. Instrumental and vocal hooks are also much more clearly audible, and the bite of shoegaze guitars buzzes through the candy-colored haze.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

23 May 2013


This catchy tune begins with a buzz of synths that weaves throughout vocal harmonies and a percussive swagger. It luxuriates to almost seven minutes, enough to lounge outside and get a sunburn. Honeymoon is a new musical project by two Australian LA-based producers, Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant. After years producing and writing electronic music, they decided to indulge in their love of lo-fi psychedelia. The full length debut album is due later this year, but “Sure Stuck” is currently available as a free download on the band’s Soundcloud page.

by PopMatters Staff

23 May 2013


“Dead Tongues” is one of the group’s demos that FatCat is showing off at present. This ravaging two-minute blast is a jolt of kinetic energy that highlights a bright future for Silver Arm.

by Jane Jansen Seymour

23 May 2013


Here come the summer anthems—Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Empire of the Sun’s “Alive” are already getting plenty of airplay, and now there’s “Dumb Disco Ideas” by DFA artist Holy Ghost! Check out the recent Red Bull Academy film, “12 Years of DFA Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic”, about the label (home of LCD Soundsystem, YACHT and Holy Ghost!)  Their credo is basically that all music is dance music, if it’s any good.

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