When you listen to the new track by Jesse R. Berlin, there comes a point where you find yourself thinking, wait, is this guy just taking the piss? Then you read his bio, which his fictionalized so hilariously, that you laugh and go along with it all. It turns out this project is helmed by a New York artist who prefers to bring some fun mystique to the indie scene, and although it only takes a 30-second Google search to learn who he is, it’s better to go with it, and listen to the comical blend of new wave, chillwave, and outsider music on new track “Wash Your Boat!”, which we’re very happy to premiere here at PopMatters.
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Having formed at the same university Pink Floyd attended, it’s rather fitting that London band Venice Trip draws a great deal of influence from Syd Barrett and The Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Floyd. Comprised of three distinctly different songs, Venice Trip’s new EP Look Forward, ironically, hearkens back to late-‘60s psychedelia and the budding progressive rock scene, veering from mystical, to pop-oriented, to sheer rock ferocity. The versatility they show in such a short time span is awfully impressive, and it’s enough to make listeners salivate for even more new music.
Nyles Lannon, the guitarist/songwriter for the band Film School, wears many hats, one of which is the n. Lannon moniker, through which he explores a unique take on the singer-songwriter formula. Using things like an 808 drum machine and atypical samples (including smatterings of Persian music), n. Lannon creates an electro singer-songwriter sound that’s like a quirky take on the style that David Gray purveyed in on records like 1999’s White Ladder. While n. Lannon isn’t sentimental in the way that Gray is (you’ll find no “This Year’s Love” here), his ability to take the intimacy and directness of the “guy with an acoustic guitar” formula and defamiliarize it with unique production and instrumental choices is certainly worth your attention. As such, we’re happy to premiere his latest LP, Falling Inside, right here on PopMatters.
We’re big fans of NOLA music here at PopMatters, so it’s hardly surprising when we say that we’re excited to premiere the latest tune by the New Orleans funk/rock band the Revivalists, “Stand Up”. The tune, which features on the group’s forthcoming Men Against Mountains LP, is an all-out blast of aural fun and celebration, made up of equal parts Fender Rhodes and funky grooves.
With their new album Tunes From the North, Songs From the South, prairie duo Fiddle & Banjo want to bridge traditional music from both their native Canada and from America as well. Saskatoon native Karrnnel Sawitzky brings his Ukrainian Canadian heritage to his fiddle playing, while Winnipeg’s Daniel Koulack has built a reputation as one of the best clawhammer banjo players in Canada, and the pair bring vast knowledge of traditional folk music to this aptly-named project. There’s no better way to introduce the duo than with this stark cover of the old Appalachian folk tune “Red Rocking Chair”, featuring Joey Landreth on vocals, which we are very happy to premiere at PopMatters.
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