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by PopMatters Staff

26 Jan 2016


Canadian indie rockers Paper Lions have been on a hot streak of late. Last year the band’s 2007 video for “Travelling” suddenly went massively viral and it has opened all kinds of doors for Paper Lions. They now stand poised for a huge mainstream breakthrough and they are most definitely ready as their new set of songs from Full Colour, releasing this April, is jam packed with arena-sized pop nuggets that could easily see some major chart success. Perfectly fittingly, Paper Lions titles their new single “Believer” and fills the tune with soaring harmonies declaring that they “want to believe”. So do we because we still need our pop heroes.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Jan 2016


Stephen Wyatt: Nearly seven years after Mercury Rev’s last gift to the world, Snowflake Midnight, rumors abounded that the much beloved band was no more. To the delight of many fans, the rumors were unsubstantiated. The fact that their music would be a slight return to the heralded Deserter’s Songs-era—the band’s crowning musical achievement—generated further enthusiasm from a fanbase eager to welcome them back. True to form, Mercury Rev released “Coming Up for Air”, a song that delights in the language of Brian Wilson while penning a cavity-sweet chorus that swirls around the band’s familiar baroque orchestration. Jonathan Donahue’s boyish vocals and gentle performance emboldens the song’s charming ode to difficult break-ups. [9/10]

by Jedd Beaudoin

25 Jan 2016


Photo: Ester Segarra

Barcelona’s Obsidian Kingdom will release a new full-length album, A Year With No Summer, in March and has just issued the video “Black Swan” as a taste. And what a delicious bite it is. The group’s sound has never been easy to classify and this track is certainly no exception to that rule. Driven by a gently throbbing electronic pulse and atmospheric keyboards, the track is carried by an emotive vocal performance that places the track somewhere between Porcupine Tree and Radiohead with dashes of more traditional progressive rock swirling in the mix as well.

by PopMatters Staff

25 Jan 2016


Stephen Wyatt: When a band unabatedly declares that “White men are black men, too”, their design is to extend the conversation on race past the rigidly defined parameters. “Old Rock N Roll” by Young Fathers confronts racial identification head-on. Liberian-born and Scottish transplant Alloysious Massaquoi spits fiercely over West African samples and tribal beats about how he’s tired of blaming the white man for the scope of his personal trials. The syncopated loops and grimey production provides the perfect backdrop to add a new voice to the ongoing, and much needed, dialogue on race relations. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

22 Jan 2016


Paul Duffus: Simplistic, repetitive muzak with slightly flat vocals. Is there more to it than this? If life is too much fun, if you own too many great records and your goal for 2016 is to ratchet down your IQ and overall enjoyment of the world, then “Be Together” is just the anodyne pap to help you on your demented way. [2/10]

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