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by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016


Chad Miller: A track that nails the balance between evoking the past and pointing towards the future. Kali Uchis does an excellent job as the lead vocalist, giving the song a jazzy feel. Also, the sound shift as the song approaches its second minute provides a nice tonal change before the song ends, almost like the track is cooling down. It’s refreshing to hear. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016


Magdalen Jenne: The most basic song, but a handful of smart production and arrangement choices elevate it from dull to really likable. The horns are an especially nice touch, and lend the track a swampy kind of southern gothic edge. Can’t do anything to cut back on the cheese factor on the video, though. [6/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016


Eric Risch: Toying with perception, the Jordan Blake-directed video for Mount Moriah‘s “Baby Blue” sets photographer Robert Frank’s The Americans in motion. Seemingly candid moments proving anything but, we are left to question everything we see. Innocence lost set to a gorgeous hymn. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016


Morgan Y. Evans: Electronic informed yet not super trendy projects like this, Glint or the Legends are very chill and stress relieving. It’s like when the pain pill hits in after a migraine, though some of the imagery in the video might induce low level seizures. Kind of like lucid dreaming if Sigur Rós were more electronic and scored the new Tron and Where The Wild Things Are movies. Could also be a vodka commercial. [6/10]

by PopMatters Staff

11 Feb 2016


Magdalen Jenne: This track starts out with some really good initial ideas and then fails to expand on them. It doesn’t really need to, though: the sludgy instrumental break dissolves the song’s structure—the riff, the faint whiffs of piano at its upper registers—and replaces it instead with a pointedly ugly crescendo hurtling towards the end of the track. The dynamic shift is there, and even if you spend the whole first listen waiting for a chorus, the frustration in the fact that it never comes is a satisfaction in its own right. [7/10]

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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