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by Brice Ezell

26 May 2015


Following their “One Last Tour” in 2013, Swedish House Mafia disbanded. Although that group no doubt gave members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso the profile they have today, the end of the band didn’t mean the end of Axwell and Ingrosso’s contributions to electronic music.

In the player below, you can watch a mini-documentary that frames Axwell and Ingrosso’s musical journey following the dissolution of Swedish House Mafia. Together, the two now perform as a duo with the stylized name Axwell /\ Ingrosso. That mini-doc is featured in addition to three performances: a secret show in New York City and two festival gigs, one at Coachella and the other at Ultra.

by Brice Ezell

26 May 2015


If “visual whiplash” is an actual medical condition, prepare yourself: you’re likely to end up with it after watching the ear- and retina-rattling video for the Brooklyn-based Surrender the Spirit’s new video, “Hard Enough”. The video is the well-executed marriage of thick, layered shoegaze and eye-popping visuals. The band, comprised of Johnny Rauberts and Kristen Sonntag, are a refreshing break from the easy shoegaze trend of aping My Bloody Valentine ad nauseam; as “Hard Enough” makes clear, this duo knows how to bring some real aggression to their textural take on rock.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015


Photo: Anton Sucksdorff

LCMDF, formerly known as Le Corps Mince de Françoise, are just the kind of band that suits a Memorial Day playlist. With that weekend now upon us, there’s no time better than now for the duo to drop their latest remix, “Fooled”, remixed by fellow Finns 5/5.

Emma Kemppainen and Mia Kemppaine are the two sisters behind the LCMDF name, and already they’ve started garnering attention, with The Guardian putting them on a recent “Pop Playlist”. When you watch the lyric video for 5/5’s remix of “Fooled”, you’ll see why they’re nabbing the attention that they are now, as well as why they’re ideal aural accompaniment for any upcoming summer holiday festivities.

by Brice Ezell

22 May 2015


Had the stars aligned a certain way, and Scott Walker had started off his musical career in 2015 Brooklyn rather than mid-‘60s United Kingdom, he could well have made the music of JOBS. Somewhere underneath “Patient Angel”, a track off of JOBS’ forthcoming killer BOB sings LP, there’s a simple pop song. Yet it’s buried beneath layers of latticework noise and bursts of dissonant asides, to the point that the song’s center, its core, becomes obfuscated by the band’s experimental leaps. This, of course, is the delight of “Patient Angel”: it takes you for a ride. Just when you’ve set your expectations for it, this Brooklyn trio will take a tangent that will challenge what you know about music. Like the aforementioned Walker, the music of JOBS always has its toes dipped in recognizable song structures and tropes, but it never jumps all the way in.

“Patient Angel” now has a music video to match its mercurial structure, with psychedelic and eye-searing flashes of brilliant color tracking and enhancing the shifts in the tune itself.

by Brice Ezell

21 May 2015


In her newest music video “Far and Wide”, which you can view exclusively below, Ruth Moody lays out a beautiful, elegiac folk tune. Anyone familiar with Moody and her body of work will find this unsurprising; as a member of the Canadian trio the Wailin’ Jennys, who among other things have a Juno Award to their name, she displays sharp harmonic and melodic chops. As PopMatters’ Dave Maine put it in his review of the Wailin’ Jennys’ 2011 LP Bright Morning Star, their music is “a stripped-down masterclass in close harmony singing.” But while Moody’s voice fares especially well in the music of the Jennys, she’s certainly no slouch on her own, either, as “Far and Wide” evinces. The tune was released on a special vinyl single release for this year’s Record Store Day.

Moody is getting ready to do a UK tour with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler this coming May and June (dates below), including two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She features on Knopfler’s new album, Tracker.

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