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Pretty Lights - “We Must Go On” (video)

Pretty Lights has released a new song “We Must Go On", along with a self-produced video. It presents the hip-hop vibe with an uplifting yet reflective vocal hook, saying “times will get better". The mastermind behind Pretty Lights, Colorado-based artist Derek Vincent Smith, created the video with his girlfriend, visual artist Krystle Blackburn. Together with two Canon 7Ds and about six lenses, they collected footage during their travels in 2011, which included London, Paris, Warsaw, Oslo, Vancouver, Prague, Auckland, Sydney, and across the United States (New York City, New Orleans, Detroit, Denver) plus many more. The video is a collage showing a collective human experience, snippets of lives around the globe. Smith relates this to the name of his musical project, Pretty Lights, as “it embodies the essence of the artistic eye and the idea that almost any moment, anywhere, can be a moment of inspiration and beauty.” Both the song and the video are available for download at the band’s website here.

The 10 Best Debut Albums of 2009

Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of 2009. It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers. Travel back to 2009 and see them again for the first time.

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The 60 Best Albums of 2009

PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit 2009 through its best albums.

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