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Fave Five: Tunng's Favorite Songs About Death

On their morbid new record, London's ever-experimental Tunng explore new sonic contours in their pursuit of all things grief. They mark the occasion by talking about their favorite songs about death.

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Meridian Brothers Get Funky and Experimental on 'Cumbia Siglo XXI'

Bogotá's Meridian Brothers return with another avant-garde take on electric cumbia with Cumbia Siglo XXI.

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A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

Culture and nature are beautifully inseparable in the second volume of the environmentally-conscious A Guide to the Birdsong series.

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Haux Compellingly Explores Pain via 'Violence in a Quiet Mind'

By returning to defined moments of pain and struggle, Haux cultivates breathtaking music built on quiet, albeit intense, anguish.

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The World Comes to Johannesburg on Phenomenal Collaboration 'Keleketla!'

Consistently exciting, always surprising, and full of soul, Keleketla! is one of the most remarkable releases of the year to date.

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Bibio Discusses 'Sleep on the Wing' and Why His Dreams Are of the Countryside

"I think even if I lived in the heart of Tokyo, I'd still make music that reminds people of the countryside because it's where my dreams often take me," says Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson) of his music and his new rustic EP.

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Gordi's 'Our Two Skins' Is an Unvarnished Document of Personal Discovery

Gordi's Our Two Skins chronicles difficulties and revelations against a backdrop of electronic-inspired folk.

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Bibio's 'Sleep on the Wing' Is a Sweet Piece of Folk Music

On Sleep on the Wing, Bibio continues his fascination with mid-20th century British folk music that listeners heard on last year's Ribbons.

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Brits in Hot Weather Presents: Søren Lorensen

On Lake Constance, composer Davide Rossi and Matt Hales (better known as the voice behind Aqualung) have pooled their respective talents to craft highly evocative, sophisticated soundscapes from swathes of cool, digital textures and towering layers of majestic strings.

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Dumama and Kechou Explore Folk, Dub and Free Jazz on the Splendid 'Buffering Juju'

Folklore, dub, and free jazz unite in Dumama and Kechou's new concept album, Buffering Juju. The duo confront the past and the present, taking on not only legacies of pain, but legacies of thriving through it.

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El Búho and DJ Raff Celebrate Chilean Social Resistance with "Resiliencia" (premiere)

Producers El Búho and DJ Raff pay electronic tribute to a Chilean spirit of social resistance with the subtle new single "Resiliencia".

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Marla Hansen Lets the 'Dust' Sparkle

Singer-songwriter Marla Hansen creates a mesmerizing new album. Dust, as a whole, shimmers and sparkles like dust in the bright light.

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Electropop's Caribou Offers Joy Through Unpredictability on 'Suddenly'

Suddenly is Caribou's most willfully experimental album to date, his soft, distinctive vocals flow through every track, binding the whole thing together.

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Circus Magic: Patrick Wolf at St Pancras Old Church

Across his career, Patrick Wolf has been a real ratchet of identities, textures, garlands, costumes, hairstyles and colours, reinventing himself with each album.

Anna Siemiaczko
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Bon Iver's 'i,i' Hangs Between Surrealism and Meaning

Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) lyricism is as cryptic as ever, but the firmness with which he sings his abstractions robs his fourth album of much of its mystery.

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Buster Keaton on a Laptop: Haiku Salut Bring 'The General' Into the 21st Century

British instrumental trio Haiku Salut create a new soundtrack for Buster Keaton's classic 1926 film The General with brilliant and unconventional results.

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Folk-pop's Emma Charles Navigates the Complexities of Competing Emotions in "Scorpio" (premiere)

Rising folk-pop artist Emma Charles continues to innovate by interweaving electronic elements into her new single, “Scorpio".

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Bibio Goes for a Pastoral Folk Sound on Much of 'Ribbons'

Bibio's Ribbons is a wonderfully immersive album. The subtle melodies need time to bed in before songs gradually come into bloom but when they do the effect is dazzling.

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Pretty Ribbons and Lovely Flowers: An Interview with Bibio

For Ribbons, Bibio continues to move away from his defining folktronica sounds and to something increasingly pastoral, revealing to PopMatters what song made him feel palpable heartbreak, why he rarely performs live, and why his new album samples actual cow moos.

Evan Sawdey
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Yann Tiersen and the Project of a Lifetime

For an album that is so geographically and linguistically focused, Yann Tiersen's ALL is strangely beautiful when robbed of all its context.

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"Hanging Images in Sound": An Interview with David Gray

At the start of his latest tour of Europe, David Gray speaks with PopMatters about his 11th solo album, writing to avoid the obvious, finding the perfect collaborator, and how to avoid "crowing on like a middle-aged man".

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David Gray Brings Back the Folktronica on 'Gold in a Brass Age'

The 11th studio album by David Gray finds him returning to the "folktronica" through which he made his name in the late 1990s, with some added twists.

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Bibio Creates a Type of Dream Folk with "Curls" (track review)

Bibio broadens out his sound and blends acoustic instruments with electronics to create a gentle form of folktronica on "Curls".

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Vesper Wood Brings Emotion, Conviction to "Descend" (premiere)

One half of Kaleida, Christina Wood gives a taste of her mesmerizing first solo album as Vesper Wood.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Have Patience: An Interview with Jane Weaver

With a trilogy of striking, multi-genre albums under her belt, a re-release of Jane Weaver's seminal 2014 classic The Silver Globe causes all sorts of reflecting on her own sound, her own legacy, and why she never wants to run a concert from a laptop.

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The Beta Band's 'The Three E.P.'s' Is 20 Years Old on a Perfect Reissue

Disregarding a legacy footnoted by a cameo in a film, the Beta Band's collection of The Three E.P.'s is remastered and reissued in celebration of its 20th anniversary and the band's too short career.

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Tunng Explore the Strangeness of Humanity on 'Songs You Make at Night'

For all their wonderfully alien sonic elements, Tunng is a band that's human to the core and can interpret the inherent weirdness of life in a way that makes its strangest moments some of its most comforting.

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The Flipside #12: David Gray's 'A New Day at Midnight'

Following the massive success of 1999's White Ladder and its mega-hit single "Babylon", David Gray could have taken any number of paths. He chose A New Day at Midnight, and it made all the difference.

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Hundred Waters: Communicating

Hundred Waters' third album has many appealing parts, but a core that feels unstable or even nonexistent.

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Gordi: Reservoir

Gordi's debut seamlessly blends epic electronic soundscape with intimacy in lyricism and folk sensibilities, even if it pulls a little too often from Justin Vernon’s toolkit.

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Beth Orton: Kidsticks

British songwriter Beth Orton stretches to the heavens on her latest album.

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Zero 7: EP 3

Zero 7 and friends create a gentle and compelling EP.

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Juana Molina: Wed 21

Constructed from looping bass lines, whirring guitars and keyboards, and her enigmatic, murmuring voice, this latest collection of songs from Argentina's premiere electro-folk songstress is a glorious mess of sound.

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Beth Orton: Trailer Park (Legacy Edition)

Over a decade after its first appearence, Trailer Park shows William Orbit's former dance-muse becoming the frontrunner in the post-Joni folk-pop sweepstakes.

Evan Sawdey
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20 Questions: Bibio

British electronic artist Bibio has just released his third album, Vignetting the Compost. He tells us about his work and love for Walt Whitman in these 20 Questions.

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Four Tet: Remixes

Kieran Hebden is the scavenger of the corners and the cracks. He pulls rogue elements of folk from everything rather than the genre itself. And all the pieces fit, which is what makes this album truly fascinating.

Nicolai Hartvig
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Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.


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