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Synthpop King Vince Clarke on Erasure's 18th Studio Album, 'The Neon'

PopMatters recently dialed in with synthpop maestro Vince Clarke to discuss the 35-year history of Erasure and their most recent album, The Neon.

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Irmin Schmidt Meets John Cage on 'Nocturne'

Irmin Schmidt goes back to his Stockhausen roots with a new live album, Nocturne: Live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

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Chris Liebing's "Polished Chrome" Gets Remix From Throbbing Gristle's Chris Carter (premiere)

Chris Liebing's "Polished Chrome" first appeared on 2018's Burn Slow and features new wave icon Gary Numan. "Chris Carter is a real legend", says Liebing of the remixer of this track.

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Apparat's 'Soundtrack: Capri-Revolution' Stands Alone As a Great Ambient Experience

Apparat's (aka Sascha Ring) re-imagined score from Mario Martone's 2018 Capri-Revolution works as a fine accompaniment to a meditational flight of fancy.

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New Brain Trajectory: An Interview With Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree

Two guitarists, Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree make an album largely absent of guitar playing and enter into a bold new phase of their careers. "We want to take this wherever we can and be free of genre restraints," says Lee Ranaldo.

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Yann Tiersen's 'Portrait' Is a Fresh Interpretation of Past Glories

Amelie composer Yann Tiersen teams up with a coterie of collaborators on Portrait to revisit works from a 25-year career, with poignant and reinvigorating results.

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Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree Create an Eerily Experimental Sound with 'Names of North End Women'

The fruitful collaboration between these two unique musicians continues on an album that is dark but surprisingly melodic.

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Throbbing Gristle's 2004 EP 'TG Now' Offered Hope for the Future (album review)

The demon stepchild shadowing punk's footsteps in the 1970s, Throbbing Gristle, returned in this new century making the case that they had something new to say with TG Now.

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Mute's Throbbing Gristle Reissue Campaign Enters the Reformation Years

In the latest component of a comprehensive reissue series, three limited-edition releases from the 2004-2007 iteration of Throbbing Gristle are back in print. We begin with Live December 2004: A Souvenir of Camber Sands.

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M83's Ambitious But Inert 'Digital Shades Vol. 2' Underwhelms

M83's follow-up to 2007's ambient collection Digital Shades Vol. 1 lacks the ingenuity of his pioneering predecessors' output and the thrill-ride wonder of the genres he set out to salute.

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Synthpop Pioneer Fad Gadget's Music Is Finally Back in Release

The singular synth/industrial/performance art innovator and provocateur Fad Gadget influenced Depeche Mode and scores of others, but never really got his due.

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Chance Versus Causality: An Interview with Cabaret Voltaire

Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk talks about two new collections of the legendary post-punk band's early music, an upcoming new album, and how he prefers to listen to music.

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Maps' 'Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss' Is an Expansive, Widescreen Record

Maps' Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss is a triumphantly realized album that finds him taking the concept of Pet Sounds, adding the 1960s folk-pop of the Byrds all while channeling the spaced-out rock of 1990s Spiritualized.

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A Certain Ratio's Legacy Is Immense, and Impressive

A Certain Ratio's acr:box is a comprehensive and often stunning collection that charts the Manchester band's fascinating career.

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Yann Tiersen Releases "Erc'h", His Latest Stunning Video (premiere)

French composer Yann Tiersen's latest album ALL connects the natural world with music, and his latest visualizer for "Erc'h" is as gorgeous as the music is.

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Apparat's LP5 Asks a Lot of Questions and Provides Some Answers

Apparat's LP5 asks questions of genre while providing a guided tour of some contemporary electronic trends.

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Daniel Avery Revisits 'Song For Alpha' with a Set of Remixes and B-Sides

In this collection of remixes, British producer Daniel Avery re-iterates the world of his sophomore record through a collection of B-sides and remixes.

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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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The Potential of Throbbing Gristle in the Pre-Internet Era of Mail-Order Catalogues and Cassettes Was Massive

Quite literally: when Throbbing Gristle took to the recording studio their 'label', Industrial Records, would give birth to an entire genre of music.

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The Most Unlikely Concert in Musical History Is Now Available for Mass Consumption

Slovenian avant-garde radicals Laibach go to North Korea, and perform The Sound of Music soundtrack. More proof that this actually happened.

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Paved with Good Inventions: Norway's Anja Garbarek on Her Journey Back to Music with 'The Road Is Just a Surface​'

Just beneath Anja Garbarek's deceptively cool and composed music are the raucous emotions of a fevered storyteller, trying desperately to impart an often startling and vicious truth.

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Liars Continue to Experiment with Solitude and Broken Relationships on 'Titles with the Word Fountain'

Liars quickly follow-up 2017's TFCF with TWTWF, a sparse, ambient set of tracks that continues Angus Andrew's experimentation as the sole remaining founding member of the band.

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Chris Liebing Ignites a 'Burn Slow' in the Darkness

On Burn Slow, Chris Liebing creates a dark techno world where the music oozes more than trips out of the speakers. There's a syrupy sense of primal life.

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A Visual Encyclopedic Look at Mute Records

It's hard to imagine Mute as a label being defined more accurately or succinctly than this.

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M83: M83 / Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts / Before the Dawn Heals Us

This re-release of M83's first three albums paint a fascinating story of the band's rise to masters of catharsis-oriented synth-pop.

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Going Wrong: An Interview with Moby

He's memorized the worst live review he ever received. He's still outspoken politically. Moby's Innocents is a change of pace for the techno maestro.


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