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FARR – “TECHNICOLOUR”

As gentle reminder to self to move through the blunted highs and various traumas of life under capitalism, the London-L.A. duo weave crafty acoustic guitar lines, keyed up vocal lines and left-of-center beats around Roméo’s soulful croon. “Technicolour” reminds us to keep our eyes open and our fists balled.

THE CLIENTELE – “BONFIRES ON THE HEATH” (MERGE, 2009)

One sad thing about the Clientele: Nobody seems to like them. While critics love the brit-dream-psych-poppers, it’s tough to find a real fan of the band anywhere in day-to-day music-lover circles. Seeing the group open up for Spoon a few years back, I remember they actually got some heckling from an impatient audience member who came to …

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KAYLA PAINTER – “SACRIFICIAL MAGIC”

On “Sacrificial Magic”, Kayla Painter’s brilliant lead video from the EP Cannibals at Sea, the exploration of ancient British and Fijian mystical traditions are brought out of the ether and into stunning relief against footage of the deep forests and ritualistic, “sacrificial” magic. Painter’s compositions – a blending and of organic and digital textures around …

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