Phoebe Bridgers Is Not Your Trendy "Sad Girl"

Phoebe Bridgers released her debut album Stranger in the Alps last year, and despite the fact that she didn’t tour around its release, the record landed on plenty year-end lists. She’s finally set to take the album out on the road for her first-ever headlining tour — but fans needn’t worry about the upcoming shows being sombre

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Step into the cult of Nilüfer Yanya

FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week, London singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya takes us inside her sparse, guitar-driven R&B pop. Her songs’ stories may be hard to grasp but the most affecting ones always are, she tells Al Horner. Love is a

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Cœur de pirate Discusses Her New Album and How Losing Herself Helped Her Find Inspiration Again

Béatrice Martin has just returned to Montreal from France, where the artist known as Cœur de pirate has been recording her fourth album. Despite nagging jet lag, she is content — considering the year she’s had, a notable achievement.   What happened? Everything started crumbling around her. After Martin released her last effort, 2015’s Roses, she toured relentlessly

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U.S. Girls Achieve Balance Between Pissed Off and Buoyant on 'In a Poem Unlimited'

On her last album as U.S. Girls, 2015’s Polaris Music Prize-shortlisted Half Free, Meg Remy’s sample-based songwriting reached storytelling heights only previously hinted at by turning a spotlight on women’s lives. She used each song to explore “a different female character that was expressing some sort inner narrative,” she told Impose magazine that year. But

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Remembering Jóhann Jóhannsson

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who penned a slew influential solo albums and a number Hollywood scores, including The Theory Everything and Arrival, died in Berlin on Friday, February 9. John Twells looks back on a life artistic integrity, exploration and collaboration. I was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt when I met Jóhann Jóhannsson for the

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Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had his "mind blown" by Kendrick Lamar's all-star soundtrack

Anticipation was already high for new Marvel movie Black Panther. Then Kendrick Lamar announced he was readying a tie-in album, featuring Vince Staples, James Blake, SZA and more, and excitement tipped into hysteria. The film’s director Ryan Coogler tells Al Horner how the soundtrack came to be and why it’s an important appendage to a culturally crucial

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An Essential Guide to Superchunk

The plethora new sounds that exploded out the ’90s was staggering. And while many the decade’s most singular artists continue to do great things both in the mainstream and the underground,  few have remained as artistically ambitious, consistent and wedded to their original ethos as Chapel Hill, NC quartet Superchunk. Certainly none sounded like they

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Standerwick & Haliene – 'Deep End'

Standerwick & Haliene – Deep End Armada Music is notoriously known for their absolutely impeccable artists. Among the impressive list producers, including Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Markus Schultz, W&W, Paul van Dyk, and now Standerwick. His new track with Haliene, ‘Deep End’, is out today. The Bristol-born musician, who made the switch from writing rock music to

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Dubbing is a Must: The modern sound of leftfield dub

The influence dub reggae has been a constant in electronic music for decades now, propping up jungle, dubstep, ambient music and techno with its bass-heavy swagger. Across the globe, numerous boutique imprints are building on the dub template and pushing it into unusual places, from Jahtari’s mischievous 8-bit digi-dub to Bokeh Versions’ abstract experimentation. Oli

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Four Things You Need to Know About Rhye

With the impending release Rhye’s sophomore album Blood, Mike Milosh is stepping out the shadows. The Toronto-raised and Los Angeles-based artist has had an air mystery around his identity and musical intent; it’s been nearly five years since the breakout 2013 album Woman, and with Blood, he’s ready to reveal a bit more himself.  

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Dubbing is a Must: The modern sound of leftfield dub

The influence dub reggae has been a constant in electronic music for decades now, propping up jungle, dubstep, ambient music and techno with its bass-heavy swagger. Across the globe, numerous boutique imprints are building on the dub template and pushing it into unusual places, from Jahtari’s mischievous 8-bit digi-dub to Bokeh Versions’ abstract experimentation. Oli

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Above & Beyond Made 30 Tracks While Writing Common Ground

The day we have all been anticipating for well over a year is finally here. Above & Beyond‘s fourth studio album, “”, has ficially been released on the trio’s own Anjunabeats label. The English trance group comprised Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki is known for producing music that brings people together. Their music brings fans

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Hooded Menace Offer Up Emotional Death-Doom on 'Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed'

Though a relatively young band, Finland’s Hooded Menace have become one the titans in death-doom, itself one the most interesting sub-genres in modern metal. The band just dropped Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed, their first album since 2015’s Darkness Drips Forth.   Exclaim! spoke to founding member, guitarist and songwriter Lasse Pyykkö, who promised a continuation the

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