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NEW MUSIC: Peter Broderick, Kate Tempest, Oh Be Clever, GL, Empathy Test, Damien Rice - LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Peter Broderick: Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version)

Peter BroderickPeter Broderick is a musician, composer and singer from Oregon who is probably still best known as a touring member of Efterklang. He has also worked on various collaborations with the likes of Machinefabriek and Nils Frahm and has released fifteen solo albums - not bad for a 27-year-old.

His solo work includes two early solo piano albums (Float and Docile), an accompaniment for a performance art piece called Music For A Sleeping Sculpture Of Peter Broderick and a number of recent albums that fit nicely into the indie/folktronica genres.

Hugely talented as well as massively prolific, Broderick always surprises although recent collaborations with acts like Olafur Arnalds and The Album Leaf felt like inevitable gifts to fans.

His latest release is Colours Of The Night (Satellite Version), taken from an album of the same name to be released early next year.

Broderick is currently on a European tour.

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KT-SquareKate Tempest: Everybody Down

Kate Tempest is a novelist, playwright, performance artist, poet and rapper from London, England.

Her debut album Everybody Down was released back in May but has recently been nominated for a Mercury Music Award along with the likes of Damon Albarn, FKA twigs, Anna Calvi and East India Youth.

In good company then, but given Tempest’s massive talent and the sheer originality of her music, she should be a shoe-in.

A published poet, she has also written and is currently performing Brand New Ancients, an epic spoken-word “story of everyday heroes” set to a live score that last year won the Ted Hughes Poetry Prize.

Everybody Down is a revelation.  Every song on the album correlates with a chapter in her debut novel The Bricks That Built The Houses, an urban tale following the tribulations of London masseuse, waitress and dancer Becky.

A genuinely dark, threatening and epic album, there’s something on Everybody Down that you shouldn’t let pass you by even if you just don’t - like me - get rap.

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists,
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The OXD Mirror: Yelle is back, and new music from Escort, jozif and more

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / TAD HAES

Yelle: 'Complètement Fou'

French trio Yelle has a distinctly fun and unpretentious approach to pop and dance music, and became popular in 2007 after their cover of 1987’s hit ‘A Cause Des Garçons,’ including a cute remake of the original music video by another trip curiously also named A Cause Des Garçons.

This week, Yelle's third studio album, Complètement Fou (French for "Completely Crazy”), sees the light of day, keeping in line with the trio's signature electro-pop sound with the album's title track.  Continuing with the feel-good vibe reminiscent of post-Daft Punk French electronica, the just-released music video embraces rich colors, oversized popcorn, and voguing. The combination that showcases Yelle’s effortlessly sexy, silly and hilarious style that makes them so unique. 

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NEW MUSIC: Lionface, The Assist, SOAK, Aqualung, APES, SALES — LISTEN

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New Music is a fresh column brought to you by Jim Redmond who writes for Towleroad and for Irish music website Deadly Music!, which was shortlisted for Best Irish Music Blog 2014. This will be appearing in addition to our regularly scheduled OXD Mirror.

Deadly Music! covers mostly alternative and indie genres but there's also a focus on electro pop, electronica, ambient, modern classical/neoclassical, post rock and drone.

Generally you'll find that this column will avoid most mainstream music - unless it's particularly deadly - to give new, emerging and fringe artists a chance. All tracks are available on a Soundcloud playlist, some of them on a Spotify playlist....both of which are embedded at the end of this column.

Enjoy!

Lionface: "Girl"

Lionface is Kat Marsh from Bristol in the UK and she makes what she calls Battle Pop which perfectly describes the aural assault of her latest track Girl.

With two fairly successful EPs under her belt - in the real world, not just on blogs - Lionface makes it clear on Girl that she's not taking any shit.

The video is all retro Streetfighter graphics, the song all boys-are-dicks pop punk noise.

Think Spice Girls with added balls.

 

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The-assistThe Assist: "The Assist"

The Assist is an indie rock act from Birmingham in the UK. Their first two songs Control and Speak It Aloud were fantastically chippy, sharp numbers for fans of old-school baggy Brit Pop.

Despite the swagger and promise of their earlier work, their eponymously titled official first single - released in October - is an unexpected gem and it's all about how damn good they are and their intention to take over the world.

 

Check out four more tracks and some killer playlists, AFTER THE JUMP...

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The OXD Mirror: Chill Out with Dreamy House Tracks by Horixon, Chris Malinchak, Soul Clap & More

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / RU BHATT 

Monarchy's Andrew Armstrong teams up with John Sambrooke again for another Horixon EP, which includes their latest single, 'Great Things.' Jacques Teal's beautiful, introspective vocals are complemented by a dreamy landscape provided by this hot production duo.

The EP's title track, 'Brighter Day' features house vocalist legend Robert Owens. Having collaborated with Owens before on 'Lifeline,' (released by Kitsuné) there's no question their new collaboration will fall into heavy rotation. Check out both tracks on the Brighter Day EP, available now on Beatport.

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The OXD Mirror: Kiesza Teases Her New Album, And Other New Music From Fred Falke and Elizabeth Rose

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BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM

We've been closely following Kiesza since her debut single 'Hideaway' got our attention this past spring. Her follow-up single 'Giant In My Heart' continued to build on the singer's success as she set out on a rigorous media tour to support her quickly rising star. Over the past weekend, Kiesza released 'No Enemiesz' to tease the release of her album, Sound of a Woman, on October 21st.

Kiesza: 'No Enemiesz'

Kiesza certainly picks up where she left off in 'Hideaway' and 'Giant In My Heart' with 'No Enemiesz.' The track has a pulsing house beat complemented by piano keys in the chorus, all wrapped together with Kiesza's soulful vocals. The singer claims her debut album will contain not only dance and house influenced tracks, but you'll also hear grunge, rock and folk on Sound of a Woman. We're certainly excited to hear her debut release next month – but in the interim, be sure to catch her performing on Ellen on September 24th.

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Let Annie Lennox Take You on a 7-Minute 'Nostalgia' Trip in Her Luscious Album Preview: VIDEO

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Annie Lennox is back with her first non-holiday studio album in 7 years and takes on standards, mostly from the first half of the 20th century, in a work aptly titled Nostalgia.

2_lennoxIn a 7-minute preview she talks about the "incredible relationship" you must have with the songs that you cover in order to allow them to bring you in. She also talks about curiosity, finding the beauty and pain in the blues, and wanting to find resonance to today in the songs she presents.

"It's a journey into nostalgia but it's also a contemporary piece of work," says Lennox

Lennox gives stunning voice to "Memphis in June" by Hoagy Carmichael and Paul Francis Webster, "Georgia on My Mind" by Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, "Mood Indigo" by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard, and "I Put a Spell on You by Screaming Jay Hawkins, which Lennox calls a song of empowerment, certainly resonating today as strongly as ever:

"Everywhere in the world women are abused by men, and I love men. And I have to say I'm a feminist, and I'm absolutely proud to say I'm a feminist. A man-loving feminist. That's who I am. But some of the behavior. Very bad. Very disappointing."

Lennox also held a listening party at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California where she talked more about the album and how she is still fascinated with making music.

"I want to still make music. I don't want to twerk, but I want to be relevant."

Get a few luscious samples of Lennox's new LP and hear her explain, AFTER THE JUMP...

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