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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes



Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, with their punchy gimmicks, pops with enough unmistakable style and punk fuzz to forgive most charges of corny-kid rock. Mature Themes ironically disobeys any presumptions granted by its title right off the bat, but it’s no mistake that Pink is poking at his own dwindling spotlight as a neon-haired, affably creepy mid-30s glamour […]

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An Interview with XOSAR of Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.)

Following her fantastic, frothingly spooky debut release we caught up with the enigmatic, trans-Atlantic XOSAR to ask her five essential questions about her beats, rhymes and life. 1. How does it feel to finally have your tunes down on wax? Have you been building up to this for a while or was it something you […]

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Halls – “White Chalk”

South London’s Sam Howard will have to work his way out of James Blake’s deep shadow of minimal, glitch-filled aesthetic that pops its way through a hollowed out space, but the first track off his upcoming debut, Ark, is less moody than the post-dub prince, and more pure, like a naturally flowing spring. The harrowing, choral […]

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Purity Ring – Shrines

Purity Ring is not alone. With Frank Ocean crawling up the Billboard charts from “underground” Oddity, and Vampire Weekend igniting the gentrified swayers at Pitckfork summer music festival earlier this month, Purity Ring’s Shrines presents itself at a fashionable hour. Toeing the line between marginalized music crafted for the ever-blurring community of indie henchmen versus […]

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Luke Sital-Singh – “Fail For You”


There will be obvious choral comparisons to Bon Iver, as you can almost hear For Emma playing in the background somewhere, and to Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, but Luke Sital-Singh’s “Fail For You” is a simple, mediated not-quite-love song. The 24-year-old South West Londoner’s track has the effect of treading open water, and is made […]

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Com Truise – In Decay

Do androids groove to electric beats? The intemperate ghost of Philip K. Dick will have to excuse the pun crafted at the cost of his constituent musings on authenticity and identity in a digital world. Great attention has been paid of late to the publication of his exegesis and its bounty of stunning future worlds. Rarely authentic, often […]

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Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

With a grubby charm familiar to the young and woodsy newcomers sweeping Upstate New York (recorded home of Swing Lo Magellan), Dave Longstreth tutors a gawking old timer in the devices of air guitar as the humbly angelic Amber Coffman observes from stage right. With a backdrop of leafless timbers and the wealthy sunlight, this image […]

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Frank Ocean – Channel Orange

With the release of his major label debut Channel Orange, Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean strikes paradoxical gold. The singer’s delicate voice plays over A-list guest appearances, controversial blog posts and witty musings on the hypocrisy of success. Despite his accessible old school vocals, Ocean proves he’s nobody’s darling and that the outsider throne fits just right. Last year’s […]

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The Future of FYF

To wait in the misshapen globule of a line for a full hour while the dust begins to settle into every crevice of your body, as aided by an already glistening film of sweat, is at once the beauty and the chaos of FYF Fest. The tradition of lax security and stoney organizing has made […]

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