David Zisser



  • Vox Humana

    Stream Papertwin's Shimmering 'Vox Humana' EP

    Back in April, Papertwin unfurled "Alkaline," the opening track off of their forthcoming Vox Humana EP. Now, the Brooklyn trio have revealed the whole effort. Produced by Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Bear in Heaven) Vox Humana presents a smorgasbord of dreamy hooks, shimmering synths, and groove-friendly, electronic percussion. Still, dark undertones brood beneath the surface: The keys in "Sonar" sputters ominously, and the vocal harmonies on "Whale" are growled in a voice that's distorted and guttural. Stream the entire EP — which is out June 17 — below.

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    Hear Steven A. Clark's Love-Sick Parable 'Lonely Roller'

    Alt-R&B auteur Steven A. Clark has a knack for killing 'em softly. Case in point: "Lonely Roller," a sensual cut off of his just-released Late EP. The Best New Artist alum describes a Las Vegas tryst gone dull, but uses fervid croons and impassioned guitar riffs to deliver the message. Over a funky rhythm section and cracking handclaps, a would-be paramour pleads with him, "You know I want you." In response, Clark devastates her with a simple declaration: "I can't be falling in love."Clark's three-song Late EP is out now on Secretly Canadian and can be purchased through iTunes and Amazon. But first, embrace the heartache below.

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    Watch In the Valley Below's Startling, Ethereal 'Hymnal' Video

    California's In the Valley Below specializes in sensual electro-pop. "Peaches," the lead single from the boy-girl duo's first Capitol Records release, turned heads with its uplifting opulence and caught the attention of Bloc Party leader Kele Okereke, who gave the track a sprawling dance remix. Now, In the Valley Below have put forth a video for "Hymnals," another cut from their fast-approaching Man Girl EP. Equal parts amorous and sinister, the song couples delicate keys with spectral, breathy vocals. The video features head-on glares from co-vocalists Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail, the former of which laments with a ghastly whisper: "Wish I found you sooner / I could've loved you longer." Make eye contact with In the Valley Below by watching the clip above.

  • James Mathe

    Barbarossa Conducts Soulful, Electronic Minimalism on 'Elevator'

    2013 marked a substantial change in the timbre of London-based singer-songwriter Barbarossa. Born James Mathé, Barbarossa used his Bloodlines LP to abandon his acoustic folk for potent grooves and jagged synths. This year, Mathé is delving further into the world of electronic music. In addition to scoring English independent film White, Mathé is preparing to release Elevator, a four track EP due out on June 16 via Memphis Industries. On the EP's title-track, a cinematic trudge features soulful croons over a litnay of electronic elements; supple keyboards, delicate synths, and deliberate, synthetic drums play their part. That said, the minimalism of his earlier works are still present; every electonic bleep and bloop on the track feels snug and necessary.Stream Elevator's title-track below and pre-order the EP it now.

  • 10 to Stream, Lykke Li, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, PAWS, Lily Allen

    10 Albums to Stream: Lykke Li, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Kishi Bashi, Lily Allen, and More

    The weekend is almost upon us. Celebrate with fresh releases from the likes of Lykke Li, Lily Allen, Kishi Bashi, Dolly Parton, PAWS, and more. They're waiting for you below.1) Lykke Li, I Never Learn. "Instead of belting her way onto empowering mix CDs, Li sings breakup songs as if she's actually just lived through a devastating breakup. Her emotions are far from flattened, though she might sound one-dimensional to Top 40 listeners who've grown to only believe sadness when it's accompanied by vocal runs. A fully expressive singer, she works within the range of earnest melancholy.

  • Desert Noises

    Watch Desert Noises' Cosmic 'Mice in the Kitchen' Video

    Country-twanged outfit Desert Noises aim for the otherworldly in the music video for "Mice in the Kitchen," a Western stomper from the band's recently released 27 Ways. Guided by director Michael Palmieri, the clip features skewed, sprawling shots of the desert landscape in Goblin Valley State Park, which Desert Noises frontman Kyle Henderson describes as "kinda like the Mars of Utah.""We pretty much lost our minds out there, only with a space suit in hand," Henderson wrote in an email to SPIN. The space suit was used for the video's protagonist, a meandering spaceman who stumbles upon a bonfire started by Desert Noises. "It was a hell of a time," Henderson recalls of the shoot. "We stayed in a yurt (Google it).

  • Kite Party

    Stream Kite Party's Shimmering 'Come On Wandering' LP

    Kite Party has long been one of Philadelphia's best-kept secrets. The quintet's debut album, 2011's Baseball Season, was a refreshing blend of emo and echoing post-rock that somehow managed to hover under the radar. Now, the band is poised to become a more widespread concern with Come On Wandering, their fast-approaching sophomore effort.Due May 6 via Animal Style Records, the new, 11-track LP retains the cosmic, reverberating guitar licks of its predecessor, but the tempo has — for the most part — slowed to a mellow lull. Come On Wandering offers a grand mish-mash of dreamy indie-punk that throws a nod to the Kinsellas and salutes the Smashing Pumpkins. Listen to the entire LP, which is currently available for pre-order, below.

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    Watch Del Venicci's Foreboding, Celestial 'Shadow Braid' Video

    Last February, Del Venicci released its shimmering debut EP Haunted Hall. Now the quartet has returned with a woozy music video for the just-as-woozy waltz "Shadowbraid." The visual finds the Atlanta dream-gazers performing in front of a backdrop of clouds and wandering through the woods, as singer Grace Bellury croons into a bouquet of flowers with a faraway gaze. The clip takes a brief detour into the occult, as Bellury dons an ominous black robe, and closes on a slow-fade. Watch it above, and pick up the Haunted Hall EP on iTunes.

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    Watch L.A. Witch's Sun-Spotted 'Get Lost' Video

    Back in March, surfgazers L.A. Witch released their self-titled EP: a trifecta of hallucinatory, grungy tunes that dazed and disoriented. Now, the Los Angeles trio is serving up a visual companion to the short-player's opening track, "Get Lost." The hazy, discordant video finds the psych-punks exploring an abandoned beach town, combing through derelict buildings and participating in petty destruction. As guitarist Sade Sanchez unfurls a grimy, windswept solo, a hefty gust blows rows of shoreside shacks to pieces. Watch the journey above.

  • Mirel Wagner

    Hear Mirel Wagner's Sullen 'What Love Looks Like'

    The folks at Sub Pop Records have recently hitched their wagon to the haunting, enigmatic Mirel Wagner. Signing with the label in February 2014, the Finnish born singer-songwriter is set to bring her forlorn yarns stateside with a forthcoming LP due out this summer. For now, marvel at "What Love Looks Like," Wagner's contribution to Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit, a 10-inch compilation that the Music Finland label is putting out in conjunction with the Line of Best Fit. The just-released track finds Wagner navigating through a sparse soundscape, asking in a pained whisper over fingerpicked guitars, "Is this what love looks like?"Stream the brooding folk tune below, and look out for Music Finland with The Line of Best Fit, out on Record Store Day 2014, a.k.a. April 19.

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