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Listen: KRONO – “Redlight” (feat. VanJess)

By Ray Finlayson; December 11, 2013 at 7:08 AM 

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Listen/Download: She Makes War – “Dear Delia”

By Ray Finlayson; November 28, 2013 at 5:58 AM 

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Track Premiere: Margot MacDonald – “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover)

By Joshua Pickard; November 8, 2013 at 6:59 AM 

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Washington, DC multi-instrumentalist and loop pedal devotee Margot MacDonald creates music that seems to be in a constant state of refinement and cyclical movement.  There’s something very compelling and fascinating in the way in which she loops her voice around the continually shifting melodies of piano and guitar.  It’s as if she were looking to fill every available moment within each song with a series of beautifully interconnected rhythms and harmonies; that’s not to say that her music feels bloated or overstuffed — far from it, but there is no dead air, no slack on her part, as each song unfurls onto a much wider and intricate musical landscape.

She has just released her fourth record, the appropriately titled Canvas, where she applies tones and chord progressions in ever more deliberate strokes and hues.  But it’s her cover of Massive Attack’s seminal track “Teardrop” that will drop your jaw and keep you riveted to your seat as it plays.  No disrespect to Elizabeth Fraser or Massive Attack but MacDonald takes the template which they created and slowly deconstructs it through a series of looping vocal harmonies, some slight electronic touches, and a motorik beat — and her soaring voice, while different in timbre and execution than Fraser’s, reaches far past the rafters to some higher place where the oxygen is thinner and the company is sparse.  It’s simplicity realized, a synthetically pastoral look at the beating heart of the song.

“My version of “Teardrop” is a re-imagining of the original song by Massive Attack,” MacDonald explains.  “The song is near and dear to my heart; by a beloved group and vocalist, Elizabeth Fraser, and (supposedly) written for another beloved artist, Jeff Buckley. Using a loop pedal, I build vocal layers in real time and orchestrate these different parts as a sort of one-woman a cappella choir. Many artists have taken this song and really made it their own – I just hope to counted among them!” [Gear: Boss RC-50 Loop Station]

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere — and offer as a free MP3 download — Margot MacDonald’s cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop.”

MP3: Margot MacDonald – “Teardrop”

Listen/Download: Snowmine – “Rome”

By Ray Finlayson; October 16, 2013 at 8:31 AM 

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Listen: Lady Lazarus – “Never Ever Anna” / “Envy Of The Dead”

By Ray Finlayson; October 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM 

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Listen/Download: The Rebel Light – “Jukebox Dream”

By Ray Finlayson; October 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM 

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Listen/Download: Streets of Laredo – “Lonsdale Line”

By Ray Finlayson; October 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM 

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Listen/Download: Delta Will – “It All Glows”

By Ray Finlayson; September 17, 2013 at 5:07 AM 

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Listen: Chromeo – “Over Your Shoulder”

By Ray Finlayson; September 17, 2013 at 3:55 AM 

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Track Premiere: Tam Lin – “Flame Within The Sun”

By Joshua Pickard; September 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM 

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New York avant folkers Tam Lin have been mixing traditional musical styles with more modern studio-driven techniques to great effect for close to a decade now. And on their upcoming fifth album, Medicine For A Ghost, the band evokes timeless sentiment through a combination of tried-and-true musical structures and a sense of boundless technical ability. Weaving lush soundscapes with rows of orchestral strings and gliding acoustic guitars, Tam Lin architect Paul Weinfield creates vast tableaus of pastoral beauty and shimmering pop incandescence. Nowhere is this more evident than on Tam Lin’s latest single, “Flame Within The Sun,” a slowly unfurling pop gem that runs a softly chiming introduction through waves of striking guitars and cathartic vocals and exhibits a nervous pop aesthetic which makes the song seem as though it’s ready to burst outward at the slightest touch.

Weinfield elaborates on the origins of “Flame Within The Sun”: “I wrote this song back in 2008. It came out of a dream I had, and also out of my life and heart at that time. I was wondering then about how people make love last. How does one changing person keep another changing person in his heart for all eternity? I had this idea that maybe the little flames of all our loves are like the little fires that burn inside our great and giant sun.”

And speaking of that dream, Weinfield says, “Then there was the dream. I had just visited a friend of mine who does Tarot readings. She pulled the Seven of Wands for me and told me that it represented a struggle to make something important last in spite of great odds. I could see a love of nearly a decade in the card. That night, I dreamed I was back in Morocco, where I used to live, and I saw a wedding in the street in which seven grooms carried sheaves of wheat — just like in the Tarot card! And I dreamed that my beloved was old and with me there. So when I woke up, I had the story for the song.”

Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere the latest single, “Flame Within The Sun,” from Tam Lin’s upcoming album, Medicine For A Ghost.

MP3: Tam Lin – “Flame Within The Sun”

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