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Mo Troper's 'Exposure & Response' is an ode to older sounds and newer attitudes

 Mo Troper has got a voice unlike most others. Not solely with his vocal timbre, but also with the way he chooses to convey his thoughts lyrically. With slight cynicism and a sarcastic wit, Troper has become one of the modern maestros of power pop. On his third solo effort Exposure & Response, Troper is definitely exposing and responding to certain facets of the modern music scene, biting commentary a recurring element.

From the first choral "ahhs" that open up the record, "Rock and Roll Will Change the World" is supple and attention grabbing in its Beach Boys qualities, before leading into some of the more sharp tongued tracks on the record. "Your Brand," one of the first songs to come off the record, calls out participation for the sake maintaining aesthetic. "Turn a tragedy into something you can work with/Keep your finger on the pulse that's in your pocket/Think about your brand" the lyrics go on, truthful of so many players in the scene. As is "The Poet Laureate of Neverland," which tells of elder hipsters that just don't know how to let it go.

At points, Exposure and Response trades its snarkiness for cheekiness. "Freebin" and "Clear Frames" describe millennial Portland romance perfectly, the former relating the receptacle of choice for old love and old clothes alike being the freebin, and the latter a nod at the bad familiarity of similar looks between current and bygone relatioship partners.

Exposure and Response is a fetching ode to the nostalgic finesse of rock and power pop's past. Its charm and sass packed into short bursts of songs

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New Nymphaea EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

With panic-inducing beats and wistfully chilling vocals, Marit Rose Stafstrom, a.k.a. Nymphaea, lures you into a world of forever night, where nightmarish, cinematic soundscapes seem to always be lingering just over your shoulder. It can be an uncomfortable yet thrilling feeling with surprisingly beautiful, tranquil moments. However, that tranquility rarely lasts for long on Shang Bronze; you'll soon be running/dancing for your life once again.

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Lo-fi Psych project June Bloom release debut EP "Bloomin'"

Boston based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Carr has embarked on a psychedelic solo venture called June Bloom. Carr, a keyboardist and vocalist for the eight-piece funk/soul group The New Review and jangle-pop rockers Brother Toaster, has channeled his fondness of lo-fi dream-pop, psychedelic, and folk music into the delightfully aloof debut EP entitled Bloomin’.

The EP’s jaunty opening track “Ponds” combines the airy charm of a Real Estate guitar riff with the meaty substance of a Fleet Foxes arrangement, while “Shores” roots its traditionally psych songwriting in Ariel Pink’s production chambers. Fans of left-of-the-dial records, from classics like The Zombies’ Odessey and Oracle or Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, to the contemporary torch bearers Kevin Parker and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, will be sure to take something great from June Bloom’s Bloomin’. -Charley Ruddell 

 

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New Open City Single Release Available for Streaming & Purchase

Post-hardcore supergroup Open City, which is made up singer/lyricist Rachel Rubino (Worriers, Bridge and Tunnel), bassist Andy Nelson (Dark Blue, Paint It Black, Ceremony), guitarist Dan Yemin (Paint It Black, Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, Armalite), and drummer Chris Wilson (Ted Leo & the Pharmacists), just released a new, limited 7" vinyl. The four-piece has teamed up with producer extraordinaire Will Yip (Studio 4) once again for the follow-up to the group's debut self-titled LP, which was released at the beginning of this year. The band also shared that the “City of Ash” b/w “A Condition Worth a Mention” single “has been in the works for a long time, but as it would turn out, in the meantime the world has done us the courtesy of entirely falling apart around us so that these tunes function as an even more fitting soundtrack to the oncoming apocalypse.” 

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Brother Roy releases piano soul-rock debut LP "Last Man Standing"

With a gruff voice that delivers storybook lyrics in the spirit of James Taylor and heavy piano-based arrangements that smack of Seventies songwriting greats like Elton or Billy, Brother Roy unleashes his debut LP Last Man Standing. Filled with soul and inspired by jazz and classical composers, the tracks on the album flow from driving rockers such as "Heartbreaker" to orchestral crooners such as "Sunshine Lady". Brother Roy has already released a few music videos from Last Man Standing, the latest being a B-movie clipshow set to the head-bopper "Brother Sam." Check it out below and don't miss the record release "extravaganza" at Rockwood Music Hall on December 10th. - Will Sisskind

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