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The Temper Trap ‘Trembling Hands’

Aussie expats The Temper Trap have released the second song from their upcoming self-titled album, which is out June 5th. The song is called ‘Trembling Hands’, and it’s a monster of a single, seemingly designed for the sole purpose of being played in huge stadiums which, if The Temper Trap’s current level of success is any indicator, it may well be eventually.

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Album Review: Bon Iver ‘Bon Iver’

‘For Emma’ was so 2008. Welcome to the newer, meaner, denser Bon Iver. A year ago it seemed alien to imagine a Bon Iver song that required more than a couple of instruments, but in reality this new, more complex sound is a direction that Justin Vernon has been hinting at in his live shows for the better part of three years. The fact that he never tried to transcribe the sparseness and desolation of ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ into a live show, but instead insisted on using a full band and plenty of instrumentation, was perhaps an indicator that he thought the album was impossible to recreate. And the fact that he hasn’t tried to recreate ‘For Emma’ in Bon Iver’s latest self-titled album turns out to be nothing short of a stroke of genius.

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In Short: Grouplove ‘Grouplove’

As Grouplove themselves have said, ‘never trust a happy song’.

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Album Review: James Blake ‘James Blake’

I suppose you technically have to call James Blake’s music dubstep. But it’s not; not really. I prefer to think of it as minimalist music. It’s what happens when you strip away everything except a single pulsing bass beat, occasionally a bit of synth, and sparse vocals. It’s an antithesis to modern pop music, to grand arrangements and intricate instrumentation. And, as it turns out, it can be pretty damn powerful.

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