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Monday, August 12, 2013

Music Monday! Blouse, Vikesh Kapoor, & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM


This new Blouse track premiered last week, another taster from their upcoming sophomore album Imperium, which comes out on Captured Tracks on September 17. "A Feeling Like This" follows up "No Shelter" with an unassuming guitar riff and straightforward drumbeat, as singer Charlie Hilton rides a single note for the opening couplet, finding a jagged chasm in between the song's two primary chords back. A droning, siren-like guitar and the sound of water drops are later introduced, and what is initially Blouse's most immediate-sounding song to date becomes a layered production of depth and mystery.


Oregon-based singer/songwriter Vikesh Kapoor has a new one: a stark, stunning track from his upcoming album The Ballad of Willy Robbins, due out on October 15 on Portland label Mama Bird Recording Co. If "I Dreamt Blues" tips the scales more toward "dreamt" and less "blues" from a musical perspective, it remains a florid, fluid song that has one foot in the grinding reality of workaday existence—informed by Kapoor's own experience growing up with first-generation immigrant parents in rural Pennsylvania—and the other foot in the dizzy, tumbling, interior world of escapism. Its seeming fragility belies the strong, steady heart beating beneath its fluttering wings—Kapoor has made an extraordinary piece of music here.

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