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SXSW Song of the Day: Sun and the Wolf – Precipice

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I have had a limited sampling of German pop music, introduced to me by a German (whose first choice when working late was, oddly, Commodores’ “Nightshift”…) and while I’m not well-versed enough in music to identify or explain it, the opening minute of “Precipice” instantly reminded me of Germany. Curiously, then, Sun and the Wolf is composed of three Berlin transplants from New Zealand. It may be the cautious and deliberate pace, or the minimalist sound space. And of course …

SXSW Song of the Day: Adam Torres – High Lonesome

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The studio recording of “High Lonesome” left little doubt that the star in Adam Torres’ songs is his voice. Although some YouTube commenters enjoyed the imagery of Wes Anderson, Michonne (Walking Dead) and Jack Nicholson being responsible for the modern American folk offerings at a Tiny Desk Concert. Whichever version you listen to, the American West comes alive as if from the perspective of a soaring eagle. Normally the Canyonlands landscape demands a certain majestic awe; I enjoy how this …

SXSW Song of the Day: Nick Hakim – Bet She Looks Like You

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If you hear this in real life and find that you can resist immediately reaching for a song-recognition app, I applaud your lack of curiosity. All that occurred to me was that at any given moment this song could fade and my eyeballs would be burned-in with “GIVENCHY” in 72pt Times New Roman for the following 24 hours. Use of the words “dope” and “chill” will be banned for fear children might become allergic to their hipster/hippie parents. Nick Hakim …

Song of the Day: Penguin Cafe – Cantorum

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The stop-animation film Mary and Max gets me every time. As simply as closing my eyes, I can see that yellow, post-it plastered ceiling, and Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s Perpetuum Mobile would waft in automagically through imaginary ears. It’s amazing how far music that literally goes nowhere indefinitely can take you. The name Penguin Cafe has been revived by the late Simon Jeffes’ son, Arthur. The new Orchestra is distinctively more emotive, in contrast to the intentional austerity of the original. …