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Ambient musician, Alaskan Tapes releases airy ‘The Times Are Tired’ Single


Based out of Ontario, Canada, Alaskan Tapes has released his first single ‘The Times Are Tired’ from his fourth full-length album, Views From Sixteen Stories, via AT Recordings. The single is a strong introduction to the upcoming album, with the listener getting an immediate taste for the ambient artists style. The result leaves the listener breathless in anticipation for the unreleased album.

Despite coming from a family that never really played music, or took it very seriously, at the age of twelve Kendall was gifted his first drum kit. He explored the drums for four years before discovering the world of producing through the internet. Since then, producing and writing music has been his central focus. Having experimented with various styles, he eventually landed around ambient music which he's been writing and producing for about five years as Alaskan Tapes... “Toronto's the only place I've lived my whole life,” says Kendall, “so everything I write is from the viewpoint of Toronto, and it's surroundings.” Musically, the project draws inspiration from the likes of Stars of the Lid, Taylor Deupree, Luke Howard and Pan-American.

‘The Times Are Tired’ opens with airy, organic guitar playing that slowly melts into a pool of ambient strings and delicately brushed drums. The ability of the artist as a composer is on full display as he layers multiple string instruments to construct a warm and contemplative arrangement that rolls along effortlessly.


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Vandana creates ode to self-love with latest music video


Vandana has returned with a brand new video, "AHSA [Raak Baaki]," premiering exclusively with PopMatters. This is the first release from her upcoming EP, Contra, where she puts a modern twist on inspirational Pakistani and Indian classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The visual was shot in Jordan, where Vandana and her crew were actually arrested while filming due to local officials fearing the group was practicing witchcraft at a ruin in Petra.

The original version of "Raak Baaki" is a popular disco love song set on a ship sung by play-back singer, Asha Bhonsle. She is officially the most recorded artist in the history of music worldwide,and had a versatile voice that was called on to sing songs with a western flair. Vandana's version is an ode to self-love, female potency, and the strength which we build through struggle and our choices, her brain subverting the lyrics completely to her advantage.

Vandana on creating her upcoming EP, “The whole process has been an inquiry, sonically and socio contextually - with the awareness of a much bigger and complex picture at hand which is hard to articulate without going off on a tangential tale of sexism in the Bollywood industry. I am a lucky Indian person to have had the opportunity to express my craft and beliefs and hope that in some way can contribute positively towards the shifting gender typecasts, build cultural bridges and create space for dialogue and change."

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Be the first to listen to Ka Fu’s latest atmospheric song, released today!


Experimental electronic producer Ka Fu has just released a new single ‘Where Everything’s Ours’ ahead of his upcoming debut album encoding; Master via Hidden Vibes. The music brought with it the endless opportunity for experimentation and development with no concern for time. Ka Fu is not a classical musician and, moreover, does not want to be perceived as a musician at all.

Ka Fu is the new experimental music project with roots in Russia. The new album release revealed an extremely rich palette of sonic influences .The mixing of the album was handled by Klas-Henrik Lindblad. Ka Fu’s music is driven by the constant change around him.

Musically, Ka Fu has been greatly influenced by the moody and dynamic sound of Depeche Mode. Comparisons can be made to the rich ambient atmospheres of Orbital, Autechre, Brian Eno, and Boards of Canada, as well as the textured soundscapes of Com Truise, Plaid, and Øfdream.

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Com Truise soaks Gold Fields' 'Waterfall' in retro synths on new remix



Synthwave producer Com Truise has remixed Gold Fields 'Waterfall.' The track has been lifted from the bands new album Dalawa and was released via Haven Sounds. The track premiered earlier this week via Dancing Astronaut.

Gold Fields have been off the radar for a few years, but wowed fans with the release of the new album. They've since released a few remixes including a remix of 'Cocoon' by Maya Jane Coles.

On the 'Waterfall' remix, Com Truise ups the synths and adds a bit of a retro vibe. His translation of the track pays homage to the original but with enough of his own idiosyncratic blend of sounds to create something new and exciting. ‘Waterfall (Com Truise Remix)’ fuses studio wizardry with retrospection, promoting the brooding and visceral Com Truise electro sound so many have championed.

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