A Soulful Half-Year R&B Birthday (#032) Mixtape (Curated by Intuitive Navigation DJs)

July 1st marks the halfway point for the glorious year 2014. This indie R&B mixtape, curated by Portland duo Intuitive Navigation DJs (vVv Stardust and Serious Moonlight) calls for groove-centric celebration to this fact.

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Austra – Habitat Music Video (w/ Katie Stelmanis Interview)

Directed by Matt Lambert, Austra’s music video for “Habitat” weaves together three tales of human connection into one beautifully-lit cinematic narrative. Set in motel rooms that have been transformed into flowery love chambers, “Habitat” is a departure from Lambert’s more sexually-charged works, but maintains a strong focus on casting and persona; with a deliberate eye, it captures the moments of first intimacy between forbidden lovers. Katie Stelmanis of Austra gives us some insight into the band’s collaboration with the director.

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M. Geddes Gengras – Ishi Album Review (Leaving Records)

“I was directly inspired to these pieces by two people in my orbit who died this year, one accidentally and one not, both of whom suffered this affliction and eventually lost their lives to it. The music was a reaction to these losses and a sort of offering of something peaceful but at the same time respectful of the conflict and dissonance of life, with movement always in the distance.” - M. Geddes Gengras

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Litanic Mask – Vampire Album Review (Audraglint)

On Vampire, the second LP from gothy Portland synthpop band Litanic Mask, the trio draw upon vampire mythology to comment on the inability of people to connect. Like their name, a Litanic Mask is a thin veil, separating the viewer from the viewed, while giving a ritualistic flair. In this case, the porcelain shield would be the sound walls of noisemakers Mark Burden and Andrea Kulish, whose pounding beats, pulsing synths and melodic keyboards make rays of light in the darkness, through which vocalist Kenna Jean swims in and out of focus. While she sings, “All I wanted was to see/ Your reflection in my mirror”, you get the sense that it might be she, and not the other person,

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Woman’s Hour – Conversations LP Music Videos & Visual Branding

“My collaboration with [Oliver] Chanarin began with a love of didactic images: images that explain things; how to resuscitate a dying man, or put a chain on your chihuahua, or fall over without hurting yourself. These are images made with a certain purpose, but they can be very beautiful too. Accidentally beautiful, which is what we like about them.” - Fiona Jane Burgess, Woman’s Hour

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Young Magic Band Interview: Melting Into The Introspection of Breathing Statues

“We were… thinking about the ‘undifferentiated unconscious’ – something which manifests itself in any work and gives you this overwhelming sensation of eternal space being reconstituted. This quality, however you want to describe it, is something we’re very much attracted to and something that appears ubiquitously in the natural world.” - Melati Melay, Young Magic

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