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Michael Schulte - The Arising

German singer and songwriter Michael Schulte got himself and his music noticed the relatively new-fashioned way: posting up a handful of youtube videos, originals and covers, most notably a take on Gotye's ubiquitous hit "Somebody That I Used To Know."  More than four million views -- and subsequent online buzz around Germany and beyond -- led to the opportunity for the 24-year-old to record his own material on the 2012 debut album Wide Awake.

Fast forward almost three years and Schulte is in the midst of a headlining European tour supporting his recently released sophomore longplayer The Arising. His brisk, hummable folk pop melodies are predominantly mainstream fare but there's no denying the disarming charms of tracks like "Hopeless Heart." Unless you read German you'll probably feel a little lost on Schulte's Facebook page but you can head over to the DC Currents page to stream "Thoughts" and watch videos for "The Maze" and "Silence."



A deluxe version of Angel Olsen's critically worshiped album Burn Your Fire For No Witness dropped last week (including five bonus tracks) as well as the new video for one of the album's best tracks: "Windows." Says Olsen on director Rick Alverson's vision:  "I gave him total freedom to set the tone and I wanted only to be present within it. I wanted to make something cinematic and forward, and I believe he did that here.”


Songwriter and frontman Grayson Sanders is the creative nucleus of Snowmine, a Brooklyn-based band producing lush ambient art/rock with the occasional accoutrement of '80s beat-driven synths. The follow up to their February 2014 album Dialects, new track "Smoke Signals," says Sanders, "depicts a man who thinks he's the rescuer, but in reality is more lost than his marooned lover. It's not until the fog clears that he sees he has created these tiny miseries for himself, and that he can join her on the shore, on her solid ground." Stream another new track, "Tidal Wave," at the Currents page.

Natalie Prass

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