A screengrab from TEPR’s new video.
A screengrab from TEPR's new video.


Half Below

After leaving Yelle in 2014, French producer Tanguy Destable has been hard at work on his TEPR project and last year he released the Half Below EP. Destable rediscovered his love of house music and wanted to meld that with some clubby-pop appeal as well. But Half Below is more than that as the new video shows off a deep trippy side with all manner of animated mouths, including mouths that replace eyes on Destable's face (pictured). There's a darkness at the heart of this song and the video perfectly captures that vibe.

Ben Rogers

"Wild Roses"

Canadian Ben Rogers has one of those treasured, whiskey-soaked, deep, rough voices that work so perfectly in country music and Americana. Rogers pairs that with a stellar band of musicians who help create the barren, prairie landscapes and the vast spaces of North America's west. Right up front and crucial to the band's sound is that mournful pedal steel — surely one of the most cinematic instruments ever devised — played with virtuosic ease by Matt Kelly (City and Color). Last August Ben Rogers released his second album, The Bloodred Yonder, and his new single is that album's lead track, "Wild Roses."

-- Sarah Zupko, PopMatters.com