Introducing >>> Man Of Moon

Introducing >>> Man Of Moon

Scottish duo Man Of Moon will release their excellent debut single The Road backed with This World via Melodic Records on the 17th July.

With its unerring motoric groove and shimmering rising peaks the lead track is a song about vocalist Chris Bainbridge’s sisters’ attempts to break free from struggles with anxiety. It has one foot in the UK neo-psychedelic revival, but for five grippingly uneasy minutes it feels more a struggle for escapism rather than a wallowing immersion into the hypnotic repetition that underpins it.

You can stream it below or order it here.

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s that time again…our collection of newly minted tunes from the past seven days that are worth some serious listening.

1. Creepoid – Shaking
2. Zachary Cale – Sundowner
3. The Catenary Wires – Throw Another Love Song On The Fire
4. Jessie Jones – Sugar Coated
5. PINS – Molly
6. Trembling Bells – Killing Time In London Fields

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Grass House Return

We’ve been long standing fans of Yorkshire based indie rockers Grass House.

Following a extended period of touring in support of debut record, 2013’s A Sun Full and Drowning, they are back with a new song, Learning To Less Feel, which is the first taste of their forthcoming new long-player.

They describe it as more immediate and punchier, more upbeat even, but the track still has their trademark world-weary vocals and while it might feature a nod to a janglier guitar sound, their take on sunshine slacker-pop is pleasingly downbeat and appropriately cloudy.

Welcome back boys!

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Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light

We first became aware of Meg Baird as co-founder of the mysterious psych-folk band Espers who released three excellent studio albums. She then went on to form the moody and thunderous Heron Oblivion and has also found time to release two solo records of her own and now has a new solo album Don’t Weigh Down The Light due for release on the 22nd June via Wichita Recordings.

As with previous releases, the foundation of the new record is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins. She moved to San Francisco after a decade in Philadelphia and Don’t Weigh Down The Light is also a record of its location—recorded in a city struggling to stay a haven for dreamers, freaks, and weirdos while a new Gilded Age rolls over the land like a flood.

Listen to the gorgeous Mosquito Hawks and the equally sparse, haunting melancholia of Counterfeiters below.

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Introducing >>> Agerskow

Introducing >>> Agerskow

Agerskow is the music of Newcastle-based Kate Edwards.

Her recently released track, Postcard From Whitby is a perfectly judged, fragile ode to growing up in Yorkshire in the 90s and holidaying with family at the North Yorkshire coast – a time for long walks with her grandparents’ labradors, donkey rides along the beach at Filey, Mr. Whippy ice cream and sandy sandwiches.

With haunting vocals and poignant lyrics it really is a lovely song.

On the front step, scribbling a postcard from Whitby
A toddler’s handwriting my mother can’t read,
sticks in her scrapbook to preserve the memory

Listen below and visit her website here.

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MM Shorts 718: Dead Stars

It is more than two years since we’ve posted about Dead Stars, and I have to confess we somehow missed their debut album Slumber last summer.

Calm Punk is the band’s first new release since then and is a welcome return and reminder of the Brooklyn-based trio’s fuzzy, hook-filled brand of indie-rock.

Stream it here.

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New Freedom Fry Single

New Single From Freedom Fry

It doesn’t matter when you’re 21 …

By our reckoning no one does infectious, feelgood indie-pop like Freedom Fry, the combination of French songstress Marie Seyrat and Michigan-born musical chameleon Bruce Driscoll (also of Blondfire).

With each release they up the ante and on irresistible new single 21 they have added in audience vocals and claps from their recent residency at the Echo in LA.

Listen below, and let some sunshine in.

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Lady Bones – 24 Hour Party Girl

Lady Bones - 24 Hour Party Girl

Lady Bones have shared 24 Hour Party Girl, the second single from the Boston trio’s upcoming full length debut Dying.

If follows lead single Botch and takes the band on another rollercoaster ride through rough edged grunge, twisted Americana, and pounding post-punk.

The album is one of dark hardcore-edged indie rock haunted by a backwoods twang that sounds more like the product of a band living near the Floridian swamps than the bustling Boston DIY scene. Call it “sludge pop” if you will, but with an extra sense of grit and impending doom via filthy yet melodic guitars, enormous polyrhytmic drumming and a heavy quaking low end rumble.

Listen to the singles below. Pre-order the album from Midnight Werewolf here.

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