Introducing >>> Jethro Fox

Introducing >>> Jethro Fox.

Jethro Fox is a Biblically named singer from a family of atheists who has become a central character in a once-again thriving music scene in Liverpool. As a multi-instrumentalist, he has played in most of the new bands in the area, which is centered on the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

Jethro’s music is characterised by his distinctive golden harmonies, and the echo of school halls and cavernous churches, his music takes influence from the classic symphonic pop of The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison and Grizzly Bear.

Stream recently released debut single Blinding Light with Lonely Sound on the B-side (out through Tough Love Records), which is the perfect introduction into Jethro’s immaculately conceived world.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends…Bobtown

Mad Mackerel Recommends...Bobtown.

The first thing you notice about Bobtown is the harmonies. Then the songwriting. And finally, the body count. Tales of ghosts, outlaws and working-class struggles permeate the world of this unique, badlands folk band who are just at home with sparse, puritan ballads as they are full-on washboard stomp ‘n’ holler.

Trouble I Wrought is the band’s second release, and we have a couple of pretty special tasters for you in the shape of stomping, clapping backwoods party anthem, Mama’s Got The backbeat, and psychedelic sermon of epic proportions, Burn Your Building Down.

Purchase from CD Baby here. Visit the band’s website here.

Download Bobtown – Mama’s Got The Backbeat mp3 (from Trouble I Wrought)

Download Bobtown – Burn Your Building Down mp3 (from Trouble I Wrought)

Introducing >>> Jaggery

Introducing >>> Jaggery.

Inspired by the murders and murderers depicted in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Boston quintet, Jaggery has created Private Violence, a haunting EP that specifically draws close to misunderstood murderer Perry Smith.

Frontwoman, pianist and songwriter Singer Mali explores what it’s like to identify with “someone who did something terrible” with her powerful voice and an intoxicating blend of darkwave, jazz, classical, ethereal avant-rock, and chamber art-pop.

Private Violence will be released on 13th November.

Download Jaggery – No Sympathy mp3 (from Private Violence EP)

Introducing >>> Elk Rhythms

Introducing...Elk Rhythms.

Andy Ellison (a member of The Plastic Traps who we’ve featured before), dropped us a line to tell us he has a new folky, acoustic solo guitar/vocals project called Elk Rhythms (which clearly is a most excellent name!).

He has a couple of EPs up for free download on his Bandcamp page, both of which are well worth investigating. For proof, just listen/download the upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies of Concrete Kings (from Elk Rhythms EP) or his version of Bon Iver’s Flume (from Covers EP).

Alternatively grab both EPs here.

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Introducing >>> Nacosta

Introducing >>> Nacosta.

LA quartet Nacosta deal in hazy folk acoustics and swirling psych-rock, expertly weaving sinewy guitar lines around reflective lyrics to create a hypnotic and colourful whole.

To date they have self released two EPs, Wilderness City and Liquor Eyes. Currently they are in preproduction for their debut full length album which is planned for release later this year. Until then, lie back and immerse yourself in the title track from their most recent EP or grab the whole thing for free (and the previous EP too) just by clicking here.

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Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade’s Perfect Murder Ballad

Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade's Perfect Murder Ballad.

Vagabondage and The Sweet Trade are two San Francisco Bay Area bands who met in 2009 and have played several shows together over the years. Always enjoying each others music and company, they finally decided to consummate their musical affair with an expression of their love of murder balladry, and recorded their own take on the song Henry Lee.

Henry Lee may be the quintessential American murder ballad with its tale of rural lust, longing, jealousy and misdirected passions, however it’s origins are actually in the folk song Young Hunting (also known as Earl Richard, The Proud Girl, and Loving Henry) which originated in Scotland. The song has been made most infamous in our modern era though in versions from Dick Justice and Nick Cave (and now Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade).

The song tells the tale about an unsatisfied philandering man who tells the woman he loves that he’s enamored with another mistress. Filled with raging jealousy, she in turn gets her lover drunk, kisses him goodbye and stabs him to death. In most versions she gets away with the murder, and in some tellings even entices the women of the town to help her dispose of the body.

This musical telling of the tale from Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade has its feet firmly planted in the dangerous swampy territory of the wronged woman’s heart. They take you into this treacherous land with a combination of seductive vocals, ominous bass, lurching accordion, soulful guitar, angry fiddle, and the delicate hope of the ukulele.

Come with us into the lusty and murderous frontier of love. You never know what could happen.

Brilliant!

Download Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade – Henry Lee mp3