Video Round Up

Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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New Single From Bridie Jackson & The Arbour

On Monday Bridie Jackson & The Arbour will release their new single Far From The Tree via Like A Pergola Records.

It is another fine example of their expert musicianship, crafting another exquisite track of traditional, haunting folk with gorgeous vocal harmonies and  set to a brooding, almost ominous backdrop.

Stream it here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here is our regular gathering up of some of this week’s best new releases for you. Enjoy.

1. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
2. Laura Marling – Strange
3. This Is The Kit – Silver John
4. Bully – I Remember
5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
6. Adam Torres – Dusty Wing Spirit
7. Lower Dens – Ondine
8. Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold

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PS – Phil, I hope that’s better! ;-)

MM Shorts 675: Sorren Maclean

Sorren Maclean hails from the beautiful land and seascapes of the Isle of Mull in Scotland, and it is these rocky peaks and green slopes that are reflected in his warmly pastoral and delicate folk.

Watch the captivating video for the title track to his new EP Way Back Home, which portrays the longing desperation of life on the road, and the bittersweet homecoming that follows upon the journey back to a more sedate normality.

You can also download another track from the EP, Rows And Rows of Boxes, below.

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Tom Brosseau – Hard Luck Boy

Tom Brosseau - Hard Luck Boy

We’ve already posted a track this week, just a couple of days ago in fact, from Tom Brosseau’s forthcoming long player Perfect Abandon, the sweet folkish ramble of Take Fountain.

However, as soon as we heard Hard Luck Boy, we knew we had to share this too.

It is a tale of casual, yet wholly deliberate abandonment, told in an autobiographical style. Conversational, matter of fact, exact on observed details and minutiae, and ultimately heart breaking.

Left to play ‘fort’ in a rack of sale garments by his mother, he watches the lights eventually go down and the shop close up, and little Tommy realises he has simply been left “four or five” states from home in a city he’s never been to before.

In a way it is reminiscent of classic Arlo Guthrie in style and delivery yet in contrast to his good natured, stoned and rambling tales of being stoned, Hard Luck Boy is equal parts upsetting, puzzling and chilling in its matter-of-factness, and is a mini masterpiece of storytelling.

We are looking forward to the release of Perfect Abandon immensely…

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Video Premiere: Skye Steele – Growing Song

Premiere: Skye Steele - Growing SOngWe are delighted to bring you the premiere of Skye Steele’s video for his outstanding track Growing Song that comes from his recently released album Up From The Bitterroot.

Written in response to a poem his friend Katie Ludwick, who goes by the artist name Ladypajama, wrote on the impending birth of her son Jorge Danger. The video depicts Ladypajama writing the song on the walls of her art studio accompanied by the now-2-year-old Jorge.

The track slowly unfurls over six and a half minutes, beginning with a single plucked banjo and Steele’s soothing vocals, before rising and falling between the contagious and the affecting – sometimes abuzz with energy and sometimes swirling and subtle. Central to it all is the relationship with the words of the poem – a merging of rhythms and timbres that create a compelling and deeply resonant whole.

Of the song itself Skye says, “The song is all about the ineffable lines of connection that link us together and how they loop back upon themselves, binding us closer. The entire creation of this song and video illustrate the same idea – Ladypajama and I have been friends, mostly communicating via hand-written letters, for twenty years. So for me to write a song after her poem, and then to have her write it out by hand in the video keeps looping that line of connection around and around.

Watch it below. Order the album here.

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