Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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New Video: Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me

The excellent Tom Brosseau returns with a brand new album, Perfect Abandon, out on the 3rd March via Crossbill Records.

For now, watch the beautiful video for the lead single, Roll Along With Me.

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<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/109960189″>Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/andrewvanbaal”>Andrew van Baal</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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The Migrant – Flood

The Migrant - Flood

We were big fans of previous releases by The Migrant, a Danish folksinger of “psychedelic travel stories“, and two years after the release of Beads, he is back with a new album The Flood which has just seen the light of day.

The album opens with the easy-going strum and yearning vocals of Climbers, which soon turns into a surreal tale of bath-tubs, goats, beer and fireworks.

I was a-climbing a mountain
when I came across a goat
he said jump on my back now
I can use an extra coat

Check it out below, together with another standout track in Belly of a Man.

 

Buy The Flood via Bandcamp here.

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See our other posts on The Migrant here.

Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib has been tickling the earbuds of Chris T Popper recently who was turned on to Moonlight, the title track of his forthcoming album.

A man of impeccably good taste (mostly), Mr Popper was quite right and proper with his recommendation, and so we’re pleased to share both that track and The Teeth and a final taster from the record before it is released next week with the brilliant Melt Me.

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New Video: Cariad Harmon – Wicked Town

MM Shorts 649: Cariad Harmon

Cariad Harmon’s video for the single, Wicked Town, from her self-titled album release depicts living in New York from the vantage point of a musician, artist, bartender and those striving to make it in a city where so many come to make their mark.

Have a watch, and download a couple more tracks from the album, which is a lovely collection of folky Americana cut through with folky and jazz undertones. This is one for fans of Cat Power, Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular weekend feature highlighting some of the tunes you really ought to have heard already this week is back. First one of 2015 kicks off with no less than nine new tunes and some real corkers too.

1. Iron & Wine – Everyone’s Summer of ’95
2. Stornoway – The Road You Didn’t Take
3. Sonny & The Sunsets – Happy Carrot Health Store
4. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
5. Girlpool – Alone At The Show
6. Screaming Females – Criminal Image
7. Wand – Self Hypnosis In 3 Days
8. Of Montreal – Empyrean Abattoir
9. Beech Creeps – Times Be Short

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Caitlin Rose – Been Thinkin Bout You All The Time

The marvellous Caitlin Rose (who played one of our favourite sets last time we were at SXSW) has shared a demo of a song called Been Thinkin Bout You All The Time via Soundcloud.

It was written with Willie Breeding, from a chorus he had been carrying around for a while, and is just as fine a slice of sweet, melancholy country as you’re likely to hear, and like the good lady says herself, “I’ve always been quite fond of it even though it wraps up rather miserably.

Hoped that it’d be good to hear from me
And that these late night calls don’t bother you
I guess you never hear it ring
And anyway babe there ain’t nothin new
There’s already no more time to spare
All you gotta do is count the hours
All that I can do is lay it there,
this bouquet of flowers

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Some We Missed (Round Up Time Again)

Some We Missed (Round Up)

As we gallop towards the end of the year it is natural to start looking forward to 2015 and anticipating the new releases that will be coming our way. However, it is an inevitable certainty that, during 2014 we have missed out on a huge number of records that deserved a mention and sharing…so rather than look forward, we’ve looked back and picked out a few of the tracks we missed from the year…

Lachlan Bryan’s heart is steeped in the drama and imagery of country, roots, and Americana music. Songs are draped with dark characters, back stories, and sub plots flavored with dustbowl balladry, old school country, and nu-folk undertones. Together with his band The Wildes, they released the excellent Black Coffee to a wider audience this year.

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We’ve featured the rustic Gothic folk of The August List previously on MM, but somehow missed their debut long-player, O Hinterland this year. Shame on us too as they’re local. This is Cut Yr Teeth, and you can order the album via Bandcamp here.

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Psychedelic folk group Cherokee Red’s latest single is The World Is My Oyster, You’re The Pearl and is available as a cassingle from Bandcamp here.

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We discovered Small Reactions (propulsive indie), Dreamsalon (dark, post-punk) and The Weak Boys (garage jangle) via the always excellent Finest Kiss blog. All are excellent and all worth re-posting here if you haven’t heard them yet.

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Singer songwriter Luke De-Sciscio shared Patterns of Revolution, a startlingly delicate, impassioned lullaby that teeters upon the cusp between winsome whisper and shamanic sermon.

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Whilst working long hot days on a roadside fruit stand, Jameson first picked up the banjo in 2012, wielding it more like a lead guitar in a riff laden rock outfit than a country folkster. Finding songs were suddenly “writing themselves” he began working on the material for the Carnivore EP  check out the frantic single, Breathe Your Last.

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Dreemers are an emerging three-piece band from the Isle of Wight. Their sound features a nostalgic interpretation of the energy and simplicity that the late 70s punk scene offered, whilst being inspired by a more recent alternative vibe.

New Track From Joe Pug

With his upcoming full-length record Windfall, to be released on the 10th March, Joe Pug has shared the debut single from the album.

If Still It Can’t Be Found, which features Pat Sansone from Wilco on mellotron, is a yearning, sweetly strummed ballad that perhaps captures some of the hard times and question marks over his future as he struggled with writers block and, as he says, “fell out of love with music“.

If it’s not around this corner it’s around the next
If it’s not beyond this river it’s beyond the next
And if still it can’t be found
It’s prob’ly for the best

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