MM Shorts 549: Grand Lake Islands

MM Shorts 549: Grand Lake Islands

Grand lake Islands six track EP Wake of Waking is a collection of thoughtful indie-folk that ranges from warm and lush organic instrumentation to thin guitar lines and shaky vocals.

Fans of Phosphorescent, A.A. Bondy and Jason Molina will find much to enjoy here.

Listen to the EP’s opening track, Flood. And buy from Bandcamp here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ryley Walker

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Ryley Walker

We had an e-mail from a reader recommending we check out Ryley Walker. So we did. Turns out he is a little bit special.

While only 24 years old, on his debut album (released this very day) All Kinds Of You, he delves much further back than that to the fingerpicked style of classic British folk artists, American primitive guitar and classic pastoral psychedelia. The results are mesmerising – bluesy, jazzy, folky – fluid and meditative with expressive vocals edged with just enough grit and emotion.

Try a couple of tracks – Fonda and the gorgeous album closer Tanglewood Spaces, which he describes as “a jam to stub your joint out too”.

You can buy from Tomkins Square, or catch him supporting Cloud Nothings on their current tour.

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Another From Wooden Wand’s Farmer’s Corner

More From Wooden Wand's Farmer's Corner

Farmer’s Corner, the new album from Wooden Wand promises to be a rawer, more personal affair than the brilliant Blood Oaths Of The New Blues and we have already shared the wonderful Dambuilding with you here.

Now we have Alpha Dawn for your listening pleasure, another sublime cut of relaxed, informal, wandering folk that evokes all those classic intimate campfire and back-porch scenarios, as acoustic strings meander sweetly beneath James Jackson Toth’s gently sung vocals.

Absolutely gorgeous. Listen/download it below.

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Friday Round Up

New Release Round Up.

So many tunes to share – time for another Round Up just in time for the weekend. All pre-screened for your guaranteed listening pleasure.

So away we go…

Easing us in gently is some ethereal folk from Owls of the Swamp and the gentle Shapeshifter is a perfect introduction to forthcoming album Atlas.

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At the other end of the noise spectrum we have aggressive post-punk from Total Control’s Flesh War, taken from upcoming long player Typical System.

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The Honey Trees debut LP Bright Fire has just been released, this is the lovely By The River.

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Kristy And The Kraks new self-titled release is a glamorous 4-track masterpiece of snotty girls-in-the-garage stomp & 60s-girl group-punk raunch. Check out No No No No No from it.

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Derek Luttrell’s debut album Tired Dogs, Old Trees is to get lost in the pensive pitter-patter of an unpretentious folk ballad before being thrust upright for the thump-thump-thumping of a soil-scattering Americana jam. Try on Wayside for size…

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Old Smokey is an Athens, Georgia folk collaboration that is a little hard to pin down: there are traces of Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western, east Indian psychedelia, and Appalachian stomp. Dead Man’s Pose, is an upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line. Their upcoming full-length, Wester Easter, will be released on April 29 via Cloud Recordings.

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The Lottery Winners just might be making some of the most gloriously british guitar-pop we’ve heard in years – bright, infectious, sweeping verses and stick-in-your-head choruses. This is Heavy Heart.

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Finally, some orchestral folk from Cajita’s new album Tiny Ghosts. Three tracks starting with Broken Glass, an observation on romantic love with proud horns and wandering guitars that speckle a reminiscent groove playing well with the songs smart lyrical content. Swooping vocals and shining synth sounds are brought to bear on love and memory in The Stars is and Shake is a crisp acoustic number with intimate up-close vocals.

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First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining

My Silver Lining is the first taste from First Aid Kit’s forthcoming album Stay Gold, which is out on the 10th June.

It is another brilliant example of their rootsy, twangy Americana shot through with just enough orchestral grandeur and strings to give the song a rich beauty that is impossible to resist.

“I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining”

Pre-order here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Alice Boman

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Alice Boman

Deservedly adding her name to the seemingly endless outpouring of talent from Sweden is the gorgeous and evocative Alice Boman.

Her new release EPII will see the light of day in June, and to tide us over we have the first single What for your undoubted listening pleasure. It is a song to immerse yourself in – fragile,  sparse and undeniably haunting, and seems to carry with it a poignant trace of the icy winds of the north.

Have a listen.

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Round Up Time

Round Up Time Again

Once again it is time to hurl in the lifesaving post of a Round Up, thrown boldly into the rising tide of cracking new tunes that are lapping against the very top of our inbox. Ten bands, thirteen tracks…dip in!

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First up is the raw, take-no-prisoners rock’n’roll of Scary People’s tracks Crush The Bug and Chicago - pure, unadulterated foot-stomping noise.

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Slow Club release their much anticipated new album Complete Surrender in July. The first single from it is the title track, utilizing sweeping strings, a galloping beat and the band’s rich and soaring vocals.

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The wonderful Timber Timbre will release their new album imminently and the insistent groove and disquieting Americana of Curtains?! is a real gem.

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Creepoid is one of our favourite names for a band and their planned Record Store Day release, an EP titled Wet is their debut on Graveface Records. A one sided 12”, it features 4 new songs and a B side etching. Check out the slow burn sonics of Wet Bread.

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The Los Angeles, via Detroit duo The Singles have given us a couple of singles of glammed-up, garage-pop from their upcoming full length Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, that crackle and hum with energy and

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The irrepresible jangling guitars of The Shilohs are showcased perfectly on their new track Palm Readers that comes from their forthcoming self-titled album.

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Fresh from supporting Cate Le Bon on her recent UK tour, Sweden’s Sea Lion is giving away a free download of the haunting Sanna’s Song, a mesmerising, slow-burning ballad built on finger-picked guitar and warm, analogue organ.

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The mighty Ming City Rockers are also back with a new single, the swaggering, primal rock’n’roll of Twist It.

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Powder Blue have just shared their track Run, and have been described as “a perfect storm of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and drone”. We’ll be catching them at the Great Escape in May!

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Lastly we have the spacey, mind melting electronica infused psychedelia of Hypnotized – listen to a couple of suitably sonically adventurous tracks from their new five track EP Telesto.

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WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

Now in its third year, wiaiwya-7777777 is a seven inch singles club, and a very ambitious seven inch singles club at that – it is a celebration of the format and all things seven…

Subscribers to wiaiwya-7777777 2014 will get seven picture discs (released on the 7th of the month) that together form a fully illustrated seven step guide to releasing your own records – the world’s first all vinyl self help guide, if you will…

The releases will be from Freschard (with the Wave Pictures), Trick Mammoth, the Leaf Library, the School, the Secret History, the Human Hearts, and Eagleowl.

We have a couple for you to listen to – both are absolutely brilliant, and completely different. Try the hypnotic, krautrock disco of the Leaf Library, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best, and the halting, gossamer fragility of Clemence Freschard featuring the Wave Pictures with And The Rain, which kicks of the 2014 series.

Get more info here.

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Songs: Ohia Singles Box Set For Record Store Day

Songs: Ohia Box Set For RSD

Secretly Canadian have announced the release of a deluxe box set of rare recordings from Jason Molina’s Songs: Ohia, for Record Store Day in April.

Gathered within Journey On: Collected Singles are many of the charming, haunting and elegantly disparate moments lost in the void of limited pressings and merch tables across Songs: Ohia’s six year course.

Have a listen to Soul below.

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Dark Mean – Samuel, The Phoenix

Dark Mean - Samuel, The Phoenix

It has been a while since we heard from Canadian folkies Dark Mean, but now after more than two years away, they are back with a new four track EP called Samuel, The Phoenix.

The title track is a sweetly melancholic acoustic track that already sounds like a campfire classic.

I’m fading that’s all. I’m fading so slow, with the sun in my lungs
My baby you’ll be, my always, one and only

Listen below. Grab the whole EP for $4 from Bandcamp here.

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See our previous Dark Mean posts here.