Mad Mackerel Recommends: Austin Basham

Indie folk singer/songwriter, Austin Basham, recently released his new five track Linton//Oslo EP.

From Austin, Texas, his music draws influences from classic folksingers like Bob Dylan, but also shares a contemporary feel with artists such as Joe Pug and The Tallest Man On Earth. Recorded in Norway, the record is a culmination of warm southern nights and cool Norwegian atmosphere and showcases an imaginative range and combination of instruments and lyrics that fuse together into a gorgeous cohesive whole.

Check out a couple of tracks below.

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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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