New Single From Velvet Morning

Velvet Morning are back with a new single of  dreamy psychedelia.

You’re Blue, I’m Blue is the first languid taste from their forthcoming debut long player Gorilla which is out at the end of June.

Stream it here and immerse yourself into four and a half minutes of swirling lush atmospherics anchored by mellow guitar and blissed out vocals. Lovely stuff.

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MM Shorts 715: Asylums

Asylums know intimately the tiny pleasures that can be found despite walking the poverty line. Their new single Joy In A Small Wage may as well be the band’s manifesto – a fierce DIY ethic with homemade videos and self-released records.

The single comes across like Orange Juice gene-spliced with Mudhoney, all pop hooks wrapped in barbed wire and wry social commentary.

Listen here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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New Video: Magic Potion – Booored

Stockholm trio Magic Potion trade in warped out, slacker pop of the best kind, recorded on an old reel-to-reel and produced by the band itself.

Their debut EP Melt is due on 1st June, via Beech Coma. Preceding the EP is lead single Booored which received much praise when it premiered earlier this month, and it’s now also gotten the video treatment in the form a home-made 2D animated VHS cartoon movie.

Watch it below. Stream the song, and its excellent preceding debut track Deep Web.

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MM Shorts 713: Steady Sun

Steady Sun, the five-piece psychedelic outfit who have featured a number of times on MM, has returned with their first single in two years, Lover Knows.

It is taken from forthcoming album Flora and kicks off as a gently pastoral excursion into the dreamier end of the psych-spectrum. Midway through it flexes its muscles briefly before settling back down to meander to a sweetly hazy conclusion.

Groovy stuff, and a perfect companion piece to our earlier Old Baby post.

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Introducing >>> Old Baby

We were alerted by a much trusted friend in the PR world about a southern-psych band from Louisville performing under the name of Old Baby.

He mentioned that we’d undoubtedly heard of some of the member’s other bands, thought they’d rather we not know who they are.

So, all we can tell you is: yes, Old Baby is from Louisville. Yes, Old Baby is filled with veteran musicians. Do they shake? They do. Do they shimmy? Oh, indeed, more than you could imagine.

Here is Someday, the first sumptuous taste, a seven minute psych-masterpiece. The southern gothic trances croon from the top of a western mountaintop, easing the restlessness from your troubled mind.

Absolutely love this.

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New Video: The Pack A.D. – Animal

The Pack A.D. have released a 4-song EP called Meta Animal. The EP (available here) features previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of Thee Oh Sees’ Night Crawler.

The duo have also shared the official music video for Animal, which appears on the EP and their 2013 album, Do Not Engage. It was filmed in Vancouver and comes complete with all the makings of a classic horror film: creepy scientists in extra white lab coats, chains and fangs, and even some Thriller-inspired dance moves.

Watch it here.

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New Single From Sunflower Bean

Brooklyn-based psychedelic trio Sunflower Bean’s  new single I Hear Voices will be released on Fat Possum on the 24th July.

They have taken their garage-rock and psych sounds, spiced them up with some sweetly melodic riffs and smothered it all in hazy vocals. It is a more than worthy follow up to their self-released debut EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, at the end of 2014 (see our previous band post here).

I Hear Voices will be available on limited 7” and download, and features The Stalker on the flip side.

Give it a spin.

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MM’s 5:1 Interview No 17: Torres

Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

Back in 2013, my last trip to SXSW, I wandered into a venue to see Night Beds and exited having been completely transfixed by singer Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) and her band. From then on tracks like Honey and Waterfall became much loved secret treasures – intense and intimate, they were songs I didn’t want to share, but rather to immerse myself in as the ultimate solitary mood music.

torresEarlier this month Torres released Sprinter, her outstanding second album to almost universal acclaim. Just yesterday the Guardian review I read called it “astonishing, unsettling and beautiful“, and so it is all of those things, and much more besides.

Mostly I am delighted because I want as many people as possible to have the chance to become as entranced as I was by these wonderfully personal songs, sometimes melancholy, sometimes uncomfortable, but always moving and always wonderfully captivating. She has a rare talent as a songwriter, yet there is a tiny, selfish part of me that doesn’t want to share, doesn’t want to concede the genie is out of the box and that others can have these songs as their own just like I have.

Nevertheless, we were delighted when Mackenzie agreed to take part in our 5:1 interview series. Read on and enjoy, and order your copy of Sprinter here.

Five words to describe your music:
Music
Transcends
Limitations
Of
Language

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Ultra-meta! Aliens reading an earthling’s imagining of earthlings from the perspective of aliens.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Nirvana–In Utero
Tori Amos–Under the Pink
Brandi Carlile–The Story
David Bazan–Strange Negotiations
Johnny Cash–At Folsom Prison

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
The parting of the Red Sea.

torres portraitFive people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Patti Smith
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
Taylor Swift
Sharon Van Etten

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
No regrets, ever.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Cuddle kitten
Cuddle puppy
Bergamot candles
Dairy-free berry pie
A book to read and keep

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and my cat, Little Bat. Family is everything.

Five perfect songs:
Best 80’s pop melodies:
1. Once in a Lifetime–Talking Heads
2. Seven Wonders–Fleetwood Mac
3. Take on Me–A-ha
4. Madonna–Like a Prayer
5. Love Song–The Cure

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
The Exchange.

Our very grateful thanks to Mackenzie for taking the time to answer the MM questions.

You can check out some of our other 5:1 Interviews in the side bar too.

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MM Shorts 711: Melt Dunes

Any band able to describe their sound as “like wandering alone in a desolate circus at night with the impending doom of being hunted by psychopathic clowns“, gets our ears.

This then is Melt Dunes, almost eight minutes of malevolent, eerie, tortured psychedelia shot through with a garage savagery that makes Epicaricacy a compelling listen.

Try it here.

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