Steve Palmer – Unblinking Sun

Steve Palmer - Unblinking Sun

The ethos and energy of punk rock first inspired Steve Palmer to pick up a guitar, but it was his discovery of the music of John Fahey in 2012 that renewed and deepened that interest. For his first full-length, Unblinking Sun, he filters cosmic krautrock, drone, and psychedelic improvisation through the vernacular of the American fingerpicked folk tradition.

We have a couple of excellent tracks from it to stream or download, Cassini and Six Dollar Sunglasses. We’ll wager that fans of William Tyler or Clan Nugent will find much to like here.

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Balmorhea – Heir 1

In conjunction with the reissue of their 2007 self-titled debut (out on the 14th October on Western Vinyl), Balmorhea the six-piece instrumental group from Austin, TX., are releasing two new songs on a limited edition 7″ titled HEIR.

With the songs created for the 7”, the band brings everything full circle, returning to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. Listen below to HEIR I  which starts things off slowly with a Wurlitzer’s somber tremolo and some gently propulsive electric bass, soon joined by vibes and a soaring violin melody.

 

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MM Gets All Psyched-Up

MM Gets All Psyched Up

While that might be the worst post heading we’ve ever produced, thankfully this round-up of all things psych-inspired that have been worming their way into our in-box, and from there into our ears is far better and certainly well worth investigating.

We have the crunchy psych-noise of A Sunny Day In Glasgow, the epic space jams of Formes, the ferocious krautrock inspired aggression of Autobahn, sweetly psychedelic dream-pop from Balancer, the grungy post-punk drones of Wild Smiles, brilliant psych-folk from Immigrant Union, visceral garage infused psych-rock from A Million Billion Dying Suns and the stoned cosmic rock of Hailer.

What more could you want?

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Invisible Familiars – Clever Devil
2. Real Lies – North Circular
3. Alice Boman – Red Eyes (War On Drugs Cover)
4. Arborea – Sea Of Polaris
5. Castanets – Out For The West
6. Matt Kivel – Open Road
7. J Mascis – Every Morning
8. The Wytches – The Holy Tightrope

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Todo Muere Vol. 4

Todo Meure Vol. 4

Sacred Bones will present the fourth volume of their annual Record Store Day vinyl compilation, Todo Muere. It will be limited to 1,500 copies only.

This year’s edition features eight tracks from a wide variety of their artists, each one new or previously unreleased on any physical format. The first track is the brilliant Lonely Richard by Amen Dunes, a hazy cut from the band’s forthcoming LP, Love that we posted here. That song is followed by a recording of Zola Jesus’ Vessel taken from the sessions for last year’s Versions, the string quartet album she made with the composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus). Side A is rounded out by And Light Shines, a David Lynch song from The Big Dream sessions that was previously unavailable outside of Japan, and Marissa Nadler’s spare, haunting take on the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track The Kindness of Strangers.

Also featured on the compilation is Pop. 1280 with the newly recorded track Kingdom Come. Föllakzoid’s Domingo Garcia-Huidobro contributes a new minimal techno remix of his band’s Pulsar for the penultimate track on the collection, and Illume from Lust for Youth’s forthcoming LP shows the band moving completely out of coldwave into far warmer territory, even adding guitars to the mix.

Side B of Todo Muere, Vol. 4 kicks off with a bang though – two, in fact. Pharmakon’s cover of Bang Bang, the great song written by Sonny Bono for Cher and popularized by Nancy Sinatra, is a sharp cold-water shock that shows a side of Margaret Chardiet that may surprise fans of last year’s Abandon LP.

Todo Muere Vol. 4’s track listing is as eclectic as the Sacred Bones roster itself, and serves as a snapshot of where the label is in 2014.

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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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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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New From Ohioan

New From Ohioan

The sweeping grandeur of Ryne Warner’s Ohioan are back with a new split EP with fellow desert nomads Young Hunter that can be purchased from Bandcamp. It will also see a release on cassette in a limited edition run of 200.

You can listen to all four tracks of atmospheric psych-infused weird Americana below, or just check out the wonderfully titled Dogshit In Plastic Bags from it, that also appears on their East Coast Tour Taster release.

The EP precedes their planned full-length American Spirit Blues which is due for release in May.

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Stone Jack Jones – Joy

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Stone Jack Jones

As anyone who reads MM with any degree of regularity will no doubt know, we are recent and zealous new converts to the joys of Stone Jack Jones’ unsettling, haunting gothic-folk.

We’ve already shared three tracks from his new record, Ancestor, and here is a fourth, Joy that also features Patty Griffin on vocals and movingly tells the story of his mother in law’s last days and the beautiful Jamaican nurse, Joy, who comforted, fixed hair, and dispensed painkillers of all kinds.

Ancestor is out on the 18th March via Western Vinyl.

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MM Shorts 513: Snowapple

MM Shorts 513: Snowapple

Snowapple are a three piece from Amsterdam that push the boundaries of folk by creating original songs that incorporate three part harmonies and operatic interludes to create an ethereal musical experience ranging from upbeat to macabre.

Their eponymous debut album saw a European release last year and a US release last month via Zip Records.

Check out Baby Blue and Old Lady below.

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