Cherry Tree Carol is one of the oldest known traditional songs related to Christmas (dating back to the 15th Century).
Arborea have a rather special version of it that showcases a rather eerie side to their lovely psychedelia infused folk, at the end of the new album Fortress of the Sun.
In typical Savaging Spires fashion we were sent a Soundcloud link and very little else (i.e. nothing at all) to herald their new long player We Should Be Dead Together.
From what little we have been able to glean, the album consists of eleven new tracks and will be released as a limited CD at the end of this month and out in January in a strictly limited vinyl edition of 200. You can get further details from their Facebook page here.
For now take in the woozy, tripped out seven minutes of the title track…
Marijuana Deathsquads will release their debut album Oh My Sexy Lord on 20 January, and new single Ewok Sadness is tortured pop of the best kind – all glitchy electronics, synths, and processed vocals.
Stream it here.
See them in the UK in February
Feb 06, O2 Academy, Bristol
Feb 07, Arches, Glasgow
Feb 08, The Ritz, Manchester
Feb 10, All Saint’s Church, Brighton
Feb 12, The Troxy, London
The slow core Americana of Lo Fine’s latest album Want Is A Great Need has slowly grown on us, infiltrating, seducing, overcoming any resistance with its dark melancholy and occasional sonically malevolent world view.
Grab All We Need Is Hell below. You can get previous track Lie In White from our Round Up post here.
Back at the turn of the year we included the intimate folk and ambient electronica of Malpas in one of our Round-Up posts. At the time they were promising a whole album of material later in the year and some of that is now imminent.
As a taster they’ve offered up the first single from their new Promise EP, this is the otherworldly and subtly mournful Charlemagne.
The EP is out on the 23rd September via Killing Moon Records.
Another Tale From Another English Town heralds the return of the dreamy, haunting folk of Lanterns On The Lake and is taken from their forthcoming new album Until The Colours Run, that will see a release via Bella Union.
It is typically beautiful, cinematic and orchestral, with strings and vocals that rise and fall as though they were swelling waves, but the lyrics are sharper than previously, with more bite, and reflect the hard times with a nod to harder ones still to come. It is majestic stuff.
“Its getting hard to breathe round here, to think round here,
and we’ve been sold a thousand lies this year”
Have a listen. Watch the video. Immerse yourself.
Enjoy videos from Brazos and their track Charm, from Arborea with Pale Horse Phantasm filmed on location at Acadia National Park in Maine, from The Night Jars who use edits of episodes of the old Defenders of the Earth cartoons for their 60s garage inspired Drones, and from Lars Bygden, a truly brilliant animation for his dark and sorrowful track The Hole – not to be missed.
Broken minor keys, cracked vocal harmonies, fireside percussion, and tv static dreams. The Kindling make sad, strange and beautiful music. Drawing influence from the uncompromising recording spirit of Sparklehorse, Mount Eerie, and Tom Waits, The Kindling were formed to breathe supernatural life into the songs of singer Guy Weir.
After their debut EP From Out Of The Wreckage, the band’s second EP Half Light is a collection filled with pale ghosts and half-remembered dreams. From the widescreen Morricone-esque introduction The Longwave to the twisting minor key shuffle of the EP’s centrepiece Hunting Stars, and the luscious boy/girl harmonies of Breathe In.
The EP is set for digital release via iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, and all the usual digital suspects on 27th May. Have a listen.
And as a bonus, from the previous EP…
Arborea has a new album Fortress of the Sun coming out on April 30th on the NYC label ESP-Disk.
At the vanguard of the avant-folk scene, they effortlessly combine the delicate and fragile with the traditional, weaving together a beguiling mix of ambient sounds with gentle psychedelia, Appalachian folk and indie rock.
Take a listen to a selection of tracks from the album below.
Order it here.
Videos today to enjoy from Primal Scream, then get immersed in Quickbeam’s melancholic beauty and in The Hosts melodramatic indie-pop.