It’s Friday – Quick & Dirty Round Up

Round Up Time Again

It’s Friday, all the excuse to round up a few new tracks for you. Ten in all from Priory, Little May, The Lungs, Caddywhompus. Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Saint Agnes, Sleepy Dreamers, The Yetis, Lazyeyes and Trans Upper Egypt. Just wish we had the time to put the words together to do them justice.

Treat it as a voyage of discovery…

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Kye Alfred Hillig

Mad Mackerel Recommends Kye Alfred Hillig

We’re a bit late to The Buddhist, the new album from Kye Alfred Hillig that saw a release around a month ago and is available as a free download via Bandcamp.

But better late than never, with song titles like Some Good Things Just Have To Die, We Buried A Cop (download it below), and stunning album opener My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat (that comes across like a mix of Sun Kil Moon and Damien Jurado) the record is a triumph of brilliant, acerbic, literate Americana.

We got together quick, like a dog plays fetch
She put my sticker on her car
And I gave her bad sex
And we moved in with my friends
We broke up quick, she showed up with her Mom
Her Mom said, “Sad day.”
And I asked her, “Which one?”
And life felt like a grave

The soundcloud streams are below, but forget those and go grab the album for free.

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Wild Leaves – Hello Sunlight EP

Wild Leaves - Hello Sunlight EP

Hello Sunlight is the newest release from Brooklyn psych-folk band, Wild Leaves. This collection of four songs is a follow-up to last year’s excellent debut, Wind & Rain.

Here, the band’s characteristic sun-drenched harmonies and kaleidoscopic guitar lines take centre stage, ringing out with a sense of urgency. The soaring harmonies, assertive rhythm section, and shimmering electric guitars have understandably drawn comparisons to the west coast sounds of The Byrds, CSNY, and Jefferson Airplane.

Try on a couple of tunes for size, Forever Moonlight and wonderful closing track Black River.

Hello Sunlight is out on the 1st October.

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New Video: Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools

Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say he has quite the story to tell. His fifth album, Single Mothers serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

It is a proper country music record. Watch the video for Time Shows Fools from it below.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Grouper – Call Across Rooms
2. Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood
3. Girlpool – Jane
4. The Hussy – EZ/PZ
5. Kevin Morby – Parade
6. Parquet Courts – This Is Happening Now
7. King Tuff – Headbanger

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New Video: John Southworth – Ode To The Morning Sky

John Southworth’s latest video, Ode To The Morning Sky, features the singer-songwriter wandering through fields and neighborhoods as a vintage clad football player, reflecting on his childhood through clips of home videos and family photos. Piano driven, and featuring his ever so slightly melancholic vocals, it is the latest track from his forthcoming double LP, Niagara, out September 30th on Tin Angel Records.

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Mighty Oaks – Brother

Mighty Oaks - Brother

Three-part vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars, and mandolins are the core of Mighty Oaks songs. Smooth bass lines and simple drums are the heartbeat of its sound with driving electric guitars adding depth as front-man Ian Hooper layers lyrics both melancholy and hopeful atop rustic refrains that call to mind the Pacific Northwest of the Seattle native’s birthplace.

Stream/download the band’s debut single Brother.


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Field Division – Faultlines

We’re thoroughly enjoying this sweetly gentle slice of dreamy pastoral folk from Field Division.

Faultlines is the debut single from the Des Moines duo and precedes a planned long-player, which on this evidence will be well worth getting hold of…

I see you walking through the valley
Heading straight to the ravine
Where in the hell do you think you’re going,
Nobody yet knows your name

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Or download a demo version here…


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