New Video: Sharon Van Etten – Your Love Is Killing Me

With Are We There, Sharon Van Etten released an exceptional album this year, with a highlight (amongst many) being the dramatic Your Love Is Killing Me – a confessional that documents with unflinching honesty and intensity the final crumbling and disintegration of a relationship.

Already recognised as one of 2014’s most powerful songs we now have the long-awaited video directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and starring Carla Juri (Wetlands). More reminiscent of a short film than your typical music video, it is a striking visual accompaniment to one of the best songs of 2014.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Curtin

We Are Country Mice, later just Country Mice were well established MM faves and their demise was a sad day for us here. However better news is at hand as Curtin is a new band comprised of former Country Mice frontman Jason Rueger and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Austin Nelson. Their newly released album is titled One For The Doghearted, and is nine hazy tracks that create a slow-burning and hypnotic soundscape, lingering in delicate moments to great effect.

Have a listen to Big Blue Crown and I’m A Ghost.

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Hearts of Oak – New England

Hearts of Oak New England

Shoegazer country act Hearts of Oak released their third album New England (via Deer Lodge Records) earlier this year. We meant to post about it then, but for some reason it never happened and it is a shame as it really is an album that deserves to be heard.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Nate Wallace, Hearts of Oak has been referred to as “a singer-songwriter with a druggy, psychedelic backing band,” which is more than evident on this release. Delivering a Jason Molina-inspired album, New England is a nine-track collection of songs that owe as much to the Americana forefathers as it does Crazy Horse, Velvet Underground, and even Spiritualized. Breaking free of the standard confines of traditional Alt. Country, New England adds a hazy, acid-laced trip to the songs found within the album.

Watch the video for the brilliant Tunnels and/or download it below. Order the album here.

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Download Hearts of Oak – Tunnels mp3 (from New England)

Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Justin Townes Earle – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
2. Grouper – Holding
3. Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor – I’ll Trade You Money For Wine (Robbie Fulks cover)
4. Chumped – Name That Thing
5. John Moore – Smoking On The Cancer Ward

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Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Frankly we’re still trying to understand the whole Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts thing, where the overlaps are and what the significance of the two names are…

However, that aside, Content Nausea will be a new release from the latter: recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. Apparently the band wanted something that listeners could “live with over the winter.” At 35 minutes, the record lies somewhere between an EP and an LP, and finds the band exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure on Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth, a lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

The 13th Floor Elevators get a hat tip via NYC reinterpretation of Slide Machine, and there’s even an unexpected, gender-bending cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walking.

Who cares about the names when it sounds this good…

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