Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light

We first became aware of Meg Baird as co-founder of the mysterious psych-folk band Espers who released three excellent studio albums. She then went on to form the moody and thunderous Heron Oblivion and has also found time to release two solo records of her own and now has a new solo album Don’t Weigh Down The Light due for release on the 22nd June via Wichita Recordings.

As with previous releases, the foundation of the new record is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins. She moved to San Francisco after a decade in Philadelphia and Don’t Weigh Down The Light is also a record of its location—recorded in a city struggling to stay a haven for dreamers, freaks, and weirdos while a new Gilded Age rolls over the land like a flood.

Listen to the gorgeous Mosquito Hawks and the equally sparse, haunting melancholia of Counterfeiters below.

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Lady Bones – 24 Hour Party Girl

Lady Bones - 24 Hour Party Girl

Lady Bones have shared 24 Hour Party Girl, the second single from the Boston trio’s upcoming full length debut Dying.

If follows lead single Botch and takes the band on another rollercoaster ride through rough edged grunge, twisted Americana, and pounding post-punk.

The album is one of dark hardcore-edged indie rock haunted by a backwoods twang that sounds more like the product of a band living near the Floridian swamps than the bustling Boston DIY scene. Call it “sludge pop” if you will, but with an extra sense of grit and impending doom via filthy yet melodic guitars, enormous polyrhytmic drumming and a heavy quaking low end rumble.

Listen to the singles below. Pre-order the album from Midnight Werewolf here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Deer Run Drifters

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Deer Run Drifters

With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.

Their latest album Restless Youth continues what the band is known for: themes of life, heartbreak, and of course drunken mishaps.  Utilising their trademark weathered and often heartbreaking lyrics fused with a “high and lonesome” twang to draw listeners in, there’s desperation in vocalist Chris Link’s voice that’s both alluring and bleeds honesty.

Give the title track a spin.

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Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

With his beautifully offbeat, gloriously sun-baked debut LP Slow Gum hurtling our way just in time for summer, rapidly ascendant Australian troubadour Fraser A. Gorman has shared new single Shiny Gun.

Distilling the best elements of folk, blues and vintage Americana, with Shiny Gun Gorman delivers a warmly rousing anthem in waiting. His distinctly oddball wit and wry poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

Watch the brilliant video, which features label mate and close friend Courtney Barnett as a disaffected news anchorwoman, 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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Mad Mackerel Recommends: Austin Basham

Indie folk singer/songwriter, Austin Basham, recently released his new five track Linton//Oslo EP.

From Austin, Texas, his music draws influences from classic folksingers like Bob Dylan, but also shares a contemporary feel with artists such as Joe Pug and The Tallest Man On Earth. Recorded in Norway, the record is a culmination of warm southern nights and cool Norwegian atmosphere and showcases an imaginative range and combination of instruments and lyrics that fuse together into a gorgeous cohesive whole.

Check out a couple of tracks below.

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MM Shorts 714: Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus have announced details for their third studio album, Hollerin’ that sees a release on the 30th May.

A unique hybrid of rock, country and bluegrass, the album is an authentic ode to life in rural Upstate New York through all its changing seasons. Check out the first single, Keep On Hollerin’ below.

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