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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Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

The new single from Gothenburg based The Don Darlings is a masterpiece of southern gothic Americana.

If You Can’t Be Good is an odyssey about the life of an infamously pathological liar who some believe was named Johnny Bode. The title is a veiled, yet precise, warning about how life can turn out through a destructive device of doing everything you can in the most horrendous manner possible. Yet at the same time, there is an enormous power to this come-back king. He was a driven by a thirst to prove his talent and fight against the narrow-mindedness of his age. An unbearable ability to always find new ways to succeed despite the chains of his powerful madness.

It comes from their forthcoming self-titled second album due out on the 24th October.

Listen/download it here.

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New Album From Steakhouse

New Album From Steakhouse

A couple of years back we waxed lyrical about the drifter rock of San Francisco’s Steakhouse, which somehow managed to merge dusty country inflected Americana with krautrock influences to create something that was as hypnotic as it was eerie.

We’re pleased to report that they have a first “proper” full length album coming out soon, and here are a couple of tracks from it for your listening pleasure: the expressive Downcountry Blues and album closer Sleeper.

Check their website for more details here.

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Weyes Blood – Some Winters

Weyes Blood is the work of Natalie Mering, one time member of experimental troupe Jackie-O Motherfucker and guest on Ariel Pink’s Mature Themes.

The sound of Weyes Blood is one of folk (with elements of psych and pop) set against electronics and tape effects, multi-part harmonies, collages and melodic qualities of delay. With vocals, often compared to Nico and of a rare purity and ethereal quality, weaved throughout the songs.

Her album The Innocents is released on 20th October via Mexican Summer and the six minute, haunting, melancholic Some Winters is the latest track to be shared from it.

Download it here.

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Another From Elijah Ocean

We’ve already posted the lovely warm Americana of Elijah Ocean’s Ride It Out, and now we have a second track to share with you.

Bring It All In is another fine example of classic backwoods, porch-rocking folk, and is the title track of his new album released yesterday and available to buy via Bandcamp here.

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