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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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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Mad Mackerel Premiere: Gwyneth Moreland’s Slaughterhouse Gulch

MM Premiere Gwyneth Moreland

We are proud to be able to bring you the premiere of Gwyneth Moreland’s brilliant new single Slaughterhouse Gulch, taken from her forthcoming album Ceilings, Floors, and Open Doors, which is out on November 18th.

It is a perfect blend of authentic, classic country that feels as genuine as it does timeless, with songs that are steeped in the rural landscapes and the rugged coastline of Northern California. Boldly eschewing the unnecessary and the superfluous to strip things back to the essence of genuinely intimate songwriting means she has created a record of stunning simplicity and feeling, which is undeniably moving and affecting.

Slight jazzy undertones, rich, warm vocals and subtle instrumentation help deliver something of rare and fragile beauty. So, download and immerse yourself in the single below. Gorgeous.

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