MM Shorts 593: Generationals

Generationals are a duo that have featured a few times on MM, and their infectious brand of breezy, sunshine guitar pop is showcased to excellent effect on new tune Gold Silver Diamond.

It is taken from their upcoming album, Alix, out on the 16th September. Pre-order the album on 180-gram “cloud colored” vinyl (limited to 500), CD, cassette, or digital here.

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Introducing >>> Ladada

Introducing >>> Ladada

Comets is the first taste from Ladada’s forthcoming debut EP.

It is a blissful slice of languid yet sunny, psych-drenched atmospheric pop that carries at its heart the good natured optimism of classic Motown. Take a ride and float away on the back of its slow-moving melodies.

Download it below.

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New From Got A Girl

More From Got A Girl

Got A Girl has assembled a rich, enveloping sound world all its own, with hints of Laurel Canyon folk, yacht rock, and sunshine pop stylized and synthesized through sumptuous arrangements, intricate electronics, and unfettered melodic invention.

Their latest offering from new album I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff is the affecting There’s A Revolution.

 

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MM Shorts 586: Firestations

Never Closer by Firestation is a genuine psych-pop delight delivering a more than addictive mix of sweetly fuzzy guitars and distorted drum machine with squeals of feedback and half spoken cryptic lyrics. It spirals into pop choruses and crashes to an abrupt halt in under three minutes.

Have a listen.

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MM Shorts 576: Bear In Heaven

We have hitherto managed to remain fairly impervious to the charms of Bear In Heaven, but Time Between, the first taste from forthcoming new album Time Is Over One Day Old is set to change all that.

It kicks off innocently enough, then after ten seconds veers into a soundtrack from a forgotten 70s horror flick, then morphs by way of classic Secret Machines into something that Kasabian would kill for… and would be producing if they were actually one fraction as good as they think they are.

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More From Gorgeous Bully

More From Gorgeous Bully

We’re loving these two new tracks from Gorgeous Bully.

Dissolve has just the right amount of everything. Just the right amount of fuzz, just the right amount of yearning in the vocals, just the right amount of driving percussion, just the right amount of …Just. The. Right. Amount.

I Kept Your Teeth In A Jar By My Bed is frankly, the best title for a song we’ve heard in a long time. Just think about it for a moment…and the song itself, a skittering bedroom pop tale of the freakishly bizarre and untoward.

Like the boy says, “You think I’m obsessed, I’m not ashamed

Download both for free below.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The KVB

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The KVB

The KVB is the audio/visual project of London youngsters, Nicholas Wood and Kat Day, who combine reverb heavy wall of sound guitars, minimal haunting strings and grinding bass synths with messed up motorik drum machine beats and delay drenched vocals.

Their Out Of Body mini album will be released on the 3rd June on A Recordings, and the sonically hypnotic Across The Sea is more than whetting the appetite for the full experience.

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: March – May (Part 1)

Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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