New Video: Elvis Depressedly – Thou Shalt Not Murder

Until recently, we were unaware of the lo-fi bedroom charms of Elvis Depressedly, that was until we heard the brilliant Bruises (Amethyst) (taken from forthcoming long player New Alhambra), which has become a firm fave here at MM Towers.

The duo have now released a beautiful new video for latest single, and album opener, Thou Shalt Not Murder. It showcases perfectly their brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by heroes such as The Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X, and in more conventional instances, Elliott Smith and Mac DeMarco.

Watch it here.

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Sleaford Mods & The Pop Group Announce Split 7″

The Pop Group and Sleaford Mods will release a split 7” on Monday June 18th through Freaks R Us.

The single features Face To Faces a raw alternate version of a vitriolic track featured on the forthcoming Sleaford Mods new album, and Nations, a track taken from Citizen Zombie, The Pop Group’s recently acclaimed album.

Listen to both here.

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MM Shorts 695: Loppa Albon

Chicago-based lo-fi pop/rock artist Loppa Albon will release his upcoming LP, Plumblossoms on the 14th April via Hellhole Supermarket Records.

Check out this single from it, O I Don’t Know (Windows) is a vulnerable pop tune, veiled in reverby guitars and washed out synths. Something like All Things Must Pass era George Harrison meets Lotus Plaza meets Fleet Foxes.

Stream / download it below.

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MM Shorts 685: Stick Figures

The Stick Figures are Brazilian duo Rodrigo Freire and Fabricio von Finck.

New seven track EP Dusk is due for release in April/May and is a fine mix of classic Pixies style indie rock, Bowie-era electronics and even a hint of 80s new wave pop.

Have a listen to the darkly brooding Mr Je Ne Sais Quoi here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s Saturday, time for our mop up of some of the tunes released this week that are well worth giving a whirl too.

1. Girlpool – Ideal World
2. Houndstooth – Borderlands
3. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Wanderer
4. Aquarian Blood – Savage Mind
5. Sheer Mag – Button Up
6. Wolf Alice – I Saw You (In A Corridor)
7. Teleman – Strange Combinations

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Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s Friday and a trawl through the overloaded MM in-box has been well overdue. So here are a few tunes, new and not quite so new, that are well worth giving some ear-time to0…

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Inspired by 70s Punk and 90s Brit Pop, NYC band Public Access T.V. have announced the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. The first track to be shared the from the EP is Metropolis.

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Citing wildly diverse influences: Gary Glitter, Slade, uppers, cartoonish depression, Iggy Pop, 70s iron on font, Sex Pistols, booze and Hawkwind, Cheena’s unifying theme is defiantly one of late ’70s proto-punk. Did I Tell You Last Night? comes from their forthcoming self-titled 7″ via Sacred Bones.

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Wartime Blues is an indie-Americana octet based in the small, mountainous town of Missoula, Montana. Their sound has been compared to Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, Wilco and the more acoustic aspects of Yo La Tengo. Build A Sun comes from their third long player April, Texas.

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Human Form is a new London punk band consisting of ex/current members of Vertical Slump, Keel Her, Slowcoaches, Feature, Warmhammer et al. They play a twisted form of doomy punk, informed by the likes of The Wipers, Moss Icon and 80s SST Records, as well as the recent output from the DIY scenes of Olympia and Sydney, but with distinctly British-sounding vocals. Listen to new song, Pith.

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Chick Quest’s music is something akin to Violent Femmes or Talking Heads mixed with music from old 60s spaghetti westerns and pulp films. This is Girl On Fire from their debut record, Vs. Galore, which comes out on April 20th.

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Plum are a Denver based psych rock band aiming to place the psychedelic 60s and early 70s into a modern context. This is their recently released second single Behind Your Man.

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Human Behavior are a dark freak-folk group from Tucson, AZ who have just released the second album in a trilogy encompassing Catholic guilt, drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ethnic identity confusion. Consisting of 13 songs or chapters, listen to Chapter 2.

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Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace. Listen to the pulsating, fuzziness of the title track from their their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn.

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The Districts will release their new single Heavy Begs on 27th April, another slab of raw and energetic blues-inspired rock. Woozy guitars are grounded by a driving rhythm and lead singer Rob Grotes’ distinctive distorted vocals.

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Lastly, meet Art Nikels, a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Hesitation Makes comes from their upcoming debut EP, Primitives.

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Introducing >>> Fossa

London based four piece Fossa will release their debut EP Sea of Skies – four tracks of intimate, lush indie with shades of Grizzly Bear, Talk Talk and The Antlers.

Whilst being bold enough with the instrumentation and occasional skittering beats to defy the obvious paths, at the heart of each track is a powerful sense of melody and lead single Five Days is a masterpiece of understated hook filled songwriting where stream of consciousness lyrics weave their way to an obsessed, haunted climax.

Currently gathering lots of praise from all quarters, it is easy to see why. Stream it here.

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Grandparents – Kids In The Alley

With the successful production of several self-recorded, lo-fi EPs to their credit, spacey six-piece Grandparents are providing a sneak peek into the band’s highly anticipated unveiling of their debut LP, Sincerely, Bagman with the arrival of the Kids in the Alley cassingle.

The delightfully catchy title-track delivers audacious, jangly pop music with an eye toward the hallucinatory, prompting visions of psychedelic royalty like the Seeds or early Kinks while decidedly forging their own sonic pathways.

Have a listen / download it here.

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