Video Round Up

A plethora of excellent videos have hit our in-box recently and here is a small selection which are well worth hitting play on – from stoned out psychedelia to bleak nihilistic punk rock by way of traditional British folk, classic Americana and infectious indie rock.

So dive into musical films from Side Saddle, The Wands, Caddywhompus, WATERS, The Unthanks and Bad Breeding.

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New Album From The Lowest Pair

Introducing >>> The Lowest Pair

The Lowest Pair features the duel banjo picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon, we featured their debut 36¢ back in February.

Team Love will release their sophomore album, The Sacred Heart Sessions in February. Check out the gorgeous harmonies and sweet picking of Rosie.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The latest instalment of our pick of the excellent tracks you should really have made time to hear this week…

1. Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
2. Fugazi – Waiting Room (First Demo)
3. Ex-Cult – Cigarette Machine
4. Screaming Females – Ripe
5. King of Cats – Ulcers
6. Velveteens – Loneliness
7. Andy Shauf – I’m Not Falling Asleep

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New Album From Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders

New Album From Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders

Founded in Austin in 2012, Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders is an ever-evolving project, centered around the penetrating songs of young singer-songwriter Matthew Squires.

Their new album, titled Where The Music Goes To Die, is certainly a step up from anything that has gone before. Vocals are much calmer and controlled and a fuller range of (still off-kilter and unique) songwriting is on full display as well, with lines that are often as funny as they are heartbreaking. The styles and influences of the arrangements vary from track to track, always surprising you with an idiosyncratic twist on an old standard. The psychedelic breakdown in the middle of the honkey-tonk inspired titular track is a perfect example of this.

Listen/download Echo which might be the best thing he’s done to date. The album is out on the 2nd December. See our previous Matthew Squires post here.

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The Chemistry Experiment – Gongs Played By Voice

chemistry experiment

Melding their indie and prog-rock influences with a folkier sensibility, and ten years after they released their debut album The Melancholy Death Of…, The Chemistry Experiment are set to release their follow-up record Gongs Played By Voice via Fortuna POP! in early January.

Containing nine beautifully arranged songs that call to mind the best of Will Oldham, Tindersticks and King Crimson, have a listen to Channel Light Vessel described as being “about the sea, and sailors, and a boy who impaled himself on a fence trying to pick conkers“.

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New From Houndmouth

We’ve loved Houndmouth from the moment we heard their brilliant track Penitentiary back in July 2012.

It was followed by an excellent debut album From The Hills Below The City last year and now they are back with For No One, the first preview of their new Rough Trade album set for release next year.

The track showcases a new sparse and epic side of the Indiana four-piece, and features frontman Matt Myers playing a striking solo on acoustic guitar.

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Another From Howard Enyon Reissue

The reissue by Earth Recordings of Howard Enyon’s long deleted acid-folk masterpiece So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam (the no apostrophe is deliberate) has been one of our favourite discoveries of the year.

We have already posted a couple of off kilter, some might say bizarre, tracks from it and here is a third, the marvellous Happy Song.

Dig in.

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