It’s Friday – Quick & Dirty Round Up

Round Up Time Again

It’s Friday, all the excuse to round up a few new tracks for you. Ten in all from Priory, Little May, The Lungs, Caddywhompus. Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Saint Agnes, Sleepy Dreamers, The Yetis, Lazyeyes and Trans Upper Egypt. Just wish we had the time to put the words together to do them justice.

Treat it as a voyage of discovery…

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Kye Alfred Hillig

Mad Mackerel Recommends Kye Alfred Hillig

We’re a bit late to The Buddhist, the new album from Kye Alfred Hillig that saw a release around a month ago and is available as a free download via Bandcamp.

But better late than never, with song titles like Some Good Things Just Have To Die, We Buried A Cop (download it below), and stunning album opener My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat (that comes across like a mix of Sun Kil Moon and Damien Jurado) the record is a triumph of brilliant, acerbic, literate Americana.

We got together quick, like a dog plays fetch
She put my sticker on her car
And I gave her bad sex
And we moved in with my friends
We broke up quick, she showed up with her Mom
Her Mom said, “Sad day.”
And I asked her, “Which one?”
And life felt like a grave

The soundcloud streams are below, but forget those and go grab the album for free.

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Wild Leaves – Hello Sunlight EP

Wild Leaves - Hello Sunlight EP

Hello Sunlight is the newest release from Brooklyn psych-folk band, Wild Leaves. This collection of four songs is a follow-up to last year’s excellent debut, Wind & Rain.

Here, the band’s characteristic sun-drenched harmonies and kaleidoscopic guitar lines take centre stage, ringing out with a sense of urgency. The soaring harmonies, assertive rhythm section, and shimmering electric guitars have understandably drawn comparisons to the west coast sounds of The Byrds, CSNY, and Jefferson Airplane.

Try on a couple of tunes for size, Forever Moonlight and wonderful closing track Black River.

Hello Sunlight is out on the 1st October.

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So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam…

The only album from virtually unknown Australian singer Howard Enyon is being be reissued by Earth Recordings 40 years after it’s original release. So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam (the lack of apostrophe is deliberate) is a bizarre and wonderful acid folk treasure in the vein of wild-eyed geniuses such as Syd Barret, Kevin Ayers, Neil Innes or Nick Drake, although perhaps even more beautiful and mysterious.

This daffy folksy psychedelic ramble full of tall tales, delightfully quirky melodies, marvellous wordplay, risqué irreverence and beguiling lapses into musical frippery, has not only stood the test of time, but completely and utterly blown it away.

It was originally released in 1974 by Basket/Candle Records but has been out of print ever since. The record ranks amongst the rarest and most sought after acid folk private pressings.

Have a listen to Good Time Songs.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Grouper – Call Across Rooms
2. Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood
3. Girlpool – Jane
4. The Hussy – EZ/PZ
5. Kevin Morby – Parade
6. Parquet Courts – This Is Happening Now
7. King Tuff – Headbanger

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New Video: John Southworth – Ode To The Morning Sky

John Southworth’s latest video, Ode To The Morning Sky, features the singer-songwriter wandering through fields and neighborhoods as a vintage clad football player, reflecting on his childhood through clips of home videos and family photos. Piano driven, and featuring his ever so slightly melancholic vocals, it is the latest track from his forthcoming double LP, Niagara, out September 30th on Tin Angel Records.

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