Meg Baird – Don’t Weigh Down The Light

Meg Baird - Don't Weigh Down The Light

We first became aware of Meg Baird as co-founder of the mysterious psych-folk band Espers who released three excellent studio albums. She then went on to form the moody and thunderous Heron Oblivion and has also found time to release two solo records of her own and now has a new solo album Don’t Weigh Down The Light due for release on the 22nd June via Wichita Recordings.

As with previous releases, the foundation of the new record is her lyrical, precise, and propulsive fingerstyle guitar work and a voice that’s alternately soaring, tender, soothing, and deep with mystery—one that more than a few have likened to folk’s greatest female voices: Sandy Denny, Jaqui McShee, and Shirley Collins. She moved to San Francisco after a decade in Philadelphia and Don’t Weigh Down The Light is also a record of its location—recorded in a city struggling to stay a haven for dreamers, freaks, and weirdos while a new Gilded Age rolls over the land like a flood.

Listen to the gorgeous Mosquito Hawks and the equally sparse, haunting melancholia of Counterfeiters below.

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Introducing >>> Agerskow

Introducing >>> Agerskow

Agerskow is the music of Newcastle-based Kate Edwards.

Her recently released track, Postcard From Whitby is a perfectly judged, fragile ode to growing up in Yorkshire in the 90s and holidaying with family at the North Yorkshire coast – a time for long walks with her grandparents’ labradors, donkey rides along the beach at Filey, Mr. Whippy ice cream and sandy sandwiches.

With haunting vocals and poignant lyrics it really is a lovely song.

On the front step, scribbling a postcard from Whitby
A toddler’s handwriting my mother can’t read,
sticks in her scrapbook to preserve the memory

Listen below and visit her website here.

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Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

With his beautifully offbeat, gloriously sun-baked debut LP Slow Gum hurtling our way just in time for summer, rapidly ascendant Australian troubadour Fraser A. Gorman has shared new single Shiny Gun.

Distilling the best elements of folk, blues and vintage Americana, with Shiny Gun Gorman delivers a warmly rousing anthem in waiting. His distinctly oddball wit and wry poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

Watch the brilliant video, which features label mate and close friend Courtney Barnett as a disaffected news anchorwoman, here:

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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Mad Mackerel Recommends: Austin Basham

Indie folk singer/songwriter, Austin Basham, recently released his new five track Linton//Oslo EP.

From Austin, Texas, his music draws influences from classic folksingers like Bob Dylan, but also shares a contemporary feel with artists such as Joe Pug and The Tallest Man On Earth. Recorded in Norway, the record is a culmination of warm southern nights and cool Norwegian atmosphere and showcases an imaginative range and combination of instruments and lyrics that fuse together into a gorgeous cohesive whole.

Check out a couple of tracks below.

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MM Shorts 714: Eastbound Jesus

Eastbound Jesus have announced details for their third studio album, Hollerin’ that sees a release on the 30th May.

A unique hybrid of rock, country and bluegrass, the album is an authentic ode to life in rural Upstate New York through all its changing seasons. Check out the first single, Keep On Hollerin’ below.

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Final Single From Emmett Drueding’s Strange Bruise EP

Emmett Drueding Releases Final Single From Strange Bruise EP

Here is the third and final single from Emmett Drueding’s upcoming EP, Strange Bruise, which will be released in its entirety on July 16th.

Foaming and Screaming is another mighty fine example of his idiosyncratic, Americana that skates along at a sweet and steady lick, but at its heart and within its lyrics conceals something just a little peculiar, a little warped maybe… And that’s what we like about it so much.

Give it a spin below, or pick it up for a pay-what-you-want deal on Bandcamp here.

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