New Single From Big Harp

Husband and wife indie-popsters Big Harp will release the follow up to 2013’s excellent Chain Letters album later this year.

The first single from it is the recently released, and fuzzily infectious, It’s a Shame, which adds some ‘60s psych and a bit of ‘80s flamboyant pop to their established ingredients, creating a vibrant new sound that is exemplified in this instant bittersweet, power-pop classic.

Groove around the living room to this one…

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New From The Honey Ants

We have featured London duo The Honey Ants a few times on MM, and last May their Nirvana cover in particular was a real treat for the ears.

Since then they have been busy writing and recording, evolving their folk roots into more complex and darker territories with elements of Southern gospel and country coming much more to the fore.

The first of this brand new material to emerge blinking into the spring sunshine is The Devil Told Me Lies.

Watch the accompanying video full of stunning monochrome imagery or simply stream it below.

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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…

And your starter for ten:

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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MM Shorts 680: The Venus Lyx

The Venus Lyx is a trinity of sorts. Three brothers, all alike under a certain kind of light. The brothers Traylen.

Formed a little under a year ago, the trio has since been creating and fashioning their own distinct brand of jagged freak-folk. Now they have their debut single available for your listening pleasure, however uncomfortable that might be…

Keep Your Hands Off My Familiar is a tempestuous tale. One of witchcraft and zealotry, biblical wrath and holy fire. Of cats, dogs, rats, frogs, and sexual deviancy.

Perfect for a Friday. Have a listen.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Trans Van Santos

Moon Mirage is the new album from Trans Van Santos, the latest incarnation of acid gospel visionary Mark Matos and his transcendent tunes. Formerly head of rambling San Francisco psych-folk collective the Family Folk Explosion, psychedelic anti-band Os Beaches, and dusty desert rockers Campo Bravo —Matos has spent decades chasing his muse. Weary eyed and ragged on the old road he had a vision and was thus transfigured, reborn in life and song as Trans Van Santos.

Moon Mirage is set of tunes, dusty crooners and parched, baked ballads, inspired by the sun and sands of the new, weird West and tells the story of this life, all full of light and love and darkness and pain.

Immerse yourself in a couple of tracks below. Released yesterday, you can order the record here.

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New Video: Duke Garwood – Disco Lights

Duke Garwood’s soulful, stripped-bare sound has been receiving much acclaim for his fifth album Heavy Love, his first for Heavenly Recordings.

The word looks set to continue to spread with new single Disco Lights, which has had an appropriately psychedelic treatment for the video.

Watch it here.

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Introducing >>> Emma Kupa

Introducing >>> Emma Kupa

Former Standard Fare frontwoman Emma Kupa releases her first new material in three years, the mini album Home Cinema; six songs of spritely jangle-folk-indie-country, about family, death, drink problems, holocaust survivors and communism.

Have a listen to a couple of tracks here, and order the record via Bandcamp here.

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John Andrews & The Yawns – I’ll Go To Your Funeral (If You Go To Mine)

Aside from hitting the skins for Quilt and playing keys for Woods, John Andrews also has his hand in a whole host of other creative projects from story animation to releasing home recordings via tape.

Bit By The Fang is his debut solo release via Woodsist (the Yawns are an imaginary backing band), and if the evidence of I’ll Go To Your Funeral (If You Go To Mine) is representative then we are in for an absolute treat. A slow, psych-tinged folk song that begs repeated listens.

Start here…

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here is our regular gathering up of some of this week’s best new releases for you. Enjoy.

1. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
2. Laura Marling – Strange
3. This Is The Kit – Silver John
4. Bully – I Remember
5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
6. Adam Torres – Dusty Wing Spirit
7. Lower Dens – Ondine
8. Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold

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PS – Phil, I hope that’s better! ;-)