New Videos: Lola Colt || The Franklys || September Girls || Meat Wave

Four videos to set pulses racing from Lola Colt, The Franklys, September Girls and finishing with Meat Wave’s insanely catchy punk rock.

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(Download the whole album on a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp).

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Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

The new single from Gothenburg based The Don Darlings is a masterpiece of southern gothic Americana.

If You Can’t Be Good is an odyssey about the life of an infamously pathological liar who some believe was named Johnny Bode. The title is a veiled, yet precise, warning about how life can turn out through a destructive device of doing everything you can in the most horrendous manner possible. Yet at the same time, there is an enormous power to this come-back king. He was a driven by a thirst to prove his talent and fight against the narrow-mindedness of his age. An unbearable ability to always find new ways to succeed despite the chains of his powerful madness.

It comes from their forthcoming self-titled second album due out on the 24th October.

Listen/download it here.

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Weyes Blood – Some Winters

Weyes Blood is the work of Natalie Mering, one time member of experimental troupe Jackie-O Motherfucker and guest on Ariel Pink’s Mature Themes.

The sound of Weyes Blood is one of folk (with elements of psych and pop) set against electronics and tape effects, multi-part harmonies, collages and melodic qualities of delay. With vocals, often compared to Nico and of a rare purity and ethereal quality, weaved throughout the songs.

Her album The Innocents is released on 20th October via Mexican Summer and the six minute, haunting, melancholic Some Winters is the latest track to be shared from it.

Download it here.

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Another From Maggie Bjorklund

Danish pedal steelist/singer Maggie Bjorklund has revealed a second track from her new album Shaken which is out next week via one of our favourite labels, Bloodshot Records.

Fro Fro Heart, featuring Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, is one of the standout tracks and absolutely demands a listen. Brooding, profound and unforgettable. It is stunning stuff.

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MM Shorts 613: The Hanged Man

Stockholm’s Rebecka Rolfart’s solo project The Hanged Man promises some aural gems with her creepy, Sonic Youth inflected track First Time Dreaming, which provides a head-trip through space, down a careening oceanic trench and into the dark woods, illuminated only by the stars.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Terry Malts – Don’t
2. Grass House – All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers cover)
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed
4. Vashti Bunyan – Holy Smoke
5. Ming City Rockers – Get Outta Your Head
6. Real Estate – Paper Dolls (Nerves cover)
7. Blood Sister – Paralysis

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The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.

Marvellous.

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o’death To Release Out Of Hands We Go

o'death To Release Out Of Hands We Go

The marvellous o’death are back with a new album of fiery, gothic-tinged folk and bluegrass that is as authentic as the Appalachians from which they could be hewn.

Having been away for a couple of years, Out Of Hands We Go brings a wonderfully refreshing contrast to the plethora of faux traditionalists that have sprung up like weeds in their absence. This is intense, spine-tingling stuff, adventurous and bold, that retains at its heart stories of a more personal nature than we’ve ever been exposed to before.

The album is released on Northern Spy Records on the 7th October – you can pre-order it here. Until then, check out the wonderfully unsettling funereal stomp of Wrong Time.