TOY Cover Robert Wyatt

This week there was a powerful and thought-provoking piece on the Guardian Music blog about accessibility to music for people with hearing impairments. Written by Lee Walker it is well worth reading, and goes on to mention TOY’s captioned and subtitled gig (the first time this has happened) at the Islington Assembly Hall which took place on the 24th March.

Robert Wyatt is is the patron of Attitude Is Everything, a charity dedicated to improving venue accessibility for deaf and disabled music fans and this is TOY’s excellent cover of their favourite Wyatt track Free Will And Testament.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Introducing >>> Beach Baby

Beach Baby are a more than promising four-piece from London (via Athens and Dorset) who met at Goldsmiths College, and started making music inspired by that transition from British New Wave into the slightly more apathetic, US-inspired 90s grunge which followed.

First single Ladybird is is an evocative blend of post-punk and dream-pop and is backed with the sullen moodiness of Bruise, which if anything is even better.

Give them a spin here.

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WATERS – What’s Real

Here is the title track to WATERS’ upcoming album What’s Real, which is released on the 7th April.

Frontman Van Pierszalowski describes it pretty succinctly, “The song is meant to represent a simple, almost gospel-esque quest for a new scene. I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve had some shitty friends in the past, and this song is all about ditching them and trading up for some real fucking friends.

Sounds straight forward enough to us. Stream it below.

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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 Single From H. Hawkline

H. Hawkline’s previous single, the off-kilter, woozy Spooky Dog has proved mighty popular round these parts, and has established the surrealistic singer-songwriter as a firm MM fave.

His latest single, Everybody’s On The Line is also taken from his recent critically acclaimed album In The Pink Of Condition, and further cements the MM love affair with another gem of oddball psych-pop.

Dive in.

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New Video: False-Heads – Wrap Up

Grungy psych-rockers False-Heads have released the video to their new single Wrap Up (which we previously posted about here).

It is packed with swirled out psychedelics, blossoming flowers and 60s go-go dancers.

It’s quite a sight and the tune’s a crackerjack too.

Watch it here.

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Introducing >>> The Catenary Wires

The Catenary Wires is the new project from Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. Their debut mini-album Red Red Skies is due for release on Elefant Records on 1st June.

Together,the duo have an impressive 30 year indie-pop pedigree, including Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender TrapThe Catenary Wires started when they moved out of London to the countryside and started writing quiet and melancholy songs on a small acoustic guitar, to help get them through the winter. They then realized that this barer, stripped down format gave their songs a moving intensity and intimacy, bringing to mind singers like Hope Sandoval and Laura Veirs.

The bittersweet first single Intravenous, is a good introduction to the band, its addictive chorus capturing something somehow universal. The song explores the mutual dependency of love, and resignation to a closeness so extreme that it becomes destructive.

Listen here.

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