Torres Announces New Album Sprinter

Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.

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New Calexico Album – Edge Of The Sun

Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.

The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.

Have a listen. The album is out in April.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Lucern Raze

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Lucern Raze

Stockholm garage pop act Lucern Raze has unveiled new single Someone Like You, from the upcoming debut LP Stockholm One, (due on February 25 via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl and digitally and Burger Records on cassette).

It follows on from previous singles Sunshine Blues and Yours To Keep (featuring another MM fave, The Hanged Man).

Lucern Raze is the new project from Luke of London’s Sex Beet, that got shedloads of hype a couple of years ago for a few singles, and spent three years going wild around Europe and America with acts like Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Best Coast. The story goes that in the midst of recording their debut album in Berlin Luke lost his mind and moved from London to Sweden where he’s spent the past few years being broke as hell, working every job imaginable, as well as starting up PNKSLM Recordings.

Deserted in the midsummer ghost town of Stockholm in the summer of 2014 he spent 12 days writing, recording and mixing an album under the new name, so check out the fruits of his labours below.

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Introducing >>> False-Heads

Psych-rock three piece False-Heads have a blistering new EP of huge riffs and garage fuzztones, Wear and Tear, released March 23rd on Hi4Head Records.

Their lead single, Wrap Up opens this four track release in classic ‘quiet-loud’ manner, with a pounding rhythm section backing the vocals, bringing to mind ferocious London duo Slaves, before crashing into a doom laden, Sabbath-worthy guitar chorus.

Stream it below.

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Radio Birds – Hold On Me

Radio Birds have been described as a Southern-fried version of The Hold Steady and compared to fellow Georgian’s The Drive By Truckers.

They have just released a music video for Hold On Me, the lead single from their new album Contemporary American Slang, which will be released on the 3rd February.

This fuzz heavy Southern Rock tune has a video following a day in the life of a… lighter. From its initial purchase at a liquor store to a night out on the town, this hapless Bic is in for a wild night.

Watch it below.

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New Video: The Voyeurs – Train To Minsk

The Voyeurs (formerly Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs) have announced details of the release of their new single – Train To Minsk will be released on Heavenly Recordings on 9th March.

One of our favourite tracks on their recently released long player Rhubarb Rhubarb, the song is accompanied by a suitably dayglow video directed by renowned film-maker Douglas Hart.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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