MM Shorts 701: Total Babes

It has been nearly four years since we posted about Total Babes, who were formed in Medina, Ohio, by Jayson Gerycz of Cloud Nothings and his friend Christopher Brown as an outlet for pop songs that could not be played in their noise-rock band Swindlella.

Now their sophomore album, Heydays, is set for release on May 18th through Wichita Recordings worldwide.

Blurred Time is the most appetising first track from it. Give it a spin.

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New Video: Elvis Depressedly – Thou Shalt Not Murder

Until recently, we were unaware of the lo-fi bedroom charms of Elvis Depressedly, that was until we heard the brilliant Bruises (Amethyst) (taken from forthcoming long player New Alhambra), which has become a firm fave here at MM Towers.

The duo have now released a beautiful new video for latest single, and album opener, Thou Shalt Not Murder. It showcases perfectly their brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by heroes such as The Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X, and in more conventional instances, Elliott Smith and Mac DeMarco.

Watch it here.

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Love L.U.V. Cover Buddy Holly

It has been more than a couple of years since we featured London based garage-popsters Love L.U.V.

They have shared a new track, a cover of Buddy Holly’s Maybe Baby, released exclusively for Record Store Day as part of the Don’t Try compilation (a title borrowed from Bukowski’s headstone) for American indie label Worker Bee Records.

Borrowing their name from the immortal spoken word intro to The Shangri-Las classic Give Him A Great Big Kiss, the band give this track all the fuzzed-up ’60s, doo-wop girl-band harmonies you could possibly want.

Dive in.

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Introducing >>> The Doctorates

Introducing >>> The Doctorates

It can’t be anything other than a good day when a new indie-guitar band turns up in your in-box with just enough bravado and swagger matched with the necessary grit and urgency to carry things off.

So it is with The Doctorates, a Kent three-piece boasting influences from The Ramones to The Vaccines, and their new single Make For An Exit which boasts plenty of ’70s punk influences allied to some infectious melodies and enough of a contemporary feel to deliver a most satisfying (and crunchy) indie-anthem cocktail.

Stream it below, together with the b-side Why Not. Cracking cover art too!

 

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the drill. Our weekly gathering of new songs released this week.

1. Best Coast – Feeling OK
2. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Gloria
3. Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon
4. Wolf Alice – Bros
5. Susanna – Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen cover)
6. Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope
7. Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof Soul (Sade cover)
8. The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
9. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big

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Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

Sarah Cracknell - Red Kite

We have on a couple of occasions, via Mrs Mackerel’s friend Jenny Wren, been fortunate to meet St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell who in local parlance “lives round our way”.

So when we found she is about to release her second solo album Red Kite, a mere eighteen years after her first, Lipslice, and that it was a love letter to nature and the formative music of youth, we were more than intrigued. Recorded locally, the title makes sense as Red Kites are now a common site soaring over our countryside after being reintroduced between 1989-1994.

But enough of that, because the first taste from it is On The Swings, and from the moment the lone clarinet announces it, a more gorgeous slice of hazy, pastoral psych-folk would be hard to find this side of 1969. A poignant waltz with nods to the more gentle side of the free-love era, her lovely, unhurried vocals are infused with a gentle melancholy that transfixes and effortlessly transports you to a beautiful meadow on a sunlit spring evening.

Wonderful stuff. Have a listen and pre-order the album from Amazon here.

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MM Shorts 695: Loppa Albon

Chicago-based lo-fi pop/rock artist Loppa Albon will release his upcoming LP, Plumblossoms on the 14th April via Hellhole Supermarket Records.

Check out this single from it, O I Don’t Know (Windows) is a vulnerable pop tune, veiled in reverby guitars and washed out synths. Something like All Things Must Pass era George Harrison meets Lotus Plaza meets Fleet Foxes.

Stream / download it below.

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MM Shorts 694: Upset

Los Angeles’ pop punks Upset have shared a stream of their new EP, ’76, out now on Lauren Records. It is the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut LP, She’s Gone.

While the EP crackles and fizzes with exuberance and energy, our favourite track is the EP closer, the low-key and poignant Wonder.

Check it out together with the altogether more high spirited Glass Ceiling. Order the EP here.

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Evans The Death – Sledgehammer

Evans The Death are set to release a second single Sledgehammer, from their recently released, and well received, Expect Delays album.

Poppier and more immediate than previous abrasive, distortion-heavy single Enabler, it is bursting with exuberance and youthful angst, more expressive, and the sense of despair leavened by sharp wordplay and humour.

Have a listen.

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