Video: AK – Circles

Watch the video for chamber-pop artist AK’s song Circles shot in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

With anthemic vocal harmonies and upbeat rhythms AK sings about aimless post-college summer days spent with a close knit group of friends riding bikes, swimming in lakes, and hiding out on porches during thunderstorms.

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New Video: The Van Doos – Baby Be Brutal

We are anxiously awaiting the crowning of Yorkshire as County Cricket Champions this week, and to (prematurely) celebrate we have a cracking indie anthem from North Yorkshire four-piece The Van Doos.

Not only that, but the video for the soaring Baby Be Brutal stars cult British actor John Altman (best known as the murdering / drug-addicted / faker of his own death, “Nasty” Nick Cotton in (admittedly crap) UK soap Eastenders).

Watch it. Stream It. Sing-a-long.

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Introducing >>> King Of Cats

Introducing >>> King Of Cats

Singer-songwriter Max Levy (aka King of Cats) will release a debut album, Working Out, on 29th September through Art Reeks, the collaborative label by Art Is Hard and Reeks of Effort Records.

Laced throughout with black humour, the PR blurb says that comparisons can be made to Stephin Merrit, Scout Niblett, Alisdair Roberts or Frankie Cosmos and elements of the D.I.Y indiepop and punk scenes, but what really caught our eye were the references to the village of Eynsham which is no more than a few miles up the road from us…we’ll be heading there for some of the sprats’ football games this season.

So more than enough overall to commend it to you. Listen/download Dead Lamb below.

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Field Division – Faultlines

We’re thoroughly enjoying this sweetly gentle slice of dreamy pastoral folk from Field Division.

Faultlines is the debut single from the Des Moines duo and precedes a planned long-player, which on this evidence will be well worth getting hold of…

I see you walking through the valley
Heading straight to the ravine
Where in the hell do you think you’re going,
Nobody yet knows your name

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Or download a demo version here…


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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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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Backwords

Brooklyn’s Backwords blends modern psychedelics with folk-rock, 60s-pop and a myriad other sonic surprises.

Gentle, lazy melodies that cannot be forgotten, and a swooping darker underside mean nothing can be taken for granted – be it in lyrical cynicism, primal growl, or feed backing improvisations – in between the sun-drenched, flowery pop melodies, freak-outs are always welcomed.

New album Nest is released on September 16th, check out, and download, Gloria from it below.

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Introducing >>> Chumped

Introducing >>> ChumpedWe’re loving the punk-pop of Hot 97 Summer Jam, the lead track from a new EP from Chumped called That’s The Thing Is Like. It precedes a debut full length, Teenage Retirement later in the autumn.

Describing themselves as “bummer punk”, the track has an opening salvo which just about sums up their expectations of the classic girl-meets-boy scenario.

“We’re reading books
We’re drinking coffee
I’m looking at you
You’re looking through me
I would wait for you all summer long
You would turn me away”

A winning combination of fatalism, brashness and studied indifference, it is available from Anchorless Records.

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