MM Shorts 684: Susan

MM Shorts 684: Susan

Susan is a three piece band from Los Angeles playing twee-garage-punk-pop.

Drawing on their mutual love of Shop Assistants, The Darling Buds and The Go Betweens they crafted three effervescent, fizzing slices of power-pop that make up their debut 7″ EP Just Call It.

Listen to the whole EP here. Order from Bandcamp here.

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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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New Video: The Tambourines – Another Day

Brazilian-born, London-based duo The Tamborines release their second album Sea of Murmur on 30 March through their own imprint Beat-Mo Records.  Lyrically the record strikes a more emotional chord than its predecessor and serves almost as a snapshot of their relationship coming to an end.

New single Another Day is a perfect combination of sweetly delivered psych-pop that at the same time confronts their relationship on the verge of breakdown and trying to come to terms with its inevitable conclusion.

Watch the video here.

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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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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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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s Saturday, time for our mop up of some of the tunes released this week that are well worth giving a whirl too.

1. Girlpool – Ideal World
2. Houndstooth – Borderlands
3. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Wanderer
4. Aquarian Blood – Savage Mind
5. Sheer Mag – Button Up
6. Wolf Alice – I Saw You (In A Corridor)
7. Teleman – Strange Combinations

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Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s Friday and a trawl through the overloaded MM in-box has been well overdue. So here are a few tunes, new and not quite so new, that are well worth giving some ear-time to0…

And your starter for ten:

Inspired by 70s Punk and 90s Brit Pop, NYC band Public Access T.V. have announced the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. The first track to be shared the from the EP is Metropolis.

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Citing wildly diverse influences: Gary Glitter, Slade, uppers, cartoonish depression, Iggy Pop, 70s iron on font, Sex Pistols, booze and Hawkwind, Cheena’s unifying theme is defiantly one of late ’70s proto-punk. Did I Tell You Last Night? comes from their forthcoming self-titled 7″ via Sacred Bones.

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Wartime Blues is an indie-Americana octet based in the small, mountainous town of Missoula, Montana. Their sound has been compared to Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, Wilco and the more acoustic aspects of Yo La Tengo. Build A Sun comes from their third long player April, Texas.

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Human Form is a new London punk band consisting of ex/current members of Vertical Slump, Keel Her, Slowcoaches, Feature, Warmhammer et al. They play a twisted form of doomy punk, informed by the likes of The Wipers, Moss Icon and 80s SST Records, as well as the recent output from the DIY scenes of Olympia and Sydney, but with distinctly British-sounding vocals. Listen to new song, Pith.

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Chick Quest’s music is something akin to Violent Femmes or Talking Heads mixed with music from old 60s spaghetti westerns and pulp films. This is Girl On Fire from their debut record, Vs. Galore, which comes out on April 20th.

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Plum are a Denver based psych rock band aiming to place the psychedelic 60s and early 70s into a modern context. This is their recently released second single Behind Your Man.

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Human Behavior are a dark freak-folk group from Tucson, AZ who have just released the second album in a trilogy encompassing Catholic guilt, drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ethnic identity confusion. Consisting of 13 songs or chapters, listen to Chapter 2.

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Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace. Listen to the pulsating, fuzziness of the title track from their their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn.

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The Districts will release their new single Heavy Begs on 27th April, another slab of raw and energetic blues-inspired rock. Woozy guitars are grounded by a driving rhythm and lead singer Rob Grotes’ distinctive distorted vocals.

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Lastly, meet Art Nikels, a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Hesitation Makes comes from their upcoming debut EP, Primitives.

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