Sudden Death Of Stars and Beat Mark are releasing a split Christmas 7″ single on Monday that oozes festive goodwill under a vibe of classic 60s psych.
The former contribute the laconic What Is Winter Good For, and the latter Christmas Blossom – both have much to commend them.
Stream both below, and order the single here.
Guadalajara’s finest psych-warriors Lorelle Meets the Obsolete will kick off 2014 with a new album, their third, Chambers in February.
Released via Captcha Records in the US, and the wonderful Sonic Cathedral here in the UK, it will be available on limited-edition pressings of red, green and white vinyl, as well as on CD and digital download.
Check out the blistering, and brilliant, Music For Dozens as well as the previous track (and pulsating first single) What’s Holding You?
Having only posted Natural Child’s new split 7″ single two days ago, they are back with their version of the Velvet Underground’s classic White Light/White Heat as part of Burger Records tribute to the Velvet’s album of the same name.
Listen below – it’s pretty damn good – and also check out Mozes and the Firstborn’s Lady Godiva’s Operation, The Memories taking on The Gift (one of our all time VU favourites) and Curtis Harding’s uplifting gospel style version of Here She Comes Now.
It is out on December 10th – more details from Burger Records here.
Hailing from Southend-on-Sea, but sounding more like a collision between one of Warhol’s 60s New York art parties and moody krautrock from the 70s German underground, it is surely no coincidence that Velvet appears in the name.
Paranoia by Velvet Morning is also appropriately titled as a song, as languidly repeating guitar lines and multilayered instrumentation swirl under hazy vocals, combining to create a perfect atmosphere of barely concealed unease and chemically induced delusions.
Predominantly siphoning psych stalwarts including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Psychedelic Furs and Spacemen 3, the bands’ creative output also inadvertently adheres to a golden age of new cosmic idols – Moon Duo, Night Beats, White Fence, Hookworms and Psychic Ills to name a few.
All of the above have appeared on Mad Mackerel and we’re pleased to have Velvet Morning join them – they make good bedfellows and mighty fine company.
It’s December, so it feels a bit more appropriate to start sharing some of the better Christmas related songs we’ve been receiving and our first is from PINS, one of our favourite band discoveries of the year.
They are sharing Kiss Me Quickly (it’s Christmas), a song taken from a Christmas compilation curated by the band, featuring the likes of Shinies, September Girls, Brown Brogues and Post War Glamour Girls, to be released on their Haus of PINS label.
Proceeds from the compilation go to SWAP, an organisation helping asylum seekers and refugees. “The idea behind it, at risk of sounding lame, is just to give something back,” says vocalist Faith Holgate, inspired by her grandfather, who at 81 years old continues to volunteer for the charity. “It’s hardly being Mother Teresa, but you know, it’s all helping a good cause.”
In our proper ‘day job’ our work is all about fundraising so we’re very happy to give this one a plug, even if the band weren’t so damn good! The song also features as the b-side to their excellent new single, Waiting For The End, which gets a release via Bella Union.
You can buy the compilation here.
Got that Friday feeling? Time then for a G&T and some excellent new videos from Fiver, Southern, the mighty Warlocks, Courtney Barnett, and our first Christmas themed song of the season with Peace’s cover of Wham’s cheese ridden classic Last Christmas.
Brilliant band name and not a bad album title either.
Bitch Prefect’s new long player Bird Nerds is out now (order via Bedroom Suck Records), and delivers a wonderfully skewed and idiosyncratic exploration of indie rock and pop.
There are jangly detours into psychedelia, ramshackle rock and plenty more besides, with touch points ranging from the pastoral ramblings of Woods to the forceful repition of the Fall and Pavement’s casual insouciance.
Rather like a butterfly, the band don’t dwell on anything particularly, preferring to move from place to place and song to song in a way that suggests improvisation and experimentation are always to the fore. But at the heart of this record are a set of songs that observe and document the minutiae of everyday life – ups and downs – in such a way that engages and then engrosses in a subtle and wholly disarming manner.
Soft Lions are a three piece from San Diego (which makes us like them already as I went whale watching in San Diego once and it was fantastic). Fortunately the music, which they describe as both intimate and arty, ranging from minimal and vulnerable to heavy and psychedelic more than passes muster too.
They have their first EP, No Peace, scheduled for release in December and you can stream the title track below.
The brilliant Pontiak will return in January with a new album, Innocence.
The title track is available to download now and is just over two minutes of anthemic sonic brilliance channeling classic MC5 riffing, stoned Sabbath grooves and thunderous percusssion. Appropriately enough it is inspired by the experience of a four day hangover from drinking Venezuelan hooch.
Sounds like it too. Marvellous.
Pre-order from Thrill Jockey here.
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Desert Noises are gearing up for the release of their debut LP 27 Ways, which sees a release in March next year via SQE Music.
27 Ways pays homage to a range of musical staples from Fleetwood Mac to Tom Petty and the Delta blues. Psychedelic guitar work rubs shoulders with heartrending Americana songwriting in tracks that stretch wider and run deeper than any of the band’s previous work.
Check out Dime In My Pocket.