It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Triptides – Moonbeams

Triptides - Moonbeams

Colors, the forthcoming six song EP from Bloomington, Indiana’s Triptides expands on the psychedelic lo-fi foundation the band has established for itself over the last couple of years.

The second single from the EP is a dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf titled Moonbeams and you can stream it below. Order the EP from Bandcamp here.

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Video: PINS – Shoot You

Re-recorded, re-mastered and carved into heart-shaped vinyl, Bella Union’s PINS release two of their hardest hitting tracks for a super limited run in celebration of Record Store Day.

They have also unveiled a brand new video for the new version of Shoot You, watch it here.

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And listen to an older version…

Introducing >>> The Toothe

Introducing >>> The Toothe

The Toothe share a musical chemistry born of a lifetime of collaboration and experimentation. Raised in the same small Piedmont town, they relocated to the mountains of Asheville to explore and develop their mutual love of song.

Their most recent effort is the Talons EP (out on 10th June), a six-song foray into a hook-laden and intensely engaging sound they call Apocalyptic Americana. The EP draws from a deep well of American musical tradition while simultaneously reveling in a jubilant pop energy and outlandishly off-kilter lyrical musings. The songs range from up-beat and lively pop delights to contemplative and intricately-crafted ballads, but united by an aim to take the listener on a psychedelic journey across mesmerizing musical and emotional landscapes.

Listen/download Mustard from the EP below and stream Earthworms.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ryley Walker

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Ryley Walker

We had an e-mail from a reader recommending we check out Ryley Walker. So we did. Turns out he is a little bit special.

While only 24 years old, on his debut album (released this very day) All Kinds Of You, he delves much further back than that to the fingerpicked style of classic British folk artists, American primitive guitar and classic pastoral psychedelia. The results are mesmerising – bluesy, jazzy, folky – fluid and meditative with expressive vocals edged with just enough grit and emotion.

Try a couple of tracks – Fonda and the gorgeous album closer Tanglewood Spaces, which he describes as “a jam to stub your joint out too”.

You can buy from Tomkins Square, or catch him supporting Cloud Nothings on their current tour.

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The Blue Angel Lounge – A Sea Of Trees

The Blue Angel Lounge - A Sea Of Trees

The Blue Angel Lounge formed in 2006, after meeting at school in their German village Hohenlimburg near the Rhine River. Led by singer Nils “O.” Ottensmeyer and Dennis Melster, the band took their name from the club in New York City that in the 1960s offered Nico her first live performances in America.

New album A Sea Of Trees is a menacing, bleak collection of drone, melody and post-punk and seems certain to further cement their growing reputation in the new-psych scene.

Have a listen to Musk. The album is out on the 6th May via A Recordings.

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Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones

Vacant Lots - Mad Mary Jones

Departure, the debut album from American duo The Vacant Lots will be out on the 30th June via the unfailingly excellent Sonic Cathedral label.

We first came across them via their excellent contribution to the Psych for Sore Eyes EP compilation. The first taste from the albumis the wonderfully titled Mad Mary Jones, a full on head rush of pinked-up psychedelia that we can’t stop spinning.

Watch it / stream it below.

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Collin Herring To Release Some Knives

Collin Herring to release Some Knives

It was perhaps inevitable that with a surname like that, Texas troubadour Collin Herring would receive some love from Mad Mackerel.

But putting trivialities aside, what we have to share with you is Herring’s first studio effort in nearly five years called Some Knives, and due for release on May 13th.

Over the course of eleven moving tracks, the record is an emotional ride. It is a beautiful trip, not only shrouded with dark corners, doubt and fear, but also dappled with light and a shimmering sense of hope throughout, that stylistically traverse through rock, alt-country and even touches of power-pop and psychedelia.

Have a listen to the tense build of the rocky Psychopaths

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New Single From Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

New Single From Lorelle Meets The Obsolete

Mexican psych-duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s new single, Sealed Scene, came out yesterday and is taken from their excellent new album Chambers. It comes backed with the brand new ‘Silo Version’ of Third Wave, and you can buy it from iTunes now.

Listen to the song here, and get locked into the groove…

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