Torres Announces New Album Sprinter

Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.

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Introducing >>> False-Heads

Psych-rock three piece False-Heads have a blistering new EP of huge riffs and garage fuzztones, Wear and Tear, released March 23rd on Hi4Head Records.

Their lead single, Wrap Up opens this four track release in classic ‘quiet-loud’ manner, with a pounding rhythm section backing the vocals, bringing to mind ferocious London duo Slaves, before crashing into a doom laden, Sabbath-worthy guitar chorus.

Stream it below.

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New Video: The Voyeurs – Train To Minsk

The Voyeurs (formerly Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs) have announced details of the release of their new single – Train To Minsk will be released on Heavenly Recordings on 9th March.

One of our favourite tracks on their recently released long player Rhubarb Rhubarb, the song is accompanied by a suitably dayglow video directed by renowned film-maker Douglas Hart.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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Introducing >>> Margaret Mead

Introducing >>> Margaret Mead

A couple of things that we love are The Walking Dead (roll on the continuation of Season 5 next month) and psych-punk.

An unlikely combination you might think, but not so.

Enter Margaret Mead is a primitivist psych-punk band from Brooklyn, made up of the former members of other bands who share an interest in cultural anthropology.

Ape Tag is an estranged love song, inspired by the story of Shannon Richardson, an actress with a minor role on The Walking Dead, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to public officials including President Obama. The song is written from the point of view of Shannon’s husband, whom she attempted to frame for the toxic missives.

Find it on the recently released the Falls EP.

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New Video: Weyes Blood – Bad Magic

Following the release of her critically acclaimed album The Innocents, Pennsylvanian artist Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) will play two UK shows in February, on Saturday 21st at the Old Blue Last in London (free show), and the day after at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow

To mark the dates, their is a new video for album track Bad Magic directed by conceptual artist Joey Frank and shot using drones. It’s a work of cinematic beauty as Mering is shot from a birds-eye viewpoint, walking along the deserted beaches of The Far Rockaways and The Hamptons in a long black cape.

Watch it here.

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Diagrams – Gentle Morning Song

The new album from Diagrams (aka ex-Tunng member Sam Genders), titled Chromatics was officially released today on Full Time Hobby. A blend of folk, electronica, synths and melodic pop that combine to deliver a calmer, warmer whole than his previous record Black Light.

Check out one of the standout tracks, the lovely Gentle Morning Song below.

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MM Shorts 652: Matthew O’Neill

Matthew O’Neill’s Campfire Cook is an old-school record, recorded live in a studio cabin in the mountains a couple of hours east of LA.

Listen to the rolling folk of the title track that has echoes of Neil Young, and more than a little feel of the wonderful Wooden Wand about it – we’re liking this a lot…

The record is out on the 24th February.

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The Migrant – Flood

The Migrant - Flood

We were big fans of previous releases by The Migrant, a Danish folksinger of “psychedelic travel stories“, and two years after the release of Beads, he is back with a new album The Flood which has just seen the light of day.

The album opens with the easy-going strum and yearning vocals of Climbers, which soon turns into a surreal tale of bath-tubs, goats, beer and fireworks.

I was a-climbing a mountain
when I came across a goat
he said jump on my back now
I can use an extra coat

Check it out below, together with another standout track in Belly of a Man.

 

Buy The Flood via Bandcamp here.

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See our other posts on The Migrant here.

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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