Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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New Video: Elvis Depressedly – Thou Shalt Not Murder

Until recently, we were unaware of the lo-fi bedroom charms of Elvis Depressedly, that was until we heard the brilliant Bruises (Amethyst) (taken from forthcoming long player New Alhambra), which has become a firm fave here at MM Towers.

The duo have now released a beautiful new video for latest single, and album opener, Thou Shalt Not Murder. It showcases perfectly their brightly melancholic noise-pop inspired by heroes such as The Waterboys, Prefab Sprout and Emperor X, and in more conventional instances, Elliott Smith and Mac DeMarco.

Watch it here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the drill. Our weekly gathering of new songs released this week.

1. Best Coast – Feeling OK
2. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Gloria
3. Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon
4. Wolf Alice – Bros
5. Susanna – Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen cover)
6. Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope
7. Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof Soul (Sade cover)
8. The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
9. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big

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U.S. Girls – Damn That Valley

U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) returns with her 4AD debut of more outsider, weirdo pop full of experimental leanings and some pretty uncompromising lyrics. None more so than on the pulsing Damn That Valley, telling the story of a soldier’s widow’s perspective on the pointlessness and crushing loss of war.

Watch it here.

Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

Sarah Cracknell - Red Kite

We have on a couple of occasions, via Mrs Mackerel’s friend Jenny Wren, been fortunate to meet St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell who in local parlance “lives round our way”.

So when we found she is about to release her second solo album Red Kite, a mere eighteen years after her first, Lipslice, and that it was a love letter to nature and the formative music of youth, we were more than intrigued. Recorded locally, the title makes sense as Red Kites are now a common site soaring over our countryside after being reintroduced between 1989-1994.

But enough of that, because the first taste from it is On The Swings, and from the moment the lone clarinet announces it, a more gorgeous slice of hazy, pastoral psych-folk would be hard to find this side of 1969. A poignant waltz with nods to the more gentle side of the free-love era, her lovely, unhurried vocals are infused with a gentle melancholy that transfixes and effortlessly transports you to a beautiful meadow on a sunlit spring evening.

Wonderful stuff. Have a listen and pre-order the album from Amazon here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Blind Shake

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Blind Shake

Despite being around since 2003, Minneapolis residents, and self proclaimed bald-headed freaks, The Blind Shake are new to us.

Latest release, a mini LP titled Fly Right saw the light of day this week and is a prime slab of sweaty garage rock, with spaghetti-western twang and surf punk twinges thrown in for good measure.

Thankfully avoiding the trap of sacrificing the melodies for raw sonic mayhem (like too many others in the genre are wont to do), have a listen to the pulsating thump and wail of Tar Paper and the woozy, tripped-out twang of Diamond Days below.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Regular as clockwork, here is our end-of-week catch-up of some of the best tunes released over the past seven days.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Telescopes – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover)
3. White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die
4. Stealing Sheep – Greed
5. Holydrug Couple – Baby I’m Going Away
6. Fake Palms – Sun Drips
7. Kenny Knight – Whiskey
8. Bully – Trying
9. Desaparecidos – City On The Hill

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The Lammas Tide – Bethnal Green

The Lammas Tide - Bethnal Green

A perfect companion to our earlier post about Strange Lot, Perth, Australia’s The Lammas Tide’s unique brand of psych-folk-rock draws influence from bands such as Jethro Tull, Traffic, and Jefferson Airplane, combining bluesy inflections and folk sensibilities with classic psychedelia.

Bethnal Green will be released on the 1st May on Pavement Records and sounds like a long lost classic from the sixties with its combination of dancing fiddle, Rhodes piano and grooving rhythm section, as well as mellotron flute mimicking the twittering birds and dancing leaves.

Have a listen. Highly recommended!

“I wandered through a rainbow,
On the way to Bethnal Green,
Stumbled on a indigo moon,
Somewhere in-between”

MM Shorts 693: Strange Lot

Strange Lot have a sound that is pitched somewhere between the 60s rock of the Yardbirds and the modern psych of Tame Impala and highly addictive it is too.

Their excellent surf-tinged new single Into The Night zips along in a groovy haze of guitars and heavy percussion and can be downloaded below.

Debut album Another Mind will be out in May.

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