New Video: Ruby Fray – Barbara

Ruby Fray is the moniker of Austin-via-Olympia songwriter Emily Beanblossom, who released her sophomore album Grackle this fall on K Records. Dubbed “psychedelic witch wave,” her sound is dark & dissonant, with haunting vocals that have been likened to Nancy Sinatra, Lana Del Rey, Hope Sandoval and PJ Harvey.

Watch the chilling video for Barbara

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Alex Calder – Lola

Lola is the latest track to be shared from Alex Calder’s upcoming debut album Strange Dreams (out via Captured Tracks on the 20th January).

Artfully pitched somewhere between indie jangle and drowsy, hazy psych-pop, Lola offers a dark enchantment all of its own, like reaching for the stars whilst wading through the silt at the bottom of a pond.

Watch/stream it here.

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MM Shorts 634: American Wrestlers

American Wrestlers is a new signing to the excellent Fat Possum label, and his debut single is titled I Can Do No Wrong.

Born near Glasgow and now residing in Missouri he sits in a world similar to Kurt Vile and Granddaddy, and has that classic American lo-fi indie sound.

The single is a gorgeous slice of jaunty psych-pop and we recommend wrapping your ears around it immediately.

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Owsley Brothers Ready Release Of TOB

Owsley Brothers Release TOB

The new Owsley Brothers album TOB sees a release on the 2nd December.

They have just posted a new video for lead track, the brilliant Diamond In The Raw, a two minute sonic assault of heavy psych-blues and garage rock that is up there with anything else we’ve posted from them in the past.

You can pre-order the album from their Bandcamp page here.

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Video Round Up

A plethora of excellent videos have hit our in-box recently and here is a small selection which are well worth hitting play on – from stoned out psychedelia to bleak nihilistic punk rock by way of traditional British folk, classic Americana and infectious indie rock.

So dive into musical films from Side Saddle, The Wands, Caddywhompus, WATERS, The Unthanks and Bad Breeding.

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New Video: Rivertairs – Jack

Rivertairs are on a voyage of musical discovery, channeling influences from rock n’ roll through to psychedelia to create what they describe as “a soundscape of many colours”.

Latest single is Jack, a tongue in cheek look at the imagery around the infamous Victorian serial killer, who is now firmly embedded in pop culture as well the history books.

Watch it here.

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Burning Palms – Thorns

With aesthetic roots in American gothic literature, post punk, and 60s garage Tucson’s Burning Palms cites influences ranging from Nick Cave to Bauhaus to Patti Smith and even more contemporary punk stalwarts in the late Jay Reatard.

Confidently tiptoeing on the threshold of punchy psych-rock and seductive whimsy, they create music shot through with an expansive moody melancholia.

Check out/download Thorns below and order their self-titled debut via Lolipop Records here.

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New Album From Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders

New Album From Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders

Founded in Austin in 2012, Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders is an ever-evolving project, centered around the penetrating songs of young singer-songwriter Matthew Squires.

Their new album, titled Where The Music Goes To Die, is certainly a step up from anything that has gone before. Vocals are much calmer and controlled and a fuller range of (still off-kilter and unique) songwriting is on full display as well, with lines that are often as funny as they are heartbreaking. The styles and influences of the arrangements vary from track to track, always surprising you with an idiosyncratic twist on an old standard. The psychedelic breakdown in the middle of the honkey-tonk inspired titular track is a perfect example of this.

Listen/download Echo which might be the best thing he’s done to date. The album is out on the 2nd December. See our previous Matthew Squires post here.

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The Chemistry Experiment – Gongs Played By Voice

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Melding their indie and prog-rock influences with a folkier sensibility, and ten years after they released their debut album The Melancholy Death Of…, The Chemistry Experiment are set to release their follow-up record Gongs Played By Voice via Fortuna POP! in early January.

Containing nine beautifully arranged songs that call to mind the best of Will Oldham, Tindersticks and King Crimson, have a listen to Channel Light Vessel described as being “about the sea, and sailors, and a boy who impaled himself on a fence trying to pick conkers“.

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