The Voyeurs – England Sings Rhubarb Rhubarb

The Voyeurs - England Sings

The marvellous Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs are now just The Voyeurs, which seems like an eminently sensible move in the band-name stakes.

Having released the much underrated Clarietta album last year, they return with a new album Rhubarb Rhubarb which will see the light of day in November.

Drawing on classic influences such as The Doors, the Jesus & Mary Chain and adjusting the balance more in favour of dark psychedelics than classic indie punk, the first single is the oddly titled England Sings Rhubarb Rhubarb.

It simmers with repressed melancholy and angst, and is as good as anything they’ve done to date.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Terry Malts – Don’t
2. Grass House – All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers cover)
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed
4. Vashti Bunyan – Holy Smoke
5. Ming City Rockers – Get Outta Your Head
6. Real Estate – Paper Dolls (Nerves cover)
7. Blood Sister – Paralysis

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New Video: Pink Mountaintops – Shakedown

Pink Mountaintops’ brilliant Get Back is one of our favourite records of the year and the band have released a new video for album track Shakedown.

It tells the story of a not-so-typical commute through Los Angeles. The video floats through a headphone fueled dreamland full of arcade video games, roller skating, mixed drinks and kiddie pools. It stars Mandy-Lyn Antoniou and features a guest appearance by J. Mascis.

Watch it here.

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MM Shorts 603: Elle Mary & Hawker Reunion

Elle Mary is a noir-ish folksinger from Manchester who has joined forces with fellow folkies Hawker Reunion on a track called Plateau.

It is an intriguing listen, beautiful slow moving Americana that slowly pushes into psych and noise territories. And stunning vocals too.

Stream it below, or download for free from her Bandcamp page here.

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Steve Palmer – Unblinking Sun

Steve Palmer - Unblinking Sun

The ethos and energy of punk rock first inspired Steve Palmer to pick up a guitar, but it was his discovery of the music of John Fahey in 2012 that renewed and deepened that interest. For his first full-length, Unblinking Sun, he filters cosmic krautrock, drone, and psychedelic improvisation through the vernacular of the American fingerpicked folk tradition.

We have a couple of excellent tracks from it to stream or download, Cassini and Six Dollar Sunglasses. We’ll wager that fans of William Tyler or Clan Nugent will find much to like here.

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The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.

Marvellous.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Backwords

Brooklyn’s Backwords blends modern psychedelics with folk-rock, 60s-pop and a myriad other sonic surprises.

Gentle, lazy melodies that cannot be forgotten, and a swooping darker underside mean nothing can be taken for granted – be it in lyrical cynicism, primal growl, or feed backing improvisations – in between the sun-drenched, flowery pop melodies, freak-outs are always welcomed.

New album Nest is released on September 16th, check out, and download, Gloria from it below.

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New From Asteroid No. 4

New From Asteroid No. 4

Long standing psych-rockers Asteroid No.4 have announced they will be releasing their eighth full-length album this autumn. The band have shared a couple of tracks already from the record, the transcendent, fuzzed-out first track, Rukma Vimana and the pulsating, hypnotic Back Of Your Mind.

Mixing krautrock, shoegaze, folk and some cosmic country whilst employing sitars, eastern-tinged sparsity, and space-rock fueled anthems, the results are a heady and gratifying stew of mind-altering jams that traverse the psychedelia continum from Hawkwind to the Wooden Shjips via Spacemen 3.

Stream both below. The album is out on the 23rd September on UK label Bad Vibrations Records.

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