The Pine Hill Haints are a group of troubadours and kindred spirits that mix elements of folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and Americana, with just a hint of punk. With the help of a rotating cast of friends and storytellers, the band has travelled the world, sporadically releasing records that have mostly been self-recorded and sold from the back of their van. Their sound has grown and evolved with each new experience, but their goal has always been to capture a living pulse, addressing feelings of loneliness, depression, and everlasting joy and exploring the mysteries of life and death.
Their new LP, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, sees a release on 30th September via K Records. It delivers more of the band’s self-described “Alabama Ghost Music,” with its smoky melodies and dark whispers of the haunted South. Opening track Ms Pacman sets the stage with a sweet, storytelling charm and an air of mystery.
Stream it below.
Cloud Nothings have shared an official video for Psychic Trauma, another excellent single from their new album Here and Nowhere Else.
The sobering story of professional footballer Justin Fashanu is one that many football fans will know well – the first million pound black footballer, the first openly gay pro footballer in the UK, and a tragic suicide in May 1998, aged only 37.
Released yesterday, Fashanu is the debut single from South London’s elephants and castles, and it is appropriately described as a gem of bruising, indie-pop.
Have a listen.
Canadian folkies, The Barr Brothers have unveiled another new track from their forthcoming album as well as details of a UK tour for the Autumn.
The new track is Half-Crazy, also taken from their new album Sleeping Operator, released on the 6th October through Secret City Records.
The band describe the song as “the tenacious offspring of the North African desert music of Mali/Morocco, and the sweat and electricity of the Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues.”
It sounds mighty fine to us. Have a listen.
30th August – End of the Road Festival
31st August – End of the Road Festival
14th October – The Lexington, London
23rd October – The Castle, Manchester
24th October – Whelan’s, Dublin
25th October – Beach House, Bangor
26th October – Sligo Live Festival, Ireland
28th October – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
29th October – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Martyr Privates are another fine example of the murky, outsider psych influenced indie and post punk currently spewing from down under.
Something to Sell takes a heavy base of percussion and ramshackle guitar, heaps a few ladles of fuzzy goodness into the pot, adds a dash of drone and couldn’t-give-a-shit vocals and stirs the whole lot into a throughly enjoyable serving that left us wanting more than mere seconds.
Have a listen, and check out You Can’t Stop Progress while you’re at it.
Signed to the ever reliable Fire Records here, they have a full length in the pipeline.
1. Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar
2. Mirel Wagner – The Dirt
3. Vashti Bunyan – Across The Water
4. TRAAMS – Cissa
5. The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes
The scorched, warped Americana and post-punk of The Ukiah Drag with its pulsating organs, flattening riffs and creep beats have long found favour here in the Mackerel abode.
Their new LP is titled In the Reaper’s Quarters and can be pre-ordered from Wharf Cat Records. This is Her Royal Grip from it, and a more remorseless and unsettling four and half minutes of music you’ll be hard pressed to find…
Here is the official video for Wild Animals, the title track for the new album from bluegrass-based Minnesota folk-rock band Trampled by Turtles.
Burn Out The Bruise is the new single from The Wytches, and comes from their forthcoming debut long-player Annabel Dream Reader, which comes out in the UK on Heavenly Records on the 25th August.
It is another top notch example of their reverb filled, doom rock that still carries a hint of a surf undertone.
Have a listen.
On 29th July, the Mark Lanegan Band will release a brand new five track EP entitled No Bells on Sunday through Flooded Soil/Vagrant Records in North America. Only 1,500 copies of the limited edition EP are being pressed on vinyl and will be available exclusively through the Vagrant Records webstore. It precedes a new full length, Phantom Radio, which will be out in the Autumn.
In the meantime, here is the video for the third track on the EP, Sad Lover.
Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order the EP here.