New Video: The Pack A.D. – Animal

The Pack A.D. have released a 4-song EP called Meta Animal. The EP (available here) features previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of Thee Oh Sees’ Night Crawler.

The duo have also shared the official music video for Animal, which appears on the EP and their 2013 album, Do Not Engage. It was filmed in Vancouver and comes complete with all the makings of a classic horror film: creepy scientists in extra white lab coats, chains and fangs, and even some Thriller-inspired dance moves.

Watch it here.

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New Single From Sunflower Bean

Brooklyn-based psychedelic trio Sunflower Bean’s  new single I Hear Voices will be released on Fat Possum on the 24th July.

They have taken their garage-rock and psych sounds, spiced them up with some sweetly melodic riffs and smothered it all in hazy vocals. It is a more than worthy follow up to their self-released debut EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, at the end of 2014 (see our previous band post here).

I Hear Voices will be available on limited 7” and download, and features The Stalker on the flip side.

Give it a spin.

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MM Shorts 712: Nick Shaheen

Chicago-based Nick Shaheen is releasing his latest single, Flashbulbs, taken from his new album of powerful, modern Americana, Sauvignon, which is out now.

It is an intriguing song with an hypnotic yet chaotic rhythm section and where the battle of menacing electric guitar versus victorious Dobro are joined by captivating vocals. It takes the listener deep inside the mind as Shaheen struggles with being framed, and eventually exonerated for murder, a scenario that developed from a real-life panic attack.

Stream it here.

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MM’s 5:1 Interview No 17: Torres

Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

Back in 2013, my last trip to SXSW, I wandered into a venue to see Night Beds and exited having been completely transfixed by singer Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) and her band. From then on tracks like Honey and Waterfall became much loved secret treasures – intense and intimate, they were songs I didn’t want to share, but rather to immerse myself in as the ultimate solitary mood music.

torresEarlier this month Torres released Sprinter, her outstanding second album to almost universal acclaim. Just yesterday the Guardian review I read called it “astonishing, unsettling and beautiful“, and so it is all of those things, and much more besides.

Mostly I am delighted because I want as many people as possible to have the chance to become as entranced as I was by these wonderfully personal songs, sometimes melancholy, sometimes uncomfortable, but always moving and always wonderfully captivating. She has a rare talent as a songwriter, yet there is a tiny, selfish part of me that doesn’t want to share, doesn’t want to concede the genie is out of the box and that others can have these songs as their own just like I have.

Nevertheless, we were delighted when Mackenzie agreed to take part in our 5:1 interview series. Read on and enjoy, and order your copy of Sprinter here.

Five words to describe your music:
Music
Transcends
Limitations
Of
Language

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Ultra-meta! Aliens reading an earthling’s imagining of earthlings from the perspective of aliens.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Nirvana–In Utero
Tori Amos–Under the Pink
Brandi Carlile–The Story
David Bazan–Strange Negotiations
Johnny Cash–At Folsom Prison

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
The parting of the Red Sea.

torres portraitFive people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Patti Smith
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
Taylor Swift
Sharon Van Etten

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
No regrets, ever.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Cuddle kitten
Cuddle puppy
Bergamot candles
Dairy-free berry pie
A book to read and keep

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and my cat, Little Bat. Family is everything.

Five perfect songs:
Best 80’s pop melodies:
1. Once in a Lifetime–Talking Heads
2. Seven Wonders–Fleetwood Mac
3. Take on Me–A-ha
4. Madonna–Like a Prayer
5. Love Song–The Cure

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
The Exchange.

Our very grateful thanks to Mackenzie for taking the time to answer the MM questions.

You can check out some of our other 5:1 Interviews in the side bar too.

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New Video: Small Feet – Rivers

Swedish folk outfit Small Feet are due to release their debut album From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean on 14 August via Control Freak Kitten Records.

Fronted by songwriter Simon Stålhamre, the trio draw from American influences, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, Chad VanGaalen and a Scandinavian Woods.

Watch the striking video for the swirling, meandering Rivers. Gorgeous and haunting in equal measure.

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MM Shorts 711: Melt Dunes

Any band able to describe their sound as “like wandering alone in a desolate circus at night with the impending doom of being hunted by psychopathic clowns“, gets our ears.

This then is Melt Dunes, almost eight minutes of malevolent, eerie, tortured psychedelia shot through with a garage savagery that makes Epicaricacy a compelling listen.

Try it here.

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Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up for you of some of the best songs shared in the past seven days…

1. Barna Howard – Bitter Side Of Blue
2. Theo Verney – Brain Disease
3. Spray Paint – Country Singer
4. The Wooden Sky – Our Hearts Were Young
5. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
6. White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares
7. Telegram – Aeons
8. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles – Holy Rollers
9. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
10. Sea Of Bees – Test Yourself
11. Mac DeMarco – The Way You’d Love Her

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New Video: Vomitface – Never Make It

Vomitface, the Jersey City/Brooklyn punk trio have offered up their new music video for Never Make It.

The video captures the band playing to a yoga class, offering their own “meditative” expertise in the form of destructive, noisy sludge-pop.

The track comes from their just released sophomore EP, Another Bad Year, out via Boxing Clever Records.

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New From Young Romance

We posted about the catchy noise pop of London based duo Young Romance back in March and new single Never Learn looks set to enhance their reputation even further.

Swathed in a fuzzy exterior, it is a adrenalin fuelled rush of sugar-coated hooks and harmonies that rushes to a giddy climax in just over two perfect minutes.

Stream it. Hit repeat.

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