Once again we’re deluged from all sides by some top notch tunes. So here is the best of what we’ve picked up via the web and into our in-box recently. Consider a smorgasbord of musical sounds – all you gotta do is take the ones you like. Easy!
First up is a new track from the Dex Romweber Duo. The Death of Me is another fine example of their feral blues mixed with some freewheeling rockabilly guitar licks.
Download The Dex Romweber Duo – The Death Of Me mp3 (from Is That You In The Blue?)
Gloom and doom merchants, Esben & The Witch have returned with a new EP called Hexagons – this is the suitably dark and eerie Hexagons II (The Flight).
Download Esben & The Witch – Hexagons II (The Flight) mp3 (from Hexagons EP)
Seattle Bound is the new taster from Big Tree’s album This New Year which was officially released a couple of days ago. This is quirky, infectious indie-pop of the finest variety.
Download Big Tree – Seattle Bound mp3 (from This New Year)
A short while ago we posted the video for the Dum Dum Girls track Bedroom Eyes. Now here it is for you in all its glory of 50s jangle and 80s New Wave haughtiness.
Download The Dum Dum Girls – Bedroom Eyes mp3 (from Only In Dreams)
Abbie Barrett & The Last Date give us a dreamy, Pink Floydesque ballad in the shape of Draw Me In, a track on their new EP, The Triples Volume 1.
Download Abbie Barrett & The Last Date – Draw Me In mp3 (from The Triples Volume 1)
Similarly Annie Williams is no ordinary singer-songwriter either. She wrote and recorded two EPs of decidedly different flavors concurrently - This Mountain and Midnight Window - releasing both on November 15th. While conceptually different, both are rife with Annie’s sense of exploration and equally deserving of your ears.
Download Annie Williams – Roll On Hills mp3 (from This Mountain EP)
Download Annie Williams – Midnight Window mp3 (from Midnight Window EP)
The Hours are back with an optimistic new single, I Want More. Here’s a radio edit to tempt you.
Download The Hours – I Want More (Radio Edit) mp3 (from I Want More EP)
Forbidden Friends is a new solo project of Thermals frontman Hutch Harris. Forsaking some of the latter’s punky snarl for some bouncier guitar jangle, new single Totally Low is a sub two minute indie-pop gem.
Download Forbidden Friends – Totally Low mp3 (from Totally Low 7″)
And lastly we have the jaunty indie-folk of Rebekah Higgs that matches her sweetly playful vocals to perfection. Gosh, Darn, Damn comes from Odd Fellowship.
Download Rebekah Higgs – Gosh, Darn, Damn mp3 (from Odd Fellowship)Follow @madmackerel
Our usual round up of the very best of our August posts and some new tracks too. Dip in – every one a winner as they say.
Download The Cabin Dogs – High Falls mp3 (from Midnight Trail)
Invites you to kick off your boots, pour a stiff one and sit on the porch to watch the sun go down – a song for when you’re busy doing nothing as they say.
Download Spectrals – Big Baby mp3 (from Big Baby 7″)
Spritely and upbeat that melds 60s girl group fizz with Elvis Costello in an entirely good way.
Download Waters – O Holy Break Of Day mp3 (from Out In The Light)
Delicate and almost hymn-like indie rock with a sparse, raw feel.
Download Male Bonding – Tame The Sun mp3 (from Endless Now)
Excellent slice of punky power pop.
Download Forest Fire – Future Shadows mp3 (from Staring At The X)
First taster from specialists in weirded out country folk and blues doesn’t disappoint.
Download The Coasts – Handshakers mp3 (from The Coasts)
Quirky anthem that’s equal parts gritty rockabilly and punching pop.
Download Peggy Sue – Cut My Teeth mp3 (from Acrobats)
A six minute, slow brooding burn with a heavier, more viscous feel than previously.
Download Howling Owls featuring WoolfCubb – Spirits To Lift My Spirits mp3 (from Purple On Purple EP)
MM faves return with slightly more upbeat track. And we stress the slightly…
Download Blitzen Trapper – Love The Way You Walk Away mp3 (from American Goldwing)
Another top-notch slice of loose, countrified rock.
Download Beirut – The Rip Tide mp3 (from The Rip Tide)
Superb title track from new album.
Download Ganglians – Drop The Act mp3 (from Still Living)
Smoother than usual garage-psych.
Download Little Gold – Sisters & Friends mp3 (from Weird Freedom)
Easy-breezy basslines, washed-out harmonies, and powerfully mellow drumming.
Download Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)
Another taste of the ominous, malevolent, unique folk stylings from new album.
Download The Ettes – The Pendulum mp3 (from Wicked Will)
Beat-punk and garage sleaze with a healthy dose back porch blues swagger and fuzzed up reverb.
Download Sick Figures – Graveyard Swagger mp3 (from Two Ghosts)
Raucous, saloonish type of rock and roll evoking a dark, eerie mood.
Download The Witch And The Robot – Houdini mp3 (from Fear Of Mountains)
Wonderful blend of peculiarly British pysch-pop and acid folk accompanied by appropriately surreal lyrics.
Download Deer Tick – Miss K. mp3 (from Divine Providence)
Classic slice of bluesy, bar-room Americana from forthcoming album.
Download Ducktails – Sit Around With Ya mp3 (from Killin The Vibe 12″)
Immerse yourself in a mellow hypnotic haze.
Download Luke Temple – Ophelia mp3 (from Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care)
Chugging twang, upbeat and cajun tinged.
Download The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know The Devil mp3 (from I Would Not Know The Devil 7″)
A crackerjack of garage rumble, surf harmonies and guitar jangle.
Download Colossal Gospel – I Have A Heart, I Have A Heart mp3 (from Circles)
Sublime nine minutes of fragile folk beauty that reminded us of Lambchop at their best.
Download Guadalupe Plata – Pollo Podrio mp3 (from Guadalupe Plata)
Think of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion duelling with The Dirtbombs in the Castilla La Mancha…and, er, you’ll not even be close.
Download Beak> – Welcome To The Machine mp3 (from Wish You Were Here Again)
Rigid, pulsating version of Pink Floyd classic.
Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)
Personal, whimsical sometimes, slyly sinister at others, lyrically sharp lo-fi folk.
Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)
Swirling, spacey guitars, reverb washes, tribal drum patterns, vocal delays and ominous repetition mix into a mesmerising, pulsating whole.
Download The Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning mp3 (from The Barr Brothers)
Folky, harmony filled and gorgeous.
Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)
A bitterly beautiful reminder of winter’s immediacy in the Midwest.
Download Something Men – Birdy Roof mp3 (from Something Men 7″)
Effortlessly channeling early Velvets rumble and the simple, but effective chord sequences of the Kingsmen into a classic garage sound.
Download Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl mp3 (from Life Sux EP)
More lo-fi, slacker punk goodness.
And to finish off we have new tracks for you too – a chaotic, hook ridden pop gem from Oberhofer, an unsettling six minutes of astral pop from Atlas Sound, attractive indie jangle from Sweden’s Youngfuck, and the infectious pulsing rhythms and quirky imagery of Big Tree.
Download Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita mp3 (from Parallax)
Download Oberhofer – Gotta Go mp3 (from Gotta Go)
Download Youngfuck – Black Tulips mp3 (from Youngfuck 7″)
Download Big Tree – This Fall mp3 (from This New Year)Follow @madmackerel
Big Tree’s musical product is hard to categorize, yet immediately appealing: infectious pop music splashed with colorful harmonies, driven by pulsing rhythms, unique time signatures, group vocals, and poetic quirky imagery.
The band released their first full-length self-titled album in summer 2008, they’re now back with a new EP, Home(here), released on June 1.
Visit their MySpace here.
Download Big Tree – The Concurrence Of All Things mp3 (from Home (here) EP)