After a week’s break, we’re back with our regular round up of the best new tunes of the past seven days.
It includes the return of a number of MM regulars too: No Age, The Growlers and Pop. 1280 as well a stunning new track from Annie Hardy (ex of Giant Drag) and plenty more besides.
So then, ten cracking songs – dive in.
- Pop. 1280 – Pulse
- Hiss Golden Messenger – Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
- The Growlers – City Club
- Angel Olsen – Sister
- Magic Trick – First Thought
- Shilpa Ray – Paisley
- The Raveonettes – A Good Fight
- Annie Hardy – Go Hey Raku Sake
- No Age – Separation
- Cory Hanson – Ordinary People
Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies.
A northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was a much-loved fave of MM’s right back in the earliest days of Mad Mackerel.
On 7th October, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time via Hardly Art (pre-order here). The double LP will also include five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the raw, rollicking Oh Now Honey, which you can stream / download below.
A couple of days ago we posted about Hazel English’s upcoming EP of delightfully blurry indie-pop, Never Going Home.
Now we have a brand new track from it, I’m Fine is a dreamily, ethereal song about dealing with anxiety. She says, “It’s about struggling with something nobody else can see and trying to act like everything’s fine, when it’s really not.”
Find out for yourself – stream it here.
Sharon Van Etten has released Not Myself in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting.
It is available for a minimum $1 donation via Bandcamp here, and she says of the song, “I was home with my parents in New Jersey when I heard of the shooting at the nightclub in Florida. Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time. The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.
I originally wanted to raise money for the victims and their families, but I knew the issue was bigger than this. I wrote “Not Myself” for the victims of this horrific event, but I chose to support the research and awareness work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund: a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.
In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.”
Hazel English is a 25-year-old Oakland-based artist who makes beautifully blurry indie-pop music powered by transcendent melodies and caked in layers of Californian sunshine and redolent reverb.
We featured tracks from her a couple of times last year and she has now announced her debut 12-inch vinyl EP, Never Going Home, collating a brilliant snap-shot of her DIY creations to date.
Those that have followed her ascendance through the blogosphere so far will recognise the title track, but to commemorate this EP announcement it’s now complete with an accompanying video trailing her mountaintop journey through local idyls.
Time for some new vids methinks.
So sit back and enjoy ten musical films from the likes of Slowcoaches, Freakwater, Dead Heavens, The Two Tracks, Dawes, Dan Michelson & The Coastguards, Hans Chew and Ed Harcourt amongst others.
North Dakota Impressions, singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau’s new album, is the final of a trilogy to visit life from a local perspective, taking the listener on a journey begun with Grass Punks (2014) and the excellent Perfect Abandon (2015).
It travels through time that doesn’t clip along uniformly on some common highway, but treads at its own pace on a rural route. More glances, more investigations and introspections, more light, more dark. Memories, imaginings, longings for a place, a home.
Brosseau is a mighty fine songwriter and folksinger, one whose tales of hope and optimism gently rub shoulders with weary melancholy and fading memories, and not a note, or word, is wasted.
Listen to two excellent tracks from the record below: No Matter Where I Roam and You Can’t Stop.
Luxury Death is the brainchild of boyfriend/girlfriend duo Ben Thompson (from Nai Harvest) and Meg Williams.
They deliver hauntingly bittersweet lo-fi indie rock songs influenced by knowing that one day you are going to die.
Radiator Face is the very good debut single – stream it below.
Miami, FL trio The Jacuzzi Boys will release their fourth album, Ping Pong, on October 21 on their own label, Mag Mag.
The band relocated to the West Coast for an extended period to make the album, holing up in an LA studio where some of the album was written. The first single from Ping Pong is Boys Like Blood, powered by thick, fuzzed-out guitars and a big chorus it packs a satisfyingly crunchy wallop.
Have a listen.
Perfect pop polymath Ezra Furman is back with a powerful new song The Refugee, taken from his Big Fugitive Life EP out this Friday via Bella Union.
The song concerns Furman’s Jewish background and is dedicated to his grandfather who fled the Nazi’s, as well as current day refugees. Having just returned from a hugely moving and affecting visit to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam this one has even more resonance for us at the moment.
“We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.”