Here are the juiciest cuts from our May postings rounded up and presented as one marvellous mix plus a couple of cracking new tracks as well. Be sure to check out all our previous ‘Best Of the Month’ mixes in the sidebar too.
Download Country Mice – Morning Son mp3 (from Twister)
Country rock and blistering sonic experiments combining to deliver a brilliant apocalyptic ballad.
Download Howling Owls – Hay Fever mp3 (from When Tipsy Turns Somber EP)
Deliciously ominous folk music that creeps from the edges of the swamp and imperceptibly curls icy fingers around the back of your neck.
Download The Black Lips – Modern Art mp3 (from Arabia Mountain)
A garage fuelled boozy swagger with added meaty Stooges Fun House era sonics.
Download Jackie-O Motherfucker – In The Willows mp3 (from Earth Sound System)
Banks of hazy guitars that threaten to show the chillwave youngsters where it’s at with some sun dappled riffs.
Download Abigail Washburn – City Of Refuge mp3 (from City Of Refuge)
Charming mix of Appalachian folk and bluegrass topped with a gorgeous vocal delivery.
Download The Skeleton Dead – Lock The Doors mp3
Brilliantly realised tale of the macabre – follow the twists and turns of a murderous burglar told over a sparse backdrop of gentle instrumentation that acts as a wonderful counterbalance to the coiled menace of the lyrics – this gem gives a twisted new take on murder ballads.
Download Mount Moriah – Lament mp3 (from Mount Moriah)
Wonderfully hymnal chant over a delicate acoustic narrative.
Download Leaving – Lonely Child mp3 (from Ghost House EP)
Sparse, ghostly and beautiful folk with slow, swirling instrumentation like tendrils of smoke from a campfire.
Download The Middle East – Hunger Song mp3 (from I Want That You Are Always Happy)
Australian folk musical collective’s upbeat gem.
Download Moses Luster – I’m The Lion mp3 (from I’m The Lion)
For lovers of tales of the downtrodden and the desperate.
Download Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Phantom Family Halo – The Mindeater mp3 (from The Mindeater)
Bonnie’s vocal performance is perhaps already one of his eeriest in years – creepy backwoods paranoia anyone?
Download Marissa Nadler – The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)
Her unique blend of dream pop, but this time pedal steel adds a distinct country feel to accompany that exquisite, ethereal voice.
Download Elliott Brood – Northern Air mp3 (from Days Into Years)
Another very fine example of their bluegrass tinged, up tempo alt-country with a classic singalong chorus.
Download U.S. Girls – If These Walls Could Talk mp3 (from U.S. Girls / Slim Twig Split 12″)
Hazy, insistent pop minimalism.
Download Slim Twig – Priscilla mp3 (from U.S. Girls / Slim Twig Split 12″)
Brilliantly twisted pop-art.
Download Chad VanGaalen – Sara mp3 (from Diaper Island)
Sparse, sweet, wide-eyed acoustic taster from new album.
Download Dirty Bourbon River Show – Train Is Gone mp3 (from Volume 2)
Ultra catchy country and horns rumble.
Download The Stripminers – No Luck mp3
Acerbic, punky take on Americana.
Download The Adultery Brothers – Something In My Drink mp3 (from Let Me Think)
Effevescent toe-tapping indie rock.
Download Pearl & the Beard – Sweetness mp3 (from Killing The Darlings)
Spitting, crackling folk with rousing boy/girl harmonies and mischievous ways.
Download The Blood Arm – Introducing Randy Newman mp3 (from Turn And Face Me)
Explosively catchy blend of tribal drums, relentless rock ‘n’ roll guitar and classicly simple, but effective hooks.
Download Mr Plow – Thank You Mr Ford mp3 (from Joyful In Song We Are)
Rich baritone voice lingers over a backdrop of twangy Gretsch guitars, shuffling drums and zinging flat top acoustic strumming.
Download The Roadside Graves – Love Me More mp3 (from We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)
Perfectly judged slice of tattered country rock with a rich chorus and a expansive feel.
Download Savaging Spires – Bending The Rules For Brian mp3 (from Savaging Spires)
Spooky slice of freakish folk and drone with a chorus that sounds like a voodoo incantation over slow, ominous backing strings.
Download The Sea Thieves – Focus The Stars mp3 (from They Will Run)
Hypnotic and haunting, it is a song that is meant for the quiet of evening when the stars are out and the only other sound is the wind rustling the leaves.
Download Twiggy Frostbite – By The Ocean mp3
Hazy, dreamlike song that sounds like it was created in a netherworld where surreal is the norm, and nothing is quite as it seems or as it should be.
And to finish we have the slightly unhinged proto-garage of The Bats Pajamas, the brilliantly retro garage soul of Fitz & The Tantrums (with a track just made for open-top cruising), and the first taste of songwriter Van Pierszalowski’s new project following the very sad demise of the wonderful Port O’Brien. Called Waters, this is his rousing single For The One.
Download The Bats Pajamas – Downtown Nitty Gritty mp3 (from The Bats Pajamas)
Download Fitz & The Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out mp3 (from Songs For A Break Up: Volume 1 EP)
Download Waters – For The One mp3 (from Out In The Light)
2 thoughts on “Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2011”
Nice post, really digging the Fitz & The Tantrums!
Also visiting Charlbury is now on my bucket list – love the buildings (google street view).