Here is another collection of tunes we’ve gathered from our in-box and the internet – we’d like to have more time to do them justice, but nevertheless a cornucopia of pleasures awaits you we promise!
First up is the consistently wonderful Damien Jurado with some authentic, strummed desert blues. Nothing Is The News is the first taste of his forthcoming album Maraqopa.
Download Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News mp3 (from Maraqopa)
Indie-folksters The Dodos have made a previously unreleased track, So Cold, available.
Download The Dodos – So Cold mp3 (Previously Unreleased)
Of Montreal have also offered up a new track, the seven minute, topically titled Wintered Debts. They have a new album, Paralytic Stalks, due in early 2012.
Download Of Montreal – Wintered Debts mp3
Brown Shoe have been picking up some nice reviews and plaudits for their album The Gift Horse (Bandcamp here) and here is another track to enjoy in the shape of Pauper.
Download Brown Shoe – Pauper mp3 (from The Gift Horse)
Gregory Scott Slay’s posthumous album Horsethief Beats was released a week ago on Communicating Vessels. It is a swirling and mesmerising mix of ambient style folk and Americana with an almost trip-hop undercurrent.
Download Gregory Scott Slay – Kindred Spirit mp3 (from Horsethief Beats)
Download Gregory Scott Slay – Keep It Secret mp3 (from Horsethief Beats)
Galaxy Sunrise are a new name to us, but new offering When Pigs Fly is a lovely excursion into hazy psych-pop that deserves investigating. Check out their Static Moon EP which can be downloaded for free from their Bandcamp page here.
Download Galaxy Sunrise – When Pigs Fly mp3 (from When Pigs Fly single)
Danish band The Boombox Hearts, despite what the name might suggest, offer up a very tasty line in melancholic folk that has drawn comparisons to Mrs M’s fave Mark Lanegan. Crank It Up is a lovely lo-fi example of their wares. Buy their Monte Carlo EP here.
Download The Boombox Hearts – Crank It Up mp3
The Lower 48 release their first full length album, Where All Maps End in the middle of December. The End is the first taste and showcases their warm organic sound and 60s folk influences beautifully without ever being derivative – one to look out for.
Download The Lower 48 – The End mp3 (from Where All Maps End)
We featured Niteflights and their exuberant indie pop back in the summer and they have now turned their hand to a cover of John Cale’s classic Paris 1919. See what you think.
Download Nightflights – Paris 1919 mp3 (John Cale cover)
Electric Flowers are fast gaining a reputation for being louder than My Bloody Valentine. Their self-titled debut EP contains the sonic epic Circles that will resonate long after the last note has faded away.
Download Electric Flowers – Circles mp3 (from Electric Circles EP)
Musically, Whales In Cubicles evoke a huge variety of influences from American greats such as Guided by Voices and Sebadoh, to songwriters such as Neil Young and Stephen Malkmus, all the way through to British heroes Black Sabbath, Blur and Radiohead. Having given away Terror of the Void in the summer they are now releasing a single on the ever reliable Young & Lost Club, who are also offering up Never And Ever as a free download.
Download Whales In Cubicles – Never And Ever mp3
Download Whales In Cubicles – Terror Of The Void mp3
Similarly The Quiet Americans appear to love nothing more than belting out some good old fashioned fuzzed up rock ‘n’ roll and do it extremely well. Their Medicine EP is available for free from their Bandcamp page and contains this noise-pop belter, Be Alone.
Download The Quiet Americans – Be Alone mp3 (from Medicine EP)
Indie psych rockers The Sunbears! released You Will Live Forever yesterday and we have two tracks for you – the infectious Give Love A Try and the more ironic They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical.
Download The Sunbears! – Give Love A Try mp3 (from You Will Live Forever)
Download The Sunbears! – They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical mp3 (from You Will Live Forever)
Kurt von Stetten will release his sixth full-length solo album Cyclops on December 13, on Static Motor Recordings. Effectively using simple song structures and minimal storytelling to create a record of intricate and eclectic garage rock.
Download Kurt von Stetten – Codify mp3 (from Cyclops)
And lastly (for now), we’re loving the catchy folkish strum of Swede Joakim Fritzner’s Thoughts On Us 23-3 from mini album/EP It’s Not Me… which gets a digital release today via Birds Will Sing For You Enterprises. A blend of Nick Drake, Laura Marling and even Peter Gabriel, this one has been on repeat since we first heard it.
Download Joakim Fritzner – Thoughts On Us 23-3 mp3 (from It’s Not Me…)Follow @madmackerel