The number of new releases has cranked back into top gear recently with a whole host of tasty ear ticklers coming our way. So what could be even better than an Olympic opening ceremony than a massive Mad Mackerel Friday mix – twenty four tracks handpicked especially for you.
We light the flame with buzzworthy punked-up noiseniks Fidlar and in the same vein another from Vancouver-bred trio Nu Sensae. We have new songs from instrumental folk experimentalists Balmorhea, another from Blitzen Trapper led country rock supergroup Denver, a third track of trademark guitar distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project Chelsea Light Moving, Jason Lyttle covering 80s pop experimentalists Talk Talk, and some lo-fi goodness from R Stevie Moore.
We have some infectiously angst inspired riffage from Big Scary, some infectiously synth inspired indie rock from Letting Up Despite Great Faults and some infectiously beguiling electro-indie pop from Scraps. We have a brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone from The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe and a couple of tracks of Woodpecker’s indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams.
We have the new Lowpines dustily defiant Americana single via the excellent EardrumsPop label, and the slow moving gospel melancholy and honeyed velvet vocals of Padraig Whelan. There is melancholy too in Eli Mardock’s atmospheric, but slightly more upbeat indie-pop, and Fountains give us a taste of epic, brooding indie rock that tips a wink to 90s shoegaze and is as good as anything new we’ve heard in a good while – play this baby loud!
We have Delta Spirit’s brilliant Tear It Up from their recent self-titled album, and the new one from prolific and quirky indie rock royalty Mountain Goats. There is singer-songwriter’s Sondre Lerche’s out-take from his soon to be reissued album Phantom Punch, and a new taste of Crystal Castles gothic dance moves with Plague.
And lastly we have the angular, jerky and irreverent new wave of The Modern Airline, the hypnotic pummelling of psych-dance-rockers Turing Machine and Mac DeMarco’s My Kind Of Woman, a brilliant driving anthem of garage-pop.
Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Download Balmorhea – Pyrakantha mp3 (from Stranger)
Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Download Jason Lyttle – Tomorrow’s Started mp3 (from Spirit of Talk Talk)
Download R Stevie Moore – Pop Music mp3 (from Lo Fi High Fives)
Download Nu Sensae – 100 Shades mp3 (from Sundowning)
Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
Download Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions mp3 (from Untogether)
Download Lowpines – Give Me A Horse mp3 (from Lowpines Single)
Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Download Turing Machine – Lazy Afternoon Of The Jaguar mp3 (from What Is The Meaning Of What)
Download Scraps – Secret Paradise mp3 (from Secret Paradise 7″)
Download Eli Mardock – Everything Happens For The First Time mp3
Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Download Woodpecker – Every Boy In New York mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Download Padraig Whelan – What I Know, I Know With You mp3 (from Never Be So Wicked, No More As You Once Were EP)
Download Sondre Lerche – Boxing Day mp3 (from Phantom Punch)
Download Crystal Castles – Plague mp3 (from Plague)
Download The Modern Airline – Monster On The Campus mp3 (from The Modern Airline)
Download Mac DeMarco – My Kind Of Woman mp3 (from Mac DeMarco 2)