New Music Round Up

New Music Round Up

It is getting to that time when we’re feeling like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland – so many tunes to share, so little time! So at the risk of doing somewhat of a disservice in terms of the prose to describe these, here are a collection of tunes that have landed in our in-box or mailbox and that really deserve some ear-time from you.

Kicking us off, Sydney’s Liam Gale & The Ponytails are an eight-piece collective blending blues, folk and elements of psychedelic rock. Try Antipodean Honour, which walks a strange line between old country and early 70s rock.

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Chad Kichula is a singer-songwriter and the title track from his forthcoming new album The Whale’s Back (available Sept 10) is a shambling, ragged ditty, with dueling electric guitar, harmonica, and upbeat spirit lifting the track far above standard, melancholy alt-country fare.

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The debut single from London trio Polterghost is Beast, a guitar driven garage rocker with more than a nod to the heavy metal heroes of yesteryear.

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Chastity Belt have featured on MM recently and they are now sharing their single Black Sail from forhcoming long-player No Regerts (not a spelling error we promise), and it is another gem of quirky, indie rock carried along on the back of a great vocal.

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Shoegazers Tape Deck Mountain’s sophomore album Sway will be released on the 1st October. Check out the MBV comparisons for yourself with the first two tracks from the record.

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California’s noisiest surf-punks Cosmonauts are streaming the lead track, Shaker, from imminent new album Persona Non Grata. It is a triumph of feedback, chaos, and drone-pop!

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Cloud are the latest signings to the wonderful Audio Anti-hero and as might be expected it is a off kilter mix of shimmering psychedelia and off-kilter bedroom pop. Check out Mother Sea, a free taster from the album Comfort Songs.

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The Violet May return with their new EP release Strange Lives on August 19th. We have a couple of tracks for you – the barbed guitar hooks of opener Letters Of Love and punk-edged closer Long Fall.

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The Oyster Murders are another band to have regularly featured on MM in the past and they are back with a new single Disaster Flower Bloom. It is typically disquieting and moody with some brooding synths and eerie vocals.

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King of Cats is sometimes just Max Levy and is sometimes Max Levy and his all-star backing band. Either way, shrill and sweet vocals flicker from a scream to a whisper in a second, while distortion and guitar freak-outs give way to lyrics that are equal parts funny, surreal, pissed off and downright sad. Bright Lightbulbs come from a split single release with Ides, who is in fact the Joanna Gruesome / A Grave With No Name vocalist Alanna McArdle.

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Hex Maneuvers is the fourth single from Feels Weird, the debut album from Boston indie-pop trio, Bent Shapes. It is as caustic and sharp-tongued as you could wish for…

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A Mad Affair is an acoustic trio out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who offer a warm, and poetic experience of classic backporch Americana melding elements of blugrass, folk, pop, jazz and country into a sweetly melodic whole.

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Melbourne’s Magic Bones new single Fire Song is a blisteringly raw, driving, 70s rock duet with a knowing nod to new wave punk and 60s garage thrown in for good measure.

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The Holy Orders have just released their debut album For the Ears of Dogs to Come, and Paper/Scissors/Stone is a pretty good introduction to their brand of energetic, sweeping indie rock. One to play loud.

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Lastly Americana trio The RhineTones have released their new EP Over The Hills. Take a listen to the rather good title track.

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