Today is a proverbial red letter day in Mad Mackerel terms as it sees the official US release date for new albums from two of our favourite artists.
From our side of the pond we have Sleep Dreamt a Brother, the new album from musician and artist Mathew Sawyer, out on Fire Records. The majority of the album was written and recorded following the loss of three friends a few months apart in 2011, and completed two weeks before his son was born. While it retains much of his darkly surrealistic humour and, as usual, brilliantly presents wry observations as though from the wrong end of a lens, it is also a record that is clearer and more focused than previously and is (even) better for it.
Representing the other side of the water, we have the release of Wooden Wand & The World War IV’s self-titled album that we reviewed in detail here. However, given today is the official release, it seemed churlish to pass up the opportunity to post another couple of brilliant tracks from one of our records of the year. You can order from the Three Lobed Recordings Bandcamp page here.
Two essential records from two brilliant, individual songwriters. You know what you should do…