Hello Shark began when a teenage Lincoln Halloran moved from his home of Massachusetts to Vermont in 2006. He quickly recorded an amateur but heartfelt debut called Book Lungs and began touring the Northeast, slowly building a community web that would stretch to include Owen Ashworth (of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Advance Base), Rochester’s Attic Abasement, and the members of Brooklyn collective the Epoch.
In July 2011 he released the album Break Arms – a confessional classic that manages to be melancholy, self-critical, and hopelessly sentimental without hardly ever rising above a quiet murmur. 2013’s follow up HS forgoes the folky fragility of its predecessor for a bolder, more electric sound.
With a knack for making the most crushing verses feel heartwarming, now we are fortunate enough to have his new album Delicate, which recalls both Nick Drake and Leon Russell.
Have a listen to Danny and New Jersey.
Terry Malts release their third LP, Lost At The Party on the 14th October 14 via Slumberland Records.
We’ve already shared Seen Everything, and now you can stream their latest single Used To Be in all its hectic, driving, glory.
Minihorse’s fuzzed-up guitars take their genetic inheritance from bedroom transistor wizards like Bob Pollard and the brandied humour of Evan Dando and Alex Chilton.
Cooing sarcasm over a wallop of scuzzy power pop, Drink You Dry is a heavy, languid, fuzz-pop thriller that’ll stick in your head for days.
With Small Town Water Tower (out 4th November via Tin Angel Records) mercurial singer-songwriter John Southworth has countered previous album Niagara’s much-lauded melancholia with a revitalizing, eerily deceptive pop album.
Expressing an unsettled, dreamlike vision of lives in crisis, amidst species and eras fast disappearing, the album sounds like nothing in Southworth’s previous canon, it is dizzying, cinematic and beautifully crafted.
Watch the video for Second Childhood from it below.
It has been far too long since we last featured Minneapolis’ Communist Daughter on MM and happily we can remedy that today with two new tracks, Hold Back and Roll A Stone.
Hold Back opens new album The Cracks That Built the Wall (out October 21) and overflows with male-female harmonies, airy echoes, and a complex acoustic sound that meets reverberating rock.
Listen / watch below.
Blogtober is assembling a month of free new music every night at The Finsbury, with names such as CLASH, Artrocker, Louder Than War, For Folk’s Sake, Indie Shuffle all hosting evenings amongst others.
We’re delighted to be hosting too – next Monday 3rd to be exact, when we will have the triple delights of the acerbic social commentary of Coates, matched with the offbeat melancholy indie of Organised Scum and the raucous guitars and live show of incendiary duo Desert Planes.
Good times guaranteed. Free tickets can be obtained here.
Psych-rock four piece, Temples have announced details of Certainty, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album, due out early next year on Heavenly Recordings.
Frontman James Bagshaw, describes it as wanting to create “something with almost an eerie, early Disney vibe, something playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist. The verses needed to reveal the thumping motion of the bass and the chorus was approached in an opposite way, layer after layer, thickening the sound.”
Give it a spin below.
And so as we head north to Mackem country here are 8 songs to keep you company over the weekend. All lovingly culled from the week’s new releases for you and including songs from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile, Greys, MV & EE, Honeyblood, Luxury Death and the incomparable Leonard Cohen.
- Greys – Fresh Hell
- Itasca – No Consequence
- Black Honey – Hello Today
- Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
- Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
- Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
- Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
- MV & EE – Feel Alright
Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – but with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50s and 60s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – LA based four piece The Regrettes create infectious, heart-on-your-sleeve, punk driven tracks.
We’ve previously shared A Living Human Girl and now you can wrap your ears around the follow-up, the fizzing, urgent Hot.
Melding southern rock, gorgeous lap steel, and folk into their own heady and hazy brew of Americana, Oldermost’s cover of Graham Nash’s 1971 classic I Used To Be A King is well worth a listen.
It is the third and final song that Oldermost is releasing this year, following their two excellent previous singles, Honey With Tea and Finally Unsure.