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Stockholm quartet Les Big Byrd are back with new music after a two year absence with their new single Two Man Gang, via Stockholm label PNKSLM Recordings.

It is a pop inspired piece of cinematic krautrock that builds up to a wholly satisfying coda…stream it here.

 

Theo Verney has announced his debut album. One Small Piece will be released through Cannibal Hymns on Friday 7th July. The record melds influences from Neil Young to Pink Floyd onto his already distinct style to create eight perfectly crafted songs.

The album will be proceeded by the single Mind Fire which is out tomorrow, and you can stream it here.


Micah P. Hinson’s new album Presents The Holy Strangers is described by the artist as being a “modern folk opera”. Telling the story of a war time family, going from birth to love, to marriage and children, to war and betrayal, murder to suicide – spanning all of the strange and glorious places life can lead. We follow their story, we see their decisions, we see their faults and their beauty. We live with them, we die with them.

To be frank it sounds like classic MPH territory and we’re very much looking forward to hearing the record in its hour long entirety when it is released in September. Until then we have two tracks to share from it, the Johnny Cash-style country single Lover’s Lane and The Years Tire On.

Enjoy.

 


Glassmaps is the solo project of Joel Stein, lead guitarist in the much-loved Howling Bells. After four successful albums with the band, the UK-based Australian has embarked on a new endeavour with the result, an album titled Strangely Addicted, due out later this year.

The record delivers melodic, punchy, pretty, infectious tunes coupled with fascinating psychedelic soundscapes. Autobiographical lyrics speak of universal themes of life, love and loss. The first taste comes in the shape of Summer Rain, a pugilistic blues-rock stomp with the sunny psych harmonics of its dreamy chorus and the insouciant twang of surf guitar. Stein’s swooping vocals muse on the concept of wanting to be saved from oneself, of blaming others for one’s own demons. “It’s about the voice in your head that tells you the things you don’t wanna hear,” says Joel, “a necessary evil without which we wouldn’t really know who we are.

Stream it here.

The marvellous Meatraffle, a Chris T Popper discovery for MM, have shared details of their new single Brother, to be released on limited 7” vinyl and digitally on July 14th, via Moshi Moshi Singles Club.

Currently in the process of recording their third album, after their cracking 2015 debut Hi-Fi Classics (they have opted out of recording a second record to avoid the dreaded ‘difficult second album’ syndrome), Brother is a six and a half minute continuation of the engrossing, yet unpredictable and hard-to-pin-down intelligence of the South London band’s output.

Speaking about the single, Meatraffle say, “Brother is about the platonic love you have with your friends (sex is forbidden). It’s about sharing and having things in common. The ups and downs, of course – about who buys more rounds of drinks than the others. It’s a dry orgy, that’s all it is.”

Sounds good to us!

 

MM Shorts 948: Rips

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Brooklyn based Rips’ songs may channel late ’70s New York City bands like Television and The Feelies, but they smartly propel these references into something new and contemporary. Their self-titled debut, produced by Austin Brown of Parquet Courts, is eleven tracks of buzzing guitar riffs driven by a charged rhythm section.

Check out the chugging fizz of new single Delay and the previously shared, slightly more reflective Malibu Entropy below. The album is out on the 16th June via Faux Disc.

 

 

  1. TERRY – Take Me To The City
  2. Screaming Females – I’ll Make You Sorry
  3. Darlia – Beam Me Up
  4. Daddy Issues – High Street
  5. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
  6. Yowler – Go
  7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Anymore
  8. Whitehorse – Nighthawks
  9. Mikah Wilson – Sweet Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we had ShitKid, today we have London based duo Shit Girlfriend, which, if anything is an even better name!

Formed earlier this after coming up with the concept on a trip to LA (a DIY period-punk femme explosion meets the sticking out tongue emoji), they recorded and shared their debut single Mummy’s Boy in February and soon signed to PNKSLM Recordings for the release of their debut AA-sided 7″, which is due today.

Now they’ve shared the second track from the single, I Don’t Wanna Die – have a listen.


 

 

Like many we have been charmed by the tipsy musings of Sweden’s Åsa Söderqvist, aka ShitKid, backed with resolutely lo-fi guitar fuzz and digital drum-beats, but executed with rock n’ roll grit and charming nonchalance.

She will release her highly anticipated debut album Fish via PNKSLM Recordings on the 2nd June and the latest track from it is Two Motorbikes, of which she says “This one is about motorbike-taxis in Southeast Asia where I spent two months either alone or with a guy. It’s about holiday romance and how you have to relinquish any fear of dying while there. When you say yes to helmetless and reckless motorbike rides through crowded Bangkok traffic thinking “oh well, better to burn out.”

Listen to it below. Pre-order the album here.

Typically infectious, barnstorming and deadpan How To Boil An Egg is a standalone brand new track from Courtney Barnett.

It was recorded as a contribution to an new collaboration between two of Australia’s leading independent labels, Milk! Records (the label which she founded with partner Jen Cloher) and Bedroom Suck.

Have a listen.