Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

Among Horses is a wonderful collaborative project from the Son Canciones label.

They put two musicians who do not know each other in a horse farm in the middle of nowhere in the north of Spain (the label is based in Barcelona), and they get one week to get to know each other, become pals, write six songs and record them, surrounded only by pine woods and 60 old horses.

The first Among Horses was released last year, a collaboration between Withered Hand & a Singer of Songs. The second features singer-songwriters Zoe Boekbinder (New Orleans) and Dustin Hamman (Portland), along with a bunch of instruments.  The fabulous result is Among Horses II, recorded using solar power – six songs of staggering beauty. About old horses. About death and hope and love. About relaxing your fist to hold the other person’s hand.

Listen to opening track Sixty Horses, and purchase via Bandcamp here.

I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me home
My heart is settled but still I roam
I found paradise but I don’t wanna stay
I want sixty Spanish horses to carry me away


Mary Gauthier just has one of those voices. Unmistakeable, mesmerising, and thought-provoking. Everything she does, and says, is worth listening to.

She has a new album, Rifles & Rosary Beads, out today via In The Black / Thirty Tigers. Four years in the making, it is a collaborative record in the sense that the eleven songs were co-written with wounded veterans in the SongwritingWith: Soldiers retreats.

Just listen to the poignant and evocative The War After The War below, with it’s gorgeous violin backdrop and insistent guitar as well as (we suspect) what will be one of our favourite opening verses of any song we hear this year.

Who’s going to care for the ones
who care for the ones who went to war?
There’s landmines in the living room
and eggshells on the floor


Our sixth Festive offering is a cracking version of Wham’s Last Christmas by Sera Cahoone.

Top banana.


We’ve been remiss in sharing details of Wooden Wand’s Toth’s Law recordings. Volume 1 came out back in June, which we did cover, but Volumes 2 and 3 have followed since then.

They are collections of outtakes, demos and songs that never, for one reason or another, made it onto his other recording output. Nevertheless the collection contains songs that frankly, other singer-songwriters would be giving their right arms for, or at least looking to do a deal similar to that of Robert Johnson’s mythical crossroads.

Here are a couple of top notch tasters from them with JJT’s description. Head over to Bandcamp to purchase the albums.

Drug Sniffing Dogs is about conflicts of interest and cognitive dissonance. I was probably also thinking about Fugazi’s Great Cop.

It’s A Lie – a song about the toxic mythology of rock and roll, and a condemnation of the rock demigod’s sense of entitlement.



  1. Widowspeak – Harvest Moon  (Neil Young cover)
  2. Wilco – Dynamite My Soul
  3. Kal Marks – Adventure
  4. The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read
  5. Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire
  6. Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
  7. Johanna Warren – Here To Tell
  8. Angel Olsen – Sans
  9. Dama Scout – Toothache
  10. The Liminanas – Shadow People (featuring Emmanuelle Seigner)












MM Shorts 973: Tuvaband

Posted: October 5, 2017 in Acoustic, Folk, Music

Tuvaband are a Norwegian/English duo creating beautiful folk songs reminiscent of oft-featured MM alumni Laura Marling and The Staves.

Featuring female Norwegian vocals and English male guitar playing, the band are in London soon to promo their upcoming EP with shows in Rough Trade In-Store gig on 27th Oct, followed by a show at Mirrors Festival on 28th Oct.

Listen to the stripped-back sound, vocal layering and reverb-drenched guitars of Trees below.


There isn’t much that sounds better than the gorgeous harmonies created by Swedish sisters First Aid Kit.

New single It’s A Shame is a perfect case in point. Simply lovely.


Some musical films and lyric videos. They’re good.

Offa My Hands is the third song unveiled from Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone.


Phoebe Bridgers has shared Funeral, another haunting and introspective track from her upcoming debut album Stranger In The Alps.


Norwegian chanteuse Ane Brun’s new record consists of fourteen covers of tracks by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and even Foreigner amongst others. This is her stunning version of Radiohead’s How To Disappear Completely.


Equally haunting and beautiful is Julien Baker’s video for Appointments taken from forthcoming long player Turn Out The Lights.


Montreal, QC-based trio Timber Timbre have revealed new track Les Egouts. The song comes after the recent release of their sixth studio album Sincerely, Future Pollution.


Meadowlark have shared a striking video for their new single Sunlight. The track is the latest to be lifted from the Bristol based boy-girl duo’s debut album Postcards, which is out now.


Jangly indie-pop maestros Alvvays have shared their fun new video for current single Dreams Tonite.


David Lynch enthusiasts 68creep have unveiled the video for Stone Cold Kiss which should find favour with fans of BRMC, J&MC and the Kills.


Lastly Chastity Belt take off on a surreally silly road-trip in their video for Stuck taken from their latest album I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone. 


Ten new songs for you collected from the week’s new releases. Lots to discover including two stunning covers by The Tallest Man On Earth and Marie Danielle, snotty punk done to perfection by Amyl & The Sniffers, tracks from Americana heavyweights Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper and classic country from Margo Price. Plenty more besides… enjoy.

  1. The Tallest Man On Earth – Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell cover)
  2. Deer Tick – Card House
  3. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts featuring Karen O – Talisa
  4. Margo Price – A Little Pain
  5. Gun Outfit – Strange Insistence
  6. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You
  7. Amyl & The Sniffers – I’m Not A Loser
  8. Marie Danielle – White Shoes  (Conor Oberst cover)
  9. Blitzen Trapper – Rebel
  10. Acid Tongue – Humpty Dumpty













Time for some more musical films…

Hull Goth Punk outfit Lumer have released the video for their unhinged new single Gruel on Warren Records.  Reminiscent of Bauhaus, Killing Joke and YAK it is a brutally thrilling cut.


Spirit Valley’s expansive, primal psych-rock falls somewhere between the fuzzed out rock’n’roll of The Black Angels and the warped synths of Moon Duo check out new single Waiting For Real.


Fuzz Club Records’ live session series – the Fuzz Club Sessions – has already seen cracking releases from the likes of Night Beats, Heaters, The Entrance Band and 10,000 Russos and it’s still showing no sign of slowing down. The latest to join the club is Austin’s finest garage/surf heavyweights, Holy Wave.

During a UK tour in support of their 2016 LP Freaks Of Nurture, Fuzz Club invited the band to an analogue recording studio in South London to lay down a live album. As with all the sessions, it’s to be released as a series of videos from the day and pressed to vinyl (released July 20th). Here is the video for the sublime, washed-out croons of California Took My Bobby Away.


Grunge-pop four-piece Otherkin have shared the video for their new single React. They describe it as “a trivial, little joke-man ends up massive, and acts like a total plum with his new-found size. He is still, at core though, a fat, old human, and his reign of terror doesn’t last long. It’s a pretty simple analogy.”


The video for Muertos’ excellent  single Spin takes their vintage garage sleaze and dials it right up – a full sonic assault of feedback collides with a motoric beat and the band’s signature duel vocals. Drawing influences from the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain, The Kills, and The Black Angels, this single marks the announcement of the band’s first long player which will be released later in the year.


Weasels may well be our favourite (land) animal so any song with it in the title automatically gets a thumbs up from us. Crumbs’ sound comprises a bumper post-punk/pop party bag mix of sprightly basslines, super-danceable cowbell-tinged rhythms, fizzing guitars and effervescent interchanging vocal lines. Weasels Can Wait is a two minute jangly romp – a party song about being the one crying at the party. The video also features an inexplicably long worm!


Saint Leonard’s Horses bewitching gothic video for latest single Little Girl Scientist features Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac, The Danish Girl) as a tortured soul who uses witchcraft to conjure up her lover. It is book-ended with a voice over by acclaimed author and journalist Jonathan Meades. 


Brighton three-piece LOM combine their love of folk, soul and pop to create songs centred around the rich vocal harmonies of two sisters Leila and Millie Watts, and the finger picking style of Owen Davey’s acoustic guitar. There is some nice animation in their video for recent single There Is A Place. It follows the journey of a woman who sets out to regain her youthful joy in simple things.