Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

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.

 

Sandgrown is the title of Jack Cooper of Ultimate Painting’s first solo record – it is nine concisely beautiful songs inspired by his hometown of Blackpool and his upbringing on England’s Fylde Coast.

Evoking the delicate but often widescreen musicality of Bill Fay and the abstract lyricism of the late 60s Scott Walker records, as well as the more experimental sounds of John Cale and Robert Wyatt, Sandgrown’s tranquil ballads evoke feelings of nostalgia and re-evaluation about where you come from, wherever that may be.

Listen to the excellent lead single North of Anywhere below, and check out his live dates.

 

Live Dates:

Sunday 10th September – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 11th September – BBC 6 Music Session
Tuesday 12th September – The Waiting Room, London (tickets)
Wednesday 13th September – Cafe Kino, Bristol (tickets)
Thursday 14th September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (tickets)
Friday 15th September – The Eagle Inn, Salford (tickets)
Saturday 16th September – venue TBC, Blackpool
Sunday 17th September – The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow (tickets)

Mutual Benefit, the folk project led by songwriter Jordan Lee, will release a full album cover of Vashti Bunyan’s storied 1970 debut album Just Another Diamond Day on 23rd June exclusively via Turntable Kitchen’s SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription series.

You can listen to two tracks, Jog Along Bess and Glow Worms, both of which have a wonderfully understated and reverential feel that give them a real sense of depth and affinity.

You can order here.

 

 

At just 20 singer-songwriter Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Having struggled with depression and anorexia half her life, music has been one of the only releases from some terribly difficult times (read her blog here).

She writes gorgeous songs that are as fragile as they are powerful. New single Your Moon is a beauty, one of those rare songs that manages to combine being gently poetic and understated with a compelling and sometimes raw emotional payoff.

You don’t want to miss this one. Stream it below.

 

We’re loving this track from Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming record Together At Last.

The album contains reworked material from his back catalogue – new solo recordings of Wilco classics and Smog and Loose Fur rarities. Laminated Cat is the latter of these, a gentle, acoustic croon that feels like days spent doing not much more than watching sunlight on water.

Listen to the track below and pre-order the album here.

 

  1. Julien Baker – Good News (Piano Version)
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Hope The High Road
  3. BNQT – Unlikely Force
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Wallin Creek Girls
  5. Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now
  6. Diet Cig – Link In Bio
  7. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  8. Marissa Nadler – Rosemary
  9. W.H. Lung – Nothing Is
  10. Soccer Mommy – Be Seeing You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Rose has announced details of a new single, her first through Communion Records.

Floral Dresses strips her music right back to where it started, harbouring her fragile voice and acoustic guitar, and as an added bonus it also features the exquisite harmonies of The Staves.

Listen below.

 

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album NOMAD released via Squiggly Records on 12th May.

It has subtle undertones of old country music flittering throughout, and suggestions of rock and pop, but it is primarily a record that pairs the intimacy of acoustic guitar and voice to expansive electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo and string arrangements.

NOMAD will be preceded by a double A-side single; Nomad Blood which invites the listener to make a fire outside and lie back, looking up at the stars around and embrace the environment in which we live, backed with Little Arrow, a song about loss and guidance.

Listen to both below – a perfect start for a Sunday morning.

 

 

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Song By Toad Records have shared details of Volume 6 in their series of split 12″ releases, and this is a cracker, featuring no lesser lights than Willard Grant Conspiracy and Micah P. Hinson from over the water and Scotland’s own Tissø Lake and Kitchen Cynics.

It is a fabulous 12 track collection and will be released on the 6th March on limited edition clear orange vinyl. Pre-order here.

Listen to The Only Child by Willard Grant Conspiracy and Spaceman by Micah P. Hinson below.

 

 

Here is a rather lovely festive cover of an absolute Christmas classic courtesy of Billie Marten.