Archive for the ‘Acoustic’ Category

The Lumineers will release their new album III on September 13th through Dualtone in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world.

The album is darker in tone than previous albums and is presented in three chapters, with each one centering on one main character from a fictitious family known as the Sparks, who span three generations in the album’s storyline

The band has also released Gloria, the first single from the album, which is out today. Lead vocalist Wesley Schultz says the song “is about love between an addict and her family”. The track itself is part of the first chapter of the album, and the catchy uptempo folky strum is perfectly juxtaposed with the resigned sadness of the lyrics.

Watch the lyric video below.

 

Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, has released the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend (possibly our favourite song title of the year so far), from his forthcoming album fade into the dawn that will be released on April 19 via Run For Cover Records.

The new album features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realising any hard-won dream. During the recording of fade into the dawn, Patrick found himself going through a number of tumultuous changes: he relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he’d lived and recorded on and off for several years; he left the world of day jobs behind in order to tour year-round; and he decided to quit drinking, only to return to it halfway through a particularly grueling run of shows. It was the sort of emotional roller-coaster that he would normally work through in song, but even the simple act of writing seemed profoundly more complicated than ever before. Patrick had always written candidly about doubt and darkness and anxiety, but this new record has required him to dig deeper than ever before here, blending black humour and bold introspection as he weighs fantasy against reality and searches for meaning in the mundane.

Of the single, he says, “This song first came into my head as an idea when I was still living in San Francisco, working and living in the sunroom. I was sort of seeing somebody and was reflecting on how more times than not they would ask me to come hang out or do something and I would decline under the pretense of being busy, but wind up drinking alone in my room… maybe making art, but mostly just drinking for the sake of getting drunk. Flash forward 6 months or so and I had moved out of San Francisco, quit my job, and was bouncing between touring and couch surfing. One day in Canoga Park where I was crashing with my friend Derek, I was struck with the profound sadness, lack of inspiration, and direction I felt… I lived nowhere, didn’t have much to show for my ‘leap of faith,’ but the one constant in my life for many years was my habit of hanging out alone and drinking until I passed out. I remember sitting in a pink chair and I picked up a guitar and the whole song came out in a matter of minutes. I didn’t record a demo in the moment and days later I remembered I’d written it and had to search quite deep into my mind to remember the melody.

We’re glad he did – it is a powerfully moving, and poignant song that is made even more so by the slight quiver in Patrick’s vocals – it is a song that has already been on regular repeat here at MM Towers.

Have a listen.

 

Easy to forget sometimes just how good The Tallest man on Earth is!

This is a nice reminder – a high-tempo folk strum and those unmistakeable vocals. I’m A Stranger Now comes from upcoming long player (his first for four years) I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream – out on the 19th April (pre-order here).

What language do you dream in when you’re drunk?” – precisely!

Stream it here.

 

  1. T. Hardy Morris -Scare Easy  (Mudcrutch cover)
  2. Damien Jurado – Throw Me Now Into Your Arms
  3. Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters
  4. Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain
  5. Wand – Walkie Talkie
  6. An Horse – This Is A Song
  7. Weyes Blood – Movies
  8. Honeyblood – Glimmer
  9. The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On
  10. Mitski – Let’s Get Married  (Bleachers cover)
  11. Cherry PicklesMais Rápido

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We received an advance copy of Ben Williams’ upcoming acoustic album Minimum Of Fuss in the post (together it has to be said with a very welcome Kit Kat and Earl Grey teabag for enhanced listening pleasure). It is the Manchester based singer-songwriter’s third album and it is out on the 5th April.

It is a beautifully released easygoing mix of the intimate, the poignant and the playful – so, stick the kettle on, relax and take a listen to the stripped back Search Team, which is a perfect example of his laid-back style and calls to mind the early days of A.A. Bondy or Jack Johnson.

Order via Bandcamp here.

 

Quite literally just last week I was talking to someone about what had happened to A.A.Bondy who was last heard of (musically at least) back in 2011 when he released the outstanding Believers, itself a follow-up to 2009’s equally brilliant When The Devil’s Loose album. Two fabulous records from a brilliant songwriter who then just seemed to disappear without trace. I was excited for a Felice Brothers gig in London a few years ago that he was named as support for, but he couldn’t make it and he remained one of those artists you long to see live, but begin to doubt you ever will.

Now eight long years later, we have news of a new album Enderness, that will see a release via Fat Possum Records on the 10th May, and he’s announced some UK live dates in June too.

The album was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down.

He recorded and played everything himself.

The first single is Images Of Love.

It is great.

You can watch/stream it here, and check the live dates as well.

 

 

UK tour dates:

4 Jun – London @ St Matthias Church
6 Jun – Leeds @ The Brudenell Social Club
7 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
8 Jun – Edinburgh @ Summerhall

Dr Roddy had been gone for a while trying to make a new life on land. Fuckwit.

I have been absent from the house of Mackerel for a couple of years now, and have missed this time of year so it is nice to be welcomed back to the shoal. What a time to re-join, a bountiful year of boss tuneage.

10 Drenge – Bonfire Of The City Boys
Always nice to receive a playlist with Drenge on it. I have loved these noisy pair of scoundrels for years. Their mix of blues, heavy rock riffs and total noise is right up my alley. This track doesn’t disappoint. Metallic ear assault escorts shouted hate to just the right part of your brain.

 

9 Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes
The dreamy guitar intro soon gives into a lazy plodding bass line, which sets the scene nicely for this ambling piece of stoner heaven. It has a soporific quality to the vocal delivery. Perfect for lazy summer days or late winter nights.

 

8 Rod Picott – Coal
Great piece of foot stomping country. Rod Picott gets a menacing sound out of the acoustic guitar and delivers us a bleak portrait of life in and around the Pittsburgh industrial scene. I love songs about hard rural life, tough lives, and tough men. Of course I do. I live in Oxfordshire, I’ve got a beard and a plaid shirt….. (to be fair, Dr Roddy is a tough man and rule breaker himself – I once witnessed with my own eyes him lighting a roll-up whilst fielding on the boundary during a cricket match…)

 

7 Cabbage – Arms Of Pleonexia
The Manchester boys serve up a good wedge of fuzz, feedback and fuck you in this track. There are burning questions in the lyrics and the whole piece has a frantic feel about it. Just when you think it’s going to tip up, it gets pinned together by a chorus chanted straight from the terraces.

 

6 The Lost Brothers – Come Tomorrow
I love the feel of this song. It reminds me a bit of “Ruby don’t take your love to town”. Maybe not the most upbeat of tunes, but it seems resigned to its own melancholy and who doesn’t like to wallow in a bit of lost love. If you don’t, you’re probably not drinking on your own enough.

 

5 American Pets – Bad Bream
A perfect piece of 80s synth sounds draped around an upbeat pop arrangement. It belies the depth of regret and misfortune that our protagonist finds himself in. I mean, in the first verse we find that he has smashed his phone screen while “high as a kite”. Then there’s heartbreak and toxic love. All backed up by an awesome bass line.

 

4 Spiritualized – I’m Your Man
In my humble opinion this is a about as good a piece of modern day blues as you are going to get. Perfectly paced, it gathers momentum into a “foot on the speaker” guitar break, which never ebbs into corny, only to fall back into its solemn wonder through the “wasted, faded, permantly jaded…” life of the song.

 

3 Jon Spencer – Hornet
This is just a rollicking good piece of rock and roll. It has a razor sharp riff and a drumbeat that moves the head and feet. All of this with a bass line so cool it could be Rick James.

 

2 Oh Sees – Nail House Needle Boys
This song is the perfect amalgamation of loads of bands that I have loved, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Charlatans, Stone Roses etc…. That is the reason I love it. Many of my musical needs sated in one song. Delivered by a truly talented outfit.

 

1 Katie Toupin – Danger
The feeling that drips of every word that comes from Katie Toupin in this tune is astounding. You get the sense that what is happening is so fresh and that she is talking directly to you. The band seem to encompass the fragile lyrics before they fall apart. Don’t get it twisted though – this song is written from a strong perspective. Get a large drink, turn it up real loud and sit back.

 

Great to have you back Dr Roddy! Check in tomorrow for Chris T Popper’s selections.

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Kyle Field of Little Wings, and Kramies have decided to release the first ‘Split- Trio’ or Tri-Single’ as some might put it.

The unique concept sees the three musicians each writing and recording an original song using only one instrument, their voice, and one microphone. Intentionally lo-fi, the recordings use no frills or studio tricks, making for an intimate release of home recordings.

The lathe-cut vinyl are sold out (although more are coming soon) but the album can be streamed or downloaded via Bandcamp.

Hear them all below.

 

 

 

Introducing >>> Copper Viper

Posted: August 24, 2018 in Acoustic, Folk, Music
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London-based traditional folk duo Copper Viper have released their latest single Hung Up Alone.

Beginning intimately with just intricate vocal harmonies and the gentle hum of frogs croaking in the distance, a sense of warmth is immediately apparent. The pace then picks up as some mesmerising fiddle playing comes into play alongside melodic acoustic guitar, giving Hung Up Alone a classic British folk feel.

Listen here.

 

Hailing from Amsterdam, Dusty Stray features the alt-folk repertoire of Texan expat Jonathan Brown. He delves into universal themes of unrequited love, heartbreak, loneliness, and death, but (almost) always with a small dose of hope and redemption. The melodic, lightly psychedelic acoustic-based songs are often accompanied by a number of unusual instruments and toys.

He grew up in Texas as the son of a preacher man. Raised on songs about death and resurrection, his fifth album Estranged will see a release on the Great Waters label in October. Have a listen to Through The Atmosphere which should appeal to anyone with a taste for the Handsome Family or Bonnie “Prince” Billy.