Mad Mackerel Recommends… Skullcrusher

Skullcrusher is not, as you might expect, some black metal band from Scandinavia, but instead LA-based songwriter Helen Ballentine. She will release her debut four track EP via Secretly Canadian on the 26th June and the stunning Places/Plans is the lead from it, a sparse and gorgeously intimate song that is all the more powerful and compelling for its minimalist arrangement. Listen below and you can … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Skullcrusher

Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh Announce All The Ways You Sing In The Dark EP

Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh have announced details of their EP All The Ways You Sing In The Dark, out August 28 on Nettwerk, and released lead single Call Me When You Land. Despite being friends for just three years and this being their first collaboration, Nashville-based Old Sea Brigade – aka Atlanta native Ben Cramer – and LA-based Londoner Luke Sital-Singh wrote most of … Continue reading Old Sea Brigade & Luke Sital-Singh Announce All The Ways You Sing In The Dark EP

New Video: Dan Brodie – We’ll Never Drink (Again)

Last year Australian singer-songwriter Dan Brodie released an excellent album titled Funerária do Vale which created its own heady, musical stew from blues, country, folk and even some rockabilly influences. One of the tracks, We’ll Never Drink (Again) is a gently mournful reflection on a relationship breakdown, and a standout on the album for us. There is a new video for the song, which uses footage taken … Continue reading New Video: Dan Brodie – We’ll Never Drink (Again)

Blitzen Trapper Announce Holy Smokes Future Jokes & Share Magical Thinking

Turning into quite a day for new music… following tunes from Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital and Cass McCombs, we’re delighted to discover news of a new album, Holy Smokes Future Jokes, and single, Magical Thinking, from longstanding MM stalwarts Blitzen Trapper. The track is a lovely slice of gentle Americana, a ruminative and lyrical meander around life and death that is deftly, and delicately, … Continue reading Blitzen Trapper Announce Holy Smokes Future Jokes & Share Magical Thinking

Benjamin Shaw’s There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet Remastered and Reissued

Benjamin Shaw originally released his marvellous debut There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet back in 2011 and now Audio Antihero are offering a completely remastered resissue on a pay what you want deal via Bandcamp. It includes no less than eleven bonus recordings including unreleased and radio session recordings. All this seemed a perfect excuse to remind ourselves just how good, and unique, these eclectic … Continue reading Benjamin Shaw’s There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet Remastered and Reissued

The Lowest Pair – The Perfect Plan

For a few years Americana duo The Lowest Pair were regular features on MM, but to our shame this is the first music we’ve shared of theirs since 2015. Our bad undoubtedly, but their new album (released last week) The Perfect Plan is a great reminder of what we’ve been missing. Clawhammer banjo and acoustic guitar are still at the heart of a subtly more fleshed out … Continue reading The Lowest Pair – The Perfect Plan

Video: William Fitzsimmons – Angel from Montgomery

Here is a lovely way to head in to the weekend with William Fitzsimmon’s cover of Angel from Montgomery, a tribute to the passing of the great John Prine. He says, “John Prine, like one of my other heroes, Townes Van Zandt, was a once in a generation writer. He distilled emotions down to simple phrases and timeless melodies. He wrote songs that seemed like they existed decades … Continue reading Video: William Fitzsimmons – Angel from Montgomery

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Girl Skin

We posted a video from Girl Skin back in 2018, and made mention then of their fragile chamber folk, but now they have released Shade is on the other side, an album that is deservedly picking up much praise and is a beautifully sparse and intimate record. Over the course of eleven tracks the album dips and shuffles from yearning and melancholy to lighter shades … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Girl Skin