Mad Mackerel’s Songs of 2019 (Part 1)

We’ve decided to do things a bit differently this year – too many times in the past we’ve posted our favourite songs of the year and then discovered late releases we wished we’d added! And also 2019 was a shit year for the world – Brexit, Johnson, Trump, the world burning… at least there is music. So, way after everyone else has done theirs, here … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Songs of 2019 (Part 1)

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Announce Two Covers

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who released a critically acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones earlier this year have shared two cover songs that make up a new single via Sacred Bones – Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Extreme’s More Than Words. Being unfortunately old enough to be of an age where I can remember the original, it must be said that I absolutely loathed In the Air … Continue reading Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Announce Two Covers

Return of Arborist

Delighted to get the news that Taxi is the first single to be taken from the new album, A Northern View, from MM fave Arborist. A stand-out, jolt-from-the-blue, set-piece, Taxi is a spoken word epic story inspired by Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian and James Yorkston, who have made the droll Scottish storyteller’s delivery a constant. As singer-songwriter Mark McCambridge explains, “I wanted to do … Continue reading Return of Arborist

Hurt Valley – Apartment Houses

Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label. Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of … Continue reading Hurt Valley – Apartment Houses

Vetiver – To Who Knows Where

Vetiver are back with a new album Up On High (out in October) and will be playing live in the UK in December. Have a listen to the acoustically styled, lush folk of To Who Knows Where with its lovely pastoral psych-pop flourishes. Gorgeous stuff. Live Dates 7 Dec 19 – Liverpool @ 81 Renshaw 8 Dec 19 – Manchester @ YES 9 Dec 19 – … Continue reading Vetiver – To Who Knows Where

Isobel Campbell – Ant Life

After a wait of more than 13 years, the wonderful Isobel Campbell is back with details of a new solo album There Is No Other (out on January 31st). It seems she has been fighting legal battles since 2016 to get this record released – thank goodness she didn’t throw in the towel. The first single is the gorgeously gentle psychedelic folk of Ant Life. … Continue reading Isobel Campbell – Ant Life

More Covers…Ana Egge & Iris DeMent

After not posting any covers for what seems like a good while, we’ve already shared a couple of cracking ones this week from METZ and Whyte Horses, so it seemed appropriate to keep the run going and finish Friday with one more. Something nice and mellow too, as we have Ana Egge’s duet with renowned folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent for their cover of Diana Jones’ Ballad of … Continue reading More Covers…Ana Egge & Iris DeMent

Round Up Time Again

Here are ten new tunes all nicely collected up for you in one easy post – from the righteous fury of IDLES and Honey Lung to the traditional folk of Bonny Light Horseman and Devendra Banhart. We also have new songs from the likes of the Lumineers, Parsnip, New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen and The Growlers. Whatever floats your boat, there is something here to enjoy.   … Continue reading Round Up Time Again

Mega Round Up (Part 2)

Following on from yesterday’s Round Up (Part 1), here are a few quieter, more reflective tunes. But all equally good! First up is Katie Toupin, ex of Houndmouth, and the title track to her new album. Magnetic Moves is a gem of hook filled indie pop.   We’re big, big fans of Frog’s ‘wyrd Americana’, and they do not disappoint with latest track Black Friday … Continue reading Mega Round Up (Part 2)