Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

Bundled up three cracking new tunes for you this morning in a hear one, get two free kind of deal.

First up an irrepressibly brilliant new track from prolific psychedelic warriors King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sleep Drifter is the latest track to be lifted from their forthcoming new album, Flying Microtonal Banana, which is released on Heavenly Recordings on 24th February (pre-order here).

Second off the rank is Surfer Blood’s new song, a jaunty slice of indie rock, Frozen is taken from forthcoming album Snowdonia (pre-order here).

Last, but by no means least, Adam Torres will release a new EP, I Came To Sing The Song (also on 24th February via Fat Possum). The title track is a gorgeous folk ballad with a simply stunning vocal performance over gently plucked guitar and violin (pre-order here).

Listen and enjoy!

 

 

On the 7th April, Timber Timbre will release their new album Sincerely, Future Pollution.

The first single, Sewer Blues, is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers. Taylor Kirk’s nearly spoken words seem to emit from the underbelly of urban decay, carried on the ominous air of these troubled days.

It’s powerful stuff – watch / listen below.

 

MM Shorts 908: The Mites

Posted: January 17, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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The Mites play the kind of girl-fronted alternative rock that seamlessly blends power pop, lo-fi, and elements of shoegaze into muscular slabs of pop perfection that harken back to the golden years of MTV.

Their new EP, Asphalt Ocean, takes the band’s tried-and-true marriage of pop melodies and heavy guitars and puts them on full display on the title track, while the B-side Brianna blends the marred beauty of Medicine with the enchanting harmonies of Cosmic Thing-era B-52s into a hypnotic art-pop lullaby.

Have a listen.

 

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The experimental, ghostly, haunting and sometimes-countryish croon of singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson has been a regular on MM in more recent times, yet somehow we totally missed this Bandcamp release of a new EP, titled Vas 1.

It came out back in October apparently and is four songs about friendship. Listen to 31, ’16 in which a young boy confesses love to the ghost of his dead babysitter.

 

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Athens, Georgia duo Eureka California are back with a new three track single, two brand new songs, Wigwam and Only Birds (No Feathers), and a cover of Superchunk’s Slack Motherfucker. It is out on the 24th February.

Listen to the fuzzy, agitated slacker-pop of the lead track below.

 

best of the weekDespite already sharing a host of new tracks from the likes of Diet Cig, Pissed Jeans and Laura Marling earlier in the week, we still have nine more new tunes gathered from the past seven days for you.

Lots of female voices this week, which is never a bad thing – check out tracks from Allison Crutchfield, Hand Habits, a gem from Phoebe Bridgers, Cleo Tucker and a nice Violent Femmes cover from BETS. We also have new songs from Cherry Glazerr and Menace Beach, a brand new single from Penelope Isles and another new track from Mark Eitzel.

Enjoy.

  1. Allison Crutchfield – I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
  2. Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
  3. Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
  4. Menace Beach – Suck It Out
  5. Mark Eitzel – An Answer
  6. Phoebe Bridgers – Smoke Signals
  7. Penelope Isles – Cut Your Hair
  8. Cleo Tucker – Minute In Your Mind
  9. BETS – Gone Daddy Gone  (Violent Femmes cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another (excellent) taste of Tobin Sprout’s upcoming sixth solo album The Universe And Me (out via Burger Records next month).

A Walk Across The Human Bridge is two and a half heavy-hitting minutes of shredding guitars and lyrics describing the decline of humanity.

Stream it below and play it loud.

 

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Countryside from Charlotte, North Carolina psych-rockers Shadowgraphs expertly weaves 60s flower-power with swirling organs to create a nostalgic headrush of hazy escapism.

Imagine The Doors and the Beach Boys colliding with Tame Impala and the Allah Las.

Stream it below. It comes from their debut album Venomous Blossoms, out on the 7th April.

 

Introducing >>> RAYS

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Punk, Rock
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Calling Oakland, California foursome RAYS a “supergroup” might be misleading, but not entirely inaccurate; comprised as they are of four Bay-area music veterans; Stanley Martinez, Eva Hannan, Troy Hewitt & Alexa Pantalone whose current and past musical projects include local bands-of-note like The World, Life Stinks, Violent Change, and Dadfag.

On their debut album the band spins eleven tunes of wiry, urgent post-punk, one foot planted firmly in the nihilistic apathy of 70 & 80’s punk (Wire, Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Eno, Television The Fall), Australian punk past & present (UV Race, Terry, Victims, Babeez), and the addictive strum of 80’s & 90’s New Zealand/Flying Nun pop; all of whom have found their own way to meld the ferocity and thuggery of punk with a singular melodic voice.

Listen to the raging Drop Dead below.

 

Round Up

The new releases juggernaut has well and truly got into gear for 2017 with a whole host of new tracks from some longstanding MM faves seeing the light of day this week.

So, rather than post them all one-by-one, we’ve rounded them up for you into one neat package.

Wonderful New York duo Diet Cig have announced the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album entitled Swear I’m Good At This. The album will be released on 7th April via Frenchkiss Records. Today the band have shared the first single off the album – the highly infectious Tummy Ache.

 

Toronto alt-rock quartet The Wooden Sky will also release their new album Swimming in Strange Waters on 7th April via Nevado Music. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, DuneSurvival is the ability to swim in strange water – the record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner struggling to come to terms with the trauma and unknowns haunting both his personal life and the world at large. Have a listen to the title track.

 

Churning out hauntingly bittersweet lo-fi, Manchester girlfriend/boyfriend duo Luxury Death are back with their new single Glue, alongside the announcement of their debut EP of the same name.

 

Laura Marling has shared a second track, Wild Fire, from her upcoming new album Semper Femina.

 

Laura Marling also contributes backing vocals to Karen Elson’s new track Distant Shore, which comes from the English-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Double Roses – also out on 7th April (mark the date!) via H.O.T Records Ltd.

 

Long-running Toronto indie-folk trio Rural Alberta Advantage have shared Beacon Hill, it comes ahead of a planned new album for later in the year.

 

Experimental psych-rock institution Grails have just shared a second track Pelham, ahead of their first studio album in six years, Chalice Hymnal. The track is a visceral collusion of acid-psych, 20th century Western film scores, and jazz-infused prog.

 

Ignorecam is Pissed Jeans crushing new offering from Why Love Now, their forthcoming fifth album available 24th February on Sub Pop.

 

And finally, noisy post-punk duo Japandroids have given us No Known Drink Or Drug, a new track from their long awaited third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.