Hello Shark began when a teenage Lincoln Halloran moved from his home of Massachusetts to Vermont in 2006. He quickly recorded an amateur but heartfelt debut called Book Lungs and began touring the Northeast, slowly building a community web that would stretch to include Owen Ashworth (of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Advance Base), Rochester’s Attic Abasement, and the members of Brooklyn collective the Epoch.
In July 2011 he released the album Break Arms – a confessional classic that manages to be melancholy, self-critical, and hopelessly sentimental without hardly ever rising above a quiet murmur. 2013’s follow up HS forgoes the folky fragility of its predecessor for a bolder, more electric sound.
With a knack for making the most crushing verses feel heartwarming, now we are fortunate enough to have his new album Delicate, which recalls both Nick Drake and Leon Russell.
Have a listen to Danny and New Jersey.
The trip to deposit our eldest at University meant we couldn’t get this ready in time at the weekend. So belatedly as he discovers the joys of student freedom, here are our quick picks from the rest of the best of the new releases last week.
Enjoy (nearly) new tracks from the likes of Kim Gordon, Purling Hiss, La Sera, Damaged Bug and a fine cover from The Dodos….
- Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
- Marching Church – Lion’s Den
- Purling Hiss – 3000 AD
- La Sera – Queens
- Damaged Bug – Smoggy Terminus
- Matt Kivel – The Water
- Joyce Manor – Last You Heard Of Me
- The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football cover)
I know we’re late to it and I don’t quite know how we missed it, but Fat White Family’s single Breaking Into Aldi is a brilliantly sleazy slice of anarchic indie that manages to be both depraved and deprived. And all at the same time!
It is their first new material since their second album Songs For Our Mothers, and the single is backed by another excellent track, Connan Mockasin, so stream both below if you’ve not heard them yet.
Alarms is the latest offering from GOAT’s forthcoming album, Requiem, which is out on the 7th October.
This new track highlights the folk influence that runs through the album, with acoustic guitars and hand-percussion instruments driving the song, while retaining the hypnotic vocals and fuzz-drenched guitar leads the band is known for.
Stream it here.
We shared Ritual Howls’ Park Around The Corner last month, a noisy combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twangy guitar, and now we have Spirit Murder for you – happily in much the same vein.
Listen below for a blast of darkness with a buried pop sensibility…
Despite it being the height of the holiday season we’ve still collected together ten new songs for you from the past week.
They include the return of Warpaint as well as more new tracks from Cass McCombs, Cheena, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, and JEFF The Brotherhood, and some lovely folk from Lisa / Liza.
- Cass McCombs – Medusa’s Outhouse
- of Montreal – Let’s Relate
- Morgan Delt – Some Sunsick Day
- Lisa / Liza – Century Woods
- Cheena – Lost My Way
- Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – In a Black Out
- Pill – Fetish Queen
- JEFF The Brotherhood – Raochin’
- Ex-Cult – Attention Ritual
- Warpaint – New Song
Woozy, psych-pop weirdos, Happyness have announced that a brand new EP, titled Tunnel Vision On Your Part, will be released this September 23rd through Moshi Moshi Records.
The lead track on the EP is Anna, Lisa Calls – stream it below.
Having spent a mighty fine week soaking up the sunshine in Crete we are feeling pretty good about life. And if that wasn’t enough here are ten of the best of the week’s new releases (as judged by us of course).
They Include the very welcome return of fire and brimstone gothic folkies Wovenhand and Argentinian garage-posters Las Kellies, cracking tracks from Bueno and Okkervil River, a pretty sweet cover from the Devil Makes Three, and plenty more besides.
Soak it up…
- The Devil Makes Three – Champagne and Reefer (Muddy Waters cover)
- Bueno – Blown Out
- Wovenhand – Come Brave
- Billie Marten – Lionhearted
- Las Kellies – Summer Breeze
- Vomitface – Dramamine
- JEFF The Brotherhood – Idiot
- Raveonettes – Where Are You Wild Horses?
- Pfarmers – Red Vermin
- Okkervil River – The Industry
Here they are, all wrapped and presented in a tidy bow for you. Ten new songs from the past week including Screaming Females, Goat, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, of Montreal, a gorgeous new song from Alex Bleeker and an excellent cover of Gun Club’s classic Sex Beat by Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan.
Good stuff indeed. Happy weekend.
- Screaming Females – Skeleton
- Jeff The Brotherhood – Punishment
- Virginia Wing – Grapefruit
- Goat – Try My Robe
- of Montreal – My Fair Lady
- Slothrust – Horseshoe Crab
- Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
- Alex Bleeker – Bet Your Ass
- Magic Trick – More
- Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Sex Beat (Gun Club cover)