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South London’s Phobophobes share the same DIY aesthetic and healthy cynicism for the commercial world as contemporaries like Fat White Family, Meatraffle, and Goat Girl.

And never more so on latest single The Never Never, an ode to the precarious survivalism of society’s most disenfranchised. Swirling through repetitive slogans, rubbishing the adverts that promise a life we can’t really afford as pastiche, and asking earnestly, “what separates those treading water to survive from the religious idols who struggled so similarly?

It is a cracking track. Listen below. Pre-order the vinyl here.

 

BAIT’s brilliant debut track I’m Still Here was so good it made it into our end of year best of lists.

Now, with an insistent hybrid of wonky electronics and angular post-punk (that tips the hat to Killing Joke, Death in Vegas, and The Fall), we get to hear Push The Elephant, the debut single proper from the anonymous audio/visual artist.

Great stuff – stream it here.

 

best of the weekHere is Part 2 of our round up of the best of the week’s releases.

In this batch of gems we have a new single from prolific garage-punk Ty Segall, another taster from the Jesus & Mary Chain’s long awaited new record and a brilliant track from Mark Lanegan’s recently announced album Gargoyle. The Tablets offer up an excellent new wave inspired single and there is a first taste from effervescent indie rockers Charly Bliss’ forthcoming debut album Guppy.

We’re also eagerly awaiting Annie Hardy’s upcoming long player and Want shows why, and lastly Tom Williams is back with a rousing new single of orchestral Americana.

Enjoy, and check out Part 1 of the post from yesterday here.

  1. Ty Segall – Pan
  2. Mark Lanegan Band – Nocturne
  3. Jesus & Mary Chain – Always Sad
  4. Annie Hardy – Want
  5. Charly Bliss – Glitter
  6. The Tablets – Not A Sign
  7. Tom Williams – Everyone Needs A Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Shorts 917: Retail Space

Posted: February 7, 2017 in Electronic, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Retail Space

We are willing to bet that You Can Catch A Lobster With Eggs But Not Egg Salad will be one of the year’s more unusual album titles. It comes from indie folk duo Retail Space and will be self-released this week (order here).

Blue Jeans is the second single from it, a charming blend of folk, synth pop, and indie rock that’s as ethereal as it is emotional.

Listen below.

 

Mr. Elevator eschews guitars for vintage synthesizers, organs, and electric pianos, setting themselves apart somewhat within the fuzzy, distorted contemporary psych-pop scene.

Their new album When The Morning Greets You is out next week via Rad Cat Records (order here), and you can listen to Ending from it below.

 

Not only did we have the return of Wooden Wand earlier, but Mac DeMarco has also announced his first full-length album since 2014’s Salad Days. Titled This Old Dog, he has shared two songs from it, the sweetly bucolic title track, and the jauntier, acoustic psych-pop of My Old Man.

Both bode well for the new record, which he describes thus, “the majority of this album is acoustic guitar, synthesizer, some drum machine, and one song is electric guitar. So this is a new thing for me. This is my acoustic album, but it’s not really an acoustic album at all. That’s just what it feels like, mostly. I’m Italian, so I guess this is an Italian rock record.

This Old Dog is out on the 5th May via Captured Tracks.

 

 

best of the weekAnother seven days have come and gone, although these felt infinitely more dangerous than any others. Hats off to Ewan McGregor at least this week!

If nothing else it means new songs from those horrified by the new leader of the free world – so to kick us off we have offerings from Suuns, Meat Wave, Father John Misty and an update on a protest song classic from Billy Bragg. Elsewhere a raw articulation of grief from Mount Eerie, and some sparkling new releases from none others than Real Estate’s Byrds-ian jangle, Promised Land Sound’s space-country, FEWS’ post-punk motorik squall, some sunny indie from Tim Darcy (of Ought), garage-grunge from Meatbodies, a brilliant slab of shoegazey beach-punk from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and to round it all off a new song from power-pop-punks White Reaper.

Twelve songs – a perfect playlist to kick off the weekend.

Enjoy

  1. Suuns – Native Tongue
  2. Billy Bragg – The Times They Are A-Changing Back
  3. Meat Wave – Dogs At Night
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. Meatbodies – Haunted History
  6. Real Estate – Darling
  7. Tim Darcy – Still Waking Up
  8. Promised Land Sound – By The Rain
  9. Mount Eerie – Real Death
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press
  11. FEWS – LaGuardia
  12. White Reaper – Judy French

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

To coincide with their upcoming tour (see dates below), Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation will be releasing a gorgeous, reworked version of their sultry album track, Sister Green Eyes, this will be the band’s third single from last year’s excellent album Mirage.

Sister Green Eyes sensuously throbs to a more Eastern drive, with an sedated Velvets droned melody, and a fluctuating groove straight out of the CAN little black book.

Part tribal, part gothic groove and richly hypnotic, the track was inspired by the Japanese word “Shinrinyoku” which is sometimes translated and often described as “Forest Bathing”, where submersing oneself so deeply into the atmosphere of the forest or in the band’s case, the Swedish ‘Ocean and Mountains’, that the experience is rejuvenating and restorative so showing you a way that can often seem lost or out of reach and Josefin’s breathless, broken vocals encapsulate that.

The single will be released on Rocket Recordings on 24th February (digital only).

Stream it below and check out the tour dates.

See them live:

24 Feb / Nottingham / Nottingham Contemporary
25 Feb / Liverpool / Liverpool Central Library
26 Feb / Newcastle / The Cluny
28 Feb / Glasgow / Broadcast
1 March / Manchester / The Soup Kitchen
2 March / Leeds / The Brudenell Social Club
3 March / Bristol / Louisiana
4 March / London / Moth Club
5 March / Brighton / Haunt
6 March / Oxford / The Bullingdon
7 March / Birmingham / Hare & Hounds

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.

 

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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.