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In celebration of Halloween, watch Death Valley Girls’ new video for Wear Black, which is taken from their excellent 2018 release Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze Records. Their world is a fusion of feral proto-punk, ‘70s scuzz dirges, and third eye mysticism and we love it….

 

 

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Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Posted: September 30, 2019 in Folk, Gothic, Indie, Music, Rock
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Smoke Fairies have announced the release their first album for four years. Darkness Brings The Wonders Home will be released on January 31st coupled with new tour dates for the band.

In the making of the new record, the duo drew inspiration from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, strange creatures dwelling in the mud near their new South London abode.

The first single to be taken from the album is Disconnect, a beguiling folk song drenched with gothic overtones.

 

See them live in February
1 Manchester Soup Kitchen
2 Leeds Oporto
3 Norwich Arts Centre
5 Oxford Bullingdon
6 London Hoxton Hall
7 Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
8 Bristol Rough Trade
9 Portsmouth Square Tower

Known for delivering layered echo-drenched guitar with heavy, relentless drums, London based duo Black Doldrums are returning with their expansive new EP She Divine on Club AC30. The title refers to Aldous Huxley’s 1954 psychedelia-induced masterpiece The Doors of Perception, where constant reference is made to the search for divinity and how all cultures are united in the need for that same search.

Utilising waves of reverb-drenched distortion, the pair construct a sonic monolith over the five tracks that make up the EP. From the infectious, garage-inflected Those With A Rope Around Their Neck (Don’t Always Hang) to the more delicate, Hearts That Beat, Will Never Mend, the release explores themes of the divine and femininity.

With echoes of the proto-psych of the 60s, icy post-punk of the 80s and the Brit-rock swagger of the 90s and more specifically recalling the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, it has to be said that the band offer their own, satisfyingly original, take on some savagely malevolent percussion and gloriously ferocious riffs.

Couple of tracks to listen to here. Nice and loud mind!

 

 

  1. T. Hardy Morris -Scare Easy  (Mudcrutch cover)
  2. Damien Jurado – Throw Me Now Into Your Arms
  3. Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters
  4. Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain
  5. Wand – Walkie Talkie
  6. An Horse – This Is A Song
  7. Weyes Blood – Movies
  8. Honeyblood – Glimmer
  9. The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On
  10. Mitski – Let’s Get Married  (Bleachers cover)
  11. Cherry PicklesMais Rápido

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging from a five year silence and guided by warped guitar tones, menacing drums, and thundering bass, the new sound that Chicago post-punk foursome Walking Bicycles present on their new release Chooch is louder than anything they’ve recorded before.

With echoes of Siouxsie & The Banshees doom laden gothica, take a listen to Fat Cat, and latest single, the fearsome ESP below.

Order the album here.

 

 

Droneflower is the new collaboration between MM regular Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man, Cave In). It will be released by Sacred Bones on the 26th April.

As might be imagined, it is a sprawling and expansive exercise in contrasts – the sound of the war between the brutal and the ethereal, the depths of darkness and piercing light, and the real and imagined.

The ten tracks include eight originals and two covers – the epic Guns n’ Roses power ballad Estranged, and Morphine’s beguiling In Spite of Me.

For now though we have For The Sun for your listening pleasure.  You can pre-order the album via Bandcamp here.

 

We rounded-up and shared a few songs yesterday that we had missed while posting our countdown of our favourite songs of the year. Here is a second helping for you…

First up is Sweden’s Second Oracle who create dreamy soundscapes where flute and organ meets heavy percussion, bass and guitar – twisting and turning psychedelia into new shapes and forms. Check out their debut single Seabird’s Lament.

 

Parquet Courts, Can, Television, IDLES, Protomartyr, PUP, Interpol and Dinosaur Jr. are all staples in Church Girls’ repertoire of rock, indie and post-punk influences. Their forthcoming EP, Cycles, grapples with the dissolution of relationships, and the responsibility one faces in setting boundaries for loved ones who encounter the quicksand of substance abuse. Listen to the excellent No Patience.

 

Nashville-based band The Prescriptions have released the latest single off their forthcoming debut album Hollywood Gold titled Broken Wing. It is a sweet cut of haunting Americana.

 

Trimdon Grange Explosion are an psych folk ensemble from North-East London. Their self-titled debut ranges from original compositions to acid-tinged group instrumentals to songs from the folk tradition, arranged for electric instruments. Check out the mournful and melancholic Weeping And Wailing.

 

angelic milk, the Saint Petersburg based project from Sarah Persephona, is back with their long-awaited debut album Divine Biker Lover. With Persephona’s vocals floating over shimmering guitars, latest singles Celebrate and Acid & Coca-Cola showcases angelic milk’s brand of catchy alternative rock.

 

Northeastern fuzz-rock favorites, Stove, recently released their sophomore full-length, ‘s Favorite Friend, on Exploding In Sound Records. Now they have shared a new music video for album standout, Duckling Fantasy.

 

 

Fine Jewelers is the duo of Dan Helmer (solo Helmer releases on Valcrond Video and Anomia) and Matt Korvette (vocalist of Pissed Jeans). Working at dangerously high BPMs, the duo create neurotic industrial rave music and inhospitable gabber. This is Unreasonable Rider.

 

Having been very focused on our Best of Year tracks recently, we’ve built up a bit of a backlog of new tunes to share, so thought we’d spend a couple of posts catching up and try to slip them in before the end of 2018.

First up, it has been nearly 13 years since his proper debut as Viking Moses, and Baltimore musician Brendon Massei is soon to release his fifth album, Cruel Child. New single Headstrong is stripped back, dark Americana for fans of Cat Power, Will Oldham, and Smog.

 

Keeping the dark Americana theme going, Old Nobodaddy has shared the rootsy, driving rhythm of new single Read ’em and Weep.

 

With a sound that is raw, expressive, and strange, Lonesome Shack’s music is part hill country blues, part urban folk rock, and owes as much to Alan Wilson’s Canned Heat as it does to Junior Kimbrough. The trio have featured a few times on MM and this is new single Past The Ditch taken from upcoming album Desert Dreams.

 

Just shy of two minutes of sonic mayhem from Cowgirl’s debut single She Picks Me Up. The raucous duo mix the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Ramones with the Ronettes, and a soupçon of Beach Boys to thrilling effect.

 

Recalling the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, Black Doldrums deal a nicely malevolent combination of heavy drums and sonic ferocious riffs. Listen to the relentless euphoric swirl of People’s Temple.

 

Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia have announced the release of Baile Bruja Muerto (out in January 2019), this is the video for their blues trash rework of Venom’s Black Metal.

 

Hanya are a Brighton two-piece whose lush layering and deep, sonic textures defy their simple set up.

Recalling Angel Olsen or PJ Harvey, Heather Sheret’s vocals can go from grit to honey, weaving extra layers and emotion into the band’s wall of sound. Her guitar like a one-person My Bloody Valentine – crunching riffs that recall early Black Keys and all backed by Jack Watkin’s expressive percussion.

The lead track from their debut four track EP I Used To Love You, Now I Don’t (out via Leisure Records on the 23rd November) is Radio. Stream it below.

 

Adia Victoria’s musical introduction to the world came in the form of 3 tracks released over 18 months – Stuck In The South, Sea of Sand, and Howlin’ Shame. Her mixture of gothic country blues, eerie vocals, righteous anger and some thrilling guitar riffs immediately set her apart from the usual crowd.

Her newest track is Dope Queen Blues, written about her time in Atlanta during her early 20s – carefree, wild and vice ridden – and we have the lyric video for you below. Great stuff.