And so as we head north to Mackem country here are 8 songs to keep you company over the weekend. All lovingly culled from the week’s new releases for you and including songs from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile, Greys, MV & EE, Honeyblood, Luxury Death and the incomparable Leonard Cohen.
- Greys – Fresh Hell
- Itasca – No Consequence
- Black Honey – Hello Today
- Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
- Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
- Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
- Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
- MV & EE – Feel Alright
A cracking collection of nine brand new tunes gathered from this week for you.
We have the return of Grandaddy, a reverential cover of the Modern Lovers by Sunflower Bean, and tastes from new records by Weyes Blood, Howe Gelb, Marissa Nadler and TOY and, as they always say, much more besides.
- Grandaddy – Way We Won’t
- Allah-Las – Terra Ignota
- TOY – I’m Still Believing
- Weyes Blood – Do You Need My Love
- Marissa Nadler – The Best You Ever Had
- Sunflower Bean – Old World (Modern Lovers cover)
- Growlers – I’ll Be Around
- Howe Gelb – Terribly So
- Laish – Love On The Conditional
C-Side is the latest single from Wytches (which we posted here), and without getting into too much of a muddle, the B-Side to C-Side is this track Hannover Square.
But never mind all that – it is more black-hearted, gothic tinged psych-rock that majors on the sleazy side of good old rock’n’roll…
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…
The Wytches have shared a new single, C-Side, taken from their forthcoming second album, All Your Happy Life (out on the 30th September).
The album is touted to be a black-hearted set combination of heavy comedown psychedelia and bilious, nihilistic baroque ‘n’ roll.
On the evidence of this that might well be true. Stream the single below.
The band have also announced a headline UK tour in November which includes a night at London’s Electric Ballroom, this will be proceeded by a handful of shows this Summer and appearances at Bestival and Liverpool’s Psych Fest. The full list of shows is as follows:
9th September,The Ritz, Manchester
11th September, Bestival, Isle Of Wight
24th September, Psych Fest, Liverpool
2nd November, Oxford 02 Academy2
3rd November, Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
4th November, Brighton Concorde 2
5th November, Bristol Thekla
7th November, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
8th November Glasgow Oran Mor
9th November Nottingham Rescue Rooms
10th November, Birmingham 02 Institute2
11th November, London Electric Ballroom
Unseen (out on 16th September) the forthcoming album from Americana royalty The Handsome Family is already picking up some outstanding reviews and we are looking forward immensely to getting our greasy paws on a copy.
Until then though we have a second track from the album to share with you. Back In My Day is a wonderfully tongue in cheek celebration of years past and sees the band harking back to a time where we could “drink from the river“, had “mile-high glaciers“, when “the birds were always watching” and “there were monsters in the sea“.
Good times! Listen here.
New Zealand’s Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, it deals with the raw materials of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance.
Comparisons could be made with contemporaries Marissa Nadler and Mirel Wagner, but perhaps she is more reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work certainly lies in harsh terrain – piercing the long history of the genre with grit, sincerity and an unflinching eye.
Her self-titled debut album gets a US release on the 30th September and the hauntingly affecting and beautiful Stop Your Tears is well worth a listen.
Here we are again. This week we have selected 10 new songs from the week’s releases all for your expert consideration.
They include fresh tracks from Gringo Star and Crocodiles, brilliant rolling Americana from Golden Suits, the return of Batwings Catwings and plenty more besides.
- Gringo Star – Heading South
- Golden Suits – Is It Wrong
- Crocodiles – Telepathic Lover
- Vomitface – Chew Toy
- Emily Jane White – The Black Dove
- Cheena – Stupor
- Ryley Walker – The Roundabout
- Batwings Catwings – Totally Outrageous
- The Parrots – No Me Gustas, Te Quiero
- Joseph Coward – Peanut Girl
I have only just got my hearing back after seeing The Cult Of Dom Keller shred the room at The Great Escape – just in time in fact for their new single Shambhala Is On Fire!
It is a scorching slab of experimental goth-tinged psych that fans of Swans and The Icarus Line will find plenty to entertain themselves with here, but (whisper it quietly) so too will all those Sisters of Mercy devotees too.
The band will release their third album, Goodbye To The Light with esteemed London label Fuzz Club on July 22nd.
Immerse yourself here…
The title of Emily Jane White’s fifth album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is a play on the opening line from Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Dark which hauntingly depicts a group of uncanny travelers descending a hill in the Appalachian mountains.
The eleven songs on the album focus conceptually upon the symptomatology of trauma with songs about the anti-racist struggle against police violence and the epidemic of violence against women set against a backdrop of mournful cello and tom-heavy drums to create a record that is both intimate and at times bombastic.
First taste comes with the outstanding Frozen Garden. Stream it below.