MM Shorts 884: The Du-Rell Family

Via a recommendation from the Italian Job comes The Du-Rell Family taking their gothic-tinged cues from the tales of the deep south: roadside joints, dirt roads, feral dogs, snake oil salesman, swamp dwellers, trailer parks, murder, love and alcohol.

With a heady mix of biting harmonies, honky tonk steel and country blues there is much to admire here.

Check out new single Corre below.


The Oscillation – Almost See

The Oscillation have shared Almost See, their dark, brooding contribution to a forthcoming split single with Portuguese psych trio 10,000 Russos, officially released November 24th on Fuzz Club.

Almost See is brooding psych at it’s best, propelled by an unremitting gothic bass-line that roils through a sinister wash of celestial noise, stabs of fuzzed-out guitars, inaudible murmurs and discordant synths. It all makes for an eerily foreboding piece of psychedelia.

Stream it here.


Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekCheck out our selection of the best of the new releases from this week.

New songs from Slaves, Wytches and a rocking’ cover of a Led Zeppelin classic from La Sera should blast the weekend cobwebs away while Hiss Golden Messenger, Jess Williamson and Moses Sumney offer up altogether more gentle and fragile fare.


  1. Slaves – Consume Or Be Consumed
  2. La Sera – Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
  3. Las Kellies – Make It Real
  4. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee
  5. The Wytches – Crest Of Death
  6. Jess Williamson – See You In A Dream
  7. Moses Sumney – Lonely World
  8. The Wharves – The Strike








Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekAnd 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.


  1. Greys – Fresh Hell
  2. Itasca – No Consequence
  3. Black Honey – Hello Today
  4. Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
  5. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
  6. Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
  7. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  8. MV & EE – Feel Alright










Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekA 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.

All yours…

  1. Grandaddy – Way We Won’t
  2. Allah-Las – Terra Ignota
  3. TOY – I’m Still Believing
  4. Weyes Blood – Do You Need My Love
  5. Marissa Nadler – The Best You Ever Had
  6. Sunflower Bean – Old World  (Modern Lovers cover)
  7. Growlers – I’ll Be Around
  8. Howe Gelb – Terribly So
  9. Laish – Love On The Conditional













The Wytches – Hannover Square

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.


More From Ritual Howls

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 – C-Side

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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


Another From The Handsome Family

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.


Aldous Harding – Stop Your Tears

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.