Archive for the ‘Gothic’ Category

Following the success of last year’s excellent Twelve Nudes long player,, Ezra Furman is back with Sex Education OST, songs from season 1 and 2 of the hit Netflix TV show.

The 19-track LP will be released via Bella Union and is available to stream or download from today, with a physical release on CD and vinyl to follow on 10th April (order here).

The first track from from it is the resigned, bitterly brilliant Every Feeling.

 

We’ve decided to do things a bit differently this year – too many times in the past we’ve posted our favourite songs of the year and then discovered late releases we wished we’d added! And also 2019 was a shit year for the world – Brexit, Johnson, Trump, the world burning… at least there is music.

So, way after everyone else has done theirs, here is MM’s countdown of top 100 tunes for 2019 – part 1!

 

100 Chupa Cabra – Violent Urges

 

99 Metz – Dry Up

 

98 Youth Sector – Renting Spaces In My World

 

97 Some Bodies – TV Show

 

96 Tummyache – Median

 

95 Dr. Dog – Can’t Catch Me

 

94 Amyl & The Snifters – Monsoon Rock

 

93 DITZ – Gayboy

 

92 Phobophobes – Blind Muscle

 

91 B Boys – I Want

 

90 Big Thief – Not

 

89 Matt Shapiro – Rockaway Girl

 

88 Pile – The Soft Hands of Stephen Miller

 

87 Port Juvee – Hope to Lose

 

86 The Murder Capital – Green & Blue

 

85 Better Oblivion Community Center – Dylan Thomas

 

84 Oh Sees – Heart Worm

 

83 Spectator – Weight

 

82 Fat White Family – Feet

 

81 Hurt Valley – Apartment Houses

 

80 Bambara – Serafina

 

79 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – At The Back Of The Pit

 

78 Crows – Chain of Being

 

77 WIVES – Hit Me Up

 

76 Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters

 

75 Slaves – One More Day Won’t Hurt

 

74 B Boys – Instant Pace

 

73 LIFE – Moral Fibre

 

72 Catholic Action – People Don’t Protest Enough

 

71 Black Adidas – Be Cool

 

70 Panik Attaks – Terror

 

69 FEET – Outer Rim

 

68 The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On

 

67 Purple Mountains – Margaritas At The Mall

 

66 Lightning Dust – Competitive Depression

 

65 Comet Gain – We’re All Fucking Morons

 

64 LIFE – Excites Me

 

63 Hotel Lux – Tabloid Newspaper

 

62 Sunflowers – Dreamweaver

 

61 Sleep Eaters – Bad Love

 

60 Frog – Black Friday

 

59 Patio – Boy Scout

 

58 Working Men’s Club – Teeth

 

57 The Stroppies – Cellophane Car

 

56 Brooke Bentham – All My Friends Are Drunk

 

55 IDLES – Mercedes Marxist

 

54 Bee Bee Sea – Be Bop Palooza

 

53 Sleep Eaters – Life of Sin

 

52 Field Medic – The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend

 

51 Squid – Match Bet

 

 

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who released a critically acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones earlier this year have shared two cover songs that make up a new single via Sacred Bones – Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Extreme’s More Than Words.

Being unfortunately old enough to be of an age where I can remember the original, it must be said that I absolutely loathed In the Air Tonight, and still do, but when Marissa Nadler says “We wanted to make a creepy, sexy version...”, then I’m prepared to give it a listen. This should have been the original is all I can say…

Listen to both here.

 

 

A few weeks ago we shared some tracks from Uncut magazine’s Wilco covers CD.

Longstanding MM faves The Handsome Family also contributed a cover – of Capitol City – from 2011’s The Whole Love.

Like pretty much everything they do, it is wonderful and Loose have now released it as a single.

Enjoy.

 

And the original…

 

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….

 

 

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.