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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Lenore

Posted: September 18, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Gothic, Indie, Music, Rock
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The debut album from Portland witch-folk duo Lenore. is out now.

The album has a lush sound that contrasts with the stark intimacy of the lyrics, and the open-gazed sense of place that comes from the beautiful sweeping vistas of the Pacific Northwest. But really the core of the sound is their beautiful voices intertwining in harmony – have a listen to Ether’s Arms below.

 

Some musical films and lyric videos. They’re good.

Offa My Hands is the third song unveiled from Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone.

 

Phoebe Bridgers has shared Funeral, another haunting and introspective track from her upcoming debut album Stranger In The Alps.

 

Norwegian chanteuse Ane Brun’s new record consists of fourteen covers of tracks by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and even Foreigner amongst others. This is her stunning version of Radiohead’s How To Disappear Completely.

 

Equally haunting and beautiful is Julien Baker’s video for Appointments taken from forthcoming long player Turn Out The Lights.

 

Montreal, QC-based trio Timber Timbre have revealed new track Les Egouts. The song comes after the recent release of their sixth studio album Sincerely, Future Pollution.

 

Meadowlark have shared a striking video for their new single Sunlight. The track is the latest to be lifted from the Bristol based boy-girl duo’s debut album Postcards, which is out now.

 

Jangly indie-pop maestros Alvvays have shared their fun new video for current single Dreams Tonite.

 

David Lynch enthusiasts 68creep have unveiled the video for Stone Cold Kiss which should find favour with fans of BRMC, J&MC and the Kills.

 

Lastly Chastity Belt take off on a surreally silly road-trip in their video for Stuck taken from their latest album I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone. 

 

  1. Metz – Mess Of Wires
  2. Ornament – It Must Be The Season
  3. Jack Cooper – A Net
  4. S. Carey – Brassy Sun
  5. Weaves – Walkaway
  6. together PANGEA – Sippy Cup
  7. Public Access T.V. – Feeling It Out
  8. Chelsea Wolfe – Offering
  9. American Anymen – Flag Burner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More From Widowspeak

Posted: August 5, 2017 in Gothic, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Widowspeak will release their new long player Expect The Best later this month, on August 25 via Captured Tracks.

Dabbling in heavier territory than previously, they have shared a second track from it, the balefully distorted When I Tried.

 

Time for some more musical films…

Hull Goth Punk outfit Lumer have released the video for their unhinged new single Gruel on Warren Records.  Reminiscent of Bauhaus, Killing Joke and YAK it is a brutally thrilling cut.

 

Spirit Valley’s expansive, primal psych-rock falls somewhere between the fuzzed out rock’n’roll of The Black Angels and the warped synths of Moon Duo check out new single Waiting For Real.

 

Fuzz Club Records’ live session series – the Fuzz Club Sessions – has already seen cracking releases from the likes of Night Beats, Heaters, The Entrance Band and 10,000 Russos and it’s still showing no sign of slowing down. The latest to join the club is Austin’s finest garage/surf heavyweights, Holy Wave.

During a UK tour in support of their 2016 LP Freaks Of Nurture, Fuzz Club invited the band to an analogue recording studio in South London to lay down a live album. As with all the sessions, it’s to be released as a series of videos from the day and pressed to vinyl (released July 20th). Here is the video for the sublime, washed-out croons of California Took My Bobby Away.

 

Grunge-pop four-piece Otherkin have shared the video for their new single React. They describe it as “a trivial, little joke-man ends up massive, and acts like a total plum with his new-found size. He is still, at core though, a fat, old human, and his reign of terror doesn’t last long. It’s a pretty simple analogy.”

 

The video for Muertos’ excellent  single Spin takes their vintage garage sleaze and dials it right up – a full sonic assault of feedback collides with a motoric beat and the band’s signature duel vocals. Drawing influences from the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain, The Kills, and The Black Angels, this single marks the announcement of the band’s first long player which will be released later in the year.

 

Weasels may well be our favourite (land) animal so any song with it in the title automatically gets a thumbs up from us. Crumbs’ sound comprises a bumper post-punk/pop party bag mix of sprightly basslines, super-danceable cowbell-tinged rhythms, fizzing guitars and effervescent interchanging vocal lines. Weasels Can Wait is a two minute jangly romp – a party song about being the one crying at the party. The video also features an inexplicably long worm!

 

Saint Leonard’s Horses bewitching gothic video for latest single Little Girl Scientist features Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac, The Danish Girl) as a tortured soul who uses witchcraft to conjure up her lover. It is book-ended with a voice over by acclaimed author and journalist Jonathan Meades. 

 

Brighton three-piece LOM combine their love of folk, soul and pop to create songs centred around the rich vocal harmonies of two sisters Leila and Millie Watts, and the finger picking style of Owen Davey’s acoustic guitar. There is some nice animation in their video for recent single There Is A Place. It follows the journey of a woman who sets out to regain her youthful joy in simple things.

 

Sonically, Widowspeak exist somewhere in the overlap between sombre indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge”.

New album Expect the Best is the follow up to 2015’s All Yours. While previous albums were conceived as a duo, the new LP finds the band playing to the specific strengths of the current four-piece touring incarnation and exhibits a marked increase in energy.

Their usual palette of dusty guitars and angular twang are still here front and centre, but now with a bit more 90s homage, even if abstractly. The Pacific Northwest influences creep in throughout, as do varying flavours of New York’s legacy, the city the band still partially calls home.

Have a listen to first single Dog, with its self-examination and palpable sense of dread that comes from feeling adrift.

 

It’s been ages since we’ve posted a round up of some of the new music videos we’ve liked. Here then is a Sunday treat for you…eight of the best.

Kevin Morby’s title track off his forthcoming record, City Music nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.

 

During a UK tour early last year, Grand Rapids four-piece Heaters spent a day off in a South London studio to lay down a live album – the result is the band’s excellent and totally debauched addition to the Fuzz Club Session series. This video from the session – a scuzzy rendition of Cap Gun is just under five minutes of lethargic, sun-soaked garage-rock that oozes with a hopeful, lysergic goodness. The reverb-coated vocals float effortlessly over jangling surf rock guitars and a spaced out psychedelic groove, like an utterly cosmic take on Nuggets-era 60s garage.

 

Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.

 

How quickly do you think you could eat 1kg of hummus? Ethan and Skinny from Sail On! Sail On! set to find out if they could get through it in the 2:50 running time of their latest single, Hobart.

 

Following the release of their excellent album You’re Welcome, Wavves have shared a new video for Stupid in Love, a tongue in cheek statement on the state of romance in the 21st century.

 

Los Angeles based Prism Tats (the project of South African transplant Garett van der Spek) has released a new single, the fuzzed-out rocker The Liar and the video is a surprisingly disturbing visual metaphor about the themes of the song.

 

Andy Shauf’s The Party was a concept album of sorts, the story of all the different unsavoury characters that come and go at a small town gathering… full of humour and melancholy, it’s a great record and we have a new video for Early To The Party.

 

Finally, up and coming death-gospel female artist Louise Lemón hails from Sweden and intertwines the dark, windy and cold Scandi ambiance into her music. Having recorded her debut EP Purge in a haunted cabin, the setting is eerie and many light years away from the current pop landscape. The single Appalacherna is airy, dreamy, dusty, nostalgic and melancholic, but the official video, shot in the Californian desert  is… airy, nightmarish, dusty, nostalgic and… mysterious on the verge of disturbing…

 

Quicksilver Daydream is the gothic folk alias of singer-songwriter Adam Lytle. Already known for his work with Wild Leaves, his new project presents a pure distillation of his DIY ethic and his message of standing up for who you are and what you believe in.

The result is Echoing Halls, ten songs of longing draped in the murky arrangements of Mellotron strings, fuzz guitars and layered vocals.

Check out the title track below.

 

  1. Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts
  2. Lydia Loveless – Desire
  3. The Deslondes – Muddy Water
  4. Black Lips – Occidental Front
  5. Hunx & His Punx – Baby Of The Band
  6. Left Lane Cruiser – The Point Is Over Flowing
  7. The Geraldine Fibbers – Thank You For Giving Me Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At just 20 singer-songwriter Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Having struggled with depression and anorexia half her life, music has been one of the only releases from some terribly difficult times (read her blog here).

She writes gorgeous songs that are as fragile as they are powerful. New single Your Moon is a beauty, one of those rare songs that manages to combine being gently poetic and understated with a compelling and sometimes raw emotional payoff.

You don’t want to miss this one. Stream it below.