New Album From Elephant Stone

Our favourite Montreal psych-rock trio Elephant Stone have announced their fourth full-length Ship Of Fools, which will see a digital release on September 16 via Elephants on Parade and a physical release on November 25 via Burger Records.

The group has shared album opener Manipulator together with a lyric video for the track with the simple statement “Pokémon GO = Mind Control.”

The song retains their trademark psychedelia whilst emphasizing catchy grooves and vocal melodies that smack of infectious pop and dance.

Watch/stream below.

 

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Organised Scum

organised scum

Despite boasting a moniker than suggests some kind of hardcore thrash punk outfit, Organised Scum are altogether more subtle than that. Instead they deal in off-beat, melodic arrangements more akin to Pavement, Lambchop, or XTC.

The duo’s debut double-A-side single, Insane Making Behaviour/Who’s the Prick? officially came out yesterday and is a top quality combo of stoner-folk, slacker melancholy and svelte indie-pop.

Listen below or download both tracks for free here.

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 21)

Nickel In The Jukebox

It has been a good while since we last shared a Nickel In The Jukebox post, but here are ten tracks making up for lost time. You decide… hit or miss?

My Son Bison – Two Faces And A Vase  [RIYL: Psych-pop, The Beach Boys, The Shins] 

 

The Blind Owls – All Day And Night  [RIYL: 60s Pop, Little Richard , The Kinks]

 

Bess Atwell – Cobbled Streets  [RIYL: Folk, Agnes Obel, Sharon Van Etten]

 

The Begowatts – Lawmaker  [RIYL: Garage Rock, Rolling Stones, Futurebirds]

 

Coates – Grin And Tonic  [RIYL: Urban-folk, Frank Turner, Jamie T]

 

Luke Bell – Bullfighter  [RIYL: Outlaw Country, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard]

 

Ghost Camp – Ganymede  [RIYL: Arty post-punk, New Order, Talking Heads]

 

Boys Forever – Cold Is The Colour  [RIYL: Woozy garage-pop, Mac DeMarco, Kurt Vile]

 

Honey Bucket – Unexplainable Phenomenon  [RIYL: Mutant pop, The Clean, Television Personalities]

 

Blurred Moon – Far  [RIYL: Melancholic Folk, Sufjan Stevens, Fanfarlo]

 

More From Allah-Las

Allah-Las

Here’s a second track from the Allah-Las much anticipated new album Calico Review  out via Mexican Summer on the 9th September.

This is Could Be You, and it is another gem from their collection of classic, psych-infused, pop jangles.

Pre-order the album here.

 

Ultimate Painting – Bills

Ultimate Painting – the two singular voices of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls – will release their third album Dusk on Trouble In Mind Records on the 30th September.

The first single is Bills, a track which dives head-first into a perfectly formed, crystalline pool of jangle.

Stream it below.

 

Free Swim – Self-appointed Genius

We’ve oft admired Free Swim’s particularly, and peculiarly, British humour that comes to the fore in their quirky, observational indie pop. Subjects from Ian McShane, Cardiff City, flapjacks and Pigling Bland have all found favour with the duo and they will release their debut album Lifetime of Treats on the 25th July.

With touch points as diverse as Zappa and Beefheart through glam rock and on to Super Furry Animals and Devo, the influences are all swirled together into a heady, entirely intoxicating brew on lead single Self-appointed Genius.

Give it a whirl here.

 

Bosco Rogers – Beach Beach Beach

Back in November 2014 we described French-Anglo duo Bosco Rogers as “laid back, catchy-as-hell, sun-tinged psych-pop of the very best kind“.

We’re pleased to say they more than live up to that early promise with their new single Beach Beach Beach, taken from new album Post Exotic.

The album is a kaleidoscopic collection of flower punk and joyous psychedelia. It is surf-pop made by urban-dwelling land lubbers, garage rock dragged out into the sunlight. It’s the sound of San Francisco in 1967 and Wigan Casino in 1977. It is LA’s Paisley Underground in 1987, the desert rocking Joshua Tree in 1997 and London in 2017.

Best of all in these dreary, rain-filled post Brexit days of gloom, the single is sun-drenched in tuneful, fun harmonies and droll narratives, all propelled by an undeniable joie de vivre.

We might be Europe’s homeless nation now, but at least we can still enjoy this…

 

Some New Videos

We’ve had a recent influx of videos for some excellent new tunes and thought it was high time we shared some of them…

We’ve got TERRY’s line-dancing vid for Hot Heads, dancers from Ballet Austin in Adam Torres’ new video for Juniper Arms, Julie Ruin’s video for their excellent track I’m Done, the return of MM faves Loch Lomond and their video for Pens From Spain, and Metronomy’s new video for Night Owl.

Then there is Diane & The Gentle Men’s tongue-in-cheek video for Motorcycle, a classic tale of teenage rebellion, and finally Soft Fang’s excellent musical film for The Wilderness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing >>> Sloucher

Sloucher

Certainty is a debut collection of seven hazy, melodic indie rock songs from Seattle based trio Sloucher.

While you could loosely define them within the slacker-pop genre with nods to the Lemonheads and Pavement, there are also hints of songwriters like Elliott Smith and Jeff Tweedy present in some of the twangy country riffs.

Have a listen to the unhurried gem that is Flower Girl.

 

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Honey Bucket – Devo Hat

Honey Bucket is a mutant pop trio formed in 2012 in Portland, they spent last year preparing their debut album Magical World, which is out via See My Friends Records on August 15th.

Pop sensibilities are thrown into relief by challenging rhythms and textures with past influences ranging from The Clean and Television Personalities through to  present day contemporaries like Parquet Courts and Speedy Ortiz.

Check out the ramshackle charm of Devo Hat below.