Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

MM Shorts 931: Tors

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop

With comparisons to the likes of Fleet Foxes, Bombay Bicycle Club and Villagers, Devon-based outfit folk outfit Tors have announced latest EP Merry Go Round.

Fronted by Matt and Theo Weedon, grandsons of the legendary guitarist Bert Weedon, the new release features their harmony-rich singles Now We Fall and Hold Me as well as the title track which you can stream below.


San Francisco five piece No Vacation combine the novel sounds of college nostalgia and surf-tinged bedroom indie to create wistful, yet buoyant dream-pop.

New single Mind Fields is out in June via Topshelf Records. Heavily influenced by the band’s previous break-up, year-long hiatus, and subsequent reunion the song is a gem – tinged with a touch of shoegaze, and sounding like it has just been re-discovered from the jangly indie heyday of the late 80s.

Listen below.


The excellently named Dolly Spartans new EP Time Sides With No One, was written in the wake of their guitarists’ sudden death of a drug overdose at age 22 and details frontman Michael Eliran’s struggle to cope with the tragedy of losing his best friend.

With echoes of Wavves or Fidlar, Hanging Out is a prime slice of thrumming, garage pop that documents the turmoil of a night out when everything is a struggle inside your head.

Stream it here.


Progress is taken from Public Service Broadcasting’s upcoming third album (the subject of which remains a closely-guarded secret).

Guest vocals from Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura adds a new dimension to the music. Her keening, affecting and decidedly human performance combines and contrasts with samples hinting at a world of mechanisation and automation, as Kraftwerk-like vocoders, driving guitars, propulsive drums and melodic synths all fight for prominence.

Have a listen.


MM Shorts 928: Yawn Mower

Posted: March 13, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

What’s All This New Piss? might well be our favourite record title of the year so far. It is the name of the latest release from New York fuzz-pop duo Yawn Mower.

The ethos of the pair is simple: make fuzzy, surfy good time tunes while having a blast doing it.

On the evidence of Paddle Out and Shed Is Old, it’s mission accomplished. Have a listen.



This week our round up includes a brilliantly angry and frustrated single from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit for International Women’s Day, another track from the prolific Ty Segall’s upcoming EP, the first taste from Bonnie Prince Billy’s Merle Haggard covers record with a version of the classic Mama Tried.

This week’s offering from the Our First 100 Days Project comes from Self Esteem (none other than Mikal Cronin and Kim Gordon), and there is some woozy, easy-going psychedelia from Moon Duo, and the title track from Woods’ new mini-LP Love Is Love. finishing up with cracking new singles from Black HoneyChastity Belt and the punky Dream Wife.

Over to you…

  1. First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here
  2. Ty Segall – Black Magick
  3. Bonnie Prince Billy – Mama Tried  (Merle Haggard cover)
  4. Woods – Love Is Love
  5. Moon Duo – Lost In Light
  6. Self Esteem – War / Golden God (Demo)
  7. Chastity Belt – Different Now
  8. Black Honey – Somebody Better
  9. Dream Wife – Somebody




<p><a href=”″>Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Mama Tried – 360 version</a> from <a href=””>evenardt</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>








Indie-rock quartet, Wharves have shared their brand new single titled Man You Want Me To Be.

It is reminiscent to some of the group’s staple influences Foals, The Strokes and City Calm Down, featuring driving disco-esque beats, thumping fuzz-laden bass and classic Brit-pop guitar tones, all capped off by the brooding and infectious vocal melodies of front man, Matthew Collins.

Have a listen.


best of the weekPart two of our weekly round up of the best tracks from the past seven days kicks off with another fine track from Laura Marling’s new album, and an excellent new single from The Districts.

We have another brash slab of riotous rock from Charly Bliss and something equally propulsive from Hiccup (should keep the indie kids happy). Trance Farmers slow things down with their ominous new single, while Cotillon’s new track is a masterclass in hazy slacker rock. Finally, White Reaper round things off with the title track from new album The World’s Best American Band.

  1.  The Districts – Ordinary Day
  2. Laura Marling – Nothing, Not Nearly
  3. Trance Farmers – Witches
  4. Hiccup – Neverwhere
  5. Charly Bliss – Percolator
  6. Cotillon – Alex’s Room
  7. White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band








best of the weekHere we are again, but with lighter nights, spring flowers beginning to bloom and eight songs from the past week rounded up for your listening pleasure.

From a new benefit single for the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have wonderfully spectral folk from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and some equally wonderful psych-folk from a re-issue of a long-lost 70s classic by Philip Lewin. There is a excellent video for Conor Oberst’s muzzy new drinking song and some rousing, full-on punk rock from Whips. We also have Speedy Ortiz’s contribution to the Our First 100 Days project, a blast of classic power-pop from veteran indie royalty Robyn Hitchcock, and classic indie rock from The New Pornographers. Rounding us off is a chugging new Bleached track with some enjoyably hefty power chords.

All yours.

  1. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Treasure Map
  2. Conor Oberst – Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
  3. The New Pornographers – This Is The World Of The Theater
  4. Whips – Goldmine
  5. Philip Lewin – Watercolours
  6. Speedy Ortiz – In My Way
  7. Robyn Hitchcock – Mad Shelley’s Letterbox
  8. Bleached – Flipside










Through Windows is the excellent new single from Happyness’ second album Write In.

With a chorus that started out as kind of a purposeful mishearing of the Velvet Underground’s Ride Into The Sun, the single has a undercurrent of psych-infused, blissful euphoria that reminds us of prime-time Pink Floyd.

Have a listen and check out UK tour dates below.


April Tour Dates:

11 Fulford Arms, York
12 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
13 Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
14 The Cellar, Oxford
15 Olby’s Cafe, Margate (Moshi Moshi Easter Show)
18 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
19 The Louisiana, Bristol
20 Buyer’s Club, Liverpool
21 Whelan’s, Dublin
22 The Hug & Pint, Glasgow,
24 Think Tank, Newcastle
25 Gullivers, Manchester
26 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
30 Handmade Festival (Academy 2), Leicester