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Friday Round Up

We have a hopelessly inadequate amount of time to listen to all the new music we receive, even after we automatically filter out the remixes, electro-bangers, and crappy dance tunes we get sent.

So here is a hasty pick and mix selection for you of some of the best of recent weeks – just dive in…

 

Rainy Sundays comes from a Tomkins Square reissue of Will Beeley’s 1979 album Passing Dream, it showcases his emerging tough, husky, alt-country sound, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson.

 

Erin Rae’s new single is Like The First Time, which has a lovely languid feel combined with retro fuzz drenched guitar solos. Think European 60s psyche guitar soundscapes created by the Beatles and Yardbirds combined with creatively disparate influences such as Richard Harley, Wilco and Michael Nau.

 

With a deep reverence for all things Grateful Dead, The Dan Ryan aren’t afraid to allow their songs to open and evolve in their own time while also holding on to the folk tradition of Texas natives like Townes Van Zandt, whose picking style and strong narratives sits as the base coat to Guidance which is the title track of their forthcoming long player.

 

Johnny Kills are a garage-surf-indie-rock trio based in Brighton/London/York and Let’s Talk About Me is their excellent self-released debut single.

 

The Big Drops have just released their latest single, the trippy psych-folk of Gong Gong Jar. They describe it thus, “This song is about letting go of the imaginary drug induced monkey inside your head and going with the flow of it all. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The aristocrats sucking up to the king. The monkey’s in control of the human spaceship.

 

Norway’s Sløtface have shared new track Nancy Drew one of the band’s most hard-hitting releases to date. The new single continues in Sløtface’s fiery feminist footsteps, with vocalist Haley Shea reimagining the track’s teen detective namesake as the noble vanquisher of indie rock’s boys’ club. “My girl is wiping slates clear / And I long for the look / And a soundtrack of women who all know what’s up / I keep hearing their cherry bombs through the walls,” she seethes amid sneaky, plundering guitars.

 

Warsaw Radio are a Brighton based folk five-piece band. Channelling big folk-pop moments reminiscent of Frank Turner, while throwing in inspirations of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, Still Have You to Hold is a bold mix of the relevant and the retro.

 

With the gloomy psychedelia of The Growlers, self assured swagger of The Velvet Underground, spaced out vocals of Jesus & Mary Chain and the expansive instrumentation of Brian Jonestown MassacreDream Joints weave together a patchwork of influences to create a unique sound that stretches from vampiric to blissful. Check out Everyday Obstacle from new album Just Like Medicine.

 

Also from Brighton, Other States are a six piece psychedelic indie band that tell desert stories of stragglers and strays. New single Make Amends has a seductive tone and laidback groove underpinned by western style guitars and smooth Americana, all the while frontman Mark S. Aaron’s baritone croon spins a romantic tale.

 

The new single from BANNERSSomeone to You, is an uplifting and universal track that has elements that recall Mumford & Sons (when they weren’t shit).

 

The city of Copenhagen is the home of Future War Bride, who’ve announced their arrival with their debut single Gloves Off set for release on June 24th.

It is a synth led, driving psych-pop track with an ejector button chorus and you can stream it below.

 

Despite already sharing some great new songs this week from Deer Tick, Quiet Hollers, She Keeps Bees, WaxahatcheeHappyness and Alvvays this week, we’ve also rounded up a collection of eight more cracking new tunes for you too. Enjoy.

  1. PJ Harvey & Ramy Essam – The Camp
  2. Diet Cig – Together We Can Conquer Whatever
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Fare You Well, My Little Annie Darling
  4. Iron & Wine – Call It Dreaming
  5. Oh Sees – The Static God
  6. Torres – Skim
  7. Hater – Coming Down
  8. Ride – Lannoy Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Balloons are Jeff Burke (Radioactivity, Marked Men) and Yusuke Okada (of Japan’s Suspicious Beasts) and together they make summery, pastoral psych-pop that offers more than a nod to the classic days of hippiedom and flower power..

Listen to the sunny jangle of Paint, which is taken from their upcoming second album, titled appropriately enough Hey Summer.

 

Woozy psych-poppers Happyness have shared another track from their recently released album Write In.

Uptrend / Style Raids is described as “A song mainly about not knowing how to dress. A few years ago we spent a whole day walking around a big sprawling flea market in Paris determined to find something vaguely musical. Eventually as it was getting dark we managed to find an old supermarket announcement microphone and a Bontempi chord organ that Benji’s cat immediately broke.”

Not sure how much that tells us, but the song itself is another little gem.

 

Creating an intriguing mishmash of musical styles – soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana, Surfing Magazines are a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club.

Declaring that they intend to ‘rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again’, they have more than lived up to their promise with the excellent Lines and Shadows – the first song to be taken from their self-titled album, due for release on Moshi Moshi on 1st September.

Have a listen.

 

Alvvays will release their second full-length, Antisocialites, this September on Polyvinyl.

The album is the much-anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album which received critical accolades at every turn and was a much-loved fave of Mrs Mackerel.

On the new record the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep-end of reckless romance and altered dates. Ice cream truck jangle collides with prismatic noise pop while Molly Rankin’s wit is refracted through crystalline surf counterpoint.

The first taste comes with the near perfect indie-pop effervescence of break-up fantasy In Undertow, a track that is as crushing as it is charming.

Stream it below. Pre-order the album here.

 

MM Shorts 952: Champs

Posted: June 6, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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We’re a little late to this one, but having heard The Garden Is Overgrown  yesterday on 6 Music decided it was well worth sharing for anyone else that had yet to come across this gem of cascading indie jangle from Isle of Wight based duo Champs.

Stream it below.

 

  1. Guantanamo Baywatch – Video
  2. Slaid Cleaves – Drunken Barbers Hand
  3. The Districts – If Before I Wake
  4. Marika Hackman – Cigarette
  5. The Orielles – I Only Bought It For The Bottle
  6. TOPS – Further
  7. Muertos – Spin
  8. Tom Williams – Get High

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. TERRY – Take Me To The City
  2. Screaming Females – I’ll Make You Sorry
  3. Darlia – Beam Me Up
  4. Daddy Issues – High Street
  5. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
  6. Yowler – Go
  7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Anymore
  8. Whitehorse – Nighthawks
  9. Mikah Wilson – Sweet Jules