Hazel English – New EP

Hazel English is a 25-year-old Oakland-based artist who makes beautifully blurry indie-pop music powered by transcendent melodies and caked in layers of Californian sunshine and redolent reverb.

We featured tracks from her a couple of times last year and she has now announced her debut 12-inch vinyl EP, Never Going Home, collating a brilliant snap-shot of her DIY creations to date.

Those that have followed her ascendance through the blogosphere so far will recognise the title track, but to commemorate this EP announcement it’s now complete with an accompanying video trailing her mountaintop journey through local idyls.

Watch/listen below.

 

New From Ezra Furman

Perfect pop polymath Ezra Furman is back with a powerful new song The Refugee, taken from his Big Fugitive Life EP out this Friday via Bella Union.

The song concerns Furman’s Jewish background and is dedicated to his grandfather who fled the Nazi’s, as well as current day refugees. Having just returned from a hugely moving and affecting visit to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam this one has even more resonance for us at the moment.

We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.

More From Loch Lomond

Here is a second track from Loch Lomond’s forthcoming long player Pens From Spain.

Silver Felt is (yet) another fine example of their multilayered, harmony-filled orchestral folk – ensemble playing at its best, but this time with added synths and drum machines.

The album is out on the 2nd September. Let this tide you over ’til then.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 22)

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is the latest instalment in our Nickel In The Jukebox series – simple proposition – ten songs, you decide… hit or miss.

Have at it.

Rue Snider – Blue Skies And Telephone Poles  [RIYL: Americana, Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg]

 

The Persian Leaps – See Me Unaware  [RIYL: Power-pop, Bob Mould, The Ramones]

 

Naked Giants – Ya Ya  [RIYL: Garage Rock, The Sonics, Ty Segall]

 

Lina Tullgren – Grace  [RIYL: Singer-Songwriters, Julien Baker, Eskimeaux]

 

Conquerors – Turned Me To Stone  [RIYL: Vintage Psych-pop, Kinks, Beatles]

 

Coot Wilson – 5 a.m. Fog  [RIYL: Folk, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt]

 

Cigarette Bums – Strange  [RIYL: Garage-punk, The Stooges, The Black Lips]

 

Sat. Nite Duets – TAFKA Salieri  [RIYL: Indie Rock, Guided By Voices, Violent Femmes]

 

BJ Barham – Rockingham  [RIYL: Country-Folk, James McMurtry, Sturgill Simpson]

 

Bonfire Nights – Easy Touch  [RIYL: Post-punk, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lola Colts]

 

MM Shorts 869: Oldermost

Oldermost are a new band out of Philadelphia who have shared their first single Honey with Tea and it is well worth a listen.

Gorgeous lap steel anchors the song’s despairing wit and questionable advice, which buoyantly tumbles over a sea of lush strings and the steady rhythms of some focused and passionate drumming.

Stream it below.

 

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More From Ritual Howls

We shared Ritual Howls’ Park Around The Corner last month, a noisy combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twangy guitar, and now we have Spirit Murder for you – happily in much the same vein.

Listen below for a blast of darkness with a buried pop sensibility…

 

New From Happyness

Woozy, psych-pop weirdos, Happyness have announced that a brand new EP, titled Tunnel Vision On Your Part, will be released this September 23rd through Moshi Moshi Records.

The lead track on the EP is Anna, Lisa Calls – stream it below.

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHaving spent a mighty fine week soaking up the sunshine in Crete we are feeling pretty good about life. And if that wasn’t enough here are ten of the best of the week’s new releases (as judged by us of course).

They Include the very welcome return of fire and brimstone gothic folkies Wovenhand and Argentinian garage-posters Las Kellies, cracking tracks from Bueno and Okkervil River, a pretty sweet cover from the Devil Makes Three, and plenty more besides.

Soak it up…

  1. The Devil Makes Three – Champagne and Reefer  (Muddy Waters cover)
  2. Bueno – Blown Out
  3. Wovenhand – Come Brave
  4. Billie Marten – Lionhearted
  5. Las Kellies – Summer Breeze
  6. Vomitface – Dramamine
  7. JEFF The Brotherhood – Idiot
  8. Raveonettes – Where Are You Wild Horses?
  9. Pfarmers – Red Vermin
  10. Okkervil River – The Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Mackerel Recommends… So Cow

So Cow have now been around for over 10 years. Lisa Marie Airplane Tour is their fifth album, although there are those who could argue that it is number six, seven or eight depending on how much value can be placed on temporary bandcamp releases or hastily uploaded .zip files.

No matter, these are twelve songs about anxiety; written in the midst of it, but before actually being aware it was the issue. You know the kind of thing I’m sure: OCD thoughts making a bus journey to town increasingly impossible, social anxiety making ordering a pint at the local bar a drawn-out task of Herculean proportions…

All told, this is quirky, noisy pop of the finest vintage with nods to Jonathan Richman perhaps, or Jeffrey Lewis even, what about The Cardiacs anyone – smart, acerbic, witty and well worth a listen.

Check out the brilliantly titled What Makes A Man Start Gorse Fires. What indeed?