Danish five-piece post-punks Lød’s music garners descriptions like a squirrel gathers nuts: krautrock, trance punk, propulsive motorik, industrial no-wave, and many more.

Taken from their upcoming debut EP (pre-order here), one listen to the brilliantly hypnotic eight minute groove of Folder shows exactly why.

Listen!

 

From Glasgow’s fertile DIY punk scene come Breakfast Muff, a wonderfully uncompromising trio who are set to release their new album Eurgh! on 7 July via Amour Foo Records.

Featuring songs about sexuality, feminism and feelings, Eurgh! ranges from soft to screechy in a cacophony of anxiety, celebration and creativity.

Listen to R U A Feminist, which laments the use of feminism to mask violence and is well worth a spin. Stream it below.

 

  1. The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
  2. Monks – I’m Watching You
  3. Chastity Belt – 5am
  4. This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
  5. Elf Power – Watery Shreds
  6. Terror Watts – Time Bomb
  7. Milk – Lord, Don’t Take Me To Prison
  8. Neils Children – I Am Not Anchor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hailing from the coast of Cornwall, William The Conqueror are an indie-Americana trio that channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams and The Lemonheads.

Debut album Proud Disturber Of The Peace is out via Loose on the 4th August and charges through ten raw tracks, asserting itself with opener In My Dreams, a song about destiny, disappointment and defiance; driving drums and heart racing bass setting the tone.

Have a listen. You can also catch them at the Great Escape next week.

 

Newcastle’s EAT FAST will release their second EP, Immortal Kombat, on 19 May via Brighton indie Cannibal Hymns.

The title track from the record is out today and we’re liking it a lot. A rasping gut-punch of battering riffs and typically dagger-like lyricism. The track weighs up the pros and cons of lead singer Adam Pearson finding happiness in solitude – before being “chinned in a pub by an observer’s possessive boyfriend.

Sounds fun. Have a listen.

 

 

Quiet Hollers have announced a new album Amen Breaks, a record that draws parallels with the cultural crossovers and the anxieties of the 1970s, a decade marred by division, political corruption, and terrorism.

Long standing MM faves (they delivered our second favourite tune of 2015), the band have expanded their shape-shifting palate to include vintage drum machines and samples. On Amen Breaks, Quiet Hollers raise questions of spirituality, sexuality, and mental illness in tones that range from the cinematic to the psychedelic.

The first single from it is Medicine, a compelling personal story from frontman Shadwick Wilde about crippling anxiety, depression, existential malaise, and society’s attitudes toward medication and addiction.

Have a listen. The album is out on the 7th July.

Back in 2012 eclectic singer-songwriter Kyle Adem made the very upper echelons of our end-of-year best of lists with Brother Follow. Now he records as Adeem the Artist and his latest release is The Owl, a four track concept album about a doomed couple who find meaning in the Dead Kennedy’s, I Am The Owl as their chosen mythos.

Sitting somewhere between Conor Oberst and the Mountain Goats, his wonderful mix of Americana, folk, and beguiling indie-pop is still present and foremost, as are the lyrics that often unflinchingly spill over into darkness and despair.

Of the new record he says, “It follows a couple named Diego and Christine as they cope with injustice by way of addiction. It is an exploration of how the music we listen to frames and gives meaning to our personal experiences. It’s a tragic short story that takes place in Syracuse, NY where I spent the latter part of my youth and what you could call a rough draft at adulthood. Thus it is fiction imbued with memories. . . “

Check out And Your Body (“Searched the house to find the last few hydrocodone I had left, Wondering how many of our friends were probably dead, I sat and heard your desperate pleas until it was just me, And your body“), and then listen to album closer Imagine We Are Infinite with it’s wonderful opening “We sprayed the leaves in PCP, Carved a pipe from a zucchini“.

You get the picture. Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

 

Here is the gorgeous Shark Smile, the  second song from the new Big Thief album, Capacity – out June 9th on Saddle Creek.

It is an airy, meandering number with a hint of Sharon Van Etten about it that tells the story of two lovers involved in a car accident, one of whom lives while the other dies, related from the perspective of the survivor. It is another very fine example of frontwoman Adrianne Lenker at the peak of her storytelling powers.

Stream it below.

 

With their frenetic, snotty, psych-surf rock ‘n’ roll sound in the vein of Ty Segall or The Cramps, Brighton’s Strange Cages have made big strides in their short existence.

We featured them back in 2015, and now the trio are now set to release a new 6-track EP The Cracks on Vallence Records this June. First track to surface is Leader Of A Cult combining elements of krautrock and post-punk with a nicely paranoid, schizophrenic vocal.

Watch the video below.

 

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.