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Posted: February 14, 2018 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) has shared the video for his new single Blue Rose, taken from upcoming long player Freedom which is out on the 30th March.

The song is a teenage clarion call born from McMahon’s growing up with an unpredictable father, his fighting back with music, drugs and fantasy, and his eventual escape from it all via one of the many identities, that of a musician.

Watch it below.

 

Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on 30 March via Sacred Bones.

On the surface, Freedom is a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon’s father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The characters that populate the musical world of the album are a colourful mix of reality and fantasy. Each character portrait is a representation of McMahon, of masculinity, and of his past.

The lead single is Miki Dora, and its accompanying video, which features 17-year old Boomer Feith with McMahon appearing as both the story’s narrator and its subject.

Of the track, McMahon says, “Miki Dora was arguably the most gifted and innovative surfer of his generation and the foremost opponent of surfing’s commercialization. He was also a lifelong criminal and retrograde: a true embodiment of the distorted male psyche. He was a living contradiction; both a symbol of free-living and inspiration, and of the false heroics American culture has always celebrated. With lyrics of regret and redemption at the end of one’s youth, the song is about Dora, and McMahon, but ultimately it is a reflection on all manifestations of mythical heroic maleness and its illusions.”

It is a cracking tune too…

 

Following our countdown of favourite songs of the year, here is part one of MM’s selection of the forty albums we most enjoyed throughout 2014.

40 The Orwells – Disgraceland

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39 Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

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38 The Cult Of Dom Keller – The Second Bardo

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37 Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

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36 Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

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35 Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

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34 Micah P Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P Hinson & The Nothing

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33 Temples – Sun Structures

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32 Avers – Empty Light

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31 Amen Dunes – Love

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30 Simone Felice – Strangers

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29 Natural Child – Dancing’ With Wolves

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28 Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog

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27 Wooden Wand – Azag-Toth

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26 The Dune Rats – The Dune Rats

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25 Hookworms – The Hum

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24 The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

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23 Ty Segall – Manipulator

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22 Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

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21 First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Amen Dunes will release a new EP on January 20th.

Cowboy Worship features expanded editions of four tracks from Love, a new version of Lezzy Head from 2011’s Through Donkey Jaw, and a stunning cover of This Mortal Coil’s rendition of Song to the Siren played as a duet with virtuoso guitarist Ben Greenberg (aka Hubble & alumni member of The Men).

Sound good? Od course it sounds good…stream it here.

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MM's Best of 2014 So Far

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course…

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The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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Amen Dunes – Love

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Avers – Empty Light

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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The Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

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Dune Rats – Dune Rats

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Simone Felice – Strangers

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The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Emil Friis – Sand In Your Eyes

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Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Mind

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Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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Natural Child – Dancin With Wolves

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Orwells – Disgraceland

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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Strand Of Oaks – Heal

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Together Pangea – Badillac

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Vacant Lots – Departure

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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Water Liars – Water Liars

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Wooden Wand – Farmers Corner

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Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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Amen Dunes - Love

Damon McMahon’s folk project Amen Dunes will soon release a new album, Love, on the Sacred Bones label in May.

Having forsaken their usual approach of  spontaneous improvisation and experimental recordings to spend around eighteen months in the studio working on songs that were originally never meant for public release, but which due to their personal nature offer a hitherto unseen intimacy and warmth to them.

The first track from it is the lovely, twangy, country-tinged roll of Lonely Richard, and we also have Lilac In Hand, which on just two or three listens has become one of our favourite songs of the year so far, as McMahon’s sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion. These are substantial songs, of depth and meaning and capable of touching the most cynical of hearts and minds.

Stream both below, and watch the brilliant sepia tinged melancholy of the official video for Lilac In Hand.

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See him live in the UK with both Mac DeMarco and Wooden Shjips as well as a couple of festivals.

19/05 – The Old Market ( with Mac DeMarco), Brighton
21/05 – Sound Control (with Mac DeMarco), Manchester
22/05 – Koko (with Mac DeMarco), London
03/06 – Electric Ballroom (with Wooden Shjips), London
15/08 – Jabberwocky Festival, London
27/09 – Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Round Up Time.

Time to catch up with all that’s new, good, interesting, oddball, and plain strange. You can sift for the nuggets of gold yourself, or take our advice and try them all…after all it is the weekend.

We have a new track from longstanding favourite Amen Dunes, Sixteen comes from the forthcoming arts and literary project The Unified Field, and we also have a second taste of Why?’s new album in the shape of Strawberries.

Your Youth is a loud alternative band from Brooklyn that doesn’t totally exist, a two-person crash-course in celebrating and subverting pop: lyrics under mountains of guitars, a grip of gigantic hooks, and the slick bombast of “major-label sound”. Try the two and a half minute chainsaw guitars of Thick Gold (Bodied) from new EP Battery. Meanwhile, Now You Are One Of Us is Taken from the forthcoming album, The Corner Man, by The Cairo Gang, the outfit of wunderkind Emmett Kelly, long time conspirator in the Bonnie “Prince” Billy band.

Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, is a new album from unusual folk singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, this cut, Appalachia, bodes extremely well for the album as a whole, while the Zolas deal in modern, bouncy, left field, indie-pop. Knot In My Heart comes from their debut album Ancient Mars which is due for a UK release on 3rd December.

Pete Fijalkowski (ex Adorable and Polak) and Terry Bickers (ex House of Love and Levitation) have recorded an album, Broken Heart Surgery, it is a late-night introspective affair that they plan to release in spring of 2013, but to get the ball rolling they’re releasing a free download of I Don’t Give A Shit About You. As the title suggests, those who are profanity-averse might wish to avoid, but underneath the sweary surface is actually a love song of sorts. Not only that, it is brilliant.

Download Amen Dunes – Sixteen mp3 (from The Unified Field)

Dqownload Your Youth – Thick Gold (Bodied) mp3 (from Battery EP)

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MM Shorts 10: Another Free Mix From InsoundHot on the heels of their monthly free mix, Insound have put another one together for the CMJ Festival.

This one features Chad Valley, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Gauntlet Hair, Gross Relations, Jacuzzi Boys, Small Black, Trash Talk, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Widowspeak amongst others. As usual only around for a week, so head here to grab it now.

Download Amen Dunes – Christopher mp3 (from Insound CMJ Digital Mix)

 

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month - August 2011. Our usual round up of the very best of our August posts and some new tracks too. Dip in – every one a winner as they say.

Download The Cabin Dogs – High Falls mp3 (from Midnight Trail)

Invites you to kick off your boots, pour a stiff one and sit on the porch to watch the sun go down – a song for when you’re busy doing nothing as they say.

Download Spectrals – Big Baby mp3 (from Big Baby 7″)

Spritely and upbeat that melds 60s girl group fizz with Elvis Costello in an entirely good way.

Download Waters – O Holy Break Of Day mp3 (from Out In The Light)

Delicate and almost hymn-like indie rock with a sparse, raw feel.

Download Male Bonding – Tame The Sun mp3 (from Endless Now)

Excellent slice of punky power pop.

Download Forest Fire – Future Shadows mp3 (from Staring At The X)

First taster from specialists in weirded out country folk and blues doesn’t disappoint.

Download The Coasts – Handshakers mp3 (from The Coasts)

Quirky anthem that’s equal parts gritty rockabilly and punching pop.

Download Peggy Sue – Cut My Teeth mp3 (from Acrobats)

A six minute, slow brooding burn with a heavier, more viscous feel than previously.

Download Howling Owls featuring WoolfCubb – Spirits To Lift My Spirits mp3 (from Purple On Purple EP)

MM faves return with slightly more upbeat track. And we stress the slightly…

Download Blitzen Trapper – Love The Way You Walk Away mp3 (from American Goldwing)

Another top-notch slice of loose, countrified rock.

Download Beirut – The Rip Tide mp3 (from The Rip Tide)

Superb title track from new album.

Download Ganglians – Drop The Act mp3 (from Still Living)

Smoother than usual garage-psych.

Download Little Gold – Sisters & Friends mp3 (from Weird Freedom)

Easy-breezy basslines, washed-out harmonies, and powerfully mellow drumming.

Download Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)

Another taste of the ominous, malevolent, unique folk stylings from new album.

Download The Ettes – The Pendulum mp3 (from Wicked Will)

Beat-punk and garage sleaze with a healthy dose back porch blues swagger and fuzzed up reverb.

Download Sick Figures – Graveyard Swagger mp3 (from Two Ghosts)

Raucous, saloonish type of rock and roll evoking a dark, eerie mood.

Download The Witch And The Robot – Houdini mp3 (from Fear Of Mountains)

Wonderful blend of peculiarly British pysch-pop and acid folk accompanied by appropriately surreal lyrics.

Download Deer Tick – Miss K. mp3 (from Divine Providence)

Classic slice of bluesy, bar-room Americana from forthcoming album.

Download Ducktails – Sit Around With Ya mp3 (from Killin The Vibe 12″)

Immerse yourself in a mellow hypnotic haze.

Download Luke Temple – Ophelia mp3 (from Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care)

Chugging twang, upbeat and cajun tinged.

Download The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know The Devil mp3 (from I Would Not Know The Devil 7″)

A crackerjack of garage rumble, surf harmonies and guitar jangle.

Download Colossal Gospel – I Have A Heart, I Have A Heart mp3 (from Circles)

Sublime nine minutes of fragile folk beauty that reminded us of Lambchop at their best.

Download Guadalupe Plata – Pollo Podrio mp3 (from Guadalupe Plata)

Think of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion duelling with The Dirtbombs in the Castilla La Mancha…and, er, you’ll not even be close.

Download Beak> – Welcome To The Machine mp3 (from Wish You Were Here Again)

Rigid, pulsating version of Pink Floyd classic.

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)

Personal, whimsical sometimes, slyly sinister at others, lyrically sharp lo-fi folk.

Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Swirling, spacey guitars, reverb washes, tribal drum patterns, vocal delays and ominous repetition mix into a mesmerising, pulsating whole.

Download The Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning mp3 (from The Barr Brothers)

Folky, harmony filled and gorgeous.

Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

A bitterly beautiful reminder of winter’s immediacy in the Midwest.

Download Something Men – Birdy Roof mp3 (from Something Men 7″)

Effortlessly channeling early Velvets rumble and the simple, but effective chord sequences of the Kingsmen into a classic garage sound.

Download Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl mp3 (from Life Sux EP)

More lo-fi, slacker punk goodness.

And to finish off we have new tracks for you too – a chaotic, hook ridden pop gem from Oberhofer, an unsettling six minutes of astral pop from Atlas Sound, attractive indie jangle from Sweden’s Youngfuck, and the infectious pulsing rhythms and quirky imagery of Big Tree.

Download Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita mp3 (from Parallax)

Download Oberhofer – Gotta Go mp3 (from Gotta Go)

Download Youngfuck – Black Tulips mp3 (from Youngfuck 7″)

Download Big Tree – This Fall mp3 (from This New Year)