Posts Tagged ‘Balmorhea’

In conjunction with the reissue of their 2007 self-titled debut (out on the 14th October on Western Vinyl), Balmorhea the six-piece instrumental group from Austin, TX., are releasing two new songs on a limited edition 7″ titled HEIR.

With the songs created for the 7”, the band brings everything full circle, returning to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. Listen below to HEIR I  which starts things off slowly with a Wurlitzer’s somber tremolo and some gently propulsive electric bass, soon joined by vibes and a soaring violin melody.



Saturday Means Six Of The Best!

We’re still catching up on a huge backlog of e-mails and submissions since our excursion in search of the sun. Here then is a quick round-up of some notable and noteworthy releases.

We have skate-punks Fidlar and their latest homage to the joys of alcohol with the two and a half minutes of Cheap Beer and we have Brooklyn’s latest buzz band (justified for once), INDYNS who deal in fast paced rock ballads, that are accentuated with an array of synths and catchy choruses. Their latest single is the rousing Fields Lie Fallow.

Slowing up and smoothing things over are our favourite folk troubadour from the Faroe Islands Teitur who is back with a new EP (Four Songs) and a US tour. The excellently named Jailhouse Gumbo Jones comes from it and more than lives up to its name. We also have the sweet harmonies of Native Roses and their second single Shadows which is a gorgeous slice of introspective folk.

The six minute long Sheltering Sky comes from a digital and cassette only release titled Mood Music from a promising new female garage pop duo Upside Drown – anyone with Best Coast or Grass Widow tunes in their collection will find much to enjoy with this (buy here). And lastly we have another taste of the experimental sonics and ambient Americana of Balmorhea who have made a second track, the epic slow burn of Days, available from forthcoming album Stranger.

Download Fidlar – Cheep Beer mp3

Download Upside Drown – Sheltering Sky mp3 (from Mood Music)





We thought we’d bundle these two together – the latest free Vinyl mix download from Insound and Uncut magazine’s latest free cover disk. Both offering a mighty enticing slice of new music of all shapes and sizes.

MM Shorts 200: Insound & Uncut Freebies.

The Insound mix can be got for free for a limited time, and features The Family Band, Niki & The Dove, Hot Panda, and Chain & The Gang amongst others. You can grab the whole thing here.

Mad Mackerel Free Mp3sUncut is available from any decent newsagent in the UK and as well as featuring the incomparable Joe Strummer on the cover, has an eclectic CD with tracks from Ry Cooder, Bill Fay, Race Horses, Jesca Hoop and The Dirty Projectors and more.

As always, here are a couple of our choice picks from both. Another from Balmorhea’s experimental folk leanings (also see our massive Friday mix posted yesterday), and a taste from John Murry’s recent acclaimed release, the emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica, The Graceless Age.

Download Balmorhea – San Solomon (Rivers Arms Bonus Tracks) mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape 7-26-12)

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from Uncut 2012.09 & The Graceless Age)

A Massive Friday Mix.

The number of new releases has cranked back into top gear recently with a whole host of tasty ear ticklers coming our way. So what could be even better than an Olympic opening ceremony than a massive Mad Mackerel Friday mix – twenty four tracks handpicked especially for you.

We light the flame with buzzworthy punked-up noiseniks Fidlar and in the same vein another from Vancouver-bred trio Nu Sensae. We have new songs from instrumental folk experimentalists Balmorhea, another from Blitzen Trapper led country rock supergroup Denver, a third track of trademark guitar distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project Chelsea Light Moving, Jason Lyttle covering 80s pop experimentalists Talk Talk, and some lo-fi goodness from R Stevie Moore.

We have some infectiously angst inspired riffage from Big Scary, some infectiously synth inspired indie rock from Letting Up Despite Great Faults and some infectiously beguiling electro-indie pop from Scraps. We have a brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone from The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe and a couple of tracks of Woodpecker’s indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams.

We have the new Lowpines dustily defiant Americana single via the excellent EardrumsPop label, and the slow moving gospel melancholy and honeyed velvet vocals of Padraig Whelan. There is melancholy too in Eli Mardock’s atmospheric, but slightly more upbeat indie-pop, and Fountains give us a taste of epic, brooding indie rock that tips a wink to 90s shoegaze and is as good as anything new we’ve heard in a good while – play this baby loud!

We have Delta Spirit’s brilliant Tear It Up from their recent self-titled album, and the new one from prolific and quirky indie rock royalty Mountain Goats. There is singer-songwriter’s Sondre Lerche’s out-take from his soon to be reissued album Phantom Punch, and a new taste of Crystal Castles gothic dance moves with Plague.

And lastly we have the angular, jerky and irreverent new wave of The Modern Airline, the hypnotic pummelling of psych-dance-rockers Turing Machine and Mac DeMarco’s My Kind Of Woman, a brilliant driving anthem of garage-pop.


Download Fidlar – The Punks Are Finally Taking Acid mp3 (via Rollo & Grady)

Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)

Download Balmorhea – Pyrakantha mp3 (from Stranger)

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)

Download Jason Lyttle – Tomorrow’s Started mp3 (from Spirit of Talk Talk)

Download R Stevie Moore – Pop Music mp3 (from Lo Fi High Fives)

Download Nu Sensae – 100 Shades mp3 (from Sundowning)

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)

Download Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions mp3 (from Untogether)

Download Lowpines – Give Me A Horse mp3 (from Lowpines Single)

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3

Download Turing Machine – Lazy Afternoon Of The Jaguar mp3 (from What Is The Meaning Of What)

Download Scraps – Secret Paradise mp3 (from Secret Paradise 7″)

Download Eli Mardock – Everything Happens For The First Time mp3

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)

Download Woodpecker – Every Boy In New York mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)

Download Padraig Whelan – What I Know, I Know With You mp3 (from Never Be So Wicked, No More As You Once Were EP)

Download Sondre Lerche – Boxing Day mp3 (from Phantom Punch)

Download Crystal Castles – Plague mp3 (from Plague)

Download The Modern Airline – Monster On The Campus mp3 (from The Modern Airline)

Download Mac DeMarco – My Kind Of Woman mp3 (from Mac DeMarco 2)




Balmorhea release new 7″

Posted: November 17, 2010 in Alternative, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

After several tours stateside and abroad, a new full-length, (Constellations), and a lauded Austin City Limits performance, Balmorhea is keeping up the momentum to finish 2010 with the release of Candor/Clamor.  This 7″ will see a physical release on December 7, 2010 via Western Vinyl.

Put simply, Clamor is ecstatic with its persistent piano propulsion, electrifying bass, and bombastic drums – a heart-pounding shamanistic wake-up call.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Balmorhea – Clamor mp3 (from Candor/Clamor 7″)