Posts Tagged ‘Carter Tanton’


It’s here! Our countdown of our favourite tracks of 2016 as nominated by MM, Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper and The Italian Job. Part One sees us counting down from 100 to 76.

So without further ado…


100 Oldermost – Finally Unsure


99 Slaves – People That You Meet


98 Spoilers – No Pressure


97 Adam Torres – Morning Rain


96 Johnny Dowd – Whiskey Ate My Brain


95 Molly Parden – Kentucky, I


94 The Felice Brothers – Jack At The Asylum


93 Horse Thief – Another Youth


92 Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day


91 The Coathangers – Watch Your Back


90 Whitney – No Woman


89 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker


88 Haybaby – Joke/Rope


87 Springtime Carnivore – Raised By Wolves


86 Jamie T – Tescoland


85 VATS – Melting Culture


84 Holly Throsby – What Do You Say


83 Happyness – Falling Down


82 Hooded Fang – Tunnel Vision


81 The Felice Brothers – Aerosol Ball


80 Bueno – Babyface


79 Loch Lomond – Silver Felt


78 Velcro Hooks – Galaxy Police Club


77 Carter Tanton – Twentynine Palms


76 Avers – Insects


Check back for Part 2 (75-51) tomorrow.

Carter Tanton assembled Freeclouds, his first collection of songs in 2012, which we thoroughly enjoyed and posted about on a few occasions.  A couple of years later, Tanton moved to England where he wrote all of the songs on his new album Jettison the Valley.

This change of environment, and his rediscovery of early British influences including Richard Thompson, Nick Drake and John Cale sparked a powerful shift in perspective, which led him to write his most cohesive and personal work to date. Other than the pedal steel featured on two songs, Tanton engineers and plays every instrument on the album. His old friend and collaborator (and MM fave) Marissa Nadler contributes lead vocals to the title track, and Sharon Van Etten (another MM fave) sings on both Twenty-Nine Palms and Through the Garden Gate.

Listen to the former below – it is sublime.


In all the craziness of Christmas our in-box got overwhelmed with videos from all sorts of interesting folk. So here’s your chance to give them a viewing and pick up one or two nice mp3s.

Those Lavender Whales have come up with a novel way of showcasing their track Growth In Question from their new record, Tomahawk Of Praise, which is due for release on the 17th January on Fork & Spoon.


The Red Shoes video from the anarchic and unpredictable Yonkersville Marching Society is as frenetic, as irreverent and as charmingly bonkers as you might imagine.


We’ve posted a few times recently about New York’s Uncles, this is the video to accompany Bayberry Lane.


Download The Uncles – Bayberry Lane mp3 (from M4W)

Carter Tanton has offered up this kaleidoscopic new video for Fake Pretend from excellent album Freeclouds and featuring another MM fave, Marissa Nadler.


Download Carter Tanton – Fake Pretend mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Horrorscope mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Free Clouds)

And Ms Nadler herself has this self-produced video for the dreamily melancholic In Your Lair, Bear.


Download Marissa Nadler – The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

The second single to be taken from Mike Marlin’s second album Man on the Ground is This Town. It is officially out on January 23rd. Watch the blustery London video.


Next stop Scotland (the forest outside Dalmally to be precise) and a film of Calum, a 79 year old local hero building a woodshed. It is soundtracked by Washington Irving and their single Abbey Gallop.


Pop Song is the first video from energetic Toronto indie rockers Broken Bricks. It has a nice stylized 60s retro feel.


Download Broken Bricks – Pop Song mp3 (from Little Fugitives)

Months of animation went into the video for Overboard by The Ramshackle Union Band – thankfully the song, a woozy bluegrass tinged number, is as good as the film!


Download The Ramshackle Union Band – Magdalene mp3

By contrast, Little Racer’s video for their song of the same name is as quirky as it is romantic.


Download Little Racer – Little Racer mp3 (from Little Racer EP)

High On Stress have just released their third record Living Is A Dying Art. This is These Days Are Gone, a typically robust and rootsy rocker.


Download High On Stress – These Days Are Gone mp3 (from Living Is A Dying Art)

Clubfeet’s Fall From Here is as haunting visually as it is musically. Sonically diverse it manages to be simultaneously melancholy, eerie, depressing and beautiful.


Download Clubfeet – Fall From Here mp3 (from Fall From Here)

We also have some rather good psychedelic garage from France in the shape of Le Pecheur. This is Holy Mountain from their album Medieval Dreams.


Black Light White Light describe themselves as a retroactive bohemian psych rock band and this is their first video for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, which comes from the Danish band’s debut album Infrared Daylight. It has a rather touching story between a sheep dog and his charge. Watch and grab another track from the album.


Download Black Light White Light – The Militia mp3 (from Infrared Daylight)

And finally, this is is All The Good, the latest video from Lisa Jaeggi’s album Epic Epic. It is facepainted good v evil with a light-hearted twist.


Download Lisa Jaeggi – All The Good mp3 (from Epic Epic)

Download Lisa Jaeggi – Heartache mp3 (from Epic Epic)

Download Lisa Jaeggi – Whether He Knows mp3 (from Epic Epic)

MM Shorts 28: More From Carter Tanton. We’ve posted a couple of times about Carter Tanton and their excellent album Free Clouds. Here’s a third track from it, Fake Pretend, this time featuring the vocals of another MM fave, the enchanting Marissa Nadler.

Order the album here.

Download Carter Tanton – Fake Pretend mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Horrorscope mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Round-Up Time. So much to catch up on…here’s a few tracks to tickle the earbuds.

Veteran noisemongering indie rockers Comet Gain have given us another track from their excellent album Howl Of The Lonely Crowd, this time it is the marvellously titled Clang Of The Concrete Swans.

Download Comet Gain – Clang Of The Concrete Swans mp3 (from Howl Of The Lonely Crowd)

Acid Baby Jesus deliver (as you might surmise) a full throttle blend of scuzzy garage rock, and they do it better than most. Check out latest effort Oh, Aurelia as well as previous single Hospitals.

Download Acid Baby Jesus – Oh, Aurelia mp3

Download Acid Baby Jesus – Hospitals mp3 (from Hospitals single)

Elsewhere, long dormant freak folkers Charalambides return with a trademark cut of drone and fucked up, fuzzed out folk in the shape of symphonic epic Before You Go. Pre-order the album Exile, their first for 5 years, here.

Download Charalambides – Before You Go mp3 (from Exile)

At the other end of the folk spectrum are Ohbijou who release new album Metal Meets later this month. Anser is a lovely slice of harmonious, orchestral folk that you can grab for free below.


Sic Alps placed themselves firmly on our radar with long player Napa Asylum and have returned with a new single Breadhead, which ticks all the right boxes for us – a lo-fi, garage gem of tambourine, guitar squall and hippy vocals.

Download Sic Alps – Breadhead mp3 (from Breadhead 7″)

The recent reissue of Social Climbers one and only self-titled album of sparse, spastic, weirdly danceable punk/disco is a cause for celebration, one listen to the twitchy, psycopathic Chicken 80 is enough to tell you that. And make us nostalgic for 1980 too.

Download Social Climbers – Chicken 80 mp3 (from Social Climbers)

Weekend offer up Hazel from a new EP simply titled Red on Slumberland. An excellent mix of noise rock and catchy indie melodies takes this into shoegaze territory, but the song craft alone makes this well worth investigating.

Download Weekend – Hazel mp3 (from Red EP)

Carter Tanton has debuted a new single Horrorscope from his forthcoming full-length, Freeclouds, with Western Vinyl. Slated for a November 15th release, the album also features the enchanting vocals of MM fave Marissa Nadler.

Download Carter Tanton – Horrorscope mp3 (from Freeclouds)

Speculator, aka Nick Ray, has released a debut album of intriguing warped pop and skewed 80s electronics on Underwater Peoples. Try Blue Rose on for size.

Download Speculator – Blue Rose mp3 (from Nice)

We have been meaning to post about The Black Rabbits debut album Hypno-Switch for a good while without ever managing it. Theirs is a record that confidently acknowledges its dues to the past without letting it suffocate them, and the result is a superb blend of classic rock, jangly guitars, precision drumming and passionate vocals. Calling to mind The Doors via Television and The Violent Femmes, take a listen to the wistful melancholy of Painter, Poet, Prophet, Priest – one of the many album highlights. Buy the album via their website here.

Download The Black Rabbits – Painter, Poer, Prophet, Priest mp3 (from Hypno-Switch)

From black to brown, and Brown Shoe, another new name to us, but Late Nights is an excellent slice of effortlessly catchy indie and folk rock from their fourth album The Gift Horse. The soaring vocals and anthemic chorus will have you up and punching the air before you know it.

Download Brown Shoe – Late Nights mp3 (from The Gift Horse)

Download Brown Shoe – Colt Rider mp3 (from The Gift Horse)

And, appropriately enough, on to Red in the shape of Red Measure. They have a three track debut EP titled Seven Inch coming out shortly and Parlor Pageant offers much to be enthusiastic about – a nicely heavy slab of bruising no-nonsense rock carried along on a classic hypnotic riff and tribal drumming. Out on September 20th through iTunes and on Spotify.

Download Red Measure – Parlor Pageant mp3 (from Seven Inch EP)

The City And Horses are an elusive indie pop outfit who will shortly release their sophomore effort We Will Never Be Discovered via Paper Garden. The title track is a catchy gem that recalls the halycon days of prime Talking Heads.

Download The City And Horses – We Will Never Be Discovered mp3 (from We Will Never Be Discovered)

Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black, a native of the North Wales countryside and a single-minded, idiosyncratic, contrary singer-songwriter who possesses an ear for a sparkling melody, a restless soul, and a gift for a deft lyrical turn; from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinklingly boastful to deliciously self-deprecating. Following the release of his third album, I’m a Dancer/Songs About Sleeping, Black has returned in 2011 with his latest EP – Girl Under A Tree.

Download Sweet Baboo – The Day I Lost My Voice mp3 (from Girl Under A Tree EP)

2011 has been quite the journey for ambient folk songstress Steph Thompson – who performs under the name Steffaloo. Much blog buzz has been generated and this is the exquisite b-side to debut 7″ single On Fire. Purchase the vinyl here.

Download Steffaloo – The Red Runs Free mp3 (from On Fire 7″)

Trwbador are an avant pop duo from Wales who are releasing their second EP titled The Sun In The Winter. It has been described as ‘cute and scary’ or ‘If Roal Dahl made music it would sound like this!’, but irrespective of all that, the title track really is a gem of idiosyncratic, original off-kilter pop.

Download Trwbador – The Sun In Winter mp3 (from The Sun In Winter EP)

Icarus Himself releases an album of rather good electro psych-folk on October 11 via Science of Sound Records. Try On Your Side, built on a loop of a drum machine hi-hat and a fuzzed-out Casio synth and recalling artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, and David Bowie.

Download Icarus Himself – On Your Side mp3 (from Career Culture)

And last, but certainly not least, we have the raw blues boogie and punk attitude of Welsh duo Henry’s Funeral Shoe which is shown off to great effect with Dog Scratched Ear, the first track from their second album Donkey Jacket. It is out on Alive Records on October 11th. We think this might well be the best thing they’ve done to date.

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)

Mad Mackerel's Best of July Mix. Oh yes, it is that time again. Here is a round up of the very best of what we posted in July, plus a couple of new ones to add to the mix. Enjoy.

Download Dennis Hopper Choppers – Good To Me mp3 (from Be Ready)

Morricone inspired spaghetti western feel and Tijuana style horns combine to give an authentic dusty desert twang.

BTW: Whichever knob alleged infringement of copyright and reported to DMCA – get your facts right or contact us direct! This track is shared with full permission of Top Button Digital who represent the band.

Download Jenny Owen Youngs – Great Big Plans mp3 (from Great Big Plans)

First taste of singer-songwriter’s new album. It’s good!

Download The Deep Dark Woods – Westside Street mp3 (from The Place I Left Behind)

Another lovely example of their warm, resonant folk sound – it meanders slowly and surely along on the back of some lovely harmonies and easy going instrumentation.

Download Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones mp3 (from West)

Takes the spirit of the Velvet Underground and melds it perfectly with the pummeling space rock of Hawkwind to create one of the best tracks of the year so far.

Download The Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love mp3 (from The Happy Thoughts)

Two and a half minutes of perfect, roughly hewn, garage style power pop.

Download Grass Widow – Mannequin mp3 (from Milo Minute 7″)

A suitably jangly and messy cover of Wire’s classic.

Download Megafaun – These Words mp3 (from Megafaun)

A round-robin of gamelan, ambient sounds, frogs, and cicadas underpin a hauntingly indelible piano melody and a hypnotic beat.

Download Vacant Fever – Heavy Leather mp3 (from Heparin And Saline)

Brilliantly sparse and stripped back affair with not a wasted note or murmur from first moment to the last.

Download Blind Atlas – Mary Anne mp3 (from Iron Wall EP)

The band put down their electric guitars and picked up acoustic instruments for Mary Anne and produced a lovely, laid-back country song.

Download The Sainthood Reps – Monoculture mp3 (from Monoculture)

Gem of distortion, bludgeoning percussion, and a nagging, jagged riff that sets it well apart from the usual fare and, played loud enough, might just remove the paint from the walls.

Download Brown Bird – Fingers To The Bone mp3 (from Salt For Salt)

Traditionally dark and eerie sound that is often backed with some of the most ominous and foreboding lyrics you’re likely to hear.

Download The Parson Red Heads – Burning Up The Sky mp3 (from Yearling)

Harkens back to the most prolific and inventive elements in the canon of West Coast psych-folk, the band’s music is intricate, gorgeous and rich.

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – Weather Of A Killing Kind mp3 (Adult Swim free single)

Gravelly tones and strummed acoustics.

Download Pepper Rabbit – Murder Room mp3 (from Red Velvet Snow Ball)

The dark undertone takes its time to bubble to the surface before dragging you back down in to its hidden depths.

Download St. Vincent – Big Black Mariah mp3 (live at Rain Dogs Revisited at The Barbican)

Cover of the month?

Download St. Vincent – Surgeon mp3 (from Strange Mercy)

And a brilliant taster from forthcoming new album.

Download We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act on Impulse mp3 (from In The Pit Of The Stomach)

An absolute cracker, featuring two minutes of tribal drumming and building guitars as an intro before launching into an anthem of stadium proportions.

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Freeclouds)

Our first point of reference was Sparklehorse: it is elegant, forlorn, and intimate.

Download The Pack A.D. – Sirens mp3 (from Unpersons)

Treat yourself to some trademark full on blues-rock riffage a la Zeppelin or Sabbath and that throaty Joplin like roar. Marvellous.

Download The Roadside Graves – Double Feature mp3 (from We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)

Country rock and whiskey raw vocals from stalwart MM faves.

Download Rhubarb Whiskey – Bears In The Lot mp3 (from Cautionary Tales)

Unique tale of bears and booze whose lyrics were penned by the infamous award winning horror author Poppy Z. Brite.

Download Case Studies – The Eagle, Or The Serpent mp3 (from The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night)

Download Case Studies – You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers mp3 (from The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night) (via RSTB)

Two brilliant tracks that tell the tales of the dysfunctional and the disenchanted, the dreamers and the hopeless. Faultless folk!

Download Mikal Cronin – Apathy mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)

Download Mikal Cronin – Get Along mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)

And two brilliant blends of sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs – a California fuzz take on gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop.

Download Amen Dunes – Lower Mind mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)

Dark-hearted psych-folk over a repetitive almost drone-like rhythm – it calls to mind another MM fave in Wooden Wand.

Download Peg Simone – Wait For Night mp3

An eerie, otherworldly approach to blues and folk featuring lingering, ghostly guitar riffs and silver-tongued vocals.

And to finish off a cracking mix we have the dreamy pop loops of Gauntlet Hair, the easy-going folk-pop of Book Club (via MOKB), Jeff The Brotherhood’s faithful Nirvana take for their contribution to SPIN magazine’s free tribute album (get the whole thing here) and finally The Fungi Girls offer up a taste of their wonderful mix of psych-pop hooks and garage fuzz from forthcoming album Some Easy Magic.

Download Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk mp3 (from Gauntlet Hair)

Download Book Club – Meal Of Dreams mp3 (from Ghost)

Download Fungi Girls – Velvet Days mp3 (from Some Easy Magic)

Download JEFF The Brotherhood – Something In The Way mp3 (from Newermind: SPIN Tribute to Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’)

See all our previous Best of The Month mixes in the side bar on the left. You might also like our recent free Truck Festival mix here or Big Hitters Round Up here.

Introducing...Carter Tanton Carter Tanton (formerly known as Tulsa and current member of Lower Dens) has announced details of his forthcoming full-length, Freeclouds on Western Vinyl. Slated for a November 1st release, the album marks four years since his celebrated Tulsa EP, I Was Submerged, and features the enchanting vocals of MM fave, Boston dream-folk artist Marissa Nadler. In anticipation of the LP, he has released his first single, Murderous Joy for free download.

On listening to the single, our first point of reference was Sparklehorse: it is elegant, forlorn, and intimate and bodes very well for the album indeed.

Order from the label here.

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Freeclouds)