Posts Tagged ‘Englishman’

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Englishman

Posted: January 3, 2014 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Mad Mackerel Recommends…Englishman

Despite the name, Englishman are a Kentucky based indie-folk three-piece who have recently released an excellent seven track EP titled Unsafe & Sound.

It is the follow-up to their self-titled debut of 2010, and is distinguished from the masses by lyrics that are smart, observational and sincere – all backed by lush, warm melodies that effortlessly deliver a heartfelt poignancy that so many strive for, but so few achieve.

It carries echoes of the Mountain Goats or Grandaddy and anyone with a soft spot for either of those is going to find much to love here.

Have a listen…

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of September, October & November Mix

We’ve been a bit tardy with our round ups of the Best of the Month downloads on MM, and so we have a bumper three month collection for you before the countdown begins on Monday for our favourite 100 tracks and 50 albums of the year.

So without further ado…here is Part 1 of the pick of the downloads from September to November…and as usual, a couple of new tunes too.

Gross Relations – Discovery Zone
A more energetic, infectiously distorted slab of garage pop you’re unlikely to find…

 

Scary People – Dreams Of Gold
Energetically laden with time changes and bound by glorious hooks, but anchored by thumping, driven drum beats, soaring guitar passages and heady distorted vocals.

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Owls Of The Swamp – Happiness Is A Sad Song
Aussie troubadour’s beautiful and sweetly sorrowful folk.

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Cate Le Bon – I Think I Knew (with Perfume Genius)
Unusually fragile and undeniably lovely cut from her new album.

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The Eversons – Creepy
Effervescent, bubbling indie-pop.

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Miesha & The Spanks – Please Don’t Blow
From forthcoming album Girls Like Wolves and sounds like the bastard lovechild of Joan Jett and L7.

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Aisha Burns – Sold
A voice of pure, crystalline beauty and power that grips from the very first note.


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The Underground Man – Bad Vibrations
Stark, wistful indie-pop.

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Brother Dege – The Black Sea
Swamp blues boogie combined with flammable rhetoric.

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Big Deal – Swapping Spit
The new single from their much acclaimed album of dark, intoxicating, occasionally grungy delights.


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Lo Fine – Lie In White
Literate, thoughtful, slowcore tinged Americana.

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Sun Club – Beauty Meat
Dirty sunshine pop.

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12 Dirty Lovers – Faster
Feral sounding, outsider’s indie rock and art-punk – think Pavement, Sonic Youth and Devo fighting to the death in a sack.

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Fim – Fast Cars
All choppy, needling guitars, jerky percussion and and WTF vocals.

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The Inky Depths – Doesn’t Matter At All
Melodic, jngly indie in a slightly Big Star or Elliott Smith-type vein

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Dan Whitehouse – Reaching For A State Of Mind
Expansive folk – questioning, observing, and filled with optimism and self-doubt.

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The Golden Furs – Run Back
Weaves together rock, pop, and folk with sweet harmonies and sultry vocals.

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No Valley – Charlie Don’t Surf
As infectious a slice of garagey rock as you’re likely to come across.

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Ghost Wave – Kind Of A Drag
A tasty cover of the Buckingham’s track.

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Shearwater – Fucked Up Life
Fabulous cover of the Baptist Generals song.


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Young Mammals – Build A House
Effortlessly crafted noisy, jaggedly dark and distorted pop.

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Steady Sun – Garden Path Song
Kicking off with a slow and slightly ominous groove it soon breaks out into something far more infectious taking with it a little reverb, some synths and a delicate floating vocal.

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Holyoak – Silver Boys
A gently hallucinatory lullaby of equal parts indie folk and lyrical poetry.

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Calgary James – Days Like These
Thoroughly enjoyable, meandering acoustic guitar ditty with a nicely judged psych-pop undercurrent – should appeal to fans of Mac DeMarco.

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Download Mind Spiders – Make Make Make Make mp3
A perfect slice of sci-fi garage punk.

Download Englishman – More Than Insects mp3
A two-minute gem of folk-pop.

Download James Keyes – Darkness Come Creeping mp3 (from The Middle)
Somewhere between the throaty junkyard stomp of Tom Waits and the wild mercurial ramblings of Dylan.

And to finish a couple of new tracks – first up are local boys Beta Blocker and The Body Clock, the Oxford three-piece who define their music as “deliciously distorted, balancing noise, melody, space, and rhythm in a fuzz-fuelled frenzy. Second is a sublime Vic Chesnutt cover by Cat Meat who deliver a wonderful version of Isadora Duncan (from his album Little).


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MM Shorts 461: Englishman

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop
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MM Shorts 462: Englishman

Englishman’s forthcoming effort Unsafe & Sound is the follow-up to their 2010 self-titled full-length studio album (which we posted about here), and will available on limited edition vinyl and digital formats on the 19th November.

Download the indie folk pop of More Than Insects, the first taste from the seven track EP – it is a two minute gem.

Download Englishman – More Than Insects mp3 (from Unsafe & Sound)

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Englishman

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Country, Folk, Indie, Music
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Englishman is the musical project of Lexington, KY native Andrew English.

Englishman’s self-titled debut full-length was cut to tape in the converted barn he helped to build on a rural Ohio farm, it is at once familiar and haunted. The ten snowy days of recording were broken up by family style meals of summer vegetables and winter toddies and the result is a record that is wonderfully simple. It is full of sparse, minimal folk melodies and lovely harmonies offering subtle musical shades of heartbreak and enchantment in equal measure.

This is likely to be the coziest new album for the coming cold, and any stormy weather hereafter.

Visit MySpace here or buy for $5 from Bandcamp here.

Download Englishman – Boy T.Rex mp3 (from Englishman)