Posts Tagged ‘Greater Pacific’

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: August 2012.

Our best of August mix is ready and even though it is typically a slightly quieter month for new releases, we can still offer you more than 20 cracking new tunes together with a few ‘hot off the press’ new ones. The result? A brilliant mix to keep you going as we enter autumn (aka the fall for our American friends).

Either way, just enjoy. Check the side bar for all our other monthly mixes too.

Download Imagination Head – Sand Castle mp3
An absolute gem of gently swelling prog-folk spun through with gentle psychedelia. RIYL Mercury Rev!

Download WALL – No Secrets mp3
Minimal, sparse soundscapes, with only muted bass lines and scattered keyboards to frame her haunting voice

Conner Youngblood – The Warpath
Imaginative blend of folk and electronics that combine into a genre-bending, ultra-smooth whole, topped off by his laid-back nonchalant vocal that fits the mood perfectly


Download Blessed Feathers – Hey! All You Floridians mp3 (from Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds)
Seductively earthy and spooky folk

Download Moon Duo – Sleepwalker mp3 (from Circles)
New album cut from reverb loving, fuzzed up, drone psych specialists

Download Wavves – Hippies Is Punks mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Programme)
New one from indie-punk darling

Download Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light mp3 (from Putrifier II)
Two and a half minutes of sublime garage rock brilliance

Elk Rhythms – Concrete Kings
Upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies


Download Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade – Henry Lee mp3
A combination of seductive vocals, ominous bass, lurching accordion, soulful guitar, angry fiddle, and the delicate hope of the ukulele

Well Hung Heart – Devil
Like the feral lovechild of Howling Wolf, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro fronting a hybrid of Nirvana and the Black Keys


Download James Arlowe & The Ruffian Circus – Blue Bouquet mp3
Hard-edged psychedelic rock song, full of bluesy guitar riffs and an incessantly driven piano beat

Download Dolfish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same mp3
Short, sad, bitter and darkly humorous folk song

Download KalispellMarion, MT mp3
Tips its hat firmly in the direction of the Low Anthem’s creaky, organic traditions and is as mesmerising as anything we’ve heard in a good while

Download Spook Houses – Bad Sound mp3 (from Trying)
Thrashing angst-ridden single of scuzzy charred rock

To Kill A King – Wolves
Rousing blend of folk and orchestral pop


Silkies – Like One
Sweet blend of garage pop spanning a number of influences, especially riot grrrl bands, 60s girl groups and that surf-tinged garage stuff going on today


Download Dinowalrus – Grounded mp3
Tasty mid-tempo rocker from the synth-psychedelia specialists and also features some smokin’ harmonica

Greater Pacific – And You All Remain With Me
Perfect, laid-back Americana


The Jar Family – Getting Better
Frank and refreshing brand of typical rootsy English folk, tough, uncompromising, but still coloured by occasional lighter, whimsical touches


Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3
Lyrical genius over indie rap hybrid

Download Railbird – Jump Ship mp3 (from Jump Ship Single)
Beguilingly jerky indie-electronica

Download The LollipopsBlack Tar Carpet Ride mp3
Stunning, woozy, heroin-pop brilliance

And the new ones? Why we have something from Jo Mango’s second album, Murmuration which is set for release on 5th November. This wonderfully wistful album draws upon Jo’s adventures whilst travelling the world as a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band. We have the new single of perfect indie-pop from Sweden’s Cajsa Siik, a haunting sad story driven by stomping rhythms and from her country counterparts we have EP’s Trailer Park’s easygoing country rock jangle of Another Sun. We have the perfectly judged, catchy indie rock of Darlings and their new single Pet The Ghost and finally, we have the melodic, but always visceral rock of the Ten Kens and the twangy, fuzzed up, glam tinged rock of The Sheepdogs with a track from their forthcoming self-titled album.

Download Jo Mango – Cordelia mp3 (from Murmaration)

Download The Ten Kens – Mousetrap mp3 (from Namesake)

Download The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good mp3 (from The Sheepdogs)

Download Darlings – Pet The Ghost mp3 (from Pet The Ghost 7″)



MM Shorts 208: The Greater Pacific.

Greater Pacific have a new album of “laid-back Americana” titled Incandescent, due out on the ever reliable Yer Bird Records (Sept 4th).

The lead track is a peach, and it is available as a ‘pay what you want’ download taster from the record.

Check it out and order from their Bandcamp page here.


So ahead of our mammoth postings of end-of-year favourites: albums, tracks, covers, old songs heard for the first time in 2010 etc. etc. and posted by Mrs Mackerel, MM, Barry-Sean, Mr Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket et al here is a quick and dirty round-up of some of the new tunes, Christmas tunes, covers and other bits and pieces that have been doing the rounds.

Having already posted two covers yesterday by the Handsome Family and Gospel Claws, we’ll keep the theme going strong today. So enjoy Neon Indian and his cover of T-Rex’s classic glam rocker Children of the Revolution, folk singer Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s version of Arcade Fire’s Rebellion, Clare Maguire’s hauntingly beautiful and mesmerising version of Antony’s Hope There’s Someone, and the very hip Golden Filter take on Psychic TV’s disturbing 1983 seasonal offering White Nights.

We also have the lo-fi indie goodness of Summer Camp covering the 80s band The Waitresses, and some festive, fragile folk from Greater Pacific.

Download all below, but also take some time to check these out.

Ace oddball indie label the Jezus Factory have released this last minute charity single from Lil’ Lost Lou with all profits going to Shelter From The Storm (Reg Charity 1125575)

So please do dig deep and help someone get a bed and some food this Christmas by buying this single… It’s pretty easy to end up on your uppers, I’m not too far from it myself……….. also this is a damn fine song and if you don’t believe us have a listen! You can buy it here.


And lastly The Whites of our Eyes is the 7 minute long, improvised result of the first collaboration between Oxford / London kraut-jazz-drone experimentalists Braindead Collective (featuring members of Guillemots, The Epstein, Keyboard Choir and others), and the Scotland-via-Lancashire purveyor of lo-fi creaks and drones, Rob St.John.

Recorded on the coldest day of a freezing British winter in Oxford’s oldest church – St.Michael’s on Cornmarket St – by microphones strategically strewn from pews and rafters, it captures the sound of a band reshaping and remaking the song in response to each other’s improvisations. The result is a piece that teeters between a John Martyn or Smog-esq melody and the atonality and doomy drones of a Velvet Underground or Earth track.  Treading this line for 7 minutes, the song emerges refreshed on the repeated refrain of “You know I never came down from that tree”, backed by a chorus of voices echoing ever quieter into the icily empty church.

The single will be released on a pay-what-you-can basis, with all proceeds going to the homeless charity Shelter. Click here to download your copy.

Download Neon Indian – Children of the Revolution mp3 (T. Rex Cover)

Download Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Rebellion mp3 (Arcade Fire Cover)

Download Clare Maguire – Hope There’s Someone mp3 (Antony & The Johnsons Cover)

Download The Golden Filter – White Nights mp3 (Psychic TV Cover)

Download Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping mp3 (Waitresses Cover)

Download Greater Pacific – Let It Snow mp3