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Late December Catch Up

With all the festivities and end-of-year lists of our favourites, it has meant we have not been able to post a number of new tunes that also came out during the latter part of December. So with apologies for the relative lateness of many of these, we still wanted to catch up and give them a bit of love and airtime.

Led by the husky, sweet vocals of Cameron Matthews, Bear Ceuse is filled out by fanciful and dissonant guitar work, bass, and drums.  The band was recently discovered by U.K.-based label Medical Records, who will release their debut album, Don Domestique, on 26th February. Here is Entertain Me from it.

Download Bear Ceuse – Entertain Me mp3 (from Don Domestique)

Jack Hardman’s track Plymouth is an ethereal and wintery song, filled with warm harmonies and covered in spring reverb – folk music with a psychedelic tint.


New single, Long Forgotten Boy (out 4th March), is the first song written as part of the Night Works project – a sparse pop song with cold synth interludes, perfect for capturing that 4am feeling. It is taken from forthcoming album Urban Heat Island.


Industrial folk collective The Jar Family effortlessly capture the poignant romanticism of life in the North East of England. New single Broken Minded is out on 7th January on Jar Records.


The Pictish Trail also have a new single, The Handstand Crowd, released a couple of weeks ago on iTunes and as a 7″, with an album coming on the 21st January. The track is a wonderfully melodic musing about peer pressure and keeping the wrong company, you can listen here.


Staying in Scotland, No Flags Will Fly is the debut album from Glaswegian band Olympic Swimmers. The album was self-released on the band’s own label Green White Violet in June 2012. This is Fallen Trees.

Download Olympic Swimmers – Fallen Trees mp3 (from No Flags Will Fly)

Olgwi, native of Northern Sweden, releases a third single from the critically acclaimed album Individuation. Titled What I, it is a melancoholic, acoustic country/folk tune, a quest for hope during hard times, in a mild waltzing rhythm, with beautiful backing played by the Stockholm Strings.


Meanwhile, Black Books is altogether more epic – sun-soaked, atmospheric Southern Rock from Austin, Texas. This is White Noise from the Aquarena EP out 11th February on Believe Recordings –


Engine are a new band to us, with a folky, indie sound that is definitely worth exploring. Check out their Bandcamp page here.


Indie rock duo Josh & Mer have a sweet new single, Porcelain out now.


Darling Don’t Dance play rough garage-pop with elements of noise-rock. Replacement is the first single from their debut album City Ghosts.


The new single by Wayter is a double A-side, Team Spirit / Uruguay was recently released as a limited 7″ and download release on Naked Tree Recordings.


Los Angeles’ psych-pop outfit American Royalty has a new track Honey & Queen out that delivers a warm groove with a touch of Yeasayer / Little Dragon about it. From the trio’s upcoming EP, Prismatic, which is due out in February.


Fonda are shoegazey dream-poppers that drink the LA Kool-aid. At the forefront is the single Seeing Stars, which showcases the transcendental pop quality of the duo’s upcoming record, Sell Your Memories. You can give it a listen here:


Shipwreck is the debut single from Henry Green. It was released on December 17th, via Night Talk Records.


Beard Of Wolves have released the excellent track My Father Drives The Death Star as a free download, ahead of their first official single Wet Mouth being released through the Too Pure singles club on January 21st. A full EP and UK tour are then set to land this March.


Upon The North will be the next release from folkies Eliza And The Bear, it will be released on the 25th February and is part of a Double A Side release with The Southern Wild.


NOSE recently released a single on a pay-what-you-want basis called Cretin – a snarling, growling slice of bratty noise rock.


Lastly, for now, Will Miles released his debut double A side single Shallow Water / Angela, last month via new grassroots label Wildheart Records. Shallow Water is an Americana drenched foot stomper whilst Angela is altogether lonelier, mournful and melancholic with washes of pedal steel and harmonica.

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″)



Introducing >>> The Jar Family

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Folk, Music, Rock

Introducing >>> The Jar Family

The Jar Family hail from (broadly speaking), Mrs M’s neck of the woods, being an ‘industrial folk’ band from Hartlepool.

We liked them before we heard them simply because their debut single, Poolie Strut became the most requested song in Radio Hartlepool’s history, and has since been played at all of Hartlepool United’s home matches, leading to the home faithful chanting the song on the terraces. That, in the MM world, is pretty cool!

Irrespective of all that, the even better news is that they ply a frank and refreshing brand of typical rootsy English folk, tough, uncompromising, but still coloured by occasional lighter, whimsical touches. Above all, their sound is shot through with honesty and an authenticity that is borne from down-to-earth reflections on the economic hardships of their hometown.

Previously famed for the local’s exploits in monkey hanging, The Jar Family may well be about to change all that for Hartlepool. Download free track Getting Better via their Soundcloud page below and keep an eye and ear out for forthcoming single Broken Minded.