Posts Tagged ‘Meursault’

New Release Round Up.

Here are a whole bunch of appetising new releases all ready for you to try a pick and mix approach to soundtracking your weekend.

Kicking us off, hypnotic indie experimentalists, The Soft Moon have another track from new album Zeros available for download. This is Insides.

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The Inner Mansions, the new album from Teen Daze has been picking up lots of positive reviews and will be released on 6th November on Lefse Records. This is Union which features guest vocals from Frankie Rose.

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Angel Olsen is a folk singer and a frequent collaborator with Will Oldham and if this track of drama and heartache, Tiniest Seed, from her new album Half Way Home is anything to go by it is going to be well worth tracking down.

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Mosaic is the new 7″ release of lush dream pop from London’s Fear of Men. It is out on limited edition 7″ blue vinyl next month.

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Released on 24th September on Song, By Toad Records, Dull Spark is the second single from melancholy folk experimentalists Meursault’s excellent album Something For The Weakened. This is a touch more upbeat, a touch more distorted, and a touch more gruff.

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Wiry garage punks The Coathangers have a new split single with Heavy Cream, and Merry Go Round from it should add substantially to their growing number of fans.

Download The Coathangers – Merry Go Round mp3 (from The Coathangers / Heavy Cream split 7″)
Apparently despite this being freely available and authorised as a download some empty headed halfwit has alleged copyright infringement. Of course they don’t contact us they just make the allegation anonymously and get us a warning from box.net that we can do nothing about. So if you want the song you can download it here from Pitchfork – apparently they can give it away for free, but we can’t. What an ill-informed twat!

Kaki King also has a new release, Glow, due imminently. The taut straining acoustics of Great Round Burn is the first taste.

Download Kaki King – Great Round Burn mp3 (from Glow)

And finally a new one from the marvellous Lord Huron following on from the superb Time To Run comes Brother. It is another reason to look forward to the forthcoming album Lonesome Dreams.

Download Lord Huron – Brother mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)

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New Meursault Album.

We were first introduced to Meursault via the Song, By Toad blog, and they were soon established as a firm favourite of Barry-Sean’s. Their reputation amongst the Mackerels was further cemented by the wonderful single Nothing Broke and their excellent album All Creatures Will Make Merry.

They have a new album scheduled, their third, on Song, By Toad Records and rather aptly released on Barry-Sean’s birthday – the 16th July. It is called Something For The Weakened and our copy arrived in the post a few days ago. According to the press release, they have moved away from the more electronic based sounds and embraced a far more organic and orchestrated approach – synths and samplers have been switched for piano and intricate string arrangements on the record.

Well, in our opinion the change certainly agrees with them and we are, if anything, in line for something even better with this record than we’ve been treated to before. We’ve not had it long enough to get properly acquainted with it yet, but first impressions are that this is a warm record, sturdy somehow and seems to indicate that the band are in fine fettle. Of course they are still as capable as ever of breaking your heart with a tale of restrained, subdued melancholy that slips a fist around your soul and squeezes tight and these provide some of the (many) undeniable high points on the record. However, the shackles are thrown off sometimes and the change of pace and tempo suits them too, especially on Dull Spark and the bitter (and brilliant) Settling with its perfectly judged metronomic rhythm which should surely be destined for many end-of-year Best Of lists.

Have a listen to another album high point, the impassioned and nigh on perfect Flittin’  – Meursault might well be even more magnificent than ever before.

Buy previous Meursault releases here.

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MM Shorts 116: Free Mix Download 3. Our third recommended free mix comes via the distinctive and original blog/record label Song, By Toad.

They have made available the first of what is planned to be an annual free mix consisting mostly of highlights from their label releases that include the brilliant Rob St. John, Black Tambourine, Trips & Falls and King Post Kitsch among the 15 tracks and 3 snippets from Wind in the Willows.

Just head over here to their Bandcamp page to grab it in return for an e-mail address, or use the widget below. Alternatively try a taste in the form of the wonderful Meursault and Lil Daggers.

Download Meursault – A Mother’s Arms (Demo) mp3 (from Song, By Toad Records 2012 Sampler)

Download Lil Daggers – Dead Golden Girls mp3 (from Song, By Toad Records 2012 Sampler)

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There have been some free compilations doing the rounds recently that we think are definitely worth checking out.

First up is the latest monthly Cross Section mix from Clash magazine featuring, among others, Carl Barat, Badly Drawn Boy, Sky Larkin, The Heartbeats and eight more.

Asthmatic Kitty have made a rather enticing October mix available on their Bandcamp page, it features Sufjan Sevens, MM fave Julianna Barwick, and DM Stith amongst others.

Lastly to celebrate the second anniversary of the Music Alliance Pact, featuring blogs around the world recommending their favourite tracks, comes this Scottish only mix from The Pop Cop featuring 23 tracks and including in the line-up Meursault, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Admiral Fallow.

Sample some taster tracks from each below and then check out the full compilations by clicking the links.

Clash magazine sampler, Asthmatic Kitty sampler, Music Alliance Pack sampler.

Download Meursault – Another mp3 (from Music Alliance Press Scottish sampler)

Download Julianna Barwick – Green Days mp3 (from Asthmatic Kitty Mix)

Download Carl Barat – She’s Something mp3 (from Clash Magazine Cross Section Mix)

You can get the full story here at Song By Toad, but basically they’re encouraging you to donate the price of a pint (or whatever you feel like really) to help save Phil from Meursault having to sell his guitar.

For those who don’t know, Meursault are a superb band and the chap needs his guitar…

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Meursault –  Crank Resolutions mp3 (from All Creatures Will Make Merry)

As usual, here is our round-up of some of the best songs we’ve posted during April plus a couple of new ones. Thirty great songs all ready to go on one cracking playlist and impress your family and friends.

Without further ado…

Shabby Rogue – My Life As A Secret Agent mp3 (High octane, paranoia induced rock ‘n’ roll riffage)

Kurt Vile – Invisibility Nonexistent mp3 (Ramshackle bluesy psychedelia)

Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall-Sing-Along mp3 (Folk foot-stomper from outstanding new album)

Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain mp3 (Sparse, shadowy, southern Gothic folk)

Sparrow & The Workshop – Devil Song mp3 (Morricone inspired galloping, cowboy blues)

Band Of Horses – Compliments mp3 (First track from much anticipated new album – signs are good)

Local Natives – World News mp3 ((Yet another) catchy, harmony filled gem from the wonderful Gorilla Manor album)

The Ooks Of Hazzard – Kids mp3 (Cover of the year so far? MGMT given a ukulele led, rough country makeover)

Phosphorescent – Mermaid Parade mp3 (Classic Phosphorescent. Classic modern country)

Jason Ward – Bless You mp3 (Lyrically brilliant folk ditty reminiscent of Blitzen Trapper)

Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For mp3 (New Sub-Pop darlings show what the fuss is about)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles – At The Wake mp3 (Perfect blend of Americana and indie rock)

The National – Afraid Of Everyone mp3 (Standout centrepiece from brilliant new album)

Peggy Sue – Watchman mp3 (Folk duo spit lyrical venom)

Chapel Club – O Maybe I mp3 (Top notch, classic British indie rock from much tipped newcomers)

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Forget It mp3 (Perfect backwoods porch Americana)

The War Crimes – Enamour Me And Roll mp3 (Sinister, unsettling and lyrically brilliant)

Meursault – Crank Resolutions mp3 (Scottish miserablist folksters deliver in spades)

Howling Owls – Family Tree mp3 (Another insistently compelling, down-tempo and black-hearted folk tale)

Grass House – A Cockroach mp3 (Unsettling excursion on a dark, sonically captivating journey)

Emily Reo – Witch Mtn mp3 (Experimental, ethereal, excellent)

Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (Fragile and spooky folk)

Wind Up Birds – There Won’t Always Be An England mp3 (Particularly English tale of bigotry – topical enough!)

Tallest Man On Earth – Burden Of Tomorrow mp3 (Another gem from rasping folk troubadour. Dylan comparisons obligatory)

Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine / Pretty Girls mp3 (Snotty, brash homage to classic punk with added bonus of chorus of the month)

Morningbell – Hello Dali mp3 (Melodic, shimmering psych rock from Florida)

Colours – Desert Dessert mp3 (Three minutes of buzzsaw guitars and a shout along chorus. Awarded instant classic status)

Brother Dege – The Girl Who Wept Stones mp3 (Authentic stomping swamp blues. Like Seasick Steve’s nastier brother)

And lastly here are a couple of new ones

Memoryhouse – Gian Lorenzo Bernini mp3 (More gorgeous, chilled out, dream to immerse yourself in)

Delaney Davidson – Dirty Dozen mp3 (Classic voodoo rockabilly and filthy, x rated lyrics. What’s not to like?)