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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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Mini Round Up

So we have 200+ songs marked for potential posting sat patiently waiting in our in-box, and a whole host more diligently collected from the nooks and crannies of the web. Time then for a round-up of some of the most deserving of your ears.

Without further ado, lets set out our stall with Aussie troubadour Owls of the Swamp’s beautiful and sweetly sorrowful Happiness Is A Sad Song.

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Aisha Burns, is the violinist for the Austin band Balmorhea, but on her debut full-length Life In The Midwater (the deep, dark layer of the ocean that flows far below the surface, just above what we call the deep sea) she reveals herself to possess a voice of pure, crystalline beauty and power that grips from the very first note. Listen to Sold.


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Miesha & The Spanks are altogether more primal, Please Don’t Blow comes from forthcoming album Girls Like Wolves and sounds like the bastard lovechild of Joan Jett and L7.

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Troubadour Devon Sproule returns with a new body of collaborative work with Mike O’ Neill of Canadian indie band, Inbreds. They will release their new album Colours via Tin Angel Records on 23th September. This is the easy going, country tinged You Can’t Help It.

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Reuben Hollebon’s new single Faces is available for free download, and mixes quivering, falsetto vocals with delicate, but tense guitar – file somewhere between Bon Iver and The Savages!

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Frankie Rose returns with a new album Herein Wild next month, but in advance of that here she is giving an icy, 80s new-wavish treatment to cartoon punk rockers The Damned’s Street Of Dreams.

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The Eversons effervescent indie-pop is at full throttle on the irreverent and summery Creepy from their new three track single of the same name.

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Classic college-rockers Throwing Muses are back with a new album – their first in ten years, and Sleepwalking 1 sounds like they’ve never been away.

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Cate Le Bon is one of the more interesting and individual singer songwriters around, and this duet titled I Think I Knew with Perfume Genius from her new album Mug Museum is unusually fragile and undeniably lovely.

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And sticking with duets, Brooklyn based Kevin Devine will shortly release not one, but two albums Bubblegum and Bulldozer (both out on 14th October). From Bulldozer comes this track For Eugene also featuring none other than longstanding MM fave Isobel Campbell on vocal duties.

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Yoofs have a new single For Her, a note perfect exercise in beguiling, jangly indie that is tinged with just the right amount of sorrowful resignation.

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And lastly (for now) we have the brilliant first single, After The Flood, from Lil Daggers’ new EP No Pizza No Peace –  reverby guitars sprawl under an umbrella of barely restrained menace.