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Mad Mackerel's Best of April 2013

Better late than never, here is our monthly round-up of the best of our April downloads together with a handful of brand new tracks. More than twenty songs especially prepared for you to put together an eclectic and appealing mix to impress all your friends and bore your boring work colleagues.

Enjoy!

Wild Wild Wets – Criminal Blue
Tripped out, freaked out, psych pop.

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Hey Anna – Tiny Kiss
Intimate vocal harmonies perched atop poppy folkish melodies that meet soaring, atmospheric alt-rock.

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The Lost Souls Club – Son, You Look Like You Need Jesus
Taking its cue from the darker end of the psych-blues spectrum, this track gleefully careers off the road into the verge, happily making a home in the margins of mainstream rock’n’roll and spitting sly malevolence at anyone who comes too close.

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Owls Of The Swamp – Hypnotist
A masterpiece of elegiac fingerpicked folk, softly spun melody, and ghostly backing vocals.

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Young Hunting – Baby’s First Steps
Lush, woozy and seductive evoking a sense of back porch bonhomie and marijuana enhanced well being.

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Belle Mare – The Boat Of The Fragile Mind
Dreamspace of acoustic and synth textures, weaving folk with dream pop.

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Sunjacket – Alligator
Indie rock with a laconic, hazy chug and sweet falsetto chorus.

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Download Brass Bed – Please Don’t Go mp3 (from The Secret Will Keep You)
Three minutes of infectious indie-rock perfection with a soupçon of garage rock attitude.

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Amanda Jo Williams – 2000Hell
Idiosyncratic mix of twangy rockabilly and weird Americana

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The Baptist Generals – Broken Glass
Haunted, claustrophobic take on drunken folk.


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Torches – When You Gonna?
Opens with a tasty riff and settles into a nice, easy-going melodic groove that calls to mind The Shins or Spoon.

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Georgia’s Horse – Ginger
Dusty Americana shot through with a melancholy and sadness that is almost real enough to touch.

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Paperhaus – Helicopters
Perfectly judged psych-pop.

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Shawn Mrazek Lives! – Man In The Grass
A tale of self-discovery and freedom that snaps, snarls and sparkles in equal measure.

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Download Shannon and the Clams – Into a Dream mp3 (from Dreams in the Rat House)
Slow-dance-ready instrumental with darkly bucolic lyrics.

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The Builders & The Butchers – Dirt In The Ground
Sonically heavier perhaps, but just as distinctive dark-hearted folk as always. Wonderful.

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And new tracks to dive into from Morningbell’s experimental psych-tinged art rock to Honeymilk’s infectious indie, and two tracks of gorgeous stripped back folk from Dark For Dark. Finally, try the simplicity and honesty from Young Readers indie-folk, shot through with a dreamy, imaginary quality that (whisper it) calls to mind Sparklehorse or Jason Molina.

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Round Up Time Again

It’s been a while since we’ve succumbed to the anxieties of our overwhelming in-box, but succumb we have. So, here is a too short and not sweet enough collection of new tunes of varying shapes and sizes that deserve some attention from you. Consider it the digital equivalent of crate digging…

Paperhaus released its alt-country styled self-titled EP in 2011, and will release its second effort, an EP entitled Lo Hi Lo on May 28th and it reflects the more pop side of Paperhaus’ psychedelic music. Grab yourself Helicopter from it.

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The latest release from MM regulars, garage-punks Speedy Ortiz, is called Ka-Prow!. Listen below together with its equally infectious b-side Hexxy.

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About a month ago we posted about the new Sonny & The Sunsets long player Antenna to the Afterworld. Here is a second taste from it in the shape of a tale of dying android lovers in the street, Green Blood.

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Denver’s School Knights has spent the last few years playing shows with the likes of The Black Lips, King Tuff, Cloud Nothings, Ty Segall, Vivian Girls, Woods, METZ, Porcelain Raft, Japanther and more evolving into something much more than just a lo-fi garage band. School Knights has become an amalgam of harshness and beauty… a blend of riffs, harmonies, textures, and noise. Check out Chairs: Repurposed and visit their Bandcamp page here to grab full length Lethargy.

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Cherokee Red recently released their eponymous debut album a few days ago. With a sound varying between woozy dream pop, eerie folk, and beyond, it is a captivating and sometimes ghostly listen. Try Vaya Con Dios.

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Kent raised five-piece Story Books release their debut EP the four track Too Much A Hunter, through Communion next week. This is the beautiful Simple Kids.

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El Cantador began with introspective folk ballads on their 2007 EP Orange, moved on to Americana tinged rock on 2008’s The Ground EP and expanded their sonic palette still further on 2011’s Fools For Light full-length. Their latest release, an EP titled Translation Wave is a cinematic, intimate collection of songs that hum with a warmth and rawness akin to some of those older, classic albums you might find in your local record bin.

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Clap for Daylight is a 4-piece indie rock band with a keen sense of melody reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie and Jeff Buckley, while subtle textures and classic guitar crunch round out the sound. They have recently completed new album Fire Escape, have a listen to One And The Same.

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Half Hour Hotel are an indie rock band from Brighton with a big, full sound and who have a new double A-side single Run From Sirens / Another Life out now.

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Singer-songwriter Amy Blaschke has a new album, Desert Varnish which heralds a return to her ethereal vocal roots and has a collection of songs as beautiful as they are restless. It is sparse, confessional stuff, and singularly lovely.

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Finally, an artist known for his haunting melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, Jeremy Squires poetically deals with his personal struggles with mental illness throughout his songs and albums. His latest EP, Central Nervous Station was self-released in January and will be followed-up with a new full-length album, When Will You Go. In the meantime he has released a new single Ghostlike which is available, along with the rest of his back catalogue, from his Bandcamp page here.

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