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Mad Mackerel 5:1 Pickering Pick

About a month ago we commended to you here the new album, (Tropic) by Pickering Pick released on Yer Bird Records (buy here).

It is a triumph of sweetly fingerpicked, warm folk – unhurried, thoughtful and with a rare ability to grab and hold your attention without needing to holler, shout or pull at your coat-tails. It is a timeless record in the very best sense of the word –  it could slip as smoothly and easily into the 60s or 70s without a backward glance and be welcomed there like an old friend.Mad Mackerel Recommends... Pickering Pick

So settle down, see what he has to say in response to our 5:1 questions and then take some time to listen to some tracks from each of his albums.

Worth exploring? You bet! His own Bandcamp page is here.

Five words to describe your music:
Fragile, lonely, intimate, self-indulgent, Anglo-Saxon.

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Civilisation, by Kenneth Clark.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you:
(Not necessarily in this order)
Pour Down Like Silver (Richard & Linda Thompson)
Live at Sin-é (Jeff Buckley)
Pink Moon (Nick Drake)
Didn’t It Rain (Songs: Ohia)
Sweet Baby James (James Taylor)

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed?
Strange and sad, but I wish I could have seen the football game between the Germans and the British troops on Christmas Day, 1915. A triumph of humanity and civility over fear and hatred.

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Are they all on stage at the same time? Hmm, well, Jimmy Page would be there, and Kristian Matsson. That takes care of guitars. Unless Richard Thompson was there too, but then I only have two people left. Oh dear. Sandy Denny? But then Sandy and Richard together would be half of Fairport Convention, which would be fantastic, but I’m not using my five very wisely. Can I have Van Morrison, too? And Kate Bush? Oh, and Peter Gabriel. And Morrissey. Yeah, Morrissey would definitely be there.

pickering pick portraitOne biggest regret in your career (to date):
Not making more records with my father at his studio in England before I moved to California.

Five things on your perfect rider:
I’ve never had a rider, so I’m not sure how it works. Probably some chamomile tea and aspirins. A sofa? If I wanted to be all rock n’ roll about it, I suppose a bottle of gin and some tonic and limes. And some gummy candy.

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My wife and my son and daughter. And my dog, Rufus.

Five perfect songs:
(This would be my perfect playlist for today. Tomorrow it will most definitely be different. Often my perfect playlist is just Astral Weeks all the way through.)
1. The Obvious Child (Paul Simon)
2. Maya (The Incredible String Band)
3. Beat The Retreat (Richard & Linda Thompson)
4. Mermaid Parade (Phosphorescent)
5. From The Morning (Nick Drake)

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
Damn you for making me choose. I’ll be 84 years old, so probably ‘I’ll Go Easy’, from my 2010 album The Boy In The Back. Hahaha!



Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: January 2013

So, all things considered January got off to a rip-roaring start where new tunes are concerned. Here is our selection of our best of the month’s downloads (27 in all) and a few new tunes too – more than 30 to pick from, so blow those January blues away with these babies.

Prissy Clerks – Bruise or Be Bruised
Mix of fuzzed up punk and slacker indie with garage pop undertones managing to balance a confused, dark isolation with some tender sweetness.

Download The Chaw – The Whole Night Through mp3 (from The Chaw)
Propulsive rhythms and guitar squalls drenched in reverb, referencing soundtracks of the classic spaghetti westerns, big open bar chords and barky low register guitar leads ala Dick Dale.

Download Water Liars – Fake Heat mp3 (from Wyoming)
Plaintive vocals building over the slowly increasing guitar distortion creates a real treat of a first taste from forthcoming album.

Big Harp – Waiting For Some Drunk
Literate Americana, with fuzzed-out, needle-sharp textures.

Download Indian Wars – Sweetheart Of The North mp3 (from Songs From The North)
First taste of new album is a cracker from countrified rockers.

Download Airstrip – Pleasure Center mp3 (from Willing)
Hypnotic and dark “nightmare pop”

Download Colleen Green – Time In The World mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Showcases vintage synth tones alongside Green’s trademark multi-tracked harmonies, deep-fried guitar chords, and spartan drum machine beats.

Download Milo Greene – Parents mp3 (from Filter Presents: Milo Turns 50)
Eerily hushed and woozy version of the scathing 1982 classic Descendents track Parents. Cover of the month undoubtedly.

Lower Plenty – Strange Beast
Hazy, beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music. Click through to download for free.

Download Tom Morgan – Taste For Blood mp3 (from Orange Syringe)
Stripped back and laconic folk laced with self effacing black humour.

Download Swallows – The Winnowing mp3 (from Witching & Divining)
Rasping, gravelly vocals, sombre cello and chanted junkyard chorus call to mind Tom Waits and The Wicker Man in equal measure.

Wooden Wand – Outsider Blues
No description needed – best album of the month. Mellow, oak-aged, yet still oddly warped folk. Brilliant.

Download Summer Aviation – Love So Fine mp3 (from Love So Fine single)
Combine the fresh, supercharged sound of 60s pop arrangements with post-punk avant-garde: Think Burt Bacharach meets My Bloody Valentine.

Honeyslide – Sugar Routine
Warm distorted guitars, complex hooks and captivating melodies swathed in reverb to create piercing sonic landscapes.

PRAVADA – Campfire Song
Catchy-as-hell tune filled with swirling guitars and sugary indie pop harmonies.

Download Frontier Ruckus – Dealerships mp3 (from Eternity of Dimming)
Wonderfully folky Americana from much anticipated new album.

Harry George Johns – Hospital Blues
Raw personal folk, an incredibly personal diary of a dark and desperate time.

Download Cobalt Cranes – Head In The Clouds mp3 (from Head In The Clouds)
Blend elements of desert, psychedelic and shoegaze sounds, taking a modern approach to classic California rock.

Download The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eggs mp3 (from The Late Great Whatever)
Garage-punk masterclass.

Download Torres – Mother Earth, Father God mp3 (from Torres)
Minimal, ragged, and raw folk from singer-songwriter’s debut release.

As Elephants Are – Lucifer
Another blistering slice of epic, widescreen indie rock.

Download Fletcher C Johnson – Happy Birthday mp3 (from Salutations)
A nostalgic paean to the 60s with a sweet melody and chorus. Perfect garage pop.

Download The Futurebirds – Man With No Knees (demo) mp3 (from Exhume)
Brilliantly ramshackle Americana and pedal-steel inspired psychedelia.

Download Little Wings – Sandy Babe mp3 (from LAST)
Little Wings at their warmest and most mellow.

Pickering Pick – Standing Stone
Warm, sensitive, thoughtful and restrained – perfect fare from singer-songwriter par-excellence.

Download Lazy Talkers – Killing Time mp3 (from Lazy Talkers)
Sweet, easy-going jangle from indie-folksters.

Jack James – Three Names
Brooding slice of dark folk (click through to download for free).

And to finish off, new tunes from Screaming Females with the sinewy and rickety Poison Arrow from their forthcoming tape release Chalk Tape, a second (brilliant) track from John Grant’s much anticipated new record Pale Green Ghosts, the excellent literate Americana tinged indie of Yellow Red Sparks and the song that gave them their name, and finally the mesmerising brilliance of Secret Mountains and their haunting track Coasting.

Download Screaming Females – Poison Arrow mp3 (from Chalk Tape)

Download John Grant – Black Belt mp3 (from Pale Green Ghosts)

Download Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks mp3 (from Yellow Red Sparks)

Download Secret Mountains – Coasting mp3 (from Rainer)

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Pickering Pick

Until a couple of days ago we were ignorant to the delights of folky singer-songwriter Pickering Pick and his new album titled (Tropic).

Not so now. We’ve put that right, for (Tropic) is an album of rare beauty – warm, sensitive, thoughtful and restrained. A record that allows the music, no matter how gentle, even fragile at times, to have the space to spread its wings and then to completely disarm the listener into succumbing to all its hidden charms.

It is lyrically eloquent and the fingerpicked instrumentation is exquisitely played; creating an overall piece that is minimal but never stark, and which will be getting plenty of plays on the MM stereo.

On reflection, that album cover seems entirely appropriate.

If you were as ignorant as us, try the gorgeous Standing Stone below. It is out via Yer Bird Records and can be ordered via Bandcamp here.