Posts Tagged ‘Secret Colours’

With Dream Dream Secret Colours continues to craft a sound that reaches far beyond the city limits of their hometown of Chicago, taking its musical cues from indie, pop, psychedelia, and garage rock, and offering listeners a myriad of melodies that make up the band’s signature sound.

Check out Feed the Machine, which delivers a pounding vibe of bass with an attitude of 70s London and the equally good Pins and Needles.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

 

Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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MM Shorts: Secret Colours

Positive Distractions Part II from Secret Colours will be out across all digital formats on the 29th April. The merged vinyl and cassette versions of Positive Distractions Part I and Part II will be available the same same day, April 29… that same week they will be performing at Austin Psych Fest.

Here is Into You, a surprise single for the weekend.

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Secret Colours - Heavy & Steady

Shortly after releasing Positive Distractions Part I, Chicago’s Secret Colours release the first single, Heavy & Steady, from Positive Distractions Part II. The bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities heard throughout both EPs.

Have a listen.

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Secret Colours New Single - City Slickers

MM regulars and psych-rockers par excellence, Secret Colours have a new single to share with you. City Slickers is a brilliant slab of lean, pulsating, hypnotic rock-riffing that begs to be heard…loud.

The track comes from the first of two scheduled EPs, Positive Distractions Part I (out on February 4th). Positive Distractions Part II follows towards the end of April.

Check out our previous post of the video for the first single (and equally good) It Can’t Be Simple here.

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Videos of the Day

Videos to banish the January blues! Watch top notch musical films from Secret Colours, the second in a series of four new videos from Cass McCombs, Austin Lucas’ Elvis impersonation, Elf Power’s recruitment of the infamous Goth Clogger, and the excellent Persian Leaps.

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Videos of the Day

A superb collection of videos (and songs) today. Just dive into these from The Handsome Family, Secret Colours, Dinosaur Bones and a live version of one of our favourite tracks from 2012, Willy Mason’s brilliant Restless Fugitive.

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Secret Colours Release Peach

Yesterday the hippie loving, Britpop loving, reverb loving, space-rocking Secret Colours officially released their excellent sophomore album Peach.

Here is a another taster from it, the slow burning Freak that gradually builds and builds before exploding thrillingly into a full-on psych blowout. In fact, this track is so damn groovy it can be seen in its spare time wearing a kaleidoscopic kaftan and thumbing a lift back to 1967.

Buy it here.

See our previous Secret Colours post here.

Videos of the Day

Watch the tripped out video for Secret Colours excellent track Blackhole and the unsettling and spooky video for Arrows of Love delicate yet blood-splattered murder ballad The Knife. We have more kaleidoscopic effects on Temples video for forthcoming single Colours To Life, and finally (via a heads-up from Slowcoustic) comes Bird Of Song from a Show Me Shows session by the wonderful Water Liars that was way too good not to re-post.

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MM Shorts 364: Secret Colours Announce Peach

The kaleidoscopic psychedelia and space rock hymns of Secret Colours have been longstanding faves on MM since we first discovered them back in 2010. On May 28th the band will release sophomore album Peach and for now you can revel in the feedback and mind bending sonics of Blackhole and Blackbird (Only One).