Posts Tagged ‘Smoke Fairies’

Long standing MM faves the Smoke Fairies have shared a new video for Christmas Without A Kiss, taken from their holiday-themed collection Wild Winter.



best of the weekOur regular collection of the best of the week’s new tunes. This week no less than x new tracks for you.

  1. The Felice Brothers – Carriage
  2. Smoke Fairies – Wild Winter
  3. Savages – T.I.W.Y.G.
  4. Meat Wave – Symmy
  5. Theo Verney – Sailed Long
  6. WALL – Fit The Part
  7. Cassie Ramone – Run Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry cover)
  8. Pinemen – That Certain Flavour










Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.


1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song









The Smoke Fairies have offered their own take on Christmas with a new ten track festive release called Wild Winter. However, they say “the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year.”

And thank goodness for that – it celebrates their own haunting, shivery brand of folk, perfectly capturing the isolation and alienation of the season just as much as the togetherness and good cheer, and achieves that all too rare accolade of being in the cool Christmas category.

Watch the video for 3 Kings below. Order the record here.


Smoke Fairies - Eclipse Them All

The Smoke Fairies will release their new self-titled album on the 14th April via Full Time Hobby.

As evidenced by first single, Eclipse Them All, it heralds something of a new direction for the duo – less harmonies and more two distinct voices, less intricate and more direct, less organic and more experimental.

Thankfully, they have sacrificed none of the undercurrent of foreboding and disquiet that marked out their two previous albums and while Eclipse Them All may have synths where there were guitars, and float along languidly on an almost drone-like percussion, it is still very much a Smoke Fairies song and we are intrigued to hear the rest of the album.

Have a listen…you can pre-order the album here.


Smoke Fairies Ghosts Collection

Long established MM faves, the London folk duo, Smoke Fairies are doing a special UK tour in October, to celebrate the release of their retrospective double CD, Ghosts. It features long-sold-out / deleted material, plus some never-before released tracks.

This is one of those unreleased tracks, Good Man. It is fabulous.

Ghosts will see a release on 23rd September.

Those October dates (tickets on sale now):


Tim Hardin Tribute Album

The latest in the series of Tribute Albums to hit the digital shelves will be Reason To Believe – The Songs of Tim Hardin, which will be released on the 28th January via Full Time Hobby.

Tim Hardin was a musicians’ musician, the inspiration behind a great many artists whose limelight he never procured for himself. Johnny Cash, Paul Weller, Echo and the Bunnymen, Scott Walker, Nico… his music has been covered by countless icons of contemporary counter-culture. Now that tradition is set to continue with this collection of specially recorded cover versions from the likes of Mark Lanegan, Smoke Faries, Alela Diane, The Diagrams, Okkervil River and many more.

Have a listen to MM faves The Smoke Fairies and their version of If I Were A Carpenter.

Video of the Day: The Smoke Fairies.


The Smoke Fairies Cover The Cult. She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult surely has one of the most recognisable guitar intros ever and is still a staple of any self-respecting indie disco night.

The Smoke Fairies, on the back of their really rather good new album Blood Speaks (which foregoes some of the whimsy for a darker, altogether more purposeful feel to it) have put together an EP of covers called This Is A Reflection.

The EP is available on CD as a bonus disc from all good UK indie stores when you buy the new album. It is also now available on vinyl exclusively from Rough Trade Shops.

In the meantime, listen to She Sells Sanctuary.


And for old times sake: Download The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary mp3 (from Love).

Check out our nostalgic World Goth Day free mixtape here.

Valentine's Day Covers Mix.

It’s Valentines Day. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it. I will, of course, effortlessly be showing Mrs M just what a lucky catch I was.

And for the rest of you, by way of a massively contrived link, let us cover you with love too. Here is a tasty little mix of covers we’ve picked up to follow on from yesterday’s Bad Moon Rising post, just don’t expect them to be all loved-up now will you.

First up is a sublime cover of Neil Young’s classic Hey Hey My My (Into The Black) by the Chromatics (who have also done great versions of I’m On Fire and Running Up That Hill), simply titled Into The Black it is from forthcoming album Kill For Love.

Download The Chromatics – Into The Black mp3 (from Kill For Love)

Download The Chromatics – I’m On Fire mp3 (from Studio Sketches)

Wicked Game by Chris Isaak is an enormously popular song to cover – the latest is by melodic indie-popsters the Exlovers.

Download Exlovers – Wicked Game mp3 (Chris Isaak cover)

We also have Besnard Lakes taking on Syd Barrett’s Love You and John Grant’s version of the Beatles Two Of Us from the Let It Be album. We have another from the recent Mojo cover disc of Leonard Cohen reworkings – this time Field Music’s Suzanne. We have more Neil Young in the shape of Alabama from the Smoke Fairies and we have George Harrison’s Long Long Long by Lanterns On The Lake and Floyd’s Wish You Were Here by Lia Ices.

Download Besnard Lakes – Love You mp3 (Syd Barrett Cover)

Download John Grant – Two Of Us mp3 (Beatles Cover)

Download Field Music – Suzanne mp3 (Leonard Cohen Cover)

Download The Smoke Fairies – Alabama mp3 (Neil Young Cover)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – Long Long Long mp3 (George Harrison Cover)

Download Lia Ices – Wish You Were Here mp3 (Pink Floyd Cover)

Our third Neil Young cover comes courtesy of Deer Tick’s John McCauley (via Rollo & Grady) and is his typically gruff take on Out On The Weekend.

Download John McCauley – Out On The Weekend mp3 (Neil Young Cover, Rollo & Grady Session)

Conversations with our friend Ronan of Oxford’s local music paper Nightshift this weekend bought to mind the gone, but not forgotten, krautrock inspired indie of the wonderful Th’ Faith Healers. This is their suitably noisy cover of Abba’s S.O.S. from one of their many Peel Sessions.

Download Th’ Faith Healers – S.O.S. mp3 (from The Peel Sessions)

And finally on this day of love and romance we leave you to your candlelight and roses, or to your tissues and bitterness with Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of Radiohead’s Creep!

Download Ingrid Michaelson – Creep mp3 (Radiohead Cover)