Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks of 2020: Part 1 (100 – 76)

Here are favourite tracks of the year in our usual countdown style, from 100 down to 1, in four parts and sharing over the next few days. Enjoy. 100 No Age – Turned To String   99 The Smoke Fairies – Elevator   98 Hallan – Modern England   97 Ben de la Cour – God’s Only Son   96 The Gabbard Brothers – Too … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks of 2020: Part 1 (100 – 76)

Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Smoke Fairies have announced the release their first album for four years. Darkness Brings The Wonders Home will be released on January 31st coupled with new tour dates for the band. In the making of the new record, the duo drew inspiration from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, strange creatures dwelling in the mud near … Continue reading Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular collection of the best of the week’s new tunes. This week no less than x new tracks for you. The Felice Brothers – Carriage Smoke Fairies – Wild Winter Savages – T.I.W.Y.G. Meat Wave – Symmy Theo Verney – Sailed Long WALL – Fit The Part Cassie Ramone – Run Run Rudolph (Chuck Berry cover) Pinemen – That Certain Flavour       … Continue reading Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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. Enjoy. 1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down 2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly … Continue reading Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Festive Post No 4: The Smoke Fairies

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 … Continue reading Festive Post No 4: The Smoke Fairies

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 … Continue reading Smoke Fairies – Eclipse Them All

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 … Continue reading Smoke Fairies Ghosts Collection

Reason To Believe – 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 … Continue reading Reason To Believe – Tim Hardin Tribute Album