Posts Tagged ‘Split Screens’

Time for some more entertainment in the form of musical films. Here are ten of the more entertaining tunes and videos that have landed in our in-box over the past couple of weeks. They come from the likes of Protomartyr, Dogheart, Split Screens,  Mind Brains, Colleen Green, Gaz Coombes, Slaves, …And The Hangnails, Jamie T, and Tom Williams.

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We’ve had more than a few tasty videos for tasty tunes fly our way in the recent days and weeks. Here is a quick round-up of some of our favourites from the likes of Landlady, alansmithee, Handsome Jack, Hiss Golden Messenger, Split Screens, Stone Jack Jones, Yes I’m Leaving, Slaves, The Last Bison, The Ruminaters, Buffalo Stack and Chris Staples.

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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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Split Screens Debut Album

Around 18 months ago we posted about the  expansive feel, dense layers and dream-like croon of San Francisco’s Split Screens.

Led by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cafiero, the band have released Close Your Eyes as the first single off their full-length debut album, due out in late spring. 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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Videos of the Day

Much to enjoy with these excellent videos from Brazos with the woozily sinister Charm, and from the Baptist Generals and their surealistic flimic triumph of man vs. wild for Dog That Bit You.

From Catfish & The Bottlemen we have a live performance for debut single Homesick, and lastly from Split Screens comes their dreamy collage for the gorgeous Born – melded together using footage from the local Prelinger Film Archives, the video centers around the 1948 educational clip “The Nature of Light” and pairs the film against ads from long lost cigarette companies and “state of the art” 1960’s projectors.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of December 2012 Free Mix

As might be expected, slightly fewer tunes make up our final monthly mix of the best of the downloads from MM – no panic tho’, the quality of new tunes on offer more than makes up for it. And as always, some new ones for you too means a top banana mix of twenty cracking songs to play in the New Year.

The Cheatahs – The Swan
A swirling, smoking riff and a rough ‘n’ ready feel is mixed with 90s slacker indie influences and a bit of shoegaze – all to more than good effect.

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Beach Fossils – Careless
All sinewy jangle bouncing along on the back of hurtling, punk-ish drums.

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Criminal Hygiene – Rearrange Me
Skater-punk’s bitter ode to unhealthy relationships, full of rough and raspy vocals met with a charging bassline.

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Download Grave Babies – Over And Under Ground mp3 (from Crusher)
Catchy, but nevertheless slathered in their signature overdoses of distortion.

Split Screens – Deep Down
Pink Floyd style subtle psychedelia and Beck style emotion.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Christmas Time Is Here
Sweetly harmonious festive version of a Christmas classic, also featuring Kristina Train, Rumer and Ren Harvieu.

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Download Fires – Untied mp3 (from Angels In The Dark EP)
Imagine the scuzz-rock blitzkrieg of Butthole Surfers, combined with the melody and songcraft of Urge Overkill.

Blackfeet Braves – Vicious Cycle
60s era psychedelia bathed in twangy reverb and infectious melody, resulting in lo-fi psych pop fitting for the most epic trip.

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Download Los Campesinos! – A Doe To A Deer mp3 (From A Doe To A Deer)
Indie popsters’ festive offering complete with alcoholic undertones.

Download Balto – Smokestacks mp3 (from Monuments EP)
Voices sail out in harmony over a dusty, spaghetti western guitar twang and heartfelt emotions are laid bare at your doorstep – tangled, delicate and rich.

James Yuill – Lost In California
New offering from folktronica master from as yet untitled new album.

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Download Tom Williams – Christmas (So Much Better When You’re Here) mp3 (from For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas)
Another festive goody.

Jack Hardman – Plymouth
An ethereal and wintery song, filled with warm harmonies and covered in spring reverb – folk music with a psychedelic tint.

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American Royalty – Honey & Queen
Delivers a warm groove with a touch of Yeasayer / Little Dragon about it.

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Hero Jr. – Ann Boleyn
Indy-based foursome combine soaring vocals, stinging guitars and driving rhythms blurring the lines between ’70s classic rock, the angst of the Alternative Nation and modern indie-rock.

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And to finish off we have another raucous track from Criminal Hygiene. Next up is a new track from unique, otherworldly singger-songwriter Ólöf ArnaldsTreat Her Kindly is taken from the forthcoming album Sudden Elevation (out on One Little Indian US release 5th March, UK 4th February). We have Giant Giant Sand’s sage words and loungey rat-pack vibe on Not the End of the World with this track taken from the deluxe version of their excellent album Tucson. Then there is the Kinksian pop melancholy and Television Personalities wry punk disaffectedness of Campfires lo-fi weirdo musings – try the primitive pop of Fortune Teller from forthcoming album Tomorrow Tomorrow (just click through to download for free).

And lastly, hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Hawk and Dove is an indie rock band whose calm-before-the-storm sound has been described as the “loudest quiet band you have ever heard” and “the psychedelic country David Bowie never wrote.” On their forthcoming debut album, This Yesterday Will Never End, the band mixes hauntingly beautiful ballads with thunderous stoner grooves to create a sound quite unlike anything else. Download Things We Lost So Far.

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Round Up / Catch Up

We’re once again struggling with the in-box and a bunch of tunes that need sharing, but not the time to do them justice with the write-ups. Take our word for it though, these are all worth further investigation.

LA skater punks, Criminal Hygiene offer up their latest single, Rearrange Me, a bitter ode to unhealthy relationships, full of rough and raspy vocals met with a charging bassline, showcasing this trio’s array of sonic influences, as Michael Fiore croons,”you say I’m inconsistent/you have to admit, I’m fuckin’ consistent.

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Brass, woodwinds, organs and piano mix with haunting melodies and eerie guitar lines on California multi-instrumentalist Maston’s upcoming LP Shadows, out via Trouble in Mind on February 12. Listen to Young Hearts.

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Swami Records just announced the release of the sophomore album from The Night Marchers entitled Allez Allez, hitting streets January 22nd. The first track to be released is called All Hits, and just went up as a download off Soundcloud

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Singer-songwriter Aly Tadros’s new album The Fits hits shops early in 2013. Sweet on Me, the first single is raw and intimate, her flirtatious voice is a blushing initiation into the wax and wane that is this blossoming singer/songwriter’s sophomore release.

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The Stone Foxes will release their third record, Small Fires, in February of 2013. As a taster for those awaiting the release of the full record, they are offering up new single Everybody Knows from the forthcoming record as a free download from their website here or just listen here!

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With only an acoustic guitar and two drums, folk duo Maitland catches your ear with angelic melodies, slow anticipation, and energetic percussion. Embers is the lead track from recently released EP, From A Cabin In The Woods.

Download Maitland – Embers mp3 (from From A Cabin In The Woods)

Round the Corner is a mix of indie and gritty pop with a bit more grit than pop. Soaring vocals and clever lyrics whisk you away with their track Red Temptress.

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Over and Under Ground is the first single from Grave Babies’ new album Crusher (out February 26th via Hardly Art). Catchy, but nevertheless slathered in their signature overdoses of distortion.

Download Grave Babies – Over And Under Ground mp3 (from Crusher)

Low Culture is a scrappy, melodic garage punk band from Las Cruces, NM that features members of The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang.  The band is giving away the title track to new album Screens.

Download Low Culture – Screens mp3 (from Screens)

The Bixby Knolls are set to release their full-length debut, Near & Undear, next week. On it the L.A.-based foursome offer up 11 tracks that blur the lines between indie rock, psychedelia, post-punk, pop and even soulful R&B. At times spastic, surreal and schizophrenic, this is guitar-driven rock’n’roll delivered with conviction, swagger and, above all, attitude.

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And finally we have another track for you from Split Screens self-titled debut EP of Pink Floyd style subtle psychedelia and Beck style emotion. This is Deep Down.

Mad Mackerel's Best of November 2012

Even though Christmas is looming and the deluge of end-of-year best of lists are starting to appear on the horizon, November still gave us plenty of cracking new tunes to enjoy. Here are our pick of the best of the downloads from November’s posts, together with a few newbies to tickle the earbuds too. Dive in.

Download Crushed Out – Push Down & Twist mp3 (from Want To Give)
Primal surf-garage rock’n’roll.

Download Split Screens – Born mp3 (from Split Screens EP)
Subtle psychedelia with an expansive feel, dense layers and dream-like croon.

Download D.B. Rouse – Love Is A Mexican Wrestling Match mp3 (from Vaudeville Routine)
Beautifully judged folk melancholia with lyrics that mix the everyday with the surreal.

Download Harriet – No Way Out mp3
Straddles the line between classic Americana songs and the sonic experimentation of electronic music.

Space Wolves – 6th Street
Mix of garage, surf and pop in a similar vein as The Babies.

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Indian Jewelry – Eva Cherie
Taps into the primordial consciousness through dissonance and drone, with fractured melodies, white noise, and tribal energy.

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Linfinity – Red Nation Waltz
Uptempo blend of indie folk.

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Download Raymond Byron & The White Freighter – Little Death Shaker mp3 (from The Muse November Sampler)
Gauzy harmonies and sparse, buzzing guitar riffs that combine to create something dark, dreamy and imperfectly pretty.

Download Denison Witmer – In Your Hands mp3 (from Insound Digital Mixtape- November ’12)
As authentic a slice of dusty highway Americana as you’re likely to find anywhere.

Download The Winter Sounds – The Sun Also Rises mp3 (from Runner)
Frenetic, anthemic, catchy, and smart 80s inspired indie-pop.

Download Jacob Morris – Wet Cigarette mp3 (from Moths)
Jaunty, folk-inflected, psychedelic pop.

Widowspeak – Ballad Of The Golden Hour
Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk, given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem

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Downloads Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)
First taste of singer-songwriter’s much anticipated new album.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)
Eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)
Energetic, no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)
Effortlessly channels the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock.

Download Black Market Karma – Jingle mp3 (from Easy Listening)
Hypnotic and pulsating space rock.

Red River Dialect – Dawns Man
Muscular, rolling bass lines and echoes of classic footstomping British sea shanties, twisting sinewy guitars and the fluid, hypnotic rhythms of the African desert, rockabilly twang and shimmering indie-style guitars. Brilliant.

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Download Big Harp – You Can’t Save ‘Em All mp3 (from Chain Letters)
A song of pained apathy built on a foundation of crackling fuzz bass, angular electric guitars and keyboards.a

The Deadline Shakes – Don’t You Be Too Cool
New single from Glasgow based indie-rockers that ticks all the right boxes. Fizzy.

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Algernon Doll – Son Of A Gun, Brother To None
Another taste from an album of off-kilter, deeply personal folk.

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The Grand Prospect – Evelina
As good a slice of alt-country / Americana as you’re likely to come across in many a sunlit filled evening rocking on the back-porch.

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Jason Lytle & Ben Bridwell – Don’t You Take It Too Bad
Top notch Townes Van Zandt cover – click through to download for free.

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And to finish off we have The Longwalls stalking a line between noisy post-pop and twang with new tune Kowloon, which is the title track from a new 8 track EP. Then there is another taste from Theatre Royal’s forthcoming album At The End Of A River, The Sea… in the shape of prophetic track Will England Rain Itself Dry? The Pinery Boy is brilliant roadhouse honky-tonk inspired Americana from The Emperors Of Wyoming, and lastly Golden Void have offered up this free download of their cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1983.


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Introducing >>> Split Screens.

Split Screens is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, Jesse Cafiero. Entering a fresh chapter of his life, Cafiero began Split Screens upon his move across the country to San Francisco. Influenced by the subtle psychedelia of Pink Floyd and raw emotion of Sea Change-era Beck, his debut self-titled EP is a love letter to coasts and muses left behind, delivered against the primal urge to keep moving forward.

Check out the expansive feel, dense layers and dream-like croon on lead-off track Born.

Download Split Screens – Born mp3 (from Split Screens EP)