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Mad Mackerel Recommends... Stagnant Pools

Stagnant Pools’ sophomore album Geist was released this week on Polyvinyl Records.

The result is ten songs that refine and expand on a shoegaze-meets-noise pop sound that has previously drawn comparisons to Joy Divison, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Lead single Intentions continues in this tradition of pushing droning guitars barely over the edge into melody and amping up the fuzz and distortion without becoming submerged in it. Check it out below, together with equally good You Whir.

Order the album here.




1. Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up
2. Parquet Courts – Black & White
3. Thee Tee Pees – Indian Bingo
4. Stagnant Pools – You Whir
5. Blessa  – Unfurl






Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: May 2012.

Another crackerjack month of new tunes on MM, all lovingly compiled and packaged up for you in one sweet playlist ready to download.

Here are 33 of our favourite tracks from our May postings and 6 new songs too. No need to thank us.

Download Virals – Gloria mp3 (from Coming Up With The Sun EP)
Shines bright with an insanely hooky vocal and charged guitar riffs, taking cues from the sunny California coast yet retaining a suitably English feel.

Download Blasted Canyons – Holy Geometry mp3 (from 2nd Place 12″)
Infectiously driven by a brilliant needling guitar refrain that is guaranteed to stick with you long after the song has finished.

Download Michael J Epstein Memorial Library – Faith In Free Part 1 mp3 (from Faith In Free EP)
Military stomp that comes across like a brilliantly vicious hybrid of Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sparks.

Download Sun Kil Moon – That Bird Has A Broken Wing mp3 (from Among The Leaves)
More starkly beautiful folk.

The Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country

Skilfully blends influences from folk to punk to create a restless, hybrid sound that has feet in many camps, but a home in none.

Beast make Bomb – Coney Island

Shimmering slice of indie rock played out against a backdrop of old-school punk attitude.

Dog Moon Howl – Blues Like A Hammer

Full on sleazy blues and desert rock – imagine if you will Mark Lanegan duelling with Howling Wolf

Download The Ruminaters – Timmy mp3 (from Timmy Digital Single)
Beatnik, barnyard, hillbilly swamp rock.

Download GravelRoad – Devil’s Eyes mp3 (from Psychedelta)
Sinewy, swamp inspired grooves with a rough and raw blues groan.

Download Marissa Nadler – The Wrecking Ball Company mp3 (from The Sister)
Haunting and ethereal folk that mixes melancholy with yearning in a wonderfully unique way.

Download Hunx – Let Me In mp3 (from Hairdresser Blues)
Flamboyant 60s inspired doo-wop garage-pop.

Download Lord Buffalo – Cold Bones mp3 (from Lord Buffalo EP)
Unsettling and haunting, a blend of darkly shrouded Americana as fiddles moan and guitars ominously brood and slash.

Download Old Bricks – Waves mp3 (from City Lights)
A night’s ride through a dark, sparkling desert.

Download The Doc Marshalls – Here They Come mp3 (from Look Out, Compadre)
Crooked, shimmering folk; evocative and nostalgic.

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904 mp3 (from There’s No Leaving Now)
Characterised by his trademark strum and those wonderful Dylanesqe pipes, but there is a darker twist and turn to the lyrics than we’ve been used to.

Download Hallelujah The Hills – Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire mp3 (from No One Knows What Happens Next)
Wholly absorbing and lyrically scalpel sharp track.

Download Duquette Johnston & The Rebel Kings – Roll Baby Roll mp3 (from Communicating Vessels 7″ Series)
Driving boogie and infectious holler-along refrain.

Download Spacin’ – Sunshine No Shoes mp3 (from New Directions Home- Uncut 2012 07)
Mangled graft of Velvets chug and Stones insouciance.

Download The Agnostic-Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy – Neckin’ Party mp3 (from Campfire Tales)
Hypnotic swamp rock tale of teenage lust and voyeurism gone horribly awry.

Download The Crocodiles – Endless Flowers mp3 (from Endless Flowers)
Snaking, noise pop.

Download Purling Hiss – Lolita mp3 (from Shaking Through Volume 3)
Huge slab of fuzzed-up riffage.

Download Holograms – Chasing My Mind mp3 (from The Holograms)
Clattering, garage-punk.

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Ode To John And Yoko mp3 (from Look Out Mama)
Gorgeous bluesy folk with a slightly retro-feel.

Download Dubious Ranger – 1999 mp3 (from Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931)
Gloriously mournful and hypnotic Americana.

Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young

Exquisitely crafted pop gem full of their trademark surf-twang and velvet vocals – it drips with vacation nostalgia.

Download The Broken Needles – Saltflat Baby mp3 (from Terra Nullius)
Mix of country balladry and spit ‘n’ snarl punk rock that is a little like Tom Waits fronting the Mekons.

Download Jaill –  Waste A Lot Of Things mp3 (from Traps)
Their signature slack yet tightly wound musical style and self-deprecating humor retains all its charm.

Download The Virgins – Venus In Chains mp3 (from Venus In Chains single)
Charmingly nonchalant slab of garage inspired rock oozing with glam undertones.

Download Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor mp3 (from Temporary Room)
Heavy, distorted, squally and reverb heavy, pierced with shafts of melody; would probably be prime candidates to soundtrack the end of the world.

Download The Shrouded Strangers – Drinking The Spider Silk mp3 (from Lost Forever)
Masterclass in whiskey-soaked hillbilly stompers, fuzzed-up psych freak outs, and white-noise wigouts.

Download Rainer & Calexico – Be Prepared mp3 (from The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek)
Achingly gorgeous dusty Arizona blues and moanas elegant and moving as anything you’ll hear for a long, long time.

Red Cosmos – England’s Glory

Tale of a mother visited in the middle of the night by the pale spectre of her son dying alone, somewhere far away on a battlefield.

Download Grave Babies – Nightmare mp3 (from Gothdammit EP)
Gloomy, drone-filled Goth that manages to keep its tongue firmly in its cheek.

And here are a few new ones to round off your day and set you up for the weekend nicely. First is another taste from the forthcoming Sonny & The Sunsets album, Longtime Companion in the shape of Be The Void. We also have two tracks from our new favourite band, Broken Water: Underground and Drown are good enough to strip the paint from the walls and come from just released new album Tempest.

We have the melodic indie pop dusted with notes of surf rock from Scotland’s The Imagineers and their track The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious) and Home Groan, a new taste from Dent May’s much anticipated new album. Finally, we have a welcome reissue of some early Silver Jews recordings by Drag City Records to celebrate, from it comes this track Secret Knowledge of Back Roads. 


Download Broken Water – Drown mp3 (from Tempest)

Download Broken Water – Underground mp3 (from Tempest)

Download Dent May – Home Groan mp3 (from Do Things)

Download The Imagineers – The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious) mp3 (from The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious))

Download The Silver Jews – Secret Knowledge Of Back Roads mp3 (from Early Times)

Don’t forget to check all our previous monthly Best Of mixes in the sidebar too.

Round Up Time!

Here is a collection of tracks that have found their way into our in-box or on to our iTunes one way or another recently, and which deserve far more time and effort spent on them than we are currently able to give. Plenty to soundtrack your Friday with.

Brooklyn’s indie pop three-piece Violens have just released their second LP, True, on Slumberland Records. The album’s first single, Totally True, has a dreamy stone-washed feel, celebrating bands like Cocteau Twins and The Chameleons.


Chris Marr makes a welcome return under the guise of Esperi with the release of the EP Melancholics Anonymous, and a free download of the fragile and delicately beautiful track Come Dine With Me.


As a companion to a new video and a trailer for their tour, Pillars and Tongues has released a free, three-song digital single titled (Laid) Palms to Tell.  This new single includes the reworked slow-burning, romance-saturated standout title track along with two others, all previously unreleased. The full single is available for free download at their Bandcamp page.


Taken live from Baeblemusic’s The Launch Pad at SXSW, here is Reptar’s cover of New Order’s classic Age of Consent.


The Death Notes gave away a free download of their song Ghost to celebrate World Goth Day 2012. You can download the song for free up until 30th May.


The Funeral Club also mine a Goth vein although in a more sombre way with their new Waves & Waves EP. The title track is a surreal look at obsession, desire, and isolationism told with an appropriately grand, operatic flourish.

Download The Funeral Club – Waves & Waves mp3 (from Waves & Waves EP)

By contrast, The Appleseed Collective sweep up swing, bluegrass and gypsy-folk into a swirling cauldron of their own making, tinged with raw vocals and delivering highs and lows that are equally sweet and engrossing. Debut album Baby to Beast will be released in July.

Download The Appleseed Collective – Mani mp3 (from Baby To Beast)

Jaill release new album Traps next month via SubPop and while the lyrics have taken a darker turn, the band’s signature slack yet tightly wound musical style and self-deprecating humor retain all of their charms.

Download Jaill – Perfect Ten mp3 (from Traps)

Download Jaill –  Waste A Lot Of Things mp3 (from Traps)

Scuzzy popsters Beast Make Bomb have made another free track available for download. This time it is the first in a planned series of singles, the excellent Dream Boat.

Download Beast Make Bomb – Dream Boat mp3 (from Dream Lovers single)

The Virgins have made a new track available, their first since their self-titled album of 2008, and it is a charmingly nonchalant slab of garage inspired rock oozing with glam undertones.

Download The Virgins – Venus In Chains mp3 (from Venus In Chains single)

Denmark’s Choir Of Young Believers are picking up some buzz with their free download, Paint New Horrors which comes from forthcoming long player Rhine Gold. Equal parts lo-fi chamber folk and orchestral indie pop, it has a depth and subtlety to it that is most affecting.

Download Choir Of Young Believers – Paint New Horrors mp3 (from Rhine Gold)

The Mynabirds new album Generals is a protest record, channelling Laura Burhenn’s political frustrations and is fuelled and filled with armies of stomps and claps, sweeping full spectrum orchestrations, and moments that range from intensely personal pleas to shout-out-loud protests with teeth.

Download The Mynabirds – Body Of Work mp3 (from Generals)

I Still Pull the Silver (From the Penny Drawer) is from Catherine Market, the new solo album from Plates of Cake frontman Jonathan Byerley. It is a most appealing cut offering a contemporary twist on sun-scorched country-rock.


Stagnant Pools are Bryan and Douglass Enas, two brothers from Bloomington, Indiana. With just one guitar and a drum kit, they make music that is heavy, distorted, squally and reverb heavy, pierced with shafts of melody. Dead Sailor and Consistency would probably be prime candidates to soundtrack the end of the world.

Download Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor mp3 (from Temporary Room)

Download Stagnant Pools – Consistency mp3 (from Temporary Room)

Red Kross are back! The hardcore punk pioneers first album in fifteen years, and the title track is every bit as vital and as dynamic as we could possibly have hoped for!

Download Red Kross – Researching The Blues mp3 (from Researching The Blues)

Brooklyn’s The Modern Airline have an angular, spastic sound borrowing equally from 70s punk and 80s new wave, and where sex and sci-fi are recurring themes. This is the closing track, Accelerated Evolution, from their new self-titled album.

Download The Modern Airline – Accelerated Evolution mp3 (from The Modern Airline)

Lastly, Cory Branan is a one-of-a-kind maverick. A singer-songwriter, storyteller and itinerant troubadour whose slyly poignant tales are laced with dark, mordant humour and showcase a unique perspective on the world. With echoes from John Prine to Tom Waits, He describes his new album, and first for the wonderful Bloodshot Records, MUTT as a “…barbed little nasty record.“. Just what we like – this is the lead single, Bad Man.

Download Cory Branan – Bad Man mp3 (from MUTT)