Posts Tagged ‘Sundress’

Wednesday Means Eight of the Best!

Here is our regular round-up of the recent best of the inbox, blogs and internet for you to peruse, scrutinise and download for your undoubted listening pleasure and aural delight.

First up is a second taste from the forthcoming Two Gallants long player The Bloom And The Blight. While previous offering Broken Eyes was a gorgeous, folky delight, My Love Won’t Wait indulges the band’s heavier side with a rollicking tune that is equally thrilling in a very different way. She Keeps Bees also keep the needles in the red with See Me, a recent offering from last year’s long player Dig On that calls to mind the basic rawness of PJ Harvey and blues tilt of early Kills.

Sundress are a Texas based psych-rock band in the vein of Tweak Bird or White Denim. New 7″ California Dames is a very satisfying addition to that particular stable. Ride on boys! Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo on the other hand offer up a more gauzy, laid back, almost 80s vibe to their single Act of Truth. It was their contribution to a limited split release with Slowness that sold out with all haste, but will now be reissued by Greenfuse Records.

We were delighted to get news of a new album, Angelmaker, by Heaven’s Jail Band (think Leonard Cohen backed by Lynrd Skynrd) and a new set of tales: Doomsday fetish, slow burns, long cons, infanticide, rough sex (real and archetypal), morbid visions, delusions of grandeur, beating the odds…again all deadpanned in virulent mix of heroic and vulgar vernacular. If the sharp edges aren’t immediately apparent don’t worry, you’ll be bubble wrapping the edges of the coffee table soon. For now, try out Daddy’s Blues and buy the album from Bandcamp here.

Spook Houses’ debut LP Trying delivers low-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots and is an album surely to be accessible by angsty american suburban teenagers or nostalgic lovers of 90s basement rock in the vein of Built to Spill and Neutral Milk Hotel. Taster track American is a two minute brash burnout anthem with its chugging bass line and plodding pace and lyrics pulled from misguided conversations with girls. A stonewall keeper!

This Outer Minds track, We Are All Stone has been around for a couple of weeks now, but its perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, and reverential nod to the Doors makes it too good to leave out from posting. Finally, Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based band Lord Huron, will be released on 9th October via label IAMSOUND Records. Grab the galloping, infectious dusty folk chime of Time To Run – certainly the best thing we’ve heard from them so far.

Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)

Download Sea Of Bees – See Me mp3 (from Dig On)

Download Sundress – California Dames mp3 (from California Dames 7″)

Download Heaven Jail’s Band – Daddy’s Blues mp3 (from Angelmaker)

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)

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Mad Mackerel's Regular Round-up. The tunes are coming thick and fast again at the moment and keeping up is proving almost impossible. Here are a few of the tracks from the web and our inbox that have caught our ears over the past few days.

First up Okkervil River who are riding high on the critical acclaim for the release of their latest full-length album I Am Very Far. Just this month the band released a new 7-inch for Your Past Life As A Blast. You can listen and download the lead single below.

Download Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast mp3 (from Your Past Life As A Blast 7″)

Dublin’s We Cut Corners have released the first single from their forthcoming debut EP Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards. The track is called Go Easy and sonically, the duo exist somewhere between Burt Bacharach and Death From Above 1979. Recommended.

Download We Cut Corners – Go Easy mp3 (from Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards)

The Fresh & Onlys will release a new 7″ single on Sexbeat early next month and it is, to our mind, one of the best things they’ve done to date. A crackerjack of garage rumble, surf harmonies and guitar jangle.

Download The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know The Devil mp3 (from I Would Not Know The Devil 7″)

Denton, Texas psychedelic-pop band, Sundress celebrated the release of their self-titled EP yesterday. We’ve already posted the excellent Derelict from the EP, but the band have made a second track, Thirteen available for free download. Spoil yourself.

Download Sundress – Thirteen mp3 (from Sundress EP)

Download Sundress- Derelict mp3 (from Sundress EP)

Piney Gir has long been known as the indie Dolly Parton. But her new album Jesus Wept is more Emmylou Harris in her Gram Parsons days… in fact, it sounds like it was twisted through the eyes of a local drunk at the truck stop honky tonk. It’s fun, but it’s dark and you don’t know if you should like it so much but you do, so have another whiskey.

Download The Piney Gir Country Roadshow – Lucky Me mp3 (from Jesus Wept)

Download The Piney Gir Country Roadshow – The Sheriff Of San Miguel mp3 (from Jesus Wept)

Wise Blood’s new EP These Wings gets a release at the end of the month and we’re quite taken with this track, Nosferatu, with its chiming guitar submerged under some swirling electronics, which for once, doesn’t give bedroom pop a bad name.

Download Wise Blood – Nosferatu mp3 (from These Wings EP)

Luke Temple is the frontman of Here We Go Magic and is releasing his third solo album early next month on Western Vinyl. The chugging twang of the upbeat and cajun tinged Ophelia is a really promising taster for the album proper.

Download Luke Temple – Ophelia mp3 (from Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care)

Chad VanGaalen’s recent album, the badly named Diaper Island has some standout tracks on it, and the sturdy Peace On The Rise is one of them. This is the second track he has made available for free and is a keeper.

Download Chad VanGaalen – Peace On The Rise mp3 (from Diaper Island)

Download Chad VanGaalen – Sara mp3 (from Diaper Island)

The Breedings are a brother and sister duo based out of Nashville, TN – home of their debut album, Laughing at Luck. Brought together in the studio by their love of ‘70s country music, the pair have emerged with a surprisingly rock’n’roll album. Theirs is a hard-hitting sound, bringing to mind Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt and a touch of Tom Petty.

Download The Breedings – Come Summer mp3 (from Laughing At Luck)

On a more experimental slant, both Julian Lynch and Ducktails have made tracks available for free. Try Lynch’s short, sci-fi sounding Dream Of A Thousand Nights and the rather more mellow hypnotic haze of Ducktails Sit Around With Ya.

Download Julian Lynch – Dream Of A Thousand Nights mp3

Download Ducktails – Sit Around With Ya mp3 (from Killin The Vibe 12″)

Shitty/Awesome create a wonderfully noisy hairy cacophony – interested in little more than having fun, dancing like maniacs, and eventually passing out in the backyard! Metaphorically speaking, if garage rock is the champagne of bottled bands, then Shitty/Awesome is a bottle of model glue in the parking lot, and all the better for it. Hang Up is from their planned self-titled album coming from Guestroom Records and has guitars like angry wasps and vocals like someone’s being repeatedly stung. Corking stuff.

Download Shitty/Awesome – Hang Up mp3 (from Shitty/Awesome)

We’ve already given you one track from Bear & Moose, a duo steeped in blues, psychedelia, punk, folk, prog rock and garage.  New track Wear The Wolf begins floaty and hypnotic, but soon the peacefulness starts to give way to the chaos of face-melting electric guitar with analog delay, bone-filled rain stick kicks in and the percussion drives it all forward. The subject: lapsing into drinking to numb the pain of a broken relationship. The “wolf” is the out of control side that came out when drinking. Not unlike a werewolf, night and intoxication brought unpleasant transformation. Whether you’ve “worn the wolf” or not, this mercurial song will intoxicate you!

Download Bear & Moose – Wear The Wolf mp3 (from Bear/Moose)

Download Bear & Moose – I’m Back mp3 (from Bear/Moose)

Lastly we have Howlin Woods, a four piece from Santa Barbara who have made a set of demo recordings available for free download on their Bandcamp page here. They combine folky, soulful vocals with sinewy guitar and driving percussion and the hypnotic funk-folk of Boss has been getting repeated plays on the MM stereo.

Download Howlin Woods – Boss mp3 (from 2010 Demo Recordings)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of June Mix Here is our regular Best of the month mix – more than twenty tracks of all shapes and sizes to get your ears into, plus a few new ones that we think you’ll love!

So we’re off and running with…

Download The Virgin Passages – Horizon mp3 (from Horizon)

Euphoric, unhurried, hazy and hypnotic.

Download St. Vincent – Kerosene (live) mp3 (Big Black cover)

Visceral and stunning live cover of a stonewall classic.

Download The Coathangers – Trailer Park Boneyard mp3 (from Larceny & Old Lace)

Full on garage rock with a blues punk burn.

Download Bobby – Ginger (Water Birth) mp3 (from Bobby)

Rhythms abound, layered vocals loop and swirl and repeat and a sensation of blissed out haze settles on you like a gossamer blanket .

Download I Break Horses – Hearts mp3 (from Hearts)

Gorgeous vocals, the trembling reverb and the all round sonic density of the song make it one to really immerse yourself in.

Download Buffalo Killers – Circle Day mp3 (from 3)

A propulsive rhythm, proper guitars and a killer riff soaked in a tight-fitting seventies sheen.

Download Vetiver – Wonder Why mp3 (from The Errant Charm)

Folkies deliver vintage keyboards mix with ambient washes and jangly guitars.

Download Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Senator mp3 (from Mirror Traffic)

A refrain about Senators and blow jobs and all delivered in a classic, slighty messy, indie rock style.

Download She’s Hit – Miriam Hollow mp3 (from Pleasure)

Like The Stooges jamming with Jeff The Brotherhood, fronted by the bastard offspring of Ian Curtis and Shane MacGowan.

Download The Warped 45s – Grampa Carl mp3 (from Matador Sunset)

A wonderful tale of prohibition, the story unfolding on the back of a foot stomping riff and a climactic cacophony of electric guitars.

Download Jim Dead – Bone Blue Moon mp3 (from Ten Fires)

One listen to the slow-burn of Bone Blue Moon and you’ll find yourself be transported to that porch where the sun is setting and the notes hang thick and heavy in the air like woodsmoke.

Download Bleached – Think Of You mp3 (from Carter 7″)

Freewheeling California punk jam that is equal parts Misfits and Rolling Stones.

Download Bones Howell – Hair Of The Dog mp3 (from Hair Of The Dog 7″)

Bauhaus classic gets the Bones Howell treatment.

Download Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Lawn mp3 (from Giving)

Intricate and emotive indie folk.

Download Daniel Knox – Ghostsong mp3 (from Evryman For Himself)

Evocative and provocative tale of disillusionment, obsession, and criminal intent.

Download Sundress– Derelict mp3

Psych-pop of the very best kind.

Download Elle King – Good To Be A Man mp3

Country blues that blends two worlds of city grit and mid-western charm.

Download Sleeping Bag – Slime mp3 (from Sleeping Bag)

Simple melodies, deadpan delivery, jaunts of balls-out rocking, and minimalist tact.

Download Efren – Moonshine mp3 (from Rise On Up And Melt)

Melancholy and affecting folk.

Download The Vivian Girls – Take It As It Comes mp3 (from Share The Joy)

Ramshackle indie mixed with a sparkling pop sensibility that owes as much to the beachfronts and rock’n’roll diners of the 50s as it does the jangle pop heyday of the 80s.

Download Peg Simone – Piece Of Pie mp3 (from Piece Of Pie)

Lingering guitar riffs and echoed silver-tongued vocals. It is eerie, ghostly, and sounds like it comes drifting like a mist off the night time bayou.

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Mix of dream pop and ethereal, experimental folk.

And to finish off we have the new single from experimental goth chanteuse Zola Jesus, a blast of rockabilly rumble at the hands of the Mad Caps, six plus minutes of excellent sloppy post-punk hooks from Male Bonding, and something from Peter Wolf Crier’s forthcoming album.

Download Zola Jesus – Vessel mp3 (from Conatus)

Download The Mad Caps – Baby Man mp3 (from The Mad Caps)

Download The Mad Caps – Wild Wild Lover mp3 (from The Mad Caps)

Download Male Bonding – Bones mp3 (from Endless Now)

Download Peter Wolf Crier – Right Away mp3 (from Garden Of Arms)

And don’t forget to check out all our other monthly Best Of Mixes in the sidebar too.

Sundress is an American psychedelic-pop band, formed in Denton, Texas in 2010 by principle members Ryan McAdams, bassist Drew McCary, guitarist Kennon Talley, keyboardist Jim Harrington and drummer Brack Cantrell.

The band have a sound that brings in influences all across the board. Slowdive, Pink Floyd, Sparklehorse, Spiritualized, Radiohead and more.

By unlike most, these boys do it well. Check out Derelict from their forthcoming debut EP. Just a bunch of small town kids in a small town trying to make the biggest sound possible.

Download Sundress- Derelict mp3