Posts Tagged ‘Torches’

Wednesday Means Six Of The Best!

Another in our semi-regular round-up of the best tunes to hit our inbox and the web.

First up is another track from Scott & Charlene’s Wedding’s imminent new album, Any Port In A Storm. This latest, the album closer Wild Heart has more of a classic American slacker-pop feel to it a la Pavement or Mission Of Burma, it is a laconically heartfelt tale of a flatmate on the path to self-destruction.

Next we have the sludgy, stoner rock of White Orange and the heavy doom-laden psychedelic riffing of Dinosaur Bones.

Third up are the veteran psych-folkies Elf Power and latest album, Sunlight On The Moon, which expertly combines the scuzzy, sleazy recording qualities of their early lo-fi masterworks with their powerful live bombast – check out the title track.

Los Angeles based indie rockers TORCHES have released the new single If The People Stare, the title track of the new EP released this past May.

Our penultimate offering is the twangy surf inspired rockabilly of Crazy Pills. Break It Down from forthcoming album Restless is a triumph – likely to induce a mosh pit riot and as authentic a nod to the halycon days of quiffs and leathers as you’re ever going to hear.

And finally, the second single from Expwy’s highly anticipated new album is a heartwarming tale of small-town cannibals. Scraping Blue Terra Cotta (Waterloo Cannibals) is a power pop gem and something that Mikal Cronin would be mighty proud of…


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Mad Mackerel's Best of April 2013

Better late than never, here is our monthly round-up of the best of our April downloads together with a handful of brand new tracks. More than twenty songs especially prepared for you to put together an eclectic and appealing mix to impress all your friends and bore your boring work colleagues.

Enjoy!

Wild Wild Wets – Criminal Blue
Tripped out, freaked out, psych pop.

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Hey Anna – Tiny Kiss
Intimate vocal harmonies perched atop poppy folkish melodies that meet soaring, atmospheric alt-rock.

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The Lost Souls Club – Son, You Look Like You Need Jesus
Taking its cue from the darker end of the psych-blues spectrum, this track gleefully careers off the road into the verge, happily making a home in the margins of mainstream rock’n’roll and spitting sly malevolence at anyone who comes too close.

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Owls Of The Swamp – Hypnotist
A masterpiece of elegiac fingerpicked folk, softly spun melody, and ghostly backing vocals.

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Young Hunting – Baby’s First Steps
Lush, woozy and seductive evoking a sense of back porch bonhomie and marijuana enhanced well being.

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Belle Mare – The Boat Of The Fragile Mind
Dreamspace of acoustic and synth textures, weaving folk with dream pop.

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Sunjacket – Alligator
Indie rock with a laconic, hazy chug and sweet falsetto chorus.

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Download Brass Bed – Please Don’t Go mp3 (from The Secret Will Keep You)
Three minutes of infectious indie-rock perfection with a soupçon of garage rock attitude.

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Amanda Jo Williams – 2000Hell
Idiosyncratic mix of twangy rockabilly and weird Americana

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The Baptist Generals – Broken Glass
Haunted, claustrophobic take on drunken folk.


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Torches – When You Gonna?
Opens with a tasty riff and settles into a nice, easy-going melodic groove that calls to mind The Shins or Spoon.

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Georgia’s Horse – Ginger
Dusty Americana shot through with a melancholy and sadness that is almost real enough to touch.

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Paperhaus – Helicopters
Perfectly judged psych-pop.

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Shawn Mrazek Lives! – Man In The Grass
A tale of self-discovery and freedom that snaps, snarls and sparkles in equal measure.

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Download Shannon and the Clams – Into a Dream mp3 (from Dreams in the Rat House)
Slow-dance-ready instrumental with darkly bucolic lyrics.

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The Builders & The Butchers – Dirt In The Ground
Sonically heavier perhaps, but just as distinctive dark-hearted folk as always. Wonderful.

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And new tracks to dive into from Morningbell’s experimental psych-tinged art rock to Honeymilk’s infectious indie, and two tracks of gorgeous stripped back folk from Dark For Dark. Finally, try the simplicity and honesty from Young Readers indie-folk, shot through with a dreamy, imaginary quality that (whisper it) calls to mind Sparklehorse or Jason Molina.

Torches – If The People Stare EP

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Indie, Music, Rock
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Torches - If The People Stare EP

LA based indie-rockers Torches have announced a new EP, If The People Stare, which will be released for free on May 6th.

Have an advance taste with When You Gonna? which opens with a tasty riff and settles into a nice, easy-going melodic groove that calls to mind The Shins or Spoon.

Watch the video and download it below.

Round Up Time Again - Part 2

We’re still rounding up all those new releases, new tunes, good tunes, and more to keep your day as varied and joyous as ours…Ha!

And so we have another ‘cop-out” post prompted by another fearsome backlog, which has once again kickstarted our anxiety over (a) failing to keep up, and (b) failing to give the appropriate time and text that these releases deserve and (c) failing to deliver.

So while we worry about all that, here are some of those tracks for you to enjoy.

First up is the psych-pop trio Gospel Gossip who have just released a new self-titled album, and have made two tracks available for streaming from it. Listen to Except You and Simpler Times.

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Next is The Deep Red Sky whose Frightened Rabbit touchstone is clear from the moment you hear their impassioned Scottish brogue on Zombies (Things Don’t Stay The Same), heartfelt and epic, it comes from new album Plans out this month.

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Ghost Lights play a beautifully sweet, occasionally melancholic, blend of folk with jazzy undertones. Their six track EP is called Saltwater, and A Train Is Coming is our favourite track from it.

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Recently Ezana Edwards of Brooklyn’s Night Manager and Ryan Grubbs of Sacramento’s Ganglians formed a noisy, trash-pop trio, Blood Sister in San Francisco. Here are their two singles Bart Simpson and Why Would You, both available for free download.

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New Mexico indie rockers Sad Baby Wolf have featured on MM more than once, and have now announced the release of their debut album, Electric Sounds, out on the 9th April. Formed by lead singer Marty Crandall after ten years with The Shins, the band is a homecoming project with longtime friends that has steadily been building momentum. Have a listen to the title track and head to their Bandcamp page to order the album.

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British five-piece Treetop Flyers have also announced the release of their debut album, The Mountain Moves, out June 25th on Partisan Records. The album was recorded amidst the picturesque beaches and rolling hills of Malibu, at Zuma Sound, a studio originally built for Rick Rubin. With their quintessential vintage West Coast sound, it’s perhaps fitting that the band laid down their outstanding country soul debut in the canyons of Southern California. This is album opener, the driving Things Will Change.

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After relocating from Brooklyn to San Francisco, Flower Orgy is back with a new three-song 7″. Nate Luce assembled an entirely new cast of characters for this release and they’ve peeled off some of the fuzz giving us a window into Luce’s honestly sincere songwriting. Our Song is available May 14th as a limited run of 150 copies vinyl 7″ and digitally from Fire Talk Records. Pre-order here.

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We love this cover of The Cars Drive by Young Unknowns – it has been around for a good while, but we couldn’t resist a re-post. The b-side to this special digital covers single is a version of the Springsteen classic I’m On Fire. Visit their Bandcamp page for more tunes.

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Bat And Ball are a London five piece and their track We Prefer It In The Dark is a beguiling slice of indie rock that has insistently burrowed its way into our affections and bodes very well for the future.

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With sunny guitars and fuzzy synths, Brooklyn based power pop sextet Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (TGSM) released their debut full-length album Modern Dances last month. You can get it via their Bandcamp page here and they’ve also offered lead track Summer Skin as a free download.

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Oakland female garage pop duo, Upside Drown latest single is the simply titled, but naggingly catchy Go.

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My fear of horses comes from being savaged by a pony when I was small. However, the band Ponies Will Bite You! is thankfully a far more palatable offering, with a style that is folky with pop leanings – think The Lumineers, Nickel Creek, Ed Sheeran and Iron & Wine. They have released a debut EP called Argyle, which you can listen to and download for free on their Bandcamp page. This is the sweetly rolling title track.

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LI-ON GREVIER is a Toronto music collective, an assembly of musicians and artists who have recently released a self-titled debut album (name-your-price offer from Bandcamp here). From it, we have picked the oddly named When All Hope Has Wanned, which is simply a fabulous track of psych-folk.

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Drawing on influences as diverse as The Kills, Animal Collective, Daft Punk, My Bloody Valentine, and The Beach Boys, East London-based three-piece Les Mistons have announced that they will be releasing their new single Overcoming Fear on Monday 13th May.

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And finally, LA indie outfit Torches have announced the release of their new four track EP If The People Stare to be released on May 6th via Bandcamp and Soundcloud. The band has also offered up a free download of their new single When You Gonna.

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Streaming Round-Up.

Back from a short break and with a whole lot of musical catching up to do…here are ten new tunes we’re starting with. Have a listen too.

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Crushed Beaks Cover Torches VTOO. A couple of weeks ago we posted Torches cover of Crushed Beaks Close-Ups, now as part of the split single release Crushed Beaks are returning the favour with their cover of Torches VTOO.

This time the duo have replaced their usual full-on steam-hammer approach with slowly pounding drums and staccato guitar noise creating something akin to a sonic maelstrom – a post-apocalyptic bedlam if you will.

Nice!

Download Crushed Beaks – VTOO mp3 (from Crushed Beaks / Torches Split Single)

Download Torches – Close-Ups mp3 (from Crushed Beaks / Torches Split Single)

And the Torches original…

Download Torches – VTOO mp3 (from NOW This Is What I Call The FOURTH e.d.i.l.s. recordings Free Compilation)

Download the whole compilation from here.

Crushed Beaks / Torches Split Single.

London bands Crushed Beaks and Torches have announced the release of a split download single featuring cover versions of each others songs. Torches’ version of Crushed Beaks’ Close-Ups is the first to be released, with Crushed Beaks’ version of Torches’ VTOO appearing online very soon.

However, appearing first with their lurching cover, Torches reweld the original’s upbeat urgency into something far more dark, brooding and synonymous with their own sound. Echoed accapellas prove to be the calm before an industrial storm of wrenched guitars, pounding drums and mesmerising drones of synthesisers twist the song’s once upbeat atmosphere into a wonderfully terrifying frenzy.

Download Torches – Close-Ups mp3 (from Crushed Beaks / Torches Split Single)