Posts Tagged ‘Widowspeak’

To celebrate the release of their excellent new album All Yours, Widowspeak have shared a cover of 90s rock band Third Eye Blind’s (best) song, How’s It Going To Be. 

They’ve taken its inherent melancholy and smothered it in a languid, swirling haze giving it a disconnected dreamlike quality that is hard to resist.

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Time once again for the weekly collection of new releases in one convenient package for you. This week it is lucky eleven…

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1. Ezra Furman – I Can Change (LCD Soundsystem cover)
2. Potty Mouth – Cherry Picking
3. Israel Nash – Strangers
4. Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
5. Widowspeak – Dead Love (so Still)
6. The Ukiah Drag – Open Room In Hell
7. Yung – Blue Uniforms
8. Elijah Ocean – The Ice Machine
9. Martin Courtney – Vestiges
10. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Ballad Of Joe Buck
11. Mercury Rev – Are You Ready

 

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Widowspeak are back with a new album of elegant dream-pop and slowcore rock and roll full of easygoing melodies and dusty, snaking guitars. Titled  All Yours, it will be released on Captured Tracks on September 4th.

They have shared the title track via NPR here, and also shared the first single Girls which you can stream below.

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Widowspeak - Calico

We have gradually become more and more enamoured of, and seduced by, the charms of Widowspeak, particularly since the release earlier this year of long player Almanac.

The follow up is a EP titled The Swamps, and having already posted the woozy, narcotic True Believer from it back in July, we now have another taste for you in the shape of the equally good, and equally hazy, Calico. Lovely stuff!

Listen below. The EP is out on Captured Tracks.

Thursday Means Eight of the Best!

A sudden plethora of new tunes have hit the web, and here are eight of our favourites for your aural delight.

First up is psych-heavyweights White Hills persistently hypnotic In Your Room that comes from the space rockers forthoming album So You Are … So You’ll Be, which is out next month on Thrill Jockey. Regina Spektor has an upbeat new song featuring in new Netflix comedy Orange Is The New Black, called You’ve Got Time. Third we have Titus Andronicus and their awesome eight minute cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It, only retitled as I Don’t Care.

Via Brooklyn Vegan, we have Ty Segall’s side project FUZZ who have offered up Loose Sutres – a thrilling slab of slow burning distorted rock ‘n’ roll sleaze from their soon to be released self-titled debut long player. The wonderful Widowspeak have a new single of woozy, narcotic folk that is truly stunning, True Believer comes from their Swamps EP due out in October on Captured Tracks.

Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado is releasing a solo EP titled Law And Order in September, this is Hand In Mine that sounds like it might be an undiscovered gem from Lou Reed’s back catalogue. Next is Owl Paws and their lush, but haunting track Cold Lead Path that is the title track of their upcoming acoustic EP of indie-folk. Lastly we have a track from EONS called Brothers & Sisters which is a wonderfully intimate marriage of fragile folk and sonic exploration. It comes from new album Arctic Radio.


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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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Round Up Time Again.

Time for another trawl through the in-box and round our favourite music sites to bring you a whole host of goodies to enjoy.

First up is a new free song from Bear Driver – layers of sound create a swooning dream pop song of chiming surfed up guitar lines, clattering drums, and melancholic synths. This newly built sound they have dubbed ‘patchwork-pop’!

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Widowspeak have a new album due via Captured Tracks and Ballad Of The Golden Hour is the first free single – the Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk has been given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem.

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Guards are due to release their debut LP, In Guards We Trust, in the early part of 2013. Just the riff on new single Coming True means we are looking forward to February already.


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Melbourne’s Woollen Kits unashamedly immerse themselves in the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock, and new single Be You (taken from album Four Girls) is another top notch example of their prowess in this area.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)

Keeping the garage rock flag flying high are Philadelphia’s The Eeries and their debut full length Home Alone from which Should’ve Stayed Home is a mighty fine example of their seamless and infectious melding of 50s rock’n’roll and 60s pop.

Download The Eeries – Should’ve Stayed Home mp3 (from Home Alone)

Already perfectly described elsewhere as “like Dinosaur Jr. and Guided By Voices in an airplane explosion”, the minimally monikered Dirt have made their first single {Ø} (Empty Sets) available for free (head to their Bandcamp here to pick up the b-side Daggers for free too).

Download Dirt – {Ø} (Empty Sets) mp3 (from {Ø} (Empty Sets) Single)

The Money Go-Round also hail from Down Under, from Sydney to be precise, but their music is anchored in the no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia that inspired everyone from The Kinks to the Black Keys. Check the energy and spark of Yayaya.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)

Our Aussie hat-trick is completed by Adelaide band The Aves. More catchy garage pop in the shape of In Vogue from new EP Anywhere Else.

Download The Aves – In Vogue mp3 (from Anywhere Else EP)

Staying on a theme, The Dead Heads are Australian (of course) but play an eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too. Intrigued? Grab yourself When I’m Dead, the first single from their album Go Ape Shit!.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)

Bloomington’s LEGS have a sound that is best described as a distillation of krautrock and post-punk rhythms, new wave synth, garage guitar work, and vocals that fluctuate erratically between a kind of demented 50s rock, post-punk, no wave, and something like a country-and-western lounge croon. They recently issued their first self-titled EP via Bandcamp and this excellent track Voids has more than tickled our eardrums recently.

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We posted earlier this week about Joshua James as part of our Round Up of some great freebies via Noisetrade et al, and this is the first taste of his long-awaited new album From The Top Of Williamette Mountain.

Download Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)

Being a dweller of Burlington, Vermont, Tyler Daniel Bean is well acquainted with cold and barren landscapes and that influence is evident on his new solo album Longing. Check out the gritty Heather Lane.

Download Tyler Daniel Bean – Heather Lane mp3 (from Longing)

The debut single from Wirral based twin-vocal five piece The Sundowners is a shimmering, melodic slice of indie-pop that is as dreamy as it is sweet.

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The solo debut from from singer, songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has been confirmed for a January 14th release. Lysandre will be released on Turnstile Records. Here We Go is the first single to be taken from it.

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Our latest discovery in one of our favourite genres – spooked out Southern gothic – is Some Dark Holler and their fiery debut Hollow Chest. Combining equal parts Steve Earle, the Civil Wars, and Breaking Bad, straightforward, uncomplicated, and unpolished, these songs resonate like the old Appalachian ballads from which they are clearly inspired. Check out Pills And Kerosene.

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Portland, Oregon-based post-punk-indie-pop-dande act Pictorials are celebrating the release of their debut EP, Learning, on the band’s own Deja View Records. Inspired by the likes of XTC, the Wake, Felt, and Factory and Creation Records, we have Sense Of Vanity from the EP for your listening pleasure.

Download Pictorials – Sense Of Vanity mp3 (from Learning EP)

Eight Knives is a band from Chattanooga, TN. Their debut album Maiden Names sits somewhere between Jack White and Vampire Weekend.

Download Eight Knives – Levels And Lovers mp3 (from Maiden Names)

Rising indie rockers and janglemeisters Veronica Falls have a sweet new track streaming from forthcoming sophomore album Waiting For Something To Happen.

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Lo-fi outsiders, Noun Verb Adjective have a new digital single through Odd Box Records! It contains two tracks, Everything’s Not Perfect and Feynman Lectures on Physics: Vol. One. It is a crunchy, grimy lo-fi wall of sound, like Psychedelic Horseshit incorporating more of a Phil Spector influence. Listen below and both tracks can be downloaded for free through Odd Box’s website.

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Lastly Midway In Wake have made the excellently titled Urban Vermin available from new album We Will Remain Sedate available for free. It is introspective, minimalist bedroom pop!

Download Midway In Wake – Urban Vermin mp3 (from We Will Remain Sedate)

Another bonanza month. Another round up of the very best tracks we posted in March. Another selection of new tunes to get your teeth into too.

So without further ado…

Download White Denim – Drug mp3 (from D)

First taste of rockers new album. Bodes well. Very well.

Download The Everymen – Ballad Of Sarin mp3 (from Hello, Nice Evening. We Are The Everymen)

Cocksure but not arrogant, intense without being overwhelming, and high on the sleaze factor as the shredded vocals of Sarin McHugh gleefully sit astride pounding drums and thunderous guitars.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Wolves mp3 (Phosphorescent Cover via Folkadelphia Session)

Cover song heaven?  (MM faves) Strand of Oaks covering the sublime Wolves by (MM faves) Phosphorescent.

Download The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star mp3 (from Departing)

A perfectly pitched tale of longing and desperation.

Download Widowspeak – Harsh Realm mp3 (from Harsh Realm 7″)

A nicely hazy, dreamy pop nugget that makes those Mazzy Star comparisons completely understandable.

Download Tyburn Saints – You’ve Gone Stray mp3 (from For The Benefit Of Strangers)

The theme tune to a slasher film written by Nick Cave? It could well be the sexiest serial killer based love song ever written.

Download Cult of Youth – New West mp3 (from Cult of Youth)

The dramatically deep baritone of vocalist Sean Ragon is enough to create a palpable sense of menace and foreboding which we’re quite fond of here at MM.

Download Obits – Shift Operator mp3 (from Moody, Standard and Poor)

Surf influenced, stripped back, garage rock.

Download The Owsley Brothers – Under The Shade Of A Live Oak mp3 (from Separated At Birth)

A slow, pulsing blues riff and a plaintive vocal combine perfectly to give us a song so authentic that it sounds like it was made to be sung in the cottonfields and on backwoods porches throughout the South.

Download The Diamond Center – Caraway mp3 (from Caraway 7″)

A haunting, echoing melancholy feel that spreads over almost six and a half pulsing minutes and somehow manages to soothe and surprise in equal measure.

Download Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten mp3 (from Actor-Caster)

Hands down the catchiest slice of indie-rock we’ve posted in a good long while.

Download Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Revenge of The Extra From Zulu mp3 (from How Snakes Eat)

Fragile folk gem married to caustic lyrical venom. Result: a winner.

Download Alela Diane – To Begin mp3 (from Alela Diane & Wild Devine)

Bold and self-assured with more of a countrified twang than her usual sparser, pastoral folk feel.

Download The Lumerians – Gaussian Castles mp3 (from Transmalinnia)

Meditative drones, murky ritualistic rhythms, and layered vocals populate and abound. Dive in!

Download Josh T Pearson – Woman When I’ve Raised Hell…(Alternative Version) mp3

Seven heart wrenching minutes of the most despairing ballad in a long, long time documenting the relentless pain and suffering caused when a relationship passes from failing to broken.

Download The Donkeys – Don’t Know Who We Are mp3 (from Born With Stripes)

A perfect slice of twangy relaxed sunshine rock.

Download Dead Gaze – Fishing With Robert mp3 (from Dead Gaze 7″)

A marvellous combination of fuzzy vocal dischord over a folkish guitar strum, and a side order of New Order poppiness.

Download Erland & The Carnival – Nightingale mp3 (from Nightingale)

The reinventing of old folklore into sinister modern day fairytales.

Download Arborea – Careless Love mp3 (from Red Planet)

Mixing folk, some floating, spacey drone and minimalist percussion with Shanti Curran’s gorgeous vocals to mesmerising effect, the spine tingling results are stark, but beautifully compelling.

Download Paleo – In The Movies mp3 (from Fruit Of The Spirit)

Two minutes of indie folk perfection with a melody so catchy you’ll be humming it for days.

Download James Leg – Drowning In Fire mp3 (from Solitary Pleasure)

Imagine if the Black Keys sold their souls to the devil – they’d probably end up playing like this.

Download Twilight Hotel – Mahogany Veneer mp3 (from When The Wolves Go Blind)

A brilliant combination of alt-country and spaghetti-western desert twang that moves languidly to conclusion via poignant, scalpel sharp lyrics.

Download Bill Callahan – Baby’s Breath mp3 (from Apocalypse)

First taste from new album. More classic singer-songwriting!

Download Thurston Moore – Benediction mp3 (from Demolished Thoughts)

Personal and slightly brooding piece of work from the quieter, more introspective end of his musical spectrum.

Download Psychedelic Horseshit – French Countryside mp3 (from Laced)

Bustling, uptempo, hook-laden, melted outsider pop song.

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

Ethereal songwriting, rich with imagery and beautiful textures.

Download Fucked Up! – The Other Shoe mp3 (from David Comes To Life)

Punk rockers find a mellower more introverted side.

Download The Limianas – AF3548 mp3 (from AF3548 7″)

More authentic garage rock’n’roll done to perfection.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Heaven Was A Glass Of Wine mp3 (Merle Haggard Cover from Snowed In Sessions EP)

Gorgeously cracked and bleeding version of Merle Haggard’s despairing original.

Download James Irwin – Blue Dust mp3 (from Blue Dust Digital Single)

A fine example of indie-folk of the very best kind.

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Rotten To The Core mp3 (from Dead Reckoning)

Calls to mind the blood and thunder preachers in dusty pulpits, the hellfires and the brimstone, and the intense fury of both the righteous and the scorned.

Download Brown Bird – Bilgewater mp3 (from The Sound of Ghosts EP)

A mix of sparse, haunted folk, outlaw country and gypsy riot!

And to finish off, here is another Strand of Oaks cover, this time of Joe Pug’s wonderful Hymn 101, a rare remix (for us anyway) of Moon Duo, a wonderful new band in the shape of rootsy trio Cowboy And Indian, the title track from blistering blues-rock duo White Mystery’s new album Blood & Venom and in the krautrock rhythms and pyschedelia of Echo Lady, probably Wet Hair’s finest release to date.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Hymn 101 mp3 (Joe Pug cover)

Download Moon Duo – In The Sun (Purling Hiss Remix) mp3

Download Cowboy And Indian – Ledbellies (Hurt My Pride) mp3 (from Cowboy And Indian)

Download White Mystery – Blood & Venom mp3 (from Blood & Venom)

Download Wet Hair – Echo Lady mp3 (from In Vogue Spirit)

Here are a few tasty new releases and a couple of tracks acquired via the blogosphere to brighten up your Friday. A veritable smorgasbord for you to sift through and pick out the ones you like.

First up is a second track from Canadians The Rural Alberta Advantage taken from their (very good) new album Departing and showcasing again their ear for a perfectly pitched tale of longing and quiet desperation.

Download The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star mp3 (from Departing)

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Next come Brooklyn’s Widowspeak and their new single via Captured Tracks. It is a nicely hazy, dreamy pop nugget that makes those Mazzy Star comparisons completely understandable.

Download Widowspeak – Harsh Realm mp3 (from Harsh Realm 7″)

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Sleep oOo Over offer up Casual Diamond as the first single from their forthcoming debut album. It is fragile, ghostly and rather wonderful.

Download Sleep oOo Over – Casual Diamond mp3 (from Casual Diamond 7″)

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By contrast, we picked up You’ve Gone Stray by Tyburn Saints via the excellent The Devil Has The Best Tuna blog, where it is described as sounding like “the theme tune to a slasher film written by Nick Cave. It could well be the sexiest serial killer based love song ever written.” Certainly good enough for a repost on MM.

Download Tyburn Saints – You’ve Gone Stray mp3 (from For The Benefit Of Strangers)

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The rather curiously named Bass Drum Of Death dabble not in the pond of drum & bass (thankfully), but in an altogether more sleazy pool of garage rock, greasy guitar jangle, reverb and some high octane, no nonsense rock ‘n’ roll.

Download Bass Drum Of Death – Young Pros mp3 (from GB City)

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New West comes from the self-titled debut album by Cult of Youth and is most commonly described as neo-folk (though we’ve seen one reference to something called post-punk doom goth…). However you want to define it, the dramatically deep baritone of vocalist Sean Ragon is enough to create a palpable sense of menace and foreboding which we’re quite fond of here at MM.

Download Cult of Youth – New West mp3 (from Cult of Youth)

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Via Citizen Dick comes our introduction to Shivering Timbers, and another track well worthy of a re-post here on MM. Their description:  “Evening Prayer is the epic track of the record. Listen to the whole thing. Spoken word, psychedelia, straight blues, reverb filled square-dancing. This is the kitchen sink, and it’s so, so good.” They’re not wrong either!

Download Shivering Timbers – Evening Prayer mp3 (from We All Started In The Same Place)

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Lastly Phineas & The Lonely Leaves is a band based out of Peekskill, NY. Their latest release, The Kids We Used To Be is just out and captures the essence of growing up in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. Check out a couple of tracks of trademark driving rock force coupled with an infectious Americana indie folk swing.

Download Phineas & The Lonely Leaves – The Kids We Used To Be mp3 (from The Kids We Used To Be)

Download Phineas & The Lonely Leaves – The Bros Of Summer mp3 (from The Kids We Used To Be)