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Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter – “Strawberry Milk”

One of the LPs that snuck into the Raven rotation at the end of the year was from Eli Winter. His patient, paintely playing was a welcome source of solace in rough times and it comes as excellent news that he already has a new LP on the way. This time Winter pairs up with bluegrass player Cameron Knowler. Though to set the scene with Knowles bluegrass credentials is a bit of a false promise. The two find a middle ground, between brush-beat ramble of bluegrass and Winter’s dawnlight passages that owe a bit of their heart to Daniel Bachman and Jack Rose. Having played together along quiet stretches of the Texas borderlands, the pair created a bond that comes through on the record, with opener “Strawberry Milk” lulling the listener like highway lines stretching through the baked mountain vistas. The record arrives March 12th from American Dreams. Check out the video for “Strawberry Milk” above.



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New Bums – “Turned To Graffiti”

Still loving every thread of this upcoming New Bums LP and the band lets out another great track from its folds. With a cryptic video attached, Donovan and Ben set the backdrop on the fatalistic “Turned to Graffiti.” The song has a bittersweet core but there’s breeze in its bones, with chiming guitars that pull from the slight sway of South American folk music, feeling like it might be celebratory if there wasn’t worry between their words. Both songwriters have long been favorites around here, so its great to see them teaming up for a record of furrowed, road -dusted new folk favorites. The new LP, Last Time I Saw Grace is out March 19th on Drag City.

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Mt. Mountain – “Peregrination”

“Peregrination“ is latest cut from the new LP on the way from Aussies Mt. Mountain. The song expands the band’s blend of powerful, heady post-rock into an icy, slinking psych-jazz odyssey. With shivers of flute raining down on the opening, the piece opens into damp guitars and washes of organ that flutter above the tumult laid down by the rhythm section. The band has long been a jewel in the Aussie psych scene, but this is pushing them out front and feeling like it shares a lot of heaspace with the works going on halfway around the world at El Paraiso in Copenhagan. The new LP, Centre is out February 26th from Fuzz Club. While the video for “Peregrination” is certainly no frills, it shows the band clearly in their element pushing sound through the barriers of bliss with enviable prowess.



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Wurld Series – “Nap Gate”

A new vid today announces the arrival of New Zealand scuffers Wurld Series’ second LP, What’s Growing. “Nap Gate” fizzes out of the gates with amp strangling riffs, placing one foot in the Pavement camp and another closer to home, echoing kiwi alt classics like 3Ds, Tall Dwarfs, or Straitjacket Fits. Balancing cool-headed vocals with some paint-peeler guitars, this one makes a case for excitement for the Christchurch band’s latest offering. The record was produced in part by Brian Feary (Salad Boys, Dance Asthmatics), who runs Melted Ice Cream Collective out of NZ. The record arrives March 19th on Meritorio Records (Europe & USA), Osborne Again (Australia) and Melted Ice Cream (New Zealand & Rest of the World).

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Sky Burrow Tales – “Muscovite”

It’s a good day for strong debuts. Following an earlier romp through Italian psych, this one comes from Austrian duo Sky Burrow Tales. The hypnotic video matches the entrancing ache of lead single “Muscovite,” as the pair burrow deep into a quivering psychedelic hollow that’s touching on early aughts faves like Brightblack Mountain Light and Headdress. They ensconce themselves in the crevice between hurt and hope, but “Muscovite” lands on the lighter side, erring towards hope and laying a light foam of fuzzed guitar over chiming drones and a buried vocal laying low in the ether. The guitars yearn and sigh. There’s a dizzying froth the the track, but where others might disorient, the pair even their swirl out into bliss pretty quickly. The full album explores a few other emotional tributaries, but this morning it feels like we could all use a little levity and light. The upcoming album is out February 5th from Feathered Coyote. Get lost in the swirl of the video above.

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Young Guv – “Maybe I Should Luv Somebody Else”

I can’t help but love the constant mutations that Ben Cook applies to Young Guv. From the garage grit that spawned the name, he’s launched himself into bouts of creating perfect power pop, 80’s synth slink, and now it seems that he’s set his sights on the nudie suit saunter of ‘70s country. From the Flying Burritos font that greets us in the opening minutes of “Maybe I Should Luv Somebody Else,” to the 12-string jangle that cracks the seal, the song is instantly divergent from Young Guv’s past, yet just as lovingly created in the image of its predecessors. Cook has a chameleonic ability to inhabit a genre and make it his own, while feeling like he’s created some lost artifact found in the cutout bin for the savvy collectors out there. The song jangles with spirit of The Byrds as a North Star, adding in some pedal steel, banjo, and sunset harmonies. Ben’s had a couple of standalone singles this year, but if this is a possible direction for an album, I’m hopeful and waiting on more in this vein.

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GN – “Home Business”

Coupla new ones up from the always excellent UK label Prefect Records, the label run by Owen Williams ( Joanna Gruesome, Ex Void ) and Mark Dobson ( The Field Mice), but “Home Business” from GN stands out for breaking a bit from the label’s past releases. Still sliced off of the indie-pop peg, but this one also has a serious infection of rhythm pushing the band away from the downcast Bristol set that the label often takes its inspiration from and instead cribbing bits of Talking Heads, Cleaners from Venus, and Arthur Russell over a propulsive slink. The band is the initialed output of Welsh, London based songwriter George “GN” Nicholls, and like pretty much anything that Perfect has put out so far, these scant bits only make the listener hope for more.

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Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “Make Worry For Me”

Drag City’s really been bringing it with the news on resurrected duos of late. After yesterday’s announcement of a new record on the way from New Bums, today sees a video from the now and forever Superwolves Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. “Make Worry For Me” follows on from their springtime gift of “You’ll Get Eaten Too” and the song scrapes through the more sinister, hunger-bitten side of the pair’s work. On their evergreen 2005 album the pair balanced menace and yearning, but here the wistfulness seems to singe away, replaced by a gaunt, rumbling sweep that swells to anxious palpitations and bared teeth. Sweeney burns off the bile with a fuzz-quenched solo ramping up expectations for what the duo is ramping up for. The video makes excellent use of Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s bunker installation ‘A Cell in the Smile’ adding to the nervous tension of the track. Check out the vid above.

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Beautify Junkyards – “Dupla Exposição”

Just a little while back Lisbon band Beautify Junkyards announced their upcoming album Cosmorama on Ghost Box. The record continues their nebulous psych-pop sound that’s been built over the past few albums and opening cut “Dupla Exposição” exemplifies the shifting psychedelic wonderland that they’ve built. Mixing the kind of slippery, alchemical psych that Broadcast have been rightly revered for with a bit of Tropicalia and ‘60s French Lounge, the song is a gorgeous slip through the slits in time and space accompanied by a video that sweeps by in mercurial dream state. The video was produced by Beautify Junkyards, Season of the Witch Art and Maus da Fita. If you’re unfamiliar with the band’s lysergicly layered pop, now’s a good time to get in involved. The record is out January 15th from Ghost Box.

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Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn – “On Our Way”

The latest from Matthew ‘Doc’ Dunn is an amber-hued country slide that sits along nicely with his recent run of solo records. Full of cool breezes and long afternoons, the album sat perfectly in the last days of fall, feeling every bit the kind of ennui coated vision that helps usher out the last vestiges of warmth. He adds on another nice touch with a second homespun video from the LP for “On Our Way.” The song aches in the chest perhaps more than some of the others and this faded memory video only makes the ache glow harder. Rain, Rain, Rain is out now on Cosmic Range.



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