We’ve been a big fan of Uncut here at Musical Tears for awhile; good band bio’s, interviews, wide breadth of reviews and a passion for uncovering forgotten gems.
John Mulvey is one of their writers. He works intrepidly hard to find esoteric, little-known nuggets of joy, that we have appreciated greatly. He truly is one of the old school – no doubt devouring endless record stores for those rare oddities, and now of course with the advent of the internet, such mining can be done online. Just as with record store mining, the process is slow and arduous, taking lots of patience and the ability to sift through much crap – but the feeling of finding a rare beauty just as rewarding.
John turned us on to aquariumdrunkard – fantastic name, fantastic blog. Straight out of L.A it has great articles and a backbone of gorgeous sumptuous tunes, many of the funk/soul styling. Check out the mixtapes.
Recently, John has written a best of 2015 so far. Makes for a great read. We especially dug Aye Aye, who we’d never heard of. The song below is a screeching mesh of over-amped guitars and a spiralling harmonica line. Its ferocious – of those that have seen the new Mad Max, imagine if the guy chained to the amps with the flame-thrower also had a high-powered harmonica…
Enjoy the song and keep on keepin’ turned on… (also check out Uncut)
By Tom Proctor
David Roback and Hope Sandoval are back after a seven year hiatus. The new album Seasons of Your Day has garnered positive reviews from the critics, and they bring the warm fuzz of shoe-gazing back to 2013 from a host of songs which the band have been picking away at for a period of over fifteen years in all sorts of locations across the globe, including the US, UK and Norway.
Enjoy their most famous track,
Fade Into You
- Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day: Exclusive album stream (theguardian.com)
- Mazzy Star: It’s True, We’re Still Together (and we have a new album) (metafilter.com)
- Album of the Week: Seasons of Your Day – Mazzy Star (thegreyestates.com)
By Tom Proctor