LISTEN: Magick Mountain – ‘Cherokee’

A fuzzy, psych-tinged cacophony of buzzing basslines and rumbling guitar riffs, Leeds-based trio Magick Mountain have shared their latest single ‘Cherokee’. Taken from their debut album Weird Feelings, which is set for release on 23rd October, the track is a riotous reference to the wisdom of indigenous belief systems.

“We wrote ‘Cherokee’ when there was a Strawberry Moon high in the sky,” the band explain. “Inspired by ancient rituals, we read into the Native American Cherokee tribe and their deep connection to nature, lunar cycles and crop growing. In the West, there is a tendency to believe that ‘we know best’, colonising and destroying people and their traditions in awful ways. We desperately need to respect native traditions and beliefs, so with this song we hint at learning and letting go. The Strawberry Moon signifies cycles starting over, which is also a metaphor for our own learnings as human beings.”

Formed of Lins Wilson (Grammatics & Mother Vulpine), Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin, Menace Beach), Magick Mountain craft energetic, psych-infused, frantic guitar tunes that explore everything from fantastical worlds to ancient mythology and mystical metaphors. ‘Cherokee’ is another crash course into their cosmic, distorted sound, informed by the past but with a futuristic edge.

Listen to ‘Cherokee’ below and follow Magick Mountain on bandcampFacebook and Spotify for more updates.

Photo Credit: Kirsty Garland

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Nervous Twitch – ‘Keeping Faith In Something’

Having previously charmed us live at The Finsbury (sigh, those were the days) with their sunny, sparkling charm, Leeds trio Nervous Twitch have now announced the release of their fourth album, following 2017’s I Won’t Hide. 

Taken from the album, new single ‘Keeping Faith In Something’ fuses together upbeat rockabilly vibes with a racing Riot Grrrl power. Oozing vibrant ’50s-inspired melodies alongside wacky, whirring synth-pop hooks and a fuzz-filled colourful energy, it’s an instantly catchy offering, propelled by a frenzied joyous spirit. Guaranteed to brighten these chilly Autumn days, ‘Keeping Faith In Something’ offers a spot-on anti-capitalist message of impending doom, coated in a vibrant, uptempo musicality and glossy, punk-fuelled groove. Of the track, the band explain:

Sometimes it feels as though society pins materialistic hopes and goals on life and you are judged for having alternative motives. But we are all running our own race, and sometimes cannot control the route we take.

 

‘Keeping Faith In Something’, along with B-side ‘Something To Look Forward To’, is out now via Reckless Yes.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Roz Doherty

VIDEO PREMIERE: Magick Mountain – ‘Infinity X2’

A colourful, trippy set of visuals that compliment the cacophony of sounds they accompany, Leeds-based trio Magick Mountain have shared a video for their latest single ‘Infinity X2’. Lifted from their debut album Weird Feelings, which is set for release on 23rd October, the track is “a psychedelic punk love song” filled with fuzzed up riffs and frenzied percussion.

Formed of Lins Wilson (Grammatics & Mother Vulpine), Tom Hudson (Pulled Apart By Horses) and Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin, Menace Beach), Magick Mountain craft energetic, psych-infused, frantic guitar tunes that explore everything from fantastical worlds to ancient mythology and mystical metaphors. On ‘Infinity X2′ the band hurtle into the idea of two lovers’ worlds colliding and merging into one.

The accompanying video is a collaboration between the band and analogue “VFX wizard” Josh Brownrigg. Of the footage, Wilson explains: “It was self-filmed in our practise space, which involved metres of gaffa-hung green fabric, make-shift tripods, a last minute lighting ‘rig’ and a state of the art spinning cam courtesy of a 1980s record player and phone holder. After Magick Mountain bassist/artman Tom Hudson edited the footage, we handed over the reins to Josh to work his glitchy visual sorcery, using analogue video synthesisers to experiment with tripped-out trails and create the mega fuzzed-up aesthetic. With its blues, deep purples, corals and pinks complimenting Tom’s cover artwork for the single, the video becomes part of the overall visual and sonic onslaught brought to you by Magick Mountain.”

Check out the video for ‘Infinity X2’ below and follow Magick Mountain on bandcamp, Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Photo Credit: Magick Mountain

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Sunflower Thieves – ‘Hide and Seek’

Charming vocal harmonies and soft guitar sounds blend delicately together on Sunflower Thieves‘ latest single, ‘Hide and Seek’. Self-released by the Leeds-based duo, the track is a nostalgic musing on what it was like to be a small child, blissfully unaware of the troubles of the wider world.

Sunflower Thieves’ musical offerings blossomed out of Amy and Lily’s sixteen year friendship. The pop-folk duo craft tentative tracks with personal narratives, and ‘Hide and Seek’ is another example of their ability to create reassuring sounds.

“‘Hide and Seek’ was written on a little writing trip we took to Norfolk in January” the band explain. “We stayed in a little beach-side house with a log fire and had a lovely, creative time. That definitely influenced the song. ‘Hide and Seek’ is about childhood memory and ignorant bliss. We all wish we could escape back to a time when we felt safe and other people would take care of us, when life becomes a little difficult.”

“Most of the instrumentations (guitars, strings, bass, etc) have been recorded remotely during lockdown. Lily produces all of our music, so we’ve taken advantage of the concentrated creative time lockdown has given us to get it sounding exactly how we wanted it to. Production and songwriting are both hugely inspired by Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Rose for this song, and we feel it’s our best yet.”

Listen to Sunflower Thieves’ new single below and follow the band on Facebook and Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut