Mutual Benefit Returns

There was a time when Mutual Benefit was fawned over by a unanimous bunch of writers, but it’s been a minute since we’ve mentioned the band. Today, Jordan Lee returns, and with such a delicate couple of tracks that you’re immediately placed back in the saddle supporting his work. I loved the first two of these tunes; it was gentle and almost fragile, while still building behind Lee. Then, I moved on to track two, and lo and behold, an even better gem. There’s something about the faint backing vocals that really hits home for me, not to mention the shallow strums and arranged accompaniment. Both tunes will appear on Thunder Follows the Light, which drops in September via Transgressive Records.

Stream New EP From Blaenavon

10514738_720240444695657_404149877485594319_nOnly last week I shared with you a new favorite discovery of mine with a song by a U.K. band called Blaenavon.  After my initial infatuation with the sounds I was hearing, I couldn’t wait to hear even more from the band’s upcoming EP.  Well today is a treat for anyone who also took a liking to the band as I have a full stream of the group’s new EP Miss World.  You can check that out below and also order a physical copy by heading to Transgressive Records (out Oct. 30th).  I expect these guys to blow up ASAP.

Digging This Fist City Tune

fisterI hadn’t really heard of the angular post-rock of Fist City until this latest single bounced into my inbox, yet it’s sloppy in all the right places, making it the perfect tune for this Friday.  There’s definitely an inner tenacity in the band’s sound (especially if you look at the title of the single, “Fuck Cops”), and things are loose enough in both the playing and the recording that it fills you with just enough angst to have a little fun doing something dangerous. They’ll be releasing Everything Is a Mess on June 23rd via Transgressive Records.

Yeah, I Dig This Gengahr Tune

unnamedMan, looks like I’m all over the place today; I think I’m okay with that. This tune from Gengahr rolled out late last week, and I didn’t get a chance to really get into it until the sun parted the clouds here in Austin.  The MGMT nod has already been given, but that’s mostly due to the vocals.  I’m listening to the bass line quite a bit, not to mention that cascading guitar part that knifes its way through the middle of the track.  It’s just one of those tracks that makes you feel pretty good inside, so why not give others a chance to hear that too? Look for their She’s a Witch EP on Transgressive Records in March.

New Music From Johnny Flynn

English indie-folk hit maker Johnny Flynn is prepping his second release entitled Been Listening for release on Transgressive Records early in June.  I’m getting on the hype machine for the new LP after spinning this new track “Kentucky Pill” a few times.  That lil diddy with the backing horns over the strummed mandolin have been stuck in my head all day.

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Download: Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill [MP3]