Bastard Mountain - Meadow Ghosts
Bastard Mountain are Neil and Pete from Meursault, Jill from Sparrow & the Workshop, Rob St John, Rory from Broken Records and Reuben of James Yorkston's Athletes. Over a week they congregated to record a partially ad-hoc collaborative album for Song, By Toad, which on this track resembles the Low/Galaxie 500 slowcore playbook in the fog as a ghostly presence. Farewell, Bastard Mountain is out May 12th.
The Proper Ornaments - Summer's Gone
Half of The Proper Ornaments came to London on a one-way ticket from Buenos Aires purloined by Andrew Loog Oldham, leaving behind a family attempting to sent him to a mental hospital. The other is James from Veronica Falls, which isn't quite the same backstory. The music they make together here in just over two minutes evokes the Velvets, Felt, post-feedback J&MC and the Real Estate-led current American brigade of breezily psychedelic underground melodicists. Their debut album Wooden Head is due via Fortuna Pop! on 9th June.
Ides - Giant
Once more Alanna McArdle presses record on the lowest of fi recorders, plugs in and pours her severely cracked heart out. Still no word on whether these few demos released recently are heading anywhere while Joanna Gruesome are heading towards that tricky between-albums stage.