Mystery Twins, "Arrow"
As we've mentioned before, local duo Mystery Twins features 50 percent of longtime garage-rocking outfit The Clutters. The Twins will release their "Arrow" 7-inch via Theory 8 on Sept. 22, and they've already posted the tune to the 'Nets. It's a guitar-and-drums duet that, as MT tunes are wont to do, goes from sweet and tuneful to brash and rocking. Hear "Arrow" above or at Mystery Twins' Soundcloud page, and check out the excellent cover art by Brent Montgomery. Good stuff.
Natural Child, "Mother Nature's Daughter"
The boys of Natural Child are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to churning out their stony, Stones-y rock 'n' roll — though I suppose this sampling more resembles another of NC's primary influences (Hint: He's Canadian!). It's a single called "Mother Nature's Daughter" — a follow-up to "B$G P$MP$N" — that will be released as a 7-inch via Jeffery Drag on Aug. 21. We'll actually do a giveaway next week, so keep an eye on the Cream for that. Go ahead and listen to "Mother Nature's Daughter" above, and see more info here.
Ttotals, Silver on Black
Brian and Marty of Ttotals have long been a fixture in the local experimental rock scene, churning out dreamy, sonically ambitious rock music as a two-piece. They'll have a release show for their three-song Silver and Black EP on Aug. 18 at Brick Factory, and we'll have more on that soon. But for now, you can stream Silver and Black above or at Ttotals' Bandcamp page (buy it digitally for $3 and on vinyl for $10). I dig it — it's partially grounded in conventional rock sounds, partially ambient and distant, landing somewhere between psych rock, post-rock and grunge.
All Them Witches, Our Mother Electricity
Have to hat-tip We Own This Town on this one. I — like WOTT — hadn't yet heard All Them Witches' June-released Our Mother Electricity, but holy shit. Aside from maybe Across Tundras, there isn't a lot of Nashville music you can call desert rock — it's just too lush around our parts, I suppose. But I'll be damned if these tunes don't remind me a bit of Queens of the Stone Age and all those other dense, heavy, down-tuned, chugging but melodic rock bands in Josh Homme's desert-dwelling camp. Organs and distortion and songs with titles like "Guns" and "Bloodhounds" and "Elk.Blood.Heart." Stream it above or at All Them Witches' Bandcamp page, and buy it for $9.
Penicillin Baby, Jams: Volume 1
Their name and their album art may be ridiculous, and they may call themselves "freaky rock," "space trash" and "mustache rock" on their Bandcamp page, but Penicillin Baby ... well hell. Come to think of it, that kind of says it all. I will say that Jams: Volume 1 sounds like the sort of EP MGMT might be making were they still holed up in a dorm room somewhere. You know, had nobody thrown any money at them. Psychedelic surf-pop stuff. A seriously good listen. Stream above or purchase it for any price you like right here.
Kyle Andrews, Post Script Songs
Local bedroom popster Kyle Andrews has made a splash nationally thanks to some very well-received commercial placements. I guess that affords him the opportunity to do things like toss out free EPs at a tweet's notice. Be warned: Post Script Songs is characteristically Andrewsian, with saccharine melodies, cute arrangements and various up-tempo feel-goodery. If you want to brood, do not listen to these three songs. Stream Post Script Songs above or right here.