"It’s one of the still-young year’s most out-of-the-blue delights, and infused with enough staying power to potentially wind up on best-of lists come 2014’s close."
Pop Matters Reviews Sunswimmer
"That New Madrid can pull off so many seeming opposites at once on Sunswimmer is impressive, but the fact that they’re housed in such striking, well-crafted songs, is what makes this album so strong."
New Madrid, Roadkill Ghost Choir
Earlier this year, Athens quartet New Madrid quietly released its sophomore LP, Sunswimmer, which turned out to be one of Georgia’s finest rock records in recent memory. Produced by David Barbe for New West imprint Normaltown Records, the psych rock outfit, featuring frontman Phil McGill, guitarist Graham Powers, bassist Ben Hackett, and drummer Alex Woolley, struck a perfect balance of noisy experiments, anthemic riffs, and focused songwriting withSunswimmer. It’s the kind of music that should translate well to the environs of a Shaky Knees Fest late-night set on Fri., May 9.— Max Blau
- All Around the Locust
- Forest gum
- Dead legs
- Find my Blood
- And She Smiles
Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in Sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don't exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid Athens summer that birthed them.
- Bee Rapture
- Country Moon Pt. I
- Country Moon Pt. II
- Sand Mountain
- Fountains of Gold
- Shout Mountain
- Summer Dream Sigh
Manners - Audiotree Live
"Houseboat": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist
About New Madrid
From the southern wilds of Athens, GA comes young four-piece, New Madrid. Their music is a dynamic mixture of underwater-psych-rock that engages the listener in fully textured aural landscapes, both on record and live. Their acclaimed 2012 independent debut, Yardboat - engineered by David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers) at Chase Park Transduction- displayed the band's inherent talents and introduces a distinctive sound budding with sonic energy. In their ever-thriving music- mecca hometown, Yardboat garnered "Album of the Year," and the band's formula of constant touring and creative restlessness earned them "Artist of the Year" at the Flagpole Music Awards. In the summer of 2013, New Madrid signed to local start-up Normaltown Records, and entered the studio to record what would become Sunswimmer. Their second full-length finds New Madrid further exploring depths of psychedelia and textured noise.
The new record presents a New Madrid audibly settled into itself. Focused into a collection of collaborative songs, the band delves into a more experimental soundscape. Recorded solely on analog tape during a cool, wet July – once again under the direction of David Barbe - Sunswimmer telegraphs a newly confident self-knowledge, from the assertive opening riff of the churning “Manners” to the infectious driving beat behind “Forest Gum.” The tracks here are more concentrated than Yardboat’s offerings, but fans of New Madrid’s expansive tendencies will be sated by the record’s final 25 minutes, which are characterized by two linear compositions (“Homesick” and “And She Smiles”). The album's body of music was conceived as a singular piece and is best consumed that way.
In a digital age, when song snippets skip cross-country on the backs of broadband, Sunswimmer is a testament that making music for shared space still remains. With their sophomore album, New Madrid continues to redefine...