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Franklin Gotham has released their stoically stellar single, Without Being Alone.

Franklin Gotham’s latest single, Without Being Alone, is a tender power-pop embrace that you’ll want to fall into time and time again for the comforting vintage tones, dreamy doo-wop vibes and compassionate lyricism. If you can imagine what Pavement would sound like if they picked up the same romanticism as Syd Barrett, you will be able to get an idea of the sticky-sweet euphoria delivered.

Without Being Alone stoically explores the kind of love that leaves you on the sidelines exploring the infinite possibilities with impassioned impatience. If it’s been a while since you looked at love with rose-tinted glasses, the sweet succinct melodies in this synaesthesia-inducing single will efficaciously remind you.

Without Being Alone is now available to stream and purchase on all major platforms via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

LeoJJChill leaves us ensnared with his minimalist folk sound.

LeoJJChill

With years of songwriting behind him, LeoJJChill has given us a taste of what we can expect from his future releases. Anyone who found them ensnared by Nick Cave’s new material created in collaboration with Warren Ellis will quickly become ensnared by the ease of the melodies and the command of the vocals above the gentle acoustic guitar progressions.

His songwriting that takes you right back to the roots of folk is simple, but it isn’t without soul or authentic artistic licence, and that is exactly what leaves you absorbed by LeoJJChill’s less-than-archetypal approach to lo-fi folk. We eagerly await his official indie-folk debut.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The World Will Keep On Turning: Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter Brian Allison tells us to stay strong on ‘Keep Your Head Up’

As he urges us to stay calm despite the stormy seas around as things will always get better, Brian Allison sings with such a caring ambiance on his latest single which is all about gritting your teeth and never giving up on ‘Keep Your Head Up‘.

Brian Allison is a touring Americana singer-songwriter based in Nashville with a highly impressive beard, who has just moved with his wife and four kids from Chicago. He changed cities so he could be immersed into the mecca of live music in the USA, as he has goals that are lofty but definitely obtainable.

The song showcases beautiful string arrangements, and an emotional message of not giving up in the hardest of times. I wrote this song right after the lockdowns accrued last year during the pandemic.” ~ Brian Allison

He sings with such an intricate understanding and love for humankind, as each lyric performed seems to mean so much to him. Brian reaches notes that are rather outstanding and he turns up the volume quickly, showing us his vocal range which certainly leads us through into a new world of thought from before. His message is interwoven into our fluctuating mindsets, as he helps us understand that we can actually survive anything if we try hard enough.

Keep Your Head Up‘ from the Nashville-based indie Americana singer-songwriter Brian Allison, is a lively effort that certainly rattles your bones and wakes you up from the slumber-filled negativity, that is swirling around suspiciously on the empty streets like a vicious wind. This is the marvelous message we all need to consume, as the world will always be turning and there are opportunities out there to succeed.

As long as you are alive and kicking, there is always something to smile about.

Hear this new single on Soundcloud and see more on IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Jon Fritz pulls back the façade with ‘Love Ain’t What it Seems’.

Washington DC singer-songwriter, Jon Fritz, pulled back love’s façade with his single, Love Ain’t What it Seems’. It strips away the romantic ideation implanted in minds from a young age (thanks, Disney) and gives you a far more realistic account of the role of love in our vast and chaotic world.

Love Ain’t What It Seems resonates on such a deep level it almost makes every love song that made your soul fizz seem superficial with lyrics such as “follow your heart, follow your dreams, take all of your memories and don’t ever think of me because love ain’t what it seems”.

The unforgettable acoustic pop-rock ballad is enough to leave you reaching for the tissues and for your lighter to hold in the air. Which might be pretty hard to do simultaneously.

Love Ain’t What it Seems is now available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

In The Darkness: Woodstock folk artist Marc Delgado thought she might get away on ‘The Queens of Coming and Going’

Taken off his well-received twelve-track album called ‘Wildwood Road‘, Marc Delgado sings with such tranquility and ever-lasting calmness on wishing that she got out of all the darkly-lit times with ‘The Queens of Coming and Going‘.

Marc Delgado is a Woodstock, New York-based indie Americana-folk singer-songwriter. He is a skilled craftsman who has seen many things, good and bad, that have made him into a self-aware artist, who performs with an old school edge and truly effortless charm.

Originally from California, Delgado, after working a succession of dead-end jobs, Marc quit everything, got married & moved to the woods.” ~ Marc Delgado

You feel like you have drifted away into a state of mind from many years before, his voice takes you to places you haven’t felt for many years, or at all. This is a singer who clearly loves telling stories, as he is a true singer-songwriter who is all about the journey, to seeking that much-needed self-enlightenment.

He began writing songs chronicling his life & his odyssey as an addict in the motels & low-income neigbourhoods of The Central Valley & Southern California to redemption & recovery.” ~ Marc Delgado

The Queens of Coming and Going‘ from the well-respected Woodstock, New York indie Americana-folk artist Marc Delgado, is a nostalgic song which feels so wonderfully timeless, as he sings with a classic style which is so rare these days. His gritty vocals and compelling storytelling, is a real marvel to behold during these strange times we currently live in.

Hear this new track on his Spotify page and see more on his FB music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Chris Sunfield has the femme fatale fear in his latest single, Don’t Kill Me.

Don’t Kill Me is the latest single from Chris Sunfield, an artist quickly becoming renowned for his conceptual explorations of classic pop idioms to the tune of snaking, swampy blues-rock that isn’t afraid to go Baroque through symphonic styling.

His radio-ready psychobilly single is probably the most accurate femme fatale depiction I’ve ever heard; what Single White Female is to cinema, Don’t Kill Me is to the airwaves. Any fans of the Cramps, the Brains, Amigo the Devil, Nick Cave, or Mad Sin will find plenty to love about Sunfield.

Don’t Kill Me is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Migrant Birds invite you to ‘Feel it All’ in their cinematic folk single.

North Carolina-dwelling indie-folk-pop trio Migrant Birds craft their accordant singles to ensure that folk stays contemporary. Their standout single, Feel it All, rekindles the magic of old-school folk while allowing you to get lost in the lush modern production.

In Feel it All, orchestral strings quiver below light acoustic guitars while the sublimely layered harmonies drift above. Any fans of Noah and the Whale, Mumford and Sons and Friendly Fires will want to save a spot on their playlists for Migrant Birds and their escapism-aiding soundscapes.

Feel it All is available to stream on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Spin out of control with Nav’s Hook latest indie folk-pop single, Drivin’ Me Crazy

In his latest single, Drivin’ Me Crazy, up and coming artist Nav’s Hook pulled up the roots of rhythm, country and blues to create an indie-folk-pop jam that pays ode to romantic mania. The infectiously uplifting track comes complete with shimmering Gretschy guitars, foot-stompin’ rhythms and some all too efficacious vocal hooks which make an earworm out of the release.

Any fans of Ryan Adams, Chris Cornell, John Mayer and Jason Isbell won’t want to miss out on this expressively seductive radio-ready track that practically begs for repeat attention.

You can check out the official lyric video for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Paul Bidault – Who Do You Think You Are?: Dark Swinging Murder-Folk

If you cranked That Handsome Devil’s sex appeal up to 11, you’d be left with Paul Bidault’s latest swampy, swinging, dark-jazz folk track, Who Do You Think You Are? Which experiments with a more maleficent side of the sound that Tom Waits made iconic.

With swing band percussion rattling around trombones and consistently evolving guitars in the richly dark and eerie soundscape, Bidault’s whiskey-soaked murder-folk vocals that wouldn’t be out of place in the Psychobilly scene have the perfect atmosphere to fall into.

The Paris-born, Mexico-city based artist is one to watch for anyone that gets their kicks from stumbling into tracks that carry familiar themes while completely reinventing them through the artist’s vision.

Who Do You Think You Are? was officially released on August 20th; you can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify or the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Le’Ridge Stereo has released their inspiring folk-pop debut with ‘Another Sun’

Le'Ridge Stereo

New Jersey-residing instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Le’Ridge Stereo’s debut single, Another Sun, was created to instil optimism in a time of collective despair; it is pure tonal bliss.

An arcanely soulful air breathes between the folk-pop instrumentals and the richly layered harmonies that will allow you to imagine what ABBA would sound like if they veered into the realms of New Age Folk. The track possesses gentle yet extremely powerful instrumental hooks that pull you into the heart of the inspiringly serene single that extends compassion to anyone whose loneliness and anxiety amplified during the pandemic.

The lyrics strip the shame out of the acknowledgement that we are fallible humans with a proclivity towards painful empathy and melancholy before shifting negative perceptions to brighter ones. We have only good things to say about this stunning collaboration between Le’Ridge Stereo, Rebecca & Diwas Gurung.

Another Sun will officially release on August 6th; check it out via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast