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Charlie Diamond sends an important song to all the dreamers in the world on ‘Electric Lady Dreams’

Electric Lady Dreams by Charlie Diamond

Showing us his true underdog mentality as he takes a ride with that dreamy free spirit he has been waiting for, Charlie Diamond reveals to us that a life worth living is still there if you keep the faith on the timeless new single to feel nostalgic with on, ‘Electric Lady Dreams‘.

Charlie Diamond is a Hartford, Connecticut-born indie folk singer-songwriter who is also a firefighter and salsa dancer in training.

Wrestled an alligator, fought a tornado, and been everywhere twice. Ran away with the circus when I was 16 and spent a few years as a rigger. Started writing songs when I was hiking the Appalachia trail. Thoroughly convinced I’ve been reincarnated and landed in the wrong decade. I write a lot about the mountain I grew up on. Spend a lot of time in corners talking to myself.” ~ Charlie Diamond

Keeping us on our toes with a real gem which has been made by someone who is used to being underestimated, Charlie Diamond shows us a sense of quality that is mostly lacking on the airwaves and gets our feet tapping in happy unison here.

I’ve always been a dreamer and an underdog. The notion of nothing tying you down appeals to me. No bills, no place to call home, just out on the road, in the countryside and cities, meeting people and going on adventures.” ~ Charlie Diamond

Electric Lady Dreams‘ from Hartford, Connecticut-born indie folk singer-songwriter Charlie Diamond is a dreamy road trip classic that might get you revving up the engine to see where you can explore. He sings with a heightened love for taking a risk and exploring with someone who totally gets it and shall keep him free as a bird too.

Life should all be about adventure, so that you may gain a new perspective that has been hiding away for too long.

Listen up to this super new single on Bandcamp and see more via his thriving IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Sun-Pinned Leaves urges us all to return to that sweet 1967 ‘Summer Of Love’

With the entire world on a cheese board and ready to be sliced into tiny pieces by a grater of doom awaiting the call to action, Sun-Pinned Leaves reminds us that by holding hands and being closer than ever is actually the cure to all evil on ‘Summer Of Love‘.

Sun-Pinned Leaves is an award-winning Deal, England-based indie folk/Americana duo that has been assembled by the experienced Neil Faulkner and Christopher Brown.

Sun-Pinned Leaves’ 4th album ‘Rock ‘N’ Road’ blends a myriad of Americana music styles to narrate tales of aspirational journeys and destinations. Each track is the story of someone’s pursuit of tantalising goals via the concept of “the journey” often literally occasionally metaphorical.” ~ Sun-Pinned Leaves

After first writing songs together when they were in school back in the heyday of 1975, Sun-Pinned Leaves are rather magnificent with a gloriously sung and performed effort from a team who fuse like two friends who gel like glue when together.

Summer Of Love‘ from Deal, England-based indie folk/Americana duo Sun-Pinned Leaves is the message of hope that we all needed to witness right now. Call this a divine intervention if you like, or just a sterling track that Archer would be proud of, as your whole heart feels like you have just been kissed by an angel.

Quality music is here to help us see beyond the pesky noise-that has rattled the cool of so many-through the storm that shall surely end, but at what cost?

See this honest music video on YouTube and view more tidbits of inspiration via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Emma Hunter contested the heteronormative hegemony in her latest single, Love is Not a Choice

With the hypnotic grace of medieval mystic, Oxford’s Emma Hunter demonstrated that there’s nothing unnaturalistic about deviating from the heteronormative hegemony with her latest single, Love is Not a Choice.

Queerness may seem like a modern phenomenon, especially in the vision of those desperate to stand on the neck of progression, equality, and acceptance. Yet, even the most bigoted view is bound to widen to the tune of Hunter’s signature flamenco guitar loops, art-rock percussion and arcane vocal layering.

The musicality that takes you on an intercontinental sonic trip runs at the same celestial level as the intrinsic sense of spirituality in the rhythmically arrestive production. Which once again sees Emma Hunter resisting the contemporary constraints of genre.

The official video for Love is Not a Choice, directed by Matt Trevor-Roper, premiered on July 8th. Check it out via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ludwik Konopko shows us that true peace within is indeed possible with ‘All for Us’

After giving us a much-needed embrace with his previous effort ‘Up and Down‘, Ludwik Konopko returns with a superb instrumental track that might induce a merry whistle from your lips on ‘All for Us‘.

Ludwik Konopko is a Ukrainian-born Polish guitarist and composer who is known throughout the world as one of the best artists of his generation.

In 2022 Ludwik Konopko was a finalist of the 20th UK Songwriter Contest (UK), the 18th International Acoustic Music Awards (USA) and the 23rd Annual Great American Song Contest (USA). He also received a Special Mention from the jury of the International Songwriting Awards.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

Bringing us a sterling effort that shall lift your spirits up like a sail in the wind, Ludwik Konopko is at his classy best and takes us into a whole better mindset no matter what the current climates.

Ludwik Konopko had his first public appearance as a guitarist at the age of 19, when he performed in an orchestra at the Lviv National Philharmonic. In 1989 he co-created his first band Tea Fan Club (TFC), which is still considered today a legendary musical project in Ukraine.” ~ Ludwik Konopko

All for Us‘ from the esteemed Ukrainian-born Polish guitarist and composer Ludwik Konopko is such a tranquil song that might turn your frown into a smile and get you skipping a step again. Made with his signature classy style and bringing a groove that will shed the darkness away like it was yesterday’s skin, into a whole new world of possibility.

When you choose to see the glass as half full, anything is actually possible.

Hear this master unveil another gem on Spotify and see more release news via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

UK alt-folk sister duo māsa are at their organically natural best on the ‘Underside’

After stunning our battered hearts with their beautifully healing single, ‘My Love Went to Sea‘, from May, māsa sends us into a dreamy galaxy with their breathtaking effort, ‘Underside‘.

māsa (formerly known as Currer Bell), is a wonderful UK-based indie alt-folk duo who was created by two sisters who are intrinsically linked and make otherworldly music you can’t possibly dislike.

From an early age, siblings Faron and Merle were home-schooled, which gave them the space to create a shared imaginary world brimming with characters and scenes to fill their storytelling songs.” ~ māsa

With their debut album ‘Sailors and Insomniacs‘ set for release this month, māsa engage our consciousness wide awake with a simply scintillating display of majestic goodness via a sweet song that is spiritually rejuvenating beyond preceding degrees of comprehension.

The importance of this bond is behind the name: māsa means sister in Latvian, the language of their great-grandmother, whose extraordinary life-story and vivid imagination remain a treasured legacy for the duo.” ~ māsa

Underside‘ from UK-based indie alt-folk duo māsa, is a rather special melody that will ease your nerves and help you find that place of contentedness that we have all been searching for. They have delightfully navigated through the noise and pollution of the world to remind us that true beauty does indeed still exist.

Sung with great care and with a serene melody, it is hard to find anything purer that this delicate song in 2022.

Listen to this harmonious wonder on Spotify and see more of their travels on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Kasey Butler – Love Like That: No Indie Alt-Pop Artist Has Worn Scorn Better

Kasey Butler

“You’re the darkest daydream in my mind” is one hell of an opening lyric; the poetry doesn’t falter from there on out in Kasey Butler’s latest progressive indie hit, Love Like That.

From a folky, vocally flooring intro into a fiery scorned proclamation of contempt for the people that send our orbits off-kilter to the tune of massive EDM pop beats, Love Like That is a summer stormer that just keeps on raging.

Ingraining even more gravitas, there is also a touch of theatrical piano-pop sewn into the hit around the arrestive orchestral swells. In every conceivable way, Kasey Butler constructed the perfect pop hit. It keeps you guessing; the monolithic shifts in tone and momentum happen as easily as breathing and that voice… That mindfully poised voice wrapping around the earworm choral lyric, “I know you don’t have dimension, broken heart was your intention, forgive me I was naive”. It is safe to say we are hooked.

Love Like That will officially release on June 30th. Get it in your ears via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Orlando indie-folk singer-songwriter Faae spoke for us all in her Anthropocene-conscious single, summer song

Ahead of the release of their debut EP themed around derealization and identity in this smouldering Anthropocene, the Orlando indie-folk artist, Faae, has shared her gracefully haunting single, summer song.

In their own words, summer song is “shining a light at the end of the world”, and heartbreakingly, the lyricism gets even more profound as it explores the mental ties that get taut and tormenting when we try to make positive moves. “it is hard to be better when there is no one to account for you” is a lyric not easily forgotten.

In the style of Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski and Daughter, the instrumentals confound the expressive and vulnerable nature of single with the raw, ragged and still sublime acoustic textures that anyone with a pulse will want to surrender to. I haven’t felt this excited about Indie folk since I discovered Big Thief. And I’m pretty sure I won’t be the only one utterly captivated by Faae.

summer song will officially release on July 2nd as part of the artist’s debut EP, rudolph. Check it out on SoundCloud and follow Faae on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Spotlight Feature: Allan Hill is profound in the indie-folk delicacy of his sophomore album, Oxford

With each single an embodiment of warmth and compassion, any indie-folk fan with a semblance of self-awareness will want to make Allan Hill’s sophomore album, Oxford, their aural home.

In the same vein as Elliott Smith, Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief), and Sufjan Stevens, the album which was officially released on June 10th, is profound in its delicacy. Consisting of little more than subtly warm synths, banjo, fingerpicked guitars and quiescently revealing vocals, the release aids just that; the release of every frustration our isolated age has imparted.

With finding resilience being an overarching theme, which ebbs through the nine-track release, by the time Goodbye Blue Monday rolls around you have a confidant in the Canadian artist.

Starting with the single, Angell Woods, which was recorded in one take in the woods, it is all too easy to ease yourself into the enveloping accordant resonance of the LP. Before track two, This Time of Year cuts to the bone with the precision of the artist’s ability to allude to weather-triggered emotion that words alone can never explain.

The sepia-tinged melodicism of the title-single allows the fact that Hill only picked up a guitar during lockdown almost unbelievable. As simple as the light production, which contrasts the heavy lyricism, may be, there’s a tenacity to the rhythm, allowing it to feel as natural as breathing.

Here is what Allan Hill had to say on his sophomore release:

“Oxford delicately documents the process of starting over and coming to terms with solitude, guilt, and inevitable change in real-time. Impermanence is a common theme. Empty stretches of highway, late night phone calls, decaying suburbs, violence, tender conversations and flora and fauna are all intertwined to create an intimate yet isolating universe.”

Hear the album on Spotify & Bandcamp. Follow Allan Hill on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ariana Saraha & Flight Behavior showed us the true tribal roots of folk in Grandmother’s Tears

Here to remind us of what folk music was before it was commercialised and dominated by The Lumineers is the world music album, From the Wild, from Ariana Saraha & Flight Behavior.

The opening single, Grandmother’s Tears, takes contemporary frustrative energy and stretches it back a millennia through a soundscape inspired by infinitely more than the grand sum of human construction and destruction. With each element of nature a potential muse for Ariana Saraha & Flight Behavior, it’s almost surreal that they’re of this era. After listening to the lyric “Grandmother’s tears, they have fallen. Four thousand years”, which will haunt my contemplation for quite some time, I scarcely seem rooted in 2022 myself.

Ariana Saraha & Flight Behavior’s album, From the Wild, is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Allan Hill muses on impermanence in his sophomore album, Oxford

Unlike many lockdown-born projects, the Indie-folk solo artist, Allan Hill, didn’t give up the ghost when the bars opened again. After his 2021 debut, he’s revealed the delicate melancholia refined in his sophomore 2022 album, Oxford.

In his own words, the LP is a “coming of age turning inwards and an exploration of impermanence, nostalgia, isolation and queerness.” In the title single, the invitingly warm plaintive soul wraps around the simplistic admission, “everything keeps changing, and I’m fine”, which isn’t profound in itself until you start to consider the journey an artist had to go through to make that proclamation.

The fingerpicked Either/Or-era Elliott Smith reminiscences may be strong in the nature entwined single, but Hill’s autonomy as a stunningly talented artist in his own right is enough to quiescently beat them into submission.

Oxford is now available to stream on Spotify. Grab some tissues first though, yeah?

Review by Amelia Vandergast