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Acoustic Folk Pop


Mari – Natural Desires: Evocatively Absolving Acoustic Pop Rock

Natural Desires was the 2019 debut single from up and coming Pop singer-songwriter Mari. If the release slipped you by, there’s no better time to delve into her evocatively powerful sound. With an EP in the works, there are plenty more powerful soundscapes to come.

Following the success of Natural Desires, Mari released two subsequent singles Wrong Places and End Up with You. Yet, Natural Desires remains the best introduction to her frill-free, soulfully arrestive sound which manages to ooze both purity and maturity.

Rather than attempting to stay ahead of the curve, with Natural Desires, Mari took her sound right back to the roots of Pop Rock to ensure instant accessibility. As for the commercial potential, that can be found in her natural vocal harmonies which will stay with you long after the light and tender single has faded to a close.

If you like to have your finger on the pulse of hot up and coming talent, get her on your radar.

Natural Desires is available to stream via all major platforms through this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Kate Gala brings out stunning indie-pop dazzler ”Almost Made It”

USA’s Kate Gala is a young singer-songwriter who was born and raised in the Virginia Beach area. Since she was a bright-eyed youngster, Kate expressed a massive interest in music and even taught herself how to play the guitar. Quite an achievement indeed.

Kate is a fun person with ambition and begun writing songs in high school as an outlet to cope with her life struggles. She hopes to use her growing platform to promote a healthy lifestyle for the mind and body, while encouraging people to explore more through her travel posts. This is one inspiring woman that is really going for it and who likes to bring out positive energy.

Almost Made It” says it all really. Kate Gala can feel that she is rising in the music scene and wants to make it huge. She has a lovely voice and this is pure indie-folk with some pop sprinkled in for good measure. One of the sweetest songs you will hear this year.

Stream this lovely song right here on Spotify.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Prepare Your Indie Folk Playlists for Harry Bodley-Scott’s Latest Single “Man Like Me”

Man Like Me” was the first single to be released from Indie Folk singer-songwriter Harry Bodley-Scott’s debut EP “Hoping for a Sunrise”. If festivals were happening this year, Man Like Me is exactly the kind of track you’d hope to be soaking up under the Summer sun.

Fans of Noah and the Whale, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver and the Lumineers will definitely want to hit play on the stunningly crafted single. Similarities aside, Harry Bodley-Scott’s standout single boasts a striking amount of amorous distinction.

Through the candidly poetic lyrics and the intricately layered Indie Folk instrumental arrangement which is led by angularly absorbing riffs, it’s safe to say a radio-ready earworm was created with Man Like Me.

You can check out Man Like Me with the rest of Harry Bodley-Scott’s EP Hoping for a Sunrise via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Louisiana singer Rhonda Merrick is ready for the one in ”All the Way”

You just know when you are ready. You love the person and they love you back. Side by side you know you can be strong together and make each day special. It’s time.

All the Way” from Rhonda Merrick is a story of love and so perfectly explained. She is ready to settle down and sing. Her family is important to her and with these three passions, she is now happy. Coming from a music family has been a blessing and a curse. Rhonda is now moving above all doubts and the time is now here. After being close in 2011, the timing was off when she almost signed with Universal Music. Being a Mom meant so much more. 2020 has been a challenge but when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

I feel like Rhonda Merrick is starting to build up her confidence and she will make a huge impact from now on. She is a musician who has been waiting in the wings to fly. It’s your time Rhonda. Be free and do what you love.

Stream this new song right here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


David Naylor and Bambie create sweet melodies with folksy ”Havana”

Havana by David Naylor

You lose your memory and everything is still. You see glimmers but it’s still not the same. Then slowly, your memory starts coming back and realization hits you. You are a fantastic singer-songwriter. This is the story of England’s David Naylor.

David Naylor is a soulfully real singer-songwriter who lost his memory after an unfortunate brain injury in 2017. He realized that he had been a musician and began to record the songs that came back to him after waking from a coma.

Some smart studio is going to make a movie of his life, I am almost certain. What a story. The fact that he came back to sing is so inspiring.

Havana” is a duet about two people who meet in the warm summer rain. A cute story that is very romantic and one that any single person would like to experience. I see you typing in ‘flights to Havana’ into Google.

Bambie’s influence can not be understated here. She sings so beautifully and complements with David’s fantastic voice perfectly.

This song is so creative and features David Naylor (vocals, conga, clave), Bambi (vocals), Gilly Spencer (piano), Will Franden (Double Bass), Allesandro Gugel (Acoustic Guitar), Emiliano Bonanomi (Electric guitar) and Fabian Suske (Engineer). You always need a great team to create masterpieces right?

Stream this absolute gem of a song from this awe-inspiring artist that has made such a comeback in life. Head to Bandcamp for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen


Filip Finado has released their blissfully accordant feat of Psych Folk Pop “Your Songs”

“Your Songs” is the accordantly blissful latest single from Indie singer-songwriter Filip Finado. With melodies which you can melt into and instantly resonant lyrics, Your Songs is everything we need on the airwaves right now.

There are subtle nuances of Psych Pop and Alt Folk Pop within the soundscape which tangibly shimmers with aural resolve in a way that any fans of the Beatles and the Zombies will undoubtedly appreciate. Yet ultimately, the essence of the single lies in the magnetic resonance which will hit you as soon as you hit play. Your Songs may be a break-up song, but there’s just something so soulfully captivating about the artfully distinctive soundscape, it will soothe your soul whatever you’re lamenting over.

You can check out the official video to Your Songs on YouTube from May 28th via YouTube.

Make sure to subscribe to Filip Finado’s channel and follow them via Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with new releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


8udDha bl0od – 83 7H3R3 4 M3: Captivatingly Sweet Acoustic Alt Rock

83 7H3R3 4 M3 is the instantly endearing single from 8udDha bl0od which any fans of  The Smashing Pumpkins are going to want to check out.

The acoustic Alt Indie track may seem a little twee in comparison to 8udDha bl0od’s other releases, but the captivating tones offered an all too welcome view of the artists more amorous side.

The intricately quaint acoustically-carved reggae melodies created the perfect platform for 8udDha bl0od’s soft yet sonorous all the same vocals. My soul feels significantly fuller after listening to 83 7H3R3 4 M3, if yours still functions, it’s likely that you’ll feel exactly the same after listening to the aurally resolving track fade to a quiescent close.

You can check out 83 7H3R3 4 M3 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Bethany Ferrie – Stayed: A Magnetic Indie Pop Minefield of Instrumental Hooks

Bethany Ferrie

With some of the sharpest hooks I’ve heard in an Indie Pop single in quite some time, up and coming Glasgow-based artist Bethany Ferrie’s latest single “Stayed” comes highly recommended.

Her striking talent isn’t shy about revealing itself through “Stayed”. Bethany Ferrie’s magnetically expressive and warm vocals do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to pulling you into the melodically crafted hit. But the light and accessible rhythms also do their fair share of the alchemic work in Stayed.

With plans to drop new music throughout 2020, you’ll definitely want to put Bethany Ferrie on your radars sooner rather than later.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out the official release of Stayed for yourselves. In the meantime, you can check out her previous releases on SoundCloud.

Keep up to date with new releases from Bethany Ferrie via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Disparate Souls – I Know Me Emotively Haunting Acoustic Folk

If Disparate Souls aren’t already on your radar, can you really call yourself an acoustic folk pop fan?

With the release of their latest self-titled album, they have proven that their sound is about as quintessential as it gets. The standout track “I Know Me” is a rare soundscape which offers haunting intimacy alongside a glimmer of upbeat energy. Any fans of Tom Waits, Cohen, and Bob Dylan will appreciate the slightly archaic tonality of I Know Me. But Disparate Souls isn’t an artist who clings to nostalgia. There’s vibrant modernity found within the single which reflects the artist’s pioneering approach to sound.

I Know Me is the aural equivalent to someone smiling while their pain refracts through their eyes. There’s an analogy I never thought I’d write. But there are few other ways to allude to the potent emotion which runs through the full-bodied, captivatingly emotive single.

You can check out I Know Me along with the rest of the singles from their 2019 album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sorrel – Window Shades: A Transfixing Acoustic Folk Pop Lullaby

There’s aural concordance, and there’s being put into a catatonic stupor by deftly melodious feats of gentle alchemy. With up and coming acoustic singer-songwriter Sorrel’s latest single “Window Shades” we definitely found the latter.

Any fans of Elliot Smith and Paul Simon should prepare to be enamoured by this evocatively arrestive acoustic hit which allows the guitar to weave around the piano keys and the depth of the quiet vocals which transform Window Shades into a transfixing lullaby. Instead of the same four-bar chords, you’ll be able to appreciate the delicately distinctive fingerpicking guitar patterns, which despite their lightness offer plenty of sonorous captivating complexity.

If you haven’t noticed, I can’t say enough good things about Window Shades, finding an artist who offers such an immersive transient experience is like finding a needle in a haystack. They’re more than worthy of 3:56 minutes of your time.

You can check out Sorrel’s captivating latest single Window Shades for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast