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Acoustic Folk


Dan Hollinrake – Perfect World: Melodiously Magnetic Indie Folk Pop

Through a combination of melodiously magnetic acoustic guitar, striking vocals, and candidly narrative vocals, singer-songwriter Dan Hollinrake has created an unforgettable single with “Perfect World”.

The Indie Folk artist refrained from using the annoying jangly guitar progressions, and equally as annoying fractured vocals. Instead, in Perfect World, you’ll find rhythmically rendered immersive Blues melodies which sit in perfect synergy with Dan Hollinrake’s pitch-perfect vocal dynamics, they may stretch high, but they never break out of concordance.

The uplifting Folk track alludes to the importance of putting your own needs and feelings first in the aftermath of a breakup. Even if you don’t find yourself that same situation as you listen to Perfect World, it’s still an evocative hard-hitter.

You can check out Dan Hollinrake’s latest single Perfect World for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


FINJA – Calling You Home: A Meditatively Arrestive Acoustic Folk Lullaby

Recently, I’ve argued at great length that the artist isn’t separable from their art; and you can take Folk singer-songwriter FINJA as the perfect positive example of that statement. The up and coming recording artist has recently released their latest single “Calling You Home” to spill positive energy onto the airwaves using the law of attraction and Abraham Hicks as a muse.

There’s a deep sense of beauty in the fact that FINJA utilised an artfully creative soundscape to allow the listener to affirm with themselves that they too are powerful creators. In a society which frequently snubs people who dare to dream big as unrealistic, the Folk lullaby is a poignant reminder of just how wrong they are. Calling You Home is a soothing, transcendentally enveloping single which simultaneously uses the ambient energy to empower and unburden the listener of any self-doubt.

You can check out FINJA’s single Calling You Home for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Noel Montenegro – Garden Fence: Potently Cathartic Acoustic Folk

Sharing the same amount of magnetism as artists such as Glen Hansard, Elliot Smith, and Jack Johnson allowed Noel Montenegro to make yet another arrestingly immersive single with “Garden Fence”.

The up and coming artist’s single is tentative and delicate, but the power of the vocals sitting in perfect synergy with the instrumental melody makes for a potently cathartic single which draws you right into the visceral emotion offered through the vocals.

As the track progresses, the momentum builds and in true Folk Acoustic style, the instrumental arrangement gets even more eclectic. While vocal pitch perfection has never been a necessity in Folk, with Garden Fence, the concordance which Noel Montenegro’s vocal amplifies the evocative nature of this single. It’s tangible that Noel Montenegro needed not an ounce of production to offer such polished vocals, and honestly, I’m in a little bit of awe.

You can check out Noel Montenegro’s second single Garden Fence for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast




Austin Bock – Rocky Mountains: Charismatically Pensive Acoustic Folk

It’s easy to feel that you’ve heard it all when it comes to Acoustic Blues Folk. But with his latest single “Rocky Mountains” Austin Rock cooked up a hauntingly immersive soundscape and set himself apart with his experimental ingenuity and the potency found in the lyricism. His distinctive vocals which carried equal parts charisma and pensive emotion; and that’s not something that you hear every day.

While the acoustic guitar takes the lead in the multi-layered mix, there is plenty of depth found in the contrast of the lighter notes of the keys and orchestral effects. In short, Rocky Mountains is a work of aural alchemy which offers a full bodied soundscape along with a generous serving of melody.

You can check out the official video to Austin Bock’s latest single Rocky Mountains for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Revival – Life Coach: Funk-Driven Acoustic Folk


Ever met a life coach? They tend to be fairly annoying, and that’s pretty much what up and coming artist Revival expressed with his latest single “Life Coach”.

There’s no getting around the fact that single which dropped on November 23rd, 2018 was as raw as it comes production wise, yet, this just adds to the concordance found within the textures of Life Coach. As the single was a fairly short track at just over two minutes long, I’d love to hear a longer track to Revival as there was an infinite amount of appeal in the woody acoustics of the track combined with his Jazz-style vocals. As short as Life Coach was, there’s no forgetting the lyrical hooks and the authenticity of Revival’s Blues Folk sound.

You can check out Revival’s latest single Life Coach for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Malcolm Duff – Goodbye for Now: Soulfully Arrestive Acoustic Folk

“Goodbye for Now” is just one of the stunning singles released this year by the soulful Folk Singer Songwriter Malcolm Duff. As with all of his expressive compositions the sentiment doesn’t just flirt with the superficial, his lyricism digs deep to orchestrate emotively compelling soundscapes.

With Goodbye for Now, the imagery in the lyricism unfolds at a visceral level around the full-bodied, tonally celestial acoustic Folk arrangements which flow with complete lack of restraint. All too often with more romantically-inclined music, it’s sterile with no sense of passion yet that’s something that Malcolm Duff could never be accused of. With the slightly extended length of the track, when it fades to a close, you almost feel as though you’ve been taken along for the journey after listening to the lyrics feeding perfectly into the transiently peaceful melody.

You can check out Malcolm Duff’s single Goodbye for Now by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast


The Last Man Running – New Backyard: Saliently Arrestive Acoustic Folk

The prelude of tentatively intricate chord progressions from the acoustic guitar may have been saliently sweet. But when the pensively arrestive vocals to The Last Man Running’s debut single “New Backyard” kick in, it becomes apparent that there are few who progress what the up and coming singer songwriter does.

With the same enamouring allure as artists such as Elliot Smith and James Yorkston, New Backyard unfolds under a transient amount of devastatingly beautiful weight. Whether it was the cinematic swells of the mesmeric instrumental arrangements or the concordance behind the vocals which left me already impatient to hear more from the up and coming artist it’s hard to say. Despite the smooth melodicism of the single, New Backyard still packs a plaintive punch, it’s unlikely that anyone who has the pleasure of stumbling across the single will come away feeling bruised.

You can check out the Last Man Running’s single New Backyard for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Erin Vivers Ferguson – Clockwork: Alchemically Piercing Acoustic Folk

No one can deny that most songs you hear on the radio right now are sterile and composed for mass commercial consumption. Yet, as long as there are artists out there such as Erin Vivers Ferguson there’s still hope of hearing sentimentally soulful tracks. “Clockwork” is just one of the singles from her release “Through the Looking Glass” through which she shows the dynamic strength behind her vocal capacity – any fans of Stevie Nicks are definitely not going to want to miss out on the single.

Whilst some of the chord progressions were a little clumsy in the track which threw off the balance slightly, it’s clear that Erin has a massive amount of potential residing within Erin’s soulfully rendered talent. With her piercing vocal style, and emotively wounding lyrics, it’s not all too likely that she’ll remain on the underground for long. The recording quality to her album may be slightly Lo Fi, yet, anyone looking for a raw and textured sound are sure to appreciate the haunted alchemy which sits behind each of the singles on the up and coming artist’s album.

You can check out Erin Vivers Ferguson’s album out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mitchel Logan – Lone Mantis: Rapturously Reminiscent Acoustic Folk

“Lone Mantis” is the first demo album from up and coming singer songwriter Mitchel Logan.

Whilst the production may be Lo Fi, there’s definitely a palpable amount of talent behind the raw recording of his emotively charged acoustic tracks. Mitchel’s narrative lyrical style has an instantly captivating effect which draws you into the resounding sentimentality of his tracks which sit synergistically alongside the rhythmic melody’s curtesy of the acoustic guitar.

With his quaintly accessible lyricism, unique vocal tonality and melodic mastery of the guitar, he’s the triple threat. I dare say each track from his album especially “Fighting for Forever” would go down a treat with Ed Sheeran and Glenn Hansard fans. The intricate melodic progressions have a potent infectious capacity which won’t fail to resound.

You can check out Mitchel Logan’s album Lone Mantis for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Ceci Clark – Summer: Expressively Sonorous Acoustic Folk

Summer may well and truly be over, but thankfully up and coming Folk Singer Songwriter Ceci Clark has recently released her latest single “Summer” to allow us to reticently reflect on the months gone by along with a smorgasbord of other plaintive emotions.

Usually within Folk you’re treated to the same old tired chord progressions from the acoustic guitar, yet the Columbus, Ohio-based artist’s style is more akin to the relentless, intricate plucking of Spanish guitar. The pacing of the guitar may be frantic, but Ceci Clark’s vocals are tentative, poised and irrefutably raw. If you could imagine London Grammar’s Hannah Reid taking a more acoustic approach with her vocals, you’d get a pretty good idea of the sweetly softened yet beckoning style of Ceci Clark’s arresting vocal capacity.

You can check out Ceci Clark’s latest single Summer out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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