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Steve Daniels – Green Triangle: Vividly Colourful Alt Indie Folk

As a fairly ardent fan of the Legendary Pink Dots, hitting play on Steve Daniels’ recently released single “Green Triangle” and hearing those porously emotive vocal notes was an unforgettably grounding experience.

Steve Daniels has a rare nuanced air to his softly-versed vocals which allows him to paint in vivid colours with his words. The instrumental arrangement may be fairly sparse, but the warmth found in the stripped-back melody is captivating all the same.

The artist may have a Machiavellian tendency to pull at your heartstrings using spacial effect. But he was kind enough to ensure that listening to Green Triangle will bring you a kaleidoscope of emancipating catharsis.

You can check out Green Triangle for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bent Roads Tavern and Christian Stokkmo – Sweet Mirona: Cinematically Alchemic Semi-Orchestral Folk

If it’s been a while since you’ve checked if your soul is functioning, you can give it a thorough once over by hitting play on the latest single released by Folk artist Bent Roads Tavern “Sweet Mirona” featuring Christian Stokkmo.

With classical strings brought into this mix, Sweet Mirona is safely situated on the more cinematic side of Folk. But the roots of the genre still gently weave their way through this pensively alchemic mix. If you could imagine how Lou Barlow’s (ex Dinosaur Jr) vocals would resonate over a mesmerising contemporary Folk melody. You’ll get an idea of the stinging evocative potency which will permeate once you hit play on Sweet Mirona.

You can check out the video to Sweet Mirona which premiered on December 27th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moths in the Attic – Forward: Semi-Orchestral Indie Folk Rock  

https://mothsintheattic.bandcamp.com/track/forward

Ohio Alt Indie artist Months in the Attic released their single “Forward” on October 25th. With an incredibly primal feel to the succinctly melodic single, the up and coming artist perceptibly worked hard to surpass the expectations of Alt Rock artists.

While there’s no shortage of semi-orchestral Rock, no artist offers the same artful concordance through the merging of the stylings. In between the fierce experimental progressions is a gentle evocative catharsis which is extremely efficacious in subduing you into an arrestive state of awe.

Moths in the Attic are so much more than an instrumentally talented outfit, their ingenuity registers as unlimitable. Usually, I’d suggest other artists who offer a similar sound, but in Forward, reminiscences are incredibly fleeting. It’s a smorgasbord of complementary elements which gently smashes through genre constraints.

Forward is available to stream and download via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colman – Hawks: Rhythmically Captivating Murder Folk

Murder Folk seems to be all the rage right now, and it doesn’t come much more ominously captivating than New York artist Colman’s recently released single “Hawks”.

Any fans of Amigo the Devil are sure to appreciate the ingenuity which Colman has brought to the genre with their tribally organic acoustic percussion and deeply reverberant acoustic guitar tones which create the perfect platform for their deep Americana Folk vocals.

Hawks consistently switches from swampy blues to striking guitar progressions which carry the same chilling temperature as Post Punk. The progressive nature of the single makes it all too easy to remain transfixed by the inventive melodies from the first note to the last.

It’s tracks like Hawks which make us stoked to hear of any new release from Colman. We’re fairly sure that anyone with a penchant for Alt Americana Folk will feel the same once Colman is firmly planted on their radar.

You can check out Colman’s latest release Hawks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Evan Koteles has released a timeless Acoustic Indie Folk Pop classic with “Postin’ Hopin’”

Whether it was the slow rhythmic melody or the narratively compelling lyrics in Evan Koteles’ latest single “Postin’ Hopin’” the lovelorn melancholy devoured us.

Not many people – let alone lyricists are brave enough to own up to those moments before we post content to social media with the hope of indirectly catching someone’s attention. But it is that very candid nature which makes the sentiment behind Postin’ Hopin’ potently resonant. Even though Evan Koteles created a love song which perfectly encapsulated the frustrations of 21st-century modern relationships, by keeping the sound quintessential for the acoustic Folk Pop genre, the soundscape is timelessly accessible.

You can check out Evan Koteles’ latest single Postin’ Hopin’ which was released on November 1st by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

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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