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Aurore Sibley – In Salinas: Beguilingly Baroque Folk Pop

Aurore Sibley

Singer-songwriter Aurore Sibley is set to release her debut album on July 24th. Ahead of the release, she’s released a mesmerising teaser with the single “In Salinas”.

Her beguilingly baroque Folk Pop style invites you back to a time when finding poetry in lyrics wasn’t akin to finding a needle in a haystack. The stunning storytelling narrative lyrics in Aurore Sibley’s single paint a romantic tale which you’ll be immersed in from the first verse.

The acoustic folk instrumental arrangement may be fairly stripped back. But an arcane ethereal atmosphere clasps around every note in the almost haunting soundscape which any fans of Nick Cave will undoubtedly appreciate.

You can check out In Salinas for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to be sobered by Joe Johnson’s latest Indie Folk single “Be Who You Wanna Be”

Folk singer-songwriter Joe Johnson has recently released his instantly captivating single “Be Who You Wanna Be” and reminded us just how resonant Indie Folk can be.

Be Who You Wanna Be feeds you poignantly meta lyricism whilst grounding you with the melancholically-tinged instrumentals. From such simple guitar melodies and humbly tender vocals, Joe Johnson has created an atmospherically resounding single which will stay with you long after it has faded to a close.

The orchestral layers amplify the emotive weight in Be Who You Wanna Be, but in its essence, it’s a stunningly uplifting track which shares the same appeal as Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild soundtrack album.

You can check out Be Who You Wanna Be for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Bang Bang” from the soulful May Devun is a message of moving on

Sometimes you just need to move on and get away from a toxic relationship that once was good. We need to be happy and being with someone that is helping us to achieve our goals. This is the only way to go. You want to feel like you are the only person in the world, not just anything or anybody.

LA’s May Devun keeps it real with ”Bang Bang”, her latest single. She describes the story of watching someone that used to mean a lot in her life. For her the time is wasted as it’s over. Finally fed up, she decides to make that decision and one that is good for her soul. With such a gorgeous voice, May cruises through this song like she is in her car, shades on and bags packed. The beat on this fits the song like a comfy glove. Everything is seamless and the audience nods their head in agreement. This is a quality track and May Devun is on the right path to achieve whatever she sets her mind to.

This is special talent so make sure that you are streaming her on SoundCloud to get the full ”Bang Bang” experience.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Lindsay Brazell stands up for the ladies with defiant ”Placeholder”

Lindsay Brazell is one inspiring woman. This fantastic Indie-Folk artist from Simpsonville in South Carolina, is back with her new song called ”Placeholder”. This is a statement song with a beautiful melody and a real message for both young and old.

Currently doing online music lessons while schools are closed up, Lindsay is certainly keeping herself busy right now. The Music educator/singer-songwriter and blogger, has released ”Placeholder” to the world and it’s a defiant message that no woman should be messed around with and played. Feeling used after being cheated on is a horrible feeling and you can hear the frustration in Lindsay’s voice. Her message is that this shouldn’t happen to any woman in the world while drawing in previous experiences to express herself eloquently.

With a soothing voice, thought out lyrics with meaning and soul, Lindsay Brazell’sPlaceholder” deserves a place in our hearts and ears. This is a beautifully crafted song that has a message that is needed in today’s society of quick love and being force-fed bad role models. Lindsay Brazell is the type of woman and inspiring energy that that kids need to be listening to during lunch breaks.

Stream more from this multi-talented singer-songwriter on SoundCloud.

Review by Llewelyn Screen

 

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8udDha bl0od – L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3

8udDha bl0od’s Alt Folk single L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a far cry from what you can expect from the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith. But the same soulfully pensive tones are prepared to meet you with the same striking resonance.

With piano strings melancholically pulling over the organically woody acoustic instrumentals, there’s a mesmerising interplay of sadness and uplifting accordance. L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a light track, but the vocal and instrumental melodies are as tight as they come in Alt Folk.

L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 isn’t a testament of the Brighton-based artist’s talent. It’s just one facet of it, within their diverse back catalogue you’ll have all the proof you need that 8udDha bl0od’s creativity transcends the ideas of genres and constraints. If you appreciate pioneering artists, they’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single  L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moses Mikheyev – Somewhere in My Blood: Timelessly Mesmeric Indie Folk Rock

Any fans of Frightened Rabbit and the National will undoubtedly appreciate Moses Mikheyev’s modern stylistic approach to Indie Folk Rock in their latest single.

Their 5th single “Somewhere in My Blood” unapologetically bares their soul and invites you to get in touch with your own.

There’s the same timeless mesmerism as offered by pioneers such as Cohen, Waits, and Elliott Smith in Somewhere in My Blood. Yet, Moses Mikheyev endeavouring to pull the cathartically warm tones into the 21st century definitely paid off. As did the added tantalizing sensuous appeal.

The only thing uncomfortable about this track is the lump which will form in your throat as you drink in the humbly candid lyrics which sit synergistically against the porously reflective acoustic melodies.

You can listen to the romantically-rendered, resonantly captivating single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Susie Jones – Emmeline: Hauntingly Sonorous Indie Acoustic Folk

https://susiejonesband.bandcamp.com/track/emmeline

Manchester Singer-Songwriter Susie Jones has stripped Indie Acoustic Folk right back to its roots with the quiescently powerful single “Emmeline”.

The instrumentals may be minimalistic, but that just leaves more room for the sonorous vocals to resonate within the soundscape.

Rather than constructing your average track following archetypal songwriting structures, Susie Jones utilises the power of improvisation to orchestrate a truly captivating aural experience.

Time may as well stand still while you are listening to Emmeline. It drips serenity whilst abstracting you from your own introspection, although your emotive responses will be well and truly present.

Emmeline is just one of the accordantly haunting singles which you’ll find on Susie Jones’ 2020 album “Not So Far Apart”. You can listen to it in full by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cee has released her stunningly orchestrated debut EP “As I Keep On Dreaming”

Swiss Singer-Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Cee has recently released her debut EP “As I Keep on Dreaming”. With the instantaneous unveiling of her ability to explore sound at the same time as human complexity in the title track, we were hooked from the first verse.

As I Keep On Dreaming is an aptly-titled dreamy melodic work of Alt Folk with cinematic semi-orchestral layers which allow Cee to take her sound to an ethereal level.

Whether you’re enamoured by her distinctive guitar playing, the celestial feel behind the production, or her expressively quaint vocals, you’re sure to find as much indulgent appeal in As I Keep On Dreaming as we did.

You can check out Cee’s latest single As I Keep On Dreaming for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Toronto-Based Folk Artist Zafer Has Released Their Fourth Single “You Can’t Stop This Train”

Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.

If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.

With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.

You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sonorous vocals meet minimalist melodies in anisos’ latest Indie Folk single “treetops”

https://anisos.bandcamp.com/

Brisbane-based Indie Folk innovator anisos released their latest rapturously sweet single “treetops” on January 17th.  And my soul feels infinitely lighter for hearing it.

The quiescently quaint Folk soundscape leaves the instrumental arrangement minimal. Which leaves plenty of room for the resoundingly arrestive vocals to fill the soundscape full of personable passion which makes it all too easy to surrender yourself completely to the single. The ethereally light air to treetops along with the reflectively poetic lyricism makes for a sonorously unforgettable experience.

If you could imagine what Nick Cave’s music would sound like in an alternate universe where he didn’t aim to disconcert with his music. Instead, he aimed to captivate through pure indulgent rhythmic alchemy, you may be able to get an idea of what’s on offer in treetops. Of course, you’d get a much more accurate picture by hitting play for yourselves!

You can check out the latest track from anisos for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast