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Jeremy Johnson – Hollow: Melancholically Melodic Acoustic Folk

‘Hollow’ may be the title of Jeremy Johnson’s latest single, but the soundscape awaiting you when you hit play is anything but.

With one of the most beautifully poised, tentative guitar progressions I’ve heard in a long time the track unfolds as a raw, ethereal aural offering which will arrest you before the first verse has ran through. The unflinching vocals from Jeremy Johnson depicts a vivid narrative which carries an almost agonising amount of melancholic nihilism. Any fans of Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake are going to be in heaven with the timelessly classic acoustic composition. Whilst there may be a myriad of Folk artists singing the plaintive blues, Jeremy has sonority around his sound which spills from his passionate vocal delivery which sets him apart by a country mile.

Hollow is just one of the resoundingly stunning from Jeremy’s latest album 32nd Orbit, which you can check out by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Malcolm Duff – Light: Poignantly Pensive Acoustic Folk

Malcolm Duff’s single Light hit me like a tonne of bricks. Whether it was the subtly sweet acoustic melodies which came from the jangly progression of the guitar or the sentimentality which was poignantly penned into the lyrics I can’t be sure. But what I can be sure of, is that Light comes together through ethereal beauty, reminiscent to the likes of Tom Waits and Elliot Smith. Many Folk singer songwriters may try their hand at love songs, but Malcolm Duff has such an expressive style, the melancholy of the composition pierces through you. Debut tracks don’t get more stunning than Light.

You can check out Malcolm Duff’s debut single Duff for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now, I’d also recommend checking out his other viscerally perfect recently released singles. If Light wasn’t enough to draw me into the grips of melancholy Goodbye For Now firmly fixed me there.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Curtzon – Traveller: Cathartically Soulful Acoustic Folk

Curtzon AKA Rachel Coleshill released her latest single Traveller on May 28th, 2018; it’s the kind of track which you ingest as tears threaten to brim in your eyes thanks to the soulfully ethereal vocal harmonies on offer. Curtzon may have somewhat of an archaic style behind her Folk Acoustic melodies, yet they deserve just as much space on the soundwaves of everything else that is produced in bulk these days. I certainly can’t name many other Folk acts meandering into the Neo Classical territory but I can confirm that with her prodigally blissful style Curtzon creates a highly emotive piece which resonates so deeply you’ll almost need a ladder to climb out of the soundscapes once the track concludes.

You can check out Traveller by heading on over to YouTube where you can be bowled over by Curtzon’s cathartically soulful style. Traveller was just one of the resounding tracks from Curtzon’s latest EP ‘Mirrors’

To keep up to date with all of the sensationally styled singer songwriter’s latest releases head on over to Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brady Jacquin – Fool Heartless: Ethereally Sweet Alt Indie Folk

Acoustic Folk all seems to sound the same right? Wrong. Brady Jacquin may just be the talented solo artist to put that belief to rest with the quiescent soundscapes which he has created with his latest single Fool Heartless.

The atmospheric styling of the track isn’t something that you hear every day. The harmonies which Brady creates as he projects his pensively penned lyrics into the mic alongside the complexity in the rhythmic guitar strumming all together creates a sound of pure acoustic aural alchemy.

There’s a quaint air of endearing fragility contained within the acoustic singer songwriter’s vocals which makes it almost impossible to find reminiscence to any other contemporary act out there to date thanks to his alternative sensibility. At just twenty years old, the US based artist’s voice still carries the innocence that most vocalists would kill for. On top of that there probably isn’t an instrument that he can’t turn his deft hands to.

If extensive harmonies, ethereal effects and piercingly sweet vocals are your bag, you can check out Brady Jacquin’s latest track Fool Heartless which was released 16th June 2018 as part of his second EP release on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Corey Kilgannon – A Reliving: Sonorously Striped Back Acoustic Folk

I often get asked ‘how do you set one acoustic apart from the next?’ It’s pretty simple. I seek out the palpability of the organic passion weaved into the chord progression and vocal expression. It just so happens that Corey Kilgannon is one of the most perfect examples of resounding acoustic talent with his stripped-back raw style. The Indie Folk artist seems to have a way of encapsulating tangible emotion within each melody he gently composes creating a resoundingly ethereal harmony which washes over the track. With his track A Reliving you can offer a similar soundscape to contemporary artists Indie Folk artists such as Paper Hawk, Jacko Hooper with tinges of iconic influence from the likes of John Prine & Bob Dylan. Corey’s vocals have a poignant way of concordantly washing over you as he runs through his melancholically evocative lyrics.

You can check out Corey Kilgannon’s stunning single ‘A Reliving’ from his 2018 20-track release ‘Soften Continue’ on Spotify; it’s packed full of his live & acoustic renditions. Aren’t B-sides just the best? Within his latest album you will find a myriad of different expressions to take you on a bitter-sweet ride of expressive emotion.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andy McBride – Ghosts in the Game: Grounding Glaswegian Acoustic Folk

You know that feeling when you get stabbed in the chest by vocals on a track that should probably come with a health warning? Yeah, well that happened when I checked out Andy McBride’s ever single Ghost in the Game. The Singer Songwriter from Glasgow Scotland has been performing since 2014, however he has quite cruelly waited until the release of his first single to share his absolutely stunning voice with the rest of the world. I’ll probably never think about acoustic folk the same again. Before I get a little carried away with the new affinity I found with Andy McBride’s voice, I’m going to have to throw in at least one compliment of his sensational rhythmic guitar style which is as equally uplifting as his vocals. All in all, McBride has a timeless style that is easily comparable to the greatest pensive acoustic rock singers of all time. Yes. He’s that good.

You can check out Andy McBride’s latest single Ghosts in the Game on Spotify, then join me in the sweet anticipation for his upcoming album release later in the year. Head on over to Facebook to connect with Andy & keep posted on his tour dates. Reviewed as a ferocious performer, I can imagine witnessing McBride live would be quite the experience.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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