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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Malcolm Duff – Rainbow: Timelessly Raw Acoustic Folk

After hearing the heart-breaking story behind Rainbow, the poignantly pensive singer songwriter’s title track from his latest EP hit me that little bit harder. With Rainbow, Malcolm Duff alongside composer and co-songwriter Maristela da Silva created a reticently resounding melody which perfectly matched the lyrics written for his father shortly before his passing. Any fans of Sea Stick Steve are sure to love the sea-song style of Rainbow, each chord progression of the acoustic guitar pulls you into the track that little bit further. Combined with the harmonica, you’re in for an hauntedly beautiful ethereal ride from the Normandy-based artist who boast one of the most mesmeric vocal abilities I’ve heard from an up and coming acoustic artist in a long time.

You can check out Rainbow along with the rest of the hits from his recent EP by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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