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Mark Gunner releases their second acoustic folk-pop single “Now I’m Here”

Finding an acoustic folk-pop artist whose soundscapes perceptibly standout from the rest is no easy feat, which is why it was more than refreshing to check out Mark Gunner’s second single “Now I’m Here”.

The minimalistic instrumental arrangement in Now I’m Here is extremely efficacious in feeding you primal and organic rhythms at the same time as utilising plenty of spatial effects to allow Mark Gunner’s morose lyrics and vocals to echo in the spaces between the delicate notes.

The woody, intricate and light textures within Now I’m Here, allows the single to unfold as an eccentrically sweet soundscape, while Mark Gunner uses his distinctive vocals as a captivating strength. God knows we have enough Ed Sheeran assimilations on the airwaves, but Mark Gunner is poles apart from aural mediocrity.

You can check out Mark Gunner’s stunningly endearing single Now I’m Here for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


J.Marco Johnson Releases their Latest Indie Soul Pop Single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”

Acoustic Indie Pop doesn’t come much more delicate than J.Marco Johnson’s latest single “Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel”.

Any fans of Bill Ryder-Jones are sure to appreciate how J.Marco Johnson has orchestrated his deftly gentle soundscape with cathartically ambient vocals and fingerpicked acoustic guitar.

While we could definitely appreciate the honestly, lightness and candidness of Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel, in parts, it felt as though the track was slightly overly extended due to the pace the minimalistic melodies moved at. But if you’re looking for soothing concordance, you won’t go far wrong hitting play on Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel which still stands as a testament to J.Marco Johnson’s mastery on a fretboard.

You can check out J.Marco Johnson’s latest single Tell Me How I’m Supposed to Feel for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Marni’s Hauntedly Magnetic Acoustic Single “2055”

With absolutely no hesitation, the atmospheric melancholy of the up and coming artist Marni’s latest single 2055 hits you.

Whilst it may take a while for you to feel comfortable within the single, once you’re there you’ll be sharing in the same plaintively raw emotion Marni expressively pours into the candid single. Any fans of Radiohead, Tom Odell, Dan Owen and Jacko Hooper are sure to appreciate the slow and tentative arrangement of 2055 which starts off with Marni’s organically textured vibrato vocals accompanied by the acoustic guitar. Yet, as 2055 progresses, the momentum builds and swells until you’re treated to a hauntingly mesmeric masterpiece which will stay with you for long after the single has faded to a quiet close.

You can check out Marni’s latest single 2055 for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Oli McCracken – Day by Day: Distinctively Soulful Acoustic Blues

With a plethora of stunningly sonorous singles already behind him, Oli McCracken is set to release his latest single “Day by Day”.

Music may have come a long way away from its original purpose of storytelling, yet the Acoustic Blues artist’s approach to lyricism takes music right back to its roots with the powerful imagery he conjures through Day by Day. We’ve all been there, feeling out of place and out of sorts and realising to getting to where we need to be is a journey. Yet, no one has ever captured that sentiment as poignantly as Oli McCracken. The Denver, Colorado-based singer’s distinctive approach to his soulfully orchestrated single is more than enough of a reason to check out his latest release.

You can check out Oli McCracken’s music out for yourselves, including Day by Day which will be released on November 30th for yourselves by heading over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Brenden Owen – Surface Stripped-Back Acoustic with a Hauntedly Raw Alchemic Edge

“Surface” is just one of the potently resounding singles from Brenden Owen’s latest album “Giving Up or Giving In”. Whilst I’m never adverse to a cathartic stripped-back soundscape, generally they all carry the same chord progressions and lack of imagination. Yet, with Surface, there’s almost a Post-Punk, hauntedly raw alchemy over the track thanks to the seamlessly perfect production of the single and inventive use of winding reverb.

Within the 3:27-minute long track, you were treated to the same amount of progression which many artists would struggle to fit into a 10-minute track. You start off with the jazz undertones of the blues rhythm, before switching to a sporadically winding off beat melody and the quaint arrangement picks up momentum. Yet, one thing that did remain as a constant throughout the track was the pensive allure of Brenden Owen’s vocals and lyrics. It’s safe to say any fans of Elliot Smith or Radiohead would love the succinct soft vocal capacity of the arrestingly melancholic up and coming artist.

You can check out Brenden Owen’s single Surface along with the rest of the album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Mark Richard – Ophelia: Subtly Euphoric Acoustic EDM

Whilst you may not have previously thought that tracks in the Acoustic Dance genre were a necessity for your playlists, you may think twice when you sink your teeth into Mark Richard’s latest single Ophelia.  Ophelia is just one of the stunning singles to be found on the Irish Acoustic Dance artist’s latest EP ‘Like Poetry’ in which the up and coming artist puts his experimentally ingenuity to the test. It will soon become clear why ‘Like Poetry’ was an apt name for his three track EP.

You may not expect much from the build up’s and drops in an acoustically composed tracks but they’re deep enough to leave your stomach in knots, the build ups are subtle, yet intricately compelling all the same. The rhythm which bleeds from the acoustic percussion created an earthy, almost primal beat which was fused with quintessentially Folk delicacy.

You can check out Mark Richard’s latest single Ophelia out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Joey Costello – Where I Long to Be: Ethereally Textured Acoustic Folk

With a soundscape as a sonorous as the one captively orchestrated by Joey Costello in his latest single Where I Long to Be; it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with his pensive style.

I’ve always believed that the mark of a stunning singer songwriter is the ability to write melancholy into music and still have the end result of pure uplifting catharsis. Where I Long to Be is one of those tracks which bleeds pure resonance through the creeping acoustic and electronic progression. His vocals aren’t traditionally moulded (who needs another Gary Barlow on the scene anyway?), yet, they compliment his ethereal textured style in a way that is almost unparalleled amongst other American Alternative Acoustic artists. The production behind the track is simply stunning, rather than creating yet another typically lo-fi track the styling of the mix allows each note and chord progression to pierce through you.

Where I Long to Be was just one of the tracks from Joey Costello’s latest EP ‘the Wind Blows By’ which was released June 15th, 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Acoustic So Lucid You Have to Wonder If You’re Dreaming

If Shoegaze was played with acoustic guitars, you’d probably get a similar soundscape to what Dead Sullivan created with their latest sonorous and sweet single Kyle. I’m not sure who Kyle is, but he must be a champ if he had a track so frigging beautiful named after him.

The up and coming artist’s playful yet humble style allows the melodies to twist as they rise and fall under the deft command of the instrumentals, the build ups to the track allow the sound to venture into the progressive arena. Kyle isn’t a song you can really just listen to, it’s a song to consume as the ethereal rhythms bleed pure concordant bliss in a style which you will have heard from some of Sonic Youth’s more laid back tracks such as Superstar, it has the same piercing effect.

You can check out Dead Sullivan’s mesmerizingly transient track Kyle along with the official music video on YouTube now.

Head on over to Facebook where you can connect with the Texan one man wonder and keep up to date with all of his future releases and tell him he’s absolutely sensational.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Djo Life – Anytime, Every Time: Playfully Infectious Acoustic Americana Rock

The depth in Djo Life’s latest track Anytime, Every Time is a little bit surreal. In my not so humble opinion there’s a distinct lack of music on the radio waves as organic and ethereally strong as Djo Life’s soundscapes. The Lo Fi production quality of the track adds a wash of reverberation over the otherwise jangly, sublime, glowing Indie Acoustic Rock track to provide a sensation of pure bliss.

The arrangement of the lyrics around Djo Life’s instrumentals is almost Richey Edwards genius. They’re fractured, they’re chaotically sweet and they offer almost a stream of pure conscious from the artist which allows Anytime, Every Time to truly resonate.

If the up & coming artist continues to make playfully infectious melodies such as those contained within Anytime, Every Time I would say it wouldn’t be long before you hear his prodigally quaint style on the radio. Whilst a lot of acoustic acts go down the nasally whiney route with their vocals Djo Life offers some of the most serendipitously deep Americana blues with his vocals which are an absolute delight to get caught up within.

You can check out the lyric video to Djo Life’s latest single Anytime, Every Time on YouTube now

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Chris Baluyut – Different Days: Acoustically Ethereal Folk

Some may have conceived the intricately complex acoustic guitar intro as showing off, but God damn. If I had that much command over a fretboard I’d be screaming about it from rooftops. Chris Baluyut’s latest single Different Day’s is an acoustically ethereal offering of Folk, one which I won’t be forgetting about in a hurry, or that you hear every day. Given the limited chord progressions available on an acoustic guitar it’s pretty difficult for acoustic artists to summon prodigal sounds from their instruments, yet the New York based artist proved that it isn’t impossible. His Post-Punk background is almost palpable through his acoustic melodies through which he creates, then there’s his vocals. His succinctly uplifting vocals bleed pure organic, romantic expression allowing the track to fully resonate through you.

If you’re a fan of bands such as Paper Hawk & Jacko Hooper & other Folk guitar geniuses you can check out Chris Baluyut’s latest single Different Days on Spotify now. As first single’s go, Chris has knocked it out of the park. Make sure to give him a follow; Chris will be releasing his debut EP in Summer 2018.

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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