The Portland-based soulstress, Karyn Ann, released her debut album in 2015; after her sophomore album released in 2018, she started to garner critical acclaim and international airplay for her effortlessly powerful vocals and the emotional depth of her lyricism.
Her latest single, Wasting Time, gracefully captures the collective anxiety around watching the sands of time slip while failing to keep hold of anything that brings intrinsic meaning. After we’ve all endured 18 months of lockdown to some degree, Wasting Time is the perfect playlist staple for anyone seeking a little compassion.
The Americana singer-songwriter’s ability to weave a narrative through emotion, poetry and arrestingly minimal melodies is almost unparalleled. We’re fairly certain that this won’t be the last time that Karyn Ann leaves us mesmerised by her almost arcane sense of soul.
Comparisons to the likes of Pheobe Bridgers, Angel Olsen and Anais Mitchell are easy to make; what is harder to convey through words alone is the sucker-punched feeling that Siobhan Cotchin’s latest single, Highway Song, will leave you with.
Technically, Highway Song *is* a driving song, not in any traditional sense, but one that captures the loneliness of transitions and times when your life is defined by endings. It is so much more than a senseless melancholy-fest; the choral vocals that sit behind Cotchin’s haunting lyrics and accordant minimalistic folk progressions become the aural light at the end of the highway tunnel.
The West Australian alt-country singer-songwriter is well on the way to the phenomenon she deserves to become. She’s already established herself as one of Australia’s most luminary artists. So far, she has received a nomination for WAM Song of the Year and a spot in triple j Unearthed Top 10 best discoveries of 2020. It is unlikely that her accolades will end there.
Highway Song released on June 2nd; you can hear it for yourselves by heading over to apple music.
Dark, moody, and atmospheric, vaguely threatening and at once hellishly enticing, ‘Cult’ by Cat Mullins and ThemBoys is a perfect slice of sinister, country-tinged rock music for the weird, the strange, and freaks of all kinds.
Like Nick Cave, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Nick Marsh, or The Long Insiders, ‘Cult’ calls out to the disaffected and the disturbed, Mullins’ resonant baritone offsetting beautifully against the baleful tones of the track, the band’s nefarious aims set out in a clarion call to the wicked, the bad, and the dangerous to know.
Once you get West Australian singer-songwriter Siobhan Cotchin on your radar, you’ll hit play on her tracks for the very same reasons you keep spinning iconic Alt Folk and Rock records.
Siobhan Cotchin may get her inspiration from the likes of Bob Dylan, but her ingenuity ensured that plenty of contemporary resonant appeal was instilled in her latest single Just the Way It Is.
With distorted crunching guitars behind her hauntingly visceral hard-hitting vocals, there’s a fresh intensity to the soundscape. It’s unpredictable, it’s evocatively seductive, and more importantly, it offers deeply connectable lyrics which will compel you to give the track repeat attention. Any fans of Angel Olsen definitely won’t hang around making Siobhan Cotchin a firm fixture to their playlists.
You can check out Just the Way It Is for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Her next single is due for release on September 12th. Follow the artist via Facebook to keep up to date with all new releases.
Maple Run Band followed up from their debut single with their roots-deep instantly endearing Americana Country Rock single Independence Day.
Even the jovially plucked guitar strings on the intro made my soul feel lighter. Yet, that was nothing compared to the infectiously melodic choruses which are enrapturing enough to allow you to forget that despite Independence Day recently passing, America really hasn’t had much to celebrate recently.
Instead of equipping their single with an arsenal of futuristic frills, Maple Run Band went right back to old school so that when you hit play, you’re hit with a flood of nostalgia, good vibes, and much needed aural escapism. Any fans of Brian Setzer won’t be able to resist the rhythmic charm in Independence Day. Neither should anyone else with rhythmic pulses to arrest for that matter.
You can check out Maple Run Band’s single Independence Day for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
We may not have heard any lockdown songs from Cat Stevens, but US artist Grant Maloy Smith has achieved the very same evocative effect as Wild World with his latest single “Waiting for the Good Old Days Again”.
The Alt Country Folk single shares the all too relatable emotion which has transpired from being left in stasis with the days bleeding into one another because there is nothing to set them apart. The soundscape certainly isn’t without its melancholy, but the stunning semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement makes it hard to slip into a morose state as your listening to the ethereal pull of the strings.
It really comes as no surprise that Grant Maloy Smith entered the Billboard charts with their previous releases. There is an incredibly nuanced and matured air to their latest single which can only come from an artist who has dedicated their life to their art.
You can check out the official music video for Waiting for the Good Old Days Again via YouTube.
I just can’t seem to get outta my head. The classic over-thinking feeling, that moment when you are so uninspired and feel numb inside. It’s a tough feeling and one that Siobhan is feeling on this track.
Australia’s ‘Siobhan Cotchin’- a fast rising talent on the scene- latest song feels so present for today’s times. That is exactly how most of the world is feeling and yes, we do know what you mean. Your books are collecting shelves and we should be reading too. Instead, most of us are glued to the news, waiting for positive news.
Blending intensity with a melodic, moving sound, her heart-hitting writing has already resulted in many accolades. Nominated for the West Australian Music Association’s Song of the Year; Winner of Fairbridge & Nannup Music Festival – Emerging Artist Award, and song of the year with local youth radio station ‘Pirate FM’.
Siobhan is so relatable with this song and the rest of her releases. She sings with such passion, realness and you can hear that she is totally authentic. I hope she tours the UK soon so I can witness this incredible talent live. I have no doubt that she will be touring the world when all this madness ends. Until then, I imagine Siobhan to be creating some beautiful music.
Some artists just have that special soul & Siobhan is one of them. Turn her up loud and forget about your worries, even for a short time. This young Australian artist is going places, are you ready to join her journey?
You know you wanna click on all of this talented singer’s music.
Adam Banner’s latest single “Rarely Wronge” kicks off with serenely winding Alt Blues Folk acoustic rhythms before their playfully endearing personality pours into the mix.
Vocally, Adam Banner’s distinctive style is somewhere between Jack White’s harmonic accordance and Kurt Cobain’s soul-soaked candid delivery in tacks such as Plateau. Which means you’ll get Blues vocal magnetism with the perfect pinch of pained antagonism.
The chorus in Rarely Wronge is what perennial earworms are made of. Despite the accessibility of Rarely Wronge, Adam Banner found plenty of room for nuanced experimentalism. Alongside the usual staple instruments you’ll need to be prepared to be transfixed by the slide guitar and endeared by the harmonica. Harmonicas may not have the best rep, but you may find your perceptions shattered after listening to Rarely Wronge.
And yes, Adam Banner did purposefully spell the title to his track wrong. That humble and self-defacing humility is just one of the reasons why you’ll be stoked you discovered them as we are.
You can check out Adam Banner’s track Rarely Wronge for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Lancaster, UK based artist Benjamin Beiler’s latest single You & Me mixes roots deep Country Rock with nuances of Indie Pop Rock to bring authentic Country rhythms well and truly into the 21st century.
Any fans of virtuosic guitar work are going to be easily enamoured by Benjamin Beiler’s versatile approach. You & Me kicks off with Indie chords before the melodies to break into winding accessible rhythms for the verses. You can also prepare to be captivated by the overdriven anthemic riffs and intricately arrestive Blues Rock solos.
You & Me stands as a testament that Americana can be just as sweet when crafted on this side of the pond. But there’s plenty more than instrumental talent on offer in the resounding single. The vocals affirm that You & Me was delivered straight from the soul.
You can check out Benjamin Beiler’s single You & Me which was released on March 23rd for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
For those unaware of Americana Country Pioneer Doug Supernaw, up and coming artist Scott Hayley offers the perfect introduction with his latest release “Reno”.
Doug Supernaw perceptibly isn’t the only one offering inspiring alchemic Americana Country mesmerism through their virtuosic talent. The guitar progressions in Reno are so soulful and sentimental they almost border on psychedelic. Either way, you’ll feel euphoric as it unravels.
The shimmering tones in the instrumentals find perfect synergy with Scott Hayley’s timelessly authentic Americana Country Folk vocals. You’ll be hooked in from the first verse of this deftly immersive track which depends on raw rhythmic talent and candid soul instead of frills and gimmicks.
There will always be space on the airwaves for tracks such as Reno which offer such welcoming catharsis.
You can check out Scott Hayley’s latest single which dropped on March 11th via Apple Music.