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Strawman & The Jackdaws make their Alt Folk debut with single “Precious Star”

With no amount of exaggeration, Alt Folk band Strawman & the Jackdaws may just be the most exciting Folk outfit to surface since Noah and the Whale.

Describing how the Dublin-based band’s first single “Precious Star” unfolds almost feels like giving away spoilers, but I feel more than comfortable setting the expectation for you to feel to jaw-drop-in-awe sensations as you appreciate just how progressively prodigal the up and coming act’s sound is.

The prelude was constructed through pure concordance and made sure that you were well and truly immersed in the ambience before the single rapidly picks up the momentum until you’re well and truly wrapped up in euphorically punchy Folk complete with brass and the general tonality of mellifluous Folk euphoria.

You can check out the debut single from Strawman & The Jackdaws for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pascalwillnotsurvivethis Unleashes Their Charismatically Quaint Eccentricities with Latest Single “Jeff”

It’s not often that the opening line of a song by a new artist will have you so endeared that you don’t have much choice in cracking a smile.

Thankfully, up and coming artist Pascalwillnotsurvivethis created an antidote to aural sterility with their latest single “Jeff”.

The playfully charismatic lyrics sit atop of a quaint melodic Folk instrumental arrangement in the single which serves as a beautiful reminder that musicians are people too. They have eccentricities and quirks, and that stark affirmation is just one of the reasons why I’m so sure that people will be as enamoured as I was when their latest single fades to a close. Ingenuity doesn’t have to be serious, and Jeff is the perfect testament of that fact.

You can check out the official video to Pascalwillnotsurvivethis’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Veronica Malki – Habibti: Acoustically Magnetic Alt-Folk

To describe Veronica Malki’s single Habibti as an emotional rollercoaster almost feels like an understatement. So, instead I’ll tell you that if you don’t feel something by the time the final verse fades out, you’re dead inside.

Usually, when it comes to Folk artists, the one thing that they are missing is power in their vocals, yet, it’s not until the momentum builds through the progressive track that you’re treated to the true strength and soul which is harnessed in Veronica Malki’s voice. The prelude starts with the progression of an acoustic guitar before the double bass is slowly, seamlessly weaved into the mix bringing so much brevity to the track, it’s almost guaranteed that your stomach will be left in knots.

You can check out Veronica Malki’s single out along with the rest of the album by heading over to Bandcamp from September 14th, 2018. But if you want a taste of what’s to come, you can sink your teeth into her acoustically angelic first album ‘Listening’ while you wait!

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nic Darwin – Raise My Voice: Amplified Alt-Folk

Raise My Voice is the latest single released by up and coming Alt Indie Acoustic artist Nic Darwin. His sonically angelic soundscapes are amplified beyond what you would usually expect from the Folk arena, so naturally, the ballad was alive with visceral, perfectly polished energy which was an absolute to get lost within.

The extended bluesy guitar riffs are as much of a pleasure to get lost in as the vocals. As you’d expect from a track Raise My Voice, there’s plenty of strength contained in Nic Darwin’s vocal styling which almost allows the track to veer across to the Pop Punk arena, yet the inclusion of violins in Raise My voice bring a classically ethereal effect which you don’t hear all too often these days. Thanks to the slightly extended duration of the track you’re treated to a progressively acoustic aural wonder.

You can check out Raise My Voice for yourselves by heading over to YouTube

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Zachary Aaron – About Gypsy Grace: Alt Folk Really Doesn’t Get More Intimate Than This

I was literally bowled over by the first line in Zachary Aaron’s debut track About Gypsy Grace. The tentative Folk Acoustic sets you up to hear melancholic musings, but it offers so much more. Quite frankly I adore Zachary Aaron’s alternative sensibility which he shares with his fans. Singing about infected septum rings shouldn’t be romantic, but somehow, he makes it one of the most beautiful subjects out there. The Chicago based indie unfathomable enigma somehow mixes the sounds of Against Me! With the sounds of more tentatively lucid acts such as Glen Hansard and Sigur Ros. Zachary Aaron’s fresh reproach to sound now has him firmly placed upon my radar with his artistic take on Lo Fi sound.

About Gypsy Grace was just one of the tracks of Aaron’s 2018 album ‘Tea & Mama Lee’ I’m sensing a massive Nick Cave influence went into the orchestration of this album. Only Zachary Aaron can actually sing (Sorry Nick Cave). The first track ‘Under An Umbrella’ you can actually hear the rustle of the wind in the background and I’ve never heard anything more beautiful or naturally raw.

About Gypsy Grace as released on March 3rd, 2018; you can check it out on SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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