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Americana Blues Folk

Mark Millar sings the psych-tinged blues in the standout single from their sophomore album ‘Killer’

After honing-in on their craft in popular UK touring bands, Mark Millar finally made their debut in 2019 with the solo album ‘On the Journey’. Inspiration has been flowing ever since, leading to the release of their sophomore album, ‘Take Me to the River’, featuring the stunning spin on psych-tinged blues rock ‘Killer’.

Lofty blues guitars perfectly complement the 70s style rock vocals which bring a Jim Morrison kick to the soundscape which allows Mark Millar to humbly show his lifetime of experience perfecting blues bends.

You can practically hear vultures circling above the deserty full-bodied semi-orchestral instrumental arrangement which allows classical strings to pull off the intricate soulful progressions which will serenade you as much as the vocals.

You can check out Mark Millar’s album Take Me to the River via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

California indie rock duo The Mulroys stimulate sadness with excellent ”I Don’t Want To Do This”

Splitsville by The Mulroys

With electrically shocked memories of previous relationships that ended like a beautiful summer. You sit back and remember the good times to see if they out way the bad elements. Like a skater falling off their board, you can’t stay on the ramp all the time. Sometimes, you know that you can’t do this for a minute further.

Formally known as Rollers, Singer-songwriter Erik Mullin and guitarist-songwriter TJ Royer are a formidable duo as The Mulroys and this new track is taken off 2020’s first full length album called Splitsville. Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and Oakland, this is a band to turn up loud. They wanted something extra so grabbed good friend and veteran rocker Mark Maiggard from Louis XIV on drums and Michigan’s own Chris Diener as bassist for the recording. You can hear the extra grand touch on ”I Don’t Want To Do This”.

The Mulroys exude confidence and have a blues tingled indie rock style that is a pleasure to listen to. On their new single ”I Don’t Want To Do This” the duo are on top form. The vocals are smooth and the guitar background creates a warm feeling despite the sad topic. This is older Americana Kings Of Leon vibes soaked with some warm Californian sunshine.

Head to Bandcamp for this terrific single from the US band with lots to offer.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Anna May sends the world a masterpiece with Americana-Folk infused ”Careless”

careless. by Anna May

I’m still shaking from listening to this absolute work of art. You can hear the pain in her voice. I feel like giving her a big hug but can’t. This is a marvelous masterpiece in every sense of the word.

Anna May is currently based in New London, Connecticut in the USA and performs traditional folk music with a transcendent twist. She puts you under her special spell during her latest release ”Careless”. Anna’s voice is magnetically attracted to your heart and doesn’t let you go from start to finish. She has real soul, her lyrics are about heartbreak. Anna May sings about past memories and moments that have effected her deeply. I get lost in her voice and the words float into my heart as I wonder what she has gone through. This is immense music, so rare and has just warmed my soul like only a few artists can do. I really hope that Anna understands how stunning her music is and how she can influence so many fans and fellow artists out there. If she ever tours in your town, you will want to see her live.

Please don’t be careless with Anna’s heart or her music. We are in the midst of witnessing a truly incredible musician that deserves to be touring all over the world with her Dad Vince Thompson right beside her on stage with his guitar.

You can listen to this fabulously created song that is sung with such passion right here on her Bandcamp page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Toronto-Based Folk Artist Zafer Has Released Their Fourth Single “You Can’t Stop This Train”

Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.

If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.

With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.

You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast