There will never be anything as beautiful as someone who has seen the dark bringing the light with their music. And that’s exactly what happened when Amigo the Devil graced Manchester with his amicably macabre approach to Folk.
Within the realms of Dark Folk, you’ll find plenty of dark and twisted lyricism. But Amigo the Devil (Danny Kiranos) goes beyond that. He digs up the storytelling roots of the genre and exposes the complexity of 21st-century sentience with the addition of humour which will touch even the staunchest of existentialists.
I hadn’t quite anticipated how emotional a live set would be. Yes, you can practically hear each drop as his soul pours out through his lyrics on his records. But seeing the stinging conviction behind each word amplified their veracious meaning in a way I could never have anticipated. Yet, every time I was moved to tears, I was forcibly shifted back to laughter with his quick humility-soaked wit.
The words “crowd participation” usually send shivers down my spine. Yet, with Amigo the Devil, it’s almost a knee-jerk reaction to get caught up in the experience and become part of it in solidarity with his candidly expressive bravery.
Given that there’s a fairly eclectic array of instrumentals on their recorded material, I was slightly dubious how he could recreate that live armed with just an acoustic or banjo. But his inventive request for the audience to help out with foot stamping and clapping percussion was infinitely more immersive than any backing band could have been. He’d instilled unity in the room quite early on in the set by reminding us that death is one of the only commonalities which we’re certain to share, that will probably only sound depressing if you’ve never been to an Amigo the Devil Show.
It’s all too evident why a cult-like fanbase surrounds him. I think I’ve been indoctrinated, and I couldn’t be happier. If you get a chance to see him live, take it.
The deep bending acoustic melodies in the prelude prepare you for a sombre soundscape in the Lone Canary’s latest single “Leave the Gray”. Yet, you’ll find a smorgasbord of emotion offered by the Rockford Illinois-based Folk Americana artist in their unpredictably explosive single. It’s a fitting ode to the Folk artists who lay down the roots of the genre. Leave the Gray is positively arcane.
With the vocals carrying slight reminiscences to Stevie Nicks while the instrumentals meander through their intricate rhythms, Leave the Grey is an ethereal soundscape full of suspense and emotion. When the instrumentals reach peak momentum, you’ll be locked within a gorgeously wild array of high-octane alchemic folk. The transition is so seamless, you’ll need to hit repeat to appreciate just how the progression was made. Smokey Blues to searing riffs is no easy evolution.
You can stream and download The Lone Canary’s single Leave the Gray via Bandcamp.
Murder Folk seems to be all the rage right now, and it doesn’t come much more ominously captivating than New York artist Colman’s recently released single “Hawks”.
Any fans of Amigo the Devil are sure to appreciate the ingenuity which Colman has brought to the genre with their tribally organic acoustic percussion and deeply reverberant acoustic guitar tones which create the perfect platform for their deep Americana Folk vocals.
Hawks consistently switches from swampy blues to striking guitar progressions which carry the same chilling temperature as Post Punk. The progressive nature of the single makes it all too easy to remain transfixed by the inventive melodies from the first note to the last.
It’s tracks like Hawks which make us stoked to hear of any new release from Colman. We’re fairly sure that anyone with a penchant for Alt Americana Folk will feel the same once Colman is firmly planted on their radar.
You can check out Colman’s latest release Hawks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
“Just Keep Running” is the latest track from the New York-based experimental Americana Folk fourpiece Satin Nickel which any self-respecting audiophile won’t want to miss out on.
With Just Keep Running, the up and coming artist did plenty more than wistfully assimilate former soundscapes, instead, they orchestrated a hit which resonates with electrifying distinction, intensity, and artful ingenuity.
Right from the first verse, you can start to appreciate their polished progressively momentous approach to Americana Folk, yet, the twisted cello solo which draws the track to a close brings an explosively chaotic element to the track which you’ll never anticipate coming. Although maybe now you will because I’ve just pre-warned you. Yet, the visceral fiery contemporary concordance is something that you’re going to have to hear for yourselves to understand.
You can check out Satin Nickel’s latest single Just Keep Running for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
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The Americana Folk trio The Brothers Reed proved themselves to be prolific performers in 2018 by playing an impressive 236 shows. Yet, their uniquely beguiling charisma is more impressive than a statistic could ever be; even if that statistic will tell you how well-matured The Brothers Reed’s style is
Their upcoming single “Never Mind” combines the ever-accessible roots of Americana, and they also plant plenty of their own distinction around the sound with their own unique emotive energy and piercingly raw vocals. But as raw as the vocals resonate, paradoxically they also flow with concordance even when vocal restraint is thrown back.
The Power in the harmonics from the two sibling vocalists reverberate over the quiescent melodies combine with the imagery of the lyrics to create a potent mix. Drawing the track to close with a soaring intricate guitar riff and amplifying the energy in the choruses and verses was nothing short of a genius move.
You can check out Never Mind from The Brothers Reed for yourselves by heading over to Spotify. You can also check out their earlier tracks, or visit their website for more info.
Fans of the Levellers and Fleetwood Mac are sure to appreciate the acoustic aural masterpiece which Route 358 cooked up with their latest single Only the River Knows. The band may find its roots in Americana & Country, yet, there’s a quaint Folk Sentimentality behind their latest single which allows you to find immersivity within the soundscape.
As you hear the progressions of each string instrument entwine the eccentricity of the rhythms become even more palpable, especially when you come to the build ups which have the capacity to leave your stomach in knots. The crystal-clear female vocals add even more mesmeric capacity to the single giving you yet another reason to make Only the River Knows a fixture on your playlists.
You can check out Route 358’s latest single Only the River Knows for yourselves by heading over to Reverb Nation.
If there was ever a track to make you want to sit on a porch in Louisiana drinking iced tea whilst getting lost in your own painful introspection, I’d say that would have to be Keith Blair’s debut single Hurricane.
The Americana Acoustic Folk singer songwriter has a warmth to his vocal tonality which very few people can achieve which is further amplified by his jangly, moreish chord progressions on acoustic guitar. Hurricane certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to the lyricism, the amount of soul and passion which went into the lyricism is tangible from the first verse. Whilst songs dying alone aren’t archetypally sweet and uplifting Keith somehow managed it whilst making the track reflectively romantic. As the track progresses, you get a taste of narrative destitution which you can’t help getting caught up within.
You can check out Keith Blair’s ambiently raw single Hurricane for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud.