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The Brothers Reed – Never Mind: The Evolution of Americana Folk

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Route 358 – Only the River Knows: Vintage Aurally Alchemic Americana Folk

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Keith Blair – Hurricane: The Warmest Offering of Americana Folk You’ll Hear This Summer

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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