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The Ruralists – Egg’s: The Filthiest Americana You’ll Hear All Year

When a track introduces itself with a cataclysmic drum roll it’s hard not to let it capture your complete attention. It was a bold move which paid off as the track progressed into an earth shattering track which was paradoxically raucous and sweet at the same time.

The heavy instrumentals clash against the vocalists Indie Rock vocal offering which won’t fail to leave you captivated. But my God, the instrumental breakdowns and solos are just another thing entirely. Through their latest track ‘Eggs’ (yes, I know it’s a questionable title, but just trust me!) they created some of the best Alt Rock riffs I’ve ever heard, and I’m pretty sure that will go for you too. After the track concluded I only had one question, where have they been hiding?! The absolute powerhouse of artists didn’t fail to leave me stumped or insatiable for their sound. The Ruralists may very well have the best guitarist in Iowa. If seeing those riffs live isn’t worth crossing an ocean for, I’m not sure what is.

So head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out their latest single Eggs from their 2018 album ‘the Birth of Birds’… See, the title doesn’t seem so silly now does it?

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Djo Life – Anytime, Every Time: Playfully Infectious Acoustic Americana Rock

The depth in Djo Life’s latest track Anytime, Every Time is a little bit surreal. In my not so humble opinion there’s a distinct lack of music on the radio waves as organic and ethereally strong as Djo Life’s soundscapes. The Lo Fi production quality of the track adds a wash of reverberation over the otherwise jangly, sublime, glowing Indie Acoustic Rock track to provide a sensation of pure bliss.

The arrangement of the lyrics around Djo Life’s instrumentals is almost Richey Edwards genius. They’re fractured, they’re chaotically sweet and they offer almost a stream of pure conscious from the artist which allows Anytime, Every Time to truly resonate.

If the up & coming artist continues to make playfully infectious melodies such as those contained within Anytime, Every Time I would say it wouldn’t be long before you hear his prodigally quaint style on the radio. Whilst a lot of acoustic acts go down the nasally whiney route with their vocals Djo Life offers some of the most serendipitously deep Americana blues with his vocals which are an absolute delight to get caught up within.

You can check out the lyric video to Djo Life’s latest single Anytime, Every Time on YouTube now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Maxwell James – The More You Say, The Less I Know: Redolently Reminiscent Roots Rock

I’ve finally found an Americana artist who creates a sound that resonates within me. Maxwell James’ approach to Americana Rock is amongst one of the most contemporary variations of the (lets face it, tired) sound. His vocals pack so much charisma, it’s hard not to desperately get caught up in the narrative of his latest single The More You Say, The Less I Know. I could imagine that Maxwell’s latest single sounds like what the Beatles would have sounded like if they originated in the South of America. Praise doesn’t get much higher than that from a Beatles fan. Alongside his absolute powerhouse of instrumentalists that include B3 Organ, Electric Piano and Electric Lap Steel Guitar players, Maxwell James lay down his sonorously blissful sound that could have only originated from an artist deep in Tennessee Roots.

You can check out Maxwell James’ new single The More You Say, The Less I Know which was released on March 20th, 2018 on SoundCloud now as part of his debut EP

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Tekla Waterfield – Original Lies: 90’s Nostalgic Pop

I grew up on the iconic sounds of 90’s female Pop acts; Texas, Garbage, Catatonia and The Cranberries to name a few. So, when I checked out the fresh new track Original Lies by the sensational Pop act Tekla Waterfield I was blown away by the nostalgia that is entrenched in the sound. She has a unique sensibility to her vocal style, however her vocal range is somewhat reminiscent to one of my favourite current artists Courtney Barnett. Yet it’s clear, that Tekla Waterfield is more than any sound that has been orchestrated before. The singer songwriter found her own essence within her poignantly palpable harmonies which she’s infused with the roots of her Seattle sound. Her sounds tend to bounce between Folk, Jazz, Indie and Blues through her discography proving that she’s one of the most eclectically talented underground artists around today.

With Original Lies, Tekla has created an anthemically catchy Pop hit, complete with an irresistibly catchy chorus that even Kim Gordon would give 5 stars.

Check out the sensational Pop hit Original Lies on SoundCloud:

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Ragged Few – You Better Run: A Rugged Revival of Acoustic Americana

As soon as I hit play on the Ragged Few’s latest single You Better Run I was reminded of a simpler time, when sound was sonorous without any effects, reverb, or general plasticity. Instead You Better Run celebrates the roots of the sound with infinite respect to the idols that proceeded the Folk Acoustic Americana band from Kansas City, US. The contemporary twist to the timeless Americana sound is sure to go down a treat with pretty much every Folk aficionado who is lucky enough to stumble across it. The angular instrumentals create an ethereally lifting sensations whilst the Ragged Few’s vocalist provides some low down and dirty raucous rock synergy through the mic. The smack of the double bass, the twang of the mandolin and the soar of the fiddle create one of the most glorious cacophonies of crooning Rock n Roll your ears have been treated to in a long time.

If that all sounds up your street head on over to SoundCloud where you can check out the Ragged Few’s March 2018 release You Better Run

To download music from the Ragged Few head on over to their website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Franklin Gotham – Soldier On: Sweet Americana Tinged With Post-Punk Pathos

If you imagined Morrissey on happy pills, you might get a taste of how glorious Franklin Gotham’s new single Soldier On is. The three-piece band’s sweet Americana Acoustic Rock anthemic style doesn’t take long to win you over. Not with the ethereally light Johnny Marr-esque guitar strumming that keeps this track lifted along with the vocalists Alt Country style vocals. Indie Folk really doesn’t get sweeter than Soldier On. Usually, I find uplifting music rather abrasive and almost crass, yet, Soldier On is so raw and genuine, it’s almost certain to break the coldest of ice queens (and kings?) I’m not sure if it was intentional, but the opening riff is straight-up R.E.M. Losing My Religion, but I’ll forgive Franklin Gotham anyway for creating a masterpiece of a track.

Soldier On is the debut single from Franklin Gotham’s latest Alternative album All We Have is Now which was first released in December, 2017.

You can check out & download Soldier On along with the rest of Franklin Gotham’s 2017 album on BandCamp

Keep up to date with Franklin Gotham’s melodic masterpieces & news by following the band on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Paradise Outlaw Album Review: A Dousing of Sweet Americana Blues

Paradise Outlaw’s self-titled 2016 album is one that criminally never received the notoriety which it deserved. The Grand Rapids, Michigan based collective is comprised from an absolute powerhouse of talent from the rhythmal instrumentalists Kevin Langeland (guitar), Kyle Gifford (guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (drums), John Johnson (bass), and Colin Tobin’s grittily soulful vocal ability.

Wastin’ the Day has to be by standout favourite track from the album, the palpable rhythm bleeds pure Americana roots synergy whilst Tobin’ pertains to his iconic gruff sensibility around crystal clear keyboard arrangements that throw you back in time. Paradise Outlaws pioneering sound taps into warm vintage melodies and serve as a breath of fresh air against all of the superficially brash Rock that currently clogs the soundwaves. I have no doubt if the Southern Rock legends continue to produce such blissful Country Rock & Roll, they’ll be up their icons of the genre.

The 11 track album is now available to listen to on Spotify using the link below:

https://open.spotify.com/album/413wfgECme5Sz1wJmfmktW

You can show Paradise Outlaw some love by following the band on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/paradiseoutlawband/

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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J R Harbidge – Feel What I Feel: A Little Bit of Country, A Little Bit of Heart & Soul

This song can reach down into the pit of your stomach and wrench it with the veracity of your fist kiss behind the bike sheds. J R Harbidge’s charismatic vocal ability is just everything you need to hear at this time of the year. We’re swamped with crass sentimentality throughout the festive season, which is exactly why you should listen to his debut track which was brought out on 10th December. J R Harbidge undoubtedly has the potential to see himself through to the number one spot with his melodic prowess and command of minimalistic style.

This folk singer songwriter, has the ability to weave through his pensive style to make some of the most down to earth sounds through his acoustic unchained guitar melodies that twinge with some old school rhythm and blues familiarity.

The production and styling is absolutely flawless, a well rounded track for anyone looking for a little bit of Acoustic Singer Song Writer Soul to add to their playlists.

This song is pretty tame compared to the tracks on his album teaser, either way, I can’t wait to hear what Harbridge has in store!

Check out J R Harbidge’s debut track on the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/user-539091393/feel-what-i-feel/s-0MXyS

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Ekaterine Music Presents DreamTaun; Contemporary Country Funk

One month after the initial release of DreamTaun, the fresh new single from Ekaterine Music and we’re still revelling in the absolute masterpiece of this sonorous sound. With its wholesome hints of Country, Americana, Electro-Pop, Funk and Ska DreamTaun has the momentum of a thousand wild horses.

The track progresses with Ska tones reverberating from the guitar with transient slips of melody from the verse to the chorus. The track has an angelic aura about it twined with the exuberance of one of the most confident women that you’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to expressing herself in a midst of raucous energy. The sound dominates its sweet euphoric vibe. The vocals are as clear as glass fracturing into a thousand pieces through the rhythm of this track. Ekaterine Music is the new musical venture from visionary Moscow born singer song writer Ekartine Goglidze whose music soon caught the attention of the BBC. In 2016, she was invited to perform her original material in the live sessions. She’s a woman of astounding grace and stunning talent.

Check out her new single DreamTaun on the SoundCloud link below:

https://soundcloud.com/ekaterine_music/dreamtownfvm127-lm

Make sure you also check out her website & social media, once you get a taste of her sound, you’re going to want to get acquainted with her.

https://www.ekaterine.co.uk/

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Anglo-American Indie Rock Blind Atlas Release “Space Americans”

Some songs make you wait for the payoff and are all the more effective for it. A David Gilmour solo just isn’t the same without the bitter anticipation that drags us there. The art of letting a song build without putting half the audience to sleep is a worthy endeavor. People forget how dynamic the greats were when we fixate too much on how loud they eventually got. Blind Atlas knows how to use silence and let their instrument layers breathe during verses. Their song Space Americans is a performance that’s intimate and welcoming for anyone passing by, all the while hiding the true nature of their potential energy.

When you’ve finally become enthralled in the shallow, minimalist mix of the song, you feel as if you’ve been slowly pulled out to sea by an ever-pulling tide. This is when the party finally starts and you’re abruptly hit by wave after wave of fast-paced rock instrumentation that does feel like a callback to those awesome louds and highs of some of rock’s greatest. This masterful use of dynamics energizes the song in an infectious way. Even when you know the push is coming, you still find yourself settling into the softer side of the song every time.

-Paul Weyer

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