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El Gato Del Rio – ‘Cocaine, Whiskey, and You’: Filthily Archaic Americana

Yes! They’re back with a brand new video! There was no forgetting El Gato Del Rio after I had the pleasure of checking out their fabulously charismatic single ‘Honest Living’ back in January 2018.  It will always be an absolute pleasure to drink in that decadently filthy guitar-driven groove orchestrated by the quartet who know how to bring a solid harmony to their archaically-inspired sound.  With their single Cocaine, Whiskey, and You, you’re treated to grinding melodies, and reverberant alchemy which won’t fail to leave you wanting to don a pair of hot pants and head to your nearest dive bar. Yet, despite all of the sultry rhythm and suggestion of deviancy by the track title the lyricism is poignantly romantic, and dare I say it? A little sweet.

You can check out the video to El Gato Del Rio’s latest single ‘Cocaine, Whiskey, and You’ by heading over to YouTube now. Or why not head over to Bandcamp and treat yourself to a copy of their second album ‘Bellow the Bellows’. Nothing else will get you that intoxicated for $7.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Broken Bones Matilda – ‘Midnight Creeper’: Hauntingly Mesmeric Americana Folk

What do you get when you mix Balkan beats with Americana and Folk Rock? I suppose the easiest answer would be listening to Broken Bones Matilda’s latest mesmeric hit ‘Midnight Creeper’. The female vocals are just about as captivating as they come. Through the vocals and quaintly intricate instrumentals the duo managed to cook up a soundscape which is simultaneously haunting yet viscerally sweet. From Midnight Creeper you get the same jangly quintessence that you’d expect from more archetypal Folk bands, yet you’re also treated to the deep pensive allure as offered by bands such as Warpaint and London Grammar.

If you’re fan of strong raspy vocals, sticky-sweet harmonies and soul-splittingly beautiful melodies, you’re going to adore what the West Country, UK duo has cooked up with their latest single which was released in August 2018

You can check out Midnight Creeper for yourself by heading across to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Todd Barrow – Guadalupe River: Summer-Soaked Americana

It’s the simple things in life that can sometimes inspire the greatest projects of passion. Which is how I can imagine Todd Barrow’s latest single Guadalupe River came into fruition. There is just something so sweetly sincere and blissfully whole about the Americana Blues Rock single, you can’t help but get caught up in the narrative imagery which has been weaved into the lyrics.

The electric guitar-driven sound is packed full of soaring guitar riffs and intricately clever chord progressions which build up the same anthemic energy of tracks such as Summer of 69, you know the type I mean. The nostalgically iridescently bright energy that transports you from wherever you are to those summers that will never be forgotten.

In short, Guadalupe River is a track so raw that it becomes warming and I’d say it would be pretty criminal not to drink in the summer-soaked track before the dark nights come closing in.

You can check out Todd Barrow’s latest single Guadalupe River out for yourself by heading over to Spotify

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Franklin Gotham – Bulletproof Silhouette: Melodically Rustic Americana

Franklin Gotham is back with a fresher sound than ever. His latest single ‘Bulletproof Silhouette’ will have you hooked before the first verse even runs through. If it’s been a while since a new aural discovery made you smile, then Franklin Gotham’s amiable approach to Alternative Americana spliced with Power Pop is sure to do the trick.

As the track playfully meanders through the melodically angular ecstasy served up by the acoustic arrangements, it is further amplified by the digital effects, suggesting that Franklin Gotham may just be one of the most prodigal contenders in an otherwise static genre.

The Virginia based artist’s radio ready Indie Pop single comes to life through the sweetly narrative lyrics which are unflinching and as resonant as they come. We all know that heart-wrenching feeling of lusting after someone that’s just a little too cool for you. Yet no one has versed it rapturously as Franklin Gotham.

You can check out Franklin Gotham’s latest single Bulletproof Silhouette for yourselves by heading over to BandCamp.

Keep up to date with all his new releases by giving him a follow on Facebook

Review by Amelia Vandergast.


Wildeyes – Tennessee is Alive: Unadulterated Americana Ambience

Tennessee is Alive is the latest track from the Americana inspired trio Wildeyes. I almost wish I got a word of warning before being treated to some of the most palpably pensive soundscapes I’ve ever heard unravel. Yet paradoxically, Tennessee is Alive is simultaneously uplifting, their melodies and narrative lyrics are a means of pure escapism, a soul-shatteringly stunning one at that.

The weight of emotion poured from Emily Kohavi’s vocals which take hold of your heartstrings before the first verse has even ran through. I could explain the arrangements of the instrumentals, the rhythm and the harmony that Tennessee is Alive progresses seamlessly through, but there are very few words to allude to the smorgasbord of emotion that is drawn from you as the viscerally ethereal single unfolds. So, you’re just going to have to check out Wildeyes’ latest track Tennessee is Alive along with their other singles by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs; Pure Americana-Folk Soul Tonic

Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs have recently released their latest Alt Country Folk EP ‘Half-Expected Heartbreak’; for such a jaded EP title, it’s surprisingly upbeat. The jangly rhythmic progression to the tracks lead you through rapturously hyped melodies and experimental instrumental arrangements. The Denver based Folk collective pour soul, passion and synergetic talent into the mix to make their soundscapes viscerally enveloping. Their Americana roots come gleaming through in tracks such as Bullets, yet my personal favourite may just be already yours which is a little down-tempo in comparison to the rest of the EP. The narrative lyrics paint a poignant picture around the acoustic instruments that fuse together so tightly, it’s almost impossible to deconstruct the sound. Yet it was the violin which captivated me the most which was playfully weaved around the soft drum rolls and relentlessly popping guitar riffs.

Any fans of Iron and Wine, The Decemberists, Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons are sure to adore the aural alchemy on offer from the 4-piece Alt-folk group.

You can check out Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs latest EP Half-Expected Heartbreak for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Connect with Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstarts by giving them a follow on Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


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


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


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




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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