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The Lone Canary – Leave the Gray: Hypnotically Suspenseful Americana Folk

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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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Unshackle Yourselves from Gender Stereotypes with Stacy Gabel’s latest Country Pop Single

Stacy Gabel

Femininity is hard. I’m still not entirely sure how to do it properly. But I do know that there’s plenty of resonance to be found in Stacy Gabel’s empowering upcoming single “High Heeled Shoes”. Especially for anyone who doesn’t particularly feel like bowing to gender normativity.

With Abba-style chorus vocals and Stacy Gabel’s accessible personality injected into the conversational verses, High Heeled Shoes is a work of unforgettable Indie Pop musical theatre. The instrumental arrangement is equally as eccentric with strings and the mandolin alongside the acoustic guitar in the Cabaret-Esque soundscape.

High Heeled Shoes basically offers the same mood-boost as watching your favourite musical – just without the time commitment. Make it a playlist essential.

You’ll be able to check out Stacy Gabel’s single High Heeled Shoes from February 21st, 2020. In the meantime, you can get a taste of her uplifting approach to Country Pop by heading over to Soundcloud and checking out her earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.) – Slow Fall:

Incubus fans will undoubtedly want to check out the sweet feat of Alt Rock “Slow Fall” from up and coming artist Electricity Keeping You Alive (E.K.Y.A.).

The bluesy American Rock sound is switched up with inventive guitar effects along with a potent amount of emotion coming to you through the vocals. Slow Fall packs an emotive punch. But that’s not to say the deftly crafted melodic track is without raucous appeal. It may take a while for the momentum to pick up. But when it does, you’ll get a taste of how much of a powerhouse Electricity Keeping You Alive are.

The sonic guitar blasts, deep bass bends, and tantalising percussion work in perfect synergy with the expressively striking vocals. In short, Slow Fall is an Indie Rock-inclined audiophile’s delight.

You can check out Electricity Keeping You Alive’s latest single Slow Fall for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Callie Tomblin – I Don’t Know You: Unflinchingly Evocative Alt Rock

Hitting play on a new artist can be daunting, but the prelude to Callie Tomblin’s standout single “I Don’t Know You” from their latest album immediately greets you with a comfortingly rhythmic guitar hook which pulls you into a visceral feat of Alt Rock.

With Country, Indie, and Blues all infused into the arrangement, I Don’t Know You has plenty of unpredictable increments of alchemy at the same time as being incredibly accessible.

The nuancedly sublime groove of the Bluesy Rock instrumentals creates the perfect platform for Callie Tomblin’s vocals. The unflinchingly evocative style of the raw vocals allowed me to find reminiscences between Callie and Eddie Vedder’s as they found the perfect combination between rough and smooth.

You can check out I Don’t Know You along with the rest of Callie Tomblin’s second album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns tackles the issue of domestic abuse in “A Song for Jimmy”

Swedish Duo Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns released their latest single “A Song for Jimmy” on November 14th. After hearing the first few pensive notes of the Country track, there was little doubt that the soundscape would leave me sharing the same melancholy which the tonality offered.

Nothing could quite prepare me for how morose A Song for Jimmy would be. Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns tackled the raw issue of domestic abuse and narratively explored the deep wounding impact of domestic abuse on both women and children.

A Song for Jimmy deserves to go viral. Partly due to the stunning feel of the delicate single. But mainly because millions of women who have experienced domestic abuse will find plenty of comfort in this deeply empathetic single which feels like an ode to the strength of femininity.

You can check out the official video to Markus Ernehed & Fredrik Björns’ latest single A Song for Jimmy via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bluebyrd – Song for the Duped: The Dark Folk Protest Song Everyone Needs to Hear

There was certainly no forgetting Folk artist Bluebyrd after the release of their debut album “Uneven Ground” which was released in 2018. The melodious charm which the soundscapes exuded offered an aural serenity not easily matched.

Their latest single “Song for the Duped” may not offer the same blissful tones, but it’s the dark, angsty protest song which everyone needs to hear right now. As we contend with gaslit Daily Mail readers frustration is an inevitability. Thankfully, Song for the Duped offers plenty of cathartic salvation and dares you to not resign to the apathy. Instead, the single compels you to carry the same smiting attitude as offered in this masterful Americana-inspired Dark Folk Track.

You can check out Song for the Duped for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colman – Hawks: Rhythmically Captivating Murder Folk

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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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dustin Dale Gaspard – Porcelain Dreams: Nuancedly Serene Indie Folk

If you’re looking for a new serene acoustic guitar-led soundscape to surrender your consciousness to, up and coming artist Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single “Porcelain Dreams” comes highly recommended.

Porcelain Dreams finds the perfect balance between Indie, Folk, and Shoegaze to offer a bluesy, soulful and intrinsically melodic soundscape. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call the US-based 6-piece’s latest offering of Ambient Americana one of the most mesmeric soundscapes we’ve heard this year. Many similar downtempo singles all too easily fall flat and into the realms of pedestrianism, but there’s an alchemy to Dustin Dale Gaspard’s sound which will become more than perceptible once you hit play on their latest release.

You can check out Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single Porcelain Dreams which was released on November 5th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Buchanan – Lighthouses: Blissfully Serene, Pensively Ethereal Country

If you’ve never listened to Judaism-inspired Country music (don’t worry, we hadn’t either!), prepare to delve into the blissfully serene rhythmic tones found in Joe Buchanan’s latest album “Back from Babylon”.

While each of the singles is as evocatively captivating as the last, the best introduction to Joe Buchanan’s stunning beyond all definition style is the single “Lighthouses”.

I can quite honestly say that no track has hit me as hard from the first time of listening since I first discovered Cat Stevens’ “Wild World”. There’s overwhelming energy behind Lighthouses which won’t fail to leave you transfixed in the dreamy, hazy soundscape. Lighthouse may come with lashings of melancholy, but simultaneously it’s the perfect potently cathartic soundscape to surrender your consciousness to.

You can check out Joe Buchanan’s single Lighthouses for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michael Brinkworth – One More Time: A Playlist-Worthy Americana Blues Folk Revival

Any fans of Kurt Vile are going to want to check out up and coming Americana Folk artist Michael Brinkworth’s latest single “One More Time (Just for Fun)”.

The soundscape is soaked in a nostalgic tobacco haze which gives the track instantaneous accessibility, but Michael Brinkworth didn’t fail to bring their own distinction with One More Time. While the vocals may share reminiscences with Bob Dylan, there’s plenty of sleek modern alchemy weaved in which mainly comes as a courtesy of the arrestive electric guitar riffs which should appease any fans of Brian Setzer.

One More Time is one of those tracks which immediately offers you rewarding catharsis as soon as you hit play. It’s not all too often you’ll get to hear that from a breaking artist.

You can check out Michael Brinkworth’s latest single One More Time for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast