With slight gothic hues lingering in Americana Blues Folk sound, The Bigst Hands’ latest single Catch a Fist is as delectably dark as it is soulfully soothing. Any fans of Kurt Vile will definitely want to delve into the Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based artist’s Delta Blues sound.
The despondently sultry release will stick with you for long after it has faded to a close – especially considering that the track contains one of the most hauntingly cutting Blues guitar solos I’ve potentially ever heard. The Bigst Hands has a way of allowing you to feel like he’s playing the notes on your heartstrings.
The brashly booming drums, phantasmic quivers of the slide guitar and seductive melancholy offered vocally make Catch a Fist and unforgettable track. If Bukowski was still around, I could imagine he’d be an ardent fan of The Bigst Hands and their explorative lyrical style which makes no bones about dissecting the human condition – warts and wall.
You can check out Catch a Fist for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.
Swedish Blues Folk Duo Vargen’s release of Love / Leave – 11 Songs of Bob Dylan couldn’t have been released at a better time. We’re all in need of a little escapism right now. And the timelessly consoling tones are just as solace-spilling and escapism-aiding as they were at the time of Bob Dylan’s original releases.
The tenderly emotive reimagining works bring the raw soul back to life, yet, Vargen have put their own ensnaring Bluesy spin on the soundscapes. While each track is as mesmerizingly cathartic as the last, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue is the perfect introduction to Vargen’s boundlessly fervent style. The dual vocals harmonise over the effortlessly mellifluous warmly ethereal instrumentals to create succinct melodies which almost allow you to feel like you’re swimming in sepia.
There was no forgetting Vargen after the chills they left us with after hearing their single From Stockholm to L.A. We’re immeasurably gratified for their return with the 11 track album.
You can check out Vargen’s stunning tribute to Bob Dylan yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Ragged Road created the perfect escapism music with their latest Folk single “I’ve Been Travelling” which was released on February 28th.
The concordant mellifluous rhythms in I’ve Been Travelling are accompanied by instantly captivating warm vocals which pull you through the meandering soundscape which oozes wanderlust vibes. I’ve Been Travelling may be a traditionally orchestrated Americana Folk Blues track, but magnetism found in nostalgia-inducing soundscapes will remain timelessly appealing.
Ragged Road made their debut in 2018, but they’ve already proven that they’re at the forefront of Alt Folk innovation. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see where they take their uniquely Celtic sound next.
You can check out I’ve Been Travelling for yourselves by roaming over to YouTube.
Up and coming Alt Folk Rock artist Peregrino released their debut album “Feels Like Leaving” in 2019. If you missed it, you also missed a record which could simultaneously appease Soft Rock, Folk and Psych Blues fans alike.
If you dissect the standout single “Fire Away”, you’ll find a sticky-sweet melange of warm and cathartic tones which seem to evolve with each progression. The momentum may build, but the tranquillity of Fire Away is perpetual.
Fire Away kicks off with a mesmerizingly winding melody which ensures that you’re suitably captivated before Peregrino’s vocals creep in with plenty of vocal resonance. While Peregrino may share vocal reminiscences with the likes of Elliot Smith, the soundscape is a dynamic feat of ingenuity which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
You can check out Fire Away along with the rest of Peregrino’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.
Jesse Slack has perceptibly found the answer to keeping Country music commercially accessible with his latest single “Rust”. The genre-defying track may borrow plenty of elements from different genres, but the roots of Country Americana Blues are well and truly blossoming in Rust.
The cuttingly angular guitar tones sit alongside the winding rhythms which are more typical from the genre providing a refreshing added dynamic to the instrumentals. While the lyrics and vocals allow Rust to share reminiscences with Pop and Bluesy Pop Punk artists.
If there’s any justice in the music industry, Jesse Slack will share the same success as the likes of Taylor Swift. Because evidently, he shares the same talent when it comes to crafting sticky-sweet melodies which will stick in your throat during the build-ups.
You can listen to Jesse Slack’s latest single Rust for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.
If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.
With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.
You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Singer-songwriter Lucy Mayhew has recently released her latest feat of bluesy folk pop with the single “Where’s the Wisdom”. With the stripped-back instrumental arrangement, the absorbing lyrics hit you with an instantaneous resonance.
The powerful lyrics unravelled like meta poetry versed through Lucy Mayhew’s nuanced serene vocals which sat perfectly against the vibrant yet concordant melodies in Where’s the Wisdom.
The question in the track title is answered when you hit play on the intellectually-inspired single which aptly digs out the roots of our societal disparity before giving you a brand-new perspective to consider adopting. Aural salvation is needed now more than ever on the airwaves and Lucy Mayhew has proven that you don’t need to write angsty tracks to create an effective perspective-shifting protest song.
You can check out Lucy Mayhew’s latest single Where’s the Wisdom for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
There was no forgetting the masterfully bluesy melancholy contained in Disparate Souls latest EP “Poetry of Reason”, off the heels of the success with the EP they’re back, and they’re seemingly on a mission to make sure that your heartstrings feel suitably yanked. Their latest single “Victim on the Hill” is about as cheery as the title suggests, but for anyone with a penchant of cathartic aural lachrymose soundscapes, prepare to be as enamoured as we were.
Any fans of the pensively mesmerising allure of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Joni Mitchell are sure to appreciate Victim on the Hill – which may just be their best single yet.
Given the extended duration, you get plenty of time to truly invest in this single which invites you to share in a quaint yet mournful tonality which will stick with you for long after the track fades out.
You can check out Disparate Souls’ latest single Victim on the Hill for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
Tanana Rafters are the Alaskan-born Blues Folk Rock outfit who will challenge every preconception you hold towards the genre with their up and coming single “For My Father”. For My Father is just one of the tracks to feature on their upcoming album release. If you’re a fan of eccentrically immersive Folk, you should probably start getting excited about it right about now.
While it may be a struggle for some Blues Folk artists to create a contemporarily compelling sound, in the deft hands of frontwoman Jamie Whiteman and her band, individuality flows authentically. Around the more archetypal Blues sound, the electric guitar riffs easily find their place in the tight eclectic arrangement, yet, the riffs wouldn’t be out of place in a Progressive Rock track which gives For My Father a nice touch of distinction. The soundscape is further complemented by the use of the mandolin, up right bass, and of course by Jamie Whiteman’s evenly harmonic vocals.
You can check out Tanana Rafters’ latest album “BEND” for yourselves from March 23rd, 2019 when their album will be available across all streaming platforms.
In the meantime, head on over to their website where you can check out their earlier releases.
If your playlists are lacking some mellifluous Blues, then you may want to turn your attention in the direction of the latest release from Whiskey’s Alibi. Prepare your best pensive sway to drink in the Folk-style lyrics, the raw but resonant vocals, and the stripped-bare acoustics in the latest album release “Square One”.
It isn’t usually the case that you can so easily slip into a whole ten tracks from an artist you have never been acquainted with before. But with Whiskey’s Alibi, accessibility seems to be the key to the cathartic success of the album.
Any fans of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen are sure to appreciate the stellar release from Whiskey’s Alibi. While no two tracks are the same, they still run through with the same magnetic blues style and wrap plenty of pensive soul around the easy flow of the chord progressions.
You can check out Whiskey’s Alibi’s latest release Square One for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.