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Disparate Souls – Victim on the Hill: Quaintly Mournful Blues Folk

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Tanana Rafters – For my Father: The Mesmeric Concordance of Eccentrically Authentic Blues Folk

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Whiskey’s Alibi – Square One: Classically Styled, Commercially Compelling Blues Folk

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Sun Lite’s 60s-Tinged, Electronically Amplified Blues Folk EP “Welcome”

It’s not every day you stumble across a cinematically arrestive composition of Blues Folk with a 60’s psychedelic twist and complimentary pinch of electronica. Even if it was, I have no doubt that the quaint progressions of the completely unrestrained expressive sound would lose its allure.

The Belgian-based solo artist Sun Life has created a sublime masterpiece with his debut EP “Welcome”. As you move through the complete unpredictability of the tracks, your stomach is left in knots with the primal rhythms amplified by the sonically high potent digital effects which add  energy which is almost impossible to define. Some artists create feelgood music, some artists create music so entrancingly all-consuming that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the high-octane resonance. Whilst David Bowie made waves with his spacey compositions, Sun Lite has the ability to take you to another dimension.

You can check out Sun Lite’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Nothing Concrete – Rich Man Rich: Narratively Captivating Folk Blues

“Rich Man Rich” from Nothing Concrete’s (Fergus McKay) upcoming album “Jumble Shop Tales” is potentially the most poignant single about capitalism I’ve ever heard.

There’s something devastatingly beautiful about the repetition of the words “that’s what all the ghettos in the world are built for”.  Whilst some of the lyricism is a little macabre this only adds to the weight of the sentiment; any fans of Nick Cave are sure to appreciate Nothing Concrete’s approach at driving the brevity of disparity home.

Instrumentally, you can expect a quaint arrangement of acoustic sound which progresses in a Folk Blues style with elements of jazz which create a captivatingly concordant soundscape. So, despite the less than cheery subject matter in Rich Man Rich, you’re still treated to an upliftingly soulful composition.

You can check out Rich Man Rich which was released October 6th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Rhys Tranter Releases Sharp & Powerful Track ‘Fox Of Truth’

“Fox Truth’, a sharp and powerful tale of friendship, touching on the darkest moments we face, but fundamentally focusing on the value of friendship. Rhys Tranter, Milli Casey and Deanna Rose make a paramount team on the vocals, with Nick Harvey dominating the drums and Sam Smith producing, completing the flawless five. Traditionally the sound of the track lies in an acoustic indie-rock genre, with elements of blues folk and alternative country, which is what generates a personal connection between the five. A slow and illuminating texture is in harmony with unifying vocals, a clear representation of a secure connection between them.

There is a touch of despair hidden in between the lines, but a shed of hope is portrayed from an everlasting friendship. They count their blessings and embrace the fact they are not alone, “Every time I drag myself down/You’ll be there to pull me back in/My oldest friend, I’m graceless and hollow”. This same chorus becomes more heightened as the track goes on, becoming more passionate as it reaches its peak; the energizing electric guitar sending us into a fiery frenzy.

-Aly McHugh

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