Up and coming singer-songwriter PB Ruck released his latest single One-Man Rodeo on August 24th. It’s pretty much safe to say that it may just be the most pensively raw single we’ve heard so far in 2020.
The hauntingly mellifluous soundscape possesses a timeless Alt-Folk feel which is sure to be a hit with any fans of the likes of Cohen, Waits and Dylan, but it’s anything but archaic. Thanks to the clever contemporary nuances in One-Man Rodeo, it rings with modernity, resonance and connectivity.
You can check out PB Ruck’s single One-Man Rodeo for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.
On the heels of a successful debut single, Alabama-born artist and ex-vet Garrett Clark Bell has released their mellifluously hypnotic sophomore single “Rolling On”.
Any fans of War on Drugs and American Football will no doubt appreciate his modernistic take on Country which comes with a blissfully winding infusion of Alt Folk. If you pull your attention away from the consciousness-consuming accordance of the inventively effect-laden instrumentals, anyone who finds resonance in Bob Dylan’s lyrics will find plenty of relatable sentiments in Rolling On. It speaks to the outliers of society, the ones that navigate through the alienation looking for direction. It’s a powerful affirmation of the fact that even if you feel alone, you’re not alone in that feeling.
You can check out Rolling On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.
If anyone’s looking for tips on how to orchestrate transfixing Alt Folk preludes, hit play on Joey Sherman’s single PRETENDING and grab a pen. From the first pensively picked notes, we were hooked.
After the ringing of an old school alarm clock which pretty much fills you with the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-work/school-dread, the raw, rugged and steady guitar notes lead you into a sombrely captivating soundscape which any fans of Bob Dylan will appreciate. It’s as haunting as it is stunning.
With the extended duration of PRETENDING, there’s plenty of room for absorbing instrumental solos which add just as much emotional depth to the single as the vocals and lyrics.
If you can relate to needing an escape, you’ll find plenty of resonance within PRETENDING which powerfully points out just how much energy is demanded of us in day to day life and how exhausting it can be.
You can check out Joey Sherman’s single PRETENDING via YouTube.
Folk-Pop singer-songwriter Blonde Lion released their latest single “Ordinary Day” on August 5th. Elliott Smith may not be with us anymore, but Blonde Lion’s melancholic style is just as efficacious at drawing pensive emotions from you and offering aural resolve.
Obviously, I didn’t make it to the end of Ordinary Day with dry eyes. The delicateness of the atmospheric and intricate acoustic instrumentals was one thing, the resonance in the lyrics was quite another. Ordinary Days was inspired by the days where you wake up and struggle to find anything which offers any meaning. The jaded ennui was all too relatable and it’s safe to say that after the global lockdown, plenty more people will see themselves in this sublime soundscape which serves as the perfect introduction to Blonde Lion’s compelling style.
You can check out Blonde Lion’s latest release by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Put in time and you will get the results. With a soothing piano to start the song, you know this is going to be good. Giving thanks to her parents, speaking about lessons learnt- no matter how hard the occasional trips and falls.
‘Megan Linford’, is making her way on the UK Folk/Indie scene with her sun-kissed melodies and honest lyrics, that shows her humble and grateful attitude to life. She is an Indie artist, doing it herself with the love and support of friends and family. She hosts her own music night in Portsmouth and seems to be learning all the sides of the music industry, a very smart move indeed.
After already pushing out 2 self- released EP’s and 3 singles, Megan is working hard on her first album set for release in 2020. I personally can’t wait to hear the new music and hopefully lockdown hasn’t slowed anything down for her.
From the little I know about Megan, I can tell that this is an extremely industrious and hard working woman who won’t let anything stop her. Her voice is absolutely breathtaking and I can’t wait to see her live at a gig soon. The local music scene needs people like Megan, someone with a positive message and self-awareness, in these troubled times.
‘’Lessons’’ and more stunning vocals from Megan are here on Spotify.
Any fans of Alt Folk which comes with an ethereal chill will undoubtedly want to check out the smoking gun of a single “HAUn71ng: D3M0n5” from the experimentally dynamic Brighton-based artist 8udDha bl0od.
8udDha bl0od put his distinctive mark on a timeless sound with HAUn71ng: D3M0n5. It was more downtempo, accordant, and organic than their recent releases. Yet, it was engorging to hear the artist put their soul at the centre of the vocally-led track. 8udDha bl0od’s Indie Blues vocals float synergistically above the stripped-back acoustic soundscape which is candid as it is cathartic.
HAUn71ng: D3M0n5 shares the same accordant arrestive allure as tracks by the like of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Elliott Smith, but 8udDha bl0od definitely didn’t fail to make the soundscape his own. It feels like that should go without saying when it comes to 8udDha bl0od’s music.
You can check out HAUn71ng: D3M0n5 for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
Now if you’re looking for an artist to listen too, be sure to make it Wilson Blackley. Recently dropping his latest single ‘Heart Reception’, it’s one not to miss. In his words he made it to ‘’try and lift people up in this time of chaos’’ and it certainly couldn’t have come at a better time.
Wilson has an insane vocal range, the tone is in a rather modulated style, it’s rather shrill in places but the roughness that he has to his tone makes hitting them high notes that bit easier. He portrays his talent throughout whether that’s on the guitar or the tone of voice, every part of this track has this reason to make you feel good.
As soon as you listen, your mood is instantly boosted with the pure lively energy that is injected into it, with the plucks on the guitar strings and the rather incredible guitar solos that have been added, whilst adding in this loud hard strum on strings as the volume gets louder and the rather infectious feeling fills the air.
Wilson Blackley has created a song that this year needed, after all the dreadful things we’ve been going through this is just that pick me up that we all need to delve into.
Listen to Wilson Blackley’s latest piece Heart Reception by heading on over to Spotifynow.
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.
If all good things come in small packages, expect to listen to this song and get one of the best surprises from a dynamic duo from Jackson, Tennessee. Hunter Cross and Cameron Briley make up the members of The Skeleton Krew and their latest offering called “Love”, is already making some serious waves on the internet.
The song starts off with sweet, intricately woven harmonies, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash or Alison Krauss, and one would be forgiven for thinking that they were about to take us on a journey down the best of a scenic Country or Soft Rock road. Instead, a few face melting guitar solos, talented drum rolls and riffs that are played deep in the pocket, and an incredible vocal performance, make for a heady mix of Punk, Rock, and Goth that is teeth clatteringly good. It’s eight short bars in the back of Buick but the rest is pedal to the metal in a Mustang all the way!
You are going to want to rewind this track a few times as the musicality and vocal dexterity is subtle but brilliant.
Listen to “Love” by The Skelton Crew here at Soundclound. Have fun, we sure did!
Occasionally, you stumble across music that gives you goose bumps, Once Again is the chilling new single by Jo’ & Eliah that does just that. Words can’t quite capture just how succinctly the intrinsic melodies hit you throughout the regrettably short duration of this track. If the sound wasn’t enough, I can’t quite remember the last time I heard lyrics that were so poetic and flowed with such veracity. Jo’ & Eliah are two solo artists that originally joined forces back in 2016, together, the underground artists are on a mission to create deeper and more resonant tracks than what is churned out by the media. So, I for one would like to congratulate them for achieving their goal in just one anthem of a single. All it took was one track from the cute and folky dulcet indie collective to win me over.
I’m already in bitter sweet anticipation for the album. So, if you’re a fan of Bicycles in Amsterdam, Bob Dylan, & Bon Ivor, there is no better way to kick of your 2018 play list than with this debut track.