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COUNTRY-FOLK

Gabrielle Gore served an infectiously euphoric slice of Americana with her single, ‘My Mustang’.

Eighteen-year-old Oklahoma-hailing country singer-songwriter Gabrielle Gore already has 14-years of performative experience behind her, when it came to writing her latest single, My Mustang, she was primed to serve an infectiously euphoric slice of Americana.

With bluegrass folk meeting crawling rockabilly rhythms, and a few pop elements thrown in for good measure, My Mustang crosses genres while staying true to each style borrowed from. The distinction doesn’t end with the instrumentals either; the rich and resonant vocal projection brings a vibrant energy to the up-tempo track that will transport you to the heart of Nashville before the chorus hits.

My Mustang is now available to stream via SoundCloud. 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

D Boone Pittman paints a panoramic picture of romantic disparity in ‘She Likes the Beach’

‘She Likes the Beach’ is just one of the instantly immersive bluegrass singles taken from country-folk singer-songwriter D Boone Pittman’s debut album, Emerge.

The 10-track straight from the soul album pays a fitting ode to the storytelling roots of folk. As the acoustic bluegrass chords lay out the welcome mat, Pittman paints a panoramic picture of romantic disparity with his endlessly magnetic vocals as he expresses his frustration at being with someone that you can’t quite see eye to eye with but you end up in a situationship regardless.

You can check out D Boone Pittman on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Salmon Run have released their chorally accordant country folk single, ‘She’s Alright’

With their latest single, ‘She’s Alright’, Appleton, WI-residing duo Salmon Run played with roots of country-folk while giving the production a chorally enticing contemporary feel.

The lyrics are sentimental and heartfelt enough for you to become personally enamoured with the object of affection which the accordant single gently introduces, reminding you well and truly that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that, for the most part, thankfully, it lies in idiosyncrasies.

It’s a stunning single to hand over your emotions and rhythmic pulses to. Any fans of contemporary folk acts such as Bonny Light Horseman will appreciate this quiescent journey of romantic adoration.

The official video to She’s Alright is now available to stream via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The journey of love: Los Angeles, California based singer-songwriter Joe Romersa guides us all on ‘Where We Go From Here’

The legendary LA drummer, singer- songwriter, producer, voice actor and composer extraordinaire Joe Romersa is back with a modern story of the hearts fulfillment, on his latest single called ‘Where We Go From Here’.

This is a man whose work was featured in the 1992 Grammy award-winning ‘The Missing Years‘ album by the late great country-folk singer-songwriter John Prine, and his career has been one that exemplifies the rugged journey of a true musician that never gave up. There have been lots of ups and a few downs, good gigs and bad gigs but he is a person who has never given up. His passion for his art form and learning new skills is obvious.

There is so much to appreciate about this terrific track and the start tells us everything we need to know straight away like a bullet pass for a touchdown. The years of experience and care to play the guitar at a level that most of us only dream of is tremendous. There is a touch of blues, country and rock here and you feel all giddy waiting for his vocals to illuminate through into your headphones.

His gritty voice that is full of incredible stories of life and travel is opened up to us like a creaking door. This is the story of being with that special person in your life as you reminisce about being so happy- they fall asleep in your arms- and you can’t believe this is real. You feel like you two can do anything you want together and nothing has ever felt so right before. After a long search, they found you and you click like a light switch and everything is shining bright with your world again.

Love is on his mind and why not. This is that kind of feeling that you didn’t know really existed for you but has come into your life to make your smile beam wide as can be. ‘Where We Go From Here’ by the renowned and respected Joe Romersa is a guiding light of hope, in an often dark and morbid world. Knowing where to go next is the journey now but it is a question he can share with his partner, and that is all that matters.

Hear this hand-crafted gem via Joe’s Spotify and see where he goes next on FB & IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Roots of Folk and Country bloom in Pablo Leira Filgueira’s single “Honey, You’re Gonna Lose”

Honey, You’re Gonna Lose” is the latest single to be released by Pablo Leira Filgueira, an artist quickly becoming renowned for their tantalising infusions of Folk, Blues, Country, Pop and Rock.

There are some hints of Jack Johnson within the smooth lofty vocal notes, but in the instrumentals, the 21-year-old delivers nothing but authentic ingenuity.

The raw textures in the lo-fi production bring an inviting sense of intimacy to the release, Pablo Leira Filgueira doesn’t just offer his soul in Honey, You’re Gonna Lose, he makes it personal too. Hit play and prepare to be serenaded by their affably charismatic release.

You can check out Honey, You’re Gonna Lose for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Garrett Clark Bell – Rolling On: Alt Folk for the Outliers

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.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Izzie Derry – Lost at Sea EP: A Restraintless Release of Organic Aural Folk Endearment

While Izzie Derry’s style doesn’t offer the smoothest melodies and most polished soundscapes, what they do offer is unrestrained emotion, energy, and expression.

The up and coming artist’s latest EP “Lost at Sea” contains 5 unapologetically visceral singles which don’t skirt around issues of superficiality. Instead, the sentiment behind each track runs as strongly as the anthemics which feed through the anything but typical progressions which can only loosely be defined as Folk. There are also plenty of elements of Funk, Rock, Blues, and Country to allow audiophiles of all persuasions to find accessibility within the tracks.

I have a feeling that any fans of Julia Holter, Sharon Van Etten, and Courtney Barnett will find plenty of reasons to admire the Coventry, UK-based artists distinctive expression.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Desiree Cannon – Oh Darlin’: Archaically Arresting Country Folk

Beach Sleeper by Desiree Cannon

Oh Darlin’ is just one of the meanderingly melodic single’s from Desiree Cannon’s latest album “Beech Sleeper”. The first thing that hits you about the single is the timeless style of the orchestration of the Oakland, California-based artist. The second is her unflinchingly arresting vocal style in which she recreates the same alluring harmony we enjoyed from the pioneers of Americana and Country Folk. If you could imagine what Angel Olson would sound like with an organ thrown into the mix you’d get a good idea of Desiree Cannon’s folkishly cathartic style. Whilst lyrically, you’re in for a narrative treat which captivates you from the first verse.

You can check out Desiree Cannon’s single Oh Darlin’ which was released on October 16th by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Kelly Rae – Searching for Home: Piercingly Poignant Country Folk

If you’re struggling to find that timeless Country sound from a contemporary artist, well, look no further. Folk singer songwriter Kelly Rae has recently released the title track from her album ‘Searching for Home’. The emerging artist’s captivatingly soulful single didn’t fail to pique our attention and leave us insatiable for the rest of her aurally arresting stripped back arrangements

In Searching for Home, alongside her ethereally pitch-perfect vocals you’re treated to a bluesy rounded and instantly accessible rhythm which is all too easy to slip into you. Searching for Home may have been a beautifully and upliftingly composed track, yet, the subtle layers of melancholy still hit you like a tonne of bricks.

You can check out Kelly Rae’s latest single Searching for Home for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Ted Hajnasiewicz Releases Heartfelt And Gentle Song, “This Town Is Not For Me”

You know a song is good when with the first few guitar strums you can instantly hear how heartfelt the performance is. Ted Hajnasiewicz’s “This Town Is Not For Me” perfectly exemplifies this, and when the vocal comes in, even though the lyrics are somewhat bittersweet, you can immediately feel a truly heartwarming sensation that lingers throughout the whole song. With such an emotional vocal and guitar performance it is hard not to see how dedicated Ted is towards his music and the messages he wants to convey.

With a perfect balance of Country music elements and Folk, this song is particularly image evoking, especially with the word choices in the lyrics. As the music carries you along you are left with a bittersweet sensation. Partly envisaging the relaxing fields and partly feeling the inner pain and struggle expressed so brilliantly through Ted’s well crafted lyrics.

If you are particularly into brilliant songwriting skills, a perfect balance between beautiful Country guitar sounds and a heartfelt Folk story telling performance, then this is the song for you. Do not miss the chance to support Ted and listen to it on Spotify today!

Sarah Marie Bugeja