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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

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Heather Meuleman featuring The Pan Handles – To the Sea

For her debut album “Ditch the Map” Country singer-songwriter Heather Meuleman teamed up with the Pan Handles to bring roots-deep blues-soaked Country Folk which offers accessible archaic tones.

The standout single “To the Sea” starts off with sombrely arrestive prelude before progressing into a restoratively rhythmic offering of swampy Blues complete with striking finger-picked guitar notes.

Heather Meuleman didn’t set out to revolutionise the rhythms and introspective-deep style of Country with To the Sea, instead, she revived the genre with her uniquely nuanced vocals which don’t fail to bring plenty of resonant emotion to the soundscape.

You can check out To the Sea along with the rest of Heather Meuleman featuring The Pan Handles’ album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Campbell Station – Pray for Rain: Cinematically Soulful Semi-Orchestral Country Pop

Campbell Station’s latest single “Pray for Rain” was cinematic enough to feature in the original motion picture soundtrack for “Five Women in the End”. It is also cinematic enough to make the perfect addition to your playlists if you’re always on the lookout for deeply evocative semi-orchestral Country ballads.

While Pray for Rain may be as quintessential as Pop Country ballads get, there’s also striking modernity to Campbell Station’s sound which suggests they are a powerhouse well worth putting on your radar.

The vocals didn’t just hit the dynamic notes in an aurally pleasing manner, they poured potent amounts of soul into the succinctly concordant mix which exuded plenty of emotion itself through the lamentable pulls of the violin strings and the relentlessly pensive finger-picked guitar notes.

You can check out Campbell Station’s single Pray for Rain for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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 Claire Beverly – Trainwreck: Americana Country-Rooted Rock Pop

Within Claire Beverly’s standout single “Trainwreck” Pop, Country, and Hard Rock combine with a brand-new magnetism. The filthy guitar progressions create the perfect contrasting platform for Claire Beverly’s ethereal vocals to pour harmony from and the lyrics make it all too easy to find the soul in the soundscape.

With Slash-style atmospheric guitar riffs and Claire Beverly’s nuanced Rock Pop vocals which find a rare balance of poise and power, Trainwreck is an unforgettable hit.

Ultimately, Trainwreck a sign of aural evolution. It’s not all too often you get to hear Country-style rhythms played with the veracity of High-Octane Rock on electric guitar, but Claire Beverly executed Trainwreck with deft execution. If Taylor Swift was as alternative as she thinks she is, her music would offer the same raucous tone as you will find in this gem of a single.

You can check out Claire Beverly’s single Trainwreck for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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June Low – The Letter: Hauntingly Ethereal Country

Alt Country singer-songwriter June Low’s latest single “The Letter” was released on October 21st and comes highly recommended to any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.

Just like the aforementioned artists, June Low’s haunting sound instantly draws you into the atmosphere of the single. As the momentum of the prelude and verses grows, you can feel the presence of the melancholy take a stronger hold. And that’s quite a rare alchemic feat.

With the single sitting on the more melodious and ambient side of Country, The Letter gives you all of the narrative and imagery of a typical Country track while the mesmerizingly delicate instrumental arrangement carves plenty of catharsis. With the extended length of The Letter, June Low had plenty of time to play with spatial effect to make sure the single resonates with maximum effect.

You can check out the official music video to June Low’s latest single The Letter via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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W.B. and The Geezers offers aural escapism with their Americana Country single “Dixie”

Americana Country Blues may not be commonly found in the top 40 in the UK. But Florida-based duo W.B. and The Geezers and their endearing aural escapism prove that the airwaves would be a lot sweeter if it contained more old school Rock n’ Roll riffs.

One of their recently released singles “Dixie” provides a sure enough serving of Bluesy archaic riffs, along with plenty of imagery which spills from the lyrics. W.B. and The Geezers set out to create beer-drinking music, and they definitely succeeded.

They may not mix up the Country Americana Honky Tonk sound all too much, but there’s absolutely no reason to. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The naturally euphoric rhythms found in Country will always be an essential sound and Dixie is about as quintessential as it gets.

You can check out W.B. and The Geezers’ single Dixie for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Stella Prince – That Way: Hauntingly Celestial Acoustic Folk

The maturity in Stella Prince’s talent transcends her age; probably by a fair few decades. Which is especially evident in her standout single “That Way” which was released earlier this year.

It is absurd that a 15-year-old artist would be able to write and perform such a strikingly arrestive single. But that is the only absurdity which you will find in That Way. It’s a haunting record which could easily be put in the same league as tracks by Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.

Stella Prince’s vocals don’t just offer an extraordinary range and the ability to hit celestially high notes. There’s a true sense of authenticity and soul which is infused into the acoustic country folk-pop single which will make sure that the New York-based artist doesn’t stay up and coming for all too long.

You can check out Stella Prince’s single That Way for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bree Taylor – Drive: Uniquely Infectious Country Pop

While there may be plenty of contemporary artists blending Country and Pop in their soundscapes, no one does it quite like up and coming singer-songwriter Bree Taylor. Instead of just incorporating the usual Country twang in a contemporary Pop mix, the eclectic instrumental arrangements allow the captivating Folk charm to run right through her recently released single “Drive”.

By far the most striking aspect to Drive is Bree Taylor’s unwillingness to bend to genre limitations. Bree Taylor has a striking tendency to run with her own authenticity instead of the authenticity of a music genre.  In the punchy Pop hit, you’ll hear jangly ukulele notes and winding tensile guitar progressions which are not all too dissimilar from what you would hear from bands such as the Levellers.

You can check out Bree Taylor’s latest single Drive by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rockabilly Meets Country in Reatha Pitman’s Latest Single “Hittin the Road”

“Hittin the Road” is just one of the standout singles from up and coming Country artist Reatha Pitman’s 2018 album “Road on Which We Travel” which you’ll want to check out if you’re on the hunt for nostalgic Blues.

The single has an infectiously authentic wanderlust Country feel, and Reatha Pitman certainly doesn’t fail to hook you in with her charismatic and passionate vocals which verse the imagery-spilling lyrics. To make sure that Hittin the Road resonated with distinction, the American artist created the soundscape through a mix of Country rhythm, Rockabilly riffs, and a touch of Swamp Rock.

It definitely wouldn’t be a surprise to see Reatha Pitman’s name at the top of the Country charts.

You can check out Reatha Pitman’s latest single Hittin the Road for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

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