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Folk / Acoustic

Rikky – Gone: Cacophonously Dark Folk Acoustic

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for an acoustic artist who creates music as dark and macabre as Rikky Lindén created in his standout single from his 2017 album ‘Depictions’. The Finnish acoustic singer songwriter’s single Gone won me over before the first verse even ended. The off-kilter discords created by the guitar carried the perfect amount of resonance and carefully toed the line between insanity and genius. If you could imagine a Lo Fi cross over of Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays and the Fall, you’d probably get a pretty decent idea of how fabulous Rikky’s track is. Paired with the cacophonic instrumentals Rikky’s Post Punk approach to his vocals really allowed the abject misery to grip you throughout the progression of the track. Rikky’s Lo Fi approach may not be to everyone’s taste, but I for one can appreciate the raw, enigmatic quintessence behind his almost Lynchian soundscape. One things for sure, you’ll never find another acoustic artist as eccentrically dark as Ricky Lindén.

You can check out Gone along with the rest of Rikky’s conceptual album ‘Depictions’ on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

A&R Factory Present: My Empire Of Sound

My Empire Of Sound are Sidsel Marie Søholm on vocals and John Alexander Ericson on instruments/production. The two met in a bar in Berlin two years ago, “Sidsel was one of the performers that night and her voice blew me away” says John Alexander.

“We started chatting and decided, on the spot, to start a band together” Scandinavian Summer is published by Misty Music Sweden (

A&R Factory Present: Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers is a young, up-and-coming alternative Folk band from Toronto, formed out of the Kingston-based duo that was Devan & Khalid. Since hitting the Toronto music scene, the band has made great leaps and bounds – from being voted Toronto’s Best New Artist in the 2015 CBC Searchlight contest, to gaining regular National Radio airplay, and landing opening slots for some of Canada’s greatest artists, such as Great Lake Swimmers, Cowboy Junkies, and The Wooden Sky.

In the fall of 2015, the band expanded from a duo to a four piece, simultaneously developing their sound, which coincided with the production and recording of their debut album. Their first two singles quickly gained over 100K SoundCloud plays, and features on some of Spotify’s top playlists have earned them 100K+ plays on the singles alone.

On April 16th, Wild Rivers celebrated the much anticipated release of their self-titled debut album with a sold out show at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall. You can stream/download their album everywhere now on Spotify, Apple Music, or at Wild Rivers is Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover, Ben Labenski, and Andrew Oliver. Keep an eye on this band, as they are poised for great things in 2016!

A&R Factory Present: Stranded Mermaid

Stranded Mermaid are a Swedish band, making indie music with ethnic and folky vibes.

Formed in Småland, Sweden in 2013, by the producer duo Louise Lindenger (vocals) and Håkan Persson (vocals, guitar), along with Nathanaël Bartolo on drums, bassist Gustav Magnusson, guitarist Andreas Bohlin, violinist Veronika Jönebratt, vocalist Matilda Westergren and percussionist Jens Torvaldsson.

The band performs a dirty, yet beautiful and atmospheric sound inspired by the western movie soundtracks of the great composer Ennio Morricone and folk music. The members share a great passion and vision for the outcome, and produce the music on their own.