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Kristen Beckwith tells a piano-led story of love, longing and betrayal with ‘Already Chosen Her’

Kristen Beckwith

Utah-based pop/folk singer-songwriter Kristen Beckwith’s heartfelt piano-led story of love, longing, and betrayal, is an intense, mournful tale of heartbreak, the refrain ‘if you loved me, why’d you tell me, when you knew/you were never coming back here, you’d already chosen her’ plaintive and haunting over the delicate minor chord arrangement.

It’s beautiful, Beckwith’s voice is more than able to carry the space in the style of Beverly Craven or Norah Jones, soothing, hurt, and sorrowful all at once, the anguish in the realisation of lost love – ‘…and I thought you were the one…’-  clear and heartfelt. The sparse instrumentation detracts nothing, instead, adding a pensive melancholy to the track that perfectly matches Beckwith’s vocal.

‘Already Chosen Her’ comes from Kristen Beckwith’s debut album ‘A True Story’, released on October 2nd. You can hear more from Kristen here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Mackenzie Shrieve has released her intimately absorbing Indie Folk Pop single “In the Before”

There are very few things in life more soothing than Mackenzie Shrieve’s compassionately inviting vocals. In her latest single “In the Before” which dropped on September 10th, her intimately comforting vocals perfectly match the Folk Pop instrumentals which are endearing and absorbing in equal measure.

I think the lyric “I don’t want you to slip away like every other moment in this Summer haze” legitimately broke my heart. The concepts which the track plays with will leave you awash with sun-kissed lovelorn nostalgia. It may be a rough ride, but the accordance, soul, and almost celestial level of ingenuity in the production will definitely soften the blow.

With plenty more in the pipeline for 2020 and beyond, Mackenzie Shrieve is well worth putting on your radar.

You can check out the official music video to In the Before via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sink into Maroney’s tenderly intimate Folk Pop single “Home”

Home” is just one of the tenderly intimate Folk Pop singles on the latest EP “Alur” from Sacramento-born, LA-based singer-songwriter Maroney.

The semi-orchestral, mellifluously magnetic single may draw you in gently, but before you know it, the accordant tones will be creeping beneath your skin and the lyrics will seriously test your capacity for compassion as you listen to the romantically resolving lyrics float around the stunning orchestration which could have only come from an artist with an affinity for Gospel, Bluegrass and Folk.

How celestial Home is, is no coincidence. The female vocals perfect the amorously evocative soundscape as they find reactive chemistry against Maroney’s soothing vocal timbre.

You can check out Home for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leire –  The hauntingly delicate “Box Of Chesterfield”

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They told us smoking wasn’t cool; judging by Leire’sBox Of Chesterfield’, ‘they’ were seriously wrong. This is a beautiful, haunting tale of anxiety, of existing rather than living, surviving whilst drowning; it’s a personal song, the sparse electronic music echoing behind Leire’s husky, plaintive vocal.

There’s a touch of Sia in the delivery, but the hushed verses give way to an emotive, soaring chorus which allows Leire to properly showcase her vocal talent. And that’s some serious talent, having already taken Leire from busking in Leicester Square to sharing stages with the likes of Tom Walker, Jake Bugg, and Rag’n’Bone Man,

‘Box Of Chesterfield’ is a slow-burn (no pun intended) beauty; Leire’s debut EP, telling ‘the truth about society’ and released later this year, can’t come soon enough. In the meantime, you can hear ‘Box Of Chesterfield’ here.

Review by Alex Holmes

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Hailey Davis has released her evocatively stormy Pop single “Shipwreck”

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Shipwreck is the standout single from up and coming singer-songwriter Hailey Davis’ latest EP “Arc of Visibility”. It’s also the perfect introduction to the artist’s unashamedly bold, impeccably matured approach to contemporary Pop.

You’re likely to have heard some of the lyrics before, in the form of insidious thoughts which creep through your skull and chew away on self-confidence. But through Hailey Davis’ unfalteringly absorbing vocals and lyrical affirmations such as “I’m not perfect, but I deserve a little more”, Shipwreck becomes a masterfully empowering single.

Not every Pop artist has the ability to craft perception-shifting tracks, but perceptibly, Hailey Davis is so much more than your average newcomer. Combined with her pioneering stylistic sound, she’s a trailblazer leading the way into artful insightful Pop.

You can check Shipwreck for yourselves by heading over to apple music now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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UK Pop artist Eve Christina has released her accordant feat of Alt Folk Pop “My Place”

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UK Pop artist Eve Christina has recently released her third single “My Place”, prepare to be enamoured. The accordant Alt Folk Pop single captures the complexities of modern relationship dynamics and compels you to find the resonance.

There’s something incredibly refreshing about the upbeat tone of My Place. Despite the quasi-romantic tragedy which is unfolding through the lyrics, Eve Christina succeeded in creating a warm and comforting track. The kind of track you’d turn to anytime you want a reminder that complicated relationships don’t have to leave you in a pit of self-pitying despair.

With reminiscences to Kate Nash’s conversational style of Pop along with plenty of Eve Christina’s own personality and style weaved into the accordantly sweet track, it boasts both accessibility and distinction. It’s hard to see how Eve Christina won’t wind up in the Pop charts.

You can check out Eve Christina’s single My Place via Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aurore Sibley – In Salinas: Beguilingly Baroque Folk Pop

Aurore Sibley

Singer-songwriter Aurore Sibley is set to release her debut album on July 24th. Ahead of the release, she’s released a mesmerising teaser with the single “In Salinas”.

Her beguilingly baroque Folk Pop style invites you back to a time when finding poetry in lyrics wasn’t akin to finding a needle in a haystack. The stunning storytelling narrative lyrics in Aurore Sibley’s single paint a romantic tale which you’ll be immersed in from the first verse.

The acoustic folk instrumental arrangement may be fairly stripped back. But an arcane ethereal atmosphere clasps around every note in the almost haunting soundscape which any fans of Nick Cave will undoubtedly appreciate.

You can check out In Salinas for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Follow the artist via Facebook to stay up to date with all their future releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Olivia Frances – The Bee and the Rose: Spiritually Resolving Indie Folk Pop

Plenty of Nashville-based Folk Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Frances’ releases have deservedly gone viral. If you’re yet to experience her spiritually resolving sound, her 2019 single The Bee & the Rose the perfect introduction.

As soon as you hit play on the seminal single, you’re hit with arcane and almost tribal tones before Olivia Frances starts to sweeten the soundscape with her harmonically arrestive vocals. As the single progresses, the Indie Folk Pop instrumental arrangement becomes more eclectic and its hold on you gets tighter.

It’s not every day you hear such angular guitar riffs in Indie Folk Pop or an artist who has such a magnetically soulful vocal command.

You can check out The Bee & the Rose for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bethany Ferrie – Under: Soulfully Resounding, Passionately Fierce Americana Pop Rock

Bethany Ferrie

Under” is the latest soulfully resounding Indie Pop Rock single to be released by up and coming Glaswegian singer-songwriter Bethany Ferrie. If the weight of the emotion in this poignantly transfixing single doesn’t floor you, it’s safe to assume that your soul is dysfunctional.

With Bluesy guitar licks leading the way through a modernistic production and Bethany Ferrie’s powerfully arrestive vocal range, Under is a uniquely compelling soundscape with plenty of commercial appeal. Under is the kind of track you give repeat attention to so that the lyrics become even more meaningful with every listen. We definitely can’t say that about most new artist’s soundscapes.

You can check out Bethany Ferrie’s single Under for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from July 10th. In the meantime, you can listen to their equally as visceral previous releases.

Keep up to date with the artist’s latest release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leo Howse – A (nother F*cking) Heartfelt Love Song Featuring Suzi Jodie.

When love songs are as inventively titled as Leo Howse’s latest single “A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song” featuring Suzi Jodie, we were always going to pay attention.

From the first hint of sardonic wit in Leo Howse’s playfully bitter-sweet Indie Folk Pop single we instantly warmed to their sarcastic style which was perfectly complemented by Suzi Jodie’s ardently accordant vocals.

Anyone who appreciated the Fratellis’  off the cuff songwriting style will definitely want this melodic psychedelically-infused feat of Pop in their ears.

We can’t wait to hear what comes from the up and coming eccentric artist. Maybe, by the date of the next release, the earworm which this single left us with may have wriggled out.

You can check out A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast