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Wesley West has made their debut with the blissfully charismatic Folk Pop single “Little Did He Know”

Up and coming Acoustic Folk Pop artist Wesley West has recently made his debut with the indulgently uplifting single “Little Did He Know”. To create such a resonantly powerful track is one thing, but for the South African artist to do it so fresh from inception is quite another.

The single throws in Jazz style improvisations to prevent you from listening to the same predictable four bar chords. Instead, you get to ingest a complexly immersive vibrant sticky-sweet melody which has every potential to become your next perennial earworm.

There’s a palpable amount of purity in the soundscape in the sense that the singer-songwriter has perceptibly been driven by the compulsion to create a veracious yet euphorically pleasing single. Even with the electronic effects, the single carries the same accessible allure of Psych Pop bands of the 60s, yet, there’s no denying that Little Did He Know belongs on the airwaves in 2019.

You can check out Wesley West’s single Little Did He Know for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to be Beguiled by Ezra Romanov’s Latest Single “Affirmation”

Looking for an authentically organic acoustic Folk Pop Rock single which resonates with plenty of distinction? Ezra Romanov’s latest single “Affirmation” which dropped on April 17th, 2019 comes highly recommended for any fans of Jack White, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and the Black Keys.

Each of the aforementioned artists carry the same intrinsic ability to weave poignant imagery with their lyricism. You can expect the same potent narratives from Ezra Romanov combined with his truly beguiling vocal dynamics.

While there’s a stripped, mellow, and infinitely cathartic texture sound, there is plenty of inventive ingenuity found within the layers of the soundscape which take you on quite the aural journey. With his commanding vocals resting against the female backing vocalists and undeniably rich instrumental arrangement there really is no understating Ezra Romanov’s alchemic prowess.
With the soundscape incorporating Bluegrass progressions and striking orchestral bends and swells; it’s hard not to feel that I’ve just experienced the works of one of the best up and coming singer songwriters around right now.

You can check out the official music video to Ezra Romanov’s latest single Affirmation for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lee Coulter ft. Dixie Maxwell – Through the Stars: Heightened Harmonics Meet Hypnotic Melodies

While Lee Coulter perceptibly has a deft hand in creating compellingly mesmeric singles, the concordance of his latest single “Through the Stars” comes that little bit sweeter.

For the track Lee Coulter teamed up with sensational vocalist and instrumentalist Dixie Maxwell to create velvety synergetic harmonies atop of a structure of laid-back Folk Pop which comes with a slightly vintage feel. Even though Through the Stars was irrefutably influenced by the roots of Pop, that doesn’t take the glimmer away from the contemporary appeal of the single which has every potential to become your next perennial earworm. With the dual vocals simultaneously attacking the lyrics, not one note behind Through the Stars falls flat. If you were wondering what undiluted authentic talent sounds like, just hit play.

You can check out Lee Coulter’s single Through the Stars for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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FADWA – Balloon: Enamouring Raw Folk Pop

Tired of listening to plasticised Pop music? I know I am, and that’s just one of the reasons I couldn’t resist the emotively compelling nature of up and coming Indie Pop artist FADWA’s latest single “Balloon”.

The level of quaintly fractured distinction in the vocals paired with the Lo Fi recording of the demo was enough to leave us instantaneously enamoured by the Folk Pop single which is sure to be appreciated by fans of other morosely mused artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones, Frightened Rabbit, and Daughter. The stripped back acoustic instrumentals sit in perfect synergy with the vocals which slip into the rest of the mix adding to the fragmented melodies which are still just as enticing as the biggest of Pop choruses.

Considering that Balloon is the first song ever recorded by the singer-songwriter, it’s all too exciting to anticipate what comes next.

You can check out FADWA’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to Soundcloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andrew Hughes – Knees/Things: Endearingly Arrestive Bedroom Pop

“Knees/Things” is the latest single from Indiana-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Hughes who takes inspiration from the likes of Fleet Foxes, the Smiths, Talking Heads and the Velvet Underground. But with that influence he creates melancholically blinding bedroom Pop soundscapes filled with charisma, layered with passion, and perfected by melodic talent.

The reverberance of his vocals, the light intricacy of the acoustic guitar progressions and the poignancy of the lyrics all feed into Andrew Hughes’ distinctive sound. All too often artists do their best to polish their sounds, layer them with effects, and strip away the essence of the track, but with the 7-minute single, Andrew Hughes treated you to a raw, honest, and immersive aural treat. For the first three minutes, you’re treated to a fairly simple acoustic before there’s a slight switch up, and perhaps the most endearing thing I’ve ever heard contained within a recorded track. Any artist who includes a sneeze in a single will always have my perpetual adoration.

You can stream and download Knees/Things for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lily Williams – Maybe: A Piercing Folk Pop Ballad

London-based up and coming Folk Singer Songwriter Lily Williams has recently released her latest single “Maybe”, which is sure to be of interest to fans of Daughter, Tom Odell and Lucy Rose.

With her latest release she treated Folk Pop fans to the perfect ballad to feature on your playlists on the run up to Spring. Combining deeply evocative lyricism and her ethereally unadulterated vocals, no one can deny that Maybe is a stunning track, especially when the orchestral swells kick in around the delicate and light piano melodies. Yet, it was easy to feel that some of the vocal notes may have been a little too high for the vocals to comfortably resonate with the instrumental arrangement. But that’s not to say we’re not incredibly excited about the potential Lily William perceptibly carries in her passionate soundscapes.

You can check out Lily Williams’ latest single Maybe out for yourselves now by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Parkville – Rooks: Quintessentially Experimental Folk Pop

Following on from their 2018 EP “The Peculiar Aftermath”, Melbourne-based pioneers of experimentally sweet Folk Pop Parkville have treated fans to yet another harmoniously rendered work of alchemy with their latest single “Rooks (Radio Edit)”.

Their unique blend of Folk incorporates an eclectic instrumental arrangement with violin and cello accentuating the acoustic soundscape. While the Pop sensibility to the track comes from the polished production and mesmeric vocals which floods Rooks with commercial potential. Expect unpredictable progressions from Salsa arrangements to concordant minimalism with plenty of spatial effect in the outro.

Despite the light tonality of Rooks, it still resonates as an incandescent soundscape thanks to the depth of the lyrics and the undiluted emotion which has been poured into the track.

You can check out Parkville’s latest single Rooks for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud from February 16th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oliver West – Costumes: A Contemporarily Experimental Take on Folk Pop

Not all singer songwriters have the capacity to make Folk Pop which is fitting for the 21s century air waves, but it would seem the up and coming artist Oliver West certainly isn’t your average newcomer.

With his latest single “Costumes”, the vocals may be ethereal and pure. Yet, what will really captivate is the progression of the single which contains subtle and slight deviations to the archetypal soundscapes you’d expect to hear from the genre. The guitar is far less concordant and proceeds with piercing acoustic bends whilst a drum machine sets the rhythm rather than just using an all acoustic arrangement. The end result is an intricately mastered, infinitely immersive soundscape where you really get to hear Oliver West utilise each note to express his prodigal flair.

You can check out Oliver West’s latest single Costumes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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NORDS – Reflections: Timelessly Soulful Folk Pop

While there may be plenty of Pop/Folk crossovers created in the past, I’ve never been as beguiled by the genre infusion as when I checked out NORDS latest single Reflections. The two Danish vocalists and guitarists created a peaceful, delicate soundscape with Reflections which could only be described as ethereal. With the full and wholesome instrumental arrangement behind Reflections, including the soaring wails of the electric guitar it’s easy to see that they won’t be up and coming artists for long.

There’s a sense of urgency behind the sound which becomes palpable through the resonant passion they pour into every note and vocal offering in Reflections. In parts, I couldn’t help but feel that the single sounded as though it almost belonged on a Disney soundtrack, yet, there’s a massive indicator that Reflections and the radio-ready quality of the single has plenty of commercial potential.

You can check out NORDS’ latest single Reflections which was released on November 23rd for yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jakob Leventhal – This Love is Sarcastic: A Melodic Folk Pop Guide to Cynical Romanticism

Whilst we have undoubtedly seen a lot of evolution to our perceptions of the social construction of love in the last few years, ‘sarcastic love’ is still a fairly new concept to me. Yet, Jakob Leventhal’s debut single “This Love is Sarcastic” was the perfect soundscape to allude to one of the more cynical brands of love. Before you even hit play, you’re hooked into the imagery which presents itself through the poignantly penned lyrics to the single. The harmony from the enamouring vocals rests neatly against the acoustic guitar progressions in the melodically bitter-sweet single which has already left me impatient for the emerging artist to release a debut album.

Any fans of Radiohead, Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Bon Iver are sure to appreciate the quintessential soundscape which Jakob has cooked up with his first single. You can check out This Love is Sarcastic for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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