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Syne – Plato’s Cave featuring L-FRESH The LION

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With each new release from Alt Folk artist Syne, there’s a new chance to explore complexities in a soundscape while simultaneously exploring the complexities in your own mind.

Meditative music may not be made for radio but it does serve the fundamental purpose of transfixing you in a quiescent moment which requires you to simply exist. Syne’s latest single Plato’s Cave featuring L-FRESH The LION is practically a shortcut to a higher plateau.

The extended instrumental prelude will ensure that you’re suitably zen before the softly resonant vocals kick in. At this point, the track doesn’t feel like it will be throwing many aural curveballs your way. But there was no anticipating the Rap verses from L-FRESH The LION.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget hearing such relentless Rap verses over such feverously pensive piano progressions. Yet, that was just one of the seamlessly progressive unexpected twists which Plato’s Cave had to offer.

You can check out the official animated video to Plato’s Cave which premiered on March 11th, 2020 via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kela Parker releases new single Come Spring: A truly mesmerising piece of music

Los-Angeles Folk singer-songwriter Kela Parker has recently released her new single ‘’Come Spring’’. An enticing and mysterious track, with dark yet angelic vocals and slow soothing instrumentals.

Kela has such unique vocals, the style ranges it’s something that you wouldn’t normally hear on a daily basis which is what makes this track so enchanting. There’s this rather chilling instrumental at the start, with the sound of a deep breath flowing alongside. Then within the first few seconds your hooked in as Kela’s vocals take the track to a whole new level, sounding fairly brittle at times, but as she gradually starts to go higher her voice is very strong and melodic.

This whole track makes you feel this curious amount of suspense, but not in a bad way, it has you listening to every second carefully, because it is so compelling to listen too.

Kela Parker has created a track that leaves you wanting to hear more and to see the ever growing talent of her vocal ranges, we can’t wait to see what she does next.

Check out Kela Come Spring by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Karley Myall

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8udDha bl0od – L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3

8udDha bl0od’s Alt Folk single L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a far cry from what you can expect from the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith. But the same soulfully pensive tones are prepared to meet you with the same striking resonance.

With piano strings melancholically pulling over the organically woody acoustic instrumentals, there’s a mesmerising interplay of sadness and uplifting accordance. L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a light track, but the vocal and instrumental melodies are as tight as they come in Alt Folk.

L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 isn’t a testament of the Brighton-based artist’s talent. It’s just one facet of it, within their diverse back catalogue you’ll have all the proof you need that 8udDha bl0od’s creativity transcends the ideas of genres and constraints. If you appreciate pioneering artists, they’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single  L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Julie Bouchard bares her soul in her evocatively compelling latest Indie Folk Pop single “Why”

Not all artists possess the ability to instantaneously pull you into a narrative which you’ll be invested in from the first verse to the last. Perceptibly, Julie Bouchard has been granted with that natural talent. The proof lies in her lyrically and melodically captivating latest single.

Her latest radio-ready single “Why” is a soundscape filled with fraught frustration and inspiringly tensile optimism which won’t fail to resonate.

This Indie Folk Pop ballad is the ultimate testament of the Austin, Texas-based singer songwriter’s commercial potential. Indie Folk doesn’t often come as cinematically powerful as Why. There may be a potent serving of raw pensive soul, but once you get to the outro, you will undoubtedly feel uplifted.

You can check out Julie Bouchard’s latest single Why for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Susie Jones – Emmeline: Hauntingly Sonorous Indie Acoustic Folk

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Manchester Singer-Songwriter Susie Jones has stripped Indie Acoustic Folk right back to its roots with the quiescently powerful single “Emmeline”.

The instrumentals may be minimalistic, but that just leaves more room for the sonorous vocals to resonate within the soundscape.

Rather than constructing your average track following archetypal songwriting structures, Susie Jones utilises the power of improvisation to orchestrate a truly captivating aural experience.

Time may as well stand still while you are listening to Emmeline. It drips serenity whilst abstracting you from your own introspection, although your emotive responses will be well and truly present.

Emmeline is just one of the accordantly haunting singles which you’ll find on Susie Jones’ 2020 album “Not So Far Apart”. You can listen to it in full by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Purshink – Kid: An Ambient Indie Folk Playlist Essential

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Up and coming singer songwriter Purshink’s debut single “Kid” is an aural invitation to escape the trials and tribulations of adult life and sink back into childhood nostalgia.

While the instrumentals set up soothing and indulgently absorbing melodies, Purshink succinctly layers her vocals atop of the guitar-led soundscape to create a powerfully reflective listening experience.

After you hear it once, you’ll consider Kid an ambient Indie Folk playlist essential. The track’s ability to strip the tension from you as you listen to the ethereally light progressions isn’t something which we get to hear every day. We’re incredibly excited to hear what comes next.

You can check out Purshink’s debut single which was released on March 13th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grunge Meets Accordant Folk in Lee Sama’s Latest Single “Luana”

Stockholm-based Garage Folk artist Lee Sama’s latest single Luana is just one of the disarming reasons why you’ll want to make room for this artist on your radar.

With the raw and gritty appeal of Grunge but arranged under the accordance of Psych-laced Folk, paradoxically, Luana is a hard-hitting blissful soundscape.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Nirvana, and Pixies will find it all too easy to melt into the emotion-driven hazy track which serves as the perfect introduction to Lee Sama’s indulgently cathartic sound.

Luana may not be the most over-complicated soundscape. Yet, there’s still an artfully beguiling air to the production which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You’ll be able to check out Luana for yourselves from March 13th via SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jacob Mondry – The Winning Sperm: A Sticky-Sweet Indie Folk Celebration of What it Means to Be Human

After hearing Jacob Mondry’s single “Colour Me Blue”, we were expecting more quintessentially charming records to follow. What we definitely weren’t expecting was a quintessentially charming track titled “The Winning Sperm”.

Before I pressed play, I knew it would win me over. Any single which strips back the romanticism about what it is to human will always be worth its weight in aural gold. Sure enough, we weren’t disappointed.

The devilish wit in the lyrics paired with the accordantly innocent Indie Folk vocals and the gentle acoustic instrumentals is something you’re going to have to hear for yourselves to fully appreciate.

Not every artist could get away with such a borderline crass topic and still win you over. Perceptibly, Jacob Mondry isn’t your average artist. And it’s not only us who think so, after signing a deal with Universal Records, it’s easy to expect big things to come from the LA-based artist.

You can check out The Winning Sperm for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyrone Sanborn Webster – Gallows: Transfixingly Blissful Art Rock

“Gallows” is just one of the transfixing blissful Art Rock singles which features on up and coming artist Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s latest album INTENTION.

The roots of Indie Folk have perceptibly blossomed into a captivating new sound which is defined by the transience the soundscapes such as Gallows can offer when orchestrated through acoustic instrumentals and electronic effect.

If you could imagine what Radiohead would sound like if they got more in touch with their folk side and experimented more with tribal rhythms, you’ll be able to get an idea of just how arrestive the melodies are in Gallows. Combine that with the fact the vocals are as stunning as Elliot Smith’s and you’ll soon see that it’s time to get excited about this Austin, US-based artist’s celestial sound.

You can check out Tyrone Sanborn Webster’s single Gallows for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud. You’ll also be able to check out the rest of their album INTENTION which was released on March 3rd.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Petra Jasmiina releases single ‘Hours’: A creative and mesmerising story

Finland songwriter Petra Jasmiina has released her single ‘Hours’ with a combination of Indie Pop, Folk and Rock they all interlace with one another to create something poetic and sincere.

The track Hours comes from her four-track debut album ‘Cygnet’. It shares this story of love, nostalgia and loneliness in a storytelling essence. Emphasising how she feels about the beautiful scenery in Finland to the manic life in New York.

A song that describes the way in which time ticks too fast, Petra has a very soothing voice, it has it’s high-pitched tones but it’s mellow and a perfect voice to share a journey through lyrics and instrumentals.

Throughout you hear this chant with the powerful thumps of the Native American drums as it begins to pick up in speed and the suspense begins to take place.

It gives off this feeling as if Petra is running through the forest at a fast pace, this whole track makes you feel like you’re in some sort of fantasy story and it’s amazing how it can do that with mesmerising vocals and calming instrumentals.

You can listen to the new single for yourself by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Karley Myall