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Bluebyrd – Song for the Duped: The Dark Folk Protest Song Everyone Needs to Hear

There was certainly no forgetting Folk artist Bluebyrd after the release of their debut album “Uneven Ground” which was released in 2018. The melodious charm which the soundscapes exuded offered an aural serenity not easily matched.

Their latest single “Song for the Duped” may not offer the same blissful tones, but it’s the dark, angsty protest song which everyone needs to hear right now. As we contend with gaslit Daily Mail readers frustration is an inevitability. Thankfully, Song for the Duped offers plenty of cathartic salvation and dares you to not resign to the apathy. Instead, the single compels you to carry the same smiting attitude as offered in this masterful Americana-inspired Dark Folk Track.

You can check out Song for the Duped for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ala Ghawas – Red: Virtuosic Chamber Pop

Every now and again, I get a stark reminder of just how powerful a soundscape can be. The most recent single to leave me floored was the stunningly composed piano-led Folk Blues single “Red” from Bahrain-based artist Ala Ghawas.

There may be waves of melancholia in the poised melodic ebbs and flows which are more than capable of pulling you under. But there’s plenty of comfort to be found in the sublime pensive semi-orchestral arrangement along with Ala Ghawas’s magnetically warm vocals joined by ethereal choir backing vocals

Any fans of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Nadine Shah are definitely going to want to check out Red along with the other virtuosic singles released by the deftly talented artist.

You can check out Ala Ghawas’s recently released single Red for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Folk Singer Songwriter Joy Becker Has Released Her Most Striking Release Yet with “Victory”

Manchester-based singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Joy Becker has recently released her latest striking single “Victory”.

Right from the first verse, Joy Becker sets herself apart with the boldness and bluntness in her lyrics “have you ever been so tired”, “this life is full of pain”, “but I choose to love anyway”. By navigating the usual airy metaphor-cloaked method of expression, the candid feel of Victory leaves you arrested with little inclination to tear yourself away from the resonance.

Alongside Joy Becker’s stunning beyond all definition vocals, you’ll hear frantic breaths choked out in the background amplifying the light pensive sting of the electric guitar and cello. It’s a potent mix of melancholic alchemy, but one which is no doubt essential for the airwaves right now.

You can discover the mesmerism which lingers between the notes of Joy Becker’s latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Lucy Mayhew – Where’s the Wisdom: Absorbingly Quintessential Indie Blues Folk

Singer-songwriter Lucy Mayhew has recently released her latest feat of bluesy folk pop with the single “Where’s the Wisdom”. With the stripped-back instrumental arrangement, the absorbing lyrics hit you with an instantaneous resonance.

The powerful lyrics unravelled like meta poetry versed through Lucy Mayhew’s nuanced serene vocals which sat perfectly against the vibrant yet concordant melodies in Where’s the Wisdom.

The question in the track title is answered when you hit play on the intellectually-inspired single which aptly digs out the roots of our societal disparity before giving you a brand-new perspective to consider adopting. Aural salvation is needed now more than ever on the airwaves and Lucy Mayhew has proven that you don’t need to write angsty tracks to create an effective perspective-shifting protest song.

You can check out Lucy Mayhew’s latest single Where’s the Wisdom for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Evan Koteles has released a timeless Acoustic Indie Folk Pop classic with “Postin’ Hopin’”

Whether it was the slow rhythmic melody or the narratively compelling lyrics in Evan Koteles’ latest single “Postin’ Hopin’” the lovelorn melancholy devoured us.

Not many people – let alone lyricists are brave enough to own up to those moments before we post content to social media with the hope of indirectly catching someone’s attention. But it is that very candid nature which makes the sentiment behind Postin’ Hopin’ potently resonant. Even though Evan Koteles created a love song which perfectly encapsulated the frustrations of 21st-century modern relationships, by keeping the sound quintessential for the acoustic Folk Pop genre, the soundscape is timelessly accessible.

You can check out Evan Koteles’ latest single Postin’ Hopin’ which was released on November 1st by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dustin Dale Gaspard – Porcelain Dreams: Nuancedly Serene Indie Folk

If you’re looking for a new serene acoustic guitar-led soundscape to surrender your consciousness to, up and coming artist Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single “Porcelain Dreams” comes highly recommended.

Porcelain Dreams finds the perfect balance between Indie, Folk, and Shoegaze to offer a bluesy, soulful and intrinsically melodic soundscape. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call the US-based 6-piece’s latest offering of Ambient Americana one of the most mesmeric soundscapes we’ve heard this year. Many similar downtempo singles all too easily fall flat and into the realms of pedestrianism, but there’s an alchemy to Dustin Dale Gaspard’s sound which will become more than perceptible once you hit play on their latest release.

You can check out Dustin Dale Gaspard’s latest single Porcelain Dreams which was released on November 5th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Indie Folk Artist Caelin Has Made a Cinematic Debut with the Single “Serenity”

Indie Folk artist Caelin has recently made her debut with the melodically ethereal single “Serenity”. Any fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten are going to be as equally transfixed by Caelin’s vocals which stretch through the same evocative capacity.

The production is beyond radio-ready, it’s cinematic, it’s celestial, and it’s a far cry from what you’d expect the debut of a Folk singer-songwriter to sound like. As the track faded to a close, you may as well have been stood under a waterfall of effervescent aural wonder. So, it’s safe to say that Caelin has made an unforgettable debut with Serenity, we’re already stoked to hear what follows.

You can check out Caelin’s single Serenity for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Osian Rhys – The Ballad of Mr Withers: Ethereally Cinematic Folk

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Welsh Folk Singer-Songwriter Osian Rhys released their latest single “The Ballad of Mr Withers” on November 7th ahead of their upcoming EP “Autumn Shades of Gold”. With artists such as Bill Ryder-Jones influencing their hauntedly pensive style, it came as no surprise that it was such a hard-hitter.

Even before the semi-orchestral swells faded in to douse the already morose soundscape with even more striking evocativeness, the tenderness of the acoustic guitar and Osian Rhys’ vocals came together to create an ethereal aurally alchemic single.

Bill Ryder-Jones doesn’t fail to bring a tear to my eye, and neither does Osian Rhys. Yet, the soundscape still boasts plenty of distinction as the Ballad of Mr Withers unfolds with an archaically cinematic feel which you definitely don’t get to hear every day.

You can check out the Ballad of Mr Withers by heading over to Bandcamp now, the rest of the EP is due for release on December 13th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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