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Alice Clair – Patience: Authentically Textured Folk

Folk Singer-Songwriter, instrumentalist and producer Alice Clair has recently released her evocatively soulful latest single “Patience” ahead of the release of her upcoming album “Loop”. For the authentically textured track, she hooked up with the BLNDRS who offered their rhythmic talent on the banjo and fiddle while Alice Clair took care of the melodically bluesy progressions of the guitar.

The Charlottesville, US artist released Patience as the perfect introduction to her distinctive Country Folk style which brings archaic instrumental arrangements back onto contemporary airwaves. Her naturally strong vocals add layers of harmony to the euphorically immersive soundscape which is fused with good-feel vibes.

You can check out Alice Clair’s latest single Patience for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give her a follow to keep up to date with the release of her much anticipated 2019 album.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John William Watkins – The Oracle: Eccentrically Sticky-Sweet Ukulele-Led Minimalist Folk

I’m calling it as an irrefutable fact that the world would be a better place with more ukulele players appearing on the charts. Repping for the small and mighty piece of wood and plastic is John William Watkins with his latest single “The Oracle” which any fans of Amanda Palmer’s album of Radiohead covers on ukulele are sure to appreciate.

The Folk singer-songwriter draws a melancholic tone through the eccentrically sweet solo progressions of the ukulele creating a melody which runs in synergy with his sweet and teasingly satirical lyrics which make the Oracle that little bit more endearing.

In true Folk style, you’re treated to viscerally compelling imagery in the lyrics, which don’t just threaten to resonate, from the first verse you don’t have much of a choice about going along for the sticky-sweet melodic ride.

You can check out John William Watkins’ latest single the Oracle for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Vincent’s Celestially Raw Debut “Camel Lights” Is the Ethereally Raw Soundscape You Need on Your Playlists

Fans of Tom Waits, Elliot Smith and Leonard Cohen are sure to be enamoured by the latest album “Sonder” from up and coming recording artist Vincent. The pensively orchestral yet simultaneously melodic and transient single keeps the tonality lowkey, yet the emotive weight which will hit you as you listen to the ethereally cinematic sound unfold is anything but understated. There’s heartfelt music, then there’s music that will allow the melancholy to spill out of the soundscape and reverberate through you. Camel Lights is more than just a twee indie ballad about the chosen cigarettes of hipsters, it’s a tentatively raw work of unadulterated expression. As is each of the singles found on Vincent’s singles. If you don’t feel anything after the track concordantly fades out, it’s pretty safe to say that you’re dead inside.

You can check out Vincent’s single Camel Lights for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sleepwalker’s Station – Wandering People: Folk Music Against Borders

In a world where we are more divided than ever, musical ensembles such as Sleepwalker’s Station are pretty much an aural necessity. The artists have come together as a collective of musicians from all across Europe bringing their own unique cultures and musical styles to create a rich, full-bodied, tonally concordant sound.

Any fans of the Levellers and the Dropkick Murphy’s are sure to appreciate Sleepwalker’s approach to storytelling through their lyrics. Which is exactly what you’re treated to from their most recent single “Wandering People”. Whilst Sleepwalker’s Station tend to mix up their style with elements of Hip Hop, Reggae and Tango; Wandering People is an unadulteratedly authentic offering of Folk blues. The single incorporates a smorgasbord of less than traditional instruments, with the rhythm being led by the progressions of the acoustic guitar. Whilst I can allude to the style of the arrangements, there are very few words which will enable me to depict just how soulfully captivating the single is.

You can check out the latest single from Sleepwalker’s Station for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Rivky – Hear Me, Mr. Honey: Plaintively Reflective Soul Pop with a Neo-Classical Twist

When you’ve got Amy Lee (Evanescence) backing and producing an artist’s music, it leaves little doubt that what you’re going to hear when you hit play is anything less than a mesmeric ethereal hit. Which is exactly what you are treated to from up and coming vocalist, lyricist, and pianist Rivky and her single “Hear Me, Mr Honey”.

The piano melody tentatively matched Rivky’s plaintively reflective lyrical style and jaw-droppingly expressive vocals whilst the cello layered the track with quivering, resounding energy. I couldn’t name another contemporary Pop vocalist to match the strength in her vocals, they quite literally have the ability to consume you when she’s hitting the soaring high notes. It wouldn’t surprise me if she could shatter glass

You can check out Hear Me, Mr Honey for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Also, I didn’t think that any rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah still had the ability to make me cry, but Rivky seemed to manage it in her rendition which was recorded last year. Which you can listen to here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Luke Sullivan Jones: A Folk Artist That Could Have Only Been Born in Brighton

Is it me, or does Brighton have a habit of breeding the best Acoustic Folk musicians in the UK?
The Levellers should prepare to make way for Luke Sullivan Jones if his latest single A Fire from the Dark is anything to go by. The singer songwriter’s style has a sweet aura of romanticism around it, the uplifting, visceral soundscapes come alive curtesy of his genius lyrical approach. The lyrics to A Fire from the Dark are abstract, conceptual and as poignant as I’ve heard in a long time from an acoustic artist. There’s no vapid introspection welcoming melancholy, instead there’s an ethereally cathartic sentimentality over the entire track. The lucid state of catharsis is only amplified by the use of the violin around the otherwise upbeat arrangement of instrumentals, and then there’s Luke’s voice which oozes amiable charisma all over the track. In short, there aren’t enough words to praise Luke’s deft ability as a recording artist, so, you’re probably going to have to check his sound out for yourselves.

A Fire from the Dark will be released shortly, in the meantime, head on over to Luke Sullivan Jones SoundCloud page to check out his earlier releases.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alex Golisti – St James Spanish Place: An Acoustic Harmony Which Will Haunt Any Nick Cave Fan

There are very few tracks as instantaneously sobering as Alex Golisti’s single St James Spanish Place, perhaps some of Richard Crawley’s earlier records, but god damn. To hear an emerging artist debut with such a polished pained sound is quite something.

The tentative piano melodies are matched with a winding Blues guitar progression to lay down an ambiently enthralling melody. You can’t help but be consumed by the reminiscence of Alex Golisti’s vocals with Nick Cave. I’m sure it’s a comparison that the artist is sick of hearing, but God damn it is uncanny. On top of the aural alchemy that went into Alex Golisti’s single, you’re also treated to viscerally resonant lyrics that will captivate you right until the moment St James Spanish Place fades out and you are left with the overwhelming desire to see what awaits you in the artist’s back catalogue. Luckily for me, there’s the debut 2017 EP ‘Rubicon’.

You can listen to Alex Golisti’s stunning debut single and the rest of his tracks for yourself by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms – Clot: If You Didn’t Think Folk Could Be Sultry, Think Again

Clot is the latest single from Pennsylvanian artist Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms. The single should probably come with a warning, the catharsis that inches its way through the progression is not suitable if you are driving or operating heavy machinery.

The first thing that will hit you is the acoustic instrumental arrangements which wouldn’t sound out of place in an Elliot Smith track and then there’s the artist’s sultry, Folk (yeah, I can’t believe I used those two words together either) vocals. I couldn’t quite help but be reminded of the vocal reminiscence to other quaintly expressive artists such as Bjork and Kate Bush. Yet, with a prodigal approach, instead of brash beats or aggrandized orchestrations you’re treated to cathartically intricate melodies which resist with resonance against any genre label you’d care to stick on the latest single. With elements of Dream Pop, Psych Rock and Indie you can be sure you’ll be treated to a smorgasbord of aural decadence.

You can check out Kali Ma and the Garland of Arms’ latest single Clot for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Living with Monsters – Jötunn: Concordantly Raw Folk

Jötunn is the second single from Living with Monsters which serves as poof of the pensive alchemic talent possessed by the two acoustic Folk artists behind the creation of the stunning release. In recent years ‘Folk’ has been adopted by every sad man with a guitar, yet the two guitarists who collectively created the rapturously decadent soundwaves have kept their style firmly rooted to folk. Which should be rather evident with the track name – for those not all too up on their Norse mythology a Jötunn is a creature which holds contrast to gods and other deities.

Mythology aside, the lyricism, sweetly soft vocal offerings and progressively, palpably upbeat melodies fuse together to create an absolute masterpiece of Acoustic Indie. If you’re not moved by Jötunn it’s safe to say you’re a little dead inside.

After listening to Jötunn I can only hope that Living with Monsters have many more skeletons in the closet that can to come to life as concordantly raw aural bliss. You can check out Living with Monsters latest single Jötunn for yourselves by heading over to Spotify; it’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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Kaz – Fine: Pop Inspired Feel-Good Folk

Take all your expectations when it comes to Indie Acoustic Folk and throw them right out of the window, because Kaz’s latest acoustically driven masterpiece ‘Fine’ is like nothing you’d ever come to expect from the genre.

When an artist has the same harmonious tonality as the late and great Michael Jackson it’s hard not to imagine that they’ll go far. But what Kaz did with Fine, was create something conceptually beautiful. Fine may have been influenced by the King of Pop’s vocal style yet when he used it around rhythmically melodic acoustic Folk instrumentals he truly made the style his own.

There isn’t a flaw to be found within Kaz’s latest single, the vocalist, producer and audio engineer clearly had all bases covered when he set about making one of the most soul splintering tracks you’ve ever heard. The jangle Pop rhythms of the guitar lead the instrumentals through the mix which all weave together through perfect synergy. Then there’s the captivating lyrics which work to instil the feel-good vibes a little deeper with the repetition of ‘you’re fine’. I’m definitely now inclined to believe that I’m fine through Kaz’s aural reassurance.

You can check out Kaz’s music out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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