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Sink into “September” again with Brother Sea’s latest soulfully resolving Celtic Folk single

Brother Sea

South West Celtic Folk artist Brother Sea kindly gave us a sneak peek of their forthcoming single “September” and allowed us to the sink into the accordance of their soulful aural resolve ahead of the official release on October 24th.

There’s nothing which can parallel the ethereally phantasmal chill which creeps from Celtic tones. Yet, Brother Sea infused plenty of their passion, hunger and soul into the soundscape around the eerie tones. So that overall, September unravels as a captivating folklore-spilling soundscape.

Keep up to date with news of the release via Facebook, or head on over to Brother Sea’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bones & Bukenya – SHE: Restoratively Oceanic Alt Indie Folk

Bones & Bukenya

Bones & Bukenya are set to drop their stunningly masterful Alt-Indie Folk Pop single “SHE” on September 25th.

Transfixingly hypnotic Hawaiian surf rhythms introduce the track and bring the catharsis, when you find yourself in the midst of the harmonically timeless production, you’ll also find that you’re consumed by the restoratively oceanic single which stands as a testament to Bones & Bukenya’s authenticity.

Even sweeter than the stylistically soulful vibes that they were able to orchestrate through pairing their dual vocals with the mellifluous instrumentals are the lyrics which pay ode to women who know their value and shine with the confidence they exude.

Despite the quiescent tranquil air to SHE, it’s an incredibly powerful record that you’ll definitely want to give repeat attention.

You can check out SHE via the artist’s official Facebook page from the date of release

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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Australian singer-songwriter and cat lover Zellda sings with such beauty on ‘Like You Do’

Zellda brings us a ray of sunshine on the love-sprinkled new release ‘Like You Do‘.

Like You Do‘ is the second single from Western Australian singer songwriter Zellda. This is a superb music melody that captures the fear and excitement that begins when finding a new love. In Zellda’s folk-inspired tone, ‘Like You Do‘ is a raw and honest account of the self-talk that comes into play when wrestling with the emotions of wanting to dive head first into something new but also holding back to avoid potential heartbreak.

‘My few steps back into the dating pool were misguided, feeling that familiar flicker begin to spark only to be let down’. After a decade of writing songs, Zellda decided to let her creations wander beyond the walls of her bedroom, launching her debut single ‘When I Was Younger‘ in 2019.

Like You Do‘ re-imagines the love song, refreshing “butterflies in the stomach” by adding a depth and compassionate relevance to the idiom and capturing within this endearing single.

I love how honest this song is and it is sung with such beauty. After telling herself that she would be alone with her cat forever, things changed and I’m so glad that she found love. A very passionate lover too. The lyrics are real and the story is so lovely, this is a singer with heart and soul.

Like You Do‘ from Zellda is one of the cutest songs you will hear all year. From being alone to being happy just like that. Life changes quickly sometimes and we are just here for the ride.

Click here for the Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

 

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PB Ruck lays down some haunting soul with their latest single “One-Man Rodeo”

Up and coming singer-songwriter PB Ruck released his latest single One-Man Rodeo on August 24th. It’s pretty much safe to say that it may just be the most pensively raw single we’ve heard so far in 2020.

The hauntingly mellifluous soundscape possesses a timeless Alt-Folk feel which is sure to be a hit with any fans of the likes of Cohen, Waits and Dylan, but it’s anything but archaic. Thanks to the clever contemporary nuances in One-Man Rodeo, it rings with modernity, resonance and connectivity.

You can check out PB Ruck’s single One-Man Rodeo for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joey Sherman – PRETENDING: A Haunting Alt Folk Attack on Daily Monotony

If anyone’s looking for tips on how to orchestrate transfixing Alt Folk preludes, hit play on Joey Sherman’s single PRETENDING and grab a pen. From the first pensively picked notes, we were hooked.

After the ringing of an old school alarm clock which pretty much fills you with the I-don’t-want-to-go-to-work/school-dread, the raw, rugged and steady guitar notes lead you into a sombrely captivating soundscape which any fans of Bob Dylan will appreciate. It’s as haunting as it is stunning.

With the extended duration of PRETENDING, there’s plenty of room for absorbing instrumental solos which add just as much emotional depth to the single as the vocals and lyrics.

If you can relate to needing an escape, you’ll find plenty of resonance within PRETENDING which powerfully points out just how much energy is demanded of us in day to day life and how exhausting it can be.

You can check out Joey Sherman’s single PRETENDING via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Blonde Lion has released their enrapturing ennui-laden Alt Folk single “Ordinary Day”

Folk-Pop singer-songwriter Blonde Lion released their latest single “Ordinary Day” on August 5th. Elliott Smith may not be with us anymore, but Blonde Lion’s melancholic style is just as efficacious at drawing pensive emotions from you and offering aural resolve.

Obviously, I didn’t make it to the end of Ordinary Day with dry eyes. The delicateness of the atmospheric and intricate acoustic instrumentals was one thing, the resonance in the lyrics was quite another.  Ordinary Days was inspired by the days where you wake up and struggle to find anything which offers any meaning. The jaded ennui was all too relatable and it’s safe to say that after the global lockdown, plenty more people will see themselves in this sublime soundscape which serves as the perfect introduction to Blonde Lion’s compelling style.

You can check out Blonde Lion’s latest release by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Young singer-songwriter ` is in self-reflective mood on ”You Don’t See In Me What I See In You”

Luke Porter is a young singer-songwriter from Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. He is a fine artist and is here with his song called ”You Don’t See In Me What I See In You”.

This is a perfect song for a reflective night in as this is a quite a sad topic. You want to be with someone special and you care about them so much. There is one massive issue. You like them more than they like you. This is a always a sticky situation. You wonder if things will ever work or if you should just move on? This is the problem you will have or will they fall in love with you?

You Don’t See In Me What I See In You” is full of indie-folk vibes that are so purely sung from Luke Porter. The Newcastle native sings through his soul and this is something special. This young artist is only getting his name out and this is a musician that is on his way all the way to the top. The lyrics are honest and the music strikes a chord in the heart.

Stream this fab new track here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Stuart Wolfenden broke the Alt Folk mould with their upcoming single “One Last Time”

Stuart Wolfenden

Acclaimed actor and musician Stuart Wolfenden is set to release their debut album Songs From a Common Man. Anyone who prefers their Folk on the Alternative side and with a side serving of mesmerism is going to want to pay attention.

Alt Folk musicians aren’t commonly renowned for their captivating vocals, but with the release of Stuart Wolfenden’s album, that may all be set to change. While we’re sure that each of the singles is just as transfixing as the last, we were only lucky enough to get a sneak peek of their single “One Last Time”. Hit play, and you’ll find yourself imagining what it would sound like if Robbie Williams, Tom Waits and The Babe Rainbow collaborated. With a funky and Psychedelically Eastern feel to the instrumentals, One Last Time broke the monocultural mould which usually constraints Western Folk artists. It is never hyperbole when we say you’ve never heard anything like this before, but with One Last Time, that statement has never been truer.

You can check out a preview to One Last Time via this link. For more info, head over to the artist’s official website.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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”Sleeping Giants” from multi-talented French-British artist Chloe Levaillant is simply perfect

Chloe Levaillant is a French-British multi-talented musician, creative and teacher who sets the standard in indie-folk 2020 with a song that is simply perfect. ”Sleeping Giants” rises up and is one of the best songs of 2020.

This is something so pure and beautiful. With dreamy vocals from Chloe who is elegant and real. This song puts me in a relaxed state and the soothing guitar strums adds so much to the electric energy of peace. An artist that has been singing since the age of 7, you get the feeling that Chloe Levaillant knows herself inside and the tone of her voice is delivered to keep the heart warm.

Chloe studied opera when her family moved to France and from there the creativity only increased. After High School, the determined and creative Chloe, juggled street performance as a hula hoop dancer, music and life. From there a Music Degree followed and the fire was lit inside. This is a musician who is reaching new heights and she is willing to put the hours in to make it happen.

Sleeping Giants” is an indie classic form the London based artist that has folk fused sounds of pure heart and soul inside. This is a creative who feels like she is only going to get better and better. With a peaceful soul and a video that is call awaken your fire inside to look for the good things in life.

The fascinating Chloe Levaillant just delivered a song that rises about the dark clouds. Satisfaction of something beautiful and what is the secret to being happy? This is a release that has trees, flowers, nature and an artist that is a sleeping giant too.

Stream this beautiful classic here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen