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The Wreks Tear Down Morrissey as the Poster Boy for Misery with their Jaunty Folk Hit “Miserable”

The Wreks’ latest single “Miserable” is anything but what it says on the tin, instead it’s a soundscape for the existential; an invitation to find euphoria in the lyrical resonance, even if appreciation of the jangly instrumentals is slightly begrudging.

The Brighton-based band’s endearing approach to Indie Folk offers unrestrained good vibes at the same time as the recognition that there’s plenty of misery in the world, especially at the hands of others. Some people really do just have the singular desire to make other people miserable, and up until now, we haven’t had an apt cathartic outlet for the frustration. It’s catchy, it’s humble, and probably most importantly, there’s no pretence, just the simplicity of unfiltered human expression.

You can check out the official video to The Wreks’ latest single Miserable for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Disparate Souls – I Stand Tall: Quiescently Concordant Aural Poetry

“I Stand Tall” is just one of the singles found on Disparate Souls’ gorgeously named EP “Poetry of Reason”. Any fans of Glen Hansard are sure to be immediately enamoured by the single which was brought to life by songwriters Andrew Hossack and Steve Griffiths.

Even though soundscape which has been orchestrated is fairly quiescent, it packs a bruising emotive punch affirming that ingenuity is the end result when the two songwriters’ lyrical talent synergises. As the track concluded, it was easy to feel that there was a slight lack of progression within I Stand Tall, but anyone looking for a celestially light arrangement which carries plenty of influence from song writing greats such as Neil Young and Bob Dylan you can’t go wrong with this ethereal offering.

You can check out I Stand Tall along with the rest of the EP from Disparate Souls for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Syne – Siddhartha: Celestially Genre-Defying Aural Philosophy

Every now and again, you come across a track which tackles a universal struggle which is so easy to feel like you’re the sole victim. Syne’s latest single “Siddhartha (Running Water) is one of those singles. There probably isn’t a living breathing human being who hasn’t been adversely affected by the way our realities can dramatically shift, so plenty of people are sure to find resonance in this overwhelmingly ethereal single.

Syne’s sound could never be defined by lumping his work into any genre. Instead, it’s a much more accurate depiction of his provoking style to say that through Siddhartha, you’re treated to an aural experience which weaves together poetry, art, and pure unbridled emotion. There’s an intrinsically intellectual feel to Siddharta, not in any high brow sense, but through the way the positive energy flows through the soundscape as the sweetest rendition of philosophy you’ve ever heard. Maybe Plato should have taken to making music too.

You can check out the official video to Syne’s latest single Siddhartha which was released January 13th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mia Kelly Blows the Cobwebs off the Folk Genre with Her Single “Cardboard Box”

When it comes to setting themselves apart, no artists have it harder than Folk acoustic singer songwriters.

Yet, with the ability to conjure imagery with acoustic strings, potently celestial vocals and lyrical depth you could drown in, it’s not impossible, and that’s just what Mia Kelly proved with her latest Indie Folk Blues single “Cardboard Box”.

Whilst many Folk artists go down the airy and breathy vocal styles, Mia Kelly goes in the opposite direction with her dynamic vocal talent, which for the most part runs through with a muted harmony. But even the high notes don’t seem like they’re a stretch as she meets them with piercing pitch-perfect ease.

After creating such a stunning track such as Cardboard Box which is the title track from her latest EP at the age of just 16, I wouldn’t say it’s long before Mia Kelly’s underground status is far behind her.

You can check out the latest single Cardboard Box which was released on February 20th, 2019 by Mia Kelley for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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