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Chloe Southern – Naked: Intimately Confessional Neo-Folk-Pop

Taken from her debut EP, Last Man on Earth, Chloe Southern’s indie neo-folk-meets-pop single, Naked, strips emotionally bare. The urgency of the distinctive vocal delivery paired with the intimacy in the confessionalism makes for a powerful listening experience. Anyone that has ever wrestled with entropy to feel viscerally again will be consumed by the conceptual score, which runs through the dim views that get dimmer in the wake of loneliness.

Narrating how she hates coffee because she only makes it for herself and the smell of snow which takes her to places where she finds a lost love’s shadow proves how easily our perceptions of elemental to inane things can change over time and with the absence of the co-creators of our stories before a chapter closes.

Through and through, it is a stunning single from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter which deserves to complement the next heartbreakingly cinematic Blockbuster.

Naked is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Yunger – Let There Be Hope: A Compassionately Impassioned Folk Playlist Staple

Folk singer-songwriter Yunger refused to let all hope be lost in his achingly impassioned single, Let There Be Hope. The single surpassed the gravitas and sincerity in folk hits from Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers as he went all-in with compassion as he acknowledged the darkness that we can all succumb to when it feels like the silver linings are always out of sight.

After laying out unconditional understanding, he offers an olive branch out of entropy which has become increasingly more prevalent in the wake of tragedies that seem to be dragging innocent lives back to the dark ages. If more souls were as pure as Yunger’s and we all had his eloquently poetic way with words, our existence would be so much brighter. Notably, he’s Australia’s answer to Frank Turner.

If you love Let There Be Hope, be sure to check out his latest album, Of Hope and Dreams, which was released on vinyl on October 1st.

The official music video for Let There Be Hope is available on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Succumb to the cinematic nostalgia in Molly Murphy’s folk-pop single, I Miss When We Drove Shitty Cars

Taken from her phenomenal EP, Were You Digging for Some Deeper Meaning? Molly Murphy’s nostalgia-soaked folk serenade, I Miss When We Drove Shitty Cars, will drive you right back to the days when it was okay if everything wasn’t Instagram-worthy.

With all the grace and beguile of Joni Mitchell, this sepia-tinged stripped-back single allows Murphy’s celestial vocal timbre to float atop the quiescently cinematic melodies that lull you into a state of calm before the orchestral chamber strings chorally caress the non-lexical harmonies that will make you Dream Baby Dream.

The NYC indie-folk singer-songwriter is a soulful force to be reckoned with. Watch this space. Or better yet, succumb to the choral mesmerism.

I Miss When We Drove Shitty Cars is now available to stream on Spotify and purchase on Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Deep In The Forest: Lilith Max roars with so much hunger on Big Bad Wolf

Taken from her recent 5-track EP called Storybook, emerging young talent, Lilith Max sees that smirking face and looks deeper into the monster on her latest feast-filled single, Big Bad Wolf.

Lilith Max is an 18-year-old award-winning German-American Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter.

Lilith Max is a YoungArts Winner 2022 in the category Voice. She is also known as an actress in Call of Duty WWll and other productions and two-times the winner of Best Child Actress awards. She was born in Germany and moved to the US at age six.” ~ Lilith Max

With so much poise and grace while displaying a vocal output which is quite sensational, Lilith Max is rather terrific on this terrifying single performed by a true storyteller who knows how to capture our imagination.

Big Bad Wolf from Houston, Texas-based indie alternative pop/folk singer-songwriter Lilith Max is a magnificent single about surviving a beast who has decided to bite a sweet soul away. Projected so wonderfully by a young talent who sings with such joy, this is a memorable single to close your eyes with while imagining that hair-raising danger lurking in the woods.

Listen to this fine new single on Spotify and see more on the IG page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Australian musician Peter Thomas-Warman drops fascinating new track Revolution Then

Searching for freedom and putting his heart on the sleeve for us all to be inspired by, Peter Thomas-Warman looks for the vital enlightenment that has been hiding away for too long on Revolution Then.

Peter Thomas-Warman is an Australian indie folk bedroom singer-songwriter and radiographer who projects his vocals rather sweetly.

Soaring so high and with so much love and care, Peter Thomas-Warman is that underground musician who assembles poetic-like stories to warm even the coldest veins back to life again. Revolution Then encapsulates the feelings of so many lost humans, who are searching for that empowering light.

Revolution Then from Australian indie folk bedroom singer-songwriter and radiographer Peter Thomas-Warman is an emotional roller coaster and shall surely massage your heart awake. Lyrically aware and with melodies that are made from actual experiences in life, this is the type of song to play when meditation is needed.

When it’s time to stand up for what is right, everything minor falls away forever.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Peppler lulled us into optimistic gratitude with his dream folk serenade, Blessed

Creating ample anticipation for his upcoming dream folk album releasing in early 2023, the acoustic folk artist Peppler exposed his old soul in his lead single, Blessed.

Entwining the warm vintage tones of 60s and 70s folk with a modern signature dream pop sound that only Peppler can call his own, Blessed is effortlessly efficacious in beckoning you into the beguiling grace of the release. Which needed no more than accordant acoustic guitars, a harmonica and Peppler’s consolingly dulcet tones to lull you into gratified catharsis.

Lyrically, Blessed optimistically reinforces the message that we are blessed within ourselves and that trust that it will all work out is never misplaced. It’s a simple message, but one worth reiterating, given our tendency to curse every downfall and diminish everything positive. Notably, artistically thriving within pure, simplistic minimalism is Peppler’s gift, one that he’s worked tirelessly to perfect after eight years of performing live and crafting albums with various projects.

Watch Blessed live from the G7 Recording Studio on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

Andrew McCrorie-Shand drops a marvellous medieval fused soundtrack from motion picture Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist with House of Asterion

With the official motion picture soundtrack for the recent movie Nobody Loves You and You Don’t Deserve to Exist, Andrew McCrorie-Shand returns with one of the more stirring songs anyone is likely to experience ever on House of Asterion.

Andrew McCrorie-Shand is a vastly experienced folk/prog rock artist, keyboardist and creative who loves enormous challenges and never backs down from making authentic pieces of art come to life.

After receiving a strange-but-rather-exciting brief from the accomplished director/writer Brett Gregory, Andrew McCrorie-Shand is quite outstanding on this fine new release that shall take many back to the old school. There is a flight-filled emotion here which is quite superb to consume, that feels real and with none of that unnecessary flash.

House of Asterion from the much-loved folk/prog rock artist Andrew McCrorie-Shand is a unique single that brings the distinctive Hurdy-gurdy back to life from the dusty cupboard. There is emotional in spades here and this feels important. Saturated with a rare quality to sip on gently like a fine wine which has been hidden away for a century, this is a world class music masterclass at your doorstep.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

3rd Degree: Canadian folk act Borrowed Standards return with the foot-tapping track Boombox On My Knee

With a catchy release that shall be heard all over the neighborhood, Borrowed Standards aren’t giving up easily and shall do whatever it takes to be with that special lover on Boombox On My Knee.

Borrowed Standards aka Dylan Csincsa is a Manitoba, Canada-based indie experimental folk project who formulates that joyous music to dance with all night with a few cold ones.

Transporting us back to a time when something impressive had to occur to reach the happy road, Borrowed Standards have released a sterling song to play on repeat. Drenched in honesty and soaked in so much genuineness, with passionate vocals to keep us truly inspired.

Boombox On My Knee from Manitoba, Canada-based indie experimental folk Borrowed Standards is a single laden with so much creativity it shall make many smile. Showing us that love can be saved if two hearts may mend as one, just like it should be.

When you’re in love, anything is possible.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

My Duty: Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are the lifeguards needed to wash those tears away on Find Your Love

Knowing that the romance is there after the harrowing seas calm down mightily, Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are ready to hold hands again with that cherished human on Find Your Love.

Kev Scott and The Cherished Times are a Blackpool, Lancashire-based Gospel-fused Americana alt-folk rock act who makes those dreamy tracks you can’t ever forget.

Tales of lockdown crisis and a world war 2 rescue are two of the themes that accompany love, loss and life set to the blend of Gospel tinged Americana/Alternative folk rock that has become the signature sound of the band.” ~ Kev Scott and The Cherished Times

Delighting us with something rather special to truly feel profoundly, Kev Scott and The Cherished Times send our hearts into a whole new level of comfort on this important new single.

Find Your Love from Blackpool, Lancashire-based Gospel-fused band Kev Scott and The Cherished Times is a soaring soundtrack which shows us that genuine care does indeed exist. Sung with care and poise, filled with superb vocals and fused together so splendidly, this is a soundtrack to play loud when you need to feel that all-important hope again.

Listen up to this new song here and see more on his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Frontier Station’s latest folk-rock single is ‘Mediocre’ in title alone

Frontier Station

Frontier Station wove a masterfully enticing tapestry with the close-knit boy-girl harmonies in their latest single, Mediocre, taken from their upcoming debut album, The Birds, The Stars & The Chimney Sweeps, which is due for release on January 20th.

The London-based folk-rock six-piece married Americana rock swagger with the roots of Irish folk and modernised the soundscape with The National-Esque production on the cascading guitars – to awe-inspiring effect.

With Frontier Station, there is the promise that every song tells a tale; with Mediocre, they put a swoonsome romantic epic into melodic motion as they set a scene in a mining town in Thatcher’s England. That name may make everyone with a semblance of empathy cringe, but her cursed capitalist legacy doesn’t stand a chance against the soul impassionedly poured into Mediocre.

Mediocre will officially release on October 28th. Check it out on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast