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Rumia Makes Her Debut with the Softly Arrestive Indie Folk Pop Hit “Hurt”

Up and coming Indie artist Rumia has made a stunning debut with her first single “Hurt”.

The single kicks off with a Nick Cave-style pensive piano melody paired with Rumia’s softly arrestive vocals which resonate like an ethereal whisper. But through subtle progressions the momentum gently builds, and the instrumental arrangement welcomes in percussion and guitars to lead you through intricate Indie rhythms. Hurt only fades out after you’ve been treated to a synthy full-bodied Post Punk mix which spills hints of 80s nostalgia.

Debut singles don’t get much more promising than Hurt. It’s going to be incredibly exciting to see hear what follows.

You can check out Rumia’s debut single Hurt which was released on October 4th for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Katie Blount releases their latest feat of captivating Folk with “The American Song”

With captivatingly sincere vocals, intricately rhythmic guitar progressions, and perspective-shifting lyrics, Folk singer-songwriter Katie Blount definitely didn’t fail to grab our attention with her latest single “The American Song”.

If you hold the impression that acoustic folk has had its time, prepare to embrace the visceral contemporary connection which The American Song deftly offers. The American Song carries plenty of accessibility and familiarity through the roots-deep resonance and reminiscences to the soundscapes of Cash, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. But at the same time, Katie Blount’s vocals hold such a striking mirror up to 21st century America, you can’t help but take a look – don’t be surprised if you find yourself within the melancholic introspective.

The choppy guitar rhythms relentlessly exude dynamic energy which sits in contrast to Katie Blount’s poised vocals which simultaneously offer truthful vulnerability and unflinching empowerment.

You can check out the official music video to Katie Blount’s latest single The American Song for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nicholas Orthofer – Edge of the World: An Alt Approach to Indie Folk Pop Accordance

London-based Alt Indie artist Nicholas Orthofer released their latest single “Edge of the World” in September 2019, and it only took the prelude to viscerally hook me into the soft subversively progressive single.

Similar to Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, and Jeff Buckley’s soundscapes, Edge of the World gripped me with a sense of melancholy as I listened to the sweet accordance of the single. The tonality remains light and restorative, but there’s a poignant sense of beauty that through such soft and delicate vocals out pour plaintively soul-stabbing lyrics.

The weight of this single definitely won’t fail to make itself known on your chest; Edge of the World isn’t just a single which you can half-heartedly hit play on, it’s a mellifluously transfixing aural experience.

What starts off with a fairly archetypal Indie Folk Pop arrangement gradually evolves into one which offers Jazz-infused cabaret elements. At first, the brass sits alongside the effervescent jangles of the guitar and Nicholas Orthofer’s ethereal vocals before leading up to a Swing instrumental outro.

You can check out Nicholas Orthofer’s single Edge of the World for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Sylva Faye Releases Her Latest Accordantly Arrestive Indie Folk Single “Centrefold”

London-based Indie Folk Pop artist Sylva Faye has recently released her seventh EP “You Have to Let Me Speak”, the standout single “Centrefold” is a rare aural gem which instantaneously offers escapism through melodic catharsis.

Sharing reminiscences to the likes of Paper Hawk, Daughter, and Tom Odell, London-based artist Sylva Faye has an alchemic command of ambience within her soundscapes, and it’s especially potent with Centrefold.

Each of the subtle textures found within the single work in synergy to allow the energy ebb and flow in arrestive accordance. And Sylvia Faye’s distinctively authentic vocals will always be a welcome addition to the airwaves, the softly vulnerable diction which effortlessly exudes conviction is pure magnetism.

You can check out Centrefold for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brenoski Libertae – Oriente Incidental (Prólogo): Intricately Frenzied Blues

Without a hint of exaggeration, I can safely say that no other contemporary Blues Folk track has left me quite as enraptured as Brenoski Libertae’s single Oriente Incidental (Prólogo).

Oriente Incidental (Prólogo) was released on August 14th and contains a smorgasbord of technical high-octane progressions of frenzied archaic Blues. What the instrumental single lacks in vocals, it more than makes up for with the eclectic acoustic arrangement.

The string arrangement carves out seamlessly melodic meandering rhythms which switch between swampy hillbilly raucous licks and intricate high tempo upbeat Folk throughout Oriente Incidental (Prólogo). It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no disputing Brenoski Libertae’s talent after listening to this prodigal single unfold.

You can check out Brenoski Libertae’s single Oriente Incidental (Prólogo) for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Oh Moses – The Company You Keep: Stunningly Melodic Acoustic Indie

https://ohmoses.bandcamp.com/track/the-company-you-keep

New England-based Indie duo Oh Moses has recently released their strikingly distinctive EP “The Company You Keep”.  While you may find it hard to imagine that there are new avenues to take Indie Acoustic Folk Rock, Oh Moses won’t fail to leave you captivated by the organic mesmerism which is found on their EP – especially with the title track.

Instead of attempting to assimilate the archetypal Acoustic Indie sound, Matthew Drew utilised their endearingly characteristic vocals to add to the sweet melodicism of The Company You Keep. Working in semi-orchestral build-ups gave The Company You Keep a progressive feel which keeps you hooked in the fluid catharsis as the single unravels.

In short, The Company You Keep is a stunning single, so do your soul a favour and hit play.

You can check out the latest EP from Oh Moses for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Syne – Forget the Borderlines: A Soul-Widening Feat of Accordant Acoustic Folk

Up and coming Folk singer-songwriter Syne released their latest single “Forget the Borderlines” on August 23rd. While many artists seem to forget that their talent can do much more than create pretty melodies in exchange for some accolades and fame, Syne proved with their latest single that music can share with us soul-widening perspectives.

With so much misinformed hate and prejudice in the world, tracks such as Forget the Borderlines aren’t just a nice accordant aural treat – they’re essential. While you may become painfully aware of just how hostile the world can be as you listen to the track, Forget the Borderlines is still a track which reminds you that you’re not alone in your compassion.

I’ll make no bones about saying that Syne didn’t manage to steal a few tears from me before the single had even reached the chorus. You can watch the deeply sobering official music video for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Ted Horrell & the Monday Night Card Release Their Latest Single “Chapter and Verse”

“Chapter and Verse” is the artfully captivating latest single from up and coming Memphis artist Ted Horrell & the Monday Night Card. But instead of running with the same old tried and tested rhythms, the artist subverts expectations entirely.

Throwing elements of New Wave and Post Punk into the prelude never set the expectation for an offering of an Americana Blues track with reminiscences to Nash and Young, the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield. But that’s exactly what ensued with Chapter and Verse.  The keys brought the Post Punk atmospherics while the guitars carved out punchy and vibrant melodies which seamlessly progressed along with the powerful harmonies in Chapter and Verse.

Ted Horrell & the Monday Night Card are an aural breath of fresh air and their latest single definitely deserves 3 minutes of your time.

You can check out Chapter and Verse by Ted Horrell & the Monday Night Card for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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David Wasco’s Secret Spill the Indie Americana Nostalgia with Single “Falling in a Hole”

Up and coming Indie Americana Folk artist David Wasco’s Secret has recently released their debut self-titled 4-track EP. Each of the singles on the release is pretty much as effective as a TARDIS when it comes to throwing you back in time. But the archaic soulfully psychedelic Blues found on “Falling in a Hole” is the perfect introduction to the artists sound.

The intricacy within the guitar rhythms has the capacity to leave you mesmerised while the playful lyrics will invite you right into the charismatic nature of the single. As much as we dug the stripped-back charm of Falling in a Hole, it was easy to feel that the production dampened the rich textures of the Blues Rock guitar licks. While Lo-Fi music can resonate with authenticity and intimacy, the muteness of Falling in a Hole definitely didn’t do David Wasco’s Secret’s talent justice.

You can check out Falling in a Hole along with the rest of the EP by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Weather Wild – Oh My God: Irresistibly Euphoric Alt Country

If you’re looking for charismatic whisky-soaked vocals paired with authentic Americana Country upbeat euphoria, look no further than the debut single “Oh My God” by The Weather Wild.

Even Nashville purists will have trouble resisting the foot-stomping rhythms which can be found in the soundscape which was deftly mastered by the 6-piece powerhouse. With elements of Indie to give Oh My God an irresistible contemporary appeal, it’s hard not to imagine The Weather Wild amassing plenty of attention following on from the release. If you don’t fall in love with the serpentine Rock n’ Roll guitar rhythms, the addition of the violin strings is sure to sway you into adoration.

Oh My God definitely isn’t a single which we’ll be forgetting about in a hurry, it’s no easy feat to bring that level of vibrancy and warmth to a soundscape.

You can check out the debut single from The Weather Wild for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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