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Why Do I Feel: Mumbai’s Second Sight wonder why they are so ‘Helpless’ (feat. RANJ)

With the world swirling around into a wild undercurrent-packed whirlpool that never seems to slow down even for one moment, Second Sight return with a profoundly relevant single all about trying to conquer those demons as the path to overcoming everything holding you back has you feeling so ‘Helpless‘.

Second Sight is a highly-enjoyable Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion act that skillfully combines in a warm blend of crisply-projected music that is so welcome during these challenging times.

Showing us their unbelievably skilful amalgamation of various styles and genres that is a sumptuously delicious listen, Second Sight kindly lather our senses and bring us a marvellous single here that is an ear-soother if there ever was one.

Helpless(feat. RANJ) from the wonderfully genuine Mumbai, India-based indie alt-soul, RnB/folk/jazz fusion group Second Sight, is such a sweetly presented track that you just want to play all night long. There is much to enjoy about an outfit that makes such soulful sounds that are real and authentically received – as they make our lives so much better – away from the carnage outside. Life can be up and down like a grumpy elevator sometimes but if you have the mindset to overcome anything then you shall succeed.

Hear this lovely new single on Spotify and see more news via their IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Was Terrified: Lovable Portland folk singer-songwriter Tirlyn Sky tells us about the familar romantic dream on ‘I’m Okay With It’

As she ponders a time and place that felt so eerily similar and deja-vu like, Tirlyn Sky sings with growing confidence on a sweet story that will probably give you butterflies in your stomach with ‘I’m Okay With It‘.

Tirlyn Sky is a youthful 17-years-old Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop singer-songwriter who sings with a likably shy nature and sings about love, life and finding your destined path in this overly-complicated world.

Music from other artists has helped me so so so much and it really does heal. Like, when you find that one song it’s literally therapy. You play it on repeat, you get to sing, yell, cry, and just express yourself. I hope I can bring that to people, and that would mean the world and so much more.” ~ Tirlyn Sky

There is much to love about a soulful artist like Tirlyn Sky, who performs with a natural smile and writes lyrics of real-life experiences. With a blossoming technique that seems to flow smoothly through your whole curious consciousness. this is a pure musician – who makes music to help herself and others get through any heartbreak or sadness – with the end goal being that ultimate recovery.

I’m Okay With It‘ from the Portland, Oregon-based indie-folk/pop solo artist Tirlyn Sky, is a journey through her late-night dreams as she sees the girl she likes right in front of her and forgets to breathe. Sung with a loving and heartfelt attitude and an authentic nature, you feel like she is only going to improve after each track. With more experience and the support of those who she respects, there is no reason why we won’t be hearing more gems from this lovely young musician who sings from the heart. Expressing yourself through music is a great way to fulfil all your creative urges after all.

Hear this delightful new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Bad Ideas: Outstanding Philly indie-pop artist Samryebread is at her honest best with ‘Softie’

After learning new skills behind the boards for the past 5 years assisting others to master their sound, Samryebread returns to much-awaited acclaim via her extremely courageous self-acceptance gem called ‘Softie‘.

Samryebread aka Sam Rosen is a well-respected and much-loved Philly, USA-based indie-pop/folk artist, cat lover, and sound engineer, who is based at the multi-Grammy award-winning MilkBoy the Studio.

You feel like you are witnessing a strong woman that is reborn musically who is an ever-evolving creative with music flowing in her inventive veins at every turn. Her highly imaginative mind is on top form here – with an inspiring release – that is so relevant in a society that cages so many inside and discourages us from truly stretching for our goals.

Samryebread is brilliantly dreamy with her gorgeous vocals that just seem to trigger so many emotions in your glowing soul. This beautiful song is all about learning to accept yourself no matter your faults, as you just want someone close to love you and be there for you, helping you make better decisions and not judging you as so many small-minded folks do.

Softie‘ from the Philly-based indie-pop/folk artist and sound engineer Samryebread, is one of those tracks you just can’t help but love. The production is world-class, the lyrics so inspiringly honest and with her lusciously honey-tipped voice, this is a real treasure that you just want to listen to all day long.

Hear this deep new track on Spotify and see more via the IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Hold Out My Hand: Danny Guinan helps us to start all over again with ‘The Greatest Gift’

Taken off his delightful 8-track EP called ‘Now is the time‘, Danny Guinan holds out his strong hand and urges us to live again with the stunning new single ‘The Greatest Gift‘.

Danny Guinan is an Ireland-born, Netherlands-based solo folk singer-songwriter who used to tour with Luka Bloom and Shane McGowan while also fronting his former band Speranza.

As a songwriter, Danny Guinan draws comparisons with artists like Beck and Nick Drake, although his Irish roots are unmistakable in his music as well.” ~ Danny Guinan

Shane McGowan shows us all his expertise with a positively top performance that has us opening up those lonely curtains to see what is actually happening in the world. There is much to like about such an impressive song, that grabs you close and has you feeling reinvigorated again.

The Greatest Gift‘ from the well-respected Ireland-born, Netherlands-based solo folk singer-songwriter Danny Guinan, is a wonderful presentation that recommends us to stay positive and move onto brighter days. He lights up the candle and shows us where to go, as we move away from the darkness and back to happier circumstances. Sung with real gusto and majestic lyrics, this is a song to close your eyes with as you imagine better times.

Hear this fine new effort on Soundcloud and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Meet the Tom Waits of this Generation in Vince Chinaski’s Debut Album, Never Painted Black.

Vince Chinaski

Copenhagen’s most prodigal up and coming singer-songwriter, Vince Chinaski, has released his debut album, Never Painted Black, which opens on the title single and instantly arrests you in the Avant-Garde neo-classically inclined feat of psych, jazz and folk.

Without any hint of hyperbole, Vince Chinaski deserves to be just as revered as Tom Waits for the way he pulls new sonic intrigue from a timeless sound. With Louis Armstrong reminiscences in the cinematic jazzy score that flows at a teasingly mellow pace that leaves you desperately eager for the next note, Never Painted Black is beyond absorbing.

Its mind-meltingly artful gravitas becomes even more visceral towards the outro as the Chinaski’s crooning timbre starts turning dark and scuzzy vintage rock guitars feed kaleidoscopic discord into the release.

Chinaski’s debut album will be available to stream on all major platforms from November 26th, 2021.

Check out Vince Chinaski on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Soundcloud. 

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Met You: Ben Medlock doesn’t want their picture to fade away on ‘Living Thing’

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With the wind gushing at his strong sails as he sings with so much honesty and desire, Ben Medlock is rather tremendous on his excellent new single ‘Living Thing‘.

Ben Medlock is the Co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey who is also a thriving indie-folk/pop singer-songwriter with a dashing vocal ability that will have you beaming all over your glowing smile.

After graduating with a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Ben Medlock has dedicated his life to machine learning and also thinking outside the box. You feel this scintillating quality via his new single ‘Living Thing‘, which shows a side to him that so many were unaware of. There is an easy-going nature to his voice that causes you to completely daydream and think about that special soul in your life, or that person who you wish you could be with right now.

Ben has had a varied career as a teacher, researcher, entrepreneur, investor and advisor. He has always loved music and started writing and recording as a teenager. His songs are about life’s many experiences and unanswered questions.” ~ Ben Medlock

Living Thing‘ from the wonderfully talented businessman and soulful indie singer-songwriter Ben Medlock, is a terrific single all about staying free and wanting to live with that spontaneous edge, rather than being bogged down with the stale norm. He sings with such outstanding fervour and filled with cleverly-pencilled lyrics, that has you feeling that this is just the start of his burgeoning career.

After achieving so much in business and academics, perhaps this is the time when Ben takes his creative skill-set to a whole new world. Winning at whatever challenge comes his way, is ultimately what this highly impressive man does.

Hear this terrific new single here and feel the winds of calm ravish your whole soul.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

How Long Do I Wait: Mia Stegner is sweetly conflicted on ‘Re-Quieted’

Showing us her intrigingly thoughtful mind that is full of so many important decisions that has her thinking so deeply about what to do in this new situation, Mia Stegner tries to work out her next step after someone she cared about left forever on ‘Re-Quieted‘.

Mia Stegner is a lovably quirky New York City-based indie folk/pop singer-songwriter, deep thinker, cat lover and mental health advocate.

A storyteller at heart, Mia Stegner views music as an avenue to ask questions, seek answers, and ponder both personal and collective pieces of the human experience. In her mind, no topic is too big or too small to explore, from the risks of treasuring a newfound friendship to the ethereal appeal of bath time.” ~ Mia Stegner

You feel Mia Stegner’s warm embrace on the toasty mic as you get lost in her sweetly-lipped vocals – with cleverly-penned lyrics that has you wishing you could give her a big hug – to let her know that everything is going to be okay. The story is so relevant and true, with a crisply mellow soundscape that is loving and full of cute mind-racing ideas to work out which door to open next.

Re-Quieted‘ from the heartfelt New York City-based indie folk/pop singer-songwriter Mia Stegner, is a lovely single from an artist who is working things out in her curious mind, as she sings with such an honest tone. Her beautiful vocals takes you away from this often-harsh world – and into a place that has you glancing around quickly – to wonder if your garden gate will ever be properly fixed too.

Hear this fine new single on Spotify and see more adventures via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Birds Over Arkansas have released their emotionally-charged slice of Americana ‘Sunflower’.

The melodically unorthodox outfit, Birds Over Arkansas, ended their five-year radio silence with the release of their highly anticipated emotionally charged slice of Americana, Sunflower, which reinforces the ‘good things come to those who wait’ idiom with Adamantium strength.

With the sweet choral vocals harmonising against the practically effervescent acoustic melodies as they weave through intricate rhythms, Sunflower is practically a gateway to another dimension. You’d be hard-pressed to find more escapism in a soundscape from any other up and coming outfit. It carries the sweetly sonorous appeal of Elliott Smith paired with a matchless cinematic roots-deep folk twang. We can only hope that Birds Over Arkansas has more aural salvation in the pipeline.

Sunflower is now available to stream on Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Place To Place: Toronto folk band Ptarmigan are so peacefully excellent on ‘Rounder’

Sung with a gloriously enchanting wind that seems to breeze gracefully through the curious veins into your warmed-up heart, Ptarmigan are at their best on the single which will put you into a calm state of mind again with ‘Rounder‘.

Ptarmigan is a throughly entertaining indie-folk band based in busy Toronto who also have homely roots in cozy Peterborough, Ontario.

After starting to play together in 2009, these high school pals skillfully blend in various instruments like the banjo, to compelling levels of heightened enjoyment for the whole family to lap up lovingly.

There is much to lather into here – from a top band who seem to possess that world class ability – to totally immerse you into their love-filled offerings, which is such a delightful experience to tuly treasure.

At a time when much of the world is sheltering-in-place, how we think about home is more important than ever.” ~ Ptarmigan

Rounder‘ from Toronto, Canada-based indie-folk act Ptarmigan, is such a charming single which grabs your whole heart and takes you away from the real world for a while. The vocals are so sumptuciously delivered and each word has been carefully written, by a band who play for the love of the artform. This is the type of movie-like experience that deserves so much love, as you feel so swept away like a frolicking bird into the beautiful blue sky.

Hear this wonderfully peaceful new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Wait For The Rain: Isaac Diskin chases after that moment which will never ‘Fade’

With a glance-filled look back at something incredible that has sadly ended, Isaac Diskin returns with a reflective song full of stunning quality to truly experience on ‘Fade‘.

Isaac Diskin is a Miami, Florida-based indie psychedelia, folk and modern indie-rock artist, multi-instrumentalist and electrical engineering wizard.

His use of synthesizers and digitally manipulated sounds lend a hand in creating his distinctly modern sound while tipping his hat to past traditions.” ~ Isaac Diskin

Inspired by Radiohead, The Beatles and Neil Young, you feel his heartfelt ode to the past legends of yesteryear – as he blends in bluesy jazz elements that are so calm and loving – as each thoughtfully-written lyric takes you to a passage in time that we can all relate to.

Fade‘ from the Miami, Florida-based indie psychedelia rock act Isaac Diskin, is such a fine release from a classy musician who just seems to improve after each single. His superlative vocal ability perfectly captures the moment and you feel so compelled to lay back on your cozy sofa and close your eyes, as you remember when you were forced to leave something that was so wonderfully special.

Sometimes you just need to let the memory fade for a while, so that you may move onto the road that will heal you up splendidly.

Hear this terrific new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen