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Olivia Frances – The Bee and the Rose: Spiritually Resolving Indie Folk Pop

Plenty of Nashville-based Folk Pop singer-songwriter Olivia Frances’ releases have deservedly gone viral. If you’re yet to experience her spiritually resolving sound, her 2019 single The Bee & the Rose the perfect introduction.

As soon as you hit play on the seminal single, you’re hit with arcane and almost tribal tones before Olivia Frances starts to sweeten the soundscape with her harmonically arrestive vocals. As the single progresses, the Indie Folk Pop instrumental arrangement becomes more eclectic and its hold on you gets tighter.

It’s not every day you hear such angular guitar riffs in Indie Folk Pop or an artist who has such a magnetically soulful vocal command.

You can check out The Bee & the Rose for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare Your Indie Folk Playlists for Harry Bodley-Scott’s Latest Single “Man Like Me”

Man Like Me” was the first single to be released from Indie Folk singer-songwriter Harry Bodley-Scott’s debut EP “Hoping for a Sunrise”. If festivals were happening this year, Man Like Me is exactly the kind of track you’d hope to be soaking up under the Summer sun.

Fans of Noah and the Whale, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver and the Lumineers will definitely want to hit play on the stunningly crafted single. Similarities aside, Harry Bodley-Scott’s standout single boasts a striking amount of amorous distinction.

Through the candidly poetic lyrics and the intricately layered Indie Folk instrumental arrangement which is led by angularly absorbing riffs, it’s safe to say a radio-ready earworm was created with Man Like Me.

You can check out Man Like Me with the rest of Harry Bodley-Scott’s EP Hoping for a Sunrise via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Folk Singer Songwriter Hellwaffles Has Made Their Debut with the Amorously Sweet Single “Training Wheels”

Folk and Indie Punk converge in singer-songwriter Hellwaffles debut single “Training Wheels”. The instantly enamouring Lo-Fi track may just consist of an acoustic guitar and Alt Folk vocals, but that’s all that was required to create a resounding intimate single.

The lyrics run you through all too relatable mental health issues as the artist employs their sense of humour about the never-ending battle when it comes to keeping your sanity. Quite honestly, I can’t remember the last time I heard a more relatable single.

I’m already stoked to hear what comes next from Hellwaffles and their refreshingly candid style.

You can check out Training Wheels for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Keep up to date with the latest releases by Hellwaffles by following them on Instagram.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Anna May sends the world a masterpiece with Americana-Folk infused ”Careless”

I’m still shaking from listening to this absolute work of art. You can hear the pain in her voice. I feel like giving her a big hug but can’t. This is a marvelous masterpiece in every sense of the word.

Anna May is currently based in New London, Connecticut in the USA and performs traditional folk music with a transcendent twist. She puts you under her special spell during her latest release ”Careless”. Anna’s voice is magnetically attracted to your heart and doesn’t let you go from start to finish. She has real soul, her lyrics are about heartbreak. Anna May sings about past memories and moments that have effected her deeply. I get lost in her voice and the words float into my heart as I wonder what she has gone through. This is immense music, so rare and has just warmed my soul like only a few artists can do. I really hope that Anna understands how stunning her music is and how she can influence so many fans and fellow artists out there. If she ever tours in your town, you will want to see her live.

Please don’t be careless with Anna’s heart or her music. We are in the midst of witnessing a truly incredible musician that deserves to be touring all over the world with her Dad Vince Thompson right beside her on stage with his guitar.

You can listen to this fabulously created song that is sung with such passion right here on her Bandcamp page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Prepare to be sobered by Joe Johnson’s latest Indie Folk single “Be Who You Wanna Be”

Folk singer-songwriter Joe Johnson has recently released his instantly captivating single “Be Who You Wanna Be” and reminded us just how resonant Indie Folk can be.

Be Who You Wanna Be feeds you poignantly meta lyricism whilst grounding you with the melancholically-tinged instrumentals. From such simple guitar melodies and humbly tender vocals, Joe Johnson has created an atmospherically resounding single which will stay with you long after it has faded to a close.

The orchestral layers amplify the emotive weight in Be Who You Wanna Be, but in its essence, it’s a stunningly uplifting track which shares the same appeal as Eddie Vedder’s Into the Wild soundtrack album.

You can check out Be Who You Wanna Be for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Laura Elizabeth Hughes – Pandemonium: Atmospherically Raw Neo-Classic Folk

With her latest release “Pandemonium”, Irish Folk singer-songwriter Laura Elizabeth Hughes orchestrated a tenderly pensive soundscape which will soothe your soul while simultaneously sending piercing aural daggers through your skin.

The soft vocals resoundingly fall into the atmosphere of the stripped-back single which utilises gentle piano melodies to complement Laura Elizabeth Hughes’s equally as ethereal vocals. From start to finish, you’re gifted with soft evocatively-charged alchemy.

I’d assume that anyone with the ability to listen to Pandemonium without feeling any discernible visceral emotion was categorically dead inside. It captures the chaos of our dystopic times while serving as a delicate reminder that we can still thrive within it.

Pandemonium is simply stunning. You wouldn’t find a more resonant single from an up and coming artist if you turned on the radio today.

Pandemonium is available to stream via Spotify.

You can keep up to date with the artist’s latest releases via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hampshire based Folk-Roots artist Megan Linford shines bright with truthful ‘’Lessons’’

Put in time and you will get the results. With a soothing piano to start the song, you know this is going to be good. Giving thanks to her parents, speaking about lessons learnt- no matter how hard the occasional trips and falls. 

Megan Linford’, is making her way on the UK Folk/Indie scene with her sun-kissed melodies and honest lyrics, that shows her humble and grateful attitude to life. She is an Indie artist, doing it herself with the love and support of friends and family. She hosts her own music night in Portsmouth and seems to be learning all the sides of the music industry, a very smart move indeed. 

After already pushing out 2 self- released EP’s and 3 singles, Megan is working hard on her first album set for release in 2020. I personally can’t wait to hear the new music and hopefully lockdown hasn’t slowed anything down for her.

From the little I know about Megan, I can tell that this is an extremely industrious and hard working woman who won’t let anything stop her. Her voice is absolutely breathtaking and I can’t wait to see her live at a gig soon. The local music scene needs people like Megan, someone with a positive message and self-awareness, in these troubled times.

‘’Lessons’’ and more stunning vocals from Megan are here on Spotify.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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New Folk Trip-Pop artist From Venus makes us all hot with beautiful ‘’Fire’’ single

Oh won’t you please come back to life. Many of us wish for this to happen but sadly it isn’t possible most of the time.

‘From Venus’ is very new in the music scene with only a few songs out. This is a very good song from this soulful artist. A solo musician, who likes being mysterious with her music story. All will be revealed soon if she carries on in this form. 

This is a sad story about a friend and her spiritual journey. I look forward to finding out more about her and what inspires her music. ‘From Venus’ has a promising career, her voice is alluring and is clearly very good lyrically. 2020 hasn’t been such a bad year after all, with fantastic music like this to enjoy.

Hear more from this fantastic new act on her Spotify page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Folk ballads and more: Fairweather Friends release their new single Where the River Flows

With two EP’s already making their appearance on Spotify, Fairweather Friends have released their new single Where the River Flows.

Calm and sweet tones characterise this folk ballad with a pinch of pop-ness here and there. The song develops entirely on the thick sound of a piano the spreads over the entire sound landscape, while an acoustic guitar gently strums in the background.

Starting with warm vocals, the song evolves in the choruses with more backing vocals in a choir style for a soft and gentle harmony soothingly accompanied by the violin.

You may want to give Fairweather Friends a full listen, and I suggest you start with their previous I Don’t Want to Know/Up in the Air and Easiness and I/Making Ends Meet before checking out Where the River Flows on Spotify.

Review by Jim Esposito.

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Folk music at its deepest: 8udDha bl0od release their new track This Small Town

8udDha bl0od have made quite an impressive shift from being full into psychedelic rock to taking on folk music at its deepest level in their latest release This Small Town.

In what emerges as a nostalgic ballad, a violin melody leans on acoustic guitar arpeggios in pure folk style, opening up to the first verse and then accompanying the mellow vocals throughout the song. With the rhythmic section creating a comfortable hammock to welcome and swing the harmonies, the track develops within the cosy atmosphere of a man telling a story.

Although we’ve come to appreciate the varied features of 8udDha bl0od’s music, This Small Town presents us with the opportunity to further enjoy every single instrument, sound, melody, and cherish all the emotions that a tuneful ballad can transmit. A score that 8udDha bl0od achieves effortlessly.

Check out This Small Town on Soundcloud.

Review by Jim Esposito.