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Tyson Ray Borsboom – I Don’t Mind: Piercingly Emotive Alt Indie Folk

“I Don’t Mind” is the latest piercingly emotive Alt Indie Folk Rock single from up and coming Canadian artist Tyson Ray Borsboom. My soul may feel a little heavier for hearing it, but within the weight lies a comfort which reaches you through both the tonally diverse melodies and the harrowingly expressive vocals.

Even though the indulgently smooth Blues guitar tones gave us plenty to love, nothing else in the timeless record had the same enamouring effect as Tyson Ray Borsboom’s vocals. Instead of striving to assimilate every other Americana Country Folk artist who has come before him. He used the evocative distinction within his own voice to verse his lyrics which resonated liked passion-soaked poetry.

I Don’t Mind was a track orchestrated as a poignant reminder to be present for the people you love. I don’t need telling twice, but I’ll definitely be making I Don’t Mind a playlist essential after hearing the intrinsic empathy contained in the single which made the airwaves an infinitely better place since its release in January 2020.

You can check out Tyson Ray Borsboom’s single I Don’t Mind for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bent Roads Tavern and Christian Stokkmo – Sweet Mirona: Cinematically Alchemic Semi-Orchestral Folk

If it’s been a while since you’ve checked if your soul is functioning, you can give it a thorough once over by hitting play on the latest single released by Folk artist Bent Roads Tavern “Sweet Mirona” featuring Christian Stokkmo.

With classical strings brought into this mix, Sweet Mirona is safely situated on the more cinematic side of Folk. But the roots of the genre still gently weave their way through this pensively alchemic mix. If you could imagine how Lou Barlow’s (ex Dinosaur Jr) vocals would resonate over a mesmerising contemporary Folk melody. You’ll get an idea of the stinging evocative potency which will permeate once you hit play on Sweet Mirona.

You can check out the video to Sweet Mirona which premiered on December 27th via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Lone Canary – Leave the Gray: Hypnotically Suspenseful Americana Folk

https://thelonecanary.bandcamp.com/track/leave-the-gray

The deep bending acoustic melodies in the prelude prepare you for a sombre soundscape in the Lone Canary’s latest single “Leave the Gray”. Yet, you’ll find a smorgasbord of emotion offered by the Rockford Illinois-based Folk Americana artist in their unpredictably explosive single. It’s a fitting ode to the Folk artists who lay down the roots of the genre. Leave the Gray is positively arcane.

With the vocals carrying slight reminiscences to Stevie Nicks while the instrumentals meander through their intricate rhythms, Leave the Grey is an ethereal soundscape full of suspense and emotion. When the instrumentals reach peak momentum, you’ll be locked within a gorgeously wild array of high-octane alchemic folk. The transition is so seamless, you’ll need to hit repeat to appreciate just how the progression was made. Smokey Blues to searing riffs is no easy evolution.

You can stream and download The Lone Canary’s single Leave the Gray via Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Submerge yourself in the concordance of Jack McKeever’s latest single “Here We Go Lifting”

If Jack McKeever’s single “Here We Go Lifting” had been produced in the 70s, gained international acclaim and allowed plenty of time for nostalgic appeal to kick in, people would still be spinning the record today with the same enthusiasm they reserve for the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.

Here We Go Lifting is a stark reminder that accolades are no indication of what a soundscape can offer. Jack McKeever’s ability to submerge you in the concordance of his unique aural creations is unparalleled. Through whiskey-soaked vocals and an ethereally light Indie Jazz-soaked Folk nuanced arrangement, Here We Go Lifting is captivating from start to finish.

There are also faint reminiscences of Nick Cave, Bowie and Elton John to be uncovered in the truly cathartic single. The warmth of the wistful tones will stay with you for long after the track has gently faded to a close.

You can check out Jack McKeever’s single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grant Nesmith – Every Night: Celestial Shoegaze-Infused Alt Country

https://grantnesmith.bandcamp.com/track/every-night

If you’re always craving potent hits of archaic aural bliss, you’ll be able to scratch the itch by pressing play on Grant Nesmith’s single “Every Night” from their debut solo album “Between Tides”.

With inspiration from Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Shoegaze pioneers, Grant Nesmith was able to pull quintessential elements from a myriad of genres and tie them together to create a feat of uplifting alchemy.

Every Night filled me with the same fuzzy euphoric feeling as I get when I delve into one of Cheap Trick’s indulgently sentimental, nostalgically blissful singles. But as the track progressed, the instrumentals became transcendentally celestial. Allowing Every Night to become an intensely emotional experience comprised of sonic layers of hypnotic choral sound.

You can check out Every Night along with the rest of the debut album for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Naked Waste – Solitaria: Dark Choral Experimental Folk

https://nakedwaste.bandcamp.com/track/solitaria

Naked Waste’s standout 2019 single “Solitaria” from the EP “Cursed Light” is jarring enough to give you the compulsion to cry from the very first vocal note.

The Melbourne, Australia-based experimental Folk artist has a perceptible ability to play with tone and textures within their music for maximum evocative effect – it’s a far cry from the two-dimensional music which you’ll commonly hear on the radio. The choral soundscape offers effervescence amongst the bleak sombreness which has been steeped into the melodies in Solitaria.

The wobbly vibrato on the vocals teams up with the bass and digital percussion to create a haunting single full of pensive emotion, which may not be poised. Instead, it’s vulnerable, raw, and definitely worth three minutes of your time.

You can checkout Solitaria for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Taylor Paul – If There Was No Tomorrow: Serenely Reflective Indie Pop

We all tend to take time and our mortality for granted. Taylor Paul’s latest single “If There Was No Tomorrow” is a sweetly stark reminder to use our time a little more wisely.

The weight behind Taylor Paul’s words definitely doesn’t fail to resonate in this gently melodic, intricately arrestive offering of Indie Pop Rock.

While their virtuosic guitar skills aren’t the main focus in If There Was No Tomorrow, they make it all too easy to immerse yourself within the reflective serenity offered by the soundscape. It may be a relatively simple single, yet, tracks such as these will always be timelessly essential.

You can check out If There Was No Tomorrow which was released on December 24th for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Tyler Hutton – Try Your Luck: Whiskey Blues Rock

This song with its rusty yet mighty rock n’ roll guitar riff is staring right into my rocker soul. Tyler Hutton is preaching good-written blues-rock music in his song “Try Your Luck”.

Tyler Hutton is a singer-songwriter and original rocker from the City of Angels. During 2019 he released his album called “Invictus” filled with rock n’ roll songs for the old-school listener, one of which is “Try Your Luck”. The production is not as polished as a band like The Black Keys for instance, but the songwriting quality stands mighty and proud. The riff is peachy and easy-listening without losing its rock edge. His voice is very pleasing and as you proceed listening to him performing and singing, the more it gets better; by the end of the song, you will be compelled to refill your glass with the finest scotch you keep in your cupboard. Lest I forget, the short guitar solo near the end of the song is one that makes you close your eyes and just feel the sound coming off those strings.

In “Try Your Luck” Tyler Hutton revisits the oldest lyrical theme in rock music; love. He encourages us to approach our love interest. I’ll encourage you to give this song a good listen. Do so here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Lost James – Chapman’s Pool: Numbing Piano Pop

“Inspired by a small cove on the Dorset coastline in the UK” is what Lost James quotes as his inspiration source of his 2019 EP called “Chapman’s Pool”. Isn’t it great, when the music actually fills the narrative, elevating a statement that otherwise could be perceived as cheesy, not to only compliment but be viewed as another aspect of the puzzle that is an artist’s music?

We have listened to the EP’s closing track, by the same name. It beautifully showcases Lost James’ ability to craft emotions that are crystallized melancholy parceled in songs and distributed as such. And he accomplishes that by playing the piano and his stunning, powerful voice. I can only assume that Lost James is a heavyweight when it comes to playing the piano; however it is his songwriting ability that I would wholeheartedly endorse. And don’t let me start on his voice – that thing can smash your heart to a hundred pieces and conflict some emotional crisis.

This is a slow-paced, piano ballad, as piano ballads should be created and delivered in the present day. There is nothing retro about it. Let this Londoner wrap you between his piano keys and his angelic throat, here

Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis

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Tyler Meacham – ‘Denver’

Tyler Meacham’s ‘Denver’ is country alt-pop at its best. Hailing from Richmond, VA, Meacham creates folk-infused music that transports you to another time that’s drenched in sepia.

‘Denver’ begins with a delicate chord progression that immediately begins to paint the backdrop for the tender subject matter: a story of lost love. As the wistful lyrics come to play, we realise that Meacham is singing about a past relationship and the “what ifs” that permeate her wandering mind. Following Meacham’s regretful tone within the vocal is a collection of country-style keys. A flowing, smooth slide guitar then soars in to join the aforementioned sounds; it’s these aural components working together seamlessly that conjure the nostalgic atmosphere of the song most powerfully.

The soft sounds ebb into the first chorus. But suddenly, the drums pound in – courtesy of Dusty Ray – taking the song to the next level. This expansive sound kicks the second verse up a notch as the full band come to the fore. Meacham’s voice becomes more potent in the next chorus. The band take a step back and her voice hits those expressive notes that reflect the emotive nature of the song. Then, we’re treated to a holistic, engaging instrumental where the lead guitar takes centre stage.

The final chorus takes us back to the calm, serene vocal as ‘Denver’ draws to a close. But that’s not before we crash back into one last, loud section before the quiet, peaceful acoustic guitar returns, coming full circle as Meacham’s impassioned vocal rings out true.

Review by Alicia Carpenter