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Jessamine Barham – Marching On: A Sanity-Preservation Playlist Staple

After the release of her second album, there’s never been a better time to indulge in Jessamine Barham’s captivatingly devastating Alt-Indie Folk Pop sound.

The perfect introduction to her melancholically arrestive style is “Marching On” which compassionately addresses the very real fact that globally, we’re suffering from a loss of faith. Not just in a religious sense, but a loss of faith in our futures, ourselves, our leaders. The list is endless, but, as Jessamine Barham so poignantly alludes in this haunting release, it’s not easy to pull yourself out of a depressive hole, but that doesn’t mean that it is an impossibility for you to see more than just futility.

This track isn’t for the fainthearted. The directness of it may rub some salt in the wound, but just as with that tired old analogy, the salt (track) can heal after it stings.

I don’t make a habit of expressing personal gratitude in my reviews, but Jessamine Barham deserves so much more than fancy adjectives, she deserves recognition for this truly priceless record, for how candidly she approached the lyrics, for how cathartically resolving the soundscape became. So, thank you.

You can check out Marching On by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pete invites us to find comfort in uncertainty with their latest single “I Don’t Know”

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“Can I love again?” is one of the most soul-crushing questions we can ask ourselves. Up and coming Indie artist Pete used that agonising precariousness and conjecture to create their latest single “I Don’t Know (Love Again).

Some days leave us with more questions than answers. this sublimely mellifluous single is a soothing reminder that absence of certainty doesn’t always need to be synonymous with misery.

The grooving Indie Folk Pop track has Jack Johnson-vibes to offer, along with a smorgasbord of Pete’s own authentic style which brings plenty of accordantly melodic soul to the soundscape.

With the vibrantly warm tone of the track, it’s impossible to entertain any cynical absolutist thoughts about the future. If you’re in a relationship, put it on your playlists. Just in case.

You can listen to I Don’t Know yourselves here.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Leo Howse – A (nother F*cking) Heartfelt Love Song Featuring Suzi Jodie.

When love songs are as inventively titled as Leo Howse’s latest single “A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song” featuring Suzi Jodie, we were always going to pay attention.

From the first hint of sardonic wit in Leo Howse’s playfully bitter-sweet Indie Folk Pop single we instantly warmed to their sarcastic style which was perfectly complemented by Suzi Jodie’s ardently accordant vocals.

Anyone who appreciated the Fratellis’  off the cuff songwriting style will definitely want this melodic psychedelically-infused feat of Pop in their ears.

We can’t wait to hear what comes from the up and coming eccentric artist. Maybe, by the date of the next release, the earworm which this single left us with may have wriggled out.

You can check out A (nother Fucking) Heartfelt Love Song for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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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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8udDha bl0od – The Man on the Corner: Soulfully Adrenalizing Alt Indie Blues Folk

From his earlier releases, we’ve already affirmed that 8udDha bl0od’s aural ingenuity is boundless. Yet, their accordantly passion-soaked soundscape The Man on the Corner hit the sweet spot in a way we’ve never previously heard from the Brighton-based artist.

If you could imagine what it would sound like if Johnny Marr, the Levellers, and Mansun all collaborated on an Indie Blues Folk record, you’ll get an idea of what is in store when you hit play on The Man on the Corner.

From sleek soaring arrestive guitar solos to punchy exuberant rhythms, the instrumentals move through a myriad of evolutions while 8udDha bl0od’s high-energy vocals act as the icing on the feel-good cake.

The Man on the Corner is just one of the singles from 8udDha bl0od’s album Barren Skies. You’ll be able to check out 8udDha bl0od’s music for yourselves via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Escape the Social Media Static with Bluebyrd’s Cathartically Stunning Indie Folk Single “Find Your Way”

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If there’s any voice I’m gratified to hear in our confusingly dystopic times, it’s Bluebyrd’s. Their latest single “Find Your Way” is a melodically uplifting feat of Indie Folk Rock which will dissolve the antagonism, fear, noise and vanity which you’ve swallowed online.

It serves as a poignant reminder to step away from the dopamine-sucking static which you’ll find as you’re scrolling through your newsfeed. The single also serves as an accordantly immersive soundscape which offers plenty of escapism through the timeless tones.

This is exactly the kind of music I hoped would come into fruition during lockdown. The UK-based singer-songwriter offered everything I never knew I needed to hear in this stunningly warm track. My soul feels suitably full, and not for the first time through listening to one of Bluebyrd’s singles. Their previous release “Not The Only Show in This Town” was unforgettably resonant.

You can check out Find Your Way for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Theresa Lucia – Boxes: Immediately Resounding Alt Folk

Boxes” is the immediately resounding debut single from Boston singer-songwriter Theresa Lucia. And it is all too effective at pulling you into a state of hypnotic catharsis.

It serves as the perfect introduction to the up and coming artist’s timeless yet distinctively nuanced approach to Alt Folk. The acoustic instrumentals weave light absolving melodies which sit tightly against Theresa Lucia’s vocals – no matter how they soar.

When artists have the ability to create such organically sentimental tracks, they needn’t rely on gimmicks or novelty. So, while plenty of artists are trying to stand out for their innovation, Theresa Lucia has gone right back to the roots of Folk by using her discernible talent to convey connectable stories and emotion.

You can check out Theresa Lucia’s debut single Boxes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jordo Ingle – That Door: Soul-Achingly Arrestive Alt Folk Pop

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Up and coming Alt Indie Folk artist Jordo Ingle’s latest single That Door is soul-achingly arrestive. From the moment you’re exposed to the vibrancy of the tone, the energy in the intricately enthralling rhythms, and Jordo Ingle’s distinctively uplifting vocals, you’ll be hooked.

The electronic instrumentals may give That Door a contemporary appeal, yet, the artist has gone right back to the roots of music production by providing aural escapism which also shares a unique lyrical perspective.

That Door demands repeat attention. And you definitely won’t feel begrudging while you give in to the demands of this soulfully beguiling earworm.

You can check out Jordo Ingle’s single That Door which was released alongside the equally as mesmerising single Take My Hand via Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jacob Mondry – The Winning Sperm: A Sticky-Sweet Indie Folk Celebration of What it Means to Be Human

After hearing Jacob Mondry’s single “Colour Me Blue”, we were expecting more quintessentially charming records to follow. What we definitely weren’t expecting was a quintessentially charming track titled “The Winning Sperm”.

Before I pressed play, I knew it would win me over. Any single which strips back the romanticism about what it is to human will always be worth its weight in aural gold. Sure enough, we weren’t disappointed.

The devilish wit in the lyrics paired with the accordantly innocent Indie Folk vocals and the gentle acoustic instrumentals is something you’re going to have to hear for yourselves to fully appreciate.

Not every artist could get away with such a borderline crass topic and still win you over. Perceptibly, Jacob Mondry isn’t your average artist. And it’s not only us who think so, after signing a deal with Universal Records, it’s easy to expect big things to come from the LA-based artist.

You can check out The Winning Sperm for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Wednesday’s Wolves – But You Settled on Me Like Dust: Contemporary Folk Concordance

When a track title is as poetically curiosity-piquing as Alt Indie Folk Pop artist Wednesday’s Wolves’ latest single “But You Settled on Me Like Dust” pressing play and revealing the nature of the soundscape becomes nonoptional.

Our expectations were exceeded as frankly, there’d be no way of anticipating the effortlessly effervescent harmonies and the dizzyingly hypnotic allure. There’s a simplicity to their sound. But within the frill-free production is arcane alchemy which is poised and ready to feed you haunted yet optimistic alchemy.

The Oxford-based duo has been crafting concordantly ethereal tracks since 2013. Since their inception, they’ve mastered, matured and polished their sound and amassed plenty of hype around it. I can only imagine how haunting their live shows are. If they’re impressive enough to get on the BBC’s radar as one of the most promising up and coming acts, I’m sure they’re good enough for yours too.

You can check out the mesmerising hit for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast