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Thrown Together – Fields and Water: Ambient Alt Indie

If you’re as aurally sensitive as me, you may want to brace yourself before hitting play on the sublimely transfixing latest single from Alternative artist Thrown Together. Its an all too accessible interplay of melancholy and sticky-sweet soul.

If Elliot Smith had a penchant for inventive guitar effects, then I can imagine his tracks would have shared the same experimentally beguiling appeal as Thrown Together’s latest single “Fields and Water”.

Even more impressively, Thrown Together stayed true to their name and orchestrated the single on GarageBand. The accordance in the melodies wouldn’t give you any clues that Fields and Water is such a DIY production. Instead, the masterfully-produced single stands the perfect testament to the artist’s talent when it comes to creating tranquilly expressive soundscapes.

You can check out Fields and Water for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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8udDha bl0od – L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3

8udDha bl0od’s Alt Folk single L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a far cry from what you can expect from the likes of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Elliott Smith. But the same soulfully pensive tones are prepared to meet you with the same striking resonance.

With piano strings melancholically pulling over the organically woody acoustic instrumentals, there’s a mesmerising interplay of sadness and uplifting accordance. L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 may be a light track, but the vocal and instrumental melodies are as tight as they come in Alt Folk.

L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 isn’t a testament of the Brighton-based artist’s talent. It’s just one facet of it, within their diverse back catalogue you’ll have all the proof you need that 8udDha bl0od’s creativity transcends the ideas of genres and constraints. If you appreciate pioneering artists, they’re definitely one to watch.

You can check out 8udDha bl0od’s single  L0<3 15 0n y0Ur 51D3 out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moses Mikheyev – Somewhere in My Blood: Timelessly Mesmeric Indie Folk Rock

Any fans of Frightened Rabbit and the National will undoubtedly appreciate Moses Mikheyev’s modern stylistic approach to Indie Folk Rock in their latest single.

Their 5th single “Somewhere in My Blood” unapologetically bares their soul and invites you to get in touch with your own.

There’s the same timeless mesmerism as offered by pioneers such as Cohen, Waits, and Elliott Smith in Somewhere in My Blood. Yet, Moses Mikheyev endeavouring to pull the cathartically warm tones into the 21st century definitely paid off. As did the added tantalizing sensuous appeal.

The only thing uncomfortable about this track is the lump which will form in your throat as you drink in the humbly candid lyrics which sit synergistically against the porously reflective acoustic melodies.

You can listen to the romantically-rendered, resonantly captivating single for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Purshink – Kid: An Ambient Indie Folk Playlist Essential

Purshink

Up and coming singer songwriter Purshink’s debut single “Kid” is an aural invitation to escape the trials and tribulations of adult life and sink back into childhood nostalgia.

While the instrumentals set up soothing and indulgently absorbing melodies, Purshink succinctly layers her vocals atop of the guitar-led soundscape to create a powerfully reflective listening experience.

After you hear it once, you’ll consider Kid an ambient Indie Folk playlist essential. The track’s ability to strip the tension from you as you listen to the ethereally light progressions isn’t something which we get to hear every day. We’re incredibly excited to hear what comes next.

You can check out Purshink’s debut single which was released on March 13th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Grunge Meets Accordant Folk in Lee Sama’s Latest Single “Luana”

Stockholm-based Garage Folk artist Lee Sama’s latest single Luana is just one of the disarming reasons why you’ll want to make room for this artist on your radar.

With the raw and gritty appeal of Grunge but arranged under the accordance of Psych-laced Folk, paradoxically, Luana is a hard-hitting blissful soundscape.

Fans of Dinosaur Jr, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Nirvana, and Pixies will find it all too easy to melt into the emotion-driven hazy track which serves as the perfect introduction to Lee Sama’s indulgently cathartic sound.

Luana may not be the most over-complicated soundscape. Yet, there’s still an artfully beguiling air to the production which will undoubtedly see the artist go far.

You’ll be able to check out Luana for yourselves from March 13th via SoundCloud or Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Prepare to Lose Yourselves in the Concordant Resonance Found in Anika’s Latest Single Twilight Phase

Any fans of Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen are going to want to jump on the latest transfixing Indie Folk Pop release Twilight Phase from up and coming artist Anika.

Twilight Phase is a beguilingly reflective soundscape from start to finish. With ethereal resonance dripping from both the vocals and softly sonorous Indie instrumentals, you’ll get a double dose of calming, tension-stripping catharsis.

From the pace to the pitch, everything in Twilight Phase amplifies the immersive nature of the single. The North Carolina artist may only be 16 years old, but there’s already a maturity in her sound which some artists spend a lifetime trying to gain.

You can check out Twilight Phase for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Peregrino – Fire Away: Warmly Hypnotic Alt Indie Folk Rock  

Up and coming Alt Folk Rock artist Peregrino released their debut album “Feels Like Leaving” in 2019. If you missed it, you also missed a record which could simultaneously appease Soft Rock, Folk and Psych Blues fans alike.

If you dissect the standout single “Fire Away”, you’ll find a sticky-sweet melange of warm and cathartic tones which seem to evolve with each progression. The momentum may build, but the tranquillity of Fire Away is perpetual.

Fire Away kicks off with a mesmerizingly winding melody which ensures that you’re suitably captivated before Peregrino’s vocals creep in with plenty of vocal resonance. While Peregrino may share vocal reminiscences with the likes of Elliot Smith, the soundscape is a dynamic feat of ingenuity which you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

You can check out Fire Away along with the rest of Peregrino’s album for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Toronto-Based Folk Artist Zafer Has Released Their Fourth Single “You Can’t Stop This Train”

Toronto-based Indie Folk Rock artist Zafer has recently released their cinematically captivating single “You Can’t Stop This Train” which offers plenty of timeless appeal to fans of personably soulful Folk Blues.

If you like your Folk simple yet evocatively snaring, you’ll warm to Zafer’s rhythmically rendered single before the first verse draws to a close. As for the chorus, that’s all-consuming. And you may want to check yourself if you’re in public when you listen to You Can’t Stop This Train. It’s impossible not to let the deftly crafted rhythms move you.

With the effervescently shimmering organs, animated yet gently melodic guitar progressions and snappy concordant percussion, Zafer made the perfect platform to lay down their optimistically arrestive vocals. It will stay with you for long after it has haded to a close.

You can check out Zafer’s debut for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bluebyrd – Not the Only Show in this Town: Chorally Atmospheric Folk Pop

Bluebyrd

There was little chance that we’d forget the mellifluous tones of up and coming Folk artist Bluebyrd after hearing their debut album “Uneven Ground” in 2018 and their politically-cathartic single “Song for the Duped” in 2019.

With their first single to be released in 2020 “Not the Only Show in this Town” there’s plenty of serene resonance to soak up.

It may or not surprise you to learn that as a music journalist, I brush up against some caustically salty egos. Not the Only Show in this Time is a pedestal-removing chorally atmospheric reminder that self-projected superiority is more than a little ridiculous.

With the ethereal organ layers weaved into the Alt Folk Pop mix, there was a slight touch of Momus in the track. But ultimately, Bluebyrd’s sound is very much their own. And that’s just one of the reasons why the UK-based artist is incredibly easy to warm to.

You’ll have to wait a little longer before you can check out ‘Not The Only Show In This Town’ which is due for release on all platforms on February 14th. In the meantime, you can head on over to SoundCloud to check out their earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Joe Astley – Revolution Postponed: Nuancedly Captivating Indie Folk Rock

"REVOLUTION POSTPONED" Written and Performed by Joe Astley***** - UK Songwriting Contest "As soon as I saw the video and heard the song, I had to have Joe on the show" - Mike Sweeney, BBC Radio Manchester"Revolution Postponed dutifully explores the current state of the world." - Michael Hall, Radio WarringtonProduced by Gareth Nuttall - The Lounge Recording Studio📷 Video by Ryan Connor

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With a debut album due to be released in 2020, there’s no better time to jump on the hype of the captivating sharpness found in Joe Astley’s nuanced Indie Folk Rock songwriting.

If anyone can be accurately referred to this generation’s Billy Bragg, it’s Joe Astley. It says a lot about the lack of societal progression that those lyrics could have been written 40 years ago. But the arrestive resonance in the aural mirror which is held up to our society could only have come from an artist writing in our 21st century bleakly unbalanced country.

With vocals which will crawl under your ribs and intensely rhythmic melodies, Revolution Postponed came together as a track which offered that rare unifying aural radicalism which we desperately need on the airwaves right now. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who appreciates the up and coming artist’s distinctive sound. He’s also been championed by BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, and Radio Warrington’s Michael Hall.

Morrissey may have let the North down, but Joe Astley is more than capable of picking up where he left off.

You can check Joe Astley’s performance of Revolution Postponed at the Lounge Recording Studio via Facebook. Or you can listen to the track via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast