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Yana – Distant Shore ft Liam Ó Maonlaí: Atmospherically Emotive Indie Folk)

While up and coming Indie Folk artist Yana has proven with their earlier releases that they’re more than capable of producing captivating tracks independently, for their latest single “Distant Shore” they’ve teamed up with pianist and vocalist Liam Ó Maonlaí to create a deep, explorative track which could almost be described as haunting.

With Distant Shore, the gentle acoustic guitar notes build in concordance around the trickling keys which creates the perfect atmospheric bed for Yana and Liam Ó Maonlaí’s vocals to weave around the melodies with succinct synergy.

Sadly, you’ll need to wait a little longer until you can check out Yana’s latest single Distant Shore for yourselves, but in the meantime, you can head over to SoundCloud where you can listen to their exceptionally expressive earlier releases.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John William Watkins – Mr. Porter: Creepingly Quaint Indie Folk

“Mr. Porter” is the quaintly captivating latest single from up and coming recording artist John William Watkins who doesn’t overly concern themselves with creating archetypal melodies. Instead, John William Watkins infuses the instrumentals with strokes of ingenuity around his almost spoken word versing in Mr. Porter.

Even though the pacing falters frequently, the immersivity in the single goes uncompromised as you are waiting for the next snippet of the story to Mr. Porter around the gentle pulls of the acoustic guitar.

Mr. Porter may not be the most accessible of tracks to people who don’t appreciate artful aural experimentalism, but for those that do, you’ll get to enjoy 5 minutes of enamouring guitar and lyrical progressions which combine to bleed pure catharsis and imagery.

You can check out John William Watkins latest single Mr. Porter for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Mark Braham – Somehow: Indie Folk with Iron Wrought Emotion

“Somehow” is the latest single to be released from Mark Braham’s latest album “After A While”, through which he proves that he’s got a vocal range as mesmeric as Elliot Smith, Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley. Yet, you can expect much more than assimilation of a former artist’s sound from Mark Braham. Which mainly falls down to the sting of the lyrics which flow as lyrical poetry.

Even though the high notes are left as soft and as concordant as the instrumental arrangement led by the acoustic guitar, that doesn’t take away any of the potency as they pierce you. Combine that with the clever use of metaphor and imagery within the lyricism and it’s fairly difficult to get to the end of “Somehow” without feeling slightly bruised. Ensuring that the salt is well and truly rubbed into the wounds are the orchestral arrangements which go beyond arrestive.

You can check out Mark Braham’s latest single Somehow for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Brooklyn Geppetto Tugs Heartstrings Drop Their Quaintest Indie Folk Single Yet with “Rochdale Principals”

“Rochdale Principals” is just one of the latest singles from Brooklyn Geppetto Tugs Heartstrings. Their artist name may be impossible to remember, but the quaint earworm which the up and coming Indie artist has alchemically contorted is pretty unforgettable.

Even though the single is amongst one of the most experimentally expressive tracks I’ve heard so far in 2019, the artist has ensured that the arrestive capacity of the melody hasn’t been lost amongst the distinctive charm. It is this clever detail within Brooklyn Geppetto Tugs Heartstrings’ soundscape will endear everyone from fans of Paul Simon to fans of Frank Zappa. The New Jersey, US-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist certainly has us endeared with his captivating style which will never be in danger of being regarded as a gimmick thanks to the arrestive Blues rhythms and exposing lyrics.

You can check out the latest single from Brooklyn Geppetto Tugs Heartstrings for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Manzee – Comfort Zone: Mellifluously Striking Indie Folk

“Comfort Zone” is the latest soul-splittingly beautiful single from up and coming Indie Folk Singer Songwriter Manzee. For anyone who likes to lose themselves in melancholically arrestive soundscapes there’s plenty of candid emotion to revel in within the mellifluous single.

There’s a slight Lo-Fi feel to Comfort Zone, yet, this hardly counts as a criticism as the raw feel of the production makes it easier for the sentiment behind Comfort Zone to resonate. There’s a real sense of honesty behind the single; that it was never orchestrated to be an easily ingestible hit. Instead, Comfort Zone was a work of aural catharsis for Manzee and with such relatable emotion behind the single, its highly probable that it will also bring plenty of catharsis to the listener too.

You can check out Manzee’s latest single Comfort Zone out for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Marcus Fetch – Wild Flowers: Sonorously Sweet Acoustic Indie Folk

Acoustic Indie Folk artist Marcus Fetch is potentially one of the most underrated up and coming singer-songwriters around right now. With the combination of his vocal charisma, concordance in the acoustic soundscape and powerful imagery conjured by the lyricism, Marcus Fetch is a triple threat and his standout single “Wild Flowers” is the perfect introduction to his acoustic style.

With a sound which sits in between the punchy and jangly anthemics of the Violent Femmes and the poignantly candid style of artists such as Elliot Smith there’s no easy way to allude to just how refreshing Marcus Fetch’s music is. It’s a good job Wild Flowers is more than worth four minutes of your time to discover the alchemy which Marcus has weaved into his simple yet sonorous sound.

You can check out Marcus Fetch’s latest single Wild Flowers which was part of his debut album “Weak Limbs” for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Benji Katz – Stunted: Beat-Driven Folk Complete with Fiddle Licks

“Stunted” is the latest single released by the experimentally eccentric Indie Folk artist Benji Katz.

If you’ve ever wondered what 808’s sound like against Indie spoken word vocals and a fiddle, then you’re in for an absolute treat. In fact, I’d be hard pressed to find a more rhythmic Folk track. There’s a constant momentum provided by the electronic effect whilst the acoustic arrangements provide an array of warm tonality which makes Benji Katz’s style so instantly accessible. A lot of people may have lost the ability to really tell a story with their songs, yet Benji Katz’s narratively poignant lyrics are full of powerful imagery and honest humble revelations. Stunted comes together as a faultless accessibly cathartic melodic anthem which will have you enamoured before the first verse runs through.

You can check out Benji Katz’s latest single Stunted which was released on October 3rd for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Bedroom Ceilings – Projectors: Concordantly Light Acoustic Indie Folk

Acoustic Indie Folk doesn’t get much sweeter than Projectors; the latest single from the up and coming artist Bedroom Ceilings. The track progresses through the usual acoustic chord progressions, yet, once the verse kicks in, that’s where you well and truly fall in love with Projectors. The captivating innocence which the single holds through the vocals and lyricism is more than enough to set Bedroom Ceilings apart from the rest of the emerging acoustic artists. The guitar is matched by a viscerally light piano ensemble which lifts the melody from the monotony of the genre. The end result is unimaginably captivating, mainly with thanks to the depth of the introspective which has been wistfully penned into the lyrics.

You can check out Bedroom Ceilings latest album Projection Replicator by heading on over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Hali – Siren / Whirl 2: Viscerally Wounding Indie Folk

Siren / Whirl 2 is one of those rare tracks that you’ll get the pleasure of stumbling across every now and again which never gives you the option of listening to it. Instead, from the first note from the electrifying synth you become arrested by the viscerally wounding reverb which practically consumes you.

Up and coming recording artist Hali carries a bewitching amount of strength in her vocals in a way not too dissimilar from Warpaint and London Grammar vocalists. Yet her decadent instrumental approach resonated with a Lynchian doom-impounding chill. If the soundscapes created by the deftly talented artist weren’t so compelling, I’d probably have the fear. Hali’s decision to split Siren / Whirl 2 into a two-part medley was frankly ingenious. As you start to mourn the fade-out of the fist segment, you are then treated to a heavier, more electrifying, digitally-led soundscape. Hali may just be the up and coming artist with the ability to redefine how we view progressive music. Each note in her single was tentatively placed for maximum impact from start to finish, the fluidity matches with the tonality and the spaces around the sound add even more essence.

You can check out Siren / Whirl 2 for yourself alongside the rest of Hali’s stunning EP ‘Siren’ by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matthew Banks – Little Blonde Boy: Accessibly Sweet Roots-Deep Indie Folk

I’m not in the habit of throwing out over exaggerated praise, yet, when it comes to Matthew Banks’ latest single Little Blonde Boy I can honestly say I haven’t heard an acoustic track this soulful since Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car.

The lyrics to the track carry a momentum that you just can’t help getting caught up within thanks to Matthew’s deft ability when it comes to vocal harmonies. Whatever mood you’re in when you get to the chorus I have no doubt that you’ll be uplifted. The Los Angeles based Folk Indie singer songwriter utilises less than typical piano and guitar progressions to orchestrate his accessibly arresting style that any fan of Paul Simon should be keen to devour.

You can check out the tittle track from Matthew Banks’ latest album Little Blonde Boy which was released in May, 2018 on SoundCloud now, and yes, each of the fourteen tracks are as captivating as the title track.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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