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Vincent Lima – Albany: Deep Cavernous Indie Folk Rock

Award-Winning musician Vincent Lima has released yet another resoundingly raw single with “Albany”. Any fans of the darkly alluring mesmerism of Tom Waits and Richard Hawley are going to want to jump on the singer songwriter’s first release in 2020.

There’s a unique tenderness to Albany, it’s rare for tenderness to accompany deep cavernously evocative tonality, but Vincent Lima has proven that the aural elements make for a potently alchemic mix. If you could imagine what it would sound like if Bill Ryder-Jones and Nick Cave collaborated together, you may get an idea of what Albany has to offer.

Yet, the distinction truly lies in the singer songwriter’s ability to lace the soundscape with a brand-new contemporary resonance through the infusion of nuancedly melancholic Pop.

The pensively deep quivering notes against the deep reverberance of Vincent Lima’s vocals in a cinematic production is something we’ll never forget. And we’re pretty sure that you won’t either.

You can listen to Albany for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

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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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

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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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Solomon Rex – Idle: Concordantly Choral Alt Indie

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If you’re looking for an aural cuddle, look no further than the warm concordant embrace from offered by the recently released single “Idle” from up and coming Indie artist Solomon Rex.

Giving the track an Alt 90s Indie vibe is a sublime mix of Psych Pop, Power Pop, Indie, Folk, Blues, and Psych. Even though the soundscape offers an ample serving of warm tonal nostalgia, Solomon Rex was able to gently and melodically stamp his own distinction on the airwaves. Their meltingly choral vocals and ability to write an ethereally uplifting resonant single will undoubtedly see them going far in 2020. If there’s any justice left in the music industry that is.

You can check out Solomon Rex’s single Idle for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Martin Case – Sad Case: Acoustic Hip Hop Meets Alt Indie Acoustic Folk Pop

Any fans of the King Blues, Twenty One Pilots and A.R.G.H Kid are going to want to check out the latest release “Sad Case” from Martin Case.

The live acoustic rendition of the track which was released on December 31st 2019 stands a testament to both their instrumental prowess and ability to pen poignantly gritty lyrics. With those two talents combined, it’s all too easy to get hooked into the unique soundscape which solely consists of the sublimely intricate fingerpicked guitar notes and Martin Cases distinctive vocals. We don’t often get to hear artists who are brave enough to be this animated and eccentric with their sound. It never gets old.

You can check out Martin Case’s live rendition of Sad Case for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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KEDAR D. – That’s Where I’ll Be: Nostalgic from the First Hit Alt Indie

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If you’re always on the lookout for soul-melting guitar-led concordance in your Indie tracks, KEDAR D.’s single “That’s Where I’ll Be” will find a natural home on your playlists.

KEDAR D. made their debut in 2019, so, they may not be able to offer the same nostalgia as Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. Yet, he’s more than capable of inviting you to slip into a sentimentally striking soundscape. The main difference is that they can offer plenty of cutting distinction. Such as reminiscences of Interpol in the cuttingly angular guitar progressions, Bowie’s lofty spacey tonality, and Radiohead in the vocals.

You can check out That’s Where I’ll Be for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Alexander Parlee – As Long As You Need Me: Sun-Soaked Indie Folk

Alexander Parlee has followed on from the success of their debut with the endearingly masterful Indie Folk single “As Long As You Need Me”. Their songwriting talent is one thing, their ability to project personable soul into the mix is quite another.

The sun-soaked blues guitars carve out succinct melodies which share the same warm tonality as Alexander Parlee’s vocals which should be of plenty of appeal to any fans of Elliot Smith, Paul Simon and Nick Drake.

While their solo project may be fresh from inception, the LA-based artist has seen plenty of success with their band including being chosen to play at the world-renowned Whiskey A Go Go during the venue’s 50th Anniversary Show. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that we can anticipate plenty of big things to come from Parlee in 2020.

You can check out As Long As You Need Me for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Colby Dean – Will I Go: Nostalgically Sweet Americana Indie Folk

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Montana-based Indie artist Colby Dean released their debut self-titled EP on October 10th, 2019. Each of the singles unfolds as a nostalgically sweet offering of Americana Indie Folk. The best introduction to their sound is undoubtedly “Will I Go” which simultaneously unravels as an ethereally haunting and cathartically comforting single.

The Indie Folk single is sure to be of appeal to any fans of Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Leonard Cohen, as there is a touch of vintage tonality entwined with Colby Dean’s contemporary approach to the Alt-Country sound. Their naturally magnetic vocals and ability to spill plenty of imagery with their lyrics ensures that Will I Go is not a soundscape which is easily forgotten.

You can check out Will I Go along with Colby Dean’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Nicholas Orthofer – Edge of the World: An Alt Approach to Indie Folk Pop Accordance

London-based Alt Indie artist Nicholas Orthofer released their latest single “Edge of the World” in September 2019, and it only took the prelude to viscerally hook me into the soft subversively progressive single.

Similar to Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, and Jeff Buckley’s soundscapes, Edge of the World gripped me with a sense of melancholy as I listened to the sweet accordance of the single. The tonality remains light and restorative, but there’s a poignant sense of beauty that through such soft and delicate vocals out pour plaintively soul-stabbing lyrics.

The weight of this single definitely won’t fail to make itself known on your chest; Edge of the World isn’t just a single which you can half-heartedly hit play on, it’s a mellifluously transfixing aural experience.

What starts off with a fairly archetypal Indie Folk Pop arrangement gradually evolves into one which offers Jazz-infused cabaret elements. At first, the brass sits alongside the effervescent jangles of the guitar and Nicholas Orthofer’s ethereal vocals before leading up to a Swing instrumental outro.

You can check out Nicholas Orthofer’s single Edge of the World for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast