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Berlin band Rodeo FM send us indie-folk Americana with meaning on ‘Summer Rain’

Rodeo FM send us a lovely song to get in a reflective mood with the Americana-infused single ‘Summer Rain‘.

Rodeo FM were founded in 2004 and have quickly become the Darlings of the Berlin Americana scene. They have played relentlessly ever since, being compared to Tom Petty, Whiskeytown and the Stones and incorporating a heritage from Gram Parsons to Howe Gelb. They have played art and country fairs, demonstrations and symposiums, jazz and beer festivals, weddings and funerals, punk cellars and line-dance clubs. Blending their own Americana by moving effortlessly between country, folk, blues, jazz and garage rock.

Summer Rain‘ is the second single of the bands upcoming album ‘The Upgrade Of Truth‘, which is to be released in late 2020. The band have been taking their time to get their music together and this is such a polished release.

Berlin’s Rodeo FM bless our ears with ‘Summer Rain‘ which is such a mellow Americana journey for the ages. I love how honest this new song is. A fine effort.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Australia’s Megan Core sends us mental health conversation starter with ‘Caffeine Fix’

Caffeine Fix‘ from Megan Core is the brand new single from the talented young singer-songwriter.

Megan Core is an Australian artist who writes honest and relatable folk-rock with an earthy feel. This down to earth singer-songwriter with a mellow style, makes the year a bit better with this fantastic song. This is her 3rd ever release and you can really feel her growing maturity.

Her last single ‘Lost In Mayfield’ was released a few weeks ago and is pretty personal and based around her love for Newcastle and the special people who can make a place feel like home. With new music out, this must be such an exciting time from the likable musician who is growing after each song. Her authenticity shining through is the most impressive part and there is no flexing here.

Caffeine Fix‘ from Megan Core is a lovely song, full of beauty and incredible vocals. The Australian singer flies high with her indie-folk melodies that makes you want to smile and think of things in a positive mindset despite the topic. Speaking with your close ones and making sure they are ok is so vital. This started after Megan couldn’t play for a while due to a broken finger and is such a blessing. Even if coffee makes this fab singer a bit anxious, she will do it to check in on friends.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Reverend James Elmore Jenkins released self-aware gem ‘A Lament’

US Singer-songwriter Reverend James Elmore Jenkins sings with such self-awareness and realness on the Black Lives Matter inspired- ‘A Lament‘.

Reverend James Elmore Jenkins is a minister and musician from Manchester in Tennessee. He seeks to entertain and educate through songs, sermons, and sayings. As a Christian, he hopes to honor and glorify the Lord in all that he does.

This is a song all about the sad loss of life that is happening especially in the USA at the moment. Pointless killings that seem to be motivated by racial hate. This is a shocking story that is so sad to see.

A Lament‘ from Reverend James Elmore Jenkins is an indie-folk song packed full of thoughtfulness and love. This is an artist that seeks peace and this is a fine effort indeed. Hopefully his message will inspire change, change that is so needed in a world that seems to be full of hate but deep down, is full of love.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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PB Ruck lays down some haunting soul with their latest single “One-Man Rodeo”

Up and coming singer-songwriter PB Ruck released his latest single One-Man Rodeo on August 24th. It’s pretty much safe to say that it may just be the most pensively raw single we’ve heard so far in 2020.

The hauntingly mellifluous soundscape possesses a timeless Alt-Folk feel which is sure to be a hit with any fans of the likes of Cohen, Waits and Dylan, but it’s anything but archaic. Thanks to the clever contemporary nuances in One-Man Rodeo, it rings with modernity, resonance and connectivity.

You can check out PB Ruck’s single One-Man Rodeo for yourselves by heading over to YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Garrett Clark Bell – Rolling On: Alt Folk for the Outliers

On the heels of a successful debut single, Alabama-born artist and ex-vet Garrett Clark Bell has released their mellifluously hypnotic sophomore single “Rolling On”.

Any fans of War on Drugs and American Football will no doubt appreciate his modernistic take on Country which comes with a blissfully winding infusion of Alt Folk. If you pull your attention away from the consciousness-consuming accordance of the inventively effect-laden instrumentals, anyone who finds resonance in Bob Dylan’s lyrics will find plenty of relatable sentiments in Rolling On. It speaks to the outliers of society, the ones that navigate through the alienation looking for direction. It’s a powerful affirmation of the fact that even if you feel alone, you’re not alone in that feeling.

You can check out Rolling On for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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‘Bird’ is a touching self-shot video from William Rouached

French singer-songwriter William Rouached returns with the fine new single ‘Bird‘.

William challenged himself to take a single shot everyday during a couple of months in order to practice his video skills and create this beautiful video using his BlackBerry KeyOne phone . The results are very impressive, as you can see that this was made with love as the video shots were taken around France and Germany.

When making this song ‘Bird’, William felt that these shots depicted particularly well with the emotions he was trying to convey through the song. I agree with this as the video is beautifully made with care and to show the stunning towns too.

This is a lovely song full of heart by William Rouached on ‘Bird‘. He has flown in with a song of pure art.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Georgia’s John Omen is brilliant on ‘Changing History’

Changing History‘ from John Omen is a reflective piece from the Atlanta singer-songwriter who’s voice transcends this new single.

John Omen is a songwriter & poet from Atlanta in gorgeous Georgia. John’s diverse musical background has seen him work on a variety of songs from Metal & Industrial to Spoken Word & Rock. His contemplative musings dive into the depths of the human psyche while exploring sonic realms ranging from folk & bluegrass to neo soul & ethereal atmospherics. With his latest full-length release ‘Changing History‘, John takes us on a meditative journey that transcends musical & philosophical boundaries.

Despite the diversity of his sound, there’s an esoteric thread that runs through all of John Omen’s work. With the full album called ‘Changing History’, he ties his diverse influences together in historic new ways.

The self tilted single from the album, ‘Changing History‘, is a wonderful indie-folk song from the fantastic John Omen and he sings so powerfully on this new track. You can hear in his voice that he is an absolute pro and his guitar skills leave one knowing that a true master is at work here. You can’t changing history so making your own mark is of the utmost importance.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Brian Perrone makes a powerful Dark Folk apology with “Sorry”

Brian Perrone

Brian Perrone’s latest darkly moody Indie track “Sorry” is one of the sincerest apologies I’ve ever heard. Any Dark Folk/Murder Folk are sure to be as enamoured and evocatively bruised by Sorry as we were.

From the first verse, you’ll be hooked in the lovelorn narrative tale of regret and longing. The progressive single holds plenty of space for the artist’s seamlessly unexpected evolutions in tone and style which consistently uses complex time signatures. From delicate Neo-classical keying to Jazz-style improvisation, Sorry has a smorgasbord of inventive ingenuity to throw your way. Yet, in its essence, it remains a transfixing resolving soundscape with plenty of soul on offer.

Sorry is due for official release on August 28th, you’ll be able to check it out via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Floor 44 play so beautifully on debut ‘The One I Miss’

Canada’s Floor 44 return with this fine new single that tugs on the heartstrings called ‘The One I Miss‘.

Floor 44 is a Toronto based group consisting of Kendrick Ambrose, M. Nazar Syed, Sadiq Amin and Abdullah Malim. They formed in 2019 and have played together ever since. They come from a Pakistani background originating from Karachi. In 2020, they started releasing cover songs and original material that includes piano compositions and full band tracks. Most of their songs are written by Ambrose and Syed with Amin and Malim producing the tracks. They make such a fine team and everyone seems to work in perfect harmony.

You miss her love so much. You begged her to stay but it didn’t happen. You are sad and deep down you think there is still a chance. Will you be able to be with her again or is it all over?

Floor 44 shine with this beautifully constructed track called ‘The One I Miss‘ that makes you sad but happy at the same time. Maybe you are supposed to learn from this lesson and move on.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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With a stunning voice and sweet soul, FAI heals our hearts with ‘Comet’

Faiza Khan aka FAI, is an indie singer-songwriter based in Kuwait who elegantly strides through with her debut original called ‘Comet‘.

Produced by Jacob Moumjian and with guitars by Omar Salem, ‘Comet‘ captures the beauty and feelings associated with a budding love. This is such a gorgeous song that wrapped sweet melodies with reflective backgrounds.

Comet‘ is a song FAI wrote in her bedroom on a random day in November. She has always idealized the image of the type of love it depicts. It tells a story of a really rare and beautiful kind of love that very few people know and when she wrote the song, FAI originally wrote it as a love song to herself (crazy, but I think it’s quite cute). She always wanted someone to view her in the way the character in the song views her lover, and feel those delicate feelings towards FAI. FAI’s debut single is dedicated to anyone who ever wanted a love song written about them, but had no one write one for them. This one is for the hopeless romantics.

I get lost with FAI’s soothing voice and enjoyed each second of ‘Comet‘. The world needs more beauty like this work of stunning art.

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Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen