Inspired by tumultuous times and personal emotional upheavals, the acclaimed alt indie-folk singer-songwriter, Shane Cooley, stepped into the metaphysical wild to create his seminal upcoming album, Forest. The first single to be released, Coyote, is a hauntingly euphonic hit that blends tonal palettes of Jack White and Elliott Smith while experimenting with artful simplicity and the dust of desert rock. Vocally, Cooley parallels Grandaddy with his honeyed high timbres that still resonate as organic despite the raised velvety pitches.
With lyrics that run like wild poetry, “A coyote/In grown man’s clothing/Forever lonely/Forever free/Down in the valley/Out on the streets/If you push me/ I’ll show my teeth”, this modernised feat of indie-folk Americana won’t fail to reel you into the themes of isolation and freedom, which are proven to be two of the same.
We can’t wait to hear what the rest of his seminal LP delivers. The Richmond, VA artist may be flying under a lot of people’s radars. Yet, it is only a matter of time before he gets full recognition for his inexplicably honed-in talent and instantly magnetic charisma as a songwriter.
Coyote will officially drop on April 8th, 2022. You can check it out for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp.
Pittsburgh-based artist DiLisio (Mark Jeffries) may be renowned for his ability to cook up rock n roll earworms, but that barely alludes to what is on offer in their standout single “Flower Bed”.
Yes, you’ll want to listen to it again. Yes, it has all the infectious appeal which will leave you itching to hit repeat, but there’s so much more to the mind-melting feat of Alt-Indie Rock. The guitar tones in Flower Bed will tear right through you. DiLisio’s approach to Garage Rock which incorporates nuances of Blues, Pop and RnB is one of the most cutting sounds we’ve had the pleasure of being lacerated by in 2020.
While you try to keep up with the sonically seismic changes in momentum, you’ll become aware of just how intrinsically arrested you are by the artist’s rhythmic prowess. Then there’s the vocals, the unpredictable volatility of them and the sheer level of emotion which will crawl under your ribs as you listen to the candidly introspective lyrics. I have an overwhelming amount of awe for any artist willing to bleed their soul into a soundscape. Naturally, I’m awe-struck with DiLisio.
There are some aural nods to The Black Keys and Jack White, but the visceral full-throttle nature of the track affirms that assimilation had very little to do with the orchestration of this unforgettably eruptive release.
You can check out DiLisio’s track Flower Bed via Spotify.
Adam Banner’s latest single “Rarely Wronge” kicks off with serenely winding Alt Blues Folk acoustic rhythms before their playfully endearing personality pours into the mix.
Vocally, Adam Banner’s distinctive style is somewhere between Jack White’s harmonic accordance and Kurt Cobain’s soul-soaked candid delivery in tacks such as Plateau. Which means you’ll get Blues vocal magnetism with the perfect pinch of pained antagonism.
The chorus in Rarely Wronge is what perennial earworms are made of. Despite the accessibility of Rarely Wronge, Adam Banner found plenty of room for nuanced experimentalism. Alongside the usual staple instruments you’ll need to be prepared to be transfixed by the slide guitar and endeared by the harmonica. Harmonicas may not have the best rep, but you may find your perceptions shattered after listening to Rarely Wronge.
And yes, Adam Banner did purposefully spell the title to his track wrong. That humble and self-defacing humility is just one of the reasons why you’ll be stoked you discovered them as we are.
You can check out Adam Banner’s track Rarely Wronge for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
If all good things come in small packages, expect to listen to this song and get one of the best surprises from a dynamic duo from Jackson, Tennessee. Hunter Cross and Cameron Briley make up the members of The Skeleton Krew and their latest offering called “Love”, is already making some serious waves on the internet.
The song starts off with sweet, intricately woven harmonies, reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash or Alison Krauss, and one would be forgiven for thinking that they were about to take us on a journey down the best of a scenic Country or Soft Rock road. Instead, a few face melting guitar solos, talented drum rolls and riffs that are played deep in the pocket, and an incredible vocal performance, make for a heady mix of Punk, Rock, and Goth that is teeth clatteringly good. It’s eight short bars in the back of Buick but the rest is pedal to the metal in a Mustang all the way!
You are going to want to rewind this track a few times as the musicality and vocal dexterity is subtle but brilliant.
Listen to “Love” by The Skelton Crew here at Soundclound. Have fun, we sure did!