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David J. – London Town: Orchestrally Cinematic Pop Folk

If the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Folk is clumsy guitar progressions and gratingly nasal vocals, prepare to have your preconceptions of the genre completely shattered by one of the most resounding Pop Folk singles I’ve heard in a long time.

The technical guitar patterns to David J’s latest single “London Town” are enough to immediately set the Folk Singer Songwriter apart from the myriad of artists trying to break from the underground. And that’s just the prelude. As the track unfolds to the stabbing piano notes and concordant synergy between the acoustic instrumentals you’re also treated to layers of vocal harmony. To describe the orchestrally cinematic arrangements paired with David J.’s vocals and the female backing vocals as overwhelmingly visceral almost seems like an understatement.

You can check out David J.’s latest single by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Claudio Parrone Jr. – 25 in LA: Melodically Raw Stripped-Back Pop Folk

“25 in LA” is the 9th single released by the up and coming recording artist Claudio Parrone Jr. With his jazzy undertones, stripped back acoustic style and quintessentially Pop Folk sensibility it’s safe to say he’s created yet another hit.

Whilst there is certainly no shortage of artists attempting to master the soundscapes only to come off sounding like a poor carbon copy of Ed Sheeran, Claudio is irrefutably an exception to this rule with his radio-ready harmonious edge. The experimental instrumental arrangements sat tightly against Claudio’s mesmeric vocal capacity as he versed raw and honest lyrics steeped in romanticism. I have no doubt that with such an accessible sound he won’t stay on the underground for too long.

You can check out Claudio Parrone’s single 25 in LA by heading over to Spotify now

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Matt Glennon – Happy: Euphorically Ethereal Pop-Folk

Whoever said that men didn’t know how to express their emotions? Matt Glennon’s latest single “Happy” is potentially one of the most expressively sweet singles I’ve stumbled across this year.

There’s an infinite amount of appeal to be found in the simple yet momentous acoustic arrangements which concordantly compliment Matt Glennon’s euphorically ethereal rock vocals. And, as you’d expect from a Pop track, the chorus contains infectious hooks which will ensure that the melody sticks with you long after the track has faded to a close.

If you could imagine the same gripping hype as bands such as the Zombies, the Beatles and the Violent Femmes with a Folk edge, you’d get pretty close to getting an idea of how euphoric the single truly is. Or, you can check out Matt Glennon’s infectiously feel good Pop-Folk single from his latest album “Lost and Found” yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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MIIKØ – Waves: A Rhythmically Incandescent Portrait of Indie Pop-Folk

If you have a penchant for Pop-Folk; you’re in for a treat.

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce one of the most stunningly talented artists on the scene today.

Waves is the kind of track you take a breath and slip into; the ethereal harmonies bleed pure undistorted bliss. It’s a track that squeezes every ounce of Cleveland based Acoustic Pop-Folk Artists palpable passion into one sweet 3-minute duration. The blindingly talented up & coming Indie Pop enigma shows more promise than Pop artists that have been pumping the same diatribe for decades. It’s clear that MIIKØ took a pioneering approach to his sound to create a resonance that’s harder to find than a needle in a haystack. The rhythmic harmonies against the open and honest lyrics create an aural alchemy that many singer song writers could only hope to achieve. There’s such an incandescently bright soundscape behind his first EVER track Waves that it’s almost impossible to define. Because Waves moves, well, just like water, you can feel the flow of the sound, there’s no racing to the finish line, there’s no encroaching structure, there’s a fluidity you can just drink. That’s enough metaphors about the sea. Back to the track.

As the track draws to an end, it moves away from the tyranny of the plasticity of the Pop scene and for one beautiful moment you catch a break in MIIKØ’s vocals and nothing has ever sounded sweeter. In points MIIKØ’s vocals bore a sweet reminiscence to Marcus Mumford (Mumford and Sons). Who doesn’t love Mumford and Sons? For the most part of the track MIIKØ keeps his vocals incandescently light and breezy, full of texture and pure serendipity.

The best is definitely saved until last. The track faded out with one of the most harmonious piano keying I’ve heard since checking out Nils Frahm’s latest album. Against the upbeat acoustic chords twanging, the vibrant swirls of synthy effects and the piano, there’s no quicker way to heaven through the romantically Indie vibes.

My ears are defiled daily by sub-par acts all attempting to get out there and get noticed, yet there’s something refreshingly vibrant about MIIKØ’s sound, it’s one that doesn’t demand a hype, instead it’s intrinsically weaved into the sonorous layers of his debut single. I’ve said all I can without actually begging you to invest 3:30 minutes of your time in this empyreal sound. Which is totally not beneath me. So please, support your Indie recording artists & check out this stunning debut.

You can now stream Waves across all major platforms here

Review by Amelia Vandergast.

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