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Alt-folk alchemist, Bill E Daly, has pulled light from the darkness with ‘The World is Waiting’

In the same way you wouldn’t want to strike up a conversation with someone that had nothing to say, we should be mindful of which artists we take the time to listen to, any amount of time spent listening to Irish singer-songwriter, Bill E Daly will be well-invested.

The lifelong artist may have only just started to make waves as a solo artist, but after decades honing in on their craft and increasing the value of their introspection, there has been no better time to get acquainted with his unique alt-folk sound.

Their latest single ‘The World is Waiting’ was penned during the first lockdown in 2020 after sympathetically witnessing the impact of lockdown on young adults. While many struggle to see past their own plight, Bill E Daly extended his compassion to some of those hardest hit by the pandemic. Everything feels like it’s the end of the world to those still adjusting to adulthood, the levels of despair while the world stands still is unimaginable.

With reminiscences to Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and other alchemists of alt-folk who aren’t afraid to experiment with darker tones on the sonic palette, The World is Waiting atmospherically encapsulates the dull view which so many have taken upon the world. Lyrically, Bill E Daly finds unique ways to inspire optimism and instil confidence.

It’s a stunning single transpired from just as stunning sentiment.

The World is Waiting is now available to stream via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Janockeil cranked up the evocative intensity with his latest RnB single ‘Feeling’

Ahead of the release of his forthcoming EP, RnB luminary, Janockeil, has released his sensually resolving single ‘Feelings’; a refreshing exposition of just how deep our intrinsic need for connection really is.

Janockeil found the perfect balance between evocative intensity and raw vulnerability with Feeling, evading the risk of the track becoming just another RnB single which alludes to a romance only ever seen in RnB music videos. After the 2020 we’ve all just endured together, I have no doubt that there will be high demand for such compassionate and compelling contemporary aural soul on the airwaves; Janockeil’s future looks exceptionally bright.

You can check out Feeling for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Escape the 21st century in the timeless tones of T.C. Tumbleweed’s Alt Folk single ‘Louise’

Folk-punk became an infinitely more enamouring genre with the release of Swedish-born singer-songwriter T.C. Tumbleweed’s latest EP, ‘Out of Tune’, with old school blues thrown in for good measure, plenty of timeless tones are revived, but through this humble exhibition of their amiable talent, it may as well be your first time cruising through upraising bluesy rhythms with shimmering organ wails bringing a touch of the celestial.

The standout track, ‘Louise (Love is Only a Day) is set to enamour fans of 70s era Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Turner and Gogol Bordello alike. If you could imagine what Nick Cave would sound like if he had a soul, you’ll get an idea of what is in store when you hit play on the instantly enrapturing track which is impossible to pick apart. It becomes so much more than the sum of all parts with the swathes of emotion delivered in equal measure through the soulfully compelling vocals and the instrumentals which exhibit a level of prowess which affirms that T.C. Tumbleweed definitely deserves a spot on your radar. He’ll probably reserve a spot in your soul by the time you hit the first chorus.

You can check out T.C. Tumbleweed’s EP for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Keeping positive during bad times: Shyland shows us the way to survival on ‘The Quarantine Song’

Shyland is back with a realistic new song all about what is going on in his life during this crazy pandemic on the acoustic-filled indie-rock track ‘The Quarantine Song‘.

The world is a mess and we are so bored inside our homes but need to swallow our pride to get through this, as we will be stronger for it. This is the message from the private USA singer-songwriter who prefers to let his music do the talking and not to get bogged down in any one box.

He likes to work with other artists, help us to laugh, learn and enjoys being exposed to different ways of doing things. This is probably one of his more serious releases and is a truly fine song.

His voice echoes the sentiment of so many across the world who are sick and tired of this pandemic. We are all just going to have to stay positive and reinvent ourselves to survive and music like this, really helps the day go by faster as the humor is light at times, while also giving us some truthful facts.

With a chorus that keeps the mood up and an array of interesting facts, this is a song that needs to be heard far and wide in the world.

The Quarantine Song‘ from the mysterious figure Shyland is a song that tells it how it is and for that, we need to appreciate his creativity and willingness to speak about this glum topic. The way to survive is through top music after all, as it heals all mental scars.

Stream this fine single on YouTube and see his adventures via IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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A breath of fresh air: Ellsworth drops her incredible debut single ‘Growing Pains’

Ellsworth returns with her stunningly elegant vocals and vivid storytelling on her first single called ‘Growing Pains‘.

Denver, Colorado indie-folk/Americana singer-songwriter Megan Ellsworth aka Ellsworth picked up the guitar when she was just eight years old thanks to her Dad, and hasn’t looked back since. The marvelous music melodies she makes are lodged deep in her brain and her wonderful creativity is a blessing to our lonely hearts, as she sings with such grace and class.

She is a supremely lyrical storyteller with a real tale about how growing up is challenging but that it all worked out in the end. Growing up is full of twists and turns throughout and with the support of those close, we can do anything we set our minds to.

“To actively grapple with the deeper aspects of humanity, with the complicated experience of being human that we all know and can relate to”.- Ellsworth

With a stunningly pure voice, boundless enthusiasm and a way with words that hugs deep into our hearts, she is a singer-songwriter that is finding her feet and it feels like she will only get better and better through time. Having talent is one thing but being sincere, putting in the hard work and going for your dreams through undoubted trial and error, is how you become truly great at what what you set your mind to.

Growing Pains‘ from the exciting talent Ellsworth from Denver is a spiritually awakening experience and you will get lost in her fine voice, as she weaves a pleasurable web around your mind, body and soul.

Hear these crisply gorgeous vocals on Spotify and follow her adventures on IG and FB.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Catterina is set to make her soul-baring Americana Pop Rock debut with ‘Wasted Time’  

Brooklyn, NY-born, Houston-residing singer-songwriter, Catterina, is set to make her unmissable debut with her heartache-inspired single ‘Wasted Time’, with an eclectic array of influence behind her accessible radio-ready Pop style, if anyone’s got what it takes to break into the charts in 2021, it’s Catterina.

Through a combination of blues, folk, indie and pop, Wasted Time is a track so fresh you can almost feel the breeze, and with the ability to make her lyrics as empowering as they are absolving, one hit of Wasted Time will affirm that Catterina is one to watch.

The production may be polished, but the lyrics run through unfiltered, bleeding sincerity and vulnerability in pitch-perfect harmony. I feel like if I heard Wasted Time when I was 16, I’d be much better prepared for life.

Wasted Time is due for official release on January 15th. You’ll be able to check it out for yourselves by heading over here. In the meantime, follow Catterina via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Moving on from lost love: Graham Edmonds drops new indie-folk breakup single ‘Let’s Let It Lie’

Graham Edmonds brings his incredible voice to the masses on his excellent new release called ‘Let’s Let It Lie‘.

Soulful American singer-songwriter, USC Thornton School of Music student and screen actor Graham Edmonds is from small-town Lawrence, Kansas. He is now based in big-city Los Angeles, California to turn his huge dreams into realistic reality, in-front of the bright cameras and behind the magical mic.

With a lovely indie-folk style, this is a singer-songwriter that puts his heart and soul into each word that he performs and the melody is rather sweet, yet so sad at the same time. The folksy rhythm is one that you would put on late at night, while thinking of that special person in your life that got away. You regret that it happened but at the time, it felt so right.

His voice gives the impression that he is sorry for this breakup but he knows it needed to happen for both of you, to move on and be strong. The vocals are tender and honest, the story makes you think of past breakups and how hard they were at first, before after a while you regained your confidence and moved on upwards, to find that love that was right for you.

Let’s Let It Lie‘ is the profound story from the supremely talented Graham Edmonds that shows us that sometimes love doesn’t work out and we need to go our separate ways and it’s okay. Things happen for a reason and as long as we deal with it in a classy way, that is all we can really do.

Stream this thought-provoking new single on his Spotify and see the next step in his career on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

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Michael Golden sends a haunting Alt Folk Christmas card with ‘Some Kind of Holiday’

Michael Golden’s latest single ‘Some Kind of Holiday’ perfectly captures that contemplative morosity-tinged mood that everyone has the proclivity to fall into the festive season. Through the sparse lyrics and haunting choral tones, there’s an invaluable affirmation that the state of seasonally-inspired forlorn introspection is universal, regardless of what facades are worn.

The tenderly compelling single may be the ultimate antithesis of a Christmas single, but it is all the better for it. It is performed without pretence, odious capitalistic desire or cliché wistfulness. Instead, it brings emotions to the surface which you wouldn’t have independently experienced, it allows you to get lost within the romantic imagery in the lyricism, it allows you to shed tears for all the right reasons.

The official music video for Some Kind of Holiday premiered on December 23rd. You can check it for yourselves via YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Dreamy memories in Norway: Matte Juno drops exquisite single ‘Daytime Serenade’

Matte Juno returns with a vibrantly pleasurable new song that instills a thoughtful energy into your day on ‘Daytime Serenade‘.

Mathias Haukjem aka Matte Juno is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who is fairly new onto the music scene but is making a quietly impressive start to releasing his creations to the world.

Stitched neatly in a fantastic fusion of drum machines, poly synths and funky guitar and bass, this is the type of song you tell your friends about.

There is a peaceful breeze that blows in the wind towards your body here as the jazzy tingle is a lovely touch. With a clever beat that keeps you fascinated and your ears give you the thumbs up during this journey of finding that chilled spot, that rests your head just right.

Daytime Serenade‘ from the young and talented Norwegian musician Matte Juno is a work of art that paints a pretty picture in the sky as you gaze up above, wondering how many planets there are actually up there. It could be a road trip song too as it ticks all the boxes you need in music and is a blessing to those tired spirits that need a natural boost.

A peaceful track that mixes electronic, blues and jazz all in one pretty bundle that is full of joy and love.

Stream this vibrant new song on Spotify and see his story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen