Steam Train is built of equal measures of alt-rock poise, bluesy rock intensity and psychedelic haze, a blend of Doorsian dystopia and heavy psychedelic infusions, with leviathan guitar swathes and classic rock grooves. I guess this is what the kids today would call alt-rock but alt-rock is named for its parallel stance to the classic sounds, and this is full of classic sounds, classic but not cliched.
Whilst their fellow rock bands are either pursuing a new rock path with their skinny jeans and their fashionable hair or sticking to the rules of a foot on the monitor, patched denim jacket golden age, Joey Sherman takes a cleverer and more discerning root. He travels the back roads of rock history picking up 60’s drop out vibes and spoken word intimacy, 70’s underground moves and 80’s post-punk revivalism, 90’s grunge weight and more modern rebranding that has lead to a nostalgia infused Bohemia. But he does all of this whilst moving forward and that is why he stands apart form the pack and makes a sound so vital to the evolution of the modern music scene.
Before I get to singing this acoustic artists praises, I have to just put it out there, I in no way condone the chosen name. I can’t quite imagine anyone having the conversation,
“Who are you seeing tonight?”
Yes, it’s a little twee, but I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who favours immaturity in their music. Now that’s out of my system, I can get around to recommending that you all check out his track Love and Grace which was released March 30th, 2018.
His fractured vocal ability displays a domineering prominence over his blister-inducing acoustic strumming. Ed Sheeran and Plain White Tee’s fans will be in heaven with the slightly length angst fuelled track. The production has a succinct Lo Fi feel which gives Love and Grace an unarguably raw sound, however, there wasn’t much progression to speak of throughout the track which I suppose isn’t uncommon for acoustic guitar-driven tracks, but, I can’t help but feel, that given the extended duration the track could have been infinitely more progressive if the chords were switched up a little.
You can check out the official video to Love and Grace on YouTube.
Scottish Singer-Songwriter John McLarnon released his much anticipated second single Ghosts on February 22nd, 2018. It may be that I’m an absolute sucker for a Glaswegian accent, but 20 seconds into Ghosts I was already beguiled. The space between the sounds as the ring of the guitar amplifies and fades out provides a blissfully raw experience that you just can’t help falling in love with. The orchestral breakdown midway through the track, is hands down the most empyreal audio experiences I’ve had so far in 2018.
In the 4:26 duration, you’re taken through a meandering labyrinth of sound where it’s impossible to tell where you’re going to land next thanks to the Folky hooks of the guitar and pure unchained melodies. There’s no wonder that John McLarnon’s debut EP ‘Thirty Two Winters’ went straight to number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart (my personal favourite is Colour, just in case you were wondering. His radio ready sound isn’t one that’s quickly forgettable. I still haven’t got over how incandescently astounding the music from his debut 2017 EP was.
Check out John McLarnon’s debut second single Ghosts on Spotify
More like the aesthetic of a sonorous cyberpunk, this scintillating track by Luke Biscan will have you wonderstruck. You’ll experience multiple eargasm when you listen to this song. The voice is the first impression!
A regular on the touring and festival circuit in coastal Victoria, Luke’s incredible live energy and virtuoso guitar skills have built him a solid hometown fanbase. Wish It Away shows a more tender side to the songwriter, with the lyrics providing a backdrop and perfect introduction to his upcoming debut album.
Biscan gave us his all on this song. The acoustic intimacy that it’s felt on this track is awesome. Luke Biscan has a knack for vocal melody, and the tone and the intensity of his guitar sound made the song more appealing.
The album, Revivalist, covers experiences from his childhood, religion, faith, hope and belief. It’s set for release in late 2018.
Wish It Away is a perfect introduction to the album, as it gives the listener a take a new take on hope. His guitar drives the sound, Biscan takes his audience on the journey with him. Regularly performing in the town of Geelong, he opts to play in pubs, wanting to have a close relationship with his fans. Biscan leaves his heart on the stage and believes in interacting with his audience after shows.
You’ll probably be transformed from the kick-off to experience an outpour of pure reaction. Luke can mold any sentiment into totalizing torment without surrendering its sweetness.
This is a very cool jam that’s very hard to hate. It’ll really interest me to see what Luke’s Revivalist album will look like.
We’ve got another dynamite track here, all prepared and pimped to leave you levitating in its awesomeness.
An Australian born singer-songwriter BRIDGE has recently released her newest single ‘Charlie’, an alternative pop track, featuring elements of driving drum beats, haunting harmonies, and an endearing lyrical charm.
BRIDGE’s new song will definitely sweep you off your feet just immediately you get to hear that sweet sensational vocal of hers – – a vocal which can literally lit up the sky and paint it with stars.
I wasn’t so sure of what to expect when I first laid my hands on this song. I sailed away with that uncommon trait of several forms of connoted indifference; this was literally smooched up all over my face, but all that reclusiveness disappeared when I hit the ‘Press Play’ button.
BRIDGE originally wrote the song ‘Charlie’ with just a guitar, on a rainy day in a small German town. However, from the outset, her end vision was to have a much bigger sound – with driving drum beats, intricate harmonies and interesting synth sounds – much like her musical influences of James Taylor, Tom Odell and young Australian talent Meg Mac.
You’ll definitely be awestruck by this meticulously glittering gem of a song.
An alternative pop song just couldn’t have been pitched any more better than this.. The singer has this awakening peace that revolves around her aura. Great vocals, great musical beat, well detailed clear message and of course an matched bliss which emanates from the violin strings. BRIDGE offers a catalogue of songs that present a delicate balance between relatable lyricism and electronic samples, with striking harmonies throughout.
This is undoubtedly a music that deserves a fine spot in you music library. Get on to know more about this incredible music and the resonating soothing voice behind the song by hitting the link below to listen to this amazing piece from BRIDGE.
Instead of reaching for meaningless industry jargon, labels such as alt-folk, anti-folk or the strangest of them all post-folk, Early Grave and Logan Noah Brookes in general could be better described as “what folk did next.” For folk is certainly what is being channelled here but it does so using an indie, psychedelic and even a slight pop conduit and it seems unaware of time or fashion and works at its own pace. There is something remarkably unshowy, something intrinsically clever and something cleverly poetic rooted in the DNA of the song as it gently blends these disparate musical building blocks and sonic ideas.
But the real charm of the record is the unpolished nature of the music itself. It seems to rattle as much as it chimes, clatter as much as it shimmers and it is this beauty of it…musically honest, lyrically ambiguous, frayed around the edges and in a world where the term DIY seems to be an industry catch all for cottage industry artists, this sits to the left of even that concept.
Zazuka almost made it impossible for me to put into words just how stunning her latest track ‘Turn Everything’ is. Maybe I’m a little biased as I absolutely melt at the sound of a violin, but the fact that she threw a double bass in there too almost killed me. Her stunning ethereal sound is one of the most beautiful compositions that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. With the mix of genres that she’s thrown into the mix I can guarantee you won’t find another artist that has orchestrated a sound that comes close to this sensational track.
Her lyrics prove that she’s not a force to be reckoned with, they pertain a slight reminiscent to one of my all time favourite vocalists Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), she’s also poured the same eccentric vibes into her cacophony of organic sounds.
Check out the track via YouTube using the link below:
With a voice that would give Michael Bublé a run for his money, I have no doubt that Alec Wigdahl’s latest album ‘On My Mind’ will make him a household name in no time. He’s a man that seems to have it all, soul shattering vocals, infinite prowess over the guitar that allows him to create such succinct melodies and evocatively engineered lyrics.
The singer took inspiration from his Acoustic Pop album from artists such as Ed Sheeran, and John Mayer, yet, I don’t mind putting it out there that the first track ‘Let Me Love You’ is infinitely more impressive than anything Sheeran has ever put out. Alec has that irresistible twee indie charm that flows through his lyrics and makes you fall a little bit in love with him and his harmonious abilities to create the perfect mellow sounds to kick back to.
Check out Alec’s debut track on SoundCloud using the link below:
Sasha Ka released her debut Pop hit Cinderella on 01 Feb 2018, the London, UK based singer songwriter’s sound is rooted in melodic minimal sounds against her hauntingly soulful lyrics that illustrate the disparities and strength that are found in the 21st century. There’s no better time to check out Sasha’s music just as she’s promised more UK tour dates. After listening to her debut, she can definitely count on me to be at the front.
What really makes Sasha’s track Cinderella shine above the rest is the sweet, Funk Soul infused sound that seeps through the acoustic guitar. The off-beat really brings this track alive as the music resonates against her sweet and sonorous voice that carries so lightly it’s impossible not to get caught up in the chilled out, uplifting vibe of her track which she independently wrote, arranged and co-produced. There are so many influences and elements within this contemporary track, from Folk to R&B, Easy Listening to Soul, it’s a universal sound that’s all too easy to fall in love with.
You can check out Sasha Ka’s debut single on SoundCloud using the link below:
Claudio Parrone Jr’s latest EP Sights Unseen was released in 2017 by the Indie Pop artist who poured his soul into the 5 compellingly romantic tracks. I’m not usually a fan of Indie Pop vocals, however Claudio’s voice is so resonantly immersive, it’s impossible not to get drawn in by his vocal ability.
A favourite of mine has to be ‘Gray’ with it’s Jazz infused beats and rounded by the instrumental fury that flows through the track with stylish rhythm and blinding melodies. Gray is an instant classic for me, I didn’t hesitate to add to my melodic playlist. His genre bounding sound excited me at every turn as I listened in awe as the polished beats hit me, pacifying me through the nostalgic romanticism of the sound.
It was Claudio’s aim to redefine Pop music, it’s safe to say he’s blown it out of the park with Sights Unseen, I’m stoked to hear his debut album which will be released later in 2018.
If you’re looking for an EP to mellow out with, check out Sights Unseen on Spotify using the link below.