Posts tagged ‘Indie Folk’

September 9, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

TGIF amiright? You know what that means. That’s right, it’s Tunes Goodenough Itsdumbto Fillyourscreenwithwordsbecausetheyspeakforthemselves. Check out the latest from Jessica O’Donoghue, Blue Lupin, Lukka, Hunter Ellis and Niall Summerton and our micro reviews of each after the jump.
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September 2, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Kick off the last few weeks of summer with five new tracks that they don’t need all the blah blah blah from yours truly. Check out songs so good they speak for themselves by Spectral Planet, Luke De-Scisco, Tripper and the Wild Things, Ruth Lyon and Valère Géron after the jump.
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September 1, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Tommy Alexander

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This week I learned just what quiet can do with the track “Silence” by Tommy Alexander.  Drums and bass bring us in and they are well produced, thick and dry with great bass drum and snare tones.  The guitar comes in lurking behind a beautifully dark melody.  It reminds me of George Harrison in the best way.  Tommy’s vocals are haunting, soft and buried in the mix yet dark with lyrics that cut through you.  Words like “heartbreak on my shoulders” and “the red birds flying by your window” leave you feeling like you’re starring in the latest AMC show, dark and racy yet relatable.  The song structure is common with the verses and choruses dancing in tandem, each taking its turn.  My favorite part of the song is hands down the guitar.  It flows in and out with the chorus and tremolo laden rhythm guitar.  Just when you arrive the second electric trills and rips and bends on note after note.  I wouldn’t say its ever enough to classify it as a solo, just really tasteful lead electric guitar.  Silence is the way, if you’re listening to Tommy on this track preach it over and over, but I say bring the silence, turn up that knob and give it a few spins.  Turn that silence up as loud as you want to.  Great tune Tommy, I’ll be back for more.

August 26, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Five songs, five words each, it’s the most economical reviews on the internet. Check out the so-good-they-speak-for-themselves-tracks by Sofi Gev, Powder House, Axel Flóvent, J. Graves and Blissful Red after the jump.
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August 18, 2022

The B-Side: Reticent Alien

What a cool song. “Get the Picture” by Reticent Alien has a bopping, galloping acoustic guitar core that gives it a unique sense of movement you just don’t hear in songs these days. It pulses and moves things along like a strong current, upon which swim the vocals and lyrics that remind us a bit of one of the all time unsung great songwriters; Michael Penn. It’s one of the coolest combinations we’ve heard in a while, with a distinctly different type of shredding and a top notch song to boot.

August 16, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: MoonBell

“Something New” by MoonBell starts off slow and lush, the type of indie ballad we’ve become accustomed to, so it’s an unexpected treat when it blooms with a drum loop and expansive synth pads and does so tastefully. The surprises don’t stop there, a breakdown with a few measures of low brass (tuba perhaps?) and a fast finger picked guitar part make appearances as well, but in all of these things MoonBell does it in a manner where it makes sense. This isn’t switch up just for the sake of switch up, it feels integral and that’s the magic of it all.

August 12, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep our lips mostly sealed with micro-reviews of five songs so good they speak for themselves. Check out the latest from Melanie MacLaren, Credit Electric, Vangelism, General Admin and Gonzo Lebronzo after the jump.
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August 8, 2022

Week Starter – Odie Leigh

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Fuck dude. This song is so good, it’s just like “fuuuuuuuck.” You know? “A Month Or Two” by Odie Leigh is like if Nico kicked heroin, stayed away from bicycles and after 40 years in hiding dropped an unreleased song to blow your mind and heal your soul. Sublime and poetic without being pretentious, orchestral folk without feeling gimmicky, this is just a perfect song done perfectly and is the kind of swear words inducing beauty we want to send you into the week with.

August 2, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: crsa

Viola, minimalist percussion and cooing vocals are the ingredients to “We’ll Be Forever” by crsa, and honestly if anything else were added it’d probably ruin the whole thing. A floating, hazy, dream state of a song; it feels huge and intimate at the same time, like a memory you can’t quite grab onto or a feeling you can’t quite express. It vibes like a more organic Cocteau Twins (albeit with actual words, not just sounds) and is perfect for these languid days of summer.

July 29, 2022

Week Ender – Emily Elbert

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

An effortlessly funky soulful rootsy bluesy mix to kick off the weekend? Don’t mind if we do. “For Free” by alliteration lover Emily Elbert is such an easy, unforced, natural feeling groove that it almost feels like something that was found in nature. A perfectly cool woodland stream bubbling and dancing through a remote forest on a hot day and also the stream gets you tipsy. How good is this song? So good that we’re writing a bad fantasy short story about it. Come, gather your allies around and drink from the magical musical stream that will make you drop your chainmail and shake a tail feather (figuratively for the humanoids, literally for bird people in your group).

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