Posts tagged ‘Indie Folk’

June 2, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Rupe

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.

“Growing Up Is Strange” from Rupe gently spun in my ears this week.  The acoustic guitar began our journey, before dry almost electronic or programmed drums come in, again, gently.  They’re solid and hold down the song nicely.  There’s an ominous synth or organ hiding in the background of this song for the entire duration.  It’s a beautiful hum and white noise that carries you through.  “I never thought I’d see the day when you would call me back” gently streams from the vocalists throat.  How can we SEE a call?  Its environment I say, and this track is heavy with it.  There’s a climax or crescendo that sweeps across the track as more layers of guitar and keys join the journey.  The electric guitar glides in and out, making you swoon for more.  Not really much bass in the mix, but you don’t miss it.  It’s there, just light.  The build holds steady and just as you’re about to go full in, the song ends leaving you wanting more.  I suggest a second listen as the journey is quite fulfilling.  Don’t let its gentle side fool you, this is a solid tune, very groove laden.  Would recommend. 

March 25, 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.

Brevity is next to levity and we keep it frothy with these brief write ups on new music from Jimmy Beach, Alex Hellcat, Retrograde Conversations, Marmalade Mountain and Sound Science after the jump.
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March 18, 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 got five on it with new songs from Justin Lacy, The Oozes, Nemo Lakes, Cam Be with Peter Jericho and Max Bien Kahn after the jump.
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March 11, 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.

Holy hell, is it Friday again already? Time keeps on slipping, but this music does not. Check out our micro-reviews of new music from MOWESBY, Jake La Botz, Adee Gershon, Shrill Carder and Robert PM after the jump.
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March 4, 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 it tight for you daddy, with only a few words about new songs from Jeff Hulett, Yvan Poisson, The Lovelines, Red Mecca and Romain Gutsy after the jump.
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March 3, 2022

The B-Side: Shelterheart

As anyone who has been following music for the past 20 years knows, there is no shortage of indie folk out there. From the whispered to the rambunctious and every variation in between, it is ground well covered. What a delightful surprise it is then when a song like “In Photographs” arrives wearing the tell tale trappings of the genre but also transcending them. Falling on the expansive and orchestral side of indie folk (Jim James, Bon Iver, etc…) Shelterheart gives us a sound that is at once familiar and comforting but also original enough to float up above the din of a thousand other groups working the same sonic field. I guess a simpler way to say that is to say that when a song is good its good and that’s all there is to it. You just feel it on a different level, and “In Photographs” hits that mark.

February 25, 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 got five on it for new tracks from Battle Ave, Dreaming of Islands, Saloon Dion, Daisy Glaze and Nate Heller featuring King Isis after the jump.

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February 17, 2022

The B-Side: Barrett Davis

Some genres live and die by authenticity, and certainly American roots music is one of those. This isn’t to say that English boys with banjos can’t occasionally write a good tune, but it’s just not the same. There’s something about growing up with the mountain mist in your lungs and the ghosts of pickers and fiddlers and yodelers echoing through the holler while you sleep that makes it different. Barrett Davis is different. Born and raised and still residing in the mountains of North Carolina, there’s a tempered weariness to his voice that sounds like lineage, sounds like respect. Davis uses it in “The Ballad of Aesop Fin” first to comfort us, to give us those old time feels (albeit with a thoroughly modern indie folk production and arrangement) with a simple but catchy melody, telling us the tale of hard luck rambler – a song tradition as old as songs themselves. But as the song builds toward the end, the voice soars and pushes the whole affair out of traditionalism and into something else entirely. The transition feels natural but that makes it no less striking, and elevates the song to something really special.

June 15, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Sarah Walk

As much as we applaud adventurous and genre bending/breaking songs on this blog, it’s not always necessary to reinvent the wheel. Especially when the wheel is as exquisitely crafted as this one is. “Same Road” by Sarah Walk may be in some ways a straight forward singer-songwriter ballad, the kind we’ve heard a million times before, but it is anything but common. There is a simple perfection to this number that reminds us why this is such a well worn genre, because when its this good there’s just simply nothing quite like it for pushing certain musical and emotional buttons.

June 1, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Americana, Folk & Roots Vol. 5

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Back from our vacation in the Smoky Mountains, but still feeling that vibe, so here’s a playlist to get you on our level.

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