Posts Tagged ‘ambient folk’

April 28, 2018

Delicate guitar picks and deeply contemplative, dewy nostalgic vocals tenderize the heart on When We Were Young, a debut single from James New, whom you might recognize from his previous projects like Mumm-Ra and Mirrors. He steps back into the spotlight solo on a tender ballad, whose gentle yet lush instrumentals and soft lilt are like a conjoinment of Patrick Watson’s pastoral charm, Sufjan Steven’s chamber pop, and SYML’s ambient atmosphere. James, who’s written pop songs for artists like Dua Lipa and Raye, pours his heart out on misty and vulnerable When We Were Young. He reminds us of a time when life seemed simpler, when hope filled every crevice of our hearts. And he does so ever so beautifully, too. When We Were Young can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

February 2, 2018

SYML, the Seattle based musician also known for his role as founder and frontman of Barcelona, has carved out a little niche of his own with his solo music this past year, and that niche has resonated with so many people that his music has now become mainstream radio fodder, too. Last month, Brian Fennell released SYML’s latest EP, In My Body, a six track exposé and a transcendental invitation to join Brian on a journey of introspection and connection. SYML’s music is always beautifully pensive and introspectively haunting. This week, a new music video has been released for EP track The War, a diaphanous sweeping dose of his deeply moving combination of ambient pop, atmospheric rock, and dream folk. It’s a rather devastating ballad, with mournful keys and afflicted vocals. The War’s video tells a rather dark tale of judgement, condemnation, and devastation. You can stream/purchase SYML’s In My Body EP, here. I look forward to catching him at SXSW, but you can also catch him on tour at a wide expanse of locations over the next few months. For more details, visit SYML’s website, here.

January 11, 2018

Once again, a new stripped down acoustic video for an incredible song has keyed us into an amazing rising artist and her music. New York’s Aisha Badru is an urban folk singer songwriter who delivers soul stirring music with a supple & emotive voice. You can watch her perform her recent single Bridges in an intimate setting below, but make sure you watch the video for the original above. Bridges is lifted from Aisha Badru’s debut album, due out this year. It follows on the heels of her 2015 Vacancy EP, which garnered a lot of attention from the advertisement world when her hushed single Waiting Around was utilized for a viral Volkswagen add in South Africa. That buzz continues to grow with delicate and understated Bridges, a tenderly stirring gem that feels like early, dusky BROODS gone ambient, atmospheric Daughter. Bridges is available, here.

August 19, 2017

Haux, who just wrapped up his debut headlining tour this past Spring after melting us with poignant stirring dream folk and electronica on songs like breakout single Touch, has returned with a new song Cologne. If there really were a fragrance fashioned after Haux’s allure, it would have to be smoky and velutinous, with many layers of aroma whose fine tendrils reach out to intertwine with the micro fibers of the heart. But it’s not that sort of “cologne” that inspired Haux on his atmospheric billowing aria, but a place I’ve yet to visit. Cologne drips with remorse and sorrow, longing and sorrow. 

Speaking of the new release, Woodson himself explains: “I’ve realized there are so many places I haven’t seen in the world, so many faces that seem so familiar and yet somehow so far away. I try to imagine their lives and how they differ from my own. I know I’ll never really know, but there’s something about not knowing that gives me comfort and keeps me eager to see more people and places. There was a certain magic about Cologne. It struck me as a place that I might’ve had another life in if I hadn’t lived the life I have. When I was back home, off tour, I remembered that feeling and tried to imagine a life there and the story of what might have been”. Haux will be playing a special NYC show on November 19th at Park Church Co-op, where he’ll be joined by a string section for a sure to be immensely moving and memorable experience. 

May 27, 2017

Novo amor translted from Portuguese is “a new love”, but our love for Welsh songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Novo Amor is far from new. We’ve been melting away to his finespun dream folk for quite some time, and we can’t help but succumb to the leafy pastoral, airy billowing beauty of his latest single, Colourway, too. The verdant blooming song seems deceptively simple at first when in fact, it’s a lushly layered, meticulously nuanced, and expressively dyed palette of emotion. Colourway’s tranquil soothing soundscape and velveteen falsettos are like a cross between Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and James Vincent McMorrow. The single is lifted from new EP, Bathing Beach, out today and available, here. Novo Amor recently played a sold out headlining show in London, and he’ll be touring Europe this fall. 

April 6, 2017

Beautiful is an understatement when it comes to the music of Welsh songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Novo Amor. The man behind Novo Amor, Ali Lacey, has the capacity to break hearts and lift souls with his dream folk and ambient indietronica. It’s fitting that the first taste from his new EP Bathing Beach is a song named Carry You. He carries us all to the heavens with his misty verdant aria. Carry You’s pastoral scenery and heartrending falsettos come together to evoke Bon Iver, early James Vincent McMorrow, and Patrick Watson. Novo Amor’s new album Bathing Beach, a sure to be cathartic experience, can be pre-ordered, here, ahead of its release on May 26th.

March 31, 2017

We’ve literally been waiting years for a debut album from New York’s Wilsen, having been eagerly devouring their beautiful dream folk all this time. I Go Missing In My Sleep arrives April 28th via Secret City, and the latest taste from the record is exquisite, to say the least. Final is a sparse and reedy tune that builds ever precisely towards a moving peak. The hushed spaciousness of the song harbors a torrent of emotion, tenderly delivered straight to the heart by Tamsin Wilson and her soft, intimate vocals. You can pre-order Wilsen’s debut album from major outlets, here.

October 25, 2016

As a child, I loved coloring books. I loved the freedom of imagination it allowed in how you chose your pigments, which way you wanted to blend them together, and the fact that you could, in fact, create your own rules based on what you want to express or how you feel. Perhaps, that’s the reason why I find myself drawn to Colouring’s name. It seems so full of potential, so ambiguous, so intriguing. I must praise Osca for their second chosen name, it’s spectacularly clever, whatever their true intent was in making that change. Even before I listen to Colouring’s new single, Everything Has Grown, I already feel a sense of wonder and awe touching  my heart. The British outfit amplifies those vibrations with their earthy verdant, tenderly melting fusion of dreamy indietronica and folksy pop. I’m left feeling much like how I do when I’m out in the vast wilderness, gazing in silent amazement over a beautiful panorama. Somewhere, beyond the tree tops, behind that mountain range, the world is bustling along, people of the past are living their lives. Memories flood my mind, the seconds tick by, and all I want to do is wish them well in the face of such absolute, humbling beauty. Everything Has Grown is a deeply touching gem, which you can purchase now on iTunes.

July 25, 2016

Singapore’s Linying is a graceful songbird on Alpine, an astonishing folktronica gem that glides through the air with spectacular elegance. She brings me to catharsis with her tender lush ballad. Flawless silken vocals drift effortlessly through an emotionally charged, atmospheric sweeping soundscape while Alpine’s wistful poetic lyrics tug gingerly at my heart. Alpine is a song with the lush grandiosity of Bon Iver and the delicate vulnerability of Birdy. The single is available now on iTunes via Akira Records.

July 11, 2016

We’ve been following along with Haux for a year now as he tore our hearts asunder with one after another emotive song. Last Friday, those songs were released alongside two new ones on a spectacular debut EP named All We’ve Known. The War is one of the new ones, a gossamer stirring dream folk and ambient electronic lullaby. The song’s aching nostalgia and pensive brooding are absolutely gut wrenching and oh so beautiful. It whispers intimately and caresses gently, like a softly babbling brook in the midst of a misty forest ripe with woeful memories. Stream All We’ve Known in full on Soundcloud and purchase from various outlets, here. Prepare yourself for an immensely moving experience.