Posts Tagged ‘folk pop’

May 30, 2018
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Aside from my first year of existence (which was spent in Portland), I’ve lived in California all my life. It’s a very beautiful state, with all sorts of climates and landscapes.

Montréal musician Aaron Powell, who releases music under the name Fog Lake, certainly captures certain shades of California on his song of the same name. The pastoral California he paints on his folksy indie track is haunted by heartache and nostalgia. California is beautifully sad, a heartrending reminder of intimate trips past golden dunes, across verdant mountains, to pristine lakes. Remember that morning you were the first to wake, and you sat there on a boulder, watching and waiting for the brilliant sun to rise above above the lake? A mist hung over the water’s surface and you wished the moment could last forever, because what seemed so perfect the night before, that clasping of hands, that tender caress, can only lead to heartbreaking despair. Fog Lake’s pastoral charm and bittersweet vocals are reminiscent of early Blind Pilot, enveloped in lush keys and an earnest, early Youth Lagoon bedroom pop aura. California is lifted from Fog Lake’s next full length, Captain, out July 5th via Stack Your Roster.

May 18, 2018
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Saint Sister obviously knows the way to my heart. Not only have they named their new single Twin Peaks (guess who loves that show?), but the Irish duo have more than enchanted me with their dreamy wistful, snowy ethereal aria, too. Part Beach House-like dream pop, part Daughter like atmospheric folktronica, Twin Peaks is a glacial beauty and a soft, sweet, celtic harp ensconced taste from the pair’s forthcoming debut album. Saint Sister will be on the road for much of the rest of the year as they tour  North America, Europe, Ireland, the UK, and Australia. Debut album Shape of Silence is due out later this year. Find out more about their tour from their website, here.

May 9, 2018

Louisiana indie pop three piece GIVERS just kicked off their US tour the other day at New Orleans Jazz Fest, and I’m sure they more than enthralled the crowd with their new single Collide, out now on Glassnote Records. GIVERS douses us with plenty of their signature Afro pop rhythms on the infectious tune, a joyous revelry of a hearty guitar curling treat. Collide’s music video was co-directed by GIVERS themselves, alongside Emma Kanter. It was shot in New Orleans. Collide is available, here. Check out their tour dates, here.

April 28, 2018
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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.

April 25, 2018
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Truly bewitching is Tuvaband’s remarkable voice, a willowy, other worldly lure that draws us into the Norwegian artist’s utterly enchanting indie folk pop. There’s no way to extricate ourselves from new song Horses once you’ve entered its bittersweet and reedy soundscape. Horses’ lonesome strums and haunting vocals are delicately worn yet strongly potent. It’s a song both deeply anguished and tenaciously jaded, like weathered leather that’s survived countless howling rains and storms. Horses is Tuvaband’s first single from her upcoming album out later this year, and it arrives in the midst of a tour that will take her to The Great Escape and many other festivals this summer. Keep up with the compelling artist on her website, here.

April 25, 2018
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On my own, with strangers, or with the closest of people, I really don’t care…  I’m ready dance my heart out to this contagiously exultant single from Fool Child, a Melbourne based four piece founded by UK expats Scott Harrison and Matthew Green. The two have been blending the ethereal soundscapes of indie-folk with the light-hearted clutter of surf-rock together since they met while traveling several years ago. New single Dance On Your Own is an expansive beauty, with folksy marching beats and harmoniously soaring vocals. It’s a feel good summer anthem, swimming in warm honesty and dripping with Milky Chance-like vibrancy & Foals-like guitars. Dance On Your Own is available from iTunes, here.

April 19, 2018

Let’s stick around Norway for a moment and bask in the glacial beauty of Ina Wroldsen’s Sea, a taste from the singer songwriter’s new four track EP HEX, to be released on June 15th. The EP is described as deeply personal, and it features collaborations with some of today’s most forward-thinking producers, too, including Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Charli XCX), Edvard Erfjord (Little Mix), newcomer Olav Tronsmoen and George Reid (of AlunaGeorge). Her willowy, lithesome voice is utterly enchanting on the dark atmospheric, snowy ethereal song, which re-envisions The Nøkken, a Norwegian folklore tale about a lethal immortal water spirit who makes deadly contact with unsuspecting humans who can cross its path. If I were sailing the seas and heard Ina Wroldsen, I’d be drawn to her like sailors drawn to a siren. I might even face lethal immortal water spirits to get there, after all, the reward would be well worth the danger. Ina Wroldsen is also responsible for some of the biggest pop songs of the past two decades, including smash hits from Calvin Harris and Clean Bandit, as well as recent chart topping track Breathe, with Jax Jones. She’s already a huge star back home in Norway, and she’s poised to conquer the world with her exquisite voice and mystical pop. The video for Sea is a riveting visual treat that complements the song’s frosty grace and elegance. You can find the single on all major platforms, here.

April 11, 2018
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We’ve always been fond of Swedish-American folk pop duo Flora Cash and their beautifully evocative, willowy stirring music. Their debut album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) is a stunning listen, and they also proved to be amazing live when they opened for Raleigh Ritchie at a sold out Popscene in San Francisco last spring. So it’s only natural that we’re ecstatic that they’ve released a new song named 18 Dollars. Once again, they send tingles down our spines with their gorgeously husky and wispy vocals on the verdant track. They even tweak their dreamy, spindly sound with a hint of R&B pop a whole lot of heart-string tugging, sigh inducing sentimentality. 18 Dollars is a funereal lament, a profusive elegy for love deceased. Stream Flora Cash on Spotify, here.

April 2, 2018
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Out of the ever rife with talent town of Nashville, so mired in music history, comes Ellie Schmidly, whose indie folk is nothing short of beautifully haunting on One More Wave, her second single from an upcoming debut EP named Blossom & Bone. Its gentle strums and willowy vocals are joined by dreamy keys, making it a bittersweet and exquisite gem. You can also stream Ellie Schmidly’s debut single from last month, Where To Begin, below, for a jazz tinged continuation of the spell she’s cast on us with her delicately affecting music. Debut EP Blossom & Bone arrives May 11th. 

March 30, 2018
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Rob Drabkin is a viral spotify indie folk rock artist who’s been creating quite a stir with his music lately. He perks our ears and captures our hearts with a radiant and earnest new gem named It’s A Beautiful Day. It’s rather fitting that the song has been released on Dirty Canvas Music. Denver based Drabkin is now label mates with American Authors and Young Rising Sons, and his sun-kissed marching and infectious lifting indie rock on It’s A Beautiful Day easily recalls those two bands’ music, too. There’s also an anthemic Imagine Dragons quality to the irresistible song, which can also be streamed via Spotify, here