Posts Tagged ‘folk pop’

January 13, 2018

Much buzzing Vermont based singer songwriter Noah Kahan just released his debut EP Hurt Somebody earlier today. I couldn’t wait to dive into it after swooning to the artist’s whiskey drenched vocals and heartfelt singles previously. I found myself glued to the five track EP as I swayed to his infectious indie rock and earthy pop on songs like Catastrophize, which again reminds me of a cross between James Bay’s pastoral charm and BANNERS’ melting sentimentality. The EP also features a new version of title track Hurt Somebody, with pop genius of the moment Julia Michaels on additional guest vocals. Stream the dulcet duet below. Noah Kahan’s Hurt Somebody EP is a must listen. You can stream/download the release, 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.

January 9, 2018

Swedish folk troupe First Aid Kit, a favorite of ours for such a long time, have been drumming up a fresh new flood of buzz lately with the songs they’ve revealed from their next album Ruins. Much of the music we’ve heard so far from the album have been extra rustic compared to some of their prior material, but new song Fireworks takes a bit of a turn. It’s a melting dream pop flavored canticle, accompanied by a heavily nostalgic video that pays tribute to the 80s with its idyllic prom setting. Fireworks is without a doubt my favorite new FAK song off Ruins so far, a Beach House meets Lykke Li styled ambler with ample pastoral charm. I’ve been melting away to it since its trademark First Aid Kit harmonies came to light last Friday, and now you can, too. Ruins arrives January 19th, pre-order, here.

December 22, 2017

Lake Jons’ music just seems to get better and better with every new release from the Helsinki band’s forthcoming self titled debut album. My heart swells with love as the three piece enraptures us with their eccentric psych pop and folktronica on warped new single, Call Me. I find my mind drifting away joyously to the meditative twirling, spacey warbling lo-fi gem. Call Me’s pastoral beauty and kaleidoscopic distortion are like Ry X or Ásgeir Trausti fused with some Animal Collective and Tame Impala. Lake Jons’ debut album arrives January 19th via AntiFragile Music. 

December 22, 2017

It’s been well over two years since Australian artist Tanya Batt first blew us away with her amazing voice on her solo work, after which she began to debut music under the pseudonym BATTS. The singer songwriter recently released a debut EP entitled 62 Moons, and she’s totally moved us with haunting lead single Somedays, an alt-folk leaning song brimming with heartrending emotion and a gorgeously layered spacey modular array of synths & guitar. Somedays is a song that reminds us of the enormity of life and the everlasting power of heartbreak. BATTS’ five track EP is named after the 62 moons of Saturn, and that obsession with space is an underlying theme throughout her record. 62 Moons is out via THAA Records, find out more about it on BATTS’ website, here.

December 16, 2017

19 year old Swedish singer songwriter Anna Leone captured us with her debut single a few months ago when she released My Soul I, a smoky raw folk meets intimate soul ballad that showcased her inspirations, which include Bob Dylan, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, Laura Marling, and more. She’s since debuted a new music video and song via French Vogue named I Never Really, a gently affecting, melancholic and contemplative beauty. Anna Leone’s new song also reminds me of a folksier, dustier Lianne La Havas at times, it’s a sincere and brittle gem steeped in vulnerable emotion. 

Anna says, “The song deals with the idea of suppressing things you don’t want to deal with and wondering if that’s right or wrong and how that impacts your life and relationships. This is the most recent song I’ve written and the latest one recorded in the studio so it all came together very quickly. I was writing a lot at home and this one stood out as something very sincere. I discovered the riff first and everything sort of fell into place after that, both the lyrics and the melody.” I Never Really is available, here.

December 12, 2017

I’m pretty sure I’ve found a new French pop obsession now that I’ve stumbled upon the quirky, noire-tinged folk pop of Baptism, which comes from Halo Maud, a Parisian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who just signed to Heavenly Recordings. It’s a strange but addictive world that she welcomes us into in the video for the mysterious and hypnotic, heady and bewitching tune, whose clattering percussion and simmering groove remind me of fellow French artist JAIN, but with an experimental folk meets art pop vibe. As its title might suggest, there’s a dark mythical quality to Baptism, which is lifted from Halo Maud’s Du Pouvoir EP, out now and available from iTunes, here. Watch the music video for the title track below, whose slick dreamy groove and classic French pop aura is a far cry from Baptism, proving Halo Maud’s much alluring versatility. 

December 12, 2017

It’s been several years since Afie Jurvansen gave us his last full length as Bahamas, but on January 19th Earthtones arrives, and the Canadian musician is already in the midst of sharing some very fine treats off the album. In fact, he’ll be making an appearance at Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco come February, with a show at the Independent on the 24th. Watch Bahamas’ new music video for Way With Words, a laid back stroller of a balmy glowing, twangy strumming tune. You can pre-order Earthtones, here.

November 25, 2017

Helsinki based psych-folk trio Lake Jons recently announced their self-titled debut album, arriving on January 19th via AntiFragile Music. Our excitement for its release grows as the three piece reveals dynamic new single Breathe Out The Fumes. It’s a delicately stomping, aerial fluttering song that melds the earthiness of Milky Chance with the diaphanous texture of Ry X or Ásgeir Trausti alongside copious dusting of warped psychedelia. Lake Jons’ debut album wil feature a calm and persistent “life will go on” motif. The band retreated to an isolated cabin deep in a Finnish forest during the summer months of the year to write the album. Re-visit prior single Colors and the band’s other releases on Soundcloud, here.

November 18, 2017

I live in California. Fault lines are a dime a dozen here in earthquake central. I probably have a fault line running somewhere underneath me right now. What isn’t a dime a dozen, however, is an artist like Jack River, an Australian singer songwriter who’s bewitched us over and over again with her alt pop music. She casts a new spell on us with her latest single Fault Line, a raw beauty that sees her marrying sparkle with grit, dusty folk pop with honeyed alt pop. Jack River wrote Fault Line about the regret of not taking the chance at love, instead leaving it on the edge of an inner ‘fault line’. Of the song, River says, “I was deep in a really dark time in my world, I wanted to capture the fragility of walking around your mind in the dark, and then exploding into emotion and regret when you surface. At the same time, I felt this need to lean into some kind of teenage dream to distract myself from the sadness of it all. That’s where the production comes in.“ Fault Line, which Jack River co-produced with Xavier Dunn, is available, here.