Posts Tagged ‘folk’

February 27, 2018

I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve stretched my head up high to watch an airplane gliding overhead as it left a long fluffy strand of condensed water in its wake. Perhaps it’s something you tend to do when you see a white streak across the sky, too. Instead of gawking up at an aeroplane’s contrail today, you’re going to want to lean with your ears into this pastoral indie folk ballad from Irish band All The Luck In The World. Contrails is a tender heartrender that explores the sad beauty of fleeting youth and ephemeral love. Growing old has never felt more bittersweet. The song escalates from its gentle strums into a post-rock styled cathartic crest. Contrails accompanied by an affecting music video directed by Thomas Vernay. Watch the video below. Find out about All The Luck In The World’s UK/Europe tour, as well as purchase/stream Contrails, here.

February 20, 2018

There’s no doubt that Milky Chance occupies their own sweet little niche in the sound spectrum when it comes to the German trio’s ever infectious and singular blend of reggae, folk rock, and electronica. Their 2017 sophomore album Blossom was a superb follow up to 2013′s Sadnecessary, arguably even better than that first LP. And now, the boys have released a music video for track number three, Firebird, in which they explore the female heroes of modern day Bolivia. It’s fantastic to see what everyone’s doing lately with their music and their videos. We live in a time when women are pressing for recognition and equality, and seeing our favorite artists embrace this movement is moving and much appreciated. And, of course, Firebird is yet another earthy stomping earworm of a gem from Milky Chance. Any reason to listen to it again is a great one. Catch the band on their expansive international tour. Tickets and info can be found, here.

February 20, 2018

Wait By The River is exactly the sort of Lord Huron song that makes me love the indie folk band even more than I did before. I’d wait by a river for all eternity if it means the Michigan four piece might show up someday to serenade me with a song as sweetly melting as this dreamy ballad. Perhaps they’d follow the song up with The Night We Met. They might leave me by the riverside bawling my heart out with a set like that. Their new gently jangling, tawngy swaying song is the lead single off their highly anticipated new album Vide Noir, which arrives on April 20th via Whispering Pines / Republic Records. Pre-order, here, and catch them on their expansive headline tour in the US this spring, which extends into Europe this fall. The travels will bring them to the bay on June 3rd, when they play the Fox Theater in Oakland. 

February 15, 2018

Pastoral autumn harmonies and verdant lifting folk come our way via Tors, a British three piece whose members have written tracks in the past for acclaimed television series Skins and even for Korean & Japanese pop bands, too. Lately, the trio have been making a massive impact in the UK, garnering attention from the likes of BBC Introducing, 6Music, and RadioX. It’s no wonder they’ve captured the hearts of so many, considering how wonderfully invigorating and beautifully enthralling their new song Wilder Days is. It’s an ardent and fervent folk hymnal whose gloriously marching drums and evocative vocals are like The Lumineers dipped in The Head and the Heart’s dulcet glow. Tors has a big year ahead of them. They’re slated to play The Great Escape and a number of other UK festivals this year. Grab Wilder Days from digital retailers, here.

February 6, 2018

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February 6, 2018

Our week couldn’t have kicked off in any better way than with some more than welcome news from French-American indie troubadours Freedom Fry. The Los Angeles based alt-folk duo just announced their long awaited debut album Classic, which will arrive this summer. In celebration of the significant event, one that we’re monumentally excited over, Parisian-born Marie Seyrat and Michigan native Bruce Driscoll have shared a new cover version of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Girl On Fire. Dubbed a “#girlpower” adaptation of the song, Freedom Fry’s dusty strumming, gently windblown folk rock rendition is warm and euphonious, with dulcet harmonies and a bucolic charm that evokes both Lucius and First Aid Kit. You can also stream the track via Spotify, here.

February 2, 2018

It’s next to impossible to top a smash hit like Riptide, but Australian indie folkster and dashing swooner Vance Joy has come very close with the new music he’s been unfurling off of long awaited sophomore album Nation Of Two. The latest such track is a warm ebullient gem named Saturday Sun whose breezy strums and uplifting vocals nearly convince me that Spring has arrived. Vance Joy captures the joys of meeting someone and falling in love on the disarming, heartwarming song. Nation Of Two arrives on February 23rd. 

January 29, 2018

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January 24, 2018

This fine debut left my jaw wide open and agape earlier today when I first waded into its halcyon stirring beauty, but what really floored me right away was FERGUS’ exceptional voice, a truly distinct and remarkable experience. The new singer songwriter, who hails from London, captures our hearts with his emotive cooing, so gentle and beautiful, tender and smooth. FERGUS shared his very first music video today for debut song You Or Nothing, a plaintive yet soothing folk lullaby produced by Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes). You Or Nothing is the first track lifted from his forthcoming EP, due for release soon. 

Speaking about the video, FERGUS said: “We wanted to create something simple and beautiful to complement not only the song itself, but also the slightly, corrupted devoutness present throughout ‘You or Nothing’. We got really lucky with St Giles-in-the-fields; and to film in such a stunning church, in the sort of setting I spent so much of my childhood, felt surreal and fittingly full circle. The way the camera sweeps around me reminds me of a spinning ballerina in a music box, put on display for all to see – an image I think perfectly embodies the bittersweet nature of the track.” You can download or stream this heartrending debut via all major outlets, here.

January 23, 2018

Back to LA we go for a new one from rising indie outfit Mt. Joy, who I’m hoping I’ll get to catch when I make my annual pilgrimage to Austin for SXSW in March. They fuse indie rock with rootsy folk on Jenny Jenkins, lifted from their forthcoming full length. The dusty drawling song feels a bit like a stripped down Cold War Kids track. The band, who were selected by NPR as one of their 2018 Slingshot Artists as well as Yahoo’s 10 Artists to Watch, showcase their versatile sound on the song, having given us a plethora of fine tunes in the past including the more jazzy soulful Sheep. Jenny Jenkins is a wistful and nostalgic ballad, and though it’s not a cover of the Jerry Garcia and David Grisman song of the same name, it is very much connected to it. Stream/download the single, here. Mt. Joy’s self titled debut album arrives on March 2nd via Dualtone Records.