Posts Tagged ‘indie folk’

May 30, 2018

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 25, 2018

The other day, we were celebrating the return of English folktronica band Tunng by sharing their ace new single ABOP. I’d imagine the band must be pretty busy considering the new album they’re preparing to drop this summer, yet Tunng’s Mike Lindsay has found time to form a new band with celebrated folk singer songwriter Laura Marling. The pair, who’ve named themselves LUMP, already have a self-titled debut album arriving on June 1st via Dead Oceans. They’ve shared a second single from the record, which like their first single Curse of the Contemporary, comes accompanied by a music video starring a big red expressive and lonely yeti of sorts. Watch the big fellow dance around with a mop to melancholic aching, lush orchestral Late To The Flight, an atmospheric and unhurried beauty that slowly settles itself deep within your soul. You can pre-order/pre-save LUMP’s debut album, here.

May 19, 2018

Ugh, this song gets me every time. It’s such a hauntingly gut-wrenching ballad, and now that the new season of 13 Reasons Why has debuted on Netflix, a new version of The Night We Met has surfaced. Lord Huron’s song, which was originally from their album Strange Trails from 2015, gets a re-imagining that also features indie folk artist Phoebe Bridgers. Lord Huron is currently touring for their new album Vide Noir. The stacked soundtrack for season 2 of 13 Reasons Why is available, here.

May 16, 2018

To be honest, I had no idea that new Tors music dropped several days ago until a few moments ago, when Soundcloud decided it would be wise to auto-play the British trio’s latest single. I sat straight up in my chair as my ears perked skywards and my eyes became big round saucers. Soundcloud is perceptive and shrewd indeed, because not only do we love Tors’ earthy, folksy rock, but Won’t Remember is a high flying, earnest stirring spectacular! The heartfelt ballad was written about Alzheimer’s and the heartbreaking travails related to the degenerative affliction. Despite the agonized sentiment behind anthemic Won’t Remember, it’s an incredibly lifting and inspiring song. Won’t Remember is a guiding light, a much needed injection of hope. Let darkness not prevail. Won’t Remember is lifted from Tors’ brand new EP Wilder Days, available here.

May 9, 2018

I really don’t know much about Isle Of Wight, even though its one of the most popular English islands around. I only know of it due to the long-standing British music festival that occurs there every year. But I’ve come to learn that I’m in love with this singer songwriter, Swan Levitt, who hails from the island. He recently released a deeply affecting folk song named Alive from his highly anticipated debut EP, and it’s quite the intimately moving piece. Alive’s heartfelt lyrics detail an event involving a close friend, and the fast rising artist’s grainy voice seems ready to crack under the weight of his anguished emotions. The acoustic-folk ballad is beautifully heartbreaking, to say the least.  It builds slowly, swells gently, with lush strings and poignant fervency. Speaking on Alive, Swan said; “Alive is a song about loss. It’s primarily about a close friend who battled with cystic fibrosis. However, it has wider meaning. Family, friends, memories (good and bad). I think most people can relate to some kind of trauma, so ‘Alive’ should resonate with them”. Pre-order Swan Levitt’s self-titled debut EP, here.

May 9, 2018

The name The Lighthouse and the Whaler has always sounded like some sort of epic novel to me, like a classic book in the vein of Moby Dick. And true to form, the Cleveland band’s music has always been rather vividly cinematic, too. We ride the oceans towards our greatest adventures alongside the band as the trio returns with Into The Unknown, an exuberant charging, triumphant sweeping folk rock anthem bursting with blustering, windswept magnificence. No towering waves or vindictive sea monsters can stop us, not with this rallying-cry of a song coursing through our eager ears. Into The Unknown’s enthusiastic stomps and ardent hand-claps remind us of The Lumineers, while its unbridled zeal and its lively strumming spirit also evoke Of Monsters and Men. TLATW will be kicking off a tour tomorrow that will bring them to Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on May 23rd. Learn more about the tour on their website, here.

May 9, 2018

A band like Freedom Fry releasing a song named Cold Blooded Heart almost seems ironic, considering how sweetly affable and genuinely down to earth the French-American duo from Los Angeles has proven to be in all our encounters with the pair. But that’s exactly what Bruce Driscoll and Marie Seyrat have named their new single, a dusty rolling gem from their long awaited debut full length, arriving this summer. With it, Freedom Fry takes us to the ruthless Wild West, known for its stoic shootouts and its heart wringing escapades. But we feel cozy and safe, swaddled by the LA-based duo’s twangy strumming, bucolic stirring song. They’ve given us a heartfelt reminder to look to the future after surviving the past. Cold Blooded Heart is that welcome hearth, that dependable log cabin we return to after a long day out in the barren wilderness under a brutal sun. Our hearts may be beaten and mangled, but we’re lifted by Freedom Fry’s harmonious vocals, their beautifully lush strings, and an overwhelming sense of weathered contentment. “Make a fire, put it in your heart, I won’t let you go, I’ll make you whole again,” they coo. Freedom Fry’s debut album Classic drops on June 1st. Re-visit the title track via our feature, here.

May 4, 2018

Let’s kick of a humongous new set of fine tunes with something exquisitely beautiful. Portland, Oregon’s Haley Heynderickx stops time itself with her folksy indie strummer No Face, which arrives ahead of her U.S. headline tour this summer. The song, which is accompanied by a stop motion music video, is two minutes of tenderly haunting perfection. No Face is a soothing balm, yet it carries much raw emotion, too. We nearly want to hold our breaths through it’s short ephemeral duration. The way it leaves us hanging, wallowing in our own remorse, urges us to hit the play button, an imperative must. The singer songwriter released her debut album I Need To Start a Garden on Mama Bird Recording Co. recently, and it’s been receiving a lot of accolades since. You can find the record, here. Find out about her forthcoming tour, here.

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.

April 25, 2018

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.