Posts Tagged ‘orchestral folk’

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 9, 2018
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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.

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 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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The Family Crest continues to be a shining beacon of light right here in the Bay with their orchestral indie rock, which has seen some stylistic blossoming this past year, too. We have, after all, been incredibly addicted to th sultry grooving funk of their prior single Mirror Love, and now they’ve released a fabulous new tune named Take Tonight from their forthcoming album “The War: Act I”, too. The orchestral whirling, prismatic blooming song is like Devotchka meets Edward Sharpe. On April 12th, The Family Crest will headline San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall before taking their explosive live show on a national tour. Find out more on their website, here. “The War: Act I” arrives soon on April 6th. 

March 22, 2018

S. Carey, or Sean Cary, the musician from Wisconsin also celebrated for his work with Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, among many others, released his new solo album Hundred Acres recently. And today, he’s premiered a picturesque new music video for his gorgeous chamber folk hymnal, Yellowstone. The clip fittingly features footage from Yellowstone National Park, as well as Grand Teton, Grand Canyon, and various other beautiful states. As someone with a deep penchant for the great outdoors, it’s hard to believe that I still haven’t been to Yellowstone. I know what song I’ll have to listen to when I finally make it out there someday. Yellowstone is the perfect blend of everything we love about both Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens, a pastoral and soothing, reedy and idyllic gem. And it features long time IHM championed musician Gordi on lovely backing vocals, too, who’ll be supporting S. Carey on various dates of his expansive tour this year. Hundred Acres, out on Jagjaguwar, is available, here.

January 16, 2018
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It might be two months away from now, but SXSW is on every obsessive music fan’s mind right now and I already have a growing list of must see artists and bands lingering in my mind. One such act is SYML, the musician from Seattle who’s also much loved as a founding member and the frontman of the band Barcelona. I imagine myself melting straight into the floor when I finally get to listen to his ambient pop and dream folk live, and though I’m still much absorbed by his breakout single Where’s My Love, I can’t help but fully surrender myself to his sophomore EP, In My Body, too. The EP, which just dropped last Friday, opens with this stunning song, Body, a somberly pensive yet eloquently billowing composition, saturated with lush instrumentals and SYML’s fluid and emotive vocals. Body is beautifully haunting and but another example of SYML’s exceptional ability to take us on a transcendental sojourn with his deeply moving, ever devastating music. Stream In My Body in full on Soundcloud, here. Download from iTunes, here.

December 1, 2017

We’ve been fans of Oregon indie rock collective Typhoon for a very long time, and our experience with their live sets have been memorable, to say the least. From Kyle Morton’s fantastic voice, which always seems on the verge of cracking under the sheer pressure of so much emotion, to the humongous band’s sheer force as a lush orchestral union of talented musicians, Typhoon has been nothing short of astonishing. In fact, it always boggled us how they even fit their whole band on stage, and how they could feel every nook and crevice of a venue with such beautifully moving sound. As such, we’re elated that Typhoon is returning with a new full length on January 12th. Now, they’ve shared a music video for their single Rorschach from forthcoming album Offerings. Directed by Matthew Thomas Ross, it’s a frenetic visualization of human contemplation and recollection, soundtracked by Rorschach’s compelling experimental folk rock. Gentle guitar picks to emphatic strums dance about each other on the crunchy chugging, beautifully reflective song. You can pre-order a signed copy of Offerings from Typhoon’s store, here. Or you can pre-order from iTunes, here. Typhoon has also announced their list of upcoming tour dates for 2018 in North America and Europe, with a stop at the Independent in SF on February 13th. I highly suggest you get out and catch this amazing band live. 

November 7, 2017

Some very random web adventures brought me to Malojian, an indie folk pop band out of Belfast, and I’m more than grateful for the serendipity that occurred. Their recent single Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home is actually the title track from their fourth album, so these lads are not new on the block. It’s said that their new album was recorded in a lighthouse, which seems a rather romantic and intriguing way to go about creating the record. A retro lo-fi music video accompanies Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home’s jaunty lilting, bass buzzing effusion of 60′s inspired psych pop and orchestral indie rock. It seems the perfect warm, gauzy gem to take into the cold of winter as the Holidays come knocking on our doors. Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home has that bit of quirkiness and a whole lot of lush symphonic coziness, like a cross involving Sufjan Stevens and Beirut. Malojian’s new album is available from Bandcamp, here.

November 7, 2017
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Brooklyn duo Hunter & Wolfe brings us spades of bucolic charm and heart weary folk rock on gorgeous new song Dear Annie. It’s our latest taste and the third single from Michael Maffei & Sundeep Kapur‘s new EP, Late Then Never, due out this Friday, November 10th. Their tender ballad wraps its acoustic strums, orchestral strings, and heartfelt vocals around the heart snugly, and as they tighten their hold, a misty tear or many more will likely be wrung out. Just keep a tissue handy, you’ll probably need it. Stream prior singles from Late Then Never on Soundcloud, here, as we await the full release.