Folk

Ainsley Farrell – “Dark Spell”

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2019

Ainsley Farrell is a native Californian, who currently resides in Sydney, Australia. She has recently returned with her sprawling new folk single “Dark Spell.”

With powerful vocals that channel great folk singers of the past, as well as more recent emerging figures such as Angel Olsen. “Dark Spell” is written about the “inevitable heartbreak in the falling apart of a relationship,” the song “journey’s through wanting to save the other person from pain.”

Led by her gorgeous vocals and some razor-sharp instrumentation, “Dark Spell” marks Farrell as a clear distinct voice and an artist to watch.

Enjoy a listen to “Dark Spell” below.
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Bonniesongs – “Frank”

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2019

Bonniesongs, the folk-project of Australian singer-songwriter Bonnie Stewart, is back with “Frank,” the latest song to be shared from her forthcoming debut album Energetic Mind, due for release in September via Small Pond Records. We previously shared with you album cuts “Barbara” and “Ice Cream.”

“Frank” is a raw and personal folk display that shows her ability to dive into some more aggressive sinister ideas while still putting that ever beautiful folk feel on full display. She’s an artist that already has a clear and distinct voice and is putting it fully in good use.

Enjoy a listen to “Frank” below.
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Split Screens – “Need From Me”

By Will Oliver, July 29th 2019

Split Screens is the recording project of San Francisco’s Jesse Cafiero, who we posted about back in 2014. He’s returned with “Need From Me,” his first new single in four years, which is set to appear on his brand new six-song EP Everyday Static, which will be released this Fall.

“Need From Me” is a lush and dreamy folk take with some atmospheric production flourishes that give it a dynamic widescreen feeling that feels like you’re enjoying some fresh summer air with good company by your side. What begins as a lush and warm folk-inspired take expands into something more personal and vibrant as it heads towards the finish line. The song “explores the compromises that can come from a relationship, the push and pull of who gives and who takes.”

Enjoy a listen to “Need From Me” below.
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Adam Melchor – “Joyride”

By Will Oliver, July 20th 2019

Singer-songwriter Adam Melchor has caught our attention in recent months with amazing single after amazing single, most recently with “Plan On You” back in March.

Melchor has now returned with his brand new song “Joyride,” a smart and tender offering that has proven why Melchor has emerged as one of our favorite new songwriters. With a distinct and passionate sound that is utterly and completely his own, Melchor shows off some nice production flourishes with some well-placed horns and one of his catchiest numbers to date.

Enjoy a listen to “Joyride” below.
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Vraell – “Expanse”

By Will Oliver, July 19th 2019

Vraell is a singer-songwriter from the UK who has caught our attention with his astonishing new single “Expanse.”

It’s an expansive folk take that puts equal emphasis on his breathtaking vocals as it does with the delicate and atmospheric soundscapes that give in both a larger-than-life and intimate feel, the sort of thing that we got from Bon Iver’s earlier work.

Enjoy a listen to the lovely “Expanse” below, along with a little insight into what the song is about, directly from his mouth:

The song encompasses that feeling of helplessness we sometimes get in the wake of life. How we all suffer under this weight, but when we just push ourselves to seek the new, we always come out of it with clarity and a feeling of rejuvenation and purpose. We aren’t so alone in our pain and when we realise our truth, our path, we can finally begin to start finding it and not feel so lonely and helpless, even if it is really hard for most of the time. This song is the echo of our collective pain, but also the hope that we can find peace and quiet in the daily noise within ourselves and come out of it better people.

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Chloe Foy – “Without You”

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2019

Photo by Dan Wiebe

British singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is an artist who has been releasing a steady slate of singles and covers that have caught our attention every bit as much as the last.

The talented songwriter has returned with her brand new single “Without You,” a track that she says is “about loss and grief but with a little bit of hope in there too.” With some lovely accompanying strings and her typical warm familiar folk-inspired sound, “Without You” is a song that hits all the right notes.

Enjoy a listen to the new single below.
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Melissa Mary Ahern – “Maria, Maria”

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2019

Melissa Mary Ahern is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter who you may remember from her feature on Sufjan Steven’s 2007-based rarity “Lonely Man of Winter” which was released last December via Asthmatic Kitty.

She is gearing up for the release of her self-produced EP which she worked with Doveman (best known for his work with St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens) with the release of her beautiful and delicate single “Maria, Maria,” a song that is described as a “love ballad about a true heart connection with a woman named Maria.”

Get swept off your feet by the lovely single below.
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Boy Scouts – “Get Well Soon”

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2019

Boy Scouts is the moniker of Oakland-based singer-songwriter Taylor Vick, who will release her brand new album Free Company on August 30 via ANTI- Records.

Her music is described as the sort that is like “good advice from a beloved friend.” This is proven to be immediately true on the album’s opening track and single “Get Well Soon,” a track that hits you hard in the core with her lovely vocals and warm and familiar arrangements that take new form under her guidance.
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Giant in the Lighthouse – “Frame”

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2019

Giant in the Lighthouse is the Allston, Massachusetts duo of Peggy O’Sullivan and Adrian Sympson who have shared their new single “Frame,” the second one taken from their debut EP Waving, which will be released on June 28.

The track, led by the gentle fingerpicking of an acoustic guitar and the lovely vocals of O’Sullivan, paints a nostalgic picture that is as melancholic as it is equal parts hopeful as new things lay ahead.
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