Folk

Saudade for Daisies – “hands like petals”

By Will Oliver, June 4th 2019

Photo by Morgan Miles

Saudade for Daisies is the project of Rockland County’s Linda Garzia, who has just released her brand new single “hands like petals.”

Recorded in the attic of Anthony and Alex Ebron (full disclosure, they are my good friends), the track is a gorgeous and haunting listen that doesn’t take long to stick with you. It’s not often that music stands out to us around these parts, which makes this song an even bigger triumph.

Enjoy a listen to “hands like petals” below and find the song available to purchase for whatever price you want at her Bandcamp.
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“Someone New” is the second single from Los Angeles singer-songwriter Mara Connor, as well as the debut release from Side Hustle Records (the new record label of PR company Big Hassle).

The track the encounter of seeing her ex-boyfriend with his new lover, her former best friend. The song is a duet with Langhorne Slim, who takes the perspective of the boyfriend. Personal and true, the song connects with the shared perspectives taken by both of these songwriting talents.

Enjoy a listen to “Someone New” below.
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The Dawdler – “Pete”

By Will Oliver, April 29th 2019

“Pete” is the latest track shared from The Dawdler’s debut album Keith In Ballachulish. The Dawdler is John Edgar, a musician from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

We first discovered his talents with his devastatingly beautiful single “Around Eve,” and again on his second offering, “Flickering Out.”

He’s back with his third release from the album with “Pete,” and what do you know, it’s another haunting offering that just seems to pure and raw in the best ways possible. It feels ethereal and real and true, something that seems to be severely lacking in today’s musical landscape.

If The Dawdler isn’t on your radar, it’s time to change that. Start by streaming “Pete” below and find the whole album available to preorder now from Bandcamp.
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Simon Linsteadt – “Bleeding Wine”

By Will Oliver, April 21st 2019

Simon Linsteadt is a singer-songwriter and composer living in New York City who has returned with his brand new album The Fool.

“Bleeding Wine” is a track off the album and is a familiar folk sound but one that Linsteadt completely makes into his own, delivering an emotional and honest performance that hits you where it counts. Here’s Linsteadt’s description of the pretty offering:

This song was recorded in spring of 2018 in Northern California. It was a joy to overlay different percussion elements using household pots and pans. I recorded the song on an 8-track tape machine, overlaying myself singing and playing guitar, bass, mandolin, and other experimental sounds. The rhythmic feel of the song is both rich and laid back. I blended my interest in Latin jazz rhythms with my unshakable California folk sentimentality.

Enjoy a listen to “Bleeding Wine” below
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American Trappist is the project of Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer Joe Michelini, formerly of the New Jersey folk-rock band River City Extension. Last year saw the release his new album Tentanda Via which Michelini recorded at Trax East in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Today we take a look at his new single “Holy Moses,” which features vocals from Lesley Barth. It’s an easy-going folk offering that feels honest and sincere, even with its themes of judgment and forgiveness. Here’s how Michelini describes the song:

This is a song about judgment and forgiveness. I’m an atheist but sometimes I feel like it would be easier to believe I was born flawed (garden of eden, all that) than to accept that I’ve been an asshole at certain points in my life by choice. I recorded it myself in the Philly suburbs. Inspired by the early Girls recordings, Ariel Pink, and Cass McCombs. “Holy Moses” features New York songwriter Lesley Barth.

Enjoy a listen to “Holy Moses” below via the music video for the song
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Wintersleep – “Forest Fire”

By Will Oliver, April 20th 2019

Canadian folk rockers Wintersleep recently returned with their seventh album In the Land Of via Dine Alone Records.

“Forest Fire” is a standout offering from the album that captures what the band does so well. A sincere take on the folk-rock genre that is familiar yet very much in their own place of existence that feels personal and oh so true.

Enjoy a listen to “Forest Fire” below.
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Photo by CJ Moy

Del Water Gap is the project of Brooklyn’s S. Holden Jaffe, an artist we first posted about on this blog way back in 2012.

He’s come quite a long way since then and these days is a signee to Terrible Records, who will release his brand new EP Don’t Get Dark this Friday.

Jaffe’s songwriting and sound have expanded and come a long way in the seven years since that first post, as evident on the EP’s lead single, the triumphant “Theory of Emotion.” His songwriting ability and passion strike an emotional chord, one that feels raw, passionate and true. Like a slow dance with your loved one on a cool summer night while the rain falls ever so faintly outside your window.

It’s just one of the many gems from the EP, which you can listen to in its full glory come Friday. For now, enjoy a listen to “Theory of Emotion” below and find it available to purchase at his Bandcamp.
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British singer-songwriter Chloe Foy is finishing up her current tour in the UK, with a few days of shows left remaining. The talented musician has recently returned with a lovely brand new single with “Oh You Are Not Well,” which further showcases her talent as a pure and true songwriting talent.

“Oh You Are Not Well” immediately strikes you with her passionate vocals and intricate delivery and well-crafted lyrics. It’s a track that soars and soars to new heights with every step of the way.

Then there’s her pretty cover of Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” a song that is certainly not in shortage of covers. This is a faithful cover that she still adds enough of her own mix to make it a worthy addition to the collection of covers.

Enjoy both “Oh You Are Not Well” and her take of “Fade Into You” below.
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Luke De-Sciscio – “R.O.B.Y.N.”

By Will Oliver, April 4th 2019 — with 1 comment

Luke De-Sciscio is a singer-songwriter from the U.K. who is set to return with his new album Good Bye Folk Boy, a collection of songs written and recorded between November ’18 and February ’19.

Today we are here to share his latest song from the album, the fragile folk offering “R.O.B.Y.N.” Smart, personal, and true, “R.O.B.Y.N” feels like the sort of old fashioned songwriting that you’d stumble acorss during the folk scene at Greenwich Village, the product of what feels like a bygone era.

It’s a fantastic listen, one that has me eager to see what other treasures that De-Sciscio has in store for us with the release of Good Bye Folk Boy.

Enjoy a listen to “R.O.B.Y.N.” below.
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Erki Parnoja – “Eha”

By Will Oliver, March 31st 2019

“Eha” the latest track from Estonian singer-songwriter Erki Pärnoja is described as a “soundtrack to your dreamy walks with yourself,” and “a dreamy cinematic journey, a song dedicated to a present-day soul, a story about the search for inner peace and belonging.” It doesn’t take long after pressing play to find all of this to be spot on.

The track features not only a gorgeous vocal performance that soars and soars but equally eloquent string arrangements leading the charge that gives us a standout folk rock offering that deserves to be soaked in and shared with the masses.

Enjoy a listen to “Eha” below.
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