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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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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The Dawdler – “Flickering Out”

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2019

The Dawdler is the project of John Edgar, a musician from Newcastle Upon Tyne. He makes beautiful, soul affecting music that reaches deep into your soul. This was evident on his previously released track “Around Eve” which immediately grabbed our attention and made him an artist to watch in our eyes.

Today we are sharing another lovely offering from Edgar as The Dawdler, with “Flickering Out.” It’s a slow burn but one that slowly builds to an emotional and effective climax.

Both “Flickering Out” and “About Eve” will be included on his debut album Keith In Ballachulish, which will be released on May 10th via Treetrunk.

Find the track streaming below and you can preorder the album now from his Bandcamp.
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Aunt Margaux – “Saint Frances”

By Will Oliver, March 25th 2019

Aunt Margaux is a singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who “creates sounds and textures from the melancholia of everyday life.” Earlier this month she returned with her brand new single “Saint Frances,” which was released via Easter Island Records.

“Saint Frances” is a delicate and thoughtful track with some beautiful vocals that are delivered with thoughtful precision and passion that can be felt deeply in the song’s core.

Here’s a bit more on the song as described by Margaux herself.

“Saint Frances” is a delicate exploration of how easily love can become conflicted. A swinging rhythmic section is combined with delicate vocal harmonies, and bright springy lead chords punctuate the melodic picking of the rhythm guitar. The analogue production style helps create a sense of space in the track and magnifies the feelings of intimacy explored within.

Enjoy a listen to the track below.
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Caroline Lazar – “Parking Lot”

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2019

New York singer-songwriter Caroline Lazar recently released her new EP Honey, which features the previously shared “Only One.”

Today we return to share “Parking Lot,” another song off the EP. It’s equally as intimate and passionate, an honest reflection of nostalgia from the songwriter’s heart.

As Lazar describes it. “”Parking Lot” was written after a night of whiskey gone wrong. It is a song about constantly being in fear of not getting through the day because of the political and violent climate in our culture.”

Enjoy a listen to the track below.
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La Loye – “about imagining things”

By Will Oliver, March 24th 2019

La Loye is the indie-folk project of Netherlands-based singer-songwriter Lieke Heusinkveld who has recently returned with her haunting and beautiful new single “about imagining things.”

The track is a wonderfully thoughtful track both pretty but laced with a potent amount of melancholy that hits you in all the right places. It’s a clear cut personal statement from an artist with something to say.

Here’s how she describes the song herself:

“about imagining things” portraits a drunk conversation with the inner self. I often feel like alcohol breaks certain boundaries, allowing thoughts that I’m too afraid to think of in a sober state. This can result in a sort of childish ignorance and vulnerability that washes over me, which leaves me unable understand specific parts of my mind.”

Enjoy a listen to “about imagining things” below.

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