Posts tagged ‘Folk’

Sales by Roger Sellers

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Roger Sellers creates simple, calming music to get completely lost in.  His single, “Lates,” off his recent album, Primitives, is no exception.  There’s a magical way that this Texas native’s music absorbs you and unravels all that entangles you.  His songs are uncluttered and precise, yet effortless and unbounded.  “Lates” is the perfect track for when you need to turn things down and fade away for a bit.  Enjoy.

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History by Holy Holy

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Sometimes our best work happens somewhat by accident.  The same can be said for Holy Holy.  While taking a break in recording their debut EP, the Aussie duo wrote and quickly taped “History,” a single that shines brighter than anything the band had originally planned on releasing.  Full of folk and rock nostalgia, “History” has rich textures and feels like its taking you on a journey from the opening chord to the last staticky note.  Enjoy.

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I’m Not Coming Back by Husky

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It’s always a bit nerve-racking awaiting a band’s return after an amazing debut album.  There’s always the concern that they will never reach the heights they previously did, or they will strive so hard to change their sound that they are barely recognizable.  Both of these fears can be put to rest with “I’m Not Coming Back,” the first single off Husky’s sophomore album, hopefully due out later this year.  “I’m Not Coming Back” is that right mix of folk and pop to appeal to purists of both, and keeps that emotional essence that coursed through their first album, Forever So, intact.  The new album can’t come soon enough.  Enjoy.

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Katie Queen of Tennessee by The Apache Relay

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Breaking the shackles of your folk/rock roots ain’t easy.  Miraculously, The Apache Relay have done so, as is evidenced by their soulful “Katie Queen of Tennessee.”  The Nashville natives have spent the past few years working in the standard folksy realm but with the deep, langusihing harmonies on”Katie…” off their new self-titled album, The Apache Relay are exploring new territory, and making us fans of folk/soul in the process.  Enjoy.

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Cedar Lane by First Aid Kit

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Anything First Aid Kit does is just about the most beautiful thing on the planet. With each album, the music crafted by these sisters matures by decades and their harmonies get sweeter and more layered, if that’s even possible.  With their latest single, “Cedar Lane,” off their upcoming third LP, Stay Gold, the influences of (and ability to be considered in the same vein as) Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash is striking and incredibly fitting.  The duo’s handling of contemporary folk, country and rock is nurtured with the same care and sincerity as these pioneers of music did in the 60s.  Stay Gold is due out on June 10th and will be nothing short of spectacular.  Not like my expectations are high or anything.  Enjoy.

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Leah by Animal Years

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Quality indie rock is hard to find these days.  With electronic based pop music dominating the scene, indie rock has a harder climb to get to a height where it can be seen.  Animal Years seems to have made that climb with the driven, emotionally charged “Leah.”  From the Brooklyn-based quartet’s recently released debut album, Sun Will Rise, “Leah” is introspective and reserved one second, then erupts like a volcano the next.  Lead singer, Mike McFadden, dominates every inch of the track and provides enough fuel to send this track into the stratosphere.  Bordering on folk rock/Americana, “Leah” still has that good ol’ hometown feel making Animal Years that familiar friend you want to welcome into your playlist.  Enjoy.

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We Don’t Know by The Merrys

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What better way to wish you a merry new year than by making The Merrys our last entry of the year.  “We Don’t Know,” the debut single from brother/sister duo, Jordan and Ellie, is a massive folk/pop track that, like a mountain, consumes the entire landscape until it crumbles into the horizon as the song shifts from raucous choruses to delicate harmonies that reveal the vulnerability of the Merrys’ lyrics.  “We Don’t Know” has an unshakable familiarity that reminds you of growing up in a small town…or wishing you grew up in one.  Warm up to The Merrys on the cold new year.  Their music works better than hot chocolate.  Enjoy.

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