Folk

Simen Mitlid – “This Time”

By Will Oliver, December 8th 2017

Simen Mitlid is a folk-singer from Oslo who released his debut album Everything is the Same via Koke Plate this September.

My introduction to both Simen and the album came via the very delicate and warm folk effort in single “This Time.” There’s a natural quality to it that feels very calm and inviting, with some well placed female vocals towards the middle section of the track that takes it to further winning heights. Carefully arranged and easy-going it is a winner from start to finish and a promising for any listener eager to find a new voice in folk rock.

Enjoy a stream of “This Time” below and head to his soundcloud page to stream the whole album in full.
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Beau Davison Turrentine – “Hey Ben”

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2017

Beau Turrentine is a singer-songwriter out of Nashville, Tennessee who caught my attention with his lovely offering “Hey Ben.”

It may not be reshaping the folk genre as a whole, but there’s a natural simplicity to this song that feels honest and feels true. He’s got a clear songwriting ability and that’s felt early on from the start of the song and carried all the way through to the very end. I can hear a little bit of The Tallest Man On Earth in there, which is most certainly a compliment.

Take a listen to “Hey Ben” below and find more of Beau’s music at his bandcamp page.
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L.A. Salami – “Terrorism (The Isis Crisis)”

By Will Oliver, November 20th 2017

London-based artist L.A. Salami recently returned with his new track, the politically titled and themed track “Terrorism (The Isis Crisis).”

His style is one with folk roots but done with a fiery punk fashion that gives it a jolt of energy and really allows it to bleed through with passion. He’s currently at work on his sophomore record and based on what we are hearing with this passion-filled track, it’s sure to be another good one.

Stream the track below and find his 2018 U.S. tour dates posted below – which include a stop here in NYC on April 5 at Rough Trade NYC.
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Gert Taberner – “Fallen”

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2017

Gert Taberner is an artist with a well traveled resume. He grew up in Germany where he was exposed to an English-speaking culture before he moved to Vancouver after finishing school, in order to hone in on his musical abilities. He now resides in New York, where he completed the work of his new EP Fallen, which features such beatiful folk delights such as the title track “Fallen.”
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Wicklow Atwater – “I Wanna Be Yer Man”

By Will Oliver, November 30th 2016

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Wicklow Atwater is a five-piece folk rock group based out of Atwater Village, Southern California. All five members were born and raised in the same neighborhood, best of friends since childhood. This tight kinship has undoubtedly helped their bond as musicianships, something more closely aligned that brotherhood than bandmates.

Earlier this month they released their brand new album The Fallen Flame String Band, and today I’d like to share with you just one of the standouts of the record, “I Wanna Be Yer Man.” It kicks off with some Tom Waits-esque raspy vocals, before the folk, bluegrass, and americana elements intertwine to create something spirited and oddly soothing. Fans of groups like The Felice Brothers will be right at home with Wicklow Atwater.

Enjoy “I Wanna Be Yer Man,” which is posted below.
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Old Sea Brigade – “Love Brought Weight”

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2015

Old Sea Brigade

Atlanta resident Ben Cramer makes gentle music that strikes a universal chord under his moniker Old Sea Brigade. He’s gearing up to release his self-titled EP Old Sea Brigade soon, and while that info is still forthcoming, we have at terriffic offering by the way of first single “Love Brought Weight” to chew on.

Theiers a personal touch of melancholy on display on “Love Brought Weight” that has both an old and new Bon Iver flavor at work. It’s definitely a track that I can see myself digging in deep with during the chilly winter months that are rapidly approaching. Quite frankly, this track just puts me at ease, and puts a little bit of warmth in your chest like a fine whisky.

Stream “Love Brought Weight” below, and go grab it over at iTunes.
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Natalie Prass – “My Baby Don’t Understand Me”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2015 — with 1 comment

Natalie Prass

Nashville singer/songwriter Natalie Prass is gearing up for a big 2015, and chances are you may be more familiar with her than you realize. If you caught Jenny Lewis on her recent tour for The Voyager (we saw them at Terminal 5), you may recognize Prass as a member of her backing band.

Prass will release her self-titled debut album on January 27 via Spacebomb Records. Ahead of the album’s release she let go of a personal track called “My Baby Don’t Understand Me.”

It starts solemnly, until it gradually builds up its presence with vital horn arrangements that only add to the already evident emotional weight. In a conversation with Vogue, Prass revealed that she tearfukky wrote the song on her boyfriend’s piano right after they had a fight. She later emailed it to her boyfriend, which resulted in their breakup. It may have caused and end to their relationship, but it has resulted in a breathtaking song that adds a bit of warmth to this cold, cold, winter.

Stream “My Baby Don’t Understand Me” below. And if you’re digging it as much as I know you will, head over to Pitchfork Advance, where the album is currently streaming in full.
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Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down

2014 saw the always reliable Sharon Van Etten released Are We There, undoubtedly one of the year’s best records. She hasn’t slowed down her output in any way, starting the new year off with the delightful new single, “I Don’t Want To Let You Down,” which she debuted on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week.

Van Etten always finds away to put so much emotional power into her music, and “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” is no different. It’s a smoky track that combines elements of folk rock and alt-country, taking your heart along the way.

She’ll be back in New York City next month for two sold out shows (Feb 18 + 19) at Warsaw.

The track is available to stream below (and purchase here). You can also check out her performance on Ellen right after, along with her upcoming tour dates.
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The Amazing – The Headless Boy

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2015

The Amazing - Picture You

Like so many bands out of Sweden, The Amazing make music that sounds universal no matter where you’re from. This is the case with their delightfully pretty new single “The Headless Boy.”

Part Red House Painters, a little Badley Drawn Boy, it’s a delicate understated folk song delivered with plenty of heart. It’s off their upcoming album Picture You, due out February 17 via Partisan Records.

Enjoy it below.
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