Dogeyed – “Dry”

By Will Oliver, February 26th 2018

Bristol, UK band Dogeyed was originally meant to be the solo project of singer/guitarist Harriet Elder. Last year she was joined by Jonathin Minto on drums and Tim Rowing-Parker on bass to expand the project as a trio.

They’re gearing up the release of their debut EP Throw The Bones, which will be released on May 11 via Specialist Subject Records. They’ve shared the lead single “Dry,” a stunning song that showcases the clear songwriting talents of Elder and the strong bond between her and the rest of the group.

For a debut offering, it feels smartly written and accomplished in a way that not many songs do. This band has already shown quite a bit of promise and should definitely be one that you keep on your radar.

Stream “Dry” below and find the song/EP available to buy from theirBandcamp (the vinyl is limited to just 300 copies on coke bottle green)
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red steppes – “I Did Not Speak It”

By Will Oliver, February 22nd 2018

red steppes is the Oakland-based project of singer-songwriter Nika States. Her songwriting has a fine sensibility to it that sees her write in a way that captures a distinct time and place that is personal and most importantly, true.

She’s gearing up to release her new album A Mouth May Grow and has shared it’s first single “I Did Not Speak It,” a lovely folk tune that tells of a salt marsh in the town of Rawbridge that she was introduced to by her mother. In essence, a song that shows how music can take us back to places important to us, or ones that we used to know.

It’s a lovely song and one that you can enjoy below via it’s official music video, directed by Cooper Kenward.
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Ed Ling – “Waiting For Sharks”

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2018

London-based singer-songwriter Ed Ling is preparing the release of his forthcoming sophomore album Aside From Sadness and has shared its first single “Waiting For Sharks.”

The album was inspired by emotions and some unexpectedly positive events set in motion following the sad death of Ed’s father in 2005. He had this to say describing the lovely folk tune which could’ve made a fitting piece on the Garden State soundtrack with its melancholy and reflective nature:

Ten years on, I wanted to reflect on how life had changed for the better and that in many cases, Dad’s death was the catalyst for that change. That’s where the album title, “Aside From Sadness” came from.

Enjoy a stream of “Waiting For Sharks” below and if you like what you hear you can buy it now over at his bandcamp page.
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Haley Heynderickx – “Worth It”

By Will Oliver, February 10th 2018

Something tells me Portland’s Haley Heynderickx is going to have a breakout 2018. We first shared her music on here late last year with her lovely track “Oom Sha La La,” taken from her debut album I Need To Start A Garden, which will be released on March 2 via Mama Bird Recording Co.

Today she’s released the latest track from the album, the powerful and sprawling folk effort “Worth It,” a track which fans of Angel Olsen should fall in love within no time. At nearly 8-minutes, it takes the listener to a faraway place and packs a hell of an emotional punch throughout every devastating second of its dramatic run.

Enjoy a stream of “Worth It” below and stay tuned for more on Heynderickx very soon. Her album is up for preorder on limited vinyl right now.
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Chloe Foy – “Flaws”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018 — with 2 comments

Chloe Foy is a singer-songwriter based out of Gloucester, England with a natural songwriting ability that calls to mind the beauty folk talents of Laura Marling. The reason why is pretty obvious on her staggering lovely “Flaws,” a track taken from her 2017 EP Are We There Yet?

She will make the trip to Austin this year for SXSW but as we all can relate, the trip is very expensive. So Foy has taken to PledgeMusic to try and raise some funds and offer some nice rewards in exchange. You can find the campaign here and if you can spare the money, help her get to SXSW.

You can grab a taste of “Flaws” below and find the whole EP available to stream or buy at Bandcamp.
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All The Luck In The World – “Contrails”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

All The Luck In The World are three Irish songwriters, Neil Foot, Ben Connolly and Kelvin Barr, who are currently based out of Berlin. The trio is gearing up for the release of their new album A Blind Arcade and has recently shared its powerful single “Contrails.”

Rooted in some classic elements of folk rock that starts off with a gentle emotive hum, it soon blossoms into something even grander. There’s a fragility to it all that gives a raw personal connection that rings true throughout. It didn’t surprise me to read this thoughtful description from the band themselves about the origins of the song:

Contrails was one of the first songs we started working on for this record. We were demoing it as early as Summer 2014, but it ended up taking a while to finish, as we had a few versions with variations on the lyrics. The lyrical framework for the song came about as a result of us giving some time to the thought that peoples lives often cross paths in such arbitrary situations, and that meaningful connections can occur even in seemingly fleeting moments. We thought about the idea of mapping the trajectory of peoples lives, and how these chance encounters would be little intersections in these paths, and that’s sort of what got us thinking about how it looks when the contrails of planes cross paths in the sky. That and the fact that we had written some verses about being in an airport made us think it felt like a nice title.

Enjoy “Contrails” below and you can pre-order the album on iTunes.
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Darlingside – “Hold Your Head Up High”

By Will Oliver, February 6th 2018

Boston folk quartet Darlingside return with their new album Extralife on February 23. They’re shared the lovely single “Hold Your Head Up High,” with some heavenly vocals that are quite breathtaking. The overall construction of the song is warm, with some well-incorporated horns and bits that remind a bit of Sufjan Stevens.

This is the sort of song that has a sneaky mainstream appeal and you could come across it someday accompanying a big trailer or critical dramatic moment in a film. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Enjoy a stream of “Hold Your Head Up High” below and stay tuned for the release of Extralife later this month (you can preorder it on iTunes now)
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Ivory Tusk – “Nightingale”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018

Ivory Tusk is an Argentinean singer-songwriter who captures a sense of Americana and folk-rock that reminds a bit of contemporary artists such as The Tallest Man On Earth.

Take his track “Nightingale,” a heartwarming folk effort that features some appropriate fingerpicking and folk vocals. It’s taken from his EP Rising Lights which was released in 2017.

Enjoy a stream of “Nightingale” below and find a stream of the entire EP on Bandcamp.
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Emma McGrath – “Love You Better”

By Will Oliver, February 5th 2018 — with 1 comment

North London singer-songwriter Emma McGrath is only 18-years-old but is already a veteran songwriter as she has been writing songs since she was just 12.

She’s preparing the release of her sophomore EP Silent Minds and today she unleashed its first single “Love You Better.” Opening with a fragile and atmospheric guitar and emotive vocals, the song soon blossoms into something that somehow borders both gentle-folk rock and even a bit of female pop.

She’s so young but clearly is way ahead of the curve and is a musician well worth keeping an eye on going forward.

Find a stream of “Love You Better” below and grab it on iTunes if you dig what you’re hearing.
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Bryde – “To Be Brave”

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2018

Bryde is Pembrokeshire-born, and now London-based singer-songwriter Sarah Howells. As her bio states, she is “a girl and an electric guitar playing fierce and fragile songs.”

Her latest single “To Be Brave” is my first taste of her work and that description certainly rings true. It’s a haunted song that taps into something raw and personal, straight from the heart. Here’s how she describes it:

“Desire” is an exploration of the self-deceptions practiced on ourselves when we give in to our weaker moments. The dark and lascivious riffing throughout is performed on an electric baritone guitar (pitched between the standard guitar and a bass).

It’s the lead track off her debut album Like An Island which will be released on April 13 via her own label Seahorse Music. You can preorder the album here or from her Bandcamp page.
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