[video of the week] Emma Gatrill – Be Brave

Taken from the upcoming EP of the same name. Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s “Chapter I”, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal…

JUNE MCDOOM June McDoom (Temporary Residence, 2022)* Una manciata di brani può risultare sufficiente a rivelare un profilo artistico al tempo stesso deciso e, a suo modo, disorientante. Si tratta di quello di June McDoom, giovane cantautrice al debutto, del cui mini album omonimo colpiscono l’intensità delle interpretazioni e la naturalezza delle commistioni di linguaggi…

JONATHAN BALZANO BROOKES The Greathart (Microcultures, 2022)* Il mondo fiabesco immediatamente suggerito dalla copertina di “The Greathart” fornisce già un indizio circa le undici canzoni fuori dal tempo che ne formano la scaletta. Il lavoro appare il frutto di una serie di curiose intersezioni, che affondano le proprie radici nello stralunato folk statunitense dei primi…

JOAN SHELLEY The Spur (No Quarter, 2022)* Da sempre tra le voci più delicate e poetiche del folk statunitense al femminile,20 Joan Shelley ha trovato nella campagna del Kentucky quel rifugio creativo e di pace personale nel quale ha preso forma il suo sesto album. Realizzato con le amorevoli cure del marito Nathan Salsburg e…

[video of the week] Minru – Light End

Taken from “Liminality” out on Morr Music July 1st 2022. Minru is the project of Caroline Blomqvist, a Swedish musician based in Berlin. Woven from light and shadow, the interplay of her folk and indie-rock blend appears from a personal space of finding life after death. On her debut LP »Liminality« she paints melody in…

[streaming] Maggie Clifford – Come The Rain

“Come The Rain”, the newest single from Gainesville, FL experimental folk artist Maggie Clifford, will drop June 14th on Spirit House Records. The new track deftly blends a Celtic melodic structure with a modern folk charm. Come the Rain is a love song to community and conveys the depth of commitment required to maintain strong…

[video of the week] Joan Shelley – The Spur

Taken from the album “The Spur”, out June 24th 2022 via No Quarter. Joan Shelley returns with “The Spur” her fi­rst new album in three years. The twelve song set is a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 at Earthwave Farm in the Kentucky countryside. James Elkington serves as…

[video of the week] Ptarmigan – Rounder

Toronto, ON indie-folk band Ptarmigan shares their striking new music video and single “Rounder”. The second single from the band’s third album Cocoon (set for release November 19) begins with atmospheric drones and grounding fingerpicked banjo. Haunting vocals then appear, ushering in a chorus of lush three-part harmonies and rich nylon string guitar strums. The…

[streaming] Tina Loeffler – Blue Mountains Home

New song by Tina Loeffler, out now digitally via Bandcamp. It’s the wind in the pines and the pale blue of the early blueberries, which nurtures her soul like a gentle breeze on a hot summer day and let her creativity flow. Always inspired by nature, Tina Loeffler loves to create folky tunes in her…

CUBS River of Amber​/​Frozen Waterfall (Rusted Rail, 2021) Ormai da qualche anno, Cubs è diventata la sigla che riassume le variegate anime artistiche gravitanti intorno all’etichetta irlandese Rusted Rail, delle quali ha seguito fedelmente l’evoluzione da stravaganti sperimentazioni sonore alla riscoperta di una pur mai ortodossa anima folk. Il percorso della band – che comprende…

[streaming] Stranded Horse – Towards A Waning Glow

Yann Tambour began recording under electronica moniker Encre. He then returned to his first love, fingerpicking guitar and started to experiment with a self-made West-African kora on which he developed his own technique. Collaborators include Ballaké Sissoko in the early days of Stranded Horse and his young disciple Boubacar Cissokho with whom he recorded his last…

[streaming] Astronaute – Twist

A song about finding the fragile balance between perseverance and acceptance in friendships, written in the aftermath of a turbulent year. This single is part of a brand new EP ‘Recircle’ out June 2021. In 2013 Astronaute released their first EP ‘Myriad’. A collection of five lo-fi and acoustic songs distributed via online platform Noisetrade….

[streaming] Annie Oakley – Arm’s Length

First single off the upcoming record “Second Day of Spring”. Annie Oakley have fought hard for happiness. At just 23-years-old, twin sisters Sophia and Jo had faced a decade of darkness. Then they built lighthouses. Annie Oakley’s official debut, Second Day of Spring, is a towering beacon: a victorious indie-folk record that further introduces two…

JAMES YORKSTON AND THE SECOND HAND ORCHESTRA The Wide, Wide River (Domino, 2021)* Non è certo inedita la propensione di James Yorkston alla collaborazione con altri musicisti, originariamente con la band dei fidati Athletes, nella parentesi con i Big Eyes Family Players e poi anche nel suo percorso “solista”. Da qualche tempo, il prolifico songwriter…

[streaming] The Kindling – Flesh And Blood (Slow version)

Taken from “Flesh and Blood (single)”, released January 1, 2021 (free to download  throughout January). Guy Weir – vocals, piano, guitars, drum machine. The Kindling are a minimal alt-folk band from London (UK). Their widescreen songs explore themes of disappointment and hope, loss and discovery, action and reflection. Guy Weir’s disarming voice calls to mind…