I must say, I really don’t know how travel writers do it. Or even just simply writing on the road. How do you combat the urge to be solely in the moment yet having to take time to meticulously explain each, minute detail? It’s similar to the same reason why I hate reviewing live music at times I suppose.
Anyways, traveling does allow me the time to simmer over music submissions. Stumbling around the many suggestions takes away the mundane quality of staring out at a concrete landscape. And luckily, I had a nice little email from Filbert, a Stockton-based folk-pop group.
Simple instrumentation that pleasantly layers and builds, rambling vocals that weaves the listener in and out of breathy anecdotes and honest content, and a nice heavy guitar strum. I love the effortless flow from start to finish and of course the demo-like recording quality of it all. Listen below to their latest (and free!) album release, Chronographic, which is also available on super limited vinyl.
In regards to the Holiday season and feeling personally grateful, Dave Baxter recorded a solo EP that’s up for free download for his fans. Let It Go is an elegantly crafted 6-song release filled to the brim with emotion. Minimal instruments resonate even stronger when backing Baxter’s folky vocals. Achey lyrical content with catchy melodies, it’s a win all around – I highly recommend it.
Anyways, earlier this year Darlingside (MA) caught up with us in the Old City and performed their beautiful song, “Ancestor,”for us. It was amazing to hear the version live with such minimal instrumentation so when the band sent over to me their official video, I was stunned with how different (and incredible) this version sounded.
The leaves are becoming crunchy underneath my step, there’s a chill in the morning air, and we’re losing sunlight fast. The need for layers has been growing apparent and my playlists have been getting a hell of a lot more folkier than normal.
One of my most favorite times of the year, Fall feels like the faultless finish to an eventful summer. I’m excited for a new season, long sleeves, and toastier indoor environments. Folk always seems like the perfect backdrop for these approaching months and Vancouver’s Wake Owl’sWild Country EP is a must listen.
This upcoming week I’m diving into a new country. What I love about focusing on a different part of the world is seeing the parallels, the contrasting lifestyles, lyrical themes, and being introduced to something fresh.
Australia at times seems worlds away from North America. With their coastal societies, neighboring Asian-Pacific countries, and mostly desert lands, I’m intrigued by a place I’ve never been. There’s plenty of culture there, and a music scene brimming with untapped talent.
Check out what the Independent Music Project has recently done, recording 100 songs in 100 hours. Anyone who’s sat long hours in a recording studio or even at their home work-space knows how challenging that feat really is. Brisbane takes an audio snapshot of history in their local pool of talent and showcases plenty of fine musicians just waiting to be heard this side of the hemisphere.
Be sure to watch the behind the scenes and explanation of the selection process below!
What I really enjoy in Kris Orlowski’s music is the modesty that just pours out. Simple mini-manifestos woven deep within beautiful folk-pop and flowing song structure. A truly talented artist that I could listen to endlessly.
In his latest release, Orlowski plays his new song, “All My People” for The Protosong Project, a Pacific Northwest group shining light on independent work. Those rich vocals sound wonderful and it’s really quite lovely to see his backing band in support.
For a band that “literally does not exist,” they sure produce some tightly packaged pop music. With permanent frontman being Oliver Ignatius, the rest of Ghost Pal operates as a collective of friends that are summoned whenever creativity strikes.
“Wildebeest Song” is the group’s newest single from their upcoming EP. I really enjoy the lyricism, and the many elements Ignatius blends along with all of the highs and lows. I’m truly amazed at what he was able to pack in this track that barely clocks in at just over two minutes.
You all know I’m a sucker for a sweet little music video. Here we’ve got Debbie Miller performing a Ballard Session of her song, “Brand New Album.”
Miller actually just released her album, Measures + Waits, last week which you can check out here. Her sophomore effort “encompasses both the seriousness and silliness of love and life.” Quirky folk-pop that’s light and whimsy, enjoy.
A beautiful direction that the Brooklyn group, Preludes, have recently taken. “Dresden” is the brother and sister duo’s latest single which is full of slow-churning adorable melodies with a dream-pop glaze overtop. I’m always a big fan of boy/girl vocals and that push pull feeling.