Posts Tagged ‘Folk’

North Carolina-based Americana folk artist, Tyler Nail. The song ‘Book of Love‘ features on his second, full-length album, “Feathers” which is out now. The song title may sound familiar to many as it was originally written by Magnetic Fields frontman Stephen Merritt and is probably the most well known song from that three-volume concept album “69 Love Songs”.

Merrit’s stripped down version would later be re-interpreted by Peter Gabriel with the addition of a double string quartet. Whilst Nail doesn’t go this far, he still brings something new to the table and in doing so makes it very much his own. The intent and delivery feels closer to the original but he adds some very graceful movements to the overall sound using subtle flourishes of ascending cymbals and a lovely combination of acoustic guitar, banjo and Hawaiian guitar. It’s a beautiful song and the video captures that sentiment perfectly.
“Feathers” is Tyler Nail’s second full-length album which mimics his older material with barren, acoustic songs, while also displaying influences of jazz, funk, soul, folk and Appalachian music. The album was recorded in Nail’s home studio, inviting a variety of local artists to collaborate.

The new album from the Swedish Indie Folk sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg delivers on the promise of the incredible The Lion’s Roar” and then some. with their third released album. That album’s producer, Mike Mogis, returns for “Stay Gold” — and brings a 13-piece orchestra to fittingly and flawlessly support the sisters’ soaring, airy vocals.Mike Mogis, who worked on the band’s previous album, The Lion’s Roar. The album was released in June 2014 in mainland Europe and the following week elsewhere.

According to an interview in Swedish TV webpage, the album is more about their own lives than their previous ones. “That one has to learn appreciate what is and that all flows, that nothing stays “Stay Gold” introduced new elements to First Aid Kit’s music, such as a 13-piece orchestra. Their previous albums had been produced in such a way that would allow the band to perform with 3 people on stage, however these limitations have been lifted to give the band a bigger, more fulfilling sound.

The album has been well received by most music critics, noted that the album is “noticeably more expansive than any of their previous work”, and “has a rich texture of classic country instrumentation and stirring string arrangements, matching their soaring vocal melodies. The larger sound that came from the band utilising more instruments, as well as the sister’s “new-found, beefed up timbres”. It also described the album as poised to knock you for six this summer, aimed at cracking the United States, making the kind of wide-eyed, ‘70s-tinged folk-rock that thrives on soaring vocals, warm harmonies, big choruses, and heart-on-sleeve lyrics.


Today is Sandy Denny’s birthday: gone but not forgotten. She left us way to early, but she also left behind many beautiful Bob Dylan covers.  Sandy was nominated at the Melody Maker awards in 1970 where she was voted Best female singer. Alexandra Elene MacLean “Sandy” Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer“.

Had she not sadly passed away at the age of 31, today would have been the British singer’s 68th birthday. Yet for all the continued chatter about her contemporary, the late Nick Drake, Sandy’s name gets lost in the mix. We forget that Denny invented the female folk rock blueprint, weaving together the purity of revivalist vocalists Anne Briggs and Shirley Collins with the passion of Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick.

Echoes of her unique sound can be heard in 21st century music from Florence Welch’s majestic mysticism to Laura Marling’s no-bullshit balladry. “Aesthetically, her songs are really inspiring to me – they’re really bold strokes that feel sort of theatrical and they’re interested in story,” said Newsom in 2012, one of many artists who’ve name-checked her significance on their work. Ineffably modern, Denny’s style was gutsier than her contemporaries. While Joni Mitchell was whispering into the wind in Laurel Canyon and Vashti Bunyan painting daisies onto her gypsy caravan, Sandy was sat in a South London pub, hollering out traditional folk songs over a brimming tankard of ale.

Hard-drinking and hard-living, Sandy’s belter of a voice was rooted in beer and bolshiness, but could be tender as well as tough. First Aid Kit and Cat Power – who covered Sandy’s most well known song, the melancholy ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’  have also taken up the baton when it comes to mixing that powerful strength with fragility.

Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers – Get In Union: In a word: stunning. These performances, captured by Alan Lomax between 1959 and 1966, are primarily a capella, but they are easily among the most powerful and moving recordings . Compiled by Alan Lomax responsible for many historic field recording along with scholar/guitarist Nathan Salsburg, this gospel-folk gem might just restore your faith in humanity. This is the foundation of blues and folk



The folk scene is suddenly awash with duos, but Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker stand out due to their originality; she has a fine, cool vocal style and plays recorder, flute and saxophone, while he is an excellent guitarist and banjo player who also arranges the orchestral settings for their songs. They are mostly set in the traditional folk idiom with material including some traditional songs. Their albums are notable for Clarke’s thoughtful and gloomy songwriting. Here is a cover of the Joni Mitchell song “River”.

Josienne Clark and Ben Walker

“I Am The Night” is the first single off of Amelia Curran’s upcoming album, “They Promised You Mercy,” out November 4, 2014 on Six Shooter Records. On her new album, Amelia Curran can broach just about any difficult subject, couch it in a “na na na na” chorus, and leave listeners feeling okay about themselves. That’s exactly the tack Curran takes straight off the bat in “They Promised You Mercy”, setting the tone for an appealing 11-song set. She even finds joy when the tone dims in songs like “I Am The Night,” “Time, Time” and “You’ve Changed.”


Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Combining threads from their individual solo careers, Shovels & Rope blends traditional folk rock country and Americana .


The story of The Glass Child, Charlotte Eriksson, is one of those you usually see on movies. Only 18 years old she left everything she had and knew, family and friends, and moved to London to dedicate her life to her music and art.
Forward three years and she has started her own record label Broken Glass Records, released 4 EPs, released her critically acclaimed debut full-length ‘I’d like to remain a mystery’ in February 2013, had her single ”I Will Lead You Home” reaching #2 on the Swedish Itunes-chart, was named Breakthrough Indie Artist Of The Year by Lemonade Magazine and been played on major radios such as BBC6, Sveriges Radio (Sweden) and 3FM (Netherlands). All alone, with nothing but hard work and determination she has built an incredibly dedicated community now with over 24,500 followers on Twitter, and to let her fans in on her journey even more she published her first book “Empty Roads and Broken Bottles; in search for The Great Perhaps” in April 2013, telling the true and raw story about a girl who had a dream and went for it with all her heart. The book was beautifully received and sold out after 3 days

Charlotte is a wandering soul and after spending a year in England with nothing but a guitar and a will to search for something more, playing wherever she could play and crashing at fans’ floors, she has just made the move to Berlin, Germany, In September she released an acoustic edition of her album ’I’d Like To Remain A Mystery’, giving it away for free through Noisetrade as a way to thank her fans,

With her constant search for new horizons the stories are endless, and to finish up a productive year she’s now releasing her new acoustic EP ”Love Always, Your Tragedy”, and explains that ”These songs are the letters I never dared to send. I wasn’t brave enough to speak up, so I sang instead.”


The Daydream Club are a UK Based Acoustic Folk duo consisting Paula Walker and Adam Pickering based in Leicester in the East Midland’s They have so far released “Overgrown” their debut album which came out as long ago as November 2010, With Luscious vocal melodies and rich soundscapes imagery,The pair met whilst at Liverpool University  on a Arts Project after graduating they continued to collaborate on various projects. Paula began her career as a professional dancer touring internationally, before joining Adam to start the Daydream Club. Adam is a multi instrumentalist who has toured with many different bands, The pair relocated to Sweden to continue their creative journey in a more rural surroundings but without success they moved back to the UK with a refreshed outlook.



Posted: November 6, 2014 in MUSIC
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Nieves are Glasgow based Folk Rock duo Brendan Dafters (vocals/guitar) and Herre de Leur (piano).a ‘Straight Line’ and ‘Winter’ are releases from our debut EP coming soon.