Emily Jean Flack’s emotional new single ‘Tread Softly’ blends electro beats with folk purity

electro, Folk

Canadian songbird and instigator of a unique folk and electro blend, Emily Jean Flack is back with her newest single release Tread Softly. 

Following the release of single Another Year Gone By and precedent to her forthcoming debut EP release Throwing Shapes later this year, Tread Softly is a heartfelt song that speaks of the pain that comes with unrequited love. A real and raw ballad that is a credit to her passion for traditional Irish music, Emily’s crisp and delicate vocals alongside a blissful blend of piano and string arrangements, gives the song an undeniable radiation of purity.

Produced in Belfast by Pete Wallace and mixed by three-time Grammy Award winning producer/mixer David Bottrill, her Throwing Shapes features guest performances by true stars in the firmament of Irish folk music, whistle and flute player Brian Finnegan from the band Flook and guitarist Marty Barry.

Mixing the old with the new, Emily’s genre spanning music is fueled by mellow, electro beats whilst also maintaining pure folk melodies and lyrical depth that resonates the sentiments of artists like Birdy and Bon Iver.

Soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/user-148892014/sets/emily-jean-flack-throwing-shapes/s-rJhQa

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmDLdOqfQHRe__Q514FFEew

Twitter: https://twitter.com/emilyjeanflack

Website: www.emilyjeanflack.com

Fergus Mckay and Nothing Concrete are defying laws with their Multi-Linguistic Troop of Talented Musicians

Folk

Yes, we’ve finally done it, we as human-beings have finally reached the pinnacle of musical obscurity. That is no disrespect to the wonderful stylistics of Fergus Mckay and The Nothing Concrete, but there is something definitely concrete about their music!

The acoustic-led combination of folk, 30’s swing jazz and a bluesy country cabaret polka, is not quite like anything you’ve heard before, but is a fresh reminder of just how good the history of music really is. The band consists of a plethora of nationalities such as a Scot, an Italian, a Frenchman, multiple sax players (one of them Belgian) and a Jewish percussionist. This band and their wonderful love for cramming into tight spaces (see the image below for example) have really hit the ground running with this innovative take on historical music ideology.

How does this all come about?

‘Old Black Crow’ was written about ten years ago and was part of Fergus’ busking set all over Europe. Having travelled extensively over the years all around Europe, Fergus has soaked up the lives of many who he has observed and has woven so many of them into his songs. It is clear that the influence of travel has played a part in the culture that is endeavoured into the sound of this band. Overall, their sound clearly reflects their lifestyle, shunning technology like a modern day Amish without a trace of technology within a 100 mile radius.

Old Black Crow

The track in question ‘Old Black Crow’ is everything mentioned in the above text. It’s different, it’s new, it’s old, IT IS GREAT.  The overall mix of the track is fairly well balanced. The saxophones give a nice lining, whilst the other instruments sit nicely within their placement in the stereo mix. The vocals, at first, are fairly drowned out by the extravagant sounds of the bluesy overtones. But once you hear that vocal punch through, you get a real sense of living life ‘through the ages’ as it tells the story of the song.

The big question on the minds of many, would be ‘where do they take this next?’ Well, with Fergus Mckay’s extravagant life of travelling (god they must love airports…) we have no doubt that their future tracks will be even more bluesier than the last.

@DJJAMESCANE – Author

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/fergus-mckay

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3TpvO9BbsFcP0MOJAO0Cwg

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urs0Moqiq-s

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nothingconcrete1      

Twitter: @bandolinofergus

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fergusmckay/   

Website: www.nothing-concrete.com 

Harp Samuels channels grief into intimate celestial sounds

Acoustic, Electronica, Folk

In 2017, midway through promoting his debut album ‘Wanting’, Harp Samuels received the news that his father had passed away. Returning home to Melbourne (he has dual citizenship of Australia and New Zealand), be began to channel his grief and confusion into his art. Initially planning to produce a short film and the accompanying soundtrack for it, as work progressed the soundtrack gradually blossomed in scope and importance to the point of eventually overshadowing the film it had been conceived to accompany.

It was this soundtrack that evolved into Samuels’ upcoming album ‘Breathe’, to be released on the 14th of September. The seismic rupture with the past of his father’s death was mirrored in a striking left turn musically—drifting away from the sparse folk of ‘Wanting’, ‘Breathe’ incorporates influences from ambient and electronic music, with vocoder and synthesiser beginning to seep into the sound. The results are often homespun choral music, the celestial tones paralleling the churchyards and funeral parlours death forces one into, and the incorporation of distorted sounds expressing “the tension involved with grief and change”, in Samuels’ own words.

Mixed with analogue gear in Melbourne’s Sing Studios, the album nonetheless journeys away from the tangibility of acoustic instruments into more opaque and ambiguous musical and moral territory. This push and pull of the intimate and the infinite is captured in “Closure in C”, a song recorded on the piano owned by Samuels’ father, before it was sold. In time hopefully Samuels will find this closure, but for now he has a desolate and emotionally rich album to offer. 

Words: Callum Oliver

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/harpsamuels

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/ 0MuUQctpxfdFva4QH0wdYw

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/ UCoRtZZOUcN_uUOj63fa9RUQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harpsamuels

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HarpSamuels

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harpsamuels/

Website: www.harpsamuels.com

 

‘Recycle Your Regrets’ by Chase The River

Folk, Uncategorized

Check out the new album from Irish folk artist, Chase The River, entitled ‘Recycle Your Regrets’.

Having gone through a series of unfortunate events in recent years, CTR has formed a highly introspective album that displays his songwriting talents at their best.

Find out more here:

Links

www.facebook.com/chasetheriver

https://twitter.com/chasetheriver

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5k8WKzsxeZmAGKv52xkfsa

www.soundcloud.com/chase_the_river

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCufLT_nkPd3zVGtsVZfXg7A

https://www.instagram.com/chasetheriver/?hl=en

www.chasetheriver.com

INJIN Releases ‘Tennessee’

Alternative, Folk, Rock

INJIN is clearly no stranger to the world of rock’n’roll, having performed in a number of bands and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Santana’s band and even Jimi Hendrix’s drummer. Using this experience that he has accumulated over the years, the talented songwriter is back with his own work and the new track, ‘Tennessee’.

Chanelling an 80s synth-rock style for ‘Tennesseee’, INJIN is reigniting a retro sound for the modern day which is sure to appeal to a wide audience. A difficult childhood has influenced his songwriting in a big way which aims to diverge from the ‘conveyor belt’ material that is constantly churned out in the music industry.

The track is accompanied by a visually stunning and picturesque video, featuring INJIN himself wandering the landscape of the countryside, seemingly in search of something, but what exactly is not clear.

During his youth, at the age of around 7, INJIN mysteriously stopped growing which led to some difficult formative years for him. Fortunately, he was one of a select few chosen for ground breaking treatment that managed to cure him. 

INJIN’s difficult past gave him the knowledge and experience he needed and he soon grew in confidence to push musical boundaries by re-arranging songs from the likes of Pink Floyd, Ten Years After and Deep Purple with his cover band Ruby Spoon. I N J I N took the name Ruby Spoon to America where he began to embrace the rock lifestyle and his powerful vocals helped him gain a strong following.

INJIN is a believer that music has lost that personal touch that it once had, so his aim with ‘Tennessee’ was to bring back the emotive edge, using forgotten instruments that blend beautifully with his raw vocals. Exploring different moods with a late 1800, early 1900s sound, I N J I N’s music has a mystical haunting sound, marrying pacific wind instruments with electric guitars.

Find out more here:

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGESmecNfwnIsyXiJFIwxw

https://soundcloud.com/user-474221544

https://twitter.com/injinrogerjames

http://www.injin.co.uk/

Tuffet Bunnies releases EP ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ bursting with emotion

Folk, Rock

Dedicated his circus performer girlfriend, ‘Love Songs For Scarlett’ is Tuffet Bunnies’ debut EP. The explosion of folk-rock songs are bursting with emotion and passion, drawing similarities to Paul Simon and Beck.

After sadly losing his biggest fan, his holocaust survivor Grandmother, Darling was dedicated more than ever to follow his dreams. His love for the music and his girlfriend Scarlett are apparent throughout the EP, with every lyric dripping with joy.

Listen to ‘Everything’ here:

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/tuffetbunnies/

https://mobile.twitter.com/tuffetbunnies

Irish band Dandy Horses’ new album

Alternative, Folk, Rock, Uncategorized

Listen to the Title track of the Album here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQJkSbfH4Zs

‘The multi-instrumentalism of the band is showcased beautifully….The whole EP reeks of summer with a promise of good times., all rolled up in the Dandy’s Americana/country/folk good time sound. The Dandy Horses build their songs on a strong foundation of sweet memorable melody and great lyrics’ – (Mark Reid, Creative Voices NI)

‘‘One of Northern Ireland’s fastest rising folk bands’ – (Matt McCreary, Belfast Telegraph)

‘Splendid band. I really, really like them.’ – (Ralph Mc Lean, BBC Radio Ulster)

The Dandy Horses’ ‘Tales from Hard Luck Town’ is a powerful rocky folk album with a commercial edge sharp enough to slice out their own piece of the industry, often being compared to such bands as Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas and Papas.

‘Tales from Hard Luck Town’ is an 11 track album with most featuring a story or character relating to ‘Hard Luck Town.’ Despite there being a dark undercurrent, many of the tracks are also upbeat and lighter in tone. The album includes a murder ballad and other themes include homelessness, seeking fulfilment, being sent to prison (‘Hydebank Hotel’), relationships, and drunken antics. The songs have a relatable feel, often being shaped by the band’s life experiences and observations.

Haunting new album Cherry Fair from singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison

Alternative, Folk

‘…like postcards from an earlier, purer, more positive time’ – The Sunday Herald on Stephen’s previous album Today Tomorrow

English-born, Scottish-residing singer-songwriter Stephen Harrison delivers this intimate and heartfelt new folk record Cherry Fair.

Having written his own songs since he was a teenager, Stephen got into music through legendary sixties acts such as The Doors, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and George Harrison – the music that his older siblings would listen to.

As a teenager I was writing folk songs on acoustic guitar. Aged 16, I would strap my guitar on my back and head off ‘on my moped’ to places such as the Barnoldswick Folk Club.

During the late seventies, Stephen’s musical interests shifted. Attending the Edinburgh College Of Art in 1977, he was founding member of the post-punk band Metropak. The band supported the likes of The Rezillos and Josef K, and received airplay from John Peel.

Having since disbanded, Stephen has now returned to his folk roots. His new album draws on his experience, exploring an array of pensive topics from unrequited love to reconciliation to the brevity of life.  The subject matter deepens as the tracks progress.

Although minimal in sound, Cherry Fair is the result of a lot careful time and effort, Stephen going to great lengths to achieve the perfect sound using unconventional guitar tunings and a particular picking style. Vocals are often recorded multiple times so that he can achieve the exact phrasing. The result is a very clean and polished record.

Stream the album here on Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison/sets/cherry-fair

As well as having a passion in music, Stephen is also a keen painter. Emotional tone plays a key part in his interest in the arts.

Artists that Stephen can be compared to include the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, early Lou Reed and Richard Hawley.

 

Cherry Fair is out 9th May

 

Links:

http://www.stephenharrisonmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/Stephen-Harrison-155502732790/?fref=nf

https://twitter.com/harrisings/followers

https://soundcloud.com/stephen-harrison

Yeti Love want to take you down their ‘Lonely Road’ with new single

Folk, Punk

Single impact date set for June 15th

Named thanks to enduring love/fear of the vaunted mythical creature, Yeti Love is the musical moniker of songwriters Peter Hamilton and Dave Sears – a folk duo who view the genre as this generation’s punk music, able to articulate about issues and press all the right buttons in all the wrong places.

Hamilton is also influenced by his own ancestry, being half Spanish and, at a young age, he fell in love with the folk traditions of home town Galicia. Having started as a drummer before expanding his own musical skills, his love of rhythm was informed by this specific branch of celtic roots music. Married to Sears’ intricate, multi-instrumental approach, the result is a hybrid sound unlike any other act on the circuit today.

New single, ‘Lonely Road’, is set for release on June 15th, and you can hear it here.

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The pair have labelled their unique combination as ‘alt-rogue-folk-rock’, which is as fitting a description as any. Based in South London, they have been playing together since 2012 and ‘Lonely Road’ is the latest fruit of their labours.

In the years since their foundation, Yeti Love have been slowly building in following an momentum thanks to their thoughtful songwriting and stunningly eye catching live show, which has earned them some great online press for their work up until this point. The buzz is building, and in ‘Lonely Road’ they have the right vehicle to continue on that journey.

The single will be available from June 15th.

Links:

http://yetilovemusic.com/yl/

https://www.facebook.com/Yetilovemusic

Sandy Kilpatrick newest track ‘Your Love is a Weapon’ to be taken from album ‘The Shaman’s Call’

Folk

Scottish singer-songwriter set to unveil new album on June 15th

An acoustic-folk singer-songwriter, Sandy Kilpatrick is now Portugal based having been born and raised in Scotland. His new album, ‘The Shaman’s Call’, is the latest stunning release in a career that has grown organically over time, with his sound echoing great songwriters as wide ranging as David Bowie and Damien Rice, while retaining his own unique take on the genre.

Those developing years have been spent surrounded by talents who have made it to the mainstream, such as close friend and New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham. Now Sandy Kilpatrick aims to follow in their footsteps.

Having lived in various parts of the UK before moving to Portugal to be with his family, Sandy Kilpatrick’s particular brand of accessible folk music has a well-travelled feel to it. Inspired by a wide ranging exploration of all of life’s experience as seen through Sandy Kilpatrick’s eyes as a writer, Sandy’s last album ‘Redemption Road’ was notable enough to gain the support of key BBC tastemakers Guy Garvey and Mark Radcliffe. One track was even used by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on his ‘Best Bits of 2013’ video.PRimage

‘The Shaman’s Call’ marks further progression for Sandy Kilpatrick as an artist, guided out of the gate by new single ‘Your Love Is a Weapon’, a song which focuses on the intimacy and solitude of the writer at work: https://soundcloud.com/sandykilpatrick/your-love-is-a-weapon

 Like this track, the album as a whole is designed to feel raw, and not hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of big production. The lyrics are intimate and thoughtful, hitting many highs, lows and moments of heartfelt poignancy – many of which listeners will immediately relate to.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/sandykilpatrick

https://facebook.com/SandyKilpatrickMusic