The Satellite Station – “Fear of the sea”
-Seldom do we find a song that so eloquently pairs the melody with the meaning and lyrics of a song. The Satellite Station are an immediate “add” to our list of favorites around here with this track. The vocal feels very familiar although it is brand new. The full production connects well, pulling the listener in right away. It’s music for fans of bands like the Oh Hellos or even Coldplay. There’s a hopefulness to it that wins me every listen.
Ryan Rickenbach – “Adelaide”
-This song is lush. I haven’t thought that about a song written in the past 30 years I don’t think. But honestly, Rickenbach brings a composer’s brilliance to this folky pop sound. It feels like something I should be spinning on vinyl between discs from Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. It’s really a delightful sound with love-filled lyrics that are sure to put a smile on your face.
Aaron Smith – “Unspoken”
-The most immediate comparison with Aaron Smith is another lad with the same surname… Sam Smith. That’s no light comment, either, considering the latter’s massive success. However, this track from Aaron Smith has the soul of a lion and the tenderness of a cub. The confessional, poetic lyrics work perfectly with the gentle piano work. The combination is destined for commercial success if it can get the airplay. If you’ve ever had a breakup that you wish didn’t happen, this song will sooth your soul.
Nat and Jono – “Grocery Shopping”
-This is the cutest. song. ever. written. I absolutely love the tender harmonies and the chromatic chord changes. These two were made to sing together, I swear. The full composition feels adorable, of course, but it also feels like the truth of a healthy relationship. In an industry full of all the twitterpated perfection of some relationships or the destruction of broken hearts with others, it’s nice to hear a celebration of the mundane in a relationship. Learn to laugh and love together in the everyday (and sing in harmony). It’s SO CUTE.
Bridget and Dahlia – “What I’ve become”
-If folk harmonies are your bag (they are kinda mine), then you’ll like Bridget and Dahlia a lot. These two sing like they’re conjoined twins or something. Even the breathing pattern of these two voices feels like one. They remind me of the early work that I loved from the Harmaleighs. This kind of delightful, spirited folk music doesn’t come along very often. Bust out your melodica and play along!
Wildwood Kin – “Beauty in your brokenness”
-Acoustic folk music brings a smile to my face and Wildwood Kin are really good at it. The mix feels a bit more commercial than we often feature here, but it seems to really work on this track. It’s got a sort of “movie soundtrack” polish to it. The lyrics, though, really seal it for us. We could all work to embrace our brokenness. Some of us might say that we shouldn’t just embrace to brokenness, but seek Redemption to repair that brokenness. Anyways, this one hits deep.
Ben Abraham – “Satellite”
-The first time I ever heard Ben Abraham I was fooling around on YouTube, going “down the rabbit hole” clicking on this and that. I think it was his cover of a Dylan track that stopped me. Who – ON – EARTH – is this guy? I followed him everywhere instantly. We since got a chance to cover him a few different times over the years, including his iconic cover of Emmylou Harris’s “Timberline.” He recently announced signing to a major label with this being his first single. It captures that tender spirit that made his covers great years ago. Abraham sings with a confessional honesty that continues to speak into my soul. I like the song but I love the artist.
Danielle Lande – “Fifth Dimension Prayer”
-This song makes me take pause. It’s soul, it’s sweet, it’s gentle, and it’s a musical representation of love. I had to share it with my friends on my personal social media. That’s how I feel about this. I can’t believe how unbelievably intimate Lande made this recording. Her vocal is absotutely outstanding. If you like the modern Haley Rinehart style vocal work in the remade jazz standard world, you will adore Danielle Lande.
S. T. Manville – “Footsteps”
-We have the genre “acoustic” enabled on our submission platform and it garners a wide range of submissions. Manville’s track “Footsteps” represents the best of what we get in this genre. The acoustic guitar takes center stage, the lyrics are crisp and understandable, while the overall mood feels like a bygone era of folk. I love the way the vocal nestles right into the center of the mix rather than being whispered or shouted. The whole composition just “works” for me.
The Regular – “What I had”
-I dig the folk spirit of this track more than I can adequately express. There’s a bit of good time yeehawing like a country tune, a bit of dynamic piano work like a show tune, and a lot of dripping authenticity like an Americana song ought to have. The lead vocal soars on the chorus, allowing the song to go from down to earth to an exciting folk excitement track like you might expect from the Lumineers or the Head and the Heart. The Regular have the promise to reach that level!