Black Match – “June”
-This track has a lot of that optimistic folk energy that was made popular by bands like the Lumineers a few years back. But don’t let that keep you from locking into the lyricism and meaning of this track. Yes, it feels good to listen to the atmospheric swoons and quality vocals, but this song is more than a feel-good piece. It’s about being in an unhurried, romantic moment. Just slow down in the middle of the summer and enjoy one another. I can get behind that message.
Josh Orange – “Little Miss America”
-From the first time I heard this song, I thought it was a combination recording of John Prine and Tom Petty. I couldn’t really believe my Americana-loving ears. Listen to the lyrics and I bet you’ll think of someone you know who fits this description. You can almost see a woman behind a counter who is tough as nails but can melt all the hard hearts in the room with a smile. It’s an easy going tune that’ll make you think of someone hard working.
Summersets – “Never love another”
-This folk duo stands out for the clever, balanced sound. The expressive lyrics are romantic and meaningful. The vocal blending feels idiosyncratic yet familiar (I know, right?). Here’s what I mean — my impulse is to compare them to Simon and Garfunkel, but really they don’t sound anything like that iconic duo. They sound like you’ve been listening to them my whole life. Honestly, if you’re a fan of the Belle Brigade you will probably love this duo. Give it a spin and let me know if you find them comparable to anyone else.