FREEPARK – “Fingernails”
-From the moment I clicked play on FREEPARK’s latest song “Fingernails,” I was impressed with the lyrics. It’s complex in an understated way. In a world with a lot of pretentious folk music, FREEPARK comes with a salt of the earth wisdom. Images of personal, nostalgic moments flavor the song that has an almost hymn-like melodic structure. If you’re looking for an emerging folk singer songwriter to follow, put FREEPARK on your short list.
Colorama – “And”
-I hate to use trendy phrases, but Colorama’s “And” absolutely slaps. You might not think of a folk tune having the “slap” energy to it, but this one absolutely does. There’s a mysterious Fleet Foxes vibe to this track that wins my heart right away. When you add in some psych rock textures, this track moves from “pretty cool” to “OH MY GOSH WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?” I am definitely a new fan of Colorama. This one’s perfect for the chill folk playlist… you know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Ocie Elliott – “Tracks”
-If folk duos are your thing, you’ll get a kick out of this new track from Ocie Elliott. It’s got a gentle meandering style to it that puts a smile on my face. One time in college I put a quarter on the train tracks (sorry Mom!) and I didn’t die. This song reminds me of that day… and the pretty girl who was walking with me on the tracks (who I married). It’s cutesy, old timey, and absolutely delightful. The acoustic strumming is in the old train style and the harmonica mimicks the train whistle; this is a trope that goes back to the early 20th century and it’s great to see it staying alive with original writing in a time that few people still “ride the rails” in this way.