Stables – “Timbuktu”
-From the first time I heard this song, I knew it was one that I wanted to feature. The easy comparison would be bands like the Lumineers or even Mumford. But honestly, Stables deserve to stand on their own merits. The vocal harmonies are exquisite. The easy going acoustic guitar, banjo, and mandolin elements are delightfully well balanced. I’m really impressed with the production balance on this track, which makes it feel so alive and bright in several spots. I just keep thinking “this song is a delight” every time I listen to it. Give it a spin, friends!
Deer Anna – “Dawn”
-There’s a lightness to the mix on the electric guitar here that really appeals. It feels like floating on a cloud (or some similar metaphor). The expressive lead vocal cuts through the track with brilliant precision. It makes for a sweet, engaging sentiment that wins over the listener right away. It’s not throwback traditional folk music, but it absolutely captures the imagination and has some wonderfully pleasing sonic structures. This is contemporary folk music that is undeniably well accomplished.
Mark Ledlin – “Tofino”
-If you like whistling folk pop music, give Mark Ledlin’s latest “Tofino” a shot. It’s got a bright, up tempo optimism that’s sure to win over a lot of hearts. For my money, I’m a huge fan of the organ work on this one. It’s perfectly situated in the mix making the whole sound feel warm and welcoming. The lyrics are adventurous and engaging, but the optimism of the melody gives the whole composition a “rose colored glasses” hue. I’m definitely good with that vibe and hope that others enjoy this one as much as I do.