Sophia DeLeo – “Maggie Rogers”
-If you’ve been around our site for a while, you’ll know the name Maggie Rogers. We covered her folk debut album Blood Ballet years ago (before “Alaska” fame). So when we received a song with Rogers as the title, we had to give it a spin. Let me just say… DeLeo is not exaggerating in saying that she sounds like Maggie Rogers. The sweet, approachable vocal style works beautifully with the new folk instrumentation. The blending and production is well done, allowing the vocal and lyrical message to shine through. It’s personal, intimate, like listening to a diary entry… and it’s a joy.
The Accidentals – “Leave it in the dust”
-The vocal harmonies on this song make me want to stop typing and just listen. The Accidentals have given us something really special here. It’s an intimate recording style that feels like the past and the present colliding in music production synthesis. The string work in the background is smooth, allowing the vocal harmonies to emerge from it like a flower from a bed of fertile soil. The blending on this track is spectacular. It’s not grandpa’s folk music, but it certainly captures the soul of the genre well.
Jake Farr – “Raven (Live)”
-There’s a thoughtful sincerity to this song that I really like… but it’s one phrase, “the devil’s violin” that made me sit up in my seat and pay attention here. I don’t know quite what it is about a phrase that can find something deep in your spirit, but that one certainly did. The closer I listened, the more I found a Poe-like dark mood. The discussion of evil and occult themes feels very much like a brooding, Victorian era piece. Yet the mix of the song and the spirit moves forward in a progressive style; it’s definitely a unique mix of styles that we are happy to support.
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