Three folk rock tracks you have to hear to believe, including the iconic Paolo Nutini

Paolo Nutini – “Through the echoes”
-Most of the submissions we get are from up and coming artists, so when we get a track from an established artist like Nutini it’s always a welcome contribution. Let me just say that the blues folk rock energy of this track is outstanding. There’s no one to compare Nutini’s work to as he’s already iconic in his own right. The spirit of the song focuses on the impossibilities that we imagine in our life. The lyrics are incredibly interesting and work well with the folk rock energy of the instrumentation. The combination here is outstanding, creating a song that feels like it’s been around for a long time. Call it soul or blues or folk rock… no matter the genre, this is a work of beautiful sonic art.

Georgia Harmer – “Top down”
-The energetic sound from Georgia Harmer impressed me immediately. Everything from the effect on the guitars to the clarity in the vocals shows a high production quality. It allows the listener to follow along with the lyrics well. The crisp production mix makes the sound stand out as a great example of folk rock songwriting. There’s a narrative of a sad experience (a breakup?), but the optimism of the guitar work makes it feel like the main character is sitting with those feelings with the hope of getting out on the other side. I dig this a lot, especially the way the guitars and the lead vocal work together so well.

Kyle Joshua Trask – “Borrow some fuses”
-Trask is one of the few artists we’ve discovered in recent years that we seem to approve every single track. There’s an energy in each song that fits perfectly with the blend of Americana and folk rock that we feature regularly. Trask’s lyrically rich songwriting style fits nicely with the driving guitars on the track. I know it’s probably an overwrought comparison, but I can’t help but see Trask working in the style of someone like Jason Isbell. This kind of relational narrative undergirded by a solid classic rock instrumentation feels like what 21st century folk rock is all about. We’re absolutely thrilled to feature this kind of music.

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