Three folk tracks that will challenge your perceptions of the genre

Dash Hammerstein – “Rolls Royce”
-This song feels like an old fashioned tune. Even the instruments seem to be intentionally old fashioned with that slightly out-of-tune style (especially the piano). It’s meant to feel like an old timey soundtrack (if I had to guess). Hammerstein’s lyrics work well to capture a 30s era intellectual sentimentality as well. This is a really unique piece of songwriting that you’re not likely to hear in many places in the 21st century, but it’s a bright and intriguing track.

Wilfred – “Lead me home”
-The acoustic guitar is the main basis for this track, however the vocal harmonies are probably my favorite part. The delicate melodic balance works really well here. We tell a lot of bands that their lyrics “don’t emerge” when we say no thanks. This is the type of song that has lyrics that are open to interpretation, but allow the listener to engage with each line. I think we can all understand a desire to “fix our broken hearts.” It’s a thoughtful folk song that is worth your time and consideration.

Tors – “Garden on the kitchen floor”
-We covered Tors a little while ago and absolutely loved their harmonies. Suffice it to say I was excited to see them in our submission box again. This track reminded me immediately of Greg Holden. I don’t know if it’s something in the melody or the tone of the lead vocalist, but it was an instant connection that has been reaffirmed with subsequent listens. Tors have a beautiful sense of harmony balance in their writing. Call it folk or even pop, but this is a sound that I am happy to support every. dang. day. The simple thankfulness in the lyrics is an ethic that I try to reflect in my own family, so the sound and message all connect personally on this one.

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