Three tracks with a delightful spin on the indie folk genre

Dan Croll – “Talk to you”
-The first time I tried to write about this song, I spent the entire time dancing in my chair instead of actually writing. I feel like that’s a pretty good assessment of how I feel about the song. It’s a groove and a mood, that’s for sure. It doesn’t feel like a typical indie folk track but it certainly has elements of the genre here. The expressive vocal is fantastic with relatable heartache lyrics. It’s about making the conscious decision to move on in the wake of a breakup where you are trying to move on but you just want to talk to and be with them. The genuineness in the writing on this track is wonderful.

Gert Taberner – “Hannah”
-This song opens with an intriguing almost whisper folk quality to it, but it evolves into an up tempo folk rock style track. The juxtaposition between the two styles really works here. Oftentimes artists try things like this and it’s a jarring transition, but Taberner pulls it off well with this track. The lyrics are about fighting to keep someone in a relationship who is ready to move on. The emotionally charged lyrical concept works well here, but it’s the rawness in the instrumentation and the dynamic melodic structure that really makes this song stand out. There’s some excellent songwriting here.

The Drive-in Mondays – “Never comes sooner than ever”
-I’ll be honest I’ve listened to this song a few times and still don’t really understand what the title means. The lyrics, on the other hand, are pretty good; it’s a breakup song. It’s about finally deciding that the relationship is over and the conflicted emotions that go along with that moment. The vocal harmonies are really intriguing on this song. What really made this song stand out for me is that it has shades of several different mid-60s folk revival artists, yet manages to stand alone as its own sound. The originality and artistry in the song is impressive, all while managing to convey those nostalgic emotions of familiarity to some of the classics that define our genre.

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