Posts Tagged ‘Indie Folk’
With so much over-produced music out there these days, it’s refreshing to hear the guitar at it’s purest. Yair Yona‘s instrumental track, “Brave Walls,” showcases European folk with a western kick–a perfect song for traveling through the countryside (maybe because I wrote this on the train).
He’s not really the tallest man, in terms of actual height, but he could be the biggest thing in folk music since Dylan. The Tallest Man On Earth is currently traveling lite by selling out notable venues such as The Fillmore with just an acoustic guitar and a microphone. “Like The Wheel” comes of his latest EP, Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird.
FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: Delicately plucked chords cascade around Sam Beam’s gentle, charmed baritone, leaving pure, perfect songs in their wake. Iron and Wine‘s personal, sometimes haunting songwriting keeps urban cynicism at bay, unfolding instead with beauty, wonder, and bittersweet joy.
For Sean Carey, it helps that post-rock acts like Bon Iver have become popular (it also helps that he’s a member of said band). Like the music he creates with Justin Vernon, Carey’s solo effort has a similar haunting-yet-comforting quality. And just when you think the song is fading away, it returns with a powerful crescendo.
As Brooklyn natives sometimes do, Lia Ices‘ straddles that fine line between hipster and hippie. “Grown Unknown” has organic instrumentation, yet rises above being just “folk” and leads us to that mysterious place that similar artists My Brightest Diamond and School of Seven Bells bring us to.
Yes, Thom Yorke gets all the attention, however let’s not forget Radiohead is comprised of five talented dudes. It’s Philip Selway‘s turn to voice his opinion (by singing) with is solo debut, Familiar. While side projects tend to lean towards being avant garde, the rock star drummer surprises us with a minimal and relatively drum-less record.
With a sweet girl voice that could quite possibly get all Lisa Loeb on us, Brie Stoner chooses a more introspective path. Her influences range from Neil Young to The Red House Painters, which comes out in her tune “Delicate Hour,” yet delivers her own take on dreamy acoustic pop as well.
Handpicked out of the mixed bag of Warp Records artists, Jamie Lidell has that “I’ll dance when I feel like it” attitude. With Compass, he leaves the smoove R&B behind and taps into a wiser, almost folk style. Like Beck, Lidell can get the party started, but also knows when it’s time to chill.
From the first few notes, you can tell that T-Bone Burnett was involved somehow. Sahara Smith’s debut, Myth of the Heart, (shepherded by T-Bone and producer Emile Kelman) crosses the same country/blues border that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss straddled on their duet album, Raising Sand. Smith isn’t a Grammy-winning artist (yet), so give her some love! More on Shorefire.com
His 2004 breakthrough debut album, Trouble, was a tough act to follow. Six years later, Ray LaMontagne continues to deliver the raw goods as a true folk-rock revivalist. With his new band, “The Pariah Dogs,” LaMontagne is currently on tour with David Gray playing top outdoor venues such as Jones Beach, The Greek, and Red Rocks. More on Raylamontagne.com