Asthmatic Harp – Seven Sisters – Audio

Asthmatic Harp is the alt-folk vehicle that England based, Danish originating Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones uses to reveal thoughts on the world around.

Asthmatic Harp

Asthmatic Harp

A well travelled musician with live appearances in a variety of settings in Europe and North America, the scandi-folkore influenced compositions always contain the unexpected captivating the audience.

A series of songs, each named after a London (England) tube station have surfaced in the past few months, the most recent of which is Seven Sisters.

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Jef Maarawi – Dread & Breakfast – Audio

The Greek alt-folk project Jef Maarawi releases the LP Comfort Food on the 11th.

Jef Maarawi

Jef Maarawi

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which is full of luscious melodies and tender moments with the contrasts of introspective dour lyric pivoting against the slightly summer of love feel to the music that float wistfully through the room – affords for an LP of intrigue.

The antepenultimate song being the acoustic Dread & Breakfast.

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Northern Strangers – The Waiting Song – Single Review

The US alt-folk quartet Northern Strangers released the single The Waiting Song on the 22nd.

Northern Strangers

Northern Strangers

The Waiting Song is a trippy world-beat, three and almost three quarters of a minutes, multi-vocal song that is weaved inside a multitude of layering of electronica and instrumentation in which the listener can feel the weariness of daily life slip off the shoulders and a sense of well-being rise through the room leaving the audience set fair in a brighter frame of mind than when they arrived.

It has been a few years since Northern Strangers released new material and The Waiting Song (available on bandcamp) marks a welcome return to the studio.

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Mother Lights – Last Dance – Audio

The US based folk-rock quartet Mother Lights released the EP Waiting for Mammoths on the 13th.

Mother Lights

Mother Lights

An immersive four track release which blends keys, bowed and strummed strings, percussion and vocal in to a weave of rich tapestry with a vaguely forlorn sense of wistful remembrance to the compositions.

With influences steeped in UK folk-revival and US folk-rock of the ’60s, Mother Lights are well positioned to create music which draws from a deep well of creativity, yet are able to transpose the songs through the decades to give the sounds a fresh lick of paint.

The penultimate track on Waiting For MammothsLast Dance – being my pick of the release.

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Son Of Caesar – All I Remember – Audio

The Danish alt-folk project Son Of Caesar releases the LP Nothing Is What It Was in April 2018.

Son Of Caesar - Photo credit - Lasse Lagoni

Son Of Caesar – Photo credit – Lasse Lagoni

Revealed early (available as a standalone single on bandcamp) was All I Remember which will be the fourth of the ten tracks.

Prior to advancing towards the play button ensure you have a handkerchief nearby to dry weeping eyes as the sonorous voice leads the listener on an exquisite journey of longing and loss with the wistful melodies of guitar, keys and bass create sonic layers of drifting interwoven melancholia with percussion setting a sombre framework.

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