Bad Sea – Over My Head – Audio

Bad Sea is an Irish alt-folk duo.

Bad Sea

Bad Sea

Less than a handful of tracks are around, each with slightly different structure, what holds the ideas together is the absorbing vocal which spirals around the room in far reaching range of octaves that cement the listener on the spot. Bad Seas are not aiming to create music of complexity rather provide sympathetic backstage lighting to spotlight the absorbing voice.

The most recent track to surface being – Over My Head.

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The Scrims – Bright Orange Suit – Audio

The Australian alt-folk quintet The Scrims will be releasing their début LP Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One on the 7th of April.

The Scrims - Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One - artwork

The Scrims – Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One – artwork

The ten track album (available on bandcamp) is full of surprises as the quintet utilise the variety of strings and bows at their disposal to create songs which have the audience tapping their feet as they explore the rootsy source of their influence.

Of the pieces I have so far been able to hear, my selection is the Latin-folk swaying tempo of the second track – Bright Orange Suit.

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Erin K – Assholio – Video

The US based alt-folk creator Erin K will be releasing the LP Little Torch on the 31st.

Erin K - Little Torch - artwork

Erin K – Little Torch – artwork

Taking a wry look at the world around Erin K delivers music that has the listener both fully engaged by the superlative vocal, whilst smiling alongside the quirky subjects under scrutiny.

Unafraid to stretch the envelope aurally – from Little Torch, the third of the ten tracks Assholio finds the audience simultaneously smiling happily, stomping alongside the double-bass and contemplating the acidity of the lyric.

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Bruno Major – Just The Same – Single Review

The English alt-folk creator Bruno Major revealed the latest track – Just The Same – within the past couple of hours.

Bruno Major - Just The Same

Bruno Major

The material that Bruno writes has a sense of honesty that is palpable through the speakers which gives it the strong emotional tie to the audience. The earthy connectivity between performer and audience is reflected by the rapidity songs are launched to the wider world as, in the case of Just The Same, which was only written earlier this month and hasn’t sat in a folder to be revised, reworked and revisited for a year or two prior to seeing the light of day and for that I give Bruno Major credit.

The roughly three and a half minutes track has an almost gospel feel in its underlying spirituality, which the fact that I felt this was something you should hear as soon as possible, causes me great surprise, as I am not exactly a ‘spiritual folk’ – however – that is the power of music, as from unlikely sources come tracks that need to be on the playlist.

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Simon Alexander – Mud – Audio

The Swedish alt-folk creator Simon Alexander released the three track single Won’t Be Found last week.

Simon Alexander - © Andrej Zemtsovski Photography

Simon Alexander – © Andrej Zemtsovski Photography

An approximately sixteen minutes release riven with eddies and flows of captivating ideas which keeps the listener engaged throughout.

My selection from Won’t Be Found is the closer – Mud, which has a darker temper and more complex weave than the other two pieces.

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