Harlan – Forever Endeavor – Audio

Harlan is a new alt-indie project from the USA.



There is something quite wonderful in the just under three minute song – Forever Endeavor – that just demands one more play. Harlan offers nothing prosaic, fanciful or precious in the track – but – you just know Harlan is a musician from whom you want to hear much more.

I have a good feeling about 2017 with this as the starting point – yesterday was the New Year Ninety – making this the first new entrance for this year.

With only one track to hear – the only other thing to add is that an EP is due out later this month.

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Ryan Raiden – 67 – Audio

Within the past few hours the US alt-folk creator Ryan Raiden released his début three track single Painting.

Ryan Raiden

Ryan Raiden

An approaching nine minute release that combines skeletal acoustics and associated percussion that envelopes the listener in its construct, allowing the audience to generate their own inflections.

Instantly capturing the ears is the baritone vocal which travels around the room in sonorous lament, and akin to many folk singers it is noticeably out of kilter with the backing and for its very disassociation, as with significant players of the genre of the past, creates a connection with the listener.

My selection from the release is the closer – 67.


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Logan Callahan – Rebirth – Audio

Logan Callahan is a doleful-rock creator from the USA.

Logan Callahan

Logan Callahan

Logan Callahan is set to release the EP All My Mistakes on the 7th January, a release which steps across a furrow of ideas from the deeply introspective to wide-staging anthemics which flow steadfastly around the room.

The EP is as an interesting approximately twenty two minutes release which offers the listener a blanket in which to keep their legs warm whilst allowing the vaguely mournful, predominately acoustic guitar led, sounds to drip over the ears.

The middle track on All My Mistakes is Rebirth.


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By Torchlight – As Long As You’re Here – Audio

By Torchlight is the acoustic new wave project of Thom Hall from the USA.

By Torchlight

By Torchlight

The bleeding tonsils launch themselves in to the room in confrontational rawness and as a reader you will either recoil in horror or have faith that I am not leading you astray.

It is for the very fact that the vocals and guitar clash against each other akin to cars in a head-on collision that makes the Celtic rock tinged harsh barrenness a sound that grabs hold of the listener by the lapels and shakes hard which gives the material its elemental attraction.

On the 18th the five track, just over a quarter of an hour, EP One More Night (available on bandcamp) saw the light of day and a fine release it is too and well worth adding to the collection. It will be interesting to see if this project has longer legs with the preponderance of each track to be a variation of the same theme – but time will tell and not of importance when considering the EP in isolation. My pick of the selection is the opener – As Long As You’re Here.

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Jahn Xavier – Five Years Old – Audio

Jahn Xavier is a US acoustic rock performer.

Jahn Xavier

Jahn Xavier

The highlight of the music is the superlative voice and in the latest track to surface Five Years Old – the abilities of Jahn Xavier are showcased.

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