The English melancholic folk creator Tina Boonstra is due to release the EP My Concrete Heart (Will Beat Again) on the 2nd of February.
The second song to be revealed from the EP, I Think I See You Now, was also released as a stand alone single on the 12th.
The frail tendrils of the song hang like an spiders web in a meadow on a frosty morning gleaming in the dawn sunlight, slender yet forthright. The open weave and simplicity of the architecture of I Think I See You Now surrounding the fragile vocal, which threatens to splinter as it emerges from the speakers, finds the audience hushed in unwavering attention as the emotionally charged composition floats through the room.
The Low Countries, an England based alt-folk outfit, are planning to release the LP We Weathered The Storm in March.
The Low Countries
After a dearth of new material since 2016 it was a delight to discover there is more in the offing from a troupe who are able to able to deliver music which teeters betwixt the stool of melancholic despondency and optimistic glee without ever seeming at odds with the juxtaposition.
The first track to surface from the album, which itself will be released as a stand alone single on the 26th, Putty, (a revision of the original which appeared on the 2014 LP – A Prize Everytime) extrapolates the contrasts of their material as the dour vocal lays astride accompanying guitars, harmonica and percussion, which has the listener both bleary eyed and stamping feet with wide grin at one and the same moment.
With material dating back to 2016, each of different iteration, there is always an undercurrent of melancholia which sweeps through the room on taking a listen to the back-catalogue and when one starts to explore so the further one wishes to delve in the wistful tones of music.
A couple of tunes surfaced on the 3rd and serving as an introduction to a band I look forward to hearing more from in due course – the keys led Silver Ashtray.
The English acoustic rock band Narrow Plains release the single I Should’ve Known on the 2nd of February.
A sprightly rock’n’roll number that has the listener stepping through the room in good humour.
Their signature sound of acoustic guitar always lends the music by Narrow Plains a sense of the roots of rock. The backbone is provided by the surrounding electric guitars that create the depth of the compositions with percussion, in this instance, generating the trotting tempo bringing I Should’ve Known alive while the vocal conducts the direction of travel and over all architecture.
I merely hope it isn’t another two years before I come back to Narrow Plains.
Sandtimer is a melancholic-folk band from England.
Sandtimer and I have been exchanging emails since 2016 though I have never quite managed to align timing – so it is a pleasure that I have finally been able to get my act together with their latest song – New Year Morning – which came out on the 1st and is the first reveal from their forthcoming LP.
Their back catalogue of releases comprises of music which is of varied approaches to folk influences drawn from around the world that is tinged in sorrowful countenance, expressed particularly by the distinctive vocal with its rich baritone intonations to where the listener instinctively, initially, steers attention. The surrounding layers, sometimes delivered as a duo other times as a quartet, doesn’t seek to fight the voice, rather, adds depth of texture to complement and enhance the overall output and when the ears head towards the instrumentation they discover equally as impressive performance with the weaves of frequencies creating intoxicating flows of sound in which to experience the wistful compositions.
Sandtimer are a case in point where the sum of the parts is far greater than the individual constituents.