Mihnea Craciunescu is a Romanian alt-folk creator who performs as YCCDM.
Slightly late to the party, for which I apologise, though on this occasion I wasn’t washing my hair, rather awaiting a reply of a website or social media to which I could offer, which as often is the case, can be found immediately beneath the song featured.
You Don’t, the latest track to surface, takes tincture from Romany folk which is overdubbed with celtic rock and synthesised bass loops which curl through the room coating the audience in a soundtrack that finds them snaking their hips in conjunction with the shifting patterns of sound as the keys rattle the rhythm.
The US alt-folk creator Lena Rich released the début LP Something In Between on the 27th.
A nine track, roughly thirty one minutes, album of engaging texture which weaves a gentle thread of soft silk through the room. The songs are a well balanced melding of semi-acoustic guitar led instrumentation that serves to highlight a rich and expressively able vocal in to which the listener finds themselves hypnotically drawn.
There is a slightly wistful undertow to the soundscape, which adds to the hold of Something In Between with the middle track Red House being my highlight.
Lena Rich has established a solid local audience and with fortune the LP will unlock a few more doors, not only further in to the USA but more internationally too.
The most recent song to be released There You Go – which came out on the 12th – is a beguiling tapestry of dampened acoustic guitar which lays as a mellow backdrop to a voice which the listener wishes they could carry in their head each and every day and pull out whenever frustration with the world around arises, to calm the moment.
The sparkling clarity and range of the vocal finds the audience cocking their head, akin to an attentive puppy, whilst allowing the washes of the voice to circle the room.
If there is any justice remaining in the music industry, Dana Williams, will find a break to become a household name across wide geography.
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.
The US alt-folk project HAMSTANK released the LP Rise Of The Giant King on the 9th.
A nine track album (available on bandcamp) which contains a mix of musical styles – some reminding of medieval folklore, in other moments contemporary folk even heading out to rock ballads while a luxury hamper of instrumentation and effects take to the stage. While that all sounds like a heady mixture of ideas, within the context of the tale told in the LP, it all fits in to a cohesive narrative and is most certainly a release to hear in one sitting to fully contextualise the unfolding storyline.