Kimberly Townsend – Steps – Audio

The alt-folk creator Kimberly Townsend based in New York (USA) released the EP The History and the Heart of It on the 18th.

Kimberly Townsend - photo credit - Ambe J. Photography
Kimberly Townsend – photo credit – Ambe J. Photography

The five track EP takes the journey on a wide journey of soul and folk influenced songs, though each being of different texturing, with some led by strings bowed or strummed, others keys, there is a commonality of tie which is the emotionally charged voice which immediately catches the listeners attention and holds them entranced through the roughly seventeen minutes release.

My pick of the release being the middle track Steps.

The History and the Heart of It – EP – Kimberly Townsend is available on iTunes.*

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Dante Hadden – Most Nights – Audio

The alt-folk musician Dante Hadden, from Vancouver (Canada), will be releasing the EP Most Nights on the 21st of December.

Dante Hadden

Dante Hadden

A five track EP of variegated dappled songs that mind the listener of walking through a silver-birch copse in late autumn with the rays of the sun filtered through the sparse foliage and the scent of damp leaves underfoot as the roughly eighteen evocative minutes of the release percolate through mind, sometimes led by guitar other times by a melancholic pianoforte, yet always focused on the distinctive vocal.

The first song to surface from the EP – the title track and opening song Most Nights was itself released as a stand alone single on the 23rd.

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Most Nights – Single – Dante Hadden is available on iTunes.*

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Virginia Marcs – I Need You – Single Review

Virginia Marcs is an alt-folk creator from New York (USA) who, on the 18th, released the single I Need You.

Virginia Marcs

Virginia Marcs

Whilst in comparison to much of the back catalogue I Need You is of more optimistic demeanour that is merely a factor of contextual relativity.

The luxurious palette consists of hues of deep crimson, rich purple and dark navy with the intricate melodies and immersive vocal sinking deep in to the bone marrow filling the body with an intoxicating warmth leaving the listener with no sense of an outside world.

The only downside is that I Need You is all over within a mere one hundred and seventy eight seconds leaving the audience immediately desirous of more.

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Mending – Julia Is Done With Asheville – Audio

The alt-folk duo of Kate Adams (Vocals) and Joshua Dumas (Piano / Synth / Mellotron / Vibraphone) from Chicago and New York (USA) released the EP We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow ~ Chapter 02: A Few Years In Asheville on the 5th.

Mending

Mending

As will, rightly, be assumed A Few Years In Asheville is part of a concept piece of work. The collection – We Gathered at Wakerobin Hollow – which consists of four hours of music consisting of forty songs – is being released over the course of nine individual chapters which will be released three months apart through to the end of 2019 – narrating the tale of a family, centred around a character named Emma, over a forty year period. The first two chapters take in wide time scales with Chapter 01 covering the first seventeen years and chapter 02 through to year thirty, the final seven chapters – the final decade.

Inevitably each segment is of quite different flavour of composition as the tale unfolds, with A Few Years In Asheville having a wistful melancholia.

From the four track EP (available on bandcamp) my selection is the dour ballad of the penultimate composition – Julia Is Done With Asheville.

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Rue Royale – Chip Away – Audio

The Nottingham (England) based duo of Brookln Dekker and Ruth Dekker, who perform as the alt-folk band Rue Royale, released the LP  In Parallel on the 28th of September.

Rue Royale - photo credit - Sebastian Madej

Rue Royale – photo credit – Sebastian Madej

Having been around for a dozen or so years, first based in Chicago (USA) the duo have created a strong international audience, which extends far beyond their combined US and UK nationalities with their involving cerebral compositions that enthral the listener.

Having taken stock of the realities and priorities of life, which was particularly drawn to a head by the birth of their child, saw Rue Royale take some time out to reappraise and the release of In Parallel rediscovers the duo ready to take to the road again to deliver music which reflects of their new circumstance.

Chip Away is the fifth of the dozen songs on the album, which is available on bandcamp.

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