The Canadian alt-folk trio Cursed Arrows release the LP Rebirth on the 10th of August.
Those who know the band may be scratching their heads wondering about this trio mentioned being more au fait with the duo – of Jackie and Ryan Stanley. Scott Gray has more recently joined them as a full-time fixture. Equally they will find the roughly thirty nine minutes, ten tracks, of Rebirth (available on bandcamp) of different flavour as Cursed Arrows reveal a more intimate and self-examining exposé in a mesmerising thread of songs than their more familiar forthright rock derived compositions.
This is most certainly an album that needs to be heard in its entirety to fully appreciate its stunning tender beauty and I would suggest, both those who know the band and those who don’t, to add the album to the playlist ‘moments of self-reflection’ on its release.
At present, I am only given the option of sharing a particular song – the opener Near Death Dayream – which although not, in my view the highlight of the LP as it is not of the central tenet of the release – does extract a sense of the songs to follow.
It has been a couple of years since the US based alt-folk creator Evelyn Cools last featured.
When last featured the Belgian singer songwriter was based in England and now moved to the USA and returning with a slightly different feel, laid to a more melancholic backdrop set to a fragile architecture which affords brighter spotlight to the singular and tender vocal.
Here’s To You, released on the 29th of May is one of a series of singles scheduled for release.
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.