The English melancholic-folk duo Modern Vampires are set to release their début LP Midnight Pine on the 28th.
In advance – High Price – has been revealed as a stand alone single that is available on bandcamp.
The track combines fractured acoustic guitar, rending harmonica, soft bush synth, tempered percussion and breaking voice which don’t attempt to beautify or glamourise the commentary rather reflect of the conflict in Northern Syria from the posthumous perspective of Givara Rojava (Dean Carl Evans).
The Republic Of Cyprus based melancholic-folk creator Valerie released the three track single Beyond The Heavens Light yesterday.
The middle track on the single Mother fills the room with an acoustic led ballad that draws tears from the eyes and serves as a fine introduction to a superb, emotionally charged vocal, which continues to haunt the mind long after the song has faded from the ears.
With only a couple of tracks to hear, perhaps that is good in some way, as I don’t have another clean handkerchief to hand to dab away the tear streaked eyes.
Wolves – the newest track – flutters the heart with its luscious combinations of keys, percussion, strings and expansive vocal in a just over three and five sixths of a minutes composition that wrest highs and lows of mood from the listener as it bobs around the room.
Whilst the underpinning of Wolves is of a sense worried timidity towards others, ultimately, there is a thought that rather than throwing barbs at all around – a reach of invitation can result in a healing of the silos of self-imagined fear.
The Australian melancholic-folk creator Rachel Caddy released the single Reach For You on the 30th of March.
The room fills with a haunting ambience as Reach For You (available on bandcamp) circles the listener.
The opening scene is set by the isolated vocal pealing through the ears in a fragile exposition, prior to tenderly laid instrumentation accompanying the expressive vocal in a song that unexpectedly builds in resilience and tempo as it builds to a cathartic crescendo, prior to drifting back in to quiet isolation.
Rachel Caddy posses both an extraordinarily capable voice as well as the ability to write and deliver immersive compositions and is a musician I look forward to hearing much more of over the coming years.
The Swedish melancholic-folk project Juliah released the EP Be Still on the 28th of February.
The compositions revolve around the expressive vocal which is able to well tears from the eyes with its emotive timbre. The quietly laid guitar and muffled percussion serve to add to the sense of melancholia as the emotionally charged songs drift quietly through the room.
My pick of the release being the second of the five tracks – There Are Days.