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.
It has been almost two years since the English melancholic-folk creator Art Block last featured.
The latest single, which came out on the 14th and is available on bandcamp, Eliza – takes Art Block in to even deeper sorrowful despondency than music previously featured with a bowed strings and piano led composition.
The quietly laid song slowly circles the mind as the haunting vocal plays almost inaudibly, like a faint shadow cast through sunlit mist, while piano forms dour chord changing melodies which layer the track with a sad countenance while cello creates the bleary, almost tangible, tears of wistful thought which permeate Eliza.
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 Greek melancholic-folk sextet Tango With Lions are set to release the LP The Light on the 19th.
Tango With Lions
Slewing the room with sweeps of a dark-purple cloak the first song of the nine on the album (available on bandcamp) to be revealed Proof Of Desire finds the listener rapt in awe at the munificence of vocal which is spun through lonely acoustic guitar chords whilst an underlying pinning of orchestration quietly flows in and out of focus in the background.
I merely countenance – do ensure there is a handkerchief nearby to dab away the tears in the corners of the eye prior to hitting play.
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.