Sandtimer – New Year Morning – Single Review

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.

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Some Are Lonely – High – Audio

Some Are Lonely is a Swedish melancholic-folk duo.

Some Are Lonely

Some Are Lonely

Their music combines, electronica, both acoustic and electric instrumentation, drums and vocal to deliver music which minds the listener of wandering, lost, through a snow-covered forest finding the mind developing a sense of despondency yet, overarching concerns for personal well-being, the beauty of the surroundings becalm and a feeling of serenity settles in the audience.

Some Are Lonely released their début LP – This is what remains – (available on bandcamp) earlier this month. A ten track, approximately fifty three minutes, release in which the listener is invited to allow their imagination to roam.

My pick of the release being the the third – High.

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Todd Kessler – Old Fashioned Way – Single Review

The US melancholic-folk creator Todd Kessler releases the single Old Fashioned Way tomorrow, within the past few minutes this has become available to share.

Todd Kessler

Todd Kessler

A brooding track that fills the room with a dour countenance yet which, like a funeral ceremony despite the tears, fills the listener with a feeling of invigoration by the very nature of its dark clouds as the audience take succour from the inward celebration of what has been and the revelations of what may be to come.

Once again a track which requires space to breathe through as full speaker set-up, though on this occasion not on full volume, allowing the heavy-hearted vocal and lugubrious guitar to evaporate as the sounds gently echo from the walls filling the mind with future purpose.


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MagicHour – Final Encore – Single Review

Within the past handful of hours the English melancholic-folk creator MagicHour released the single Final Encore.



Palling the room in palpable dark cloak which discovers the listener reaching for handkerchief to wipe the eyes there is an intrinsic beauty surrounding Final Encore (available on bandcamp) and one is minded to contemplate ‘this would be perfect for my own funeral’.

Often in the saddest moments of music one discovers the most beguiling compositions and through the combinations of Spanish Guitar and six stringer the audience finds a rapture in which there is only a desire that Final Encore last longers than the just under four and three quarter minutes it does.

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Somebody’s Daughter – Rots & Stinks – Audio

The English melancholic-folk creator Somebody’s Daughter releases the five track EP Pretty Game on the 11th.

Somebody's Daughter

Somebody’s Daughter

A release of  intense emotion as the expressive voice soars through the room to accompaniment of combinations of strings and bows reflecting on the bitter-sweet nature of love.

Pretty Game is a well constructed release as the songs, whilst holding a palpable sadness, are not cloying in sentiment with the listener captivated by the luxurious soundtrack.

My selection from the release is the penultimate Rots & Stinks.

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