Thomas & The Empty Orchestra – In The Eaves – Audio

The English sad folk project of Thomas Matthew Bower –  Thomas & The Empty Orchestra released the EP Let Go on the 20th.

Thomas & The Empty Orchestra photo credit - Mal Whichelow

Thomas & The Empty Orchestra photo credit – Mal Whichelow

A roughly seventeen minutes, four track, EP of worrisome wistful introspection that captures the imagination and lifts the audience in to their own reflections of loss.

As is so often the case with melancholic and reflective music, rather than being left with a sense of hopelessness despite having been drawn in to dark folds in the memory, the listener leaves with a sense of catharsis having shared a moment with another to explore the past and see a future with a brighter light.

The opening song, In The Eaves, being my pick of the release.

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Denim Gorgeous – Feed On The Lonely – Audio

The US sad-folk project Denim Gorgeous will be releasing the EP Songs From The Shelf next month.

Denim Gorgeous

Denim Gorgeous

Songs From The Shelf is the follow up to last years equally melancholic Whats Salt Worth with a couple of songs so far appearing – the most recent of which is Feed On The Lonely.

A aching pull of the sparse guitar sets up the hushed vocal to create a two and three quarters minutes of desolate beauty to encircle the ears.

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Terra Naomi – Nothing To Hide – Audio

The US sad-folk creator Terra Naomi is working towards the release of an LP planned for release on the 7th of September.

Terra Naomi

Terra Naomi

The second song to surface from the album, Nothing To Hide, which was released as a standalone single on the 9th and available on bandcamp, is a composition of drifting melancholia from which emerges an arresting vocal which exudes a sadness that catches tears from the listeners eye as the track contemplates of the regret of lost love.


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goldkey – Faster – Single Review

Introduced last year, goldkey from the USA, releases the sad-folk single Faster on the 2nd of March.

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Of a very different flow from last feature in Faster, goldkey, lowers the volume and lighting with acoustic and slide guitar taking centre stage, accompanied by a melancholic vocal, set to a rolling percussion which affords the song a diversity to it in which the audience gladly allows their amygdala to slip in to empathetic moment.

The combinations of the rippling tempo and the dour visage provides the composition with much to explore, leaving the listener to allow their mind to wander the layers as their imagination deems appropriate.

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Quinn Henry Mulligan – Okay – Video

The US sad-folk creator, Quinn Henry Mulligan, releases the LP January on the 26th.

Quinn Henry Mulligan

Quinn Henry Mulligan

A ten track album, available directly from the Quinn Henry Mulligan website, which reflects of morose memories set to the backdrop of quiet electronica which gives the compositions depth, featured acoustic guitar and a dexterous voice that is able to navigate the approximately thirty eight minutes of the LP while capturing and delivering the narration of each of the songs.

A musician I look forward to hearing more from in short order and given plans underway that won’t be far away as Quinn Henry Mulligan is intending to release a new album each month through 2018.

The closer is Okay.


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