Toledo – ‘Crane Song’

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Boston-based Indie-folk foursome, Toledo are preparing to release a new album this year, ahead of which they have kindly afforded us a glimpse of what we may expect in the shape of lead single ‘Crane Song’.

Deeply melodic folk vocals are supplemented by a gently picked guitar, brush cymbals and dark choral harmonies but ‘Crane Song’ is anything but a conventional indie-folk tune. At the halfway mark the acoustic atmospheric-folk gives way to a more sunny and spritely disposition, filling the spaces with luscious, dreamy slackerish psych-pop. An absolute delight and full of surprises this one. Enjoy!

You can listen to ‘Crane Song’ and we’ll be keep our eyes peeled for news of the aforementioned new LP.

Martha Ffion – ‘Take Your Name’

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Irish-born, Glasgow-based singer-songwriter, Martha Ffion has announced she will releasing her long-awaited debut LP Sunday Best on March 9, via excellent Welsh indie-label Turnstile Music.

Previewing the forthcoming record. Ffion released ‘We Make Do’ in December of last year and has followed it with the similarly wonderful ‘Take Your Name’. It is two-and-a-half minutes of gleaming guitar-pop that drifts between soft-centered balladry, lush instrumentation and something altogether more cutting and purposeful. As ever, Martha Ffion’s detailed lyrical vision to life flourishes with her beautiful honeyed vocals, hovering gently above and adding another layer of glowing allure. A beautifully crafted a wonderful and compelling indie-pop gem, ‘Take Your Name’ has a touch of Tennis-esque exquisiteness in the swooning sixties inspired indie-pop stakes – utterly infectious and utterly irresistible.

Watch the video for ‘Take Your Name’ below and keep your eyes peeled for Sunday Best, its out on March 9.

Lamb Markous – ‘Look Back Down’

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Lamb Markous (aka Lambros Markousis) is a musician and songwriter from Buffalo, in the US.

Inspired by everything from Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Lennon to Kendrick Lamar, his organic acoustic sounds are formed with lo-fi psychedelic textures and an experimental edge. His most recent work, a series of bedroom recordings, armed only with one mic and a computer, are astoundingly warm, inviting and great – the latest of which, is ‘Look Back Down’. It swoons and swells as it drips along melodically, at an unhurried canter along a rough, fuzzy acoustic strum and joined by a mildly mournful, lightly fuzzed vocals. While the lyrics kick back against the bullshit and hum-drum of life, ‘Look Back Down’ feels overwhelmingly optimistic, if somewhat melancholic, and fills the heart with warmth. A joy!

You can listen to ‘Look Back Down’ below, and there is plenty more where that came from, here.

Andrew Goldring – ‘Lost in the Motion’

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Utah-based singer/songwriter Andrew Goldring began his solo adventures in 2016, after fronting two bands – Golden Sun and Great Interstate – in the prior half-decade.

Thus far, Goldring has been drip-feeding tracks and now, he is back with another single in ‘Lost in the Motion’, with an EP to follow. The single is a delightfully elegant blend of dreamy, mellow and shimmering sounds – this is music to get lost in. Undulating ripples of lush melody, laid-back twangs, glistening hooks and general warmth transport you to a place of peace and tranquility, befitting of great contemplation. Goldring’s voice proves the key, soothing and sauve as it wafts across a hazy canvas of breezy, washed-out sounds. Goldring is kicking off 2018 in great form – no doubt about it – and hopefully we’re inundate with songs of a similarly sublime quality throughout the year.

Listen to ‘Lost in the Motion’ below:

Crooked Cat Adams – ‘Lone Bulb’

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Crooked Cat Adams is the musical moniker of Portland-based singer/songwriter, Patrick Barry, who has an undeniable talent for evocative lyrics, the craft of songwriting and brooding and emotive Americana-tinged alt-folk.

And the proof, if proof be needed comes in the shape of ‘Lone Bulb’ opening track to his latest, 6-track EP, 1000 Miles To Cordova. A powerful and irresistible track, it sucks you in with a welcoming glow from the warm organ hum, surging onward with a buzz of electricity and joined by a steady strum of acoustic guitars, stabs of electric and flourishes of brass. There is a perfect connect between the raw yet beautifully crafted music and Barry’s voice, which is simultaneously strong and fragile; he makes you listen to what he’s got to say. It is hard to do it justice with mere words but easy to enjoy!

You can listen to the masterpiece that is ‘Lone Bulb’ below. And if you like that, Crooked Cat Adams’ EP, 1000 Miles To Cordova, is available to digest here.