Interbellum – ‘Ink’

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Interbellum is the musical project of Lebanese singer-songwriter Karl Mattar, aka Charlie Rayne. Formed in 2015, the project sees him teaming up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Fadi Tabbal and other musicians from Beirut.

Interbellum’s sound is formed from a blend of several familiar elements which at times brings to mind Bob Dylan, Youth Lagoon or Beach House to name but a few, yet it, and it’s appeal, remain very much their own distinct identity. ‘Ink’ is the lead single single lifted from Interbellum’s new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs and it captures this aesthetic perfectly. Opening with a childlike lullaby, it comes in slow, waltzing along a near clockwork rhythm as the swooning emotional swell, underlying melancholy and the whimsical lyrics pull at the heartstrings amid their twinkling surroundings and warm, glowing, organ hum. ‘Ink’ is an irresistibly dreamy, warm and inviting companion filled with a heart-swelling sentiment and all configured in the catchiest arrangement possible.

You can listen to ‘Ink’ below and if you find it to your liking, the new album Dead Pets, Old Griefs can be found here.

Rosie Carney – ‘Orchid’

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‘Orchid’ is the latest single from Donegal-based singer-songwriter Rosie Carney, it is lifted from her forthcoming debut album Bare out in January next year; an apt title for Carney’s stripped-back and open musical style.

‘Orchid’ is a deeply moving and bittersweet ballad whose gloomy tone accentuated by Carney’s frosty and elegant vocal delivery. Opening with a lonely, soft guitar strum and beautifully ambient vocals, it drifts from this foundation of soft-centered balladry, gradually swelling into grand and emphatic climax of lush instrumentation. While cloaked with an air of melancholy, Carney brings her detailed lyrical vision to life as her beautifully heartstrung vocals hover gently above and adding, yet another layer of glowing allure. A beautifully crafted, wonderful and compelling four-minutes of heartstrung balladry.

Tune in to ‘Orchid’ below and keep your eyes peeled for debut album Bare, it’s coming on January 25 2019.

Conor Mason Announces New Album; Shares ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’

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Derry musician and singer/songwriter Conor Mason is a longtime favourite around this parish. Mason’s three albums to date are treasure troves of musicianship and songwriting craft; his space on the musical landscape, conjuring the wistful wonderment of Elliott Smith, Grandaddy, Villagers and Matthew Jay.

The good news is, Mason will release his fourth record On The Surface on November 2 via Armellodie Records (Glasgow, Scotland). Conceived, developed and rendered into life over eighteen months in his hometown of Derry, in essence, it is an exploration living life with uncertainty; the highs and lows, curiosity and change, and significance, or insignificance, of humans in the universe.

With the album due out at the end of the week, he has shared new single ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’; a great reminder of Mason’s delectable talents. A tender piano ballad, keys twinkle and waltz along a steady beat, as lush flowing melodies swell and swoon to illuminate his whispered introspective ponderings of the significance of our place in the universe. Fragile, tender and touching, there’s a sense of awe, wonderment to ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’, while the dripping melody and glowing immediacy of his voice will leave a warm, fuzzy feeling. Passing gently by, amid a sea of hushed lilting vocals, whispering lyrical poeticisms and subtle instrumentation, once again, Mason proves a master of hook, harmony and heart.

Listen to ‘We Watched The Sky Rotate’ below. On The Surface will follow on Friday, 2 November.

Tender Glue – ‘Back Home’

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New York City-based folk singer-songwriter Tom Gluewicki, aka Tender Glue, released new record Closet Leftovers, last month.

Similar to previous singles, ‘Lights Out’ and ‘Rudy’, ‘Back Home’ is a gentle, rich and heartfelt piece of lo-fi dream-pop recorded in the closet of his apartment. A tender and melancholic guitar-driven ballad, the guitar chimes amid a dusky, autumnal sort of atmosphere, as Gluewicki voice longingly strives to be heard above its misty surroundings. ‘Back Home’ is yet another powerful, heartfelt and beautiful song from the NYC artist.

Listen to ‘Back Home’ below and you can check out Tender Glue‘s new album Closet Leftovers, right here.

Tiphanie Doucet – ‘Under my Sun’

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Tiphanie Doucet is a French singer-songwriter based in New York, singing and writing elegant, tender and mellow folk songs.

Back in August, Doucet released her debut album Under My Sun – produced by Simone Felice and David Baron – but today it is new single and the record’s title-track that we are concerned with. ‘Under my Sun’, a song about growth, self discovery, and maintaining a positive outlook throughout life’s tribulations, filled with calming, undulating instrumentation, it tips and skips along a gentle strum and muffled snare, taking us on a pastoral journey through a world of lovely rich folk pop. Doucet’s dreamy vocal is a revelation both beautifully calm and majestic, it works in perfect harmony with the acoustic driven, melodic and deeply rich folk sounds that reveals Doucet a master of style.

Listen to ‘Under my Sun’ below – it is divine.

The album is here, if you fancy giving it a spin.

TOLEDO – ‘Hot Stuff’

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Lead by Boston-based pair Dan Alvarez and Jordan Dunn, Indie-folk foursome Toledo are preparing to release their debut EP early next year.

Following on from the sunny and atmospheric sounds of single ‘Crane Song’, released earlier this year, the new EP is called Hot Stuff, and is penned for release in February 2019. Ahead of which they have kindly afforded us a glimpse of what we may expect in the shape of lead single and title-track, ‘Hot Stuff’ – which follows a similar mellow, undulating trajectory as the previous single. Dreamy, melodic folk vocals are augmented by a gently picked guitar, flourishes of soft drums before picking up pace, wandering into a warped world of mild psych-pop. ‘Hot Stuff’ has an abundance of warmth and divine harmonies that draw you into this lush, atmospheric and heavenly world of folky allure. An absolute treasure and full of surprises this one. Enjoy!

Listen to ‘Hot Stuff’ below and keep an eye put for their debut EP in the new year:

Nadia Schilling – ‘Bad As Me’

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In late 2017, Portuguese folk artist Nadia Schilling released her debut solo album Above the Trees; a compelling, slow-burning record of emotional intensity and bruised and otherworldly beauty.

Close to 12 months on, Schilling has reminded us of the musical enchantment of her debut, with the release of ‘Bad As Me’, the third single lifted from Above the Trees. From the gentle guitar strum and piano-led opening, you would be forgiven for expecting a traditional folk ballad but as it develops, layer upon layer reveals itself to be a more thrilling and compelling companion that grows with the tension of a storm warning. The vocals, rich and smokey, rise above the dusky shadows set out by the increasingly spooky atmosphere led by guitar twangs and layers of spectral swirls, as ‘Bad As Me’ swells to engulf all in its wake. An utterly beguiling and beautiful song – compelling listening and utterly magnificent.

Listen to ‘Bad As Me’ below and if that floats your boat, and it will, why not check out the album, Above the Trees here.