Folk

Artist: 
Deakin
Label: 
My Animal Home

         Deakin’s new album Sleep Cycle has been infamously delayed since being Kickstarter’d in 2009, and now in 2016 it’s finally here. At only 6 songs in 34 minutes, it could pass for an EP from most other artists, but in this case we should be thankful for what we get.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Avey Tare
Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2016
Artist: 
Sam Moss
Label: 
Lost Honey Records

Sam Moss is a Bostonian, whose music is heavily inspired by Americana music. This album sounds exactly how the album cover looks(and what the album name suggests): calm, relaxed, and tranquil. I would say that this is basically the epitome of indie-folk (not quite bordering on country, though). It is heavy on the acoustic guitar, with tons of fingerpicking (almost sounds like the banjo), and has a very organic vibe to it. There is nothing complicated about the sound. If you like more grass-rooty, crooning singer-songwriter music, this is the album for you. 

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Songs
Sounds Like: 
More spright Johnny Cash
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2016
Artist: 
Jesse Konrad
Label: 
Self-Released

Jesse Konrad’s new album ‘Sophrosyne’ has got a lot more sustenance than your average acoustic folk album. It is laced with lovely guitar melodies layered on top of resonant instrumentation that makes each of the tracks on this album sound fuller and more interesting to listen to while still keeping with the album’s overall acoustic folk-y sound. The tracks on this album are very laidback and acoustic-guitar-centric, but incorporates cool synth-y effects and the manipulation of his voice which he alternates between gruff and melancholy soft vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Lord Huron (but more acoustic)
Sounds Like: 
Sjufan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
The Growlers (but more subdued)
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2016
Artist: 
The Lumineers
Label: 
Dualtones

Let me start off by saying that I am a big fan of The Lumineers, their self titled debut album was one of my favorites from high school.

Sounds Like: 
The Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Like you wrote a beautiful poem in the forest
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2016
Artist: 
Lola Marsh
Label: 
Anova Productions Ltd.

Lola Marsh’s EP “You’re Mine” is a beautiful, open sounding collection of four songs. This due from Tel Aviv creates ethereal beats and soaring choruses that are truly wonderful. The title track, “You’re Mine” stands out immediately, but all of the tracks are very good. “Sirens” sounds like it could be in a western while the cowboys are riding off into the distance. This song was their first single, and it immediately caught listener’s attention and put them on the map.

Sounds Like: 
Givers
Name: 
Amanda Chesin
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2016
Artist: 
The Pines
Label: 
Red House Records

Just as the album title reads, “Above the Prairie” is where one would find themselves listening The Pines. The songs are relaxing with soft vocals on top of a guitar, piano and banjo. Each song has a folk-like sound, but some have more of a country or Irish twist. The instruments are like Mumford and Sons, but the singer has a somewhat raspy voice.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Sons
Sounds Like: 
Head in the Heart
Sounds Like: 
Oh No! Oh My!
Name: 
Sammy Minsk
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2016
Artist: 
The Wild Feathers
Label: 
Warner Bros

Lonely Is A Lifetime, The Wild Feathers sophomore album, was built out of inspirations, from the trials of touring, to icons the band attributes the completion of this album to all the aspects of life that influences the. As much as that is a positive for a newer band, it can be a negative too taking away from showcasing the unique qualities of the band, especially in their case since they have such a colorful backgroup in music. I personally felt like in some songs I could point to another band and say "this sounds like them".

Sounds Like: 
A little like Kings of Leon
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2016
Artist: 
Calliope Musicals
Label: 
Self-Released

Calliope Musicals is really fun. They experiment with a wide range of sounds that I would venture to describe it as quirky, fresh, and catchy. As a collective, I get a huge sense of camaraderie within the sound through its mix of female/chorus of males, though the female vocals are almost always the main focus; think Givers, and especially Misterwives. If you like strong female vocals that can be quite impressive in their vocal range, I highly recommend giving this album a try.

Sounds Like: 
Misterwives
Sounds Like: 
Givers
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/13/2016
Artist: 
The Unseen Strangers
Label: 
Self Released

The Unseen Strangers has come out with their album Stranger Places in collaboration with the Canadian state parks with funding from the Canadian government. While this album has political momentum behind it, it is in no way overbearing about it or unyielding. This album is beautiful and showcases some very talented bluegrass artists. I have learned a love for the fiddle and grown my appreciation for the banjo and all those who can play it. This album really is just good bluegrass. Plain and simple. My one complaint is the singer Adam Shier.

Sounds Like: 
Spending a night in a real old timey camp
Sounds Like: 
A sophisticated South
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2016
Artist: 
Rabbit Wilde
Label: 
Rabbit Wilde

This album is just so happy, I can barely stand it. It remindes me of The Lumineers almost, just a bit more poppy and upbeat than them. Every song on this album has a catchy beat, and I found myself dancing around my apartment listening to it without even trying. This is definetly worth listening to if you want feel good upbeat folk-pop, or if you really need a pick-me-up!  There wasn't a song on the album that I didn't like. One thing that I found that I really liked was the fact that they switched between male and female vocals, depending on the songs.

Sounds Like: 
Lumineers