Folk

The Coast

Artist: 
Band of Lovers
Label: 
Self-Released

While these guys do have a pretty good sound I just wasn't that into them. I do like the whole idea of a couple making music and that's fun and all it just seemed a little corny to me. A lot of the songs in this album somewhat sound like they should be in a Disney movie. It's a whole romantic back and forth between their verses and with the upbeat tempo it really does remind me of the magic carpet ride from Aladin. Also a lot of the lyrics are pretty simliar, the whole album is about them traveling with no place to go and being in love.

Sounds Like: 
Belle And Sebastian ? They have that couple sound
Sounds Like: 
She and Him
Name: 
Jacob Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/09/2015

Patsy

Artist: 
Decker.
Label: 
Self-Released

Decker. has a unique sound. It’s not overdone, but rather has a very simplistic approach to making music. Their sound is a little folk-y, a little grass root-y. Though the album opens with a very barn-yard happy song called “ODB”, which is sassy and lively, the rest of the album seems to fall into a more melancholy mood. “5 Ocillations”, the third track is strictly instrumental, and provides a very spacey vibe, which transitions nicely into the rest of the album that is equally eerie and melancholy.

Sounds Like: 
Dawes
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2015

Archive Series Volume No. 1

Artist: 
Iron & Wine
Label: 
Cricket Recording Co.

Folk music galore! When you are looking for some self-recorded, acoustic, folk songs, Iron & Wine's Archive Series Volume No. 1 will sufficiently snuggle your ear drums and coo at your brain. This collection of unproduced, forgotten music of the Iron & Wine past is rediscovered and compiled in order to create sensations of floating in happy dreamlands to the sound of raspy yet beautiful guitar and voice. This album could lull you to sleep, enveloping you with the sensation of a mother's arms.

Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2015

Ulysses

Artist: 
Current Swell
Label: 
Nettwerk Records

This was a pretty good album. Very chill, nice to listen to while falling asleep. The website deleted my other review and I can't remember what it said, so here's some nonsense about the album. It was very solid overall. Started out good, and stayed pretty consistent until the very end, unlike some albums that drop off in quality. I was really happy with this one. It's a mix of a lot of genres. It's alt, but some songs sound more like folk, and the sticker on the cover says that the band "can really rock", which I may have to disagree with based on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Sons
Sounds Like: 
Coldplay but folk?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
02/02/2015

Golden Road

Artist: 
Laney Jones
Label: 
Self-released

Laney Jones graces us with her debut album, Golden Road, which is full of sunny (yet mysterious) vocals, easy-going vibes, rolling backing, and that late southern summer feeling. Even if you aren't a fan of indie folk (or music of the country-type persuasion), I would recommend you at least try this. When I first gave this a listen, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm and sunny tunes, as well as instantly reminded of The Civil Wars.

Sounds Like: 
The Civil Wars
Sounds Like: 
The Wallin' Jennys
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2015

Smoochin' With The Pooches

Artist: 
The Pooches
Label: 
Self-Released

Hey it's the Pooches back with Smoochin' With the Pooches, featuring family favorites like "Who Was That Dog?" (I don't know who it was) and "Friends the TV Show". And who could ever forget the lovely styling of "Pedro (Not Pedro)". Now I know what you're thinking; sixteen tracks? Whattttttt?!? But chill, these songs are pree short. The logest song is only 2:17. These fun lil songs are very lo-fi folky. The singer sounds like if Julian Casablacas from the Strokes went folk-pop.

Sounds Like: 
Beach Boys (less surfy, more folk)
Sounds Like: 
Julian Casablancas (Vocally)
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
12/03/2014

Black Metal

Artist: 
Dean Blunt
Label: 
Rough Trade Records

This was definitely not black metal. Looks can be deceiving, and this one was not what I expected. But it wasn't bad. It was calming and sounded a lot like country and folky stuff. Some songs were like 8 minutes long and could have easily been cut down to normal song length. I don't really know how to describe this album. It was something entirely different and strange.

Sounds Like: 
A really deep voice and weird music
Sounds Like: 
Avicii (the background music sometimes)
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/24/2014

You Were the Fire

Artist: 
Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars
Label: 
Anton Kellner

Do you like camping? Good. So does Anton Kellner & the Lone Stars (probably). This album is a pretty run of the mill combination of violin, banjo, drum kit, twangy guitar, and wistful lyrics. The aesthetics are nice, but don’t pop this bad boy in expecting anything groundbreaking. Think Mumford & Sons, but less stylized and with slightly more country rock influence. I have a hard time differentiating between songs—the tonal range doesn’t change much, and it isn’t clear if they really one or two songs in mind to be their breadwinners.

Sounds Like: 
The Avett Brothers, Lord Huron, Mumford & Sons
Sounds Like: 
Drinkin' beer in Nature
Name: 
Jessie Marman
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2014

Heartleap

Artist: 
Vashti Bunyan
Label: 
Fat Cat

Heartleap is the third and allegedly final album by 69-year-old singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan. Following the release of her first album, Just Another Diamond Day, in 1970, Bunyan basically stopped making music for thirty years until that album suddenly gained a devoted fanbase after the growth of the internet. Since that time, she's collaborated with artists like Animal Collective and Devendra Banhart and also released one more album before this one, Lookaftering.

Sounds Like: 
Devendra Banhart
Sounds Like: 
c. 2004 Animal Collective
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2014

Something to Someone

Artist: 
Run Boy Run
Label: 
Sky Island Records

Like folk bands? Like Tucson? Like cheery female vocals that remind you of the perfect autumn afternoon with its breezes and colorful atomsphere? If you do then you'll dig this album from local folk band, Run Boy Run. You can't go wrong with throwing in a bit of bluegrass with folk music, and lemme tell you Run Boy Run does it seamlessly. The accompying strings are lovely to listen to. "A Dream in the Night", "Heavy the Sorrow", "The Lord Taketh Away", "Something to Someone" are slower tracks more on the bluegrass side.

Sounds Like: 
Avett Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Infamouse Strindusters
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
10/29/2014
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