Folk

Somewhere New

Artist: 
Cold Weather Company
Label: 
Self

This woodsy boyish folk alt record was recorded throughout 2014 in random bedrooms, an attic, and a cabin the Catskill Mountains of Upstate NY. So you know it’s real, authentic, and gritty.

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Coldplay
Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters and Men
Name: 
Kalli Wolf
Date Reviewed: 
05/13/2015

Ivy Tripp

Artist: 
Waxahatchee
Label: 
Merge Records

This album is a lot better than I expected. I have kept hearing of Waxahatchee for the past year or so, but reviewing this CD was the first time I had actually taken the time to listen to their music. Their sound is very folk/indie, but is really nice to listen to...especially when studying or when its cloudy outside. The songs that I liked best were Breathless and La Loose, however each of the songs on the album are good and nice to listen to. The sound is very airey and folk, but has good beats and just overall has a great sound. You have no idea how much I love this album right now.

Sounds Like: 
Metric (vaguely...)
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
05/06/2015

hard facts are still uncertain

Artist: 
the gift machine
Label: 
Dave Matthies

The Gift Machine's "Hard Facts are Still Uncertain", is a strong folk album with mulitple catchy songs.  They have been around since 1999, changing members and sounds throughout the past 15 years, and you can tell from the sound of their album that they know what they are doing, and enjoy the music they make.  The first song on the album, Dark Waters, is a great start to an album, and definetly a song to play on the air if you want airy-folk  that makes you want to go on a road trip. Definetly take a listen to this album.

Sounds Like: 
Sufjan Stevens (but with more guitar, and more folk)
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
04/29/2015

If I Was

Artist: 
The Staves
Label: 
Nonesuch Records

The Staves is made up of the three Stavely-Taylor sisters, who all contribute vocally. The vocals are ethereal, echo-y, and work perfectly together, as the harmonizing between the voices is a distinct feature of their sound. The harmonies, in fact, seem to be the driving force of the song, often with nothing else much to accompany their sound.

Sounds Like: 
Brandi Carlile
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2015

Love You Mean It

Artist: 
Family and Friends
Label: 
Self - Released

Love You Mean It by Family and Friends sounds a lot like Mumford & Sons but with amazing drums that sound like they came right off a Local Natives track. But besides the fact that they have Mumford & Sons and Local Natives feel, the album has its own charm and style with the singers beautiful voice and the very heartfelt lyrics about love and family that are the common theme through out this album.

Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Sounds Like: 
Local Natives
Sounds Like: 
Blind Pilot
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2015

Complete Stranger

Artist: 
Vetiver
Label: 
Easy Sound Recording

Vetiver, a band from San Francisco has created an album that strips everything away, and produces an album that is pure and natural. It’s a little folky, it’s somber, it’s non-stimulating (but not in a bad way). It forces you to step back and just listen to the music. There’s one thing for sure: it’s mellow to the max.

Sounds Like: 
Bon Iver
Sounds Like: 
Water Liars
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/07/2015

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