Folk

Artist: 
I'm With Her
Label: 
I'm With Her

I'm With Her is a female folk trio composed of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aofie O'Donovan. The album "See You Around" is a proper demonstration of their beautiful harmonies and ability to add a bite into their delicate folk tunes. I was first introduced to I'm With Her with their song "I-89." The song starts with a cool bassline tied in with O'Donovan's delicate voice. It didn't scare me off for being folk because I'm With Her are masters at making folk have character.

Sounds Like: 
Brandi Carlile - Strong, female folk singers that are masters at emotion. Carlile is a bit more rock/country influenced however.
Sounds Like: 
The Wailin' Jennys - Another female trio with amazing harmonies but purely acapella (no delicate folk instrumentals like I'm With Her)
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
04/17/2018
Artist: 
Andrew Reed
Label: 
Artists International Publishing

As someone who likes Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, I thought to myself, what could go wrong with a long haired dude with a guitar? As it turns out, Andrew Reed is not really similar to those two artists. Andrew Reed is definitely a hippie, but an old-timey Americana one at that. With songs like "Carolina in the Morning," Reed offers a lamentation over a woman/state, accompanied by a gentle guitar strums and light percussion. Although an overall easy listening album, I did not particularly enjoy Andrew Reed's voice. It seemed a little too shaky and urgent.

Sounds Like: 
Leonard Cohen
Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Name: 
Arielle Devorah
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
Auri
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Have you ever decided you wanted to listen to that really empowering song in the middle of one of those midevil fantasy movies after the movie ended? Have you ever wanted To listen to that ominous song that plays in those movies when the villain is introduced? Well, Auri does a great job capturing both of those Feelings in two different songs, truly they are the midevil fantasy band.

Sounds Like: 
Myrkyr
Sounds Like: 
Lorde
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2018
Artist: 
George St. Clair
Label: 
George St. Clair Music

If you are in the market for a folk album this may not be the CD for you. I truly felt like this album had more country influenced than anything. My favorite part however was definitely the spanish influence you can find on tracks 1, 9, and 11.

Sounds Like: 
Doobie Brothers
Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
Johnny Cash
Name: 
Aubrie Buechting
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2018
Artist: 
Suno Deko
Label: 
Shine On

Any label that advertises its new artist as comparable to Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, and Bon Iver has quite a hefty alternative point to prove. I am proud to say that Suno Deko's debut album lives up to that hype, and even supercedes it. "Suno Deko" is experimental-pop musician Davis Courtright's first album, the "story of the shifting dynamics of long-lasting love, of feeling like an outsider in your own body and the world, of fear and grace, of patience, of difficult choices, and of longing and vulnerability," according to the label.

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
old Bon Iver
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
02/23/2018
Artist: 
Loma
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

One might be thinking how a band with no previously released music signed and released their debut self-titled with Sub Pop Records.

Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Sounds Like: 
Iron & Wine
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
02/21/2018
Artist: 
Sufjan Stevens
Label: 
Asthmatic Kitty

“The Greatest Gift” is a mixtape album of outtakes, remixes, and demos from “Carrie & Lowell,” the famed album from 2015.

Sounds Like: 
Keaton Henson
Sounds Like: 
Fleet Foxes
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
11/20/2017
Artist: 
Peter Oren
Label: 
Western Vinyl

Peter Oren's album Anthropocene is a singer-songwriter album that honestly sounds like Randy Newman playing guitar. The album is pretty folk heavy with typical Americana type lyrics. The influences like Arthur Russel and Bob Dylan. Anthropocene definitely has Bob Dylan influences but it is not even on the same level as Bob Dylan. This album is ten tracks long and all of them sound like the same track. While it is very pretty, I felt there was nothing to give substance to this album. One cannot argue that this album was well produced, pretty, and overall calming.

Sounds Like: 
easy going folk music
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/15/2017
Artist: 
Pandas & People
Label: 
Pandas & People

With their newest self-released album Out to Sea, Pandas & People showcase their solid indie-folk rock foundation. For me personally, it borders on country rock, but it’s a really unique sound. All of the tracks are cohesive in that it doesn’t just sound like seven singles put on an album.

Sounds Like: 
The Northern Empty
Sounds Like: 
Mumford & Sons
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
Artist: 
Holy Moly & The Crackers
Label: 
Pink Lane Records

Based in the UK, Holy Moly & The Crackers is the most diverse-sounding band I’ve ever heard. They incorporate rock and alt influences into folk, which you would think doesn’t work, but they make it happen! Their overall sound is so diverse and unique, it really sets them apart from any other music group. All of the tracks on Salem are moderate to fast paced and has a really good beat, making it very catchy. What really makes this album fun and interesting are the different musical instruments they utilize in addition to the traditional guitar melody.

Sounds Like: 
ZZ Ward
Sounds Like: 
Alabama Shakes
Name: 
Caitlin Fung
Date Reviewed: 
11/06/2017
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