Folk

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

Rangeline

Artist: 
Joel Levi
Label: 
Self-Released

This is a very chill album with quality vocals by Joel Levi, and accompaniment by his folk-rock band. Overall, this is a very dynamic album featuring select tracks that are somber and sweet, and other tracks which are more rock-esque. The lyrical composition of all the songs is very sincere and contemplative, making this album all the more sentimental. This album is not wildly bubbly or fist-pump-able, but as I mentioned, there are a few good folk-rock tracks that balance out the softer ones.

Sounds Like: 
Ryan Adams
Sounds Like: 
Dawes
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
10/14/2014

Sacraficial

Artist: 
Ancient Wisdom
Label: 
Magic Bullet Records

Not an intense Metal Album, it actually sounds a lot like classic 80s Metallica metal – most song intros are folk guitar inspired which is pretty cool. The vocals sound punk rock inspired, but the guitar definitely takes the focus in most of the songs. They also talk about sacrifice a lot if that’s what you’re into.

Sounds Like: 
Winter Cresent
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2014

When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day

Artist: 
Mirel Wagner
Label: 
Sub Pop

This is a good example of an album that is perfect in its simplicity. Each track consists of mostly one guitar track and one vocal track. Every song is slow but I wouldn’t want then any faster. It is innocent, bittersweet and beautiful. Listening to this album slows down your brain and forces your brain into slow motion while it passes through thoughts of the beauty of human realism. 

Sounds Like: 
House of Wolves
Sounds Like: 
Tiny Ruins
Sounds Like: 
Adrian Crowley
Name: 
Matthew Nielsen
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2014

Ten Hand Band

Artist: 
Balval
Label: 
Whaling City Sound

Balval is a folk/alternative group from France. It is difficult to categorize them because they are more than just folk and alternative, they have a unique quality that makes their music difficult to define, but it is very cool. It is a very laid back and chill album. Electric guitar, bass, violin, and both French & English lyrics can be heard throughout the entire album. Be sure to give this band a shot, good coffee shop type music.

Sounds Like: 
D. Mizrahi
Sounds Like: 
P. Gigon
Name: 
Michael Robert Heslinga
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2014

A Family of Tree Farmers

Artist: 
Blackpoint
Label: 
Blackpoint

Blackpoint is a North Carolina based indie band originally created as a

collective of local musicians designed to work with a variety of genres and styles.

The band has since evolved into a core four-piece band. Among the new songs

are two originals and two covers, including songs originally done by Badfinger

and Sufjan Stevens. Although there are only four tracks, they complete the album.

It was just enough to display their potential as musicians. Blackpoint are on point.

 

Sounds Like: 
Band of Horses
Sounds Like: 
Of Monsters and Men
Name: 
Sivanne Almog
Date Reviewed: 
04/28/2014

Continuum

Artist: 
Michael Barry-Rec
Label: 
Self-Released
Sounds Like: 
Probably a lot of other alt stuff
Sounds Like: 
Some cats who took a few lessons and decided to go do something pretty with it
Sounds Like: 
#2cats
Name: 
Daniel Witter
Date Reviewed: 
04/06/2014
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