Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season

Jennifer Castle’s Monarch Season is as dreamy as it gets. Castle, a Toronto singer-songwriter, crafts graceful folk-inspired tunes that are richly influenced by the moon, the nature of relationships and of course, monarch butterflies. Her voice, which is usually treated with a healthy dose of reverb, is beautifully reminiscent of the vocals of Marissa NadlerContinue reading “Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season”

Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain

Listening to Jeffrey Silverstein’s You Become The Mountain feels like you’re laying down on a soft cloud as it floats you through a golden sunrise. The Portland-based musician uses pedal steel, minimalist electric percussion and slick, reverb-soaked guitar to create dreamy soundscapes that are rich with comforting vibes. Occasionally, he mixes in his own vocals and inContinue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – You Become The Mountain”

Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP

For a folk album with a vast range and a sweetly comforting vibe, seek out Old Mamalahoa’s Ohi’a EP. The record kicks off with a warmly psychedelicized-Laurel Canyon vibe on the title track (plus the bookending intro and outro). From there, it dips into country-folk with the chilled “Bloodhounds” and “This Old Home,” which drip with meltyContinue reading “Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP”

Vetiver – Up On High

When you listen to Vetiver’s latest record, Up On High, you truly feel like you’ve come home. Andy Cabic may have formed Vetiver some 17 years ago, but this album proves that his talents haven’t aged a bit. Every song here hits the mark and hits it perfectly. Without question, Up On High is a showcaseContinue reading “Vetiver – Up On High”

Kendra Amalie – Intuition

I walked away from my first listen of Kendra Amalie’s Intuition with the same dazed and overwhelmed feeling that I had after I first saw St. Vincent perform during her pre-fame days; this is the future of music unfolding in front of my very eyes. Amalie’s solo debut LP takes a fresh stab at elementsContinue reading “Kendra Amalie – Intuition”

July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover—no time for intros now! The Blind Owls – There Goes Your Girl Proving that you don’t need to be in the late 1960’s to create a perfect track for Nuggets, The Blind Owl’s excellent “There Goes My Girl” is a sweltering freak-beat sonic attack that you mightContinue reading “July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More”

Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery

Much like the striking artwork on the album’s sleeve, the music contained within Annika Bentley’s Silver Recovery is both beautifully stark and profoundly imaginative, all while hinting at some sort of past tragedy. Bentley, a Rochester, New York singer-songwriter, had a string of robust releases throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, but unfortunately had toContinue reading “Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery”

Eli Winter – The Time To Come

After even a single casual listen to Eli Winter’s debut record, The Time To Come, one can tell that the artist has a tight grasp on how to speak volumes with only the barest of elements. The Time To Come is a stark, yet gorgeous collection of solo American Primitive acoustic and electric guitar, in aContinue reading “Eli Winter – The Time To Come”

Brewster – Forever Better Kissers

Brewster’s long awaited debut full-length is a fine example of just how personal the craft of the modern singer-songwriter can be. Forever Better Kissers glows with a casual familiarity, largely due to its mix of detailed, confidential lyrics and intimate arrangements. Hints and name-drops of suburban-hometown New Jersey locations and references to melancholic high school memoriesContinue reading “Brewster – Forever Better Kissers”

Karen Zanes – In the Court of Wands

Karen Zanes’ In The Court of Wands is without a doubt one of the most soothing and cathartic listens you are likely to find within the world of contemporary acid folk music. From ethereal, acoustic studies of conflicted love, vulnerability and evolving emotional processes, to astral wanderings that are roughened by electric grit and hazy psychedelia,Continue reading “Karen Zanes – In the Court of Wands”