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Album Review: Jesse O’Neill – “Talkin’ Paradox Blues”

Jesse O’Neill is a New York-based acoustic blues/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist. The very first time that I saw Jesse O’Neill’s name was in Corina Corina‘s first album, The Eargasm, when he played guitar on her song “Dear Amy”. Then, I heard and reviewed the Max Caddy album (a collaborative project between Jesse and Corina Corina), which I loved and still find myself listening to every now-and-then.

Hunny Gale – “Get Back”

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Hunny Gale is a musical theatre-trained singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California, that claims her genre as being “rock n’ soul” (at least, that’s what it says on her Facebook page). Primed to release her debut EP, titled Dream No More, she put out her first single a few days ago. Through warm, midtempo guitars, clapping snare sounds, and an easy-going vibe, produced by Daniel J. W!shington, “Get Back” finds Hunny Gale singing a romantic song about being away from the one she loves and looking forward to returning back into his arms, because their love is kinda magic. There’s a sweet folk-soul sound in this song and, along with the happy, love-induced lyrics, it pulls at me in a comforting way. I can’t help but smile. Stream the song and look out for her EP tomorrow.

SOAK – “Sea Creatures” (Live on 89.3 The Current)

I was new to SOAK (@soakofficial) up until last night, when I watched her live performance of “Sea Creatures” over at The Current Youtube channel. Then, like anyone who gets put onto someone new and fantastic, I went to Youtube to listen to more! SOAK is an 18-year-old Irish singer-songwriter that released her debut album, titled Before We Forgot How To Dream, on June 1st (2nd in the USA), over at Rough Trade Records.

Neil Bopperson – “Allo Love 5” mini mix

Every year, London-based record label Wah Wah 45s release a special compilation, titled “Allo Love”. This year, and released a few days ago, marks their fifth installment. “Allo Love 5” was compiled and mixed by DJ and radio producer Neil Bopperson. Giving you a taste for what you can expect on the compilation, he presents to you a mini mix of the project. Six-minutes in length, it features music from the Wah Wah roster as well as friends of the label; you’ll hear music clips from Scrimshire (“Convergent”), Dele Sosimi (“Na My Turn” remixed by Paper Tiger), Jesse Futerman (“Theme from the Love I Lost”), Turbojazz (“Na Minah”), Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra (“March of the Idiots”), Bunty (“We Are Here”), and a few others.

It’s a fun, enjoyable selection of tunes that you can’t help but smile to when you listen, and will have you anticipating its release so you can hear it play in full, all together. Feel free to stream the mini mix below. You can also pre-order this compilation through several online outlets, as it officially releases on August 28th.

Miya Folick – “Oceans”

Miya Folick (@miyafolick) is a Los Angeles-based singer that describes her music as being “grunge folk”. “Oceans” is her latest song, and it finds her channeling a delicate sound, as she begins the song by gracefully singing over the gentle plucks of a guitar, while evoking feelings of loneliness and defeat (“I am a loser, already lost“). It wasn’t until the 2-minute mark that my head turned, feeling wholly captivated, when drums and an extra guitar rushed in, and there was vengeful emotion and strength breaking through her passionate vocals. It’s kind of a conversation with herself, reminding her that it’s OK to feel sad and/or afraid.

Lukulele Slim – “The Effects of Suits and Ties on Dreamers” video

Lucas Dix impresses and inspires me. I enjoy following where his creativity and passion for music takes him, because these new paths and experiments have led him to successful accomplishments. I became a fan of him back in 2014, when I got put onto the Jellyfish Brigade hip hop duo. Then, it brought a smile to my face when he started writing, recording, and making educational rap videos with his students (see here). Now, he’s taking on a whole new style of music and with a new name. We can call him Lukulele Slim.

Crow Moses – “Crow Moses 101” compilation

Crow Moses (@crowmoses) is an indie folk singer-songwriter, from Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he released his first album, titled Sky of Dresses, under the alias Musikanto. He has since ditched that name, and now goes by this one. On September 9th, 2014, with the new name, Crow Moses released his latest full-length album, titled Horse Heaven Hills. There are 12 songs, produced entirely by Gary Louris (of the Jayhawks).

I stumbled onto his music last night, when I heard the Crow Moses 101 compilation, exclusively available on NoiseTrade. Serving as an introduction to his music, you’ll find three songs from the new album, one from Sky of Dresses, one from his Ghost Pain EP, and a previously unreleased song. For me, it was a successful introduction, because I listened to every song, more than once, and felt compelled to share it with you all here.

Album Review: Tiffany Wong – “Twenty Four” EP

I stumbled across Tiffany Wong, when I was doing a Bandcamp search for women named “Tiffany” (there’s going to be another GNT compilation!). After pressing play on the first song of her Twenty Four EP, released in October, 2014, I had to hear more. I listened to all 5 tracks, contacted her immediately, and had to share this EP with you all here!

Currently based in Chicago, Illinois, by way of the Bay Area, Tiffany Wong is an acoustic-folk singer/songwriter, and she also makes art. Predominantly driven by an acoustic guitar (with additional banjo playing by Brett Ratliff), the music on Twenty Four is heartfelt and emotional, with subject matter revolving around love and sadness.

Ruthie Collins – “Ruthie Collins” EP (live sampler)

Ruthie Collins (@ruthie_collins) is a singer from Nashville, Tennessee, and her music’s tagline is: “where vintage meets country.” With a love for everything vintage, Ruthie blends hearty folk into her music to give it a classic sound, while also adding in subtle pop undertones for a modern flare. What I am captivated by the most, is her sweet and ethereal voice over powerful string harmonies of bluegrass instrumentation (banjos, resonator guitar, acoustic guitar, upright bass). I don’t know how anyone could not enjoy what she’s bringing to the table here.

Sye Elaine Spence – “Bloom” EP

Sye Elaine Spence (@syeelainespence) is a singer-songwriter from New York City, who is currently living in Atlanta. She has collaborated with various artists around the big apple in 2008, and has also previously released solo projects under the aliases We Are The Arrow, Sye Spence, and Elaine. This is her now, though, and you don’t want to let her pass you by.

I was put onto her music today, with her Bloom EP, which was released on April 10th, 2014, and it’s so stunning. On four songs, her sweet, soul-tinged folk vocals shine over a single banjo, as she sings with love and joy in her heart. Her music is refreshing, elegant, and minimal. I love it. She even covers Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”, and it’s just so gentle, pure, and restrained (in a good way).