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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.

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.

BURIERS – “Fool’s Errand” video

It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in on the BURIERS (@buriersofficial), and I feel so sorry for that. However, upon seeing what they’ve been up to, I saw that they are releasing a 2-song cassette single on August 24th, over at I Had An Accident Records. They put out a music video for the B-side of that cassette, for a song called “Fool’s Errand”. As to be expected, James P Honey penned a powerful, poetic spoken word rap that seems to be some social commentary on human decay and the world today, over a chanting drum beat.

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.

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).

Cars & Trains – “Moon and the Earth” EP

In Late June, electronic-folk musician Cars & Trains (@cars_and_trains) released a new EP, titled Moon and the Earth, as a companion piece to the re-issue of his Rusty String LP. It features 3 new, unreleased songs that he created between January and June of this year, and they are the first set of songs released that find him singing since 2012’s We Are All Fire.

While short in quantity and length (just under 14 minutes), the songs are poetically packed with strong emotive beauty. For example, “The Colors and Shapes” is guided by acoustic guitar strums, pretty electronics, fluttering cymbals, clunky block claps, and buzzing synths. His voice touches down with a somber tone, while he seems to be singing about confronting one’s sadness/pain and not letting our past inhibit our future. There’s also the uptempo song “I Was A Ghost Ship,” which finds C&T singing about adventure and triumph over foot-tapping kicks, claps, warm guitar chords, snappy snares, playful toy instruments, and melodic “Whoa-oh-ohhhhh”s that bounce around between verses. Those two songs are my favorites.

James Vincent McMorrow – “Gold” video

Ever since I first heard James Vincent McMorrow‘s (@jamesvmcmorrow) voice, on his song “Higher Love” a couple of years ago, I was enamored by his vocal ability, his tenderness, and deep, poetic songwriting. Those vocal highs will not only knock your socks off, but it will also instantly rip all of your clothes off in a hot, passionate manner. This Irish singer-songwriter is superbly talented.

He released his debut full-length album, Early In The Morning, in 2010, and recently followed it up with his sophomore album, titled Post Tropical, on January 14th, 2014. Although there was a 4-year gap between his two releases, he’s still as incredible as ever. I think the only thing that has changed is that his sound is bolder, the arrangements are stronger, and it finds him at his most focused point. He’s magical, I tell you!

Smoke Season – “Badlands” video

Smoke Season (@smokeseasonband) is a Los Angeles-based, electro-Americana band that naturally formed between Gabrielle Wortman and Jason Rosen. Last year, the duo released their first EP, titled Signals, and are expected to release another one later this month.

From their forthcoming Hot Coals / Cold Souls EP, scheduled to release on July 29th, they dropped their first single in May. With foot-stomping drums, psychedelic rock guitars, and woozy, eerie electronics, “Badlands” finds Jason and Gabrielle trading rich and sultry vocals, respectively, while singing about a relationship that’s thriving on love and danger. In an interview, Gabrielle mentioned writing it after watching the Badlands movie. The songwriting is superb, their voices compliment each other, their harmonies are beautiful, the chorus is catchy, and it’s just so good.