Take a step outside on a summer night with Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass and the fetching, piano-laced new folk-pop song "Firefly."
Raised in Argentina and now based in Los Angeles, Diego Davidenko charts an intimate journey into the past and out towards the future on "Where the Sky Is Infinite," a kind of folk-pop pilgrim's progress.
With an airy melody and a vocal range that would make Chris Martin take note, Adam Cleaver crafts an insinuating ballad on "The Salt Mine."
For his latest release, Kyle Wall, who works under the name Wharfer, put down his phone (he recorded his debut on it) and fleshed out his spare folk sound with some gorgeous pedal-steel guitar (courtesy of Jonathan Lam), a fine counterpoint to his riveting baritone and haunting images.
Joshua Tillman returns to the pseudonym of Father John Misty on his second album since his departure from Fleet Foxes, and this time he is ready to tell the world what his dark and cynical mind thinks about love.
Emerging from the gorgoues beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia, Kyle Lionhart's music, as heard on the track "On My Own," fits snuggly between the falsetto-rich harmonies of Bon Iver and the folk-pop reveries of City and Colour.
The new track "Dog Named Bart" finds San Francisco duo Tidelands (Gabriel Montana Leis and Mie Araki) enlisting the help of John Vanderslice and Debbie Neigher, as well as Magik*Magik Orchestra, for a sound that's orchestral, folkloric and uplifting.
Best Girl Athlete features the voice and songwriting of Katie Buchan, a Scottish teenager who displays an uncanny gift for lush, classically-infused folk pop (not to mention a knowing Burt Bacharach and Hal David reference), as beautifully displayed on the new track "He's Calling Me Over."
Why do we listen to music? Every listener has his or her own answer. But maybe we're all hoping to be restored, revived in some way. And that's what Dallas band Valise is after on the new, spirited chamber-folk track "Dialogue."
"The Cross We Bear," by the North Country, pushes and pulls against the private and the public, the clear-eyed and the chaotic, as a good, mult-layered, folk-rock tune should.