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.
The music of Canadian-American songwriter Neil Holyoak has traces of Americana chamber folk, but those traces wouldn't mean much without his wide-open, impassioned voice and his dreamlike way with a lyric -- skills that shine on the new track "Sidereal Sunrise."
After going on a brief hiatus and putting down his guitar for the first time in 15 years, Horse Feathers' lead singer Justin Ringle realized he desperately needed to have more fun with music. The group's new album, "So It Is With Us" is Ringle's transition from sad and quiet to upbeat and spirited. The album is unlike any of their previous releases; it features stronger drums and bass, powerful violins and climactic tempos with intros that build energy.
It's not often one encounters exciting, experimental folk-rock from Prembrokeshire, Wales, but that's just what one discovers in the band Little Arrow and the dense, sound-shifting "Medicine Moon."