Articles tagged turin, brakes, acoustic, movement, folk

Alessi’s Ark: The Still Life

Releasing a third album at the tender age of 22, Alessi Laurent-Marke is still a precocious talent. But in a crowded field, these songs will not be memorable enough.

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Iron and Wine: Ghost on Ghost

There’s a slack feel to the proceedings that comes across as being peaceful and easy going, exactly the kind of singer-songwriter stuff that could be heard on the dial some 35 or 40 years ago.

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23 Apr 2013 // 10:05 PM

Laura Stevenson: Wheel

Here's your apocalypse song. Laura Stevenson's stunning brand of Americana pop translates the 21st century breakdown into something worrying and sweetly touching.

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23 Apr 2013 // 10:03 PM

The Dear Hunter: Migrant

An endearing and impressive collection of beautifully orchestrated indie rock.

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Stephen Fearing: Between Hurricanes

Between Hurricanes is so soft-shoe that it could easily be passed off as being a Roger Whittaker sound-a-like.

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5 Apr 2013 // 4:59 AM

Vandaveer - “Pretty Polly” (video) (PopMatters Premiere)

Vandaveer revisit the ghastly tale of "Pretty Polly" with a haunting and gorgeously spare arrangement on their new album of murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please....

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It’s Going to Get Dark: An Interview with the Milk Carton Kids

As they toured in support of their 2011 albums, given away for free online, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan sat down with PopMatters to drink whiskey and discuss the folk scene, the Canadian Football League, The Simpsons, and the Rocky Mountains.

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25 Nov 2012 // 10:04 PM

Dana Falconberry: Leelanau

An exceptional, unique take on orchestral folk that's full of heart, beauty and nature.

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16 Jul 2012 // 10:08 AM

Baroness: Yellow & Green

With double album Yellow & Green, Baroness finally surface from the suffocating Georgian sludge-swamps to sit amongst the upper echelon of progressive rock royalty.

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The Weather Station: All of It Was Mine

Canadian singer-songwriter makes genuine folk record, and it's good!

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Yael Meyer: Everything Will Be Alright

Meyer’s just an average person. That’s her greatest strength and her greatest weakness as a performing artist.

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

Featuring soulless nonsense where there should be songs, Benjamin Francis Leftwich's debut has grown no more impressive in the time since its U.K. release.

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Ólöf Arnalds: Ólöf Sings EP

The Icelandic singer-songwriter serves up a fine quintet of English-language songs; highlights include covers of Springsteen, Dylan, and Johnny Cash.

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The Olivia Tremor Control Reissues ‘Dusk at Cubist Castle’ and ‘Black Foliage’

Overall, there is much to admire and frown upon in equal measure when it comes to Dusk at Cubist Castle and, more especially, Black Foliage.

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8 Nov 2011 // 9:00 PM

Marc Carroll: In Silence

A couple of tracks stand out on their own, but In Silence, as a whole, is an awkward hodgepodge of Irish folk music and sappy piano ballads.

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Luke Roberts: Big Bells and Dime Songs

Luke Roberts, from Brooklyn by way of Nashville, makes quiet, plaintive music that speaks to a tried and tested American folk tradition.

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Catie Curtis: Stretch Limousine on Fire

Here's another genial, generic album of singer-songwriter stuff that wouldn't sound out of place on your local public radio station.

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John Wesley Harding: The Sound of His Own Voice

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez's self-proclaimed bastard son looks back in whimsy.

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Brown Bird: Salt for Salt

This album is a spectacular example of what can be done within the framework of traditional music to push it into the headphones of a new generation, without falling victim to incongruous stabs of modernity.

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Ryan Adams: 21 October 2011 - Seattle

Ryan Adams' sold out show at Seattle's Benaroya Hall proved the world's most sensitive singer-songwriter has almost unlimited talent and a sense of humor too.

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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