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Album Review: Bear’s Den, “Red Earth & Pouring Rain”

In the three years since Bear’s Den started releasing music, the British folk/rock duo has found its way into the headphones of hipsters worldwide. Now the band is back for more with their much-anticipated record “Red Earth & Pouring Rain”—and they did not disappoint. Read more >>

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New Release: The Found Wonder, “Calling”

A few weeks ago we wrote about Johannesburg-based songwriter Ruby Gill. This week we’ve got another South African artist for you: Timothy Kohler of The Found Wonder.

After spending several years recording with a band, the Cape Town–based artist is embarking on a solo indie-pop career. And judging by his debut single, Timothy’s future is bright indeed. Read more >>

New Release: Nieves, “Roughcast/Dove”

Listening to Nieves has always made me want to find my closest friends and hug them tight. There’s a deep sorrow that pervades their music, a mortality that weighs on every line. You may never feel the value of life and love so much as when you listen to “Straight Line” (perhaps the finest piece the Glasgow-based indie rock band has produced).

Nieves’ new double A-side single, “Roughcast/Dove” (released on July 6), continues to showcase their talent for heart-wrenching anthems. Read more >>

A Woman Gave Me Music: Interview with James Spaite

In the world of music, bigger rarely means better. Often, the most magnificent music appears in the simplest of clothing.

In the case of Californian folk artist James Spaite, a cello, a guitar, and a pair of voices are all it takes to craft a record that is breathtakingly beautiful and immensely satisfying. Read more >>

Album Review: Darlingside, “Birds Say”

I discovered Darlingside about three years ago, and fell instantly in love with their sound. From their first EP, I recognized a clarity of expression and unity of voice which I have seldom found in similar folk groups. They take their name from their own creative process: letting go of their own personal (darling) ideas and subjecting them to the group dynamic. Read more >>

Honest and Hopeful: Interview with Ruby Gill

We are excited to give you a glimpse into the creative process and music of songwriter Ruby Gill from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ruby’s music is upbeat and full of appreciation and expectation. Her sound promotes a vision of a healthy hopeful world, while still recognizing the brokenness around.

EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD: We are also delighted to announce that there is a link to a free download of Ruby’s fun single “Winter” at the end of this interview. Read more >>

Baring Your Soul: Interview with Matthew Fowler (Part 2)

The first time I (Emily) heard one of Matthew Fowler’s songs, I thought I was listening to Damien Rice (and I confess for a while I confused “Beginners” for a Rice song every time until the “La Vie en Rose” strain would slip in). But as I listened to the other songs on “Beginning,” Fowler’s debut album, I was able to hear the unique qualities of his simple folk style, his well-crafted story lyrics, and his open voice. Read more >>

Can’t Say It Any Other Way: Interview with Matthew Fowler (Part 1)

The first time I (Emily) heard one of Matthew Fowler’s songs, I thought I was listening to Damien Rice (and I confess for a while I confused “Beginners” for a Rice song every time until the “La Vie en Rose” strain would slip in). But as I listened to the other songs on “Beginning,” Fowler’s debut album, I was able to hear the unique qualities of his simple folk style, his well-crafted story lyrics, and his open voice. Read more >>

Folklore and Patchwork: Interview with Patch & The Giant

Not many bands could make us want to become sailors and dwell in a small England coastal town, but that is the feeling Patch & The Giant’s music throws our way. Their folksy style is nothing delicate, but if you invest yourself in any of their songs, you won’t be disappointed. Read more >>

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