Tag Archives: folk

Fuyuko’s Fables – Fuyuko’s Fables

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So, I’m a little late to the party with this release since it’s been out for a while. However, it’s something I think you need to hear. Gorgeous, softly spoken folk from New Zealand. Really awesome and varied instrumentation. Each track evolves brilliantly and never seems to take a too straightforward route to the end. You can check out a full review from our good friends at inb4track. Highly recommended.

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Richard There – If The World Calls, Please Leave A Message

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Richard There makes music that is closely related to his cartoon work. Both are somewhat out of the ordinary, and many of the cartoons have a certain bleak and wistful feeling that is reflected to some extent in the music. The album itself is filled with pensive folk/neofolk and experimentation. This is in addition to narrative spoken word lyrics. A dark, melancholy and often rewarding release – give Silence Train a listen for a taster.

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The Mad Pride – Various Tracks

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The Mad Pride is the brainchild of Rowan Galagher. Fusing together various genres including folk, neoclassical, darkwave, post-rock and psychdelica, The Mad Pride has drawn comparisons with artists such as Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen. The previous description is almost identical to my own introduction to this artist, so you can see why I was instantly intrigued as to what this sort of mix would sound like! All I can say is that this is some seriously great music, and hard to pin down without giving it a listen. Polar Sunspots is no reviewing site, so if you still aren’t sold you can find one over at the ever fantastic inb4track.

You can also download a selection of songs on The Mad Pride’s Soundcloud, Facebook and Reverbnation pages for free. If you enjoy the music and wish to contribute to the artist, you can purchase his album Scary Poppins (pictured) for a mere $5 at Bandcamp.

Creature Breath – I am Creature Breath

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Gorgeous folk that is a little psychedelic at points. Generally quite stripped down, with most of the tracks mainly featuring a female vocalist and acoustic guitar. A few well placed electronic elements and additional instruments here and there. Vocals are consistently fantastic, as are the lyrics. Has a really earthy, natural vibe with some simple effects creating an incredible atmosphere.

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Beyond Olden Acre – The Western Seaboard EP

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Gorgeous Irish folk from Dublin. Beyond Olden Acre have a really warm, homey vibe that make them incredibly easy to listen to. Great mix of instrumentation and male/female vocals. However, there are only 3 short tracks on this EP, so here’s hoping we hear some more from these guys soon. With this being such a short release you really have no reason not to give this brilliant group a listen!

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Tall Blonde – Porch Recordings

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Five upbeat, mostly instrumental tracks, with a nice variety of instrumentation. Tagged as ‘ for when you’re sad and happy’, which I guess is as good an explanation for this release as any. Tracks put forward a range of sounds, from shining electronica to acoustic, campfire-esque melodies to hazy, electric guitar.

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