When done right, folk music has the unique ability to capture a mood. Perhaps thanks to the rawness of the common acoustic setup, you often feel as if it’s just the simplicity of the chords and lyric that draws you in, without need for excessive layers or overwrought production.
This is the case with the excellent EP from Philip Murray Warson, released last year. And now you can get the closing track ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ on free download.
Released on Monday Live on Love is the new EP from Jess Thristan, a female singer-songwriter who has shown great consistency in recent months. It’s lead out of the gate by the excellent title track video:
A lovely blend of Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson but with a pure female vocal to set it apart, the track typifies what’s great about Jess Thristan as a songwriter. Her lyrics are thoughtful and effective – wondering whether we’re held back from happiness by the gadgets of the information age – but presented in an upbeat package that belies its serious point.
It’s this kind of smart writing that runs through all Thristan’s work, and makes a new EP something to be excited about. With three tracks in total to enjoy and pore over, that’s less than a quid each.
Get it here. Go on, you deserve it.
Chris Hornsby is a folk songwriter who works to write songs which, in his own words, ‘have the smell of leaves and mud about them’. This approach, achieved by recording each instrument with as simple a set up as possible, gives rise to new EP ‘Human, Too Human’ which includes the delightful track above.
Full of this kind of rustic, folky charm, the EP is one of those quiet releases which can really get under your skin. Each track is relatively simple in message, mostly centered around the everyday. But the complexity and subtleties of how they build is something that grows in appreciation with each listen.
See for yourself, when ‘Human, Too Human’ is released on May 22nd.
Josh Healey is set to release his new EP Lost, Found & Lost Again on the 27th October and is already getting national radio play for it.
The lead track, Sometimes, starts the EP with a very relaxing and laid back feel, the acoustic guitar very subtle in the background with the vocals carrying the song. There is a hint of folk in the song which carrys the song very well, breaking the song up between verses. Tom Robinson of BBC 6 Music has already been playing this track which is huge statement to how well written this track is to start off the EP.
A more upbeat track to follow with People Like You, a song to tap your feet to but a very strong message in the lyrics of the song about society today. The song helps the EP along after the lead track to show that Josh can write powerful upbeat music with strong underlining messages and make it work with more soft acoustic songs.
City of Saints has a beautiful finger picked intro that carries the song and shows off Josh’s talent on the acoustic guitar. A simple song of just Josh and his acoustic guitar in very stripped down and raw track. The title track Lost, Found & Lost Again closes the EP perfectly. The intro of acoustic guitar and piano which play throughout give the perfect accompaniment to Josh’s soft vocals in a very heartfelt track to close the EP.
Josh’s beautiful subtle tones have already been compared favourably with the legendary Nick Drake, which can’t be bad!
If you want to listen to the EP you can have a listen on SoundCloud here
The EP Lost, Found & Lost Again is available for pre order now on iTunes here.
One of the UK’s hottest new singer/songwriters 19 year old Jess Thristan has recorded a breath taking live version of her upcoming new single ‘Little Bird’. The stripped back version of the wonderfully melodic and catchy tune is a masterly piece of music that fuses classic singer/songwriting with contemporary pop sensitivities.
The new single, which is released October 20th, is a follow up to April’s ‘Side By Side’ EP which gained major national radio play and reached number 8 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
‘Little Bird’ shows a progression in the development of Jess as an extremely credible writer and performer. Also recorded at the Ont’ Sofa sessions was Jess’ interpretation of the classic Beatles track ‘From Me To You’. To view ‘From Me To You’ visit the link below.
With ‘Little Bird’ already achieving national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and with a live performance already booked on Clare Balding’s radio show, the single looks certain to further Jess Thristan’s reputation.
With a debut single out now, Chris Hornsby is a UK based singer songwriter who brings a folky/country style to the acoustic scene. Based in London (but originally from the North East), his debut single ‘I Was Hoping I’d Run Into You’ is a well produced, fun song that has a real cosy feel to it:
Also worth checking out are the b-sides, top quality songs both, which accompany the single.
You can buy the single now from all good online stores, including Amazon and iTunes.
The press notes for this new EP from 18 year old Yorkshire songwriter Jess Thristan paint her as ‘raw’ and ‘classy’, an acoustic artist with real talent. You see a lot of performers these days who claim quality, and I’m pleased to say that – in this case – the press info is correct.
While not as ‘raw’ as some acoustic artists I’ve heard (there is an unmistakably professional sheen to all four tracks – check out this video if you don’t believe me), this is definitely classy stuff.
The lyrics are not the simple, straightforwardly lovelorn words you might expect from someone still two years from 20, but instead pointed – an introduction to a world view beyond her years.
Add to that the switches of style between each song, and this is a strong start from Jess Thristan. The EP is on iTunes now.