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Cass & Crossland – “The Death of Maggie Simon”

An ardent showing from Cass & Crossland, “The Death of Maggie Simon” shows the Phoenix-based duo’s songwriting might. Stirring strings, intermingling vocal harmonies, and serene acoustics join for a natur...
 
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Julian Dinwoodie – “Up N down Til the End”

Julian Dinwoodie‘s “Up N down Til the End” shows a consuming, emotive folk sound with moving orchestral flourishes. The Los Angeles-based songwriter/producer impressed with the track “Madness Over Might&...

 
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Jared Saltiel – “Still Tired”

With a gorgeous folk sound, “Still Tired” marks the debut single from singer/songwriter Jared Saltiel. Aesthetically echoing the lusher efforts from Elliott Smith and Paul McCartney, “Still Tired” knits ...
 
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Sean James – “Morningstar”

Developing from intimate acoustics into a vibrant string-laden pull, “Morningstar” is a tender and engrossing folk track from Sean James, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who impressed with “Comete” ...

 
Dream-Pop + Shoegaze
 

bodyofwater – “Luna”

The heartfelt “Luna” is a moody success from bodyofwater, the project of London-based artist and composer Emily Izen Row. Dream-pop and folk components linger aesthetically, the acoustical backing and chasmal rhythm...
 
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bladebae – “Worst of Sins”

A gripping new track from bladebae, “Worst of Sins” evolves from haunting folk to a rousing rock spectrum. Aesthetically, Jeff Buckley is an enjoyable point of comparison. Per the artist, the track “explores t...

 
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Simen Mitlid – “Grateful Dead”

“Grateful Dead” is a lushly engrossing track from Simen Mitlid. The Oslo, Norway-based singer/songwriter first caught my ear in 2017, with the tracks “I Don’t Care” and “Vacation.” R...
 
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DZ Riley – “Buzz” + “Sundown” + “Today”

Entropy is a new full-length from DZ Riley. The album shows an impressively diverse aesthetic, ranging from the Brian Wilson-esque gorgeous harmonizing of “Buzz” — showing warm Americana and folk — to am...

 
Baroque/Chamber-Pop
 

Sean James – “Comete”

The beautifully consuming “Comete” is a new track from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sean James. Graceful acoustics and vocals comprise an inviting introduction, reminiscent of Paddy McAloon’s folk-forward ...
 
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Tainui Richmond – “Complacent”

A consuming piece of songwriting from Tainui Richmond, “Complacent” develops from smoky barroom retrospection to a soaring, affirming hook (01:30). The second single off Richmond’s upcoming EP, Forever a Boi, ...