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[indie folk/indie pop]
Hailing from Astoria, Queens, Kilometers is the not-so-solo project of singer/songwriter Connor Waage. Kilometers’ conception dates back to 2015 — then, songs written as fodder for jam sessions during Waage’s time at SUNY Purchase College — but what would be “Hear Thy Neighbor” really began to take shape in 2017. Waage revived the years-old songs in the album’s drummer James Palko’s apartment, played a few gigs, took a stab at some exploratory recordings — and those songs stayed dormant in Palko’s voice memo library until they began recording again in 2019. This time, they fully embraced the sounds of the building’s tenants, the airplanes overhead, and the spontaneous monotony of daily life that surrounded them — and Kilometers found its legs. Each uninvited sound that (under normal circumstances) would ruin a recording session became a challenge to see if they could be revamped to live in the mix. The final result is an experimental bedroom-folk ensemble drawing influence from all corners of the musical spectrum. Hands, lips, and lungs were lent from an ever-morphing circle of lifelong friends to breathe life into the skeletons of songs that had been long collecting dust in Waage’s closet. “Hear Thy Neighbor” is an apartment-fi “foray into the fleeting highs and precarious lows of relationships and getting by in the modern day.”
‘In Your Eyes’
Onyi Moss is a British/Nigerian singer-songwriter from Manchester, UK. By day, she’s a creative who focuses on strong visual content which has seen her gain over 160,000 followers on Instagram and won her various awards (like the 2019 Cosmopolitan Fashion Blogger of the Year). She’s introducing her music to the world in 2021.
With influences ranging from the likes of Tracy Chapman, Corinne Bailey Rae and Ms. Lauryn Hill she takes on an introspective approach with her songwriting. Onyi is a modern day throwback to the lost era of classic singer-songwriters.
Onyi’s debut single ‘In Your Eyes’ has a strong acoustic foundation that incorporates some elements of folk blues. The song is about the little glimmer of hope that is sometimes found in loss.
‘Stillness Beneath All Things’
Luke ‘the Folk Boy’ De-Sciscio is a UK singer/songwriter whose music bristles with a sense of urgent authenticity. Whether it be the brooding, heart-on-sleeve swagger of ‘I Gave You All My Love’ (Spotify: Most Beautiful Songs In The World, 123.6k plays), reaching into the upper echelons to retrieve notes with which only heaven is familiar, or be it the pure, whimsical frivolity of ‘R.O.B.Y.N.’ (Spotify: Lost in the Woods, 1.14M plays), twisting with wordplay the likes of which Lewis Carroll would relish in undressing.
…of Luke’s music, one thing is forever true, no matter which mask he wears; be it the ‘folk boy’, the troubadour, the messiah or the hopeless human, there is perpetually, underscoring every syllable, a sense of impassioned spontaneity. His music surges as if straight from the ether, bottled for prosperity, preserving a single glimpse in time. Luke foregoes the modern recording techniques that would afford him unnecessary consideration; there are no edits, no marketing, no smoke and mirrors: cluttering the craft, adulterating the spirit of song.
Instead, it is with this revery, to the likes of ‘Astral Weeks’ or the impassioned spiritual gripping of tongues that Luke carries the torch, holding a candle to the past and simultaneously pushing the frontier of philosophical lyricism. Never though, be it through wit or despair, do we lose that central thread; the feeling that this character isn’t a character at all, it’s someone, who through music, we can come to know entirely.
Crawford Mack’s journey to his new record ‘Bread & Circuses’ was long but necessary. After moving from Glasgow to London to study at The Guildhall School, The jazz trained singer, guitarist and lyricist, strives to create a music that, in his words, finds ‘the sweet spot between Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell’. Casting his net wide, Crawford played with a variety of musicians on various projects, crossing genres from his original jazz background through rock to electronic and classical music; experiences finally distilled into a settled line-up of players, a trusted producer and a journey to Antwerp to record a debut album.
Mack has supported artists such as Tom Walker, Damien Dempsey and The Paper Kites, and played gigs at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Islington Assembly Hall, SWG3, O2 Academy Liverpool and The Bedford. Further afield, he’s played Fête de la Musique festival in Hanover, Sofar gigs in NYC & Philadelphia, and toured Mexico. His releases for 2020 have delivered the vulnerable, yet defiant rock anthem of ‘Firing Squad’, the prog inflections of ‘The Story Is No Longer Available’ and the beguiling, string-led ‘Depends On Where You Stand’, whilst moving from confessional to global destruction via literary inspired considerations of individual and collective abuses of power in his lyrics. The complexity of Mack’s work continues to find friends and supporters in areas as diverse as 6 Music, The Scotsman, Sofar Sounds, God Is In The TV, XS Noize and The Sun.
‘For Who You Are’
Eric Lee is an American Singer-Songwriter. Raised in South Florida, Lee grew up with eclectic tastes in music. With wide-ranging influences — from Dwight Yoakam, Bob Dylan, Eagles, and Dolly Parton; He emotes a unique voice in country music, creating vocally driven songs with heart and soul.
‘Guy Like Me’
BlackWater Cobra were formed in Mississauga, Ontario in 2019 by 4 guys who love to work hard and play a hell of a lot harder. Driven by Jack Daniels, strong bud, and American Muscle, the 4-piece have hit the ground running with their debut single, “Guy Like Me,” showcasing the band’s in-your-face country rock that incorporates both 70s arena rock and southern fuzz.
Timid, the Brave
Timid, the Brave is the solo moniker of Canadian songwriter Tim Selles. His forthcoming record, Vuja De (out this spring), builds on the communal transition first explored on 2017’s Fireside LP, featuring Nate Wall (King Park) on drums/percussion, Ethan Rooney (The Good Hunters) on bass, and Gareth Inkster on pretty much everything else. Vuja De chronicles the cyclical nature of life, exploring the possibility of finding new meaning in familiar experiences.
‘It Slips Away’
Shane Pendergast is a folk singer from Tracadie Cross, Prince Edward Island. He learned to play by ear at an early age and by 13 he was performing professionally on stage. Shane’s connection to Maritime folk music dates back to the efforts of his great-grandparents, preservers of folklore in P.E.I. Shane is carrying the torch forward with his own songs, releasing his debut album, Place to the Name, in 2020.
He’s now following up with single “It Slips Away,” which was recorded live off the floor. The track has been paired with a video:
Victoria, B.C. duo Ocie Elliott – Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy – dream up dusty folk painted in broad strokes of acoustic instrumentation and lyrical eloquence meant for nights under the stars, long drives with no destination, and quiet moments of reprieve. After racking up over 15 million combined streams and receiving acclaim from American Songwriter, Atwood Magazine, PopSugar, and more, the pair cement this balance on their 2020 EP, Slow Tide [Nettwerk].
Ocie Elliott came to life in 2017 on EP. In between sharing stages with everyone from Mason Jennings and Sons Of The East to Kim Churchill and Joshua Hyslop, they launched a series of covers on YouTube shot in the backseat of their Honda CRV, performing intimate renditions of Elliott Smith, Gillian Welch, John Prine, and Simon & Garfunkel, to name a few. On the heels of 2019’s We Fall In, the single “Run To You” appeared in a slew of television shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Batwoman, Legacies and more.
2020 proved to be their most prolific year yet kickstarted by the In That Room EP, and following it up with the critically acclaimed Tracks EP. At the top of the summer and in the midst of the Global Pandemic, Sierra and Jon retreated to an oceanside bungalow in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island for three days. The peace around them melted into their songwriting.
By achieving balance together on Slow Tide, Ocie Elliott might just help listeners do the same.
Brother T LoveJones
Southern California based Singer/Songwriter Brother T LoveJones has seen it all before in the music scene and is familiar that art often imitates life’s everyday stories. On his newest track, he expresses observations at the local tavern. Effortlessly recalling classic country drinking songs, his performance is so convincing you can almost smell the smoke and whiskey.
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis