Greetings, auditory adventurers! Embark on a musical exploration across the vast Folk, Country, Acoustic, and more terrains, with our riveting review, “Acoustic Atlas”.
Enhancing the journey is richly curated playlists, making each moment a symphony to savour.
Starting amidst the mesmerizing echoes of Folk, we delve into its intriguing culture, highlighting the trailblazers shaping the current scene. We then move onto the soul-lifting realm of Country, capturing its quintessential charm and distinct music style. As the journey unfolds, we usher you into the delightful world of Acoustic, showcasing releases from independent artists, and more!
Eager to trek through the soundscapes of music? Check it out, support these brilliant artists on Spotify, and let our curated playlists be your compass. Discover the magnificence of the “Acoustic Atlas”!
1) BROTHERS IVAN – Ukrainian Folk Music Vol. VIII: Glory to the Heroes
BROTHERS IVAN is delivering some of the finest Trad Folk music, deeply rooted in a based culture, more specifically Eastern Europe. Their recent album, Ukrainian Folk Music, Vol. VIII: Glory to the Heroes, exhibits the raw talent of these United States, Peru, and Indiana dwellers. A singer-songwriter band that encapsulates emotion and tradition with each strum and beat.
“Like Pete Seeger and Ani DiFranco, they possess an extraordinary ability to use musical simplicity to evoke deep feeling,” is a praise that truly mirrors the magic they create. Their male vocals resonate with complexity and beauty, transporting listeners to the authentic heart of traditional Eastern European folk music. With its classic sound and reminiscing World Folk touch, their music offers an easy listening experience to people across all cultures.
For an offering at once relaxing and super edgy, a veritable banger, check out Ukrainian Folk Music, Vol. VIII: Glory to the Heroes. Don’t miss the chance. Visit their website, like and listen to our playlist, and also, check out his Twitter, Spotify and BandCamp. Cheered by many for their rigorous and intriguing approach to storytelling and melody, they continue to make undeniable contributions to singer-songwriter music worldwide.
2) DEWAR – Rudiment
Hailing from Chester, United Kingdom, DEWAR brings a fresh and anthemic sound to the world of Alt-Country and Americana. On her newest album, “Rudiment,” her powerhouse female vocals blend elements of Scottish Culture and UK-based culture into a beautiful fusion of country and singer-songwriter melodies. Drawing inspiration from the likes of acclaimed artists such as Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin, DEWAR proudly stands among her idols, showcasing her unique and vibrant style.
The first listen of “Rudiment” leaves a lasting impression, as one reviewer described it as, “An enchanting and captivating voyage through the realms of Soft-Rock, Classic-RockK, and Pop that transports listeners to a magical world of emotions.” DEWAR’s seamless integration of Pop elements into her signature Alt-Country sound creates a modern Pop atmosphere that is both accessible and engaging. Her Rock PopP choruses are undeniably catchy and stick with you long after the music fades.
Do not hesitate a moment longer; dive into the world of DEWAR and discover the beauty of her story through Rudiment. Find her on Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube, or explore her creative journey by visiting her website and FaceBook page. Her music offers a unique experience that combines the best elements of Singer-songwriter, Rock, and anthemic female vocals, leaving you invigorated and craving more. The time is now; allow DEWAR to immerse you in her extraordinary sound. But don’t forget to listen to our curated playlist.
3) MVI (MARK VICKNESS INTERCONNECTED) – In The Rain Shadow
You’ve certainly noticed the burgeoning US-based independent music industry; in the crowd, but standing unique, is the progressive acoustic outfit MVI (Mark Vickness Interconnected). Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, their latest instrumental jaunt “In The Rain Shadow” is the real deal. Not just another album, but rather a comprehension of life in the Owens Valley rain shadow, painted with breath-taking virtuoso performances in each track. Vigorously enveloping themes inspired by the majestic natural world, they tell you, “It is humbling, awesome, peaceful, thrilling, tranquil and beautiful.”
A mark of their brilliance lies in their ability to mix genres, effortlessly navigating through jazz, classical, to prog rock, and giving strokes of Middle Eastern vibes, traditional folk, and cinematic soundtracks–a joyous adventure for any music zealots. This level of diversity would remind you of artists such as John Butler Trio or Michael Hedges — yet, they maintain a distinct style that is reminiscent of a soothing rain in the summer. They weave this intricacy from their unique composition that boasts of performers skilled in an assortment of instruments.
Broad in scope, yet super catchy, MVI has crafted easy listening, relaxing music, poised to charm auditory faculties of diverse discernments. Also on deck is a series of HD live videos for a complete immersive experience. Unarguably, MVI is a standout act in the instrumental music scene. Head over to their website or follow them on Spotify for guaranteed musical bliss. Don’t miss out on the music that could easily be the soundtrack of your life, and listen to our curated playlist.
4) GLASS CABIN – GLASS CABIN 2
If Americana and Folk Rock had a love child, its name would likely be GLASS CABIN, an independent artist hailing from Nashville, a city known for its musical brilliance. Stripping music back to its raw roots, they blend a sultry mix of acoustic rock into their compositions elucidating a classic rock vibe reminiscent of greats like Tom Petty and Neil Young. “Their music is unbeatable – it’s like a breath of fresh air to the industry,” is not only justifiable but an undeniable fact when tuning into their harmonious melodies.
Their recent EP, GLASS CABIN 2 exudes a country essence that interweaves effortlessly with classic Americana chords to produce a soul-stirring concoction that lures you in with every track. It’s a body of work which truly captures the essence of alt-country, appealing directly to the heartbeat of the North American culture. The super catchy male vocals, reminiscent of a classic singer-songwriter band, are the cherry on top.
So, do yourself a favour. Take a leap of faith into the soft-rock symphony that is GLASS CABIN. Check it out, visit their website, follow the artist on Spotify, and check out their Twitter. And be sure to listen to our playlist. While there, pay a visit to their YouTube and grace yourself with the timeless sounds that blend seamlessly from one track to the next. Enrich your life with a taste of the US-based culture that resonates so strongly with this rock-inspired ensemble. GLASS CABIN isn’t just music, it’s an experience.
5) BILL GODFREY – Hypnotized
Austin-based artist Bill Godfrey has shattered expectations with his debut EP, Hypnotized. He masterfully blends Indie Pop and Folk into a melting pot of Electronica, Soul, and Indie Rock. It’s an ambitious melding of genres that calls to mind the creativity of successful artists like Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. He hits the alt-folk and Americana notes just right, making his EP a tour-de-force of US-based culture.
In Hypnotized, Godfrey explores a narrative of coming-of-age, each song representing a distinct influence over the mind. NoHo Arts District hit the nail on the head when they said, “Bill Godfrey has a gorgeous voice. Sweet, soulful, slightly husky and perfect for the funny, joyful and utterly brilliant five songs on his new EP.” His voice shines on the album, particularly in the singer-songwriter band-style tracks. His super catchy folktronica and rock-pop songs are equally easy on the ears while packing an emotional punch.
Godfrey’s ability to capture a scene is best exemplified in his lyrics about being enthralled by a woman. As Film Factual perfectly said, “Godfrey croons in haunting but soothing vocals about how he finds it difficult to leave the woman he’s romantically involved with because he’s hypnotized by her, in part by longing and nostalgia.” This intense longing resonates with listeners, creating a truly easy listening and relaxing sonic experience. This alt-country, folk-pop, indie folk sensation is worth your time. Follow Bill Godfrey on Spotify, listen to his songs on our playlist and swing by his website for more of his captivating music.
6) RACYNE PARKER – Make It Out Alive
Racyne Parker, an American artist from Denver, CO, dropped her new single “Make It Out Alive” on the eve of Halloween, releasing a melancholic tale of overcoming personal tumult and emerging into a promising new day. Her craft echoes the musicianship of renowned singer-songwriters such as Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris, while the song’s lyricism penetrates deep into the human soul with its raw authenticity.
“Make It Out Alive” begins with a mournful pedal steel that transports listeners into a shadowy, lonesome world, reminiscent of the alt-country and folk music sphere. An acoustic guitar harmonizes with a solitary whistle, beautifully reinforcing the narrative’s rugged, desolate ambience. There’s an undeniable energy in Parker’s voice that breathes an old-soul quality into every note she releases, a quintessential trait of the singer-songwriter band.
Racyne Parker is certainly one to watch within the US-based culture of folk-pop and soft rock. Her single “Make It Out Alive” is an exemplar of emotive storytelling through song, and her delivery is “spellbinding and inescapably entrancing.” It’s a tantalizing taste of classic sound, made even more enticing by energetic female vocals. There’s no doubt that her music will find a comfortable spot amidst your favourites in easy listening. Be the link to her success story – visit her TikTok, follow her on Spotify, and listen to our curated playlist. It’s time you experienced this for yourself.
7) STEPHANIE PHILLIPS – Retrospective
Immerse yourself in the retrospective hues of Stephanie Phillips‘ enigmatic album, “Retrospective”. This nostalgic and classic acoustic sound is 30 years in the making, a precious gem from 1993 that’s likened to the celebrated Folk Pop genre grandees like Joni Mitchell and Suzanna Vega. Originating from the charming locale of West Chester, PA, Stephanie’s temporal journey transcends the boundaries of US-based culture to create a relaxing universal harmony.
From the first handwritten bars in this singer-songwriter’s music diary to the global stardom stages, the album remained a stimulating secret to a select few devotees. Today, Stephanie enhances the original tracks with a robust underpinning of bass and drums. This singer-songwriter band now invites you to tune into their easeful haven, a combination of memorable melodies, poetic lyrics, and velvet female vocals.
“Stephanie Phillips’ ‘Retrospective’ is an album that once heard, can never be unheard.” Explore her profound repertoire and let the melodies serenade your senses, visit her website and follow her on Spotify. This is not just easy listening to music; this is an album that will make your heart twirl and your spirit come alive. So, plug in and remember to like and listen to our playlist.
8) PAM ROSS – Cornflakes and Beer
Hailing from the land of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, an astounding acoustic marvel, Pam Ross, has just released an electrifying new single, “Cornflakes and Beer.” This alt-country love song showcases Ross’s unique singer-songwriter skills; its heart-rending lyrics echo the yearning for an elusive remedy for feelings of loss and heartache. As a connoisseur of sound, succumb to its folk-pop allure which encapsulates you in cascades of comforting female vocals; “an undeniable masterpiece,” isn’t an exaggeration.
Ross is unmatched in her ability to evoke strong emotions through her music. Drawing inspiration from legendary artists like Tracy Chapman and Bonnie Raitt, she weaves sentimental narratives into her tracks. Encoded in every lyric and acoustic rock riff is Ross’s US-based culture-infused storytelling. “Cornflakes and Beer,” an easy listening experience, narrates a seemingly ordinary Sunday morning musing, steeped in memories, lamentations, and, strangely, soothing sentiments.
We implore you to check it out, visit her website, and follow Pam Ross on Spotify. Immerse yourself in her relaxing soft rock melodies that embody the true essence of an independent LGBTQ singer-songwriter. Listen to her previous successes, check our curated playlist, songs that have topped charts and her trophies, to appreciate fully what she has to offer. As she stands poised, set to mesmerize audiences at the Who’s Hoo Country Awards, your playlist truly deserves her sound.
9) KINGA ANGELYS – Home (Is Where My Honey Is)
Kinga Angelys, a promising talent from Hamburg, Germany, encapsulates the spirit of acoustic indie folk and pop with her single “Home (Is Where My Honey Is)”. Her music exudes a fresh vibe, reminiscent of artists like Mumford & Sons and Adele. The song is a melodic journey that marries the nuances of a European-based culture with the rich tapestry of contemporary pop. Her echoed words, “Home is where my honey is”, ignite a familiar, warm feeling, becoming more than just a love song.
“Her voice is pure gold – echoes of honesty that reverberates with every note sung,” a declaration that magnifies the essence of her singer-songwriter skills. The blend of male and female vocals adds a unique depth to her easy-listening love song, reminiscent of artist pairs like June Carter and Johnny Cash.
Visit Kinga Angelys on Spotify or her website and listen to our curated playlist. This folk-pop gem from the heart of Europe is a must-listen. Her music encapsulates a unique blend of indie folk and traditional singer-songwriter band influences, creating an unforgettable listening experience. Sink into the mesmerizing world of Kinga Angelys and indulge in the musical depths of her unique compositions.
10) CLAUDIA BALLA – Winter Tale
Hailing from the elegant landscapes of Geneva, Switzerland – a place known for classical and avant-garde styles, introducing Claudia Balla. This singer-songwriter’s album, ‘Winter Tale’, provides an intriguing blend of traditional folk (trad folk), alternative pop, and alt-folk that sets her apart in Europe’s music scene. She skillfully crafted a cinematic experience, transporting her listeners to a harmoniously acoustic and decidedly relaxing atmosphere.
Her female vocals are a sheer force of nature, capturing the raw and pure emotions often found in the works of timeless icons like Joni Mitchell. Her distinct style infuses contemporary pop rhythms with touches of epic instrumental harmonies. “Claudia exudes a degree of authenticity that makes her music incomparable,” praises one music critic. A statement that encapsulates her captivating prowess in bringing about a unique blend of several music genres.
Visit her Spotify, website, YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook, and immerse yourself in Claudia’s world of musical tales. Enjoy the stunning synergy of folk-pop, male vocals in selected tracks, and the occasional, wonderfully surprising cappella rendition. While you’re there, don’t forget to like and listen to our playlist. ‘Winter Tale’ is an unwavering testament of a singer-songwriter who surpasses in setting the European alternative music scene ablaze.