Familiar Sounds & Ear-Candy: Why Your Next Playlist Should Be Indie Folk Music
Music is an important part of our lives. We spend hours listening to it and we dedicate large spaces on our devices to playing it. However, when was the last time you turned on a new genre? Have you ever listened to indie folk music?
The indie folk music scene is an important part of the music industry. Anybody can technically make and release their own music and present it to the world. While it is not exactly easy, it is much easier than before.
With social media, independent musicians are now able to showcase the real-time reactions of listeners who seem to connect with their songs and more often than not, the responses are positive.
One thing that indie folk musicians do well is that they seem to understand, appeal and find a way to connect with several generations of listeners from all walks of life. That’s why you should know more about this music genre.
I heard before between producers from PopHits.Co something interesting:
“Often, when we think of music we love, folk music isn’t the first genre that comes to mind. Perhaps it should, times have changed, and folk music has now evolved into something like fashion because it’s nostalgic, and there is so much emotional connection to it that it’s hard to find in other genres. There is a lot of nostalgia among the young generation at the moment, which means indie folk artists must tap into it and ride the wave.”PopHits.Co – Independent Music Charts & Distribution
Folk music has a reputation for being complex and sophisticated, and hipsters have been known to appreciate this type of music. However, indie folk artists are trying to change the perception of folk music by making it more fun and interactive, and it’s working very well.
You can listen to our full playlist which contains the artists’ music, and know more about the artists by scrolling down the page.
1) JOE HOLT – Tired of Trying
If you’re looking for a new way to get your daily dose of indie folk, look no further than JOE HOLT‘s new album Tired of Trying. It’s full of acoustic guitar melodies and dreamy vocals, as well as plenty of other instruments and sounds to keep you satisfied.
JOE HOLT has been active in the indie folk scene for several years now, but with this album, he’s taken things up a notch by incorporating more classical and electronic elements into his sound.
His previous work focused on acoustic guitar melodies and singer-songwriter sensibilities, but now we get to hear him play around with synths and drum machines too—and it works!
The track Immune is a great example of the new features, we just loved it. His voice is still smooth and dreamy as ever, but thanks to these new influences he sounds more cinematic than ever before.
This album is a true piece of art, good for radio, for our playlists and also for the film industry. What great soundtracks we found here.
If you want an album that’ll take you on an emotional journey through the ups and downs of life, look no further than Tired of Trying. Check out all the ten amazing tracks and also follow the artist on Spotify.
2) PERRY LOCKWOOD – All I Need Is You
Indie artist Perry Lockwood is releasing his new single “All I Need Is You” this summer. The track is a soulful, classic soft rock anthem with a male vocalist and a traditional sound. It’s also got some indie folk elements that make it unique.
The song begins with a guitar melody that wouldn’t be out of place on an album by Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers, but then it quickly transitions into a soft-rock melody that wouldn’t sound out of place on a classic rock album by Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen.
Do you know that nice feeling that a mix of music styles can cause? That’s the case here, everything sounds very country-folk and is very enjoyable.
The vocals are smooth and soulful as they belt out lyrics about love and relationships. It’s an anthem that reminds us that we don’t need much to be happy—just love and companionship.
If you’re looking for something different from your usual alt-country, are experimenting with folk music for your playlist or need something new to sing along with while driving down the road, check this one out! Watch his music video and follow the artist on Spotify.
3) THE BUCKLEYS – Oops I Love You
The Buckleys are a band you may not have heard of yet, but you will. They’re fresh off the release of their new single “Oops I Love You” and it’s already been hailed as one of 2022 best.
The Australian group is known for their folk-country sound, with country influences that are easy to hear in the lyrics, but also in the smooth melody and soft rock style.
The single has commercial pop elements that make it very accessible to listeners who are looking for something new and different, but still familiar enough not to be jarring or uncomfortable.
Their emphasis on female vocals creates a mellow atmosphere that makes it perfect for easy listening in any setting, even if it’s for an audience that is not into country music.
If you’re looking for something new to listen to this summer or just want some good background music while you relax at home or go out with friends, check out The Buckleys and follow them on Spotify!
4) CHRIS WENNER – The Ladder
It’s no secret that indie folk is having a moment. But how many of us have heard of CHRIS WENNER? If you haven’t, then we highly recommend checking out his new single, “The Ladder.” He’s a singer-songwriter based in Germany, Bonn, who has an impressive catalogue of easy-listening folk music to offer, and we are sure you will enjoy it.
The first thing you’ll notice when listening to “The Ladder” is that it has an acoustic folk sound that is reminiscent of artists like Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. But it also has a full band sound that gives it an indie folk feel as well.
The combination makes for a truly unique listening experience—one that will have you coming back for more. It’s not by chance this guy has songs on Spotify with half a million plays.
If you’re looking for something new to listen to this summer, then we suggest giving CHRIS WENNER’s latest single a try. It’s sure to become your new favourite song. Check it out and follow the artist on Spotify!
5) OCEANYS – Unsere Große Freiheit
In the wake of the indie folk music boom, it seems like every artist is trying to find their own niche. If you’re looking for something new and different, look no further than OCEANYS‘s latest release: Unsere Große Freiheit.
With rock-folk roots, acoustic style and rhythm and blues influences, OCEANYS has found a unique sound that is sure to please fans of all genres. The album features 10 original tracks and was released last month, so it’s fresh music.
Their sound is a mixture of folk-pop culture to be more specific, and the album has a classic sound that will appeal to fans of folk music from across Europe and North America for sure.
It includes influences from many different styles including classic rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm & blues combined with modern electronic sounds to create an interesting blend of sounds that works well together on every track.
If you’re looking for some new tunes to add to your playlist, check out Unsere Große Freiheit by OCEANYS and follow the band on Spotify today!
6) TONY ROMAINE – Born In A Prison
If you’re looking for something new to listen to, check out this review of a new song by one of our new music discoveries, TONY ROMAINE.
TONY ROMAINE is an independent artist based in the United Kingdom, who has just released a song called “Born In A Prison” which is a cover song that has acoustic rock influences and is in the folk style.
The vocals are performed by a male vocalist with Scottish influences, which makes it more interesting. It’s available on Spotify and you should check it.
Fortunately, there are artists like Tony Romaine who are bringing indie folk to the forefront of the music community. Born In A Prison is an excellent example of his talent.
His previous releases are good music that can be included in your playlist too, give it a try. These songs are perfect for anyone who likes acoustic rock and folk music! Follow the artist on Spotify.
7) ED ROMAN – I Have A Dream
If you’re looking for a new playlist to add to your collection, we highly recommend that you take a listen to the latest single from ED ROMAN—it’s called “I Have A Dream”.
This indie folk song is perfect for those who love acoustic folk, Americana, singer-songwriters, and Canadian influences. The song has a classic sound that will have you feeling relaxed, it’s easy-listening music.
It’s also got a chillout vibe that makes it perfect for relaxing in the evening with some friends or while doing work around the house.
The song features ED ROMAN’s soothing male vocals, who is known for his classical style and his ability to bring together various forms of music into one cohesive piece.
He also uses acoustic guitars in a simple but interesting chord progression, as well as adding electric guitars in order to create an upbeat melody that contrasts with the slow tempo of his vocals.
So check out this exciting new release from ED ROMAN and follow the artist on Spotify today!
8) CHUCKY TRADING CO – Psychopath Cool
If you’re looking for a new sound to help you get through the end of the week, look no further than CHUCKY TRADING CO.
The American indie folk band recently released their single Psychopath Cool and it’s just what you need. The song is a mix of bluegrass, folk and singer-songwriter genres—but it’s also got soft rock and classic rock elements that make it easy to listen to over and over again.
It’s not just the music that makes this band great; it’s their lyrics too. They’re about love and loss, but always with an optimistic twist: “Love become hate and loses meaning”, but there’s hope in their lyrics too.
If you want to hear more from CHUCKY TRADING CO, check out their previous releases, and their new single and follow them on Spotify!
9) JOHN MCDONOUGH – We’ll Answer The Call
The new EP by John McDonough, We’ll Answer The Call, is a mix of acoustic folk music with soft rock, which results in music to dance and with a classic sound. Our favourite track is Love You Just For You, we just loved it.
If you are not into dancing, don’t worry, the album is perfect for those who like to relax and listen to easy-listening music too. I’m sure some of these tracks have a very relaxing effect on the listeners and make them feel good, exactly because I tried it. not to mention the fact this is pure nostalgia.
The EP consists of five songs and all of them are very well composed and performed by the artist himself.
John McDonough is an American singer-songwriter based in Chicago, besides the pop influences of the region, his music is traditional. He has released several EPs and Albums so far, but this one is definitely one of our favourites!
If you’re looking for something new to listen to or just want some good relaxing music for your daily commute, check out this album and follow the artist on Spotify!
10) ELLERY TWINING – Weatherall
If you’re a fan of alt-folk and folk-pop, you should check out Weatherall by ELLERY TWINING. This single is the perfect blend of quirky lyrics, dynamic vocals, and soft rock instrumentals.
The song’s lyrics are full of alliteration and assonance that make it easy to follow along with the story being told. The singer-songwriter’s voice is soft but powerful and has just enough quirkiness to make it stand out from other artists in the genre.
The instrumentals are dynamic, with several shifts between soft rock ballads and upbeat indie pop. We can say this is one of the best songs on the list and for sure will be included in my personal playlist. The artist also mentions that the song is not only new music being released but a tribute.
“The song and video are a tribute to British producer/DJ Andrew Weatherall, who passed as I was writing the songs for “REVENGE.”ELLERY TWINING
This artist is based in Mystic, CT and has been releasing music for some time, his music expresses a mix of cultures with strong folk features that we just loved. We recommend you watch his music video now, and you can follow him on social networks as well, to stay up-to-date with his latest releases!
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