Mark L. Oakes is a supremely talented singer-songwriter hailing from Belgium, yet he adopts a classic Americana-folk sound which he is particularly adept at creating.
Mark has been involved in a number of musical projects, on his own and with others, and now he is back with his latest album, Call Me The Moon, which he describes as the ‘ideal soundtrack for a karmic road trip’.
These words become increasingly clear upon listening to Mark’s work which has a definite hint of Neil Young to it, although he also cites other inspirations such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tucker Zimmerman and Ryan Adams. Despite these similarities and comparisons, Mark is certainly not a copy artist; his music has a depth of soul and heartfelt honesty to it that is hard to find in any music these days.
Also, within Oakes’ signature sound, there is a range of emotions depicted across the album. While singles such as ‘Shredded Jeans’ and ‘Friend From Above (Sleepless Spouse)’ are tinged with soft melancholy, tunes like ‘Aloof Again’ and ‘None Of These Roads’ will lead you straight to a risky, bitter ground.
Mainly tracked at Mark’s home studio in the heart of the Ardennes, the record has been finalised with the help of Londoner cellist, Ben Trigg, and mastered by Grammy award winner Gavin Lurssen in Los Angeles.
The intriguing singer-songwriter, Homesick Mick, has released his latest single ‘Prisoner to the Past’, from his debut EP Black Hole Friday.
With some quality songwriting and meaningful lyricism, Homesick Mick has honed his folk-pop-rock style which is most evident in his festive release, ‘Prisoner to the Past’. The video for the track also features The Beatles greats, Paul and John, not the real ones, obviously, but they’re pretty good lookalikes! With the pertinent lyrics of the track, the evocative songwriting talents of John Lennon himself are not far away from Mick’s latest effort.
Homesick Mick has also been involved in a social media campaign against the Sir Philip Green, whose corrupt behaviour in extorting the former employees of BHS has been deplored by many, including members of parliament. Mick’s campaign went full throttle when he took to the streets of London outside Green’s flagship Topshop store where he protested on behalf of the BHS employees, accompanied by his guitar.
The well travelled singer has found himself performing across the UK at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Wychwood Festival and his upcoming album, The Mysterious Abduction and Return of Homesick Mick, is set for release in January 2017.
If you like your music deep, meaningful and even spiritual, then The Maladaptive Solution’s ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ is one for you.
As an International music collective, the group write what they describe as ‘middle age symphonies to God’ full of meaning and didactic purpose.The mysterious group find inspiration all walks of music but their main focus is to create music with quality production.
‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ has a very relaxing vibe to it, complemented by the Indian-fusion drone and sitar in the background. A Folk-esque acoustic guitar is layered on top, along with the occasional electric lick to add that feel-good-rock feeling.
The vocals are simple but arguably, this is their best quality. Sometimes, simple is best and it certainly is in this case. The lead vocals are backed up by a joyous backing choir that creates a sense of epic-ness to the music of The Maladaptive Solution. Lyrics such as: ‘Try to learn all you need to learn before you die/ And if now you’ll have another time/ Cause you’re only a form/ That you’re content is for‘ demonstrate that the band are pushing ideas of morality in their music, through honest, good-quality songwriting that’s easy to listen to.
Listeners of the track have reported crying, feeling a strong sense of happiness or even a sense of support during a hard time, proving how ‘Ontology (Form and Content)’ can be interpreted by the individual in whichever way they wish.
Contributors to The Maladaptive Solution include Brad Beard, Michael Carpenter, Michael Giblin, Jimmy Haber and Kylie Whitney.
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Singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist Pedro Syrah prepares for the release of his new album Fairytale Land with this intimate new track ‘Summer Night On Fairytale Land’.
The Portugal-born artist has already played in esteemed Lisbon venues such as the mighty Aula Magna and now hopes to take his fresh and exciting sound to the rest of the world!
Watch the video for ‘Summer Night on Fairytale Land’ here:
A creative guitarist, he draws a lot of influence from classical music, also playing with unconventional tunings to form a unique sound that is entirely his own.
His upcoming album is set to centre around a variety of personal themes including love stories, the loss of friends and a roadtrip he took in California. Pedro has described his sound as ‘an immersive experience into ourselves and our feelings’.
With recording set to take place in Abbey Road studio with Sean Magee, Fairytale Land is sure to take this sound to new levels.
Pedro’s music is likely to appeal to fans of indie-folk artists including Ben Howard, Damien Rice, The National and Jamie Cullum.
Pedro Syrah’s upcoming album Fairytale Land is out October.
‘Tales from Hard Luck Town’ is an 11 track album with most featuring a story or character relating to ‘Hard Luck Town.’ Despite there being a dark undercurrent, many of the tracks are also upbeat and lighter in tone. The album includes a murder ballad and other themes include homelessness, seeking fulfilment, being sent to prison (‘Hydebank Hotel’), relationships, and drunken antics. The songs have a relatable feel, often being shaped by the band’s life experiences and observations.
As well as featuring on many local radio stations, such as Radio Ulster multiple times, and 6 Music they have also performed live on the only English speaking Radio Station in Ethiopia – Afro FM. They were also flown out to Ethiopia twice at the request of the Irish Embassy to perform at their St Patricks day celebrations. They have also just been booked to do their second tour of Germany.
Having performed in such places as the aforementioned is a perfect portrayal of how tangible and enjoyable their music is. Whether you’re a folk fan through and through or you never thought you’d be partial to it, The Dandy Horses’ New album is definitely going to be your latest infatuation.
Video link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQJkSbfH4Zs
Live video – https://www.facebook.com/dandyhorses/
Album teasers – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIX3Gamtd64
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/the-176/sets/tales-from-hard-luck-town/s-ZVkHG
Website – www.thedandyhorses.com
Twitter – https://twitter.com/TheDandyHorses
Single impact date set for June 15th
Named thanks to enduring love/fear of the vaunted mythical creature, Yeti Love is the musical moniker of songwriters Peter Hamilton and Dave Sears – a folk duo who view the genre as this generation’s punk music, able to articulate about issues and press all the right buttons in all the wrong places.
Hamilton is also influenced by his own ancestry, being half Spanish and, at a young age, falling in love with the folk traditions of home town Galicia. Having started out as a drummer before expanding his own musical horizons, his love of rhythm was informed by this specific branch of celtic roots music. Married to Sears’ intricate, multi-instrumental approach, the result is a hybrid sound unlike any other act on the circuit today.
New single, ‘Lonely Road’, is set for release on June 15th, and you can hear it here.
The pair have labelled their unique combination as ‘alt-rogue-folk-rock’, which is as fitting a description as any. Based in South London, they have been playing together since 2012 and ‘Lonely Road’ is the latest fruit of their labours.
The single will be available from June 15th.
Scottish singer-songwriter set to unveil new album on June 15th
An acoustic-folk singer-songwriter, Sandy Kilpatrick is now Portugal based having been born and raised in Scotland. His new album, ‘The Shaman’s Call’, is the latest stunning release in a career that has grown organically over time, with his sound echoing great songwriters as wide ranging as David Bowie and Damien Rice, while retaining his own unique take on the genre.
‘The Shaman’s Call’ marks further progression for Sandy Kilpatrick as an artist, guided out of the gate by new single ‘Your Love Is a Weapon’, a song which focuses on the intimacy and solitude of the writer at work: https://soundcloud.com/sandykilpatrick/your-love-is-a-weapon
Like this track, the album as a whole is designed to feel raw, and not hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of big production. The lyrics are intimate and thoughtful, hitting many highs, lows and moments of heartfelt poignancy – many of which listeners will immediately relate to.
Sandy Kilpatrick’s new music marks a new step forward as a solo artist and musician – not bad for someone who has already shared the stage with many excellent bands including Muse, Elbow and more.
Fittingly, this album represents taking his journey full circle, with a festival show coming up in July where he will be sharing the bill with The Waterboys – a band Sandy loved in his childhood. One of the first songs he learned on the guitar was theirs, ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, and it seems fitting that he should share the stage with them as he celebrates his latest release.