Fans of cinematic slow format dark pop are guaranteed to enjoy Skipping Down The Road, the new single from The Dawdler. Instantly haunting with dreamy affect, the off tempo release of the main piano is curiously exhilarating.
Designated to explorations on the low side, it sets the framework for the sonic treats that swirl around the dark cosmic atmosphere. The vocals are equally intriguing, offering a sensibility know to Thom Yorke and Radiohead heard in singles like Pyramid Song. But unlike Yorke, The Dawdler is instantly beautiful and inherently talented. Dressed in this dark format it recalls works by James Blake. With its minimalistic construct The Dawdler would also please fans of The XX.
The aforementioned artists are just a range of where The Dawdler’s fans might reside. As an artist, however, The Dawdler is carving out a stylistic aura all their own.
The Crescent Sky are a dreamy indie folk phenom on the recent Out Is Through. The crisp, lively tones from the acoustic instruments bounce with authenticity. It’s as if you can hear the instruments breathing. The sweet duet of a male and female lead blend seemlessly.
The writing is somewhere between the sacred spirituals of Jose Gonzalez and the poetic folk of Sufjan Stevens. It would also please fans of Fleet Foxes and Darlingside. An indie folk dream, it embraces the ethos of the genre and the spirit that has made it so timeless. Coincidentally, the groups resides on the unceded ancestral territories of the Qayqayt First Nation and the Story:lo peoples. They share influence and pay homage to these great traditions with their sacred song and beautiful melodic touch.
Luke De-Sciscio is a revelation with his new single I’ll Die A Little. Serene acoustic vibes are lifted by his trademark tremolo.
De-Sciscio is full of sincerity. The sentiment lifts his authenticity. The performance on the new single is convincing, as if he has fully given himself to the moment.
His classic croon sounds drawn from the origins of Roy Orbison, through the evolution of Chris Isaak and the adaptation by Orville Peck. Layed upon a layer of sampled percussion with a simple echoey guitar lead, it’s as if the aforementioned stars were produced by Jamie XX.
The Italian artist currently resides in Bath, England. There he is growing a dedicated following of rightful admirers. Like most of us, De-Sciscio was on the cusp of a breakthrough with an opening gig scheduled with Cat Stevens before the pandemic put his career and the world at large on life support. With I’ll Die A Little, De-Sciscio should reclaim the momentum that made him a rising star in the world of indie folk.