Undiscovered Indie Folk Gems – Sadie Fine, Oldest Sea, Bre Kennedy, Sabine Colleen

Sadie Fine is intoxicating on her new single Use Me.  Her raw delivery has urban appeal and vintage attitude.  Undeniably sultry with lyrical content to embellish the sentiment, Use Me is convincingly seductive and chic.  Hints of R&B intersect an influence of modern contemporary songwriting.  In that way it presents like an alternative R&B style single, but with a soft delivery that gives it crossover potential.  Dripping with a nostalgic lounge singer vibe, it recalls the retro revival aesthetic of Amy Winehouse, with the compositional touch of Alicia Keys.  Gracefully produced by Stefan Skarbek who also has a history with Winehouse, the presentation is elegant.

Sadie Fine draws you in with her voices unique features and paralyzes you to her final breath.  The performance is so believable it’s as if she stepped into the vocal booth right out of the experience that inspired its writing, in that moment of vulnerability, she delivers a masterpiece.

Hear Use Me now on our Emerging Indie Folk Playlist

We were drawn to the dark beauty of I’ll Take What’s Mine, the new single from Oldest Sea.  Like a scorned lover or a war torn Widow, the artists quiver exudes a combination of mourning and contempt.  The surefire lyrical repetitions reiterate her resolve, like an unwanted obsession that drives her suffering.  The vocal performance is effective, accentuating the drama with cinematic transformation.  You can imagine some atrocity that inspired this creative moment.  It wears this vintage folk presentation well.  The cavernous echo adds to its spiritual essence, as does the ethereal atmosphere churning beneath a picked guitar.  

The rare emotional vibrato recalls classic Stevie Nicks, reimagined with the cinematic folk appeal of Fleet Foxes.  Fans of indie folk, chamber folk, or cinematic contemporary will find the single undeniable.  

Hear I’ll Take What’s Mine now on our Emerging Indie Folk Playlist

Bre Kennedy is inspiring on her new single North.  Her smoky sultry delivery is convincing.  She knows how to accentuate her signature delivery, leaning into her voices attractive raw features.  In that way she references the history of classic country, while also adapting into more modern indie influences.  Mainstream appeal with indie influence recalls the breakout careers of Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile.  The composition also has the stomp and holler pickup and compositional flare of The Lumineers.  The introspective lyrics are anthemic and inspiring.  The vibe is illuminated by the charming companion music video.

Bre Kennedy has mainstream potential and North could be the single to get her there.  An indie folk heart of gold with commercial charisma and striking good looks, it’s just a matter of time and a sprinkle of luck before this bird flys away. 

Enjoy North now on our Emerging Indie Folk Playlist

Sabine Colleen is transformative on the ethereal new single Three Words.  Written during a songwriting workshop with none other than Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold, Sabine pens a cosmic folk epic.  The cinematic appeal is accented by compositional variation and surprise.  It’s unconventional enough to evolve like a journey, but melodically familiar enough to stay accessible.  

Sabine Colleen has an intriguing second level, a classic folk style vibrato that waivers violently.  She conjures every vulnerable emotion and injects it into her performance, fluttering convincingly and with vigor.  The compositions design follows her performances evolution in the song, changing conceptually on cue to her emotional lifts.  It’s as if the music is trying to keep up with her inspired inflections, offering a theatrical underlayer to its dreamy flow.  

The tutelage of Pecknold is undeniable, droning similarities to his own more minimalist offerings.  Most notable encompassing the vibe of the bands latest releases, which featured more experimental arrangements compared to their early works. 

Enjoy Three Words now on our Emerging Indie Folk Playlist


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