Emerging Folk – Piper Cole, Our Violet Room, Rosemary and Garlic, Belle Shea

Piper Cole is hypnotic on Oh Honey.  Like an ethereal siren she walks you through this sonic dream world.  Exotic and otherworldly, the affect is exhilarating.  Her second register passionately delivered over this luminous world recalls the unique art pop of Kate Bush.  She adapts those vibes with an indie sensibility; a semblance of the indie folk movement known to Local Natives and Bon Iver.  Its an attribute of the compositions unconventional construct, adapting in new and exciting ways while staying within an accessible melodic framework.  It’s also heard in the tribal percussion and layered orchestration of eclectic instrumentation, a combination of organic standards and cosmic electric atmosphere.  

The artists embraces Oh Honey’s immersive qualities, admitting that its offered as a mechanism of comfort for all.  An effective Soprano and talented multi-instrumentalist, Piper Cole is claiming her sound with a string of ethereal folk releases that showcase a penchant for magical design. 

Hear Oh Honey now on our Emerging Folk Playlist

Our Violet Room teams with Emma Cole on the inspiring Winter.  Songwriter Matthew Birch captures the seasons reflective presence, how it reinstates our humility and inspires existential ambitions.  He connects this with the flow of romantic love and how it tends to waiver in time from some inevitable crisis.  Whether it be infiltrating perils of doubt or unrequited effort, sometimes love takes work.  Only the most graceful escape these realities.  Besides the beautiful lyrical narrative, Winter is an intoxicating indie folk jam.  It has some of the melancholy charm of Gregory Alan Isakov with the catchy indie Americana appeal of Hiss Golden Messenger and eastern strut of Jose Gonzalez.  

Cole and Birch blend magnificently, bringing harmonious depth.  The clever production adds atmospheric feedback where the lap steel might be, conceptualizing a vast Winter landscape.  A lead guitar accents the melody, tastefully emphasizing all the best notes.  The band is tight, honoring a progressive arrangement masterfully, lending to the emotion offered in the composition and certifying the records pro appeal.  Our Violet Room has major NPR potential.  It’s an undeniable Fresh Find with radio appeal. 

Hear Winter now on our Emerging Folk Playlist.  

Step into the cinematic dream world of Midlands, the new single from Rosemary & Garlic.  Beautiful in its barest form, the savory sonic treats add to its intoxicating appeal.  As a singer Anne van den Hoogen is majestic, soaring through the compositions spiritual movements angelically.  The dynamic arrangement bears evidence of the innovative contemporary work of Nick Drake, with an updated sonic intention known to Patrick Watson and associated acts. 

The song unfolds like a journey, a musical odyssey through her artistic infinite.  Like her essence, a snapshot of her aura in song.  These poetic Midlands recall passages known to travelers and troubadours.  Unfamiliar and mysterious, reminders of the universes daunting infinite design, the weight of never-ending.  And so it is that in the works final movement it morphs and bends into one engulfing harmonious wash, the thread of everything before and after.  That insight defines her genius, and draws us to her wonderful. 

Enjoy Midlands now on our Emerging Folk Playlist

Belle Shea reclaims narrative songwriting with their recent Cheyenne.  The South Florida native embraces an inclination towards the classics, marrying an indie sensibility gracefully.  The songwriting is smart, barely contemporary, like a modern Carole King brought through the influence of Joni Mitchell and drawn to recent adaptations by Brandi Carlike. 

There’s a swagger to Shea’s lyrical flow.  Smooth fluid working peoples poetry emits revelations drawn from acute observations and fragments of the unconscious.  They see the gold in the rust of our existence.  “Maybe you got all you need the most stored in a second hand camper van, maybe you’re getting where you need to go, maybe that’s the span of the plan.”  Maybe it is. 

Hear Cheyenne now on our Emerging Folk Playlist


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