Indie Folk Gems – The Wren, Samuel Nicholson, La Faute, Elisapie

We were seduced by the poetic insight of December, the new single from The Wren.  She investigates the complications of her feelings and the trivial confusions of a romantic mishap meant to muse a musical moment.  She dishes these truths with a quivering vibrato and an intoxicating vocal delivery.  Her poetry is fast and fluid, staying within the narrative without revolving to repetitions.  The imagery is exhilarating and presented so effectively it personifies the paradigm it resents.  The artist make humble, charming quips like when she admits she “could be wrong.”  We doubt it, she sounds spot on.  

The details, though condemning, reveal spicy details that add a sultry contrast.  In her moment of regret you find yourself pinged with desire.  Whereas she wants to vent and find comfort you find yourself falling for her, vying to be the fall back rebound, wondering how anyone could ever let her go.  You want to find yourself in the details of this story, receiving all these perks of being her lover.  It’s a clever twist, a fancy flex that mirrors thirsty revenge culture.  Now you gotta press play. For style points, the vibe fits in with the acoustic indie pop of Phoebe Bridgers and Holly Humberstone.  The Wren is an even better wordsmith, ex lovers beware. 

Dig into December now on our Emerging Folk Playlist.  

Samuel Nicholson caught our attention with their new single West Coast Feeling.  Full of candid emotion and raw appeal, it pulls back the shine to show the grime beneath.  Samuels voice quivers and breaks with vulnerable truth.

The Scottish artist connects with projects like Big Thief and Frightened Rabbit.  He shares in their tortured beauty, both burdened and blessed by their instinctual catchy nature.  Nicholson conjures a history of hurt in the convincing performance.  A song to exercise your own demons to, don’t take it for granted.  Show them love. 

West Coast Feeling is currently featured on our Emerging Folk Playlist.  

We lost ourselves in the haunting hush vocal delivery featured on Watercolours, the new single from La Faute.  Art school dropout Peggy Messing continues to floor us with her cinematic folk flair.  The composition flows like a slow tide.  There are tonal accents that give it tribal characteristics and eastern flare. 

Watercolours slightly dark but undeniable beautiful, connecting with the works of Mitski and Feist.  It feels derived from some hidden natural muse, where the chosen escape to baske in the glow of disconnection and the reclamation of our natural existence.  Before electric times compromised.  

Hear Watercolours now on our Emerging Folk Playlist.  

Did you ask for an Inuktitut rendition of Blondie’s classic 1979 new wave hit Heart of Glass?  Because you’re getting one courtesy of Elisapie.  Appropriately reimagined as “Uummati Attanarsimat”, it’s the singer’s first release since 2020, and it’s absolutely intoxicating.  It faintly recalls the exotic indie folk vibes of Jose Gonzalez.  At least that’s a fair sonic guide to place these vibes, but Elisapie truly stands alone.  Her voice is hypnotic and rare, aesthetically soothing and undeniably comforting. 

The organic instrumentation adds to the earthly appeal and foreign feel, bending the melody curious and unique to this culture.  As if Heart of Glass was woven in the music’s ancient legacy.  Who would’ve thought?

Uummati Attanarsimat is featured on our Emerging Folk Playlist. 


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