When you hear the lyrics of ‘More Time’, the first track on Eileen Gogan And The Instructions new album, ‘Under Moving Skies’, you know it’s by an Irish artist. Sure, you might argue, Eileen Gogan’s very name is a bit of a give away, but I think it goes further than that. There’s a certain melancholy to Irish music; you’ll hear it in The Cranberries, The Corrs, U2 – even more recent Irish artists such as Inhaler, Jedward, Columbia Mills, and Robert O’Connor have it. Kodaline has it. And Eileen Gogan has it in spades.
Jordan Rome, from Hays, Kansas, grew up without any idea of a social or music scene, and consequently when it came to making music, he didn’t know he should “choose” between different styles. This isn’t of course, a bad thing, as it’s meant that he was able to pick and choose his sounds from a wide variety of genres, the result making his music a fluid combination of country and western, punk, and folk.
Indie music project Mount Hudson takes the acoustic traditions of American folk and imbues it with modern pop sensibilities. The brainchild of Brooklyn New York artist Dave Yim, who plays acoustic guitar and provides vocals, ‘Lakeside Water’ sees him joined by a cast of seeming thousands, including Marcus Bagala (mandolin, electric guitar), Rob Heath (drums), Andrew Miramonti (organ), and Claire Wellin on violin.
South Arkansas natives Ruark Inman and his band bring with their music a taste of their home state, with a primarily folk rock feel but flashes of just about every other genre as well. Latest single, ‘When You Coming Home’, is the title track of their debut album, set for release on 31 January, through Bird Drop.
Mother Yeti are as elusive as the Himalayan Cryptid for whom they are named. First spotted in the Pacific Northwest circa 2012, their numbers have varied between two to as many as five members over the years. Their latest single, ‘My Best Please’, has a sound as hard to pin down as the band themselves, and ranges between punk, psych rock, and RnB. One thing we know for sure however – we love it.
Taken from her upcoming sophomore album, ‘I Said Take Me To The Water’, which is set for release on May 31, Lauren Crosby’s ‘You Don’t Need A Rose’ is a refreshing blend of blues and folk, with some pop and singer-songwriter sensibilities. Think Loretta Lynn crossed with Taylor Swift, with a dash of Muddy Waters.
If you’ve heard the name Sami Chohfi, it’s probably been in association with his band, Blue Helix, known in the Pacific Northwest for their melodic hard rock songs, such as ‘Anti-Social Butterfly’. But ‘It’s Just Me’, the debut solo single from Chohfi, is anything but hard rock – it’s just Sami, his acoustic guitar, and quiet, reflective vocals.