KOMASI – Masupian
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
3d ago
Big vibes from world music creative act KOMASI. Masupian is an infectious organic track with a funky set-up and pace. The vocals inject a passionate call and response hook, following expressive verses from an all-encompassing performance that’s as captivating as it is addictive to listen to. The band even throw in a gritty rap verse during the latter half – lifting the vibe all the more so and drawing both your body and mind right into the centre of the action. The live performance video gifts Masupian all the more power as an original release. KOMASI engage and impress, entertain and uplift ..read more
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Meditative Animal – Metaphysical Sherpa: Dirty Fractal Sacrament + Ebook
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
1w ago
Organic layers of acoustic and amplified instruments, from guitars through pipes and hand drums to harmonicas, alongside a distinct and expressive leading voice – introducing the boldly eclectic, thoughtful and poetic sound of Meditative Animal. An established indie creative, supporting the release of this latest album with a biographical e-book entitled Metaphysical Sherpa: Misunderstood Mystic, Meditative Animal brings a sound that’s somewhere between the likes of Bob Dylan, Rusted Root, and The Rolling Stones. But ultimately, it’s a style that’s quick to become a thing of its own. Sixteen t ..read more
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Dr. Evan’s Island – The Fine Game Of Nil
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
4M ago
Introducing a brief yet striking new EP, from a creative with a clear sense of expression and identity at the helm. Dr. Evan’s Island brings strength of songwriting together with sublimely unique, intoxicating vocal ability, and The Fine Game of Nil showcases those qualities on a defiant high. We begin with the instantly passionate and evocative The Moment, a sincere and bold yet trembling vocal backing up a simple sway of a groove. The organic depth is mesmerising, the lyrics equally powerful, and the unique tendencies or nuances of the vocal help really bring the writing to life. The song pr ..read more
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Scott Kirby – People Like You
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
“People like you make the world worth living in.” * * * Introducing an organic full-band arrangement of keys, guitars, bass and drums, Scott Kirby keeps strength of songwriting and conceptual integrity at the forefront, for the passionate and uplifting new single and video People Like You. Instantly likable, catchy and engaging, and beautifully dedicated to a young rockstar named Elton, People Like You is not only a soulful anthem to celebrate the wonder of life, but an evocatively personal look at the happiness one specific person has brought to our protagonist. As the chorus gathers Gospel ..read more
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Loving The Sun – The Waves Of Sorrow
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
Introducing the new two-track EP from folk-rock trio Loving The Sun, The Waves Of Sorrow begins with a title-track naturally opposed to the melancholy its title implies. Acoustic guitars and softly presented, cleanly mixed and intimate vocals deliver a quick sense of brightness in both melody and poetic wonder. As things progress, we delve into the topic with increasing passion, the doors opening wide to reveal a clear sense of self-discovery and longing that’s beautifully inspirational. Building up towards a beach-ready folk-pop arrangement, The Waves Of Sorrow, makes fine use of musical riff ..read more
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Mckay – Bad Liar
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
Taking the time to set the mood just right, Mckay lure in even the most distant listeners, with acoustic guitar work and gentle folk storytelling that’s quick to connect. Bad Liar is the beautiful new single, familiar yet fresh in equal parts, with an easy rise and fall melody as we build towards the clever and memorable resolve of the title. Appealing from the outset but increasingly evocative for its passionate full-band progression and the sheer vocal intensity of our protagonist’s delivery, Bad Liar feels like a contemporary twist on the likes of Mumford and Sons, only with a singer-songwr ..read more
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Midwest Avenue – Moon Goes Down
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
St Louis country rockers Midwest Avenue bring the beauty of a live band straight through the airwaves, for the 14-track original album Moon Goes Down. Standing tall on the strength of a quickly catchy, melodic and confident opener Money Back, Moon Goes Down instantly delivers the live folk and country instrumentation and passionate rasp of Midwest Avenue in a likable fashion. As we then shift into the piano-led calm of Moon Goes Down, the title-track, we see the versatility of this renowned performance act, and the project settles in for the long-run. Organic music made from the heart and out ..read more
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The Flying Hasslehoffs – Life Is Beautiful
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
Florida songwriting duo The Flying Hasslehoffs promise warmth and distortion in impressively equal parts, for their latest celebration of love and oneness. Noting lyrics that read like a poem yet rain down with the pace and grit of pop-punk, Life is Beautiful hits as if a nostalgic pop-rock anthem from a simpler era – only with a welcomed edge of literary reflection that really raises the bar. The song features acoustic and electric guitars side by side, with raspy, passionate vocals at the forefront, and long-form verse melodies that build up the anticipation and energy as we ride towards the ..read more
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Spike Ivory – Outside Looking In
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
Honest indie-rock blending warmth of writing and tone – Spike Ivory delivers a heartfelt anthem of pop-rock purity and colour, for Outside Looking In. Building up from the simple and familiar introduction of electric rhythm guitar, Outside Looking In soon brings through a raspy Americana vocal lead of short lines that rise and fall melodically. The set-up naturally appeals for its regular resolves, and this effect grows stronger still as we reach the brightness and uplift of the chorus. Featuring subtle yet effective piano and secondary vocals for that background fullness, Outside Looking In s ..read more
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Brophy’s Law – Stand Together
Stereo Stickman Magazine » Folk Rock
by Rebecca Cullen
5M ago
Introducing a sensational Celtic Folk anthem blending musical brilliance with passionate conviction and political depth, European Festival legends Brophy’s Law deliver a boldly evocative, catchy and poignant anti-war single, for Stand Together. Beautifully atmospheric and organic full-band music lays bare a descending chord pattern and classic Folk songwriting – Stand Together features a superb arrangement from Brophy’s Law – increasing layers from acoustic guitar to banjo, bass, bag pipes, whistles and more – and proves melodically enchanting and rhythmically addictive to listen to. The energ ..read more
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