The Massachusetts songwriter is just singing the truth as she knows it, which is well enough: she’s a mother of five who has been married to the same man for 30 years and still lives in the town where she was born. It roars to life immediately with the immaculately arranged “Tinker’s Frolics,” a set of eclectic, slowly morphing tunes that recall classic Lúnasa arrangements such as “Morning Nightcap” off The Merry Sisters of Fate. Before writing the record, the Austin-based musician returned to her hometown of Huntsville, Ala. only to discover a frustrating sense of complacency among its residents, which inspired much of this album, according to Caroline Says’ bandcamp page. —Eric R. Danton, It’s been almost four years since Stay Gold, the critically acclaimed album full of Cosmic American Music-tinged folk, put Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, aka First Aid Kit, on the map. Having completed her tour with Rita Ora and headlined at BBC Introducing, Kara Marni is set for stardom. Flash forward 59 years, and the 77-year-old singer is one of the few leaves clinging to the mostly bare branches of the folk-revival tree. All told, the album feels like a hand-crafted work of art, put together carefully by its creators, charmingly imperfect but much preferred over a mass-produced piece with no stitch out of place, and no soul to match. What was the idea behind Crush? This may be one of the harder categories to define, but it was one of the easier to find worthy albums, so we expanded this edition from 10 to 20. March saw the release of Ama Lou’s EP DDD, recently followed by a 13-minute tri-part film and Ama - the 20 year old Londoner, director and composer of the short film - start making a name for herself. November 9, 2018. Averaging nearly an album a year, this Aussie native still manages to create beautifully memorable melodies that ring with universal truths. Volunteer, which was recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), is an album that projects its rustic references, all etched with nostalgia and songs that offer reasons for return to the pleasures of front-porch existence. Suffice to say, there aren’t many players alive who can hang with the likes of Seán Smyth or Cillian Vallely when it comes to the uilleann pipes or tin whistle. Nadler’s vocals are at once soft and steely on lyrics with a poetic, sometimes gothic streak. It’s not that McKenna is trying to put a lump in your throat. Album standout “Sweet Home Alabama” marries ’50s doo wop to enchanting folk, all while delivering a dark storyline about what happens when your hometown isn’t your home anymore. The list includes many familiar and great British female folk singers such as Cass Elliot, Charlotte Rampling, Ella Edmondson, Sandy Denny, Laura Marling. Taken from a pizza menu on a drunken night out with friends, both horrified and bemused by its make-up of unidentifiable meats - the story behind her name is a reflection of her music style: free, fluid and as she describes it “a bit messy”. **How do you want people to feel when they hear your music? ", **It’s becoming a lot harder for our generation to pursue careers within creative industries because of financial and creative pressures. Being able to perform and do what I love everyday is what success looks like to me”. Sometimes Andrews is singing about it explicitly, as on the title track or the upsurging “Kindness of Strangers.” Sometimes the people in her songs are simply doing their best to embody the idea that kindness matters. There was just too much good stuff we couldn’t ignore. ... March 4, 2019 • The black British singer grew up loving American country music. “The magic felt as strong as it did the first time we sang together, and I think we were all really moved by that,” Sarlé says. Nicotine’s Famous Honey (R&B/Soul) @nicthecig. This unpredictability, she says, is reflected in her music and new album DOGVIOLET where she delves into different genres, sounds and styles. It’s a kind of representation of our emotions and underlying feelings that we may not be confronting. The latest album by Washington-based songwriter and producer Phil Elverum centers on the sickness and death of his wife Geneviève Castrée. But my mum sat me down and said ‘Laurel, you don’t want to do this’ - she was right. That Carlile remains the center of gravity in this star-studded universe is a testament to her considerable talents. Their Wisconsin woods performance was serendipitous, validation that Mountain Man would be once more. They officially rebooted the band at Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires music festival in Wisconsin last summer, on a tiny stage in the middle of the forest, a perfect location for exhibiting Mountain Man’s campfire harmonies and gentle folk ballads. This page was last edited on 1 April 2018, at 18:07 (UTC). By Soey Kim 24 July 2018 There's a new group of young women dominating our summer soundtrack, ready and waiting to seize the next-big-thing crown. "Quite beachy, heavy - in terms of lyrics - and raw. The ladies of Lady Maisery also took part in an intense creative project leading to the CD Songs of Separation. A practising Sikh, Raveena preaches self-love, love for others and creates a community of love through her jazz-pop fusion of enchanting melodies. Lenker uses nature metaphors to tackle heavy subject matters like mortality, love, birth, friendship and youth, but she doesn’t hide behind these metaphors. Although, after spending time with If Only There Was a River’s carefully contrived ebbs and flows and smartly observed lyrics, you’d never know she was a spring chicken. Celebrating the 50 best albums of the year always has us comparing music that spans the spectrum. She admits that she is yet to find her ‘sound’ per se, but her vast talent and malleability as an artist certainly points towards a bright and exciting career. On “Distortion,” he recounts the moment she passed with a raw bleakness, “The second dead body I ever saw was you, Geneviève / When I watched you turn from alive to dead right here in our house.” He also recalls a conversation where he told his mother of a desire to make his own life mean something to people after his death (“To echo beyond my actual end”). —Eric R. Danton, Marissa Nadler doesn’t get nearly enough credit for having a sense of humor. Ironically, even when he veers from his amiable persona on “A Bastard Like Me,” the otherwise harsh refrain is underscored by the singular strum of acoustic guitar. Pain and trauma speaks to so many people and it’s important for us all to recognise that and empathise with each other and be totally accepting of each other. Here she ably navigates a batch of songs that range from folk, country and blues to symphonic pop and rock pieces that would sound at home on a Broadway stage. From folk icons like Joan Baez and old-timey virtuosos Old Crow Medicine Show to indie folksters like Courtney Marie Andrews … Their fortified voices, plus Watkins’ fiddle, O’Donovan’s guitar, and Jarosz’s mandolin, mesh in a familial way—it’s a wonder they aren’t sisters. Angie Miller (British singer) Bina Mistry; Leanne Mitchell; Liz Mitchell; Rowshanara Moni; Victoria Monks; Nat Mor; Diana Morrison; Dorothée Munyaneza Groups like The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers became household names in Ireland and around the world. The lo-fi digital folk is destined to exist both in the nether regions of bandcamp, plattered for solo listening, and on portable speakers, to be played at sunny picnics and outdoor respites. I want to reach out to the people who feel like they don’t belong anywhere.”. What would be your advice to them? If it does come easy, it’s not worth having. No matter the backdrop, Carlile sounds completely in control. If Florence Welch, Laura Marling and Mac de Marco were to make a musical love child, that would be Laurel - the free-spirited Southampton born singer-songwriter, who is, in her own words: “pretty crazy, complex and unpredictable”. "Depending on the song or project, I want my listeners to feel a particular emotion. Album opener “No Face,” inspired by a bar fight Heynderickx witnessed, stars a mysterious figure plucked from a Hayao Miyazaki film; on the ecstatic “Worth It,” Heynedrickx turns inward, repeating: “Maybe I’ve been worthless/ Maybe I’ve been worth it.” —Robert Ham and Loren DiBlasi, After breaking through with a batch of restless, itinerant songs on Honest Life in 2016, Courtney Marie Andrews longs for something more permanent on the follow-up. For this project, he wrote “Silver Blade” specifically for her, as a kind of sequel to the traditional folk song “Silver Dagger” on her debut disc. It’s miraculous, then, that No Fool should feel so bright and light, despite the circumstances and often dark subject matter. Born in Glasgow in 1948. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics discovered her at the age of 16. With Crush, I really wanted to evoke the feeling of feeling beautiful. DDD - Dawn, Day and Dusk - follows a character in a crime room and their journey at different times of the day - accompanied by tracks, “Tried Up”, “Wrong Lesson” and “Wire”. According to the project website, "Songs of Separation brought together ten female folk musicians from Scotland and England, to create a recording which reflects on the issue of 'separation' in its many forms, through traditional song." Influenced by the soul greats such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and Amy Winehouse, Kara offers her own twist on a range of genres with her debut EP Love Just Ain’t Enough. Like most of her work, McKenna’s latest is a family-centered collection of rootsy folk songs, and as usual, she finds profundity in the ordinary moments of everyday life. **. The album’s two singles, “Cradle” and “Symbol,” are highlights with the candid, understated beauty of the former and the haunting, hypnotic mysticism of the latter. —Ellen Johnson, Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker excels by tapping into the core of the human soul in the most tender, gentle and vivid way possible and her new solo LP, absysskiss, is no exception. “Obviously being an artist there are always things you want to achieve. British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has spent decades exploring various styles of Americana, from blues to jazz and contemporary folk. —Jim Vorel, The sound of Caroline Sallee’s music seems to be rooted in whimsy. So it was very courageous of my mum for supporting me and I respect her for that. Toronto musician Tamara Lindeman released her self-titled fourth album under The Weather Station moniker late last year. My main goal as an artist is only to inspire and evoke emotions – that’s what matters to me. Then I’ll have an idea of a theme I want to write about, then I’ll start playing some guitar or piano chords and I’ll find myself humming. When you scan the lyrics for Sun on the Square, you realize just how often she is posing a question. Picking the 100 best female singers of the '50s, '60s, and '70s is a challenge -- but the good news is that women have contributed so much to popular music. It is made even more beautiful by her soft, angelic voice. She recorded much of the album in her dingy basement apartment, dodging noisy upstairs neighbors and simultaneously working three jobs. Today, we’re pushed to go on this route of going through university and make money. **What is your creative process when you start making music? On the record, similes and other clever lyrical nuggets are woven into a hearty 40 minutes. She is a British-American actress and singer-songwriter. Set within Veirs’ pastoral lyrics and courtly folk arrangements, the effect can be unsettling, as if the watchers on the edge of some vast wilderness are themselves being watched. Whilst there is negativity and sadness in the world, I think there is also space for love and peace and for people to remain hopeful and positive.”. Grande has earned three number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 with Yours Truly (2013), My Everything (2014), and Sweetener (2018). Especially in “Ladies”, I want my listeners to feel empowered, driven and look deeper towards themselves. Crush is such an eclectic album – each song so different yet harmonious with each other. Not happy listening to their - Raveena Aurora, Biig Piig, Ama Lou, Kara Marni, Ravyn Lenae and Laurel - tracks alone, we wanted to know what these young women are all about. **, “I feel as if my music is quite conversational because I want to communicate to those who don’t feel like they can communicate to anyone else. Assynt ben walker Best Folk Albums of 2018 Bryony Griffith Ciaran Algar false lights fara Greg Russell Gwenifer Raymond hannah read Jack Hayter Jim Ghedi josienne clarke Kinnaris Quintet Landless Nathan Bowles Olivia Chaney Prana Crafter ross ainslie Sarah Louise Henson Stick in the Wheel The Breath The Left Outsides. The list includes many familiar and great female folk singers such as Nelly Furtado, Linda Ronstadt, Tracy Chapman, Pink, Aimee Mann.The women folk singers featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries. But you have to appreciate the small things, because this is the exciting part. The 1960s folk revival brought a renewed energy and focus to traditional music in Ireland. Joss Stone is an R&B/soul singer from England who became famous when she was still quite young. After all, it takes more than an empty house to feel like home. Sentries stand watch on more than one of these new songs, guarding against a vague foreboding just beyond the horizon. Her first two albums peaked at #8 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. Since then, they have released three studio albums, their latest Peace was released earlier this year, and have been touring with many major artists like Bob Seager and Elvis Costello.We can’t wait to see them again on Joe Bonamassa’s 2018 blues cruise! Yet, for Sallee, who makes music with her band as Caroline Says, making her sophomore record No Fool Like an Old Fool was no light-hearted task. Coucou Chloé. But if we were to get into the game of ranking these musical talents, I daresay that Haley Heynderickx would surely take the top spot. This isn’t the type of record to turn darkness into sunshine and rainbows or to later forget these deep, complex thoughts, but instead to fully process those thoughts and keep chugging on. 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