Folk/Country

New This & That Tapes Compilation Available for Streaming & Purchase

This & That Tapes recently released Dreamlife: A Summer Mixtape & Zine to Benefit Womanly. The compilation includes music from Womanly Magazine founder and Strange Parts member Attia Taylor, as well as Philly contributors Remote/Control, Little Stray, Avery Cerulean, Emily Bate, and many others. The publication "provides accessible health information to women and non-binary people through visual and literary art." Each purchase of the album will also come with a download of the Dreamlife zine.

   

Pearla's New Single, "Daydream" and Upcoming EP Release

Daydream is an appropriate title for Brooklyn-based Pearla's first single from her upcoming debut LP Quilting & OtherActivities. Behind the band moniker, singer/songwriter Nicole Rodriguez reveals her most intimate thoughts through beautifully arranged emotional lullabies laden with metaphors and lush melodies. Recurring themes include love, evocative personal memories, the search for ways to escape darkness, whose emotional power gets boosted by her enchanting voice and a sparse but vivid production. Combining elements of folk, pop and psychedelia with a playful yet sober approach to songwriting, "Daydream" carries a wistful sort of confidence and a poetic power that's rare to find. 

In other Pearla-related news, the artist will be headlining Rough Trade on August 28th, celebrating the debut album release on Egghunt Records (Lucy Dacus, Camp Howard, Gold Connections). To hear the full EP, you'll have to wait until the September 6th release. - Susan Moon

   

New Track: "The Weight of Water" - Mother Moses

“The Weight of Water” is featured on Mother Moses's new EP Bowling Shoes, which is available via Before the World Ends Tapes. The song strolls along in a folk familiarity as Sadurn bandmates Jon Cox and Genevieve DeGroot share vocal duties, curating innately intimate harmonies. The song taps into the isolating escape of creating a personal facade while pointing out its shortcomings. The cabin-esque feel is amplified by the fire-kindling warmth of Pete Gill’s (Friendship, Hour) pedal steel playing.

   

Pretty Saro celebrates latest record with show at Club Passim 07.23

The music of Boston’s Pretty Saro has a shimmer to it, a softness that soothes the listener while eliciting from the same a smile or two. It is the storytelling in each song that makes this folk group so intriguing: stories of love found and lost out west and of towns long disremembered all come to life among the myriad of string instrument harmonies and fine vocal melodies. Racing Back to You is the band’s latest record, perfectly encapsulating the spirit of New England folk music. Each track offers a story seemingly unconnected that finds a way to weave itself into a larger tale throughout the record. The themes of friendship, love, and home longing all help to make Racing Back to You a relatable album that deserves a good listen. Pretty Saro is celebrating the release of the record with a performance at Club Passim in Cambridge on July 23rd. We are streaming “Hindsight” for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

Discoverer @ Uncommon Ground Edgewater (7/31)

Folk trio Discoverer, Tariq Shihadah, Laura Shihadah, and Jon Reeg, released their debut album, I Am in Love, back in 2016. They blend gentle, peaceful ambient music with more traditional elements for Folk to create a sound that is beautifully meditative.

You can catch Discoverer at Uncommon Ground Edgewater on July 31st with Bittersweet Drive and Kasondra Drive.