Folk/Country

Giant in the Lighthouse releases ambient EP "Waving," plays ONCE 07.22

Giant in the Lighthouse suggests with its music a world separate from the hustle and bustle of everyday life: the duo from Lowell, Massachusetts composes songs that one can lose themselves to with ease. Smooth vocals and ambient sounds soothe the listener away from worries while hints of alt-folk music add color and indie-rock breakdowns complete the escape. The group draws influences from bands like Tokyo Police Club and Youth Lagoon to craft its rich and easy-listening sound. The band’s latest record Waving showcases its smooth transitions from ambient folk music to vivid alt-rock. Giant in the Lighthouse will be performing at ONCE in Somerville on July 22nd. We are streaming “Sprinting” from the new EP below. - Rene Cobar

   

New Kerin Maguire LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Singer-songwriter Kerin Maguire recently shared her new LP Places. Subtle instrumentation shines a light on the earnest, introspective lyricism. Hovering the threshold between memories and chronicling current moments, the recordings possess a dreamy, intimate quality. It’s a thoughtfully charming, resonating collection of songs.

   

King Corduroy drops music video for Americana track "Workin' for a Livin"

Americana artist King Corduroy will release his new EP Avalon Ave. on August 16th; to preview the drop, he's released the single "Workin' for a Livin", along with its music video. A little rootsy and swampy, "Workin' for a Livin" mixes a little Texas blues and Southern rock with sounds from the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans' French Quarter. For the better part of the past decade, King Corduroy has written songs that reflect the world around him, and "Workin' for a Livin" helps to tell the stories of people doing whatever it takes to get by in the somewhat unstable world we live in today. Take a look at the music video for the single, which features little clips of people on the job doing what they can to survive. - Will Sisskind

   

Ariel Wang to release second single “House Upon a Hill”

This August 3rd at the Starline Social Club, Ariel Wang releases her second single, “House Upon a Hill,” off of her forthcoming album Bridges. The set will feature her string chamber orchestra, The Composer Arranger Performer Orchestra (CAPO). Wang's music has simple folk melodies with an orchestral feel and although the vocals are at times not the strongest component of these songs, they are enveloped by a warm chorus of violins, booming cello and compelling drumlines. Wang’s music feels like the soundtrack to a powerful moment and listening, watching, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed in the right kind of way. Join the band at Starline, where they’ll be opening for Meerna’s album release. - Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

Strangers by Accident celebrates single release tonight at Aeronaut Allston

Keeping New England’s folk-rock history going strong, Strangers by Accident has released a brand new single titled “Clean,” which pushes the limits of the genre in ear-pleasing fashion. The track builds up slowly: soft acoustic guitar strings and ambient vocal harmonies are led by impressive drum patterns toward a sonic cyclone of bass arpeggios and roaring electric guitar chords. The song closes with a front porch type of tranquility that betrays the storm that precedes it and completes the folk and rock ritual the band is fond of practicing. “Clean” is everything a folk-rock aficionado could ask for; the group is sure to play the single this evening at Aeronaut Allston, we are streaming it below for you. - Rene Cobar