Folk/Country

Allegra Krieger wistfully shuffles onwards on new single "The Push and the Pull"

“No matter where you go you will still feel the same,” croons Brooklyn-based songwriter Allegra Krieger on new single “The Push and the Pull,” a prescient line for a young artist, but one that evokes the century long folk tradition of charting the human condition through emotive, guitar-forward music. Paired with a downtempo shuffle and a winding vocal performance, Krieger unravels a tale of romantic discord, her narrative accented by the odd acoustic arpeggio or electric noodling — such sparse-yet-noticeable instrumentation maintains the track’s forward momentum, without detracting from its central voice. Moreover, this balanced interplay between instrument and voice imparts an atmosphere of Americana, which paired with Krieger’s wistful, bittersweet lyricism evokes comparisons to the crafts of indie folk performers such as Adrianne Lenker and Jason Molina — give it a listen below, via Northern Spy Records. Photo by Liz Maney

   

Jackie Lynn "Jacqueline"

Jackie Lynn has released her sophomore album, Jacqueline, via Drag City. This is the mysterious and mythical alter-ego of Haley Fohr of Circuit des Yeux, and this album is the first new music from Jackie Lynn since 2016's Thrill Jockey debut.

The album's third single is called "Dream St" and it is an ode to Haley's favorite street in Chicago, Ogden.

   

04.15: Alt-country songwriter A.W. opens live-streamed show for Future Teens

Experts say that we may not see another live concert until next fall, but that won't stop the most passionate from chasing their dreams of performing great music. Alt-country songwriter A.W., a major collaborator in the alternative scene, will perform live on Instagram on Wednesday, April 15th as an opener for Philly-based indie powerhouse Future Teens. A.W. has worked with artists and bands such as The Front Bottoms, The Wonder Years, and Chris Farren, and has released three full albums and several EPs of their own original music. As one of the key voices in the rising alt-country scene, A.W. is an act to watch, even if it's on the small screen for a while. Take a listen to their latest track, "Good Luck", which they released under the name Charlie Mtn., and don't miss their show on April 15th at 3:00 p.m. on the Instagram account @SmartPunkRecords. - Will Sisskind

   

Ryan Burns & The Vocal Ghosts "Mistakes Were Made"

Ryan Burns (of Distant Brothers) recently released a new single called "Mistakes Were Made". This is his first single since rebranding to include his live band, The Vocal Ghosts, in all marketing. This is the first new music from Burns since last year's EP "The Institute", and the first single single from the band's forthcoming album.

You can hopefully catch Ryan as part of the Distant Brothers on May 11th at Montrose Saloon and as Ryan Burns & The Vocal Ghost on June 11th at Cole's Bar.

   

Hayfitz charts the human condition softly on "Kitchen"

It’s been an engaging (and exciting) experience to see the through-line developing on Capsules, the forthcoming debut record by New York-based folk soothsayer Hayfitz, something one could liken to reading sections from a diary non-linearly. New track “Kitchen” maintains a similar environment to previous single “Daylight,” as Brandon Hafetz’s quiet, impressionistic recollections of the past drift over evenhanded guitar chords and lush analogue synths, but while Hafetz’s last single detailed the harsh truth of being honest and having “sober conversations,” “Kitchen” feels like a fresh start. A repeating chorus of questions (“What’s your name? What’s your story?”) emphasizes the different kind of intimacy the single details, the terrifying prospect of knowing someone else and being known yourself. Once more, Hafetz’s focus on the vulnerable nature of the human condition, the pain inherent to our interconnecting lives, is rendered brightly, beautifully, and softly, through trembling falsetto and an intrepid blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. Give it a listen below ahead of his LP’s release on May 29th. —Connor Beckett McInerney