Songwriters

Mare Berger's arresting chamber pop expands on "The Moon Is Full," new LP out 5.26

Much like its lunar namesake, “The Moon Is Full” waxes gradually from the quiet piano and somber vocal performance of singer-songwriter Mare Berger to full chamber-pop instrumentation, becoming luminescent while maintaining a central, melancholy energy. The track, centered around Berger’s vox and lyricism, details the “sudden loss of a loved one and the pain and healing that comes after,” its impassioned theme amplified by the track’s increasingly expansive instrumentation — “I pray that the seed will grow,” Berger sings, their voice becoming more confident, transitioning from raw pain to acceptance as cinematic background strings expand in a flush of raw emotion. Dramatically-rendered yet wholly human, it’s an arresting effort, one that promises more raw, orchestral offerings on Berger’s forthcoming LP The Moon is Always Full, out June 5th — until then, stream the single below. Photo by Ilusha Tsinazde

   

Alan Scardapane tells his story in demo album "Winter House"

Putting a collection together of one’s work is no easy task, each piece is part of a greater story being told, and it must be told well. Boston’s Alan Scardapane does this brilliantly with his collection titled Winter House. Each track showcases Alan’s easy-going approach to music and serious melodic chops. Songs like “Camden Yards” drop you into a place of comfort: the music, with its lingering harmonies, and soft acoustic guitar plucks, flows like a cool river or a spring breeze you want to listen to, to breathe in, take in. “Without You” is folk-rock for the moodiest of days and the warmest summer evenings. Alan has collected his best tunes of 2014-16, and it shows; stream the edgy “Whiskey Girl” below for a proper weekend greeting. - Rene Cobar

   

The Collect Pond offers familiarity in new single "Traveling"

Boston's Danny Moffat (The Collect Pond) has been keeping busy alongside his acoustic guitar and soul-merging loops; his latest offering, “Traveling,”  is an ode to that which we hope for most at the moment: peace and familiarity. With a combination of gentle strums and relaxed-captivating vocals, Danny slows down the heartbeat, sharpens focus, and suspends you into a better reality. His indie folk track takes on a fun, fast-paced rhythm toward the end that is fitting, so pop-punk of him, a la acoustic that is, of course. Steam Danny’s latest track below for a mid-week mood uplift. - Rene Cobar

   

Watch Evan Myall's faded video for new single "Forever Mine" now

Despite the current situation, we are coming up on Song of the Summer territory, and Evan Myall has an early contender with his track "Forever Mine". The sunny single comes from his upcoming self-titled debut LP, which drops on May 8th. Inspired by Glen Campbell and George Harrison, the soft-rock-tinged feel-good song continues to power the modern psych-rock trend with chilled-out guitar solos and Myall's breathy vocals spouting romantic verse. Should you manage to find some time for a sanity walk, find a nice open field to enjoy on your own and let the sunny vibes of "Forever Mine" wash over you. Take a look at the cinematic video for "Forever Mine" below. - Will Sisskind

   

Ashley Stevenson "Freedom"

Ashley Stevenson (aka Slim Freedom) has been a staple of the subways tunnels of our city for the last seven years given a term troubadour a whole new meaning. She caught the eye of many a few years ago when her cover of "Landslide" went viral. She has a strength and a passion in her voice that is truly undeniable. Her debut album was released last week and is called "Freedom".