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Woody Pitney - A Little Too Late

The folk and acoustic roots are strong here, but with a big mix and a layered chorus, creating easy power-pop comparisons to the likes of Vance Joy and The Lumineers.

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Woody Pitney - A Little Too Late

Kyan - Like Summer

A lurching beat like footsteps in the hallway, threading together the inspiration, the reflection, and the subsequent catharsis as a sun emerges from clouds.

Kyan - Like Summer

Tiphanie Doucet - Under My Sun

The single piano notes, and the terrifically nuanced string section; the bells at the start of every bar: this song is perfectly manicured to sound like a lovers’ happy parade.

Tiphanie Doucet - Under My Sun

The Fey - Contender

With a strong modern blues feeling to this coupled with elements of hip-hop along the lines of a Gary Clark Jr, the energy level is high and the amp volume is at 11.

The Fey - Contender

Emily Kimball - Forget The Way

You can hear echoes of something like a Fleetwood Mac in the happy marriage of rock flavors with the soul of a country ballad and the precise use of electric guitar to adorn the mix with blues licks.

Emily Kimball - Forget The Way

Callum Pitt - Away From The Rousing Parades

I hear echoes of a Josh Ritter circa Animal Years, with a similar youthful vitality and nondepletable store of lyrical fire.

Callum Pitt - Away From The Rousing Parades

Lolasister - A Coloured Image Of the Sun

Some really subtle lyrics and a wide range of instrumentation make this a very atmospheric track with a circular theme and some poignant detail.

Lolasister - A Coloured Image Of the Sun
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Thompson Faulk - While the World Blows Up

Thompson Faulk keeps up the front-porch stomp and weaves in some aww-shucks about putting it all on the line for your lady.

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Thompson Faulk - While the World Blows Up

Money & The Man - I Wanna Know

It is that backbeat chop, the dirt, the nowhere-to-hide nature of the entire arrangement that just says gritty blues with a Hendrix-style pomp.

Money & The Man - I Wanna Know

Drens - Bicycle Rider

It's all energy, drums, and shattered vocals; the chorus refrain serving as a gear itself, twisting, repeating, and snarling while the song arrangement circles around.

Drens - Bicycle Rider

Blauka - Figle Zuchwale

Georgina Tarasiuk puts her clear flutelike soprano in front of a peppy rock beat, and Peter Lewanczyk throws bells and synth and surf-guitar into the soup.

Blauka - Figle Zuchwale

Lauren O'Connell - Under Control

Lauren O'Connell is able to reify the casual urban poetics of the Bay area, complete with acoustic roots, delicious irony, and a satisfying hook.

Lauren O'Connell - Under Control

Luke James Shaffer - Last First Kiss

Luke James Shaffer, with his new single Last First Kiss, brings a unique roots-pop sensibility to one of the classic themes of human art, which is first love.

Luke James Shaffer - Last First Kiss

Noah Slee - Stayed (Official Video)

With those gorgeous harmonies floating around that kick and snare both feel like footsteps from the same behemoth, marching through an empty city.

Noah Slee - Stayed (Official Video)

Whitacre - Find The Light

It's got that stompy Credence-style straight-ahead groove with a lot of acoustic guitar over the top. It's a picking party and a folk-rock afternoon drinking song.

Whitacre - Find The Light

Olivver The Kid - Overreacting

From his experience with The Neighbourhood and his own considerable success as a solo act, Bryan Sammis understands how to write to his strengths and create something with personality.

Olivver The Kid - Overreacting

Alex Francis - Free

It's a soul-heavy pop sound somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and Allen Stone. The lead vocal is emotional and endearing, with equal parts gravel and a shattered vibrato.

Alex Francis - Free