Introducing CHILL Picks Mixtape. - v1: Folk Pop + Roots
CHILLFILTR got started in February of 2018. In the last 2 years, we have listened to more than 11,000 submissions, and written more than 1200 features for the songs we love. Now, with the help of MixCloud, we are rolling out genre-based mixtapes so you can keep up with new music that you know you will love. We listen to hundreds of songs every week and bring you the best tracks from indie artists that are breaking right now. You're welcome.
At CHILLFILTR we cover a number of different genres - from Electronic to Dance, and Hip Hop - but our first love will always be Folk Pop and Indie Rock.
Hello, and welcome to CHILL Picks Mixtape. - v1: brought to you by CHILLFILTR, on the web at CHILLFILTR.com. We listen to hundreds of songs every week and bring you the best tracks from indie artists that are breaking right now. I'm your host Krister Axel. On this episode, we are covering Folk Pop + Roots/Americana. Let's get started with our first track from the indie rock band yeardley. This song is called tigers for the pennant.
Like waves crashing into the shore, the possibility of love was both present and fleeting. This is Mother-Daughter Dallas Duo Cliffs + Caves, and their song Goodbye For Good.
Originality of the songwriting and production style sets Fontaine apart, but also the willingness to mesh genres in interesting ways. This is Yesterday, from Boston Folk Rock brothers Fontaine.
Austin-based garage rock band The Stone MG's introduces their new single I Need You. I Need You is a rock adventure, and your heart is the hero.
Lizi Bailey is a worship leader and a singer-songwriter living in the Houston area. Her new track Home will have you asking yourself the only question that matters: where do I belong?
The new single When I'm Down from LA-based MR NO sets the bar for new starts: it’s groovy, fun, and hides a little bit of pain. But if it didn’t hurt, we’d never learn anything.
Grizfolk is a 4-piece folk-pop band that is signed to Nettwerk records. Heavy Crown is the latest bass-jam to take you away to that special place.
Because from that brief moment of stillness, we find a sense of direction, and then we just let go. Mirth Drive, the latest from Sabel, is a cathartic light in the darkness for any girl with a lonely heart.
Noah Derksen is an American citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies. What Kind of Love is That is an endearing roots-infused melancholy, dedicated to the hard lessons about life that we learn from love itself.
Monsters, from Brisbane Singer-Songwriter Hazlett, is a brutally honest attempt to portray his transition from 'my life is a mess' to 'everything happens for a reason'.
You will be forgiven for thinking at first that this is just another pouty pop-Americana song. It starts slow, there’s drama, and it’s got that country gravitas that you might remember from someone like Mazzy Star. This is Nashville Americana artist Leah Nobel, and her track Truly Known.
With influences ranging from Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal to progressive musicians like Charlie Parr and Jack White, Eric Long’s music is fundamentally folk-inspired, and timelessly steeped in some of America’s earliest musical roots. Hey Now Baby is a blues croon that doubles as a lullaby for your broken heart.
The steady pulse and a healthy dose of truth-telling transform this straight groove into a vital statement about life in a state of constant spin. This is Dallas-based indie rocker Alex O'aiza, and his track Money.
This gorgeous Americana-inspired track might help you feel a little bit closer to someone you have lost. This is Folk-pop singer-songwriter Geneviève Racette from her album No Water, No Flowers - this track is called Northern Star.
Beyond the hallmarks of an elegant example of chamber pop, the quality and approachability of the lead vocal performance here is exceptional. Deni Hlavinka, an introspective pianist from small town Virginia, posted a song idea on a college forum for accepted students. Chris West, a bright-eyed guitarist from Bermuda, sent back the song the following day in finished form. Together, they are The Western Den. This is their song Like You Do.
This fantastic chorus, by aptly moving to the relative major, which had been implied throughout the verse, joins both a harmonic and a spiritual realignment with a sense of freedom. And that moment of partial enlightenment: the wah guitar, the cuíca, the tambourine, the shaker, the waves of vocal harmony, is like staring into fire. For a brief second, everything is clear. This is The king heat ensemble, and their Dylan-inspired track Landslide.
The last song for this episode is one of my absolute favorites. Luke Enyeart hits the Nashville roots scene with a unique playing style and heartfelt vocal delivery taking center stage as the hallmarks of his sound. After getting very familiar with that bouncy guitar hook, we are treated to a slide solo that splits the difference between the blazing speed of a Robert Randolph, and the tasty zen-efficiency of a Daniel Lanois. This is Luke Enyeart with his track Happier Now.
Thank you for listening to our first-ever mixtape, featuring some of our favorite songs from the last year. Check out our MixCloud profile for more episodes in the future, and we have links in the episode description for more info on the artists featured in this episode. This is Krister Axel, signing off. Thank you for supporting indie music. As always, you can find me online at chillfiltr.com, our video content is online at indiemusicontap.com, and my personal web site is at AXEL.me. Be well.
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