Introducing CHILL Picks Mixtape. - v1: Folk Pop + Roots

v1: Folk Pop + Roots. - We listen to hundreds of songs per week and bring you the best tracks from indie artists that are breaking right now.

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.

This Indie Rock Song Will Floor You. - Listen to yeardley: tigers for the pennant!
An endearing track that attaches a sense of resolution to the bubbling self-reflection, and adds a hint of Ben Gibbard to the vocal delivery.

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.

Mother-Daughter Dallas Duo | Country Meets Americana. - Cliffs + Caves: Goodbye For Good
Like waves crashing into the shore, the possibility of love was both present and fleeting.

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.

Boston Folk Rock. - Listen to Fontaine: Yesterday
Originality of the songwriting and production style sets Fontaine apart, but also the willingness to mesh genres in interesting ways.

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.

The Stone MG’s - 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?

Faith Leader Sings Acoustic Pop. - Lizi Bailey: Home
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.

MR NO - When I’m Down
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.

Be the light in a cold world. - Listen to Grizfolk: Heavy Crown
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.

Acoustic Pop Catharsis. - Listen to Sabel: Mirth Drive
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.

Acoustic Folk. - Noah Derksen: What Kind of Love is That
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'.

Heartfelt Indie Pop from Sweden. - Hazlett: Monsters
From his home at the top of the world, Hazlett delivers another stirring exploration of social mores, and the price we pay for self-discovery in an age of eroded personal privacy.

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.

Nashville Americana. - Listen to Leah Nobel: Truly Known
A beautiful statement about the fact that perception lies at the heart of love. -Photo credit: Geoff Duncan

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.

Blues Crooner Eric Long Sings Hey Now Baby.
This blues croon 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.

Indie Rock a la The Black Keys. - Alex O’aiza: Money
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 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.

Heartfelt Canadian Americana. - Listen to Geneviève Racette: Northern Star
This gorgeous Americana-inspired track might help you feel a little bit closer to someone you have lost.

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.

Acoustic Roots Ensemble with Gorgeous Vocals. - Listen to The Western Den: Like You Do
Beyond the hallmarks of an elegant example of chamber pop, the quality and approachability of the lead vocal performance is exceptional.

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 king heat ensemble: Landslide
For a brief second, everything is clear. ‘Inuit’ artwork © The Manitoba Museum

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.

Slide Guitar and the Nashville Bounce. - Listen to Luke Enyeart: Happier Now
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.

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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