Category Archives: Acoustic

JULIE HANSE – HOMES (Folk – US/France)

Based in Paris, Julie Hanse is a young French-American singer songwriter whose heartfelt compositions and powerful voice belie her age. Ever since she was fourteen, she has been writing songs that combine blues and folk, with just a dash of pop, and sharing them on the internet. Her latest composition is called “Homes” and it’s streaming now on SoundCloud…

Julie Hanse - Homes (Acoustic Demo)     

Equally influenced by Mumford & Sons, Cat Power and Johnny Cash, Julie feels most at home on a stage with her guitar. With confidence and maturity well beyond her years, she electrifies the audience and delivers raw emotions that resonate within each and every listener. But don’t take my word for it, check out her beautiful live rendition of “Wait” (released in early 2012) or stream another new track below…

Follow Julie on Facebook or MySpace. Stream her music on SoundCloud.

PATRICK WATSON – ADVENTURES IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD (Indie/Folk – Canada)

Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson and his band (bassist Mishka Stein, guitarist Simon Angell and drummer Robbie Kuster) wrapped up a triumphant European tour just a couple of days ago and they are now headed back to North America for another round of gigs promoting the album Adventures in Your Own Backyard. To mark their Autumn tour, they are offering a free download of the decidedly warming, autumnal “Words in the Fire”, which showcases Watson at his singer-songwriter best, cackling with intimacy.

Patrick Watson - Words In The Fire     

Adventures in Your Own Backyard, released last May on Domino Records, followed two critically-acclaimed records, including the Polaris award-winning Close To Paradise. In Patrick’s own words, the album’s title is a nod to the fact that it was recorded almost entirely in Watson’s apartment in Montreal, unlike his previous efforts which were sprawling recordings in both geography and arrangements (think Rufus Wainwright, Jeff Buckley and Andrew Bird).

The next single from Adventures will be “Blackwind” and you can stream it right here…

For more info, check out Patrick Watson’s official site or Facebook. If you like what you hear, buy the music on Patrick Watson

BEN HOWARD – THE WOLVES (Indie/Folk – UK)

Ben Howard is a young folk troubadour who will make you feel as though he is the first young folk troubadour you have ever heard. He gives new lustre to the genre, making it all seem brand new even as his songs have about them a quality and authenticity as old as the hills.

Ben Howard - The Wolves     
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Often compared to Jeff Buckley, Ray Lamontagne, Damien Rice or Matt Corby, Ben Howard readily admits he is “still fairy addicted” to all the classic 60s and 70s singer-songwriters, from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Van Morrison and Richie Havens. These influences transpire throughout his debut album, Every Kingdom, which was recorded in a converted barn in Devon and released at the end of 2011.

Connect with Ben Howard on Facebook or check out his official site. Buy on Ben Howard

ANNI B SWEET – AT HOME (Folk/Indie – Spain)

Anni B Sweet

Malaga-born singer-songwriter Anni B Sweet is one of the most promising Spanish newcomers of the last few years. After releasing her debut album Start, Restart, Undo in 2009 on indie label Subterfuge Records and conquering the hearts of thousands of fans in Spain (her debut went gold in just a few months), Anni is ready to share her very personal blend of indie folk with the rest of Europe.

Her new single “At Home” was released last month in Spain to rave reviews and Anni B Sweet is now unveiling her sophomore album, Oh, Monsters, out worldwide on April 24th. Somewhat reminiscent of Keren Ann‘s lyrical musings or Beach House‘s retro aesthetics, Anni wraps her raw emotions in a layer of earnest folk music, with just a few hints of dream-pop here and there to sweeten the mix.

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NIGEL WRIGHT – MILLFOIL (Folk/Acoustic – US)

Nigel Wright

Singer-songwriter Nigel Wright lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Goergia, where he writes and records his music mostly at home. From an early age he lived surrounded by artists, writers, and musicians and always knew he had to create something, but it had to be something unique. When he finally, almost reluctantly, picked up his father’s guitar, it was with determination to avoid obvious progressions, standard tunings, and plain chords.

Deeply rooted in folk tradition, Wright’s debut album Millfoil was recorded with an eight track recorder and a couple of microphones in his home studio in 2010 and it shows the sixteen-year-old’s grasp of fresh, solid musical structures. Along with his dense overlays of vocals and acoustic guitar progressions, his lyrics, delivered in a resonant baritone, glow with unassuming sincerity.

Berlin-based label Butterfly Collectors discovered the young artist by chance and decided to release a remastered version of Millfoil on vinyl. Release date: March 30th.

Find more info on Nigel Wright’s official site or Facebook and listen to his music on SoundCloud. Buy on