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Chance Emerson is ever the storyteller in new record "The Raspberry Men"

The man, the traveler, the folk singer-songwriter you got to check out is Chance Emerson. Shifting his time from Concord, NH to Hong Kong to Providence, RI, and beyond this artist has crafted a sonic journal of his travels titled The Raspberry Men, and wow does it tell a story. The new record has a worldly feel from the start as “How Can I” showcases toxic rhythms often found in Africa and some parts of Latin America; Emerson’s rich choruses are grandiose and provocative. Songs like “Annabelle” are rooted in modern melancholy: the feeling of missing someone real among the many faces in our various phone apps. “Coming to Japan” is an atmospheric tour of Emerson’s experience abroad as well as a confession, as he says, “No, I’m not from anywhere, I’m a nowhere man at heart.” Each song is a fantastic chapter in the life of an artist that dares to see the world for what it is, and he for what he could be in it. Stream the laid-back and oh-so-honest track “It Won’t Be Pretty” below for the midweek vibe you deserve. - Rene Cobar

Mending "When He Met Prem"

Mending has released the second single, "When He Met Prem", of Book 02 of the Wakerobin Archive, To Yellowknife ~ Chapter 01: New Green Bay to Bismarck. This is is long form storytelling through song of  Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas

The full album is set to be released on March 19th.



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PREMIERE: Charlie and the Rays evoke folk's political tradition on "There Goes My Baby,"

The opening drums of “There Goes My Baby” immediately bring to mind the vintage R&B of the 1960s — its initial rim accent sounds like the introduction to a Motown hit of yesteryear — but the track’s lyrical content couldn’t more contemporary. Such classic influences infused with extremely contemporary subject matter is the calling card of indie folk Brooklyn duo Charlie and the Rays, whose sunny, harmony-filled songwriting and acoustic-centered output belies the seriousness of this single. Inspired by America’s “lack of gun laws and failed mental health and healthcare systems,” and the fact that public schools are often in the crosshairs of violence bread by these two failures, the band’s choice to rebel against senseless violence in the form of a song characterized by bright, poppy vox, metaphor-laden lyrics, and noodling electric guitar lines interwoven among syncopated strumming recalls Paul Simon’s early work, demonstrating mellifluous, politically-charged craftsmanship that’s never heavy-handed. Listen to our premiere below, and catch the band at Muchmore's on April 24th.

From the Submissions: Dan Miraldi's "Just Thought You Should Know"

It’s easy to lose oneself in the forlorn music of folk songwriter Dan Miraldi — his minimalist guitar arpeggios, soothing baritone register, and penchant for reverb-laden backing vocals create a listening experience that’s as self-reflective as his lyricism. Latest offering “Just Thought You Should Know” is Miraldi at his most accessibly plainspoken, offering honeyed melodies and a simple-yet-thoughtful approach to the singer-songwriter genre that eschews the extraneous: just a man, a guitar, and a story to tell. Such a barebones approach combined with his ability to render sorrow sweetly makes his music perfect for fans of Jason Isbell or James Taylor — give it a stream below if you’re in need of some meditative self-care, and keep an eye out for his forthcoming EP Mood Music For Introverts out March 6th.


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