At the young age of 22, Californian turned Brighton UK resident Ed Prosek certainly must have some stories to tell. Luckily for us, he’s one hell of a musician, which provides an outlet for his life stories.
After releasing his debut EP, California, Prosek gained a strong following. In fact, his cover of Paul Simon’s classic hit, “Homeward Bound” was actually chosen as the soundtrack to a major TV advertisement for Cathedral City, taking this budding young artist to a national audience in a very direct way.
Coming off of his upcoming EP, “Hold On Tight” showcases the orchestral folk capabilities, giving us a booming four minute, emotional ride. Crossing in-between references of Patrick Watson, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, Prosek has found his knack with raw, powerful and engrossing vocals. Set to the backdrop of rambling guitars, steady snare hits and playful banjo work, this tune carries the heft of other radio-ready folk singles. We’re just happy we were the first ones to bring it out into the open.
Make sure to follow this young man on facebook to keep up with his shows, releases, and general goings on. We have a feeling he’s going to be one to keep and eye on.
We aren’t always good with words. We’ve stumbled, stuttered, and shoved our foot in our mouth at least once in our lifetime. To spare the embarrassment, how awesome would it be if we could speak in song? Using other people’s lyrical talent to drive our conversation to something worth listening to. Like sending a love playlist to your secret crush. Throwing in those “freak in the sheets” songs in attempt to trigger their subconsciousness into crushing back….or being really creeped out. How about blasting that super loud “F you” song on your drive home from a job you hate? In love or hate, we’ve all tried to communicate through song. And if you happen to be a loss of words today, you’re in luck. We’re pretty confidant you could piece together a whole day’s conversation in the hundreds of Indie Dojo’s we’ve posted.
Foot Of The Hill
Death in the Afternoon
Zea and the Copper Children
Drugs & Liquor
Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)
Follow You Home
Somewhere in between Andrew Belle, Devendra Banhart, and Chris Martin you’ll find Yellowknife-born folk singer/songwriter Matt Millz. While Millz may be a little more grainy at times in comparison to Belle, a little less whimsical than Banhart, and a little less refined than Martin, he’s a voice that’s equally as encapsulating, ensuring that you get lost in only a moment’s time.
This friendly neighbor to the north is a well-versed multi-instrumentalist, which is not hard to pick up during a quick three and a half minute listen through his debut single, “Follow You Home.” With cascading vocal ranges carefully caressing the calculated fingerpicking of his acoustic guitar, this tune boasts nothing more than just that and subtle atmospheric elements which help give the song its earthy soundscape and enchanting progression.
It’s raw, emotional, and inspirational, leading the listener down a heart-tugging journey led by Millz’s refined, yet sometimes rugged vocals. Kudos to both Millz and Nygel Asselin, whom co-wrote and produced this endearing folk gem.
Goodbye, Summer. Hello, everyone complaining about the cold ass weather. You have to admit though, there’s nothing quite like kicking back and cuddling up to a playlist full of heartwarming indie music. Sometimes, music sooths even the coldest of souls.
Undress Your Soul
It could quite possibly be our Rye-induced state that’s making us drawn to music of the acoustical nature. There’s something about those simplistic guitar chords coupled with a singular vocalist and harmonica player that send us into a booze-fueled dizzy, and to be honest, we’re overwhelmingly grateful for that fact.
You see, there’s something to be said about the simplicity in life. Sitting at home, drinking a wonderful Rye whiskey, and listening to some calming folk music is nothing short of amazing at this age. Looking at what other people are up to on a night like tonight, we’ll gladly opt for some large ice cubes and unfiltered music. Call us old fashioned, but we like some of the more basic indulgences, and we salute The Western Settlers for providing one song in our brown-bottle soundtrack.
Coming out just hours ago, “A Monster” was released as an acoustic draft. It’s pure, raw, and engaging, providing us with a reason to stop and hit repeat over and over again.
We absolutely love it when people pay tribute to classics of the past, and even more so when they do it well. Enter Atlanta folk outfit Seven Handle Circus, a bluegrass influenced six piece with an affinity for 80′s music.
Recently traveling to New Orleans to play a packed show at Tipitina’s, the group circled up to do an impromptu recording of the 1984 synthpop hit, “Take On Me.” The end result was something uncontrollably smile-inducing, rife with nostalgic undertones. When asked about this song in particular, vocalist Shua Spencer stated:
We like to play cover songs that need a revival. ‘Take On Me’ is a song that so many people love, yet need a little bit more of in their life.
Our suggestion? Catch one of these next few shows the guys have. Even if they don’t cover this live, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a fantastic show.
Upcoming Tour Dates
Sep 20 Greenville, SC @ Traffic Jam
Oct 10 LaFayette, GA @ Fly Free Festival
Oct 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
Oct 24 Macon, GA @ Macon Octoberfest
Oct 31 Auburn, AL @ Bourbon Street
Nov 06 Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
Nov 08 Charleston, SC @ Lowcountry Hoedown
Dec 31 Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall
A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess
If the feeling of wanderlust had a playlist associated with it, Still Parade would be one of the artists featured. Their lush soundscapes are delicately orchestrated in a manner that lets your mind wander, freeing your mind of any of the daily minutia, if even just for a few sweet minutes.
As we’ve come to expect from this Dreamfolk outfit, this latest release is once again chilling, to say the least. Carried by clean, simplistic guitar work through the first two minutes, the cinematic quality that we’ve come to love about these guys is still very much in tact. The drawn-out intro focuses mainly on the lead singer, only accentuated by occasional supporting vocal harmonies.
“Beach” comes off their EP Fields, which was digitally released earlier this year via Serve & Volley Records. Now teamed up with Day By Day Records, this beauty, along with the other songs on the EP, will be pressed onto vinyl and up for grabs on September 19th.