Tag: pop-folk

Niall McNamee – All I Need

     Steeped in traditional Irish folk songs, sprinkled with popular music flourishes, and peppered with the experience that comes from being a self-taught musician, singer-songwriter, Niall McNamee covers the world of war-torn relationships in the single All I Need (seen/heard here). When a man lies dying, his life flashes before him. The protagonist sits in a pub with all his mates, sharing last goodbyes before heading off to war.  It’s about the senseless loss of life that war brings, about promises…

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Fox and Bones – A Changing Of The Guard

      If you are a regular Vodka reader, you know that Fox And Bones are not new to us. I’ve sung the praises of this duo for quite a while now and have been increasingly excited by the music they offer. Delightfully accessible pop, folk, and rock influences are everywhere. More importantly, Fox And Bones are a hopeful and happy duo, that highlights what is right with the world, and why we all need to remember that we are all in this life together. That’s…

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Ayla Nereo – Wheel of Time

     Ayla Nereo is no newcomer to the world of music, artistry, and self-healing. She’s been at it since at least 2006 when she released her self-recorded first long-player, Play Me A Time. She has recorded as a single artist, and in various collaborations, which means that there is ultimately a wealth of music available that she has either influenced or totally created. Ayla is a free spirit, less defined by a single genre’ of music than influenced by all of it. She adapts lyrical brilliance with orchestral…

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Andrea von Kampen – Portland

     With effortless vocals, Andrea von Kampen spins a folk web of intimate pop-influenced musical magic. She has been on the music scene in Lincoln, Nebraska, since at least 2015, when she issued her first EP, Another Day. Her clear, bell-like voice lends instant beauty to her thoughtful lyrics. Portland (seen/heard here) is from Andrea’s just-released (February 2019) debut long-player, Old Country, which contains eight slow to medium tempo stories, six of which were penned by von Kampen.  Actually, the unvaried tempo of these tracks is my only complaint, and…

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Luana Maso – Let The Rain

     You may remember Luana Maso from Vodka’s review of the first single from her LP, Down The Rabbit Hole (April 2017),  Legends, that we posted about 10 months back. Well here is the second single off of that great LP, Let The Rain, another straight-up pop song done beautifully by the Italian songstress. As with Legend, Let The Rain is again about love and loss, and the search for balance within relationships. If Luana’s songs are truthfully about her own life experiences, it is terribly sad. One…

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