From all indie genres, Folk seems to have a special place in our hearts. We can't help to get back to folk songs when we look for some calm and inspiration. When we want to hope for a nice dream. Or when we are feeling in the mood for some very well told stories. As an honour to those feelings, this series is entitled TIFU (Today I Folked Up). Only folk songs from new folk artists. To let you and ourselves go.
Adanowsky‘s latest album begins with a dreamlike track titled “When the Angel Comes” which features Karen O‘s angelic vocals intertwined with his own finely-grained vocal delivery. The lyrics are reminiscent of a daydream, taking the listener on a journey through a surreal world. The track’s ethereal aura is further heightened by its Twilight Zone-inspired black-and-white shadow play video. The video stars Adanowsky’s brother, Brontis, who is also an actor and director, and his nephew, Dante, who is a producer and singer. Together, they bring to life the haunting atmosphere of the song and capture the otherworldly essence of the album as a whole. “When the Angel Comes” is a mesmerizing opening to the album, setting the stage for the otherworldly journey that Adanowsky takes his listeners on throughout the rest of the record.
Anna Joan – losing
Anna Joan, a singer-songwriter who goes by she/they pronouns, is known for creating a safe haven through her music. Her songs provide a space where vulnerability and strength can coexist, allowing deep emotions to flourish. With autobiographical and dreamlike indie-folk songs, Anna invites listeners into her personal stories and thoughts.
Her latest song song “losing” is an intimate indie-folk track that delves into themes of deep grief, feeling lost, and losing oneself in the love for someone else. Through her hauntingly beautiful vocals and soul-stirring lyrics, Anna takes the listener on a journey of emotional turmoil and heartache. The track showcases Anna’s incredible ability to connect with her audience and touch their hearts with her music.
Angus Powell – Black Water
Angus Powell is back with his new single “Black Water“. The song, co-written and produced in Kreuzberg Berlin with German producers Christian Neander and Peter ‘Jem’ Seifert, is an uplifting yet stripped-back track about not being afraid to sink or swim. Angus has a way of transcending genres, drawing in a diverse world of listeners with his emotive lyrics, ethereal acoustic guitar playing and signature falsetto vocals. He says about it: “I had told myself not to write another song about the ocean. Being Welsh, I spend a lot of time by the sea – and themes of water seem to flow into my lyrics all too easily. But I went through a lot of change and upheaval last year, and I really needed to write something that gave me permission to feel. To be brave.“
“Black Water” is the first track from Angus’ collection of songs called “The Art Of Letting Go“, set to release throughout the year. The song features an intimate yet cinematic sound that really tugs at the heartstrings, created by hi-fi-focused music producers on an acoustic song.
Caroline Larke – Horses
Caroline Larke‘s debut single is gorgeous. There’s no other way to put it.
“Horses“, described as a tune that “communicates the inner life of a highly sensitive and intuitive observer through introspective songwriting, earthy-clean tones, and a soulful voice that reveals a deep feeling for all things unsaid“, is a folk ballad where Caroline’s voice shines through.
Her writing is sharp, quite romantic and mellow, and the instrumental feels a bit like an Adrianne Lenker tune, carried by soft guitar plucking as more elements get brought to the table to sharpen dulcet melodies and a breezy atmosphere that reeks of autumn – even in spring time.
Emma Rosenkranz – The Mountains
Emma Rosenkranz is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from NYC, currently studying at Brown University and releasing her first solo songs on her own. “Knowing You” is her debut album released this year. “The Mountains” is part of that album, and at its core, a deeply personal song and introspective piece that delves into the complex emotions surrounding a breakup between two young lovers. The folky-indie sound perfectly complements the melancholic tone of the lyrics, allowing the listener to fully immerse themselves in the story being told. Spanning from the ages of 15 to 23, the song captures the many stages of a relationship and the eventual heartbreak that comes with its end. The artist’s raw and honest portrayal of the emotions involved is both touching and relatable, making this song resonate with listeners on a profound level.
All these songs (and all previous songs featured in TIFU) are also featured on our folk playlist. Follow it on Spotify: