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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. 

Arcy Drive – Time Shrinks

Arcy Drive hails from the charming town of Northport, New York, and they’re a four-piece indie rock outfit renowned for their unique take on “Attic-Rock”. While their indie sound has garnered their attention, it’s their deep roots in folk music that truly shape their songwriting for us. The band’s music is a testament to the rich storytelling traditions of folk, which they weave seamlessly into their indie rock fabric. With an acoustic track, “Time Shrinks” they’re taking a step back to their folk origins, delivering a simple and light-hearted song that resonates with anyone navigating the complexities of their early twenties.

Time Shrinks” it’s a heartfelt ode to the uncertainties and adventures of youth. With its folk-inspired melodies and introspective lyrics, the track captures the essence of searching for one’s place in the world. The acoustic arrangement adds a genuine and intimate quality to the song, and Arcy Drive’s ability to blend their indie rock sensibilities with the folk tradition results in a captivating and relatable piece of music that will undoubtedly strike a chord with those on the cusp of adulthood, while also paying homage to the timeless spirit of folk music.

Belle Mt. – Feathers

Belle Mt., the London-based 3-piece indie Alt-Pop band, are already known for their cinematic and ethereal sound. Led by Singer and Songwriter Matt Belmont, and complemented by Ben Worsley on Lead Guitar and Chris Burgess on Drums, Belle Mt. has captivated audiences with their deeply crafted lyrics and infectious melodies. With over 50 million streams on various platforms and a dedicated fanbase, their journey has been nothing short of impressive. The band’s recent live shows, including UK tour support for artists like KALEO, have showcased their talent and garnered them sell-out performances at prestigious venues like London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Shepherds Bush Empire. Their most recent highlight was a captivating performance at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park in 2022. After an eventful stint with a US major label, Belle Mt. has returned with an evolved sound, promising that their upcoming work is their best yet.

“Feathers” is a track that stands out on their debut album, carrying with it the emotional weight and storytelling prowess Belle Mt. is known for. This song is a marvellous reflection on the ones that got away, serving as a spiritual successor to their earlier hit “Hollow“. Lyrically, it delves into the nostalgia of a lost relationship and contemplates whether a love that once felt effortless was discarded too hastily. It explores the notion that early love can lull us into a false sense of security about the abundance of love in the world, only to discover that real love is a rare and precious find, even more, challenging to sustain over time. The song was meticulously crafted, recorded at top-notch studios with a live string quintet, and produced by the dream team of Charlie Andrew and Matt Glasbey. Belle Mt. is eager to share this emotionally charged piece with the world, a testament to their evolution and growth as a band.

Eillen Allway – Buddy

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Eileen Allway has everything to become a rising star in the folk music scene. With a musical style that effortlessly blends the artistry of Blake Mills’ production and the lyrical finesse of Lana del Rey, Allway’s unique sound paints a vivid and sultry landscape. As a promising newcomer, Allway’s debut album, “Love Water” is highly anticipated for its release in the spring of 2024, and “Buddy” serves as the perfect teaser for what’s to come.

Buddy” resonates with themes of jealousy, desire, and seduction, all enveloped in a calm, cool, and collected musical facade. Eileen Allway’s enchanting vocals and evocative storytelling make this track a must-listen for anyone seeking a fusion of contemporary folk with a touch of seductive allure. As an exciting bonus, fans can look forward to an accompanying music video that promises to enhance the song’s allure and capture its essence in a visual masterpiece.

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Fellow Camper feat. Meredith Moon – Satellites

Fellow Camper, a folk duo comprising the talented Lee Watson and Benjamin Roy, is a refreshing throwback to the enchanting harmonies of the Canadian folk pioneers who once graced the stages of Toronto’s Yorkville music scene. With their two-part harmony style, Fellow Camper seamlessly weaves the nostalgia of the past with a contemporary sensibility, creating a musical experience that resonates deeply. Their music reflects the spirit of those starry nights spent at camp, where friendships bloomed and romances sparked beneath the celestial expanse.

Drawing inspiration from these moments and the missed connections they evoke, their track “Satellites” transports listeners on a journey through the paths not taken and the “what ifs” of life. Lee and Ben’s voices, initially the sole instruments in this beautiful folk narrative, found an even more intricate resonance when complemented by Meredith Moon‘s uniquely enchanting tones. Her addition to the song elevates the storytelling, creating a cohesive 3-part harmony that tugs at the heartstrings. “Satellites” is an exploration of those moments when one gazes at the stars and contemplates the futures that might have been, reminding us of the fleeting connections and the roads not taken.

Julie Arsenault – Start Again

Julie Arsenault is a hidden gem in the Canadian independent music scene. Hailing from Toronto, she has been weaving her enchanting melodies for nearly a decade, captivating the ears of those with a taste for the finest musical delicacies. Her music, like a well-kept secret, carries an air of intimacy and authenticity that has made her a beloved figure in the underground folk music community.

In her latest offering, the second single from her upcoming album “Nothing Sweeter” Julie Arsenault fearlessly tackles the shadows of despair with the track titled “Start Again”. Through her hauntingly candid lyrics, she bares her soul, shedding light on her battles with depression. With lines like “Again, I find it hard to motivate myself to brush my teeth / I know I must smile despite the pain that’s hiding underneath” she delves deep into the complexities of mental health, transforming the darkest emotions into a poignant, resonant beauty. In a world yearning for hope, Julie’s music is a tribute to resilience and a testament to the power of art to heal and uplift.

Halibab Matador – White Pages

Halibab Matador is a versatile artist hailing from Brussels. He initially gained recognition as one of the founding members of the successful indie-RnB act YellowStraps, a collaborative project he formed with his brother. Their journey was marked by notable achievements, including the release of their “Blame” EP through Majestic Casual in 2018 and a performance on the influential COLORS platform in 2019, followed by their 2020 EP, “Goldress“. However, in 2022, Halibab Matador decided to embark on a new artistic journey, releasing his album “tentacle” and taking a step back from the YellowStraps brand to explore his solo career. His solo work beautifully combines elements of jazz, soul, and hip-hop, creating a unique and captivating sound that sets him apart in the music landscape. Now, in 2023, he is set to unveil his full-length debut album, “Souvenirs” which largely features instrumental compositions that showcase his musical prowess.

“White Pages” is one of the tracks from that debut album. A gentle and evocative piece that transports listeners to a realm of soothing melodies and nostalgic feelings. The track kicks off with a robust beat, carrying Matador’s signature style that fans have come to adore. The song is a joyful and light offering, where well-placed melodic elements come together to create a soft and gradual build that draws the audience in. It serves as a reminder of the artist’s goal to convey a sense of nostalgia intertwined with the souvenirs we collect throughout life. Matador’s collaboration with his friend Tim on this track adds a personal touch to the composition, as it was born out of a shared love for nostalgic music. The “reverse” effect at the end of the song provides a fitting touch, leaving listeners with a sense of a flashback to the past, encapsulating the theme of cherishing the moments that shape our lives.

néomi – your girl

In the ever-evolving world of folk music, néomí, the creative persona of Surinamese/Dutch folk-pop singer-songwriter Neomi Speelman, stands as a shining example of artistic growth and authenticity. Her journey into the world of music began with reluctant piano lessons as a child, but a chance encounter with a live performance by Ben Howard sparked a transformation in her musical trajectory. Neomi’s unique blend of influences, spanning from Bon Iver to Bob Dylan, and her deep admiration for Ben Howard, has shaped her into a gifted storyteller who crafts poetic songs that transcend mere melodies. Despite her youth, Neomi’s raw talent landed her a place in an Amsterdam music school, marking the start of her remarkable musical evolution.

As 2023 unfolds, her emotive new single, “Your Girl” takes her on a fresh musical exploration, embracing a dream-pop-inspired aesthetic, and delving into the intricacies of self-identity. This track serves as a testament to her personal growth, transitioning from a place of sadness to one of anger, as she navigates the complexities of self-perception and external influence. “Your Girl” offers a captivating glimpse into Neomi’s evolving sound and sets the stage for her highly anticipated debut album in 2024. It does capture the essence of emotional transformation and self-discovery, making her a compelling addition to any folk-based compilation with the notion that pop music also has a place in their captivating narratives.

Portair – Coral

Portair, an Australian-born, Los Angeles-based musician, and songwriter, may not be a household name yet, but his music has subtly woven its way into the backdrop of your life. With a background in songwriting and production, his compositions have graced popular networks like Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS. Now, Portair emerges from the shadows to share his organic and soulful folk-pop sound with the world. His music is a rich tapestry of storytelling, delving into life’s pains to find the essence of harmony. Portair’s new EP, The Place To Start serves as a captivating introduction to this natural storyteller, whose music reflects a deep sense of catharsis, providing a comforting outlet for both himself and his listeners.

“The Place To Start” the title track of Portair’s EP, serves as a true reminder of the brevity of our time on Earth. In a world where we’re all just fleeting moments, the track offers solace in the notion that we’re on this journey together. Crafted during a creative retreat to Joshua Tree, this record is an embodiment of Portair’s soul, with each element of the music deeply personal. The track features the additional vocals of Josh Keogh from Amber Run, adding another layer of depth to this soul-stirring collection.

Riley Pearce – How Will I Know?

Riley Pearce is the epitome of a modern indie singer-songwriter. With a style that exudes an air of beauty and serenity, Pearce’s music draws listeners in, beckoning them to connect with his lyrics and melodies. This coming-of-age reflection strikes a chord with anyone who’s ever pondered the uncertainty of growing up. As the song’s opening question lingers, “How will I know if I’m doing it right?” Pearce invites us to join him on this journey of self-discovery. He encapsulates the essence of both apprehension and excitement that comes with navigating life’s unpredictable twists and turns, conveying a universal sense of vulnerability and curiosity that resonates with all.

“How Will I Know?” marks Riley Pearce’s first solo release of the year. It’s a natural progression for the artist, who made waves with his debut album, The Water & The Rough, released in 2022. This album, which took shape over two years and across three cities, showcased Pearce’s signature blend of warm, ethereal melodies and introspective lyricism. In a candid reflection on the track, Riley shared, “Even as an adult, I always feel like I’m in this constant state of figuring things out” the song captures the essence of embracing the unknown, reminding us that growing up is a journey filled with both trepidation and excitement.

War Violet – Different Formations

War Violet, the musical project of New York-based artist and songwriter Jummy Aremu, is a rising force in the contemporary folk scene. Jummy first made waves with her lo-fi debut EP, “Getaway” described as a blend of “jangly groovy folk pop with Beach Boys and Angel Olsen vibes“. Over the years, her music has transformed and matured, thanks to a growing circle of friends and collaborators. With her debut album now complete, War Violet’s sound has evolved into a sprawling soundscape that delves into deeper themes such as isolation, alienation, identity, and loss. Emerging from a realm of dreams and nightmares, War Violet’s music raises the profound question, “what do we fill with these open spaces?” It’s an exploration of harsh truths juxtaposed with moments of sheer beauty, making War Violet an artist to watch in the folk genre.

The highly anticipated debut album by War Violet kicks off with the release of the first single, “Different Formations“. This track made its debut on Kill Rock Stars in the United States and Bella Union in Europe, creating a buzz in both continents’ folk music scenes. With its unique blend of influences and Jummy’s evocative songwriting, “Different Formations” sets the stage for the album’s exploration of complex and intimate themes, making it a compelling and emotionally resonant addition to the modern folk landscape.

All these songs (and all previous songs featured in TIFU) are also featured on our folk playlist. Follow it on Spotify: