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. 

Almost Twins – Puppeteer

Even before releasing music, Almost Twins have garnered acclaim in Leipzig and Berlin’s indie scenes. Their debut album, produced by Alexander Binder, reflects their skillful balance of contrasting elements, blending intricate compositions with heartfelt lyrics. Led by Max Grüner, the band’s synergy amplifies emotion without veering into melodrama. Their sound, characterized by warm synths, dreamy Wurlitzer, and evocative saxophone, captures both serenity and liberation.
Almost Twins‘ third single, “Puppeteer“, draws inspiration from a piece by a close puppeteer friend, delving into themes of loss of control and powerlessness. Preceded by two singles from their forthcoming debut album “Hands / Trees“, the Leipzig-based indie-folk band has garnered attention on Bremen Zwei, SWR2 & ByteFM. They’re set to kick off an 11-city tour in May, presented by detektor.fm, untoldency & Handshake Booking. The track intertwines acoustic guitar and synths with electric guitars over a driving, almost hypnotic beat.

Benni – Make Me Blind

Influenced by the likes of Damien Rice, Bon Iver, and Phoebe Bridgers, Belgian singer-songwriter Benni crafts a mesmerizing blend of folk music, weaving her songs into a utopian yet authentically personal universe. Her musical journey unfolds against the backdrop of a transformative 10-month experience traversing the streets of New Zealand, where she discovered a newfound creative energy that breathed life into her narratives and emotions. With her captivating indie-folk melodies, Benni distinguishes herself through her evocative voice, effortlessly translating melancholy into compositions of profound beauty. Despite her youth at just 23 years old, Benni has already graced the stage alongside renowned acts such as Coeur de Pirate, November Ultra, Sharko, and Roscoe, solidifying her position as a rising star in the music scene.

Following the poignant ballad “September 20“, indie folk sensation Benni unveils “Make Me Blind“, her second single and a tantalizing preview from her highly anticipated debut EP “Bleeding Colours“, slated for release on April 26, 2024. Exploring the intoxicating highs and potentially perilous depths of love, Benni‘s ethereal vocals and acute sensitivity transport listeners into a danceable yet bittersweet melody, evoking smiles tinged with a hint of nostalgic tears. Crafted under the stars’ gentle glow in a single night, “Make Me Blind” showcases a new facet of Benni’s multifaceted talent and genuine emotion. Complementing the song’s essence, the accompanying video captivates with its simplicity and vulnerability, reflecting the radiant intensity of passionate love.

Cereus Bright – Boys

Navigating the intricate balance between life’s highs and lows, Cereus Bright, the moniker of Knoxville, TN native Tyler Anthony, delves deep into the emotional terrain with an intimate yet universally resonant perspective. Since 2012, Cereus Bright has steadily cultivated a devoted following, enchanting listeners with albums like “Excuses “and “Give Me Time“. Renowned for his magnetic hooks and inventive soundscapes, Cereus Bright has earned acclaim from all around, establishing himself as a versatile artist capable of sharing stages with acts ranging from The Oh Hellos to Sturgill Simpson and Philip Phillips. With his latest body of work recorded throughout 2022, Cereus Bright continues to captivate audiences with his introspective musings and immersive sonic landscapes.

Continuing the journey of focused songwriting within a rich tapestry of psychedelia, the follow-up EP “Boys” maintains a captivating balance between intricate lyricism and atmospheric instrumentals. Tracks like “Unfaithful” and “Boys” showcase cinematic orchestrations that seamlessly intertwine with nuanced storytelling.
On “Boys“, the opening track of the EP, Bright contemplates the insecurities triggered by the pain inflicted by a loved one, as hollowed guitar picking and hypnotic bass grooves provide the backdrop for Bright’s resonant baritone vocals. He told us that “This song began years ago when I heard a story about my grandfather. He was a hard, complicated figure in our family, but then I learned he had been sent to boarding school at three because his mother didn’t want to raise him. It sent me into an investigation of cause and effect. It’s essential to reckon with the people or institutions that have affected us or hurt us, but some times truly understanding is impossible. At the very least, it’s grey. To me, Boys is about just that – the people or things that hurt us often love us too.

Charlie Bishop – Apple Seeds

In the verdant landscapes of contemporary folk music, Charlie Bishop emerges as a storyteller with a penchant for raw authenticity. Hailing from a DIY basement studio, Bishop’s music channels the essence of Northeastern roots intertwined with the spirit of Western travels. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov, John Prine, and Bruce Springsteen, his songs resonate with the raw emotions of life’s journeys. With each strum of the guitar and each lyric sung in his raspy yet soulful voice, Bishop invites listeners into a world where every chord carries the weight of experience and every melody paints a picture of the human condition.

“Apple Seeds” serves as the title track of Bishop’s latest EP, capturing the essence of his musical ethos. Recorded amidst the transition from Boston to California, the song’s genesis lies in the humble setting of Bishop’s first night in his new abode. Utilizing nothing more than a phone to capture the initial demo, Bishop found himself enchanted by the rawness and imperfection of the recording, eschewing polished production for a genuine, unfiltered sound. The track embodies themes of hopefulness and resilience, offering a musical embrace that speaks to the tranquillity found in life’s quieter moments. As Bishop’s evocative lyrics intertwine with gentle acoustic melodies, “Apple Seeds” emerges as a poignant reminder to savour the journey and find solace in life’s simplest pleasures.

elkvilla – Flatline into Your Arms

In the eclectic realm of indie folk, elkvilla emerges as a solitary beacon of intimate storytelling. Hailing from Australia, the enigmatic singer-songwriter and producer, Adam Dudek, weaves his musical tales from the seclusion of his Berlin studio. There, amid the quiet hum of creativity, Dudek meticulously crafts each delicate note, blending fragile vocals with atmospheric guitars and tender pianos. His sound resonates with authenticity, offering listeners a raw glimpse into the depths of human emotion. With a forthcoming EP on the horizon, elkvilla invites us into his world, where vulnerability meets resilience, and every melody tells a story.

Diving into the depths of “Flatline into Your Arms” we find Elkvilla at his most candid. The track begins with a gentle embrace of acoustic strums and reverberating vocals, setting a serene backdrop for the narrative to unfold. Yet, as the song progresses, a transformation occurs, as rhythmic drums and electric guitars surge forth, propelling the listener into a whirlwind of emotion. Through gorgeous and profound lyricism, and explores the theme of solace found in the arms of a loved one, a beacon of light amidst life’s darkest moments. Meticulously self-produced and mixed, this track serves as a testament to elkvilla’s artistic vision, promising a journey of introspection and revelation with each poignant chord.

Howdy, Cherry – Georgia (again)

Howdy, Cherry emerges as the indie twang-inspired gem from Austin, bringing a fresh resonance to the indie scene. Oscillating between blind optimism and tragic despair, Cherry delves into the ordinary aspects of love and the tumultuous fallout of youthful recklessness. Drawing comparisons to Leith Ross, Lizzy McAlpine, Julia Jacklin, and Clairo, Howdy, Cherry seamlessly intertwines masterful lyrics with haunting melodies, revealing her innermost secrets through simple yet profound compositions.
The genesis of “Georgia” occurred during an emotional upheaval, as he witnessed his ex entering a bar with a potential new partner. Laden with nostalgia, tinged with sadness, yet infused with a glimmer of hope, the lyrics capture this poignant moment of introspection and longing.

Julia Logan – Top of the World

Julia Logan emerges from the serene landscapes of a small Swedish island with a sound that resonates with sincerity and warmth. Her journey through dreamy folk-pop began in the intimate settings of a local church choir, later enriched by the influences of her time spent in southern California. Learning the guitar under the guidance of a local hippie, Logan embarked on a songwriting voyage that would lead her to collaborate closely with producer Daniel Bengtson, known for his work with First Aid Kit. Together, they crafted her debut album, “Everly Foreverly” and now delve into the depths of personal introspection for her sophomore release, “Faraway Nearby“. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen, Logan’s music weaves tales of human longing and resilience, beckoning listeners to embrace moments of connection and understanding amidst the chaos of the modern world.

“Top of the World” embodies Julia Logan’s signature blend of sincerity and introspection. Crafted in collaboration with producer Daniel Bengtson, the song delves into themes of personal growth, fear, and navigating societal expectations. Its stripped-down production, reminiscent of Logan’s early demos, accentuates the raw emotion embedded within her haunting vocals and poignant lyrics. From the sparse piano melodies to the gentle strumming of the guitar, every element of the track serves to immerse listeners in a sonic landscape of yearning melancholy and resilient hope.

la loye – everything, everything

In the intimate world of indie folk, la loye emerges as a beacon of raw emotion and intricate musicality. Hailing from the Netherlands, 24-year-old Lieke Heusinkveld spearheads this personal project, weaving subtle, layered vocals and intricate guitars to craft an ambience that draws listeners into her poetic lyricism. Influenced by luminaries such as Elliott Smith, Mount Eerie, Radiohead, and Big Thief, la loye‘s textured, lo-fi sound exudes a sense of nostalgia while offering fresh perspectives.

In her latest offering, titled “everything, everything”, la loye invites listeners on a journey through the corridors of nostalgia. Reflecting on the fleeting nature of the past, the song serves as a comforting refuge, a place to revisit cherished memories time and time. With delicate instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, this captures the bittersweet essence of reminiscence, evoking a sense of longing for moments gone by. A great song about the enduring power of memory.

Lou Gold – Eve

Lou Gold, a London-born singer-songwriter now based in Sheffield, infuses her indie-folk sound with soulful depth. Drawing inspiration from her urban surroundings and the nearby Peak District, Gold‘s debut EP, “Somewhere Between Magic and Historical Materialism“, navigates themes of hope and complexity. Recorded with producers Adam Bowers and Robin G Breeze in Suffolk, the EP boasts a vintage soul vibe, with lead single “Eve” offering a glimpse into Gold‘s rich musical narrative. “Eve” captivates with its introspective lyrics, honeyed vocals, and vintage soul essence. Drawing comparisons to esteemed artists like Frazey Ford, Brittany Howard, Lianne La Havas, and Valerie June, Gold‘s narrative delves into themes of societal transformation and empowerment. Through “Eve“, Gold envisions a world liberated from the shackles of capitalism and patriarchy, where tenderness and resilience thrive, and women reclaim their autonomy. With its evocative imagery, “Eve” serves as a strong ode to the possibility of a renewed existence, symbolized by Eve’s timeless garden of liberation.

Niamh Regan – Nice

In the rolling hills of county Galway, Niamh Regan emerged as a luminary in the Irish folk scene with her 2020 debut album, “Hemet“. Garnering acclaim from RTE Folk Awards and Choice Awards, her ethereal melodies and introspective lyricism captured the hearts of listeners nationwide. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Laura Marling and Nick Drake, Regan’s music weaves a tapestry of emotion, transporting audiences through landscapes of introspection and vulnerability. Now, poised to release her sophomore album, “Come As You Are“, Regan continues to push the boundaries of her craft. Collaborating with producer Tommy McLaughlin, she delves deeper into her sonic palette, embracing a fuller, more expansive sound that resonates with audiences across borders. With tours spanning from Ireland to Australia and support slots alongside acclaimed artists such as Villagers and John Grant, Regan’s journey is one of growth, self-discovery, and unwavering passion for the craft.

Capturing the essence of self-reflection and personal growth, “Nice” emerges as the third single from Niamh Regan‘s forthcoming album. Rooted in the notion of overcoming internal barriers, the track is a gorgeous take on the power of self-acceptance. Produced at Attica Studios with Tommy McLaughlin, the song flourishes with a dynamic energy, fueled by pulsating basslines and Regan’s emotive vocals. Lyrically, “Nice” talks about the complexities of self-doubt and the journey towards self-realization. Regan’s introspective musings are underscored by a sense of resilience and optimism, making the track a beacon of hope for listeners navigating their own paths of self-discovery.

Sam Rigney – You’re My Yellow

Sam Rigney emerges from the heart of Sydney’s indie-rock scene, where he’s best known as the charismatic lead singer of Highline. However, his solo venture unveils a more introspective and intimate side to his musical persona. Influenced by the rich tapestry of folk and blues traditions, Rigney’s solo project delves into the depths of emotion with a raw authenticity. His debut single, “You’re My Yellow,” set to release on Thursday, March 28th, marks a significant departure from the energetic anthems of Highline, showcasing Rigney’s versatility and artistic range. As he navigates through the nuances of love and longing, Rigney’s soulful voice invites listeners into a world where vulnerability meets resilience, creating an evocative sonic landscape that resonates long after the final chord fades.

In “You’re My YellowSam Rigney introduces audiences to his enchanting solo journey with an uplifting anthem that captivates from the first note. Rigney is no stranger to commanding stages with his magnetic presence, and his solo debut proves to be no exception with the listener feeling hooked into a type of folk-pop mix that instantly hits. Infused with the warmth of folk melodies and the authenticity of blues storytelling, the track radiates with a luminous energy that mirrors the glow of newfound love. With its irresistible hooks and heartfelt lyricism, “You’re My Yellow” transmits messages of connection and love in a clear radiant song where the banjo and the acoustic guitar are gorgeous companions to a great vocalist.

Niamh Regan – Belly

In the verdant landscapes of county Galway, Niamh Regan found her muse and crafted melodies that resonate with the soul. With her critically acclaimed debut album, “Hemet” she emerged as a luminary in Ireland’s folk music scene. The album’s ethereal compositions garnered nominations for prestigious awards, marking Niamh’s ascent to the forefront of contemporary songwriting. From captivating performances on renowned platforms like The Late Late Show to intimate sets on Other Voices, Niamh’s evocative lyricism and haunting vocals enchant audiences, weaving tales of love, loss, and self-discovery. It’s a beautiful conversion between pop and folk, so genuine and seamless that you can’t quite tell where one begins and the other ends.

As anticipation builds for her forthcoming album, “Come As You Are” Niamh Regan unveils the tender ballad, “Belly”. Reflecting on the relentless cycle of feeling unheard, the track resonates with heartfelt introspection. Set against a backdrop of gentle instrumentation and lush harmonies, Niamh’s poignant lyrics explore themes of vulnerability and self-acceptance. With each note, she invites listeners into her world, where every melody is a doorway to understanding the complexities of human emotion. As “Belly” heralds the dawn of Niamh’s musical journey, it promises an odyssey of introspection and revelation in the tapestry of her sophomore album. It’s a strong message that coincides with her powerful and personality-filled voice. A song that transcends the boundaries of folk and shows how good storytellers can simply touch on folk and still resonate wonderfully. It’s a very fluid piece of music with minimal repetition, extremely easy to love.

OSKA – Like A Song

In the heart of Vienna, OSKA emerged from the quaint landscapes of Lower Austria with a voice that resonated like a whispering wind through the cobblestone streets. Hailing from a lineage of musicians, her journey began in the cosy embrace of her family’s melodies, evolving into a spirited pilgrimage towards her musical destiny. Her debut, “Distant Universe” unfurled like a blossoming flower, marking her arrival on the scene with an ethereal allure that captivated audiences far and wide. With each note, OSKA’s voice echoed the tales of her odyssey, from the quietude of her childhood to the vibrant pulse of Vienna’s artistic soul.

Now, with “Like a Song” she beckons listeners into a whimsical reverie, weaving melodies that dance like dappled sunlight through the branches, a testament to the transformative power of love. The air is imbued with a sense of buoyant anticipation, a melody poised on the precipice of a new dawn. This effervescent anthem speaks to the ineffable magic of connection, as OSKA’s tender vocals unfurl like ribbons of sunlight, painting a portrait of love in its purest form. As the acoustic chords intertwine, a symphony of joy unfolds each note a testament to the euphoria of being swept away by the melody of another’s presence. A reminder that amidst the cacophony of existence, there exists a melody that binds us all. With its infectious energy and heartfelt lyricism, the track invites listeners to sway to the rhythm of their own heartbeats.

RUÁ – Springtime

In the winding cobblestone streets of Lisbon, where the Fado echoes through the night, there emerges a new voice, one that carries the weight of tradition while daring to explore uncharted territories. RUÁ, a native of Derry, draws inspiration from the rich tapestry of folk legends like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Buckley. Her music, a fusion of introspective lyricism and evocative melodies, has been likened to the ethereal sounds of Linda Perhacs and the soulful storytelling of Clare Sands. After a hiatus dedicated to self-discovery and musical exploration, RUÁ returns with a reinvigorated spirit, embracing vulnerability and experimentation in her songwriting. With a band by her side, including the multi-talented Conán Mullan and the rhythm wizard Ciaran McCay, RUÁ embarks on a sonic journey that transcends boundaries of genre and geography, weaving together tales of love, loss, and the human experience.

In her latest offering, “Springtime“, RUÁ invites listeners to traverse the landscapes of grief and renewal, to wander through the barren fields of winter in anticipation of the blossoms that await. The song serves as a poignant meditation on the cyclical nature of life, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. As RUÁ’s haunting vocals intertwine with the melancholic strains of Laura McFadden’s cello, a sense of catharsis washes over the listener like the first rays of sunlight breaking through the clouds after a storm. Produced by the acclaimed Orri McBrearty, “Springtime” is a sonic tapestry woven with threads of hope and healing, a reminder that even in our darkest moments, there is beauty to be found in the promise of a new beginning.

Tobias Arbo – Pyre

In the verdant hills of Sweden, Tobias Arbo emerges as a luminary in the indie folk landscape. Following the success of his debut EP, “Powerlines“, Arbo’s introspective songwriting and intricate melodies have garnered attention from critics and fans alike. Drawing inspiration from luminaries like Sufjan Stevens and José González, Arbo’s music delicately blends folk sensibilities with poignant pop nuances. Collaborating with renowned producers Linus and Hannes Hasselberg, as well as mixing maestro Zach Hanson, Arbo crafts a sonic universe that is both ethereal and deeply personal. With his upcoming debut album on the horizon, Arbo continues to captivate listeners with his soul-stirring compositions, offering a glimpse into the tender complexities of the human experience.

Diving into the emotional depths of unrequited love, “Pyre” serves as a gorgeous testament to the intricacies of the heart. Set against a backdrop of lush instrumentation and haunting vocals, the track delves into the agony of loving someone from afar, knowing that their affection will never be reciprocated. Through lyricism and evocative melodies, Arbo encapsulates the tumultuous journey of yearning and self-discovery. With each note, “Pyre” invites us into vulnerability and introspection, where the pain of unrequited love intertwines with the beauty of connection, even in its most fleeting form. As Arbo’s ethereal vocals soar, the track emerges as a haunting ode to the complexities of human emotion.

Vintz Desert – Underscore

Vintz Desert, a Massachusetts-born indie folk artist and producer, delves deep into themes of mental health, love, and philosophy in his introspective songwriting. His EP, “Made of Glass“, serves as a strong snapshot of his introspective musings, blending warm organic tones with digital elements to craft immersive sonic landscapes. With a voice both smooth and textured, Vintz captivates listeners, drawing them into his emotive world.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Novo Amor, Lissom, and Lowswimmer, his latest release, “Underscore“, delves into the complexities of comparison and self-reflection. The song paints a vivid picture of contrasting personalities, with the first verse portraying a carefree individual living in the moment, while the second verse introspectively explores Vintz‘s self-perception, tinged with a sense of self-critique. “Underscore” navigates these themes with nuance, inviting us to ponder the intricacies of identity and introspection.

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