#193 – Folk You

What a pun. That’s my day job actually, writing them.

Moving swiftly on, here are two acts who have dropped song in the inbox over the past few days and they’ll work rather nicely back-to-back. Firstly we’ve got a Welsh artist called Osian Rhys, who’s releasing his debut single ‘Long Time Gone’ on Backwater Records at the end of this month. It’s a simply orchestrated ‘proper’ folk song (no Mumford and Sons here, thanks), which relies on his voice and the really close melodies to keep the listener engaged. The B side is a song called ‘A oes ‘na le (i oeri gwres fy nghalon)’, which is another simply orchestrated and beautifully sung record. You can listen to ‘Long Time Gone’ below. Head over to his Soundcloud for the B side.

Our second song comes from LA’s Lavender Diamond, who’s last record came out in 2007. Since then the members have been busy doing other things but they’ve lined up the album Incorruptible Heart, which is due to come out in early October in the UK. Single ‘Oh My Beautiful World’ is a quirky piece of folk, with odd guitar sounds and vintage melodies folded together over four enjoyable minutes. OK Go’s Damian Kulash and Flaming Lips collaborator David Fridmann are the guys behind the sound desk, so expect a diverse record! ‘Oh My Beautiful World’ is currently available for free from their website, and you can listen to it below.

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