A long time favourite on this website, Jess Thristan is a UK songwriter who produces superb, roots inflected acoustic music. With an album in the offing for early next year, it’s no surprise that there is a single release to close out the year.
What is something of a surprise is that this talented songwriter has decided to release a cover song as that teaser single. Any concerns are short lived though, thanks to this beautifully artful orchestral rendering of a a Beatles classic.
When it comes to great roots music, there’s often a lot of poetry that goes into the lyric writing. By its nature, the acoustic stylings of folk allow lyrics room to breathe and be heard in a way few other genres offer, so it’s a particularly demanding genre for songwriters to work in effectively.
Fortunately, song writer Elliot Porter has more than enough lyrical skill to stand out in this arena. ‘Keep Going’ is his new EP, released with Matchbox Recordings on November 23rd, and the video to the lead track (above) shows exactly why he’s being widely tipped as a new contender for the likes of Damien Rice and Glen Hansard.
Those two artists in particular have found a niche and fanbase over their careers which have allowed them the freedom to write more and more great music. On current form, there’s no reason why Elliot Porter can’t do the same thing.
With some lovely folk touches and a subtle take on haunting melody, Philip Murray Warson has released his debut EP ‘Last of the Hunted’.
Out now, the EP is one of solid harmonies, impressive guitar work and traditional folk rhythms. The vocal is also noteworthy – not because it’s flawless, but because in its occasional flaw there’s a rawness to be found. All to rare in this day of editing and packaging.
It lends the whole thing a sense of rare authenticity, something that’s vital in great roots music.
‘Last of the Hunted’ on Bandcamp