Tag Archive: indie folk

Three Of Swords, by Mimi, an eclectic Singer-Songwriter from Toronto, begins with a song called “Goodbye Heartbeat.”  The track contains soft-spoken, airy vocals with varying rhythms and melodies over a frantically pulsating bass line.  An acoustic guitar plucks along steadily.  The song has a dreamy, ethereal quality that’s consistent throughout it’s nearly 4-minute run-time.

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That pleasant tone is maintained throughout the rest of the album, although the ways in which Mimi delivers her songs greatly vary in style and arrangement.  The second track on the album, for instance, is rife with Latin flair— propelled by a cornet part played by Patric McGroarty and spot-on use of Spanish-language vocals.  The song is entitled “Porque Te Vas,” and it’s a cover of José Luis Perales’ 1972 song of the same name (originally performed by Jeanette).

Be Brave Bold Robot’s album Under A Thin Veil Of Madness begins with a track dedicated to the narrator (presumably lead vocalist Dean Haakenson)’s mother.  The song, aptly titled “Mamasong,” includes lines that demonstrate appreciation for parents like “I do everything I do, cuz I watched you do it first / and growing up is never easy, but it could’ve been far worse.

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While the song is a charming and lovely tribute to the way Haakenson’s mother raised him, listeners of Be Brave Robot should thank the lady, too.  After all she’s the woman responsible for birthing an immensely talented and delightfully strange folk singer from Sacramento, CA.

by Tyler Hayes

As a broad comparison, if you’ve enjoyed Zooey Deschanel’s She & Him musical project, Jenny Mayhem has something suited for you. Perfectly quint at first introduction, Jenny Mayhem’s voice dances around the melody on her new single, “Shifter.”

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The song is a mid tempo gem that’s littered with lyrical hints that she’s a big fan of the TV show, Fringe. That, or at least it sparked a thought that resulted in “Shifter” which is a reference to a shape changing person. Regardless of your television habits, the new song is incredibly charming from start to finish, completely unassuming the entire time.

Originally from Covington, Kentucky, Jesse Thomas packed up and headed west to Los Angeles in 2008. She had little more than her car and a dream…

To become an actress.

Fast-forward to 2012, and Jesse is gearing up for the Valentine’s Day release of her debut full-length album on Red Parade Music, ‘War Dancer’. She has been featured in the “New and Noteworthy” section, as well as the “Indie Spotlight” on iTunes. “You I Want”, off of her Hazel EP, was featured by Starbuck’s as their “Pick of the Week”, both nationally as well as in Canada. She had another song used on Teen Nick’s “Degrassi”, and recently opened for John Mayer (and as a result, made a video about having his baby).