Fort Frances – “Plastic Hearts“
from Breathing Room (EP)
released 15 October 2013
The Chicago-based trio keeps getting better. “Plastic Hearts” slams down the accelerator with a pulsing bass and snappy beat, which is in sharp contrast to its chorus: “There’s no shame in slowing down!” Check out the unplugged version of this track for an incredible contrast in styles (just below). The EP includes the b-side “Habits”, plus unplugged versions of each track. Get it here.
Fort Frances – “Plastic Hearts“ (unplugged)
Parkington Sisters – “In the Pines“ [free download]
The quartet from Wellfleet, Massachusetts has drawn a lot of attention accompanying the Dropkick Murphys during the World Series. They released the murder ballad, “In the Pines”, as a special Halloween single. High repeat play factor due to it’s beautifully haunting harmonies.
Robin Pahlman – “Miss Lonelyhearts“ [free download]
from Robin Pahlman (EP)
out mid-November 2013
The Finnish singer-songwriter drew some inspiration from residing in the US Pacific Northwest (the PNW for the uninitiated), and its mix of American styles is reminiscent of bands from the Portland/Seattle area. The horns make this song burst.
Beste Kırmacı – “Lonely Summer Day“ [free download]
single- independent release
A Turkish bedroom artist who I stumbled onto whilst exploring SoundCloud. Click on her name to check out more music. There’s quite a mix of folk and electronic material. She sings in Turkish and English.