The Pew Playlist once again benefits from the international reach of Americana music as we add songs from Norway and Iceland. Those tracks are paired with a couple others that highlight classic Nashville and Texas country sounds. We also get to hear how a classical music upbringing is put to work on a folk rocker. The creativity packed in this week’s update is pretty dang astounding.
Without further ado, here is this week’s Pew Playlist presented in the order they were added to the list. Music is sorted for an enjoyable “mixtape” experience. But feel free to shuffle it up!
“AND THEN THERE WAS FIRE” – THE SUITCASE JUNKET
Matt Lorenz, who goes by the moniker The Suitcase Junket, describes his upcoming album The End Is New as “Doom Folk.” On its electric guitar fueled single, “And Then There Was Fire,” we get our first taste of what that will sound like. An ominous melody pairs with dark lyrics, yet there is still a touch of hope that comes through in Lorenz’s vocals.
“WILDHORSE DREAM” – MALIN PETTERSEN
Classic country and traditional folk sounds combine on “Wildhorse Dream” from Norway’s Malin Pettersen. With plenty of electric guitar twang and a toe-tapping drum beat, the song would fit in any Nashville honky-tonk. Pettersen’s sweet, folksy vocals show flourishes of country crooner power that feel classic, yet fresh.
“FIREWORKS” – AXEL FLOVENT
Gentle acoustic guitar and piano gets just the right touch of muted electric guitar wail to create a mournful melody on “Fireworks” from Iceland’s Axel Flovent. Contemplative lyrics about a relationship’s end are punctuated by Flovent’s ability to pour sadness and reflection into his vocals.
“BORN TO LOSE” – DAVID QUINN
David Quinn channels vintage country honky-tonk vibes with his latest single, “Born To Lose.” The electric guitar is twangy, aching, and rocking. The recording captures Quinn’s throwback outlaw vocals perfectly, completing this western jam.
“DARK RIVER” – LYDIA LUCE
Lydia Luce‘s orchestral upbringing no doubt influenced the lush soundscape that she creates on her new single, “Dark River.” The song combines big, psychedelic-influenced guitar riffs, tumultuous strings, and Luce’s powerful vocal flair for a distinct indie rock-meets-folk rock whirlwind.