There was a time in my life when I was a moody teenager and would refuse to listen to anything other than 70s rock and new alternative music. Just like the plethora of other moody teenagers, I felt that liking this music exclusively made me a more distinguished musician. Folk music was out of the question.
But one day I stumbled upon a band called Fleet Foxes that would eventually change my whole outlook on music in general. The introduction to folk music was a gratification that I had never once felt before with music. The guitar, mandolin, a simple rhythm, and harmonised vocals opened a door into a musical experience I never knew.
Well, if you’re some moody teen, or someone that has never stepped outside their musical comfort zone, South for Winter can be your opportunity to do so. They have found the Folk formula, and they have developed a musical originality that not many Folk rock bands have. South for Winter has everything going for them to continue making Folk music catchy and interesting. Founded in what many would say is the music capital of the world, Nashville TN, they have managed to climb above the hundreds of bands and artists created and left for dead in Nashville. And that is not a simple task, it’s pretty cutthroat in Nashville.
How do they do it? It’s hard to be original when you’re in one genre of music that has arguably been around longer than most genres of music. But simplicity is key, and South for Winter does it best with their new single “All We Have.” The single is set as a classic folk song but with marvelous musical slow burn. The song structure itself is unique too. It jumps from an almost non-ending verse that seemingly flows into a very ominous chorus. And then out of nowhere, you’re caught off guard by a quick bridge that takes you back to the humble roots of that slow-burning verse. And isn’t that what folk music is all about? The music that started so many genres of music that we know and love today, has always created that feeling of home to us. And sticking to your roots is a good thing, especially in Nashville. “All We Have” encompasses all of this.
The guitar is raw, but the vocals seem to bring everything in sync. The mandolin is definitely something to mention too. Not your typical knee-slapping bluegrass mandolin that makes you want to scream after too long. No, it almost has a European vibe that gives it more of an ambient and whimsical flow to the overall tone of the song. And we can’t forget, all of this is behind a song structure that is backed by an almost orchestral brilliance that isn’t achieved easily with a three-piece band. Even the lyrics “And all our steps wash away with the tides. What will we know when the hourglass runs dry?” is a beautiful mix of indie inspiration to bridge your whiny teen heart into a new blend of music.
So, if you want to stop staring out your bedroom window, crying about how nobody understands you and your moody teen music, or if you want to just hear something that is a wonderful mix of indie and folk rock, listen to South for Winter and their new single “All We Have.” Don’t lose out on an opportunity to expand your musical portfolio. They can be your Fleet Foxes.
If you want to hear more of South for Winter, check out their music on Spotify, Soundcloud, or YouTube. If that isn’t enough for you, connect with them on Facebook and Instagram. And finally, keep a lookout for their new album to be released in 2020. It’s sure to be brilliant.
Find South for Winter and many other (indie) folk artists on our Indie Folk playlist.
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