February 26, 2016 10:09 am

For anyone in need of a bare-boned exploration of self in the forest, let Robyn Sherwell be the soundtrack to your woodsy existentialism. Sherwell’s music has a consistently earnest quality to it, which is a tribute to the dulcet tones of her voice anchoring each of her songs. With a soundscape as fittingly serene to accompany Sherwell’s singing, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to seek refuge in a more natural and cozy environment.

Cutting to the core of her own emotions is what’s most appealing about Sherwell. It’s something that’s truly within her, so even when she’s covering a classic like “Landslide,” she’s still able to make it her own completely. For nearly half the length of the cover, all she has are some subtly dubbed vocals anchoring the entire song, doubling down on the despair from Fleetwood Mac’s original. It’s a song we’re all familiar with, but Sherwell’s stripped down approach breathes new life into it.

It’s become a relatively fashionable trend for anyone with a voice as commanding as Sherwell’s to loop bits of hums and ‘oohs’ and use them as a layer throughout the song to self harmonize. Does it get tiresome? Definitely. Sometimes it casts a large shadow over the rest of the instrumentation, but if it’s done well, it’s hard to hate. “Pale Lung” is a prime example of Sherwell using this device with aplomb. She doesn’t revolve the entire song around it, so it never feels like a busy distraction. The layered vocals play their part in giving “Pale Lung” with a simplistic beauty that makes it so captivating.

Sherwell is set to release her debut self-titled album in March. It consists of songs from previous EP releases, her cover of “Landslide,” as well as a few new guys. One major highlight from the LP is “Tightropes.” The twinkling synths illuminate the senses, and the line, “I never dreamed I’d lose you up there,” is fuckin’ bleak. Using the idea of a tightrope as a metaphor for her relationship remains thoughtfully executed for the duration, and makes “Tightrope” arguably her most complete song.

The fully exposed nature of Robyn Sherwell can be a lot to take in at first. She lays everything she has on the table and presents it in a way that forces the listener to have no alternative than to listen to what she’s saying. Such vulnerability creates an authentic connection and brings about a desire to seek truth. That truth can be found in the woods somewhere or at a coffee shop that makes some really great tea. It’s different for everyone, but Robyn can help you look for it.

Prinze George Make “A Dream Of You And Me” Their Own
September 22, 2015 5:10 pm

Prinze George share their cover of Future Islands‘ “A Dream of You and Me”.

“All that glitters is gold
Don’t believe what you’ve been told
People lie, people love, people go
But beauty lies in every soul”

Vocalist, Naomi Almquist just did something that I did not believe was possible.  She just made me a fan of a Future Islands song.  Almquist has such a lovely vibrato in her voice that it just sweeps you away.

Prinze George

Prinze George is Kenny Grimm (production/instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), who are based in Maryland. Kenny and Naomi grew up together in Prince George’s County, where they met Isabelle while she was in college. Formed in 2013, Prinze George has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, “Victor,” The Wild Honey Pie declared, “[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status.” Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans and labels from all over the world. “Victor” was also selected for the movie soundtrack of Warner Bros.’ biggest European release in 2014, Honig Im Kopf, a film directed by Til Schweiger.

The band is also currently on tour with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Listen to the cover above as well as their Daytrotter session recorded earlier this year at Good Danny’s in Austin during SXSW. Don’t miss  them on this amazing tour!

Listen to their debut self-titled EP here.