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Three under-the-radar albums to check out this week

The Young Folks offers listeners three artists whose music deserves attention: Leland and the Silver Wells, Dol Ikara and Lydia’s Castle. While all three are stylistically different, the similarity is that they all feature vocalists with distinct and haunting voices, from the edginess of Leland to the gothic textures of Dol Ikara to the sizzling power of Lydia’s Castle.

Leland and the Silver Pits – Directly in your city

Originally from San Francisco, Leland Ettinger – singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist – releases his new album, Directly in your citya unique and evocative collection of songs reminiscent of Laurel Canyon artists from the 60s.

The name of his group, the Silver Wells, was borrowed from the wonderful group of Joan Didion Play it as it is, and includes a who’s who of musicians such as Kaitlin Wolfberg, Christof Certik, Joe Berardi, Danny Frankel, James Hazley, Nick Murray and Bob Lee. Produced by Steve Gregoropoulos, half of the album was recorded live in a single session, with the other half recorded entirely online.

Encompassing 10 tracks, the album’s entry points include “What Comes Around”, which opens with a Bonham-evoking drum beat on “When The Levee Breaks”, then turns into a bass piano melody topped with Leland’s. an enervated voice, both languorous and tinged with prodigious tones.

Speaking of the song, Leland shares, “‘What Comes Around’ is a song about being relentlessly pursued, whether by an ex-lover or a dark memory, and the comforting knowledge that no one can escape. to karma.”

“Love Is Blind” unfolds to pop-rock-lite flavors with hints of SoCal country-rock running through it. Glowing “aah aah” harmonies give the song a radiant dimension as Leland’s drawl infuses the lyrics with creamy textures, underlined by brass accents.

“Take It Down The Line” features a loose, almost disjointed beat topped with Leland’s evocative vocals, slightly raspy and brimming with gripping dynamics. One of the best tracks is “Saving Grace,” a song about redemption, with its waves of layered leitmotivs emphasizing Leland’s haunting vocals.

The final track, “The Blue Sea”, travels on undulating, slippery coloring, rising and falling simultaneously on delicious wave-like rolls, while tropical sonic flavors ripple above. Leland’s vocals, reflective and powerful, give the lyrics thoughtful timbres.

According to Leland, “’The Blue Sea’ is a song about feeling suffocated in a relationship. It uses the imagery of a horse tethered to a windswept gray moor, and a net cast over the boundless sea, with the horse finally breaking free and sinking to its death and ultimate freedom in the sea. blue.

Innovative and almost prog, Directly in your city evokes hazy memories of when music was complex and lyrics were poetic.

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Dol Ikara

Dol Ikara – Lark / Saraph

Los Angeles-based Dol Ikara releases their new double single, “Lark/Sarap,” Dol Ikara’s first release of 2022, ahead of Netflix’s season six placement. Peaky Blinders. Dol Ikara’s upcoming debut album, Ophidiawill fall soon.

Dol Ikara explains, “’Lark’ is a tougher song with softer vocals interacting with more angular, rockier instrumentals. “Sarap” was conceptualized with a single floating note triggered on a Moog modular system; I sang the entire vocal melody in one go, and it eventually fit into this dramatic, anthemic track.

Inspired by divine, gothic and ancient feminine imagery, dark fantasy and the fecundity of nature, Dol Ikara is the creation of singer-songwriter Claire Roddy, later accompanied by producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Are.

Dol Ikara’s music paints a soundscape imbued with silver cadences and poetic ambiguities. These same poetic sensibilities gave rise to the name Dol Ikara – a neologism – something phonetically beautiful to serve as a blank canvas without preconceived notions or associations.

“Lark” opens with dark, murky sounds over a rumbling, brooding beat as the mysterious tones of Dol Ikara imbue the lyrics with dark timbres dripping with the dark dust of rumor. There is a medieval feel and drift to the music.

“Saraph” presents a trembling and disturbing intro surmounted by the timbres of femme fatale of the voice of Dol Ikara. Percolating rhythmic impulses add a delicious risky cadence while the harmonics quiver with spectral leitmotifs.

Filled with fields of latent, suppressed energy, as if waiting to be released, “Lark” and “Saraph” smoldered with stormy passion.

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Lydia Castle | Photo: Cap2Red Studios

Lydia’s Castle – self-titled EP

Nashville-based heavy rock band Lydia’s Castle releases their self-titled debut EP, a five-track collection of muscular yet polished music. Produced by Jack Daniels (Sicktones Studio), the EP was mastered by Mike Kalajian (Rogue Planet Mastering).

Singer Tonya LeeAnne shares: “The EP and our single ‘Search for You’ is specifically about one of the biggest losses of my life, and I wanted to channel that pain into something creative that can be shared with others and help myself, the band and so many others know they are not alone The great thing about music and good lyrics is that the listener can take ownership of the song and s Attaching to it in its own way, that’s exactly how I got into music, to begin with.

Comprised of Tonya LeeAnne (vocals), Cody Denton (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums) and Corey England (bass), Lydia’s Castle sound fuses old school blues, metal energy and Tonya LeeAnne’s superior vocals – The resulting result is raw, dense and remarkably changeable.

Highlights of the EP include “Phoenix,” full of heavy, gnarly guitars and visceral rhythm providing the matrix for Tonya’s deluxe vocals as she shifts from sweet, melodious timbres to penetrating emotional tones.

The crown jewel of the EP is “Search For You”, which allows Tonya to demonstrate the range of her superb voice, vaguely reminiscent of Paramore’s Hayley Williams, but with more nuance and sonic compass.

Without a dull track, Lydia’s Castle generates an EP that deserves attention due to its thick and compact dynamics, interludes of sweet melody and Tony LeeAnne’s stellar vocal chops.

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