Song Premieres

  • Song Premiere: Anna Tivel, "Fenceline"

    • October 26, 2018
    • Kim Ruehl

    “Fenceline” focuses on the impulse humans have had across generations and societies, to build walls in an effort to keep unwanted people out. Tivel found herself wondering: What is at the core of this need to construct barriers between ourselves and others?

  • Song Premiere: Hush Kids, "Goodbye Rain"

    • September 27, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Throughout their eponymous debut, Hush Kids weave a gorgeous melodic web with varying threads of toughness and texture. On the sparsely populated “Goodbye Rain,” they apply their delicately dulcet tones with a light touch that recalls one of 2017's most magical and memorable tracks, “Forces of Decay” by Rogue + Jaye. It's like the spoonful of musical sugar that helps the medicine of heartache go down.

  • Song Premiere: Lucy Wainwright Roche, "Quit With Me"

    • September 27, 2018
    • Kelly McCartney

    Another master of musical melancholy is, undeniably, Lucy Wainwright Roche. On her new album, Little Beast, she churns out lyrical impossibilities time and again, each conveying so much with so little.

  • Song Premiere: David Benedict, "Leaf By Niggle"

    • July 17, 2018
    • Folk Alley staff

    Listen to the premiere of “Leaf by Niggle," by Mile Twelve mandolinist David Benedict - the first single from his upcoming solo release, The Golden Angle, due on October 26th.

  • Song Premiere: Jeffrey Foucault, "War on the Radio"

    • May 16, 2018
    • Kim Ruehl

    Jeffrey Foucault’s twang wraps around lyrics that dissect how omnipresent the news is in our world these days. With the media narrative telling us about darkness and division, the song insists that people in the real world continue to be kind and persistent, even as Foucault does his artist duty of trying to make sense of it all.