Tag Archive: Folk

Here’s a new artist that is beginning to turn some heads.  Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Zella Day blends modern pop with a little bohemian flair.  A native of Arizona, she was raised in a small mountain town near Phoenix where her parents ran a cafe and art space.  With so many creative-types coming and going, Zella soon began to delve into her creative musical side.  Zella first picked up a guitar at age 9 and a few years later, began to write her own songs.  Zella says that she was influenced by the classic singers and songwriters that were within her parents record collection and by the rugged natural outdoors that surrounded her home.

Eventually moving to LA, Day was first noticed when her cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” began to rack up hits on YouTube.  After a little more time, Day developed her sound to have a more smooth, pop-oriented sound which lead to some critics to refer to her as a happier sounding Lana Del Rey.

Her first single “Sweet Ophilia” arrived on her debut single album titled “1965” in April 2014.  In October 2014, she released her self-titled debut EP on California indie B3SCI Records.

Zella definitely has the potential to go far if her first debut album is any indication.  With silky smooth vocals and a little electro-pop thrown in, the critics were right to compare Zella to Lana Del Rey.  She has the same singing skills and vocal talent and is very capable of becoming as big, if not bigger, of a pop star than Rey.

Check out some of her biggest hits below and be sure to pick up her self-titled debut album “Zella Day” which is in stores now.

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Milky Chance is a folk, reggae and electronica influenced pop group from out of Kassel, Germany.  The group is made up of singer/songwriter Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch.

The duo first met in an advanced music course while in high school where Rehbein played bass in the jazz ensemble.  Rehbein and Dausch originally played together in a local band, but after graduation, the group disbanded.  The two continued on as a duo and in 2013, after playing two promising live shows, began work on their debut album.  The duo uploaded a number of their tracks to YouTube including their biggest hit “Stolen Dance” which soon became a viral hit.  The track received millions of views and help the band have several sold-out tour dates.

The groups debut album, “Sadnecessary” was released in 2013 and the tracks “Stolen Dance” reached No. 1 in Iceland, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.  The other single “Down By The River” charted in Germany, France and Switzerland.

“Sadnecessary” is a very chill, laid-back album with the groups interesting mix of folk, reggae, and electronica all seeming to complement each other while accompanying Rehbein’s softly sung vocals.  Give some of the album’s biggest hits a listen below and be sure to pick up “Sadnecessary” which is in stores now.

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