Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 12, 2013 in Alt-Folk, Americana, Blues, Country, Experimental, Folk, Gypsy, independent bands, Indie, Psych Folk, Rock, Top 2013, Uncategorized by Rex

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Stoll Vaughan – “Troubles” {Americana/Rock}

If you’re a fan of The Boss AKA Bruce Springsteen and mesmerized by his perfect, round tush (who isn’t?) then check this artist out. Vaughn is based out of Los Angeles, and you can stream his new album The Weatherman in full for free over at his Soundcloud page.

Vessel – “White Trash” {Blues/Rock}

Normally good music and white trash don’t go hand-in-hand, but this is one of the rare cases when they actually do. This track is off the New Zealanders’ latest album Friday Drive which was released this past summer, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Ezra Vine – “Celeste” {Indie Folk}

Here’s yet another New Zealander to pin to our end-of-year lists, and with a deep bass drum, haunting melodies, and a vibe that gives us some early Tapes ‘n Tapes nostalgia, we couldn’t find any reason not to like this track. If you like the song as much as we do you can buy it via iTunes for as little as $1.29 here.

Miwa Gemini – “Goodnight Trail” {Gypsy Folk}

The half European in us can’t help but love a good polka tune, so if you’re a fan of Gogol Bordello and/or accordions then give this track a listen. The group is based out of both Brooklyn/Los Angeles (because they’re gypsies like that), and if you dig this track you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

Velma Grove – “Caroline” {Alt-Folk}

These Melbourne-based folkers sounds strikingly similar to our boy Bobby D (only with layers of trumpets, banjos, and a helluva lot of other awesomeness thrown into the mix). This tune is off their latest album Older which was released in July, and you can buy this track for as little as $1 here.

Mitski – “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart” {Psych Folk}

Like a nice warm glass of Joni Mitchell, this New York-based artist with jaw-dropping vocals just released her impressive new album Retired From Sad, New Career in Business this past summer. You can buy the album as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page, or purchase this track individually here.

Christopher Cape – “Divorcee” {Folk/Rock}

This Ontarian is more than “just another deadbeat with a guitar,” (as he so claims); he’s also the writer of some of the most powerful and influential folktastic tracks we’ve been sent so far this year. This song is off his latest album The Biggest Lie, and you can purchase this track for as little as $1 here.

Mount Rushmore Safari – “John Wayne” {Country/Rock}

We always knew John Wayne was pretty badass, but this track/video takes his badassery to a whole new level. This video was directed by Mikael Reidar in Cophenhagen, Denmark, and if you dig this song make sure you give the band some “Like” love on Facebook and listen to the rest of their tunes for free here.

Saint Jude – “Laurelie” {Country/Soul}

It’s a well-known fact that Australians are the masters of the electropop genre, but this band/track is proof that Aussies are fully capable of mastering the country and soul music genres as well. This track is off their latest album Saint Jude II which was released in October, and you can buy it for $10 over at their Bandcamp page.

The Dirty Streets – “Stay Thirsty” {Blues/Rock} + Free download

It takes a lot of talent to write a badass blues song, but to sound sexy while doing it takes an extra special amount of talent. This trio is based out of Memphis, Tennessee, and they just released their new album Blades Of Grass via Alive Naturalsound Records a couple of months back. Oh and P.S. you can stream the album in its entirety for free here.

D & M – “Dirty Love” {Alt-Country/Rock}

Influenced by rocking and rolling, driving motorcycles and “picking up babes,” these Philadelphians describe their unique sound as blues-infused alternative pop, and they have been turning a lot of heads since forming back in 2009. You can buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here, but if you dig their work make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Blank Realm – “Falling Down The Stairs” {Americana/Experimental Rock} + Free download

The hardcore Tom Petty/Traveling Wilburys fan in us fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it, and was hands-down one of the best Americana tunes we’ve received over the past year. You can download the track for free in the player below, or pre-order their forthcoming album Grassed Inn for $8.99 via iTunes here.

Wooden Saints – “Alpha Bravo Charlie Disco” {Folk/Pop}

Hailing from Amsterdam, this band surprisingly consists of ten different members (so it’s safe to say that their awesomeness is multiplied by tenfold). This track was released as a single in September, and if you can digs it you best be following them on Twitter and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Lizabett Russo – “Tonight” {Folk/Soul}

We already covered this track in one of our many Top Indie Tracks of The Week posts, but seeing that a great tune that combines folk/soul elements is such a rare commodity these days we just had to mention it again. This song is off her three-track The Traveller’s Song EP which you can purchase for £4.50 here.

The Strumbellas – “In This Life” {Folk/Rock}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on this Toronto-based group ever since the release of their Juno-nominated debut album My Father And The Hunter last year, so we were pretty stoked to see that they released some new tuneage in 2013. Their new album (We Still Move On Dance Floors) was released in October, and you can buy it for $8.91 via iTunes here.

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