Author: Jonathan Frahm

Interview | FFS 5 with Jordana Talsky

Zahava—Hebrew for “Golden”—is Jordana Talsky’s middle name. The moniker is also shared by her new EP, detailing the personal growth that she has made in its creation. A work of harmony, Talsky has used the album’s development to express a…

Interview | FFS 5 with Paula Standing

Paula Standing describes her new LP, The More I Give, as “a brief history of me.” Cut from the same tapestry as the likes of Dar Williams or Shawn Colvin, Standing’s folk is blended with subtle pop sensibilities and a…

Interview | FFS 5 with Crossroad Saints’ Daryl Venable

They’re based in Indiana, but their music is decidedly Southern Rock. The Crossroad Saints are purveyors of hearty roots rock meant for long hauls out on the highway. It recalls the Muscle Shoals sound with some Capricorn thrown in for…

Interview | FFS 5 with George Gritzbach

George Gritzbach is an old-school cool. Inspired by vintage R&B greats and having grown up amidst blue-collar grit, Gritzbach translates a hard-earned life into soulful, powerful music. His latest release is Full Circle, invoking his forward-moving style as a frontman…

Interview | FFS 5 with Plain Mister Smith

Mark Jowett is Plain Mister Smith. A purveyor of the consummately offbeat, Jowett’s “Smith” project has enabled him to develop no-holds-barred indie pop. Replete with crunching guitar tones, dithering percussion, and a collection of captivating vocal structures, ‘The Rat’ is…

Interview | FFS 5 with Ben Stalets

Ben Stalets has seen his songwriting renaissance with Everybody’s Laughing. The album, due 27 August, was based less around a sound and more around a saying: “Collective suffering allows us to collectively suffer less.” It finds beauty both in irreverence,…

Album | Wise John – A Wonderful World

Wise John was already living through a personal dystopia during the opening thrushes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bed-ridden by a chronic illness in late 2019, a series of unfortunate events came to follow—including knocking his front teeth out, being dumped…

Single | Molly Murphy – Become a Stranger

It’s been one whirlwind of a year for Molly Murphy. At its start, the Fairfield, CT-gone-Nashville songstress released What You’re Living For. Her debut EP, its five tracks stand as instantly identifiable as Murphy gels into accessible, varied music with…

Single | Louise Aubrie – Ours

Louise Aubrie grew up in London and adopted New York City as a second home. Altogether, she embodies the electrifying moment-to-moment spirit of both. Since beginning her route riding the indie rock electric, the songstress has emblazoned her stamp upon…

Album | The Silence Collective – RiverChants

The Silence Collective are an improvisational ensemble whose faces and instruments do not always remain the same, but whose righteous mission does. From Songs of the Future to RiverChants, their efforts often highlight scary inequities that are present in our…