Dress up like Disney characters and join Contrary Parade for a folksy party “March.”
The lead singer (Snow White) and her band of fabled characters pull out the non-traditional instruments like washboards, banjos, accordions, horns, whistles and of course handclaps to keep the march going.
It’s adorable. So parade your butt over to CDJapan and look for this single on the album Eine Kleine Lichtmusik released 9.18.2013.
See spots over at Contrary Parade’s official website.
fraqsea is frackin’ awesome.. if you like acoustic guitar. This girl is a moody little thing, lithe and creating dreamy alt-folk.
Fraqsea’s vocals are soft like running through a meadow. And she actually runs and dances in a meadow in the video. The acoustic guitar is offset by jingly sounds, chirping nature sounds and click clack percussion. It’s pretty wild stuff.
So get back to nature with fraqsea’s new album Majoram out 9.18.2013 at CDJapan.
See fraqsea’s postcard official website.
Little people dot the landscape full of big flowers in the figurine filled “Flowers” video by Yamazaki Masayoshi.
It’s colorful and cute and just like Yamazaki Masayoshi’s song. It’s upbeat, with a mix of acoustic guitar and bells and chimes.
His new album also called Flowers is out on 9.18.2013. Score it at CDJapan.
Check out Yamazaki Masayohsi’s giant hat at his official website.
Futoshi Kurauchi is playing local bars with a bunch of gaijin looking white peoples in the alternative folk single “時を踊る少女.”
Why should you like it? Well there is whistling in the song. That’s awesome. The lead singer also sounds like he’s singing in pain and winces a lot when he sings. Awesomer.
Plus the girl running through the entire video is a cutie. Win Win Win. Read up on Futoshi Kurauchi at his official website.
Also look for the album Shishu out 5.29.2013 at Yesasia and CDJapan.
Put ink to parchment and draw up an adventure in the absolutely amazingly animated video for “Whale of a Time.”
Set sail for giant whales and mermaids while jamming out with flutes and bongos. Coreyah sounds like an extremely exciting band.
Take a peek at Coreyah’s facebook page and you can see the band is a rather large group of musicians.
I hope you like what you hear, I support any Korean band that stands out from the KPOP scene, and Coreyah’s folky music hits the spot.
Buy Coreyah Vol. 1 from Yesasia released 3.25.2013.
A simple strum on the acoustic guitar and some pretty lyrics bathed in sunlight make Hitomi Moriwaki’s “Danchi no uta” a great slice of life song.
The video is just as interesting as we see Hitomi Moriwaki videoing flowers and of course cats, because everyone loves cat videos. Kidding aside, “Danchi no uta” shows what can become of creativity, and what can be sources of inspiration.
Look out for Hitomi Moriwaki’s Niwa ni Nemuru Yume album on 4.24.2013 through Rose Records Label. Preorder at Yesasia or CDJapan.
Visit Rose Records artist page for Hitomi Moriwaki for more info.
Let’s go on a trek! Yeah! On an adventure! Heck yeah! Driving and climbing rocks! Ok! Over mountain tops! YEah! Wait. what?
Kirinji wants you to sing, sing, sing along to “Trekking Song” a cool chugging acoustic number with some cool piano bits to help you climb that mountain!
When you get to the top, you can enjoy the SUPER VIEW, which coincidentally is the name of Kirinji’s new album out 11.7.2012. Preorder at Yesasia or CDJapan.
Haul your ass over to Kirinji’s official website to learn more about this magnificent duo.
Suzumoku goes split screen in the video for “Kowai Kurai.” So what’s more interesting? His acoustic guitar skills or watching him walk drunk down the alley (although I’m pretty sure he’s drinking a Pepsi.) By the end of the video he grabs the hard stuff that he swipes from a passed out bum.
You can swipe Suzumoku’s latest 80/20-Bronze- out 7.11.2012 at CDJapan.
Stroke it over at Suzumoku’s official website.
Kanina has released a very long and artsy video for “forget me not” (which I think came out in August of 2011). The video is super arty-farty with the lead singer walking around in the sun in black with an umbrella laying down in the middle of some old railroad tracks and wandering aimlessly in the forest.
More exciting is the musical track itself. It’s a mix of shoegaze and spring meadow flutes, light pianos and string instruments. AND ITS OVER 9 MINUTES LONG!
So peace out and take a nap in the middle of the railroad tracks. I’m sure nothing bad will happen.
Get to know Kanina better at her official website, twitter, and facebook.
Run all day and all night to give your loved one a hug and a kiss in this exhausting video for “Asahi Ga Noboru Mae Ni.” Akira Kawabata might take a bus or boat every once in a while to get to where he’s going, but nothing beats running. Akira Kawabata’s latest is a beautiful folk rock acoustic track with some nice strings (violins maybe?), and the dude has a very nice voice.
His new album Makoto no Yume is dropping 5.23.2012. Pick it up at Yesasia or CDJapan.
Run over to Akira Kawabata’s official website now!