2015 – Evan
By Phillip Smith; Feb 7, 2015
The soothing sounds of New Folk by Evan are quite a refreshing change of pace when it comes to folk music. Evan’s unique vocal styling and catchy acoustic rhythms provide the perfect vehicle for his cleverly written songs. Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist Evan Meulemans is joined by drummer/percussionist Mike Underwood, and bassist Graham Prellwitz in the making of this earthy eight track album.
Title track, “New Folk”, a delightful tune about self-awareness and purpose, reels me in for the long haul. This wonderful song has been swimming in my head since I first heard it. I also am really drawn to the poppy track, “Morning Dew”, about letting down ones hair and running free. It’s such a fun listen, it puts a big smile on my face each time I hear it.
Ushering in a feeling of tranquilly is “Water Song”, a short and sweet little song about getting back to nature, and allowing fate to run its course. Evan slows things down a bit on “Wishing Well”. Softly sung, and lightly played, this song poetically expresses a longing for a lost love. I like the way this song unexpectedly picks up with a boost in tempo midway.
New Folk is a positively charged, feel-good folk album which leaves me wanting to hear more.