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Seattle’s March To May Loses Love, Finds Sound

IMG_2608 Indie Folk-Pop Duo Darren Guyaz and Beth Wesche have taken the path of Joy Williams and John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Jenny & Tyler, She & Him, Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard (The Swell Season) and a growing group of musicians who are crafting music in pairs. March To May is the duo’s name, and their premier single follows another well-worn musical path-lost love.

The single, Ember, cuts deep into the noted skin of loss and anguish, reeling with moving percussion, piano and string accompaniment over a soft guitar melody to draw you into the bittersweet storyline.

March To May have found a fitting sound for their enchanting vocal pairing, combined with the harmonizing of harp and guitar together in a fluid fashion. The song reminds me of similar work by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan from their 2005 single Unplayed Piano. The movement, mood, and song flow shares many similarities. All in all it makes me hopeful of the music that will follow from this great emerging duo.

Hear it and see their new video:

Favorite Music Of 2014

music-pic-150x150 The past few weeks of our radio show (aside from Christmas of course) have highlighted some of the best music we’ve featured in 2014. Our favorites of the year are among this Best Of list. This week’s program was dedicated to some of the unheralded artists and songs of 2014, which we dubbed the “Undiscovered List.”

Our Golden Fork Awards are one of the ways that we celebrate great releases, as well as giving you as a fan of indie music the opportunity to let your voice be heard on which artists provided the greatest musical delivery. You can still vote for this year’s award right HERE.

One of the things I enjoyed most in this year was the opportunity to connect with so many numerous indie artists in a wide variety of genres from rock to hip-hop to EDM to medal. The Sound Bites series from this year showcase those artists and the wonderful releases they have.

TCMDP-Logo We expanded our podcast series this year, even starting a new podcast called The Craft Music Discovery which brought us episodes with interviews and new music from Wendy Colonna, Jenny & Tyler, The Infatuations, my longtime friend William Fitzsimmons and Jesse Lacy. Our regular podcast allowed me the chance to talk with one of my personal favorite indie rock bands of the past few years, Dry The River, who released one of the best albums of the year Alarms In The Heart.

Other personal favorites of the year include the new music released by folk rockers The Strumbellas, Chuck Ragan, James Vincent McMorrow’s sophomore album Post Tropical, the aforementioned Wendy Colonna’s Nectar album, and the electrifying guitar rock of Ayon Jones & The Way.

And we can’t forget about the seminal new album from Weird Al that is taking the world by storm. That’s one artist and one album that I will still stick to, no matter how popular it (or he in this case) becomes in the moment. Pure genius.

Would love to know what you think about this year’s music, what stood out and anyone you think we missed. What say you?

Cast Your Vote For 2014 Golden Fork Awards

D Grant Smith presents a Golden Fork to Iron & Wine back in 2009.

D Grant Smith presents a Golden Fork to Iron & Wine back in 2009.

After a 2 year hiatus, the Golden Fork Awards are back.

This year we’re celebrating the new music from indie and emerging bands like Trevor Hall, Dry The River, Dick LeMasters, Ronnie Fauss and others. You decide who had the best album, who was the best artist, best band, and best Feature Artist from 2014.

Cast your votes HERE.

The Golden Fork Award is a democratic means of awarding artists a prestigious congratulations from you the fans for music produced in a given year. The nominees came from regularly requested music and artists from this past year. Write ins are also welcome in each category.

Our Golden Fork Trophy, presented to winners each year. You pick the winner. That's Democracy in action.

Our Golden Fork Trophy, presented to winners each year. You pick the winner. That’s Democracy in action.

What do the winners get? The satisfaction of a fan-based award and the potential to have one of these on their mantel (or trophy case or what-have-you).

While the Grammy’s are being buzzed around, there are only a handful of “judges” who decide who gets that. Yes, that’s a notable recognition for success. But you the fans are left out of that conversation.

Our platform is all about connecting fans with emerging indie bands and artists, many of whom are working on their own to grow their platform. Help them take their music a step further. Vote now for your favorite artists featured this year.

Nominees this year include Jenny & Tyler, William Fitzsimmons, Wendy Colonna, Dry The River, Manchester Orchestra, James Vincent McMorrow, Trevor Hall, Ronnie Fauss, Dick LeMasters, Chuck Ragan, Fink, Matthew Mayfield, Ayron Jones & The Way, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Rah Rah, The Infatuations, and The Both.

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