There really isn't a dyed in the wool method to discovering music to share on Aimless Skylarking. Some of it comes from submissions, other times I find something on another blog, or one of the big music websites (not often), and then many times I'm digging around on Soundcloud and Bandcamp for something that catches my ear. But, the one method I employ more times than not is to listen to what other artists are listening to. When they like something, they'll share it. I've found a lot of gems that way.
For example, a few days back, many artists I follow on Twitter who are associated with Reeks of Effort Records were carrying on about an artist I'd never heard of, Cal Folger Day. After one listen, I was nonplussed, mainly because the track was quite different from most I'd heard from the label. It was folky. Despite that, I loved it, I am a sucker for good folk music after all, and before I knew it, I'd listened 10 times or more. Off the top, the song-bird vocals are wonderful. I felt as if I was at a poetry reading, listening to a tale unfold yet unconcerned about meaning, or anything else in the periphery because the delivery had entirely mesmerized me. After a few listens, I really listened to what was being presented, and the lyrics gripped me, "A witch once asked me what's my favorite fingernail/If I was a real girl/I'd have a favorite fingernail", propelled the already compelling track to soar even higher. Then, the folky composition turned positively pastoral with the very welcome addition of a violin to the track, a fiddle to us Southerners and a polarizing instrument if overdone. It's a stunning effort for my introduction to the artist, and I'm anxious to hear the rest of the EP, Adornament, due out February 9th.
Once I can digest 'Homez-A-Place', I'll be digging into her back catalog. Stream 'Homez-A-Place' below, it's my Song of the Day!