Olive Klug / chrysalis / Cammi McDermott

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A key player in the new wave of contemporary folk singers, Olive Klug is an independent singer-songwriter with a rare vocal gift. Self-styled after genre icons like Joni Mitchell and Brandi Carlile, Klug is known for their beautiful tone and vividly honest storytelling. Their sound is reminiscent of the golden age of American folk music, but with a uniquely modern lyrical sensibility. Over the course of the next six months, Klug plans to release a series of singles, culminating in a debut full-length project. Klug’s lead single, “Out of Line,” is a full-band folk anthem about rejecting conformity. Lyrics like, “I’ll stop seeking to find, start saying what’s on my mind” chronicle Klug’s own deconstruction of the social norms they were once taught. While the choir singing “isn’t life so fun, ain’t it so great when you’re watching all the rules disintegrate” is a call to action for listeners to question what they’ve been taught. “Out of Line” is now available on all platforms.

Isa Ansin, known professionally as chrysalis, is a Boston-based singer-songwriter currently attending Berklee College of Music. Heavily influenced by artists they grew up listening to, such as Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as contemporaries like Field Medic, Indigo de Souza, and Adrianne Lenker, chrysalis fuses together a unique blend of indie pop and folk, while occasionally adding elements of rock and soul to their sound. They strive to integrate their love for music with their passion for the liberation of oppressed peoples by writing about their life and making an effort to predominantly work with artists who are BIPOC and/or queer.

Influenced by artists spanning pop, rock, folk, and country styles, one thing is certain: whether acoustic or sonically embellished, Cammi McDermott’s songs are raw, unfiltered, and—most importantly—authentic. Relatable and down-to-earth, McDermott is the queer “every-girl.” Guitar in hand, McDermott explores the intersection of grief and love candidly, writing about her relationships with people, the world around her, and, of course, herself.