World Watch: Cristovam

Country: Portugal

Growing up near the deep blue of the Atlantic and the lush green of the beautiful Azores islands, singer/songwriter Cristovam had incredible surroundings to help shape the tones of the music he would eventually make. With his influences being born from the massive record collection of his grandfather, as well as his love for modern artists like Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne and Bon Iver, Cristovam creates indie folk music that is full of warm, sunny hues.

Latest single “Golden Days” is a peaceful acoustic track, full of longing and emotion. Cristovam‘s lyrics are poetic without being esoteric (“Remember when love was everything? Under violet skies, we were walking on a string”), capturing a sense of nostalgia of the types of fond, love-filled memories we all have. “Setting Sun” drifts along a simple beat, allowing Cristovam‘s wistful vocals to wrap around the quiet acoustic chords and thrust the song’s melody skyward.

The influence of Dylan and other famous singers in the folk tradition can be heard most on songs like “Andra Tutto Bene”, which uses a simple, memorable chord progression so focus can be put on the lyrics. Cristovam‘s vocals recall other plaintive singers like Damien Rice and Passenger; warm and relatable, with little strain needed to convey the heart of his songs.

Listen to a couple of his tracks in our World Watch Playlist on Spotify or Apple!

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