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Alasdair Roberts, Neil McDermot & Tartine de Clous
Au Cube

This is a lovely recording of three fellas, Alasdair Roberts, Neil McDermot & Tartine de Clous singing traditional French folk harmonies, accompanied by violin (and there's a great video of the live performance on Youtube in which they wear a rollneck, Breton shirt and a scarf - I kid you not!). The recording was made at a p...view item »


Amy Winehouse
Back To Black (Half-Speed Master)

Half-speed mastering is an incredibly clever and powerful tool in improving sound quality and clarity. When he record is cut everything is done at half the speed enabling the machine to cut at what will be perceived as much higher and lower frequencies when played at full speed. Therefore Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black...view item »


Stella Donnelly
Thrush Metal

Horribly appearing to have a mouthful of garden worms on the cover of this debut release, this Australian singer songwriter blends lovely sweet melodies with bold instinctive lyrics often aimed at men being arseholes. But like Liz Phair on Exit in Guyville the songs are both gorgeous and unique. Donnelly's voice has a lovely Aus...view item »


The Sensory Illusions
The Sensory Illusions

The Sensory Illusions are Bill Wells and tuba genius Danielle Price. Both the songs, which vary from jazz to folk and  more, and the name came to Wells in a dream. Wells has had a long and illustrious career, never content to settle. Price meanwhile has played with ...view item »


Anna Calvi
Anna Calvi

I've not heard this lady before so while I'm letting her sink in a little bit I've been trying to think of words that rhyme with 'Calvi', except I can't think of any. Not proper rhymes like. I guess it was fun thinking about it though. From reading the press release I was fully expecting this to be very PJ Harvey-ish (Patti Smith is mentioned, N...view item »


Beautify Junkyards
The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards

The third LP for Lisbon hypnagogicists Beautify Junkyards sees the group sticking to the rose-tinted music that landed them on Ghost Box in the first place. The Invisible World of Beautify Junkyards brings together English acid folk stylings, Brazilian tropicalia, Iberian psych and the German Kosmische ...view item »


Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay
The Hawksworth Grove Sessions

For those of you who don't recognise a Leeds road sign when you see one, this album was recorded in Leeds, a mere 40 minutes bus ride along River Aire from Norman Towers. Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay are both virtuoso acoustic guitarists, who together push the limits of British folk musics. ...view item »


Anni Hogan
Lost In Blue

A star-studded and aptly titled new album of forlorn songs by Anni Hogan (AEAEA, Attrition, Marc and the Mambas ...view item »


KT Tunstall
BBC Live Sessions

Over the years, guitar troubadour KT Tunstall has turned up and recorded at the BBC a few times: revisiting the sessions, some of them sounded quite good, so now here we go with a proper EP release. BBC Live Sessions includes some early-period treats, including a Jools Holland performance that kind of b...view item »


Mac DeMarco
Salad Days Demos

"Salad days are gone" sang Mac DeMarco on his beloved and commercially adored record Salad Days. In fact they are not, because he's now putting out his Salad Days Demos, collection original iterations of songs praised for their sparkly, rich guitar tones, breezy melodies and reassuringly chill themes. AM rock turned s...view item »


King Creosote
Rocket D.I.Y.

The first disc I have for review this week is a lovely one by King Creosote called 'Rocket D.I.Y.' Its really the most impressive thing I've heard him/them do. Its lovely quaint Scottish pop music that kind of reminds me of being on holiday in a Scottish coastal resort as evening falls, the lights twinkling in the distance. Ther...view item »


Dusty Springfield
Dusty In Memphis

A few years ago (I say ‘a few’ I probably mean 20) I read an opinion, I think in the NME, that the 10-second intro to Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield is the greatest 10 seconds of music ever recorded. It’s hard to argue with as it is very good indeed. Dusty Springfield released Dusty...view item »


Sufjan Stevens
Enjoy Your Rabbit

Originally released in 2001 before ‘Michigan’ and ‘Illinois’, Sufjan Steven’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ foretells his 2010 electronic ‘Age Of Adz’. Though overlooked by many, there...view item »


Larry Jon Wilson
New Beginnings

Larry Jon Wilson may have one of the loveliest voices I've ever heard, and yet odds are, you've never heard of him. Be With Records have taken on the important task of reissuing his early work, New Beginnings being his debut album recorded after a decade in corporate America....view item »


Larry Jon Wilson
Let Me Sing My Song To You

Larry Jon Wilson is compelling proof that spending time in corporate America isn't all corrupting. He spent ten years in a suit before starting a career as a musician. On Let Me Sing My Song To You, his second album, Wilson flexes his distinct funky country style alongside a voice that feels like the w...view item »


Lambchop
This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester M...view item »


Tom Waits
Glitter and Doom Live

This is Tom Waits' third live album since his arrival on the music scene in 1973. His first two, Nighthawks at the Diner, a live album of new material, and Big Time were both brilliant retrospectives of his evolution and Glitter and Doom is no different; pulling the majority of the material for this album from his work in the 2000s. As if his so...view item »


Rachael Dadd
Spark Illuminate / The Holly And The Ivy

It's Christmas 7" season and here's the latest by folky singer songwriter Rachel Dadd. She takes the image of the holly and the ivy as a base for two festive themed songs. Firstly she covers The Holly and the Ivy the actual 19th century folk song but also supplies an original song Spark Illuminate to warm your heart over the yul...view item »


Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

With a slew of understated folk records secured under his own name and a hell of a fun time had playing soft percussive noises for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman returns to his Father John Misty project, where he mixes esoteric lyricism with brazen folk rock arrangements. I Love You, Honeyb...view item »


Daniel Knox
Chasescene

Chicagoan vibrato-on-legs Daniel Knox scrambles Jarvis Cocker and Nina Natasia to lend their talents to new album Chasescene. Knox’s heartfelt, mongrel style of piano playing and weary, croaky voice drive his cinematic and noirish representations of nighttime heartbreak, intrigue and disar...view item »


Nick Drake
Bryter Layter

Bryter Layter should obviously be in your record collection, and luckily you don’t have to spend £1,000,000 on a crackly old dog of a copy anymore. Island have faithfully remastered and reissued this beautiful thing from the (almost) original master tapes, and packaged it so it’s just like how your Dad would have bough...view item »


Richard Swift
The Novelist / Walking Without Effort

Richard Swift is completely new to me. This album grabbed my attention from the off and have listened to it a number of times on digital. Each time I listen i love it even more, more so I have just ordered it on vinyl. Im looking forward to becoming acquainted with more of his work. His sound is completely unique to me and has pulled me away fro...view item »


John Shuttleworth
The Yamaha Years

Fifty-something DIY enthusiast, John Shuttleworth lives in Sheffield with his wife and two kids. He writes perfect kitchen-sink pop songs with the help of his portable Yamaha synthesizer. Available for the first time on vinyl, The Yamaha Years contains such classics as Pigeons In Flight and My Wife Died In ...view item »


Jonathan Wilson
Gentle Spirit

This is not a bad effort for a debut album and is most certainly authentic in it's attempt to create a Laurel Canyon style '70s singer/songwriter record. The title track which opens the album has a dreamy, ethereal vocal and recalls Essra Mohawk's "I Am The Breeze". "Can We Really Party Today?" continues the la...view item »


The Fernweh
The Fernweh

The Fernweh are a three-piece from Liverpool who play psych/folk/pop/rock that harks back to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Their music recalls Piper At The Gates Of Dawn-era Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Heron, The Trees and many Vertigo and Island bands of that era. Self...view item »


Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Irish artist Birgid Mae Power follows up her 2016 self-titled LP with The Two Worlds. Her expressive voice, gently warbling with more than a little Americana, could as well be likened to Grace Slick as to Elizabeth Fraser, although neither capture her entirely. On the excellent lead sin...view item »


Sharon Van Etten
Epic

I've heard this a few times and it's totally got under my skin. It's weird how some singer-songwriter stuff just connects with you and others don't. I find it's largely pretty samey music but occasionally something will come along which does it for me. Though it's not all as straight forward as guitar and vocals as there's drums, piano, lap stee...view item »


E.B. The Younger
To Each His Own

E.B. The Younger is Eric Brandon Pulido, the frontman of Midlake. To Each His Own sees him stepping out on his own for the first time, although it’s not his first album without his Midlake bandmates. He was part of BNQT, a supergroup includi...view item »


Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” is widely regarded as Wilco’s best album. The album took quite a journey before actually being released and due to a job cull at Warner’s, it was delayed, and Wilco were dropped by Warner off-shoot, Reprise. Eventually, Wilco got their album back, signed to Nonesuch and had it released. There were t...view item »


Smog
Wild Love

This album is very beautiful and very depressing. It will take you a while to appreciate this album, but once you get what Bill is trying to say on this album you will be blown away. The album is full of synth and string lines with hauntingly dead pan lyrics. I read a Jim O'Rourke interview once where he said that his favourite thing about Bill ...view item »


Carla J. Easton
Impossible Stuff

Scottish singer/songwriter Carla J Easton has her second solo album, Impossible Stuff, ready for your delectation. She has previously released albums as a member of TeenCanteen and under the alias Ette. After her debut solo album, Homemade Lemonade was critically ...view item »


Various
The Love You Save

The Love You Save brings together lesser-know nuggets of American soul music in a similar way to the oft-referenced Anthology of American Folk Music put together by Harry Smith. Nicely packaged with 24 tracks spread over two LPs there’s some real gems on here: From the soulful title track by Joe Tex...view item »


Red House Painters
Down Colourful Hill

It was the best of times, way back when Mark Kozelek was not awful to his audience and offensive to journalists; back when there was a forlorn band called Red House Painters weaving devastating lyrics in and out of slowcore threnodies. Down Colorful Hill was the very first entry into the band's canon...view item »


Sun Kil Moon
Ghosts Of The Great Highway

Out of print for far too long, Ghosts of the Great Highway is a timely reminder of the power and emotion Mark Kozelek's music once had. This was his first 'group' record post Red House Painters and is seen as one of his best. With a band featuring Anthony Koutsos (Red House Painters), Tim Moon...view item »


Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Beverly Copeland

Originally released in 1970, Beverly Copeland is a mix of jazz and blues in that smoky, Motown vein of artists such as Marlena Shaw and Gloria Ann Taylor. This low-key album by Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been a hidden-gem for years. Having now transiti...view item »


Living Music
To Allen Ginsberg

This is an odd little number. A bunch of Italians setting the poems of Ginsberg to tribal, psychedelic music. Why should this work, how could it work. Well around a minute and a half into the opening track 'Howl' and you begin to see how the simple, repetitive beats are the perfect platform for the strong vocals wh...view item »


Willard Grant Conspiracy
Untethered

Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy was another musical hero gone too soon. He died in February 2017 leaving a legacy of great alt. country music behind. Untethered is the band’s final album. It was completed before Fisher’s death but has only recently been given to the world, with band member David Michael Cur...view item »


Israel Nash Gripka
Live In Holland - Barn Doors Concrete Floors Tour

Remember neo-Americana soul-pourer Israel Nash Gripka’s 2011 live album 2011 Barn Doors Spring Tour, Live in Holland? Yes, that one. We do too, and now most of the so...view item »


Gil Scott-Heron
Pieces Of A Man

Pieces of a Man was Gil Scott-Heron’s debut album and was originally released in 1972. This reissue has been taken from the original master tapes. Pieces of a Man includes some of Gil Scott-Heron’s best and best known tracks such as The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and...view item »


King Creosote
Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boat Rides

Kenny And Beth’s Musikal Boat Rides was the album where Domino Records got involved with King Creosote. The Scottish singer/songwriter and Fence Collective founder also known as Kenny Anderson, had been prolific on his own Fence label prior to this. It was originally released in 2003 and contains songs written over a numbe...view item »


Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner
The Music From Bagpuss

Hello all 40+ somethings out there. You'll remember big saggy 70s cloth cat Bagpuss from your favourite childhood television show and the beautifully constructed folk soundtrack it snored around? Brings back memories doesn't it? Well the soundtrack actually works as a lovely album even without the nostalgia associated with the cat and now you ca...view item »


Robert Forster
Inferno

In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forste...view item »


Lily & Madeleine
Canterbury Girls

US duo Lily & Madeleine started making music at high school. They were young but very good at what they did and got signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Now signed to hip Nashville label New West, they’re not that much older and already have album number 4 ready to go. Canterbury Girl...view item »


Henry Jamison
Gloria Duplex

Gloria Duplex is the second album by Vermont-based singer/songwriter Henry Jamison. The album examines how it feels to be white and male in the US in the current social climate, but not in a disturbing Trump kind of way. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, with string arrangem...view item »


Jeff Tweedy
Warm

Warm is the second solo album by Jeff Tweedy, but the first to be comprised entirely from new material. It follows on from last year’s Together At Last, which contained acoustic versions of songs from his bands Wilco, Golden Smog and Loose Fur. Here, he is ab...view item »


Nick Drake
Pink Moon

Pretty much one of the most beautiful albums ever made. Just Nick, his ever fluid guitar playing, husky voice and on one track, a slither of piano. Listen to it late at night, on the headphones and admire the wonderful natural way the album was recorded. The songs are exquisite, odd at times, soothing at others. To me, the best Nick Drake album ...view item »


Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title.The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra...view item »


Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day

Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan, released in 1970, is notable for being a gentle folk classic, but also for being her only album until 2005’s Lookaftering. The album tells the tell of the time she left civilisation to join Donovan’s community of creative hippy types in the Hebrides. It was ...view item »


Serge Gainsbourg
Histoire De Melody Nelson

Time for a serious classic packaged up in fine Light In the Attic style, I've got a feeling that's always gonna be an exciting thing to behold after the amazing job they did on Black Monk time a few months back. This time around it's Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson that's given the remastered 180g vinyl in tip-on gatefold sleeve treatm...view item »


Sufjan Stevens
Songs For Christmas

How nice it would be to live in Sufjan world. Each year around the festive season he'd gather round with friends to make a Christmas EP. He'll be there in a massive jumper singing away. Heartwarming. Well this tradition went on for a few years and now you can get all the yuletide fruits on this box set of all the songs. Sufjan's folky and melanc...view item »


Robert Wyatt
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard

At its heart, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard is an active listening album. What I mean is, if you don't pay attention when you listen to it, you probably won't enjoy it very much. If you're not already a Robert Wyatt fan, I'm not sure if Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard is the best or most accessible place to start--that honour might go to Rock Bott...view item »


The Walker Brothers
Nite Flights

My introduction to Scott Walker was a quite recent TV showing of Scott Walker: 30th Century Man documentary. I got to see the documentary two times, and both showings got me deeper and deeper into the world of Walker. I've been an electronic dance music DJ for over two decades, concentrating mainly in techno, I...view item »


Neil Young
After The Gold Rush

Neil’s 1970 masterpiece is sublimely balanced. The lonesome piano stoner anthem of the title track, the eerie / uplifting Don’t Let It Bring you Down, Only Love Can Break Your Heart’s hippy wisdom, a pair of Crazy Horse rockers, and a few weepies. There’s not a song here that wouldn’t be an essentia...view item »


Calexico
The Black Light (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Black Light by Calexico was originally released 20 years ago so it seems fitting that we now have a 20th anniversary version to savour. It was the band’s second album, but probably the first to get them noticed. Their mix of mariachi brass, flamenco, indie rock and jazz wrapped up in dusty Americana was seamlessly blen...view item »


Michael Chapman
True North

Yorkshire Folk legend Michael Chapman has been releasing albums since 1969 on fairly consistent basis, in terms of quality and quantity, barring the odd gap here and there. True North is his latest offering and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed album, 50. He is loved by the likes of Thurston Moore and...view item »


Daniel Romano
Finally Free

Daniel Romano is definitely good at two things: 1) making his album covers look like albums that are found in charity shops (check out the covers for Workin’ For The Music Man and Come Cry With Me). 2) working hard - Finally Free is his eighth album in as many years. His music has run the gamut of classic sounds from the p...view item »


James Yorkston
The Route To The Harmonium

I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life  - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. Th...view item »


Mandolin Orange
Tides of a Teardrop

Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tun...view item »


Matt Elliott
Drinking Songs

Matt Elliott likes a drink. I've been informed of this by Leeds indie funsters Hood who are old mates of his & I've heard a couple of really amusing stories I can tell yer. He likes a drop of the demon booze so much in fact he's entitled his latest beautifully packaged CD 'Drinking Songs'. Think this is one for all you mournfu...view item »


Red House Painters
Red House Painters / Rollercoaster

The high watermark of Mark Kozelek's career was both reminiscent of his earlier, more dour slowcore and indicative of the sombre guitar sage he'd become on early Sun Kil Moon records (before he became The Worst). Rollercoaster is a classic, a singer-songwriter record that languishes with the form in favou...view item »


Elliott Smith
Roman Candle

On Elliott Smith's debut album he seems to be still finding his own feet in terms of sound and songwriting. On later albums he most definitely sounds like Elliott Smith where his feelings were let out in his lyrics. In places on here, the music matches his distress, the best example being the foreboding "Last Call". In places his influences are ...view item »


Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen on Broadway

Der-ner-ner derrrr ner-ner-ner, on Broooooadwaaaaay! Unfortunately this new collection from The Boss doesn’t feature a cover of the classic ‘60s paean to Manhattan, but Springsteen On Broadway...view item »


Ed Harcourt
Beyond The End

Famed for writing exquisite pop songs that plough similar furrows to Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson on albums such as Here Be Monsters before turning his hand to being songwriter to the stars, Ed Harcourt follows his expansive major label debut, Furnaces (2016), with a real curveball. Beyond Th...view item »


Sun Kil Moon
This Is My Dinner

This Is My Dinner is the ninth album from Sun Kil Moon. It was written and recorded in November and December 2017 in Copenhagen and San Francisco. There are covers of AC/DC and Partridge Family songs. Mark Kozelek has also set a chapter from Irish writer, John Con...view item »


Jim Ford
Harlan County



Stephen Steinbrink
Utopia Teased

And I thought Stephen Steinbrink was such a nice clean living young man. Well understandably perhaps, after the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland he went a bit off the rails... eating LSD daily, refusing to sleep and locking himself in his studio. The results are contained within Utopia Teased, an album which eschews the clear...view item »


David Allred
The Transition

David Allred’s The Transition arrives on Erased Tapes (A Winged Victory For The Sullen, ...view item »


Bob Dylan
More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

More Blood More Tracks by Bob Dylan is available as 2LP or CD versions which offer an interesting, diluted overview of different takes from his classic 1975 album Blood On The Tracks. It is also available as - Dylan nerds, listen up - a 6CD box set with numerous outtakes of each track including 8 ...view item »


Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD....view item »


Adrianne Lenker
Abysskiss

A collection of new and unforgotten songs from Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker. The songs on Abysskiss are much more intimate than those Lenker plays with her band, giving us a more complete vision of her abilities as a songwriter. The guitar playing is plaintive and tender, and ...view item »


Rosali
Trouble Anyway

After stints in the bands Long Hots and Wandering Shade, Rosali is now sharing both her strength and vulnerability on her new album Trouble Anyway. Charlie Hall from War On Drugs, Purling Hiss mainman Mike Polizze and critically a...view item »


Jeff Buckley
Grace

Despite a number of archival and live albums, Grace was the only full studio album released by Jeff Buckley. Still, high points of the singer-songwriter's celebrated but tragically short career - 'Last Goodbye', 'Hallelujah', 'Lover, You Should Have Come Over' - were part of the collection, and deservedly so....view item »


Kathryn Joseph
From When I Wake The Want Is

Kathryn Joseph's debut Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled was a bit of a sad corker winning all kinds of Scottish awards. This is her second record and first for Mogwai's Rock Action imprint. Expect windswept bleak confessionals with a warm heart and quivering delivery that soothe rath...view item »


Low
The Invisible Way

There is no such thing as a bad Low album, just good, very good and mediocre. Their last effort ‘C’mon‘ had a few killer songs but also a fair few forgettable ones. It seems since the wild experimentation of the very good ‘Drums and Guns’ they have retreated into a safe Low-shaped ho...view item »


This Is The Kit
Moonshine Freeze

Kate Stables’ project This Is The Kit has a new album out, and it is a beautiful and multi-angled thing, with instrumentation and production (by John Parish) that moves lightly around Kate’s songs. Moonshine Freeze feels playful and fleet-footed without bein...view item »


Marisa Anderson
Cloud Corner

Portland’s Marisa Anderson is a masterful exponent of what was once described as American Primitive guitar. Her music is steeped in blues, country and bluegrass traditions, and delivered with an understated confidence. This is her first for Thrill Jockey, and sees her utilising acoustic guitar alongside he...view item »


Father John Misty
God’s Favorite Customer

Oh hold on, so what happened to that wife he spent hours and hours droning on about? Because the press release here says 'God’s Favorite Customer 'reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom'. Is it because he sounds like Elton John? Anyway ‘God’s...view item »


Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord ...view item »


Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx - not sure if that’s a nom de plume or not - drops her debut LP via Mama Bird (Courtney Marie Andrews, Vikesh Kapoor). The press release seemed quite keen for this blurb writer to not compare her to Angel Olsen, but when someone ...view item »


S. Carey
Hundred Acres

S. Carey presents his third album to date, in the form of Hundred Acres. In the past, the jazz-trained Carey has dabbled with minimalism in his music, but Hundred Acres finds him fully embracing the pastoral folk beauty of his sound. This is a lush, thoughtful listen, full of images of nature. ...view item »


Sun Kil Moon
Universal Themes

New album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon project. Universal Themes contains the familiar Kozelek sound and approach (forward-strolling rock and lyrics on whatever is on Kozelek’s mind that day), but this time with help from Sonic Youth dru...view item »


St. Vincent
Marry Me

It's nice to know that Annie Clarke (St. Vincent) would go to the humble beginnings of Marry Me to the critically lauded Strange Mercy and follow that with the commercially successful self-titled. I went through St Vincent's back catalogue backwards and expected this album to be a fairly "cute" affair with simple acoustic pop songs and playful m...view item »


Julien Baker
Turn Out The Lights

Sophomore full length from Memphis, TN based singer/songwriter Julien Baker. Two years after making her debut on 6131 she has been snapped up by Matador, and Turn Out The Light develops her delicate, intimate and vulnerable songwriting further. Life, down on record, through gorgeous Buckley esque guitar, piano and vocal...view item »


Kevin Morby
City Music

Kevin Morby is releasing a new twelve-track record entitled City Music. This is his fourth album that adds to an already classic collection of indie and folk style songs, but seemingly veers off on a different path than his previous releases. His monotone vocals and simplistic music style make for a quality and dee...view item »


Aldous Harding
Party

New Zealand's Aldous Harding came to prominence with her self titled debut from a couple of years ago  - a word of mouth hit which showcased her ghostly laments and eerie torch songs. Well now she is back and she travelled all the way to Bristol to record it with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parrish. ...view item »


Julia Jacklin
Don’t Let The Kids Win

No relation to golf's Tony, Julia Jacklin is an Australian singer songwriter who has quit her job in an essential oils factory in order to concentrate on her music career. Despite the Jenny Hval-ish sleeve art this is a much more traditional fayre the kind of gentle rolling alt folk that might appeal to fans of ...view item »


Various
Heartworn Highways – Original Soundtrack

The documentary film Heartworn Highways and its soundtrack perfectly captures the time when country troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, among others, began to wrestle the credibility of country music back from the shiny over-production that was going on in Nashville...view item »


Brigid Mae Power
Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power has absorbed the true flavour of Ireland during her time living there. Although this self-titled album was recorded in Oregon, USA (with Peter Broderick), Galway remains audible. Her songs often feel like a thick, mournful dream, textured with accordions, harmoniums, and her magnificent voice. O...view item »


Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago is the 2007 debut album by Bon Iver, who at the time consisted solely of Justin Vernon. After his band DeYarmond Edison split, and he’d suffered a bout of serious illness, he set off for a cabin in the woods to write and record the album. The resulting recording is no...view item »


Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

It had been three years since Joanna Newsom’s previous album, Ys. To make up for this gap, she made a triple album, Have One On Me, essentially one single album for each year that she missed. Despite its lengthy sprawl, it was more accessible than its predecessor, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell...view item »


Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

‘Have You In My Wilderness’ is a collection of dreamy, atmospheric, intimate ballads textured with the imagery inspired by various literary references, exploring familiar themes such as love and human relationships in a way that is enigmatic and slightly unnerving. The record seems to be drawn from a more personal source than her fir...view item »


FKA Twigs
LP 1

Former Jessie J dancer releases her debut prosaicly titled album. Is it the future of r&b or a trendified Beyonce rip off? Mike will be along soon to tell you.   Preface Lights On Two Weeks Hours Pendulum Video Girl Numbers Closer Give Up...view item »


Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

Bill Callahan very rarely disappoints and 'Apocalypse' is not likely to dissuade me from the belief that he's one of America's finest singer/songwriters. You'll be pleased and not particularly surprised to hear that this is another solid collection of songs from Mr. Smogman. It's a livelier collection than last years rather somber yet completely...view item »


Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness

The initial impression left by the first few tracks of this much anticipated album is the amount of time producer John Congleton spends sloshing digital distortion over everything. The oldest trick in the book to make an artist sound ‘edgy’ is used several times in the first trio of songs and you are left wondering why they didn&rsqu...view item »


King Krule
6 Feet Beneath The Moon

Looking somewhat like my little brother aged six and armed with a voice something like a Billy Bragg who has the slathering, jowely mouth of a bloodhound, King Krule is certainly a distinctive artist and one who will divide opinion. He has slowly unfurled his talents over the...view item »


St. Vincent
Strange Mercy

I don't know about you but I don't trust anyone with curly hair. From Leo Sayer to Malcolm McLaren, you have to give them a very, very wide berth. St Vincent is a lady from New York who once toured with Sufjan Stevens, a man I had a bizarre dream about last night where he turned out to...view item »


Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Up From Below

There's an immediate melodic easiness to "Up From Below" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Sunny, positive catchy songs with a touch of gospel about them. There's something that makes me feel uneasy though - it might be that this should be a 10/10 album but it just doesn't quite hit those heights. Perhaps there's an air of over-confidence...view item »


Bonnie Prince Billy
I See A Darkness

Will Oldham’s 6th album is his first where he uses the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy moniker. Everything Will Oldham does well is on here. It’s sparse yet intense, strong yet fragile. “A Minor Place” opens the album and is one of two tracks that could be said to have any tempo, the ot...view item »


Adele
19

Hot tip for world domination is Adele with her debut album 19. Fortunately I've just bought my brand new enormous coffee table and I'm gonna put it in the middle of the road as that is where this music lies. Sure she's got a great voice which 'sounds' very soul.. I wouldn't knock that. The girl can sing and she seems top be able to string a song...view item »


Antony & The Johnsons
I Am A Bird Now

I Am A Bird Now is one of those albums you will be delighted to have found. It is moving, eloquent, beautiful, soulful and most important of all, unique. The lead singer has a wonderful voice that was immediately reminiscent of Nina Simone and from the album opener "Hope There's Someone" you know you are in for a very special album. While only j...view item »


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