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Father John Misty
Live at Third Man Records

Shy and retiring songwriter Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) made a rare public appearance in September 2017 and it just happened to be at Third Man studios on Nashville. Much to his embarrassment presumably, the whole thing was taped and has now been released on an LP. The songs cover all three Father John Misty releases an...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 »

Devendra Banhart
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

I used to quite like Devendra Banhart but he wound me up after a while. The whole Jesus thing you know...... I wanted to smash his bearded goon face in. Well not really.... he's probably a nice guy and I'm a total pacifist. His warbling voice takes a bit of getting used to but once you've got used to lamb bleeting there is some joy to be had in his...view item »

Silver Jews
American Water

Is American Water different from UK water?  Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We...view item »

Meg Baird
Seasons On Earth

Meg 'her out of Espers' Baird has a lovely line in solo acoustic stuff on the side, and this is her latest. It's very much in the vein of a female-vocalled Smog, maybe Will Oldham or Lambchop at their quieter moments. Lots of e...view item »

Kurt Vile
b’lieve i'm goin down…

b’lieve i’m goin down… is album number six from troubadour Kurt Vile. What he has for us is a rich new collection of twelve songs, a kind of country-indie-rock that Vile is obviously extremely comfortable making. CD and 2LP editions, and also available as a triple-LP with six extra tr...view item »

Cat Power
Moon Pix

Cat Power’s fourth LP Moon Pix, which was released originally in 1998. It was the product of a hallucinatory nightmare, but listening to is far more pleasant than such an experience. A contemplative, nuanced achievement from the singer/songwriter. Available on 120g vinyl or 180gm reissue on Matador....view item »

Immigrant
The Empress

The Empress is the 16th album by Scottish singer-songwriter Immigrant. He has previously released albums through Fence Records, Chaffinch Records, Brian Records and Oscarson, and through his own imprint. The special editions of The Empress are being released exclusively through Norman Records prior to a standard release later in the year...view item »

Laura Veirs
Saltbreakers

Saltbreakers was Laura Veirs 6th album, originally released in 2007. It showcased a fuller sound than her previous work with full band arrangements and a fuller production but is still mesmerisingly beautiful. Veirs music always sounds like it was written next the sea on a cold winters day. How does she do it? I don't k...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 »

Terry Callier
The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier

The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier was the debut album by the celebrated guitarist. The album was recorded in one afternoon in 1964, capturing a raw talent in his element. With just voice, guitar and a pair of bass players, Callier infuses jazz and soul with folk to create a unique sound. The alb...view item »

Lindsay Clark
Crystalline

Begat and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains and now resident of Portland, Oregon, subtle songwriter and nature-lover Lindsay Clark returns with her fourth album. Crystalline focuses on highly delicate, nuanced songwriting. Layered vocals, piano, flute, clarinet, piano and guitar quietly articulate Clark & co's e...view item »

Current 93
HoneySuckle Æons

A 2011 suite of sound-weird from Current 93, now reissued on gold vinyl. The band’s line-up for Honeysuckle Aeons includes regulars Andrew Liles and David Tibet as well as Baby Dee and Armen Ra. The tone is mournful and introspective, and the musi...view item »

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Ghost Stories For Christmas

Who would you rather spend time with in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year than Aidan Moffat? He's bound to be a cheery presence around the table and here hooks up with pal RM Hubbert for an album of Christmas themed songs including a rendition of Mud's 'Lonely This Christmas'. Also contains th...view item »

Songs: Ohia
Love & Work: The Lioness Sessions

The Lioness was one of Jason Molina's most loved works under his Songs: Ohia moniker. This was the album he recorded in Scotland with Alasdair Roberts and members of Arab Strap guesting. This 2LP re-issue has been expanded to include  no less than seven outtakes fr...view item »

Sharron Kraus with Belbury Poly
Other Voices 10

How can't you get excited by this? First up it's the last ever release on Ghostbox's highly collectible 'Other Voices' series and second up it's a track by wondrous folk musician and singer Sharron Kraus backed with a remix by Ghostbox favourites Belbury Poly.  You just know these will be collectible so don't miss out. ...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 »

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 »

Willie J Healey
666 Kill

Willie J Healey took a novel approach to writing the songs for his first record of new material since 2017 debut LP People And Their Dogs. As soon as an idea would appear in his head Healey sought to flesh it out without over-elaborating the writing process. The results are these six tracks of plaintive freak-folk that ...view item »

Francis Plagne
Funeral Mutes

Frances Plagne (of Waste Drink and Food Court) is a keen explorer of longform experimental folk songs, with at least a touch of prog. Funeral Mutes was recorded with assistance ...view item »

Angelo De Augustine
Tomb

We absolutely loved Angelo De Augustine's Swim Inside the Moon LP here at the towers and so are exited to hear this follow up in which label boss and all round quiet genius  Sufjan Stevens guests. De Augustine's sound in fact isn't that far away from Steven's hushed balladry,lots of creaking acoustic guitars, quie...view item »

The Gracious Losers
The Last of the Gracious Losers

More creativity from Glasgow which is surely one of the UK's most productive cities. I went to a dog disco there  - it was incredible. Anyway this is the brainchild of one Jonathan Lilley and it features a 12 piece ensemble made out of people from Thrum, God Help the Girl and something called The Berri...view item »

Current 93
Soft Black Stars

Soft Black Stars was he 15th album by folk-based experimentalists Current 93. Originally released in 1998, the album came 15 years into the band’s career. This remastered 2LP reissue features two additional versions of closing track Chewing On Shadows, never before released on vinyl. For the...view item »

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Fair Lady London

Indie-folk couple, formerly of Indigo Moss and Danny & The Champions Of The World, Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou put their career on the back-burner for a few years to have a baby. Now they’re back with Fair Lady London, their fifth album. After having the luxury of a full studio and the ...view item »

John Grant
Love Is Magic

John Grant feels that album-by-album his music is becoming a truer reflection of who he is. Judging by the cover of his 4th solo album, Love Is Magic, he’s really coming out of his shell. The former Czars frontman debuted with Queen Of Denmark, an album of sublime soft rock with unflinching and, at times, ...view item »

Charalambides
Charalambides: Tom and Christina Carter

Though Tom and Christina Carter have enjoyed long and varied solo careers, they are also known for their long running acid-fried improvisational duo Charalambides. You'd think from the title that this was a 'best of' of some sort but no this is a new studio album, delving deeper into their hypnotic world. Recorded over two ...view item »

Richard Ashcroft
Natural Rebel

I mean... will you just look at him. This 'natural rebel' was of course best known for being the frontman of the Verve until they multi imploded. "My strongest set of songs to date" says Ashcroft about his latest collection. Not a hard achievement I suppose given the quality (or lack of) seen in his solo career to date.  So...view item »

Scott Walker
Scott 4

From way back in 1969, Scott 4 is a classic of intense and majestic songcraft; the first set of entirely Walker penned songs combining sophisticated, easy-listening pop with lyrical complexity touching on the darkest of subject matter. Seen as a something of a commercial flop at the time of its release compared to his four previous albums, Scott...view item »

Buxton
Stay Out Late

Texas quintet Buxton emerge from an involuntary hiatus of strummer’s block with new album Stay Out Late. Aside from dictating to you how to spend your Friday night, the album comprises the results of reinvigorated creativity, the band having found itself back in the studio for the first time in years. The similarity of pri...view item »

Julie Doiron
Julie Doiron Canta en Español Vol. III

Former Eric's Trip bassist Julie Doiron has long been a much loved songwriter whose work has been compared to Damien Jurado or Bill Callahan. Influenced by the '60s and '70s songwriters who did the same and with the assistance of label boss and poet Jesus Llorente she has now tr...view item »

Will Oldham
Songs of Love and Horror

Will Oldham yet again mines his own back catalogue this time as solo singer songwriter armed with just voice and guitar. It will be interesting to hear how everything sits in such an intimate setting. The album has also been made as a companion piece to a book of his lyrics which is about to be published. And as a plus p...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 »

Kevin Morby
Live at Third Man Records

Kevin Morby Live At Third Man Records contains stripped-back versions of Destroyer and Black Flowers, which originally appear on his third album, Singing Saw. Morby has now released four solo albums since his time as bass player for lo-fi folk rockers Woods and frontman for indie rock band The Babies...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 »

Phosphorescent
Song For Zula 

This song has a mellow nature, it's relaxing. It also pops up in the film The Spectacular Now. This is one of the best songs for closing credits of any movie I have ever seen. It might have at least partially been due to this being an excellent, moving film. I can't imagine anyone watching The Spectacular Now and not wanting to own "Song for Zul...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 »

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
Ghost Forests

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore are both great, let's be honest. So Ghost Forests was bound to be a winner of a record: and so it has proved. The two musician...view item »

Marianne Faithfull
Negative Capability

Negative Capability is the 23rd album Marianne Faithfull in a recording career that spans 54 years. This time she has hooked up with a stellar cast of real cool dudes to express her feelings on loneliness, love and loss. Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis...view item »

Mount Eerie
(after)

Following the decision to release the most personal album ever made in A Crow Looked At Me Phil Elverum went out on tour as Mount Eerie playing these heartbroken songs in front of gasping audiences across the US and Europe. Though no recordings were allowed, someone taped one of the shows and here it is in all it's frag...view item »

Mount Eerie
A Crow Looked At Me

Here is something very special indeed. A new Mount Eerie album is always something to be cherished but this one deals with the grief and loss suffered by Phil Elverum following the tragic passing of his wife. To put this sense of loss into his art ....well I just hope in some way it was cathartic for him. The results are al...view item »

Mount Eerie
Now Only

The creative process for Mount Eerie's Now Only took place just after the release of the lavishly praised A Crow Looked At Me (winner of our own Album of the Year 2017, of course). Here, Phil Elverum continues his candidly lyrical and artistic exploration of the loss of his wife Geneviève. The record fol...view item »

Mount Eerie
2 remixes by Wolves In The Throne Room

As it says on the tin, these are two remixes of songs off Mount Eerie's 'Wind Poem' by Olympia's Wolves in the Throne Room. The latter took the unmixed songs and added bits and bats of synth and bass to 'Lost Wisdom'. 'Mouth of Sky' was mixed in dub stylee using Lee 'Scratch' Perry inspired techniques and was ma...view item »

Valley Maker
Rhododendron

Valley Maker is the project of Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane. On Rhododendron, taking inspiration from the likes of Gillian Welch, Bill Fay and Jason Molina, he sings about moving from one thing, place or belief to another. With all this m...view item »

Comus
First Utterance

Hark friend, do you hear? It's the LEGENDARY SHIT alarm ringing in your ear. An official 180g reissue, from the original master tapes no less, of one of the most insane (and influential) experimental folk records of all time, one that really, truly earns the retrospective 'freak folk' tag more than almost any of the comparatively tame and conven...view item »

Micah P. Hinson
Micah P Hinson and the Nothing

This is the first Micah P Hinson album made without the use of his arms. He had a horrid van accident in Spain and so for this album sent some demos he’d been working on to some people around the world whilst he was in recovery. He then did some recording in Spain with local musicians in order to finish the album off. Opener &lsquo...view item »

Anna St. Louis
If Only There Was A River

Anna St. Louis’s voice is not powerful. Nor is it impressive. It’s not even particularly reliable - the eleven tracks of If Only There Was A River find her frequently sliding between notes to find pitch. However, all of this stuff just adds fuel to the fire of David Byrne’s old adage t...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 »

Robbie Basho
Venus In Cancer

Venus In Cancer was the sixth album by American acoustic guitarist, Robbie Basho. It was originally released in 1969 on the Blue Thumb label. Often mentioned in the the same breaths as fellow virtuoso players John Fahey and Leo Kottke,  Basho threw a whole load of east...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
Insignificance

“Insignificance” may well be Jim O’Rourke’s best album. It opens with the magnificent “All Down Hill From Here” which has the crunchy guitars of “Monster”-era REM but O’Rourke’s vocal is much less intense than what Michael Stipe would have delivered. Then there’s the gentle musica...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 »

Vera Sola
Shades

An album from one of them there singer-songwriter types here. Vera Sola’s got a nifty Angel Olsen sort of thing going on on her debut LP Shades...view item »

Josephine Foster
Fairy Faithful Harmony

I wonder if she can remember the time she played in Shipley? Here is a song cycle of 18 new songs by the Spain based singer songwriter. Here she self produces and accompanies herself on all kinds of instruments including guitar, piano an organ on an album exploring themes of morality and mortality. Which you do when you've been to Shipley. ...view item »

Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit
Live at the Roundhouse

Rosey-cheeked posho Johnny Flynn played at London’s Roundhouse to celebrate a decade of getting rich off his Downton Abbey-ass brand of Eton folk. He also brought his band of Merrie Men (who go by the The Sussex Wit, which is a bad name) along for some company. The recording of this gig is called ...view item »

Jim James
Uniform Clarity

Only a few short months ago My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist Jim James dropped a record of fuzzy Americana entitled Uniform Distortion. Now he’s come through with an LP called Uniform Clarity. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the baker's dozen of tracks here are acousti...view item »

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
Everything's Getting Older

A fascinating collaboration here between ex-Arab Strap mumbler Aidan Moffat and Glaswegian experimental jazz composer and pianist Bill Wells. This really works. It's beautifully recorded and as would be expected the vocals and piano are to the fore, but it never slips into a rut. The album's centrepiece seems to be the shimmering, achingly beaut...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 »

Lida Husik
motheroceanmorning

Charming little release here. You might remember Lida Husik from the music she released in the ‘90s on labels including Caroline Records and Astralwerks. motheroceanmorning may have emerged on the more modest Fish Prints, but that doesn’t make the ten tunes ...view item »

Smog
A River Ain't Too Much To Love

A River Ain't Too Much To Love is Callahan's first pretty straight forward country record, a sound he's kept pretty much in tact ever since. The whole thing is somber and delicate, but bursts of melody shine through on each track and (more importantly) Bill's gut-wrenchingly brutal lyrics are here in full-swing. Tracks like "Say Valley Maker", "...view item »

Bert Jansch
Just a Simple Soul

Just A Simple Soul is the first career-spanning anthology of master guitarist and folk hero, Bert Jansch. The album has been compiled by super-fan Bernard Butler along with the Bert Jansch estate. For the uninitiated, this collection will give you an insight into the music and tal...view item »

Novo Amor & Ed Tullett
Heiress

Heiress is the culmination of over three years of writing, recording, rerecording and tinkering on the part of electro indie-folk producer Ed Tullett and multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ali Meredith-Lacey aka Novo Amor. Bursting with choruses of heartfelt crooning and very meaningful lyrics...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 »

Cursive
Vitriola

Emo punks Cursive have passed the time since their inception writing about the difficulties of settling down and keeping the love you've found. Tim Kasher has effectively made it his life's work to expose, via shouting, the stresses of domestic living, and has also made some great, weird concept albums about relat...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 »

Benoît Pioulard
Slow spark, soft spoke

I love you Benoît, and if that's quite alright, I love you Benoît. Yes, Norman favourite Benoît Pioulard finally has a follow-up to The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter at the ready. That LP was a wonderful collection of folksy songs reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez...view item »

Smog
Supper

Smog or (Smog) hasn't been a favourite of mine since he slept with my mates girlfriend. All a bit nasty that and coupled with his dreadful recent output I had kind of given up on him. But against all odds the Harrogate born song minstrel comes good. This new album stands up well with his earlier...view item »

Glenn Jones
The Wanting

Compared to the thrillingly mournful songwriting of Charlie Parr, this album by Glenn Jones sounds rather one-dimensional. He has his schtick and that's drifting expansive solo guitar explorations that sound almost exactly like John Fahey. You could also compare the 12 string meanderi...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 »

Cat Power
Wanderer

Cat Power celebrates the great blues tradition of transience on her first album in six years Wanderer. It was written over the course of a couple years during which she toured, and travelled, and played. Folk and blues are fundamentally collaborative genres and Wanderer is no different, featuring ...view item »

Red House Painters
Old Ramon

The Red House Painters recorded their sixth and final album, Old Ramon, in the late nineties, although it took several years for it to be released due to label wranglings. Its consequent ‘legendary lost album’ status turned out to be fairly warranted, as this is one of Mark Kozelek's stronge...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Plainly Mistaken

Banjo player, Nathan Bowles, who has played with Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers and Pelt has assembled a band for the first time for his new album, Plainly Mistaken. Casey Toll of Mt. Moriah plays double bass whilst CAVE drummer Rex McMurry ...view item »

Madeline Kenney
Perfect Shapes

Perfect Pitchfork-ready indie dreaming here from Madeline Kenney who has had her latest produced by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. She's previously been compared with Liz Phair and has worked extensively with Chaz Bear (Toro Y Moi). She's also getting ready to tour the UK and Europe just as s...view item »

Seabuckthorn
They Haunted Most Thickly

‘They Haunted Most Thickly’ is the latest release from Seabuckthorn aka acoustic, ambient guitarist Andy Cartwright. With influences ranging from the trad styles of Robbie Basho and Jack Rose to the modern masters such as Ben Chasny, Zak Riles, and Gustavo Santaolalla, Cartwright uses open tunings and resonant twelve strings to const...view item »

Kurt Vile & Steve Gunn
Gunn Vile

This was initially released in limited quantities as part of Three Lobed's Parallelogram series but has since received a deserved wider release. The two musicians combine perfectly on songs by the likes of John Prine, Randy Newman and Nico, each bringing their distinct qualities to the plat...view item »

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Here Lies The Body

Look at this all-star cast. Arab Strap's Aidan Moffat teams up with guitar ace RM Hubbert in a super-sized collaboration that also includes guest appearances from Siobhan Wilson (cello/vocals) and Rachels Rachel Grimes on piano. All comes out on Mogwai's Rock Action to keep...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 »

Micah P. Hinson
When I Shoot At You With Arrows, I Will Shoot To Destroy You

Strong words from Texas native Micah P. Hinson, although his album seems to be on target if you're big into distorted singer-songwriter stuff with a retro early 2000s feel. When I Shoot at You With Arrows, I Will Shoot to Destroy You is the 4th album by the man who considers Obama to be 'the Murderer of the American Dre...view item »

Mark Lanegan
Scraps At Midnight

It's been around 18 years since my work colleague sent me off to purchase this CD for him. I picked it up from the local record store, and as I wasn't seeing him for a few days, I took it home and gave it a play. As soon as I heard those huge chords hit at the start of Hospital Roll Call, my life was changed forever. Lanegan's vocal refrain of '...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 »

Stick In The Wheel
Follow Them True

London-based folkies and multiple folk award nominees Stick In The Wheel have given folk music a bit of a thematic update by being politically and culturally aware, linking today’s world to the traditional folk tales of yesteryear, with a kitchen sink-style delivery. Their second album Follow Them True sees the band taking...view item »

Phoebe Bridgers
Stranger In The Alps

We've already had Sinatra's Strangers in the Night now US singer songwriter Phoebe Bridgers brings us Strangers in the Alps. This is her first record for Dead Oceans following on from a 7" on Ryan Adams label Pax Am and has also been on the advert for the I Phone singing 'Gigantic' by the Pixies...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 »

Mark Kozelek & Sean Yeaton
Yellow Kitchen

Why does Mark Kozelek have so many friends? Here he sings over music made by Sean Yeaton (Parquet Courts) and features guest appearances by Will Oldham, Steve Shelley, Jim White and an actual woman in Holly Throsby. Let’s hope Kozelek kept his views to himself i...view item »

Father John Misty
Pure Comedy

Here he comes again 'The Dancing Man' whose varied folk stylings on 'I Love You Honeybear' sent him from folk also-ran to beard of a generation. That album's mix of confessional songwriting, daring lyricism and evocative and diverse production made it more than just another folk album. I wonder how many songs on this much anticipated follow up a...view item »

Terry Reid
The Other Side Of The River

Terry Reid is relatively unknown compared to what could have been: Jimmy Page asked him to be the vocalist for Led Zeppelin. Reid turned the offer down, Robert Plant got the job and the rest is history. Reid has an incredible voice which earned him the nickname Superlungs. He ha...view item »

Jack White
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Here’s the opportunity for a different angle on the busy career of Jack White. While White is usually electrified, these are Jack White Acoustic Recordings, and they span his whole career to date, from 1998 White Stripes material to 2016 solo material. Includes some real deep cuts...view item »

Julianna Barwick
Will

Julianna Barwick returns with her follow up to 2013’s joyous Nepenthe. On Will the experimental songwriter still uses ambient music, but the sounds are denser. After Barwick got to experiment with a prototype Moog synthesizer, she decided to incorporate synth textures alongside her looped ...view item »

Jon Hopkins
Insides

Much like a giant robot and/or alien standing relentlessly on two buildings at the same time, Jon Hopkins manages to straddle the not-so fine lines between modern classical, IDM and dubstep/bassy nonsense with incredible panache. Opener 'The Wider Sun' is a good place to start to achieve the first of those three...view item »

David Bowie
★ (Blackstar)

David Bowie has another new album out! The mysteriously titled ★, which is less mysteriously known as Blackstar is his first new material since the weird single Sue (or in a Season of Crime) in 2014 and first album since the brilliant The Next Day in 2013. ★ is available on CD and on vinyl wit...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 »

Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens left behind the folk game a long time ago, declaring his plan to write fifty records for fifty states a mere joke -- a sentiment that failed to wash away the beauty of the ornately composed Michigan and the pantomimic Illinoise. In the years since, he's been writing song cycle...view item »

Sufjan Stevens
Illinoise

So I'm brilliant. Have you heard? I'm years ahead of my time. Good old me eh? You probably don't remember me rabbiting on and on droning endlessly about Sufjan Stevens 'Michigan' album years and years ago. Before you could even be bothered to be born. Hang on,   I think I'm turning into Everett True. Anyway here's Sufjan'...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Are We There

Sharon Van Etten's last album 'Tramp' turned a lot of heads, and the live shows shortly thereafter confirmed that this lady is the real deal, so the expectations are high for 'Are We There', and while I'll have to give it a few more listens to properly digest it, my initial response is that she's nailed it. It's an interesting formula she's pe...view item »

Cat Power
You Are Free

The other 'biggie' this week and a record to get really excited about is the new one from Cat Power. I'd been worried that since the gorgeous Moonpix she had lost the plot a bit but my fears were unfounded. This is a really excellent record. Chan Marshall's voice is a thing of unbelievably beaut...view item »

Cat Power
What Would The Community Think

Of course all albums worth reviewing are five stars, and every "best of" is so personal as to be meaningless. Cat Power is so insular as to be beyond review. You either feel her pain, or you don't. If you have ever seen Cat Power live, you have been treated to either the most moving or most embarrasing performance of your life-- sometimes both i...view item »

Cat Power
The Greatest

CAT POWER is back with new single 'The Greatest'. Lifted from the long player of the same name this is a sultry piano led smoocher with strings that's somewhere between Mazzy Star and Dido (eeek!). It has that late night crying into your drink vibe'.Love & Communication' is a stripped down acoustic live so...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 »

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