Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Arbouretum
Let It All In

Let It All In is the tenth album by Baltimore-based folk rock four-piece Arbouretum. The band take their cues from English folk, country, blues, Americana and '70s psychedelia and, in Dave Heumann, have a songwriter with an ear, and voice, for a heartbreaking melody and engaging lyrics. On Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aldous Harding
Designer

Aldous Harding’s critical and commercial acclaim really picked up following her last album, Party. She’s following it up with Designer. She recorded the album between Wales and Bristol with John Parish (PJ Harvey) and it includes guest appearances from H Hawkline and Sweet Baboo. LP and CD on 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Silver Jews
Tanglewood Numbers

Tanglewood Numbers was the 2005 album that saw the Silver Jews become something more of a rock band rather than the acoustic country-ish affair invented to underpin David Berman's poetry. It saw former Pavement folks Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich back in the band and was an upbeat, almost bar room affair as always with clever and insidious lyrics lurking beneath the country rock bluster.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Big Thief
U.F.O.F.

Those of you that worried Big Thief were over when Adrianne Lenker released her solo album last year worry no more. Firstly, she’s done that before y’know, and secondly, here’s the band’s third album U.F.O.F.  Apparently the last F stands for friend as if that info means it make sense. Anyway, you know this lot are a decent band - they’ve shown it twice before, so let’s not let an album title get between us and the music! LP and CD on 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Beirut
Gulag Orkestar

Teenage Albuquerque kid Zach Condon came marching out of nowhere with this debut as Beirut which sounds less like a precocious teen and more like a million piece Balkan orchestra. He was aided and abetted by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) who played a variety of instruments which made Condon's songs sound something like Stephin Merritt backed by a drunken raggle-taggle folk collective. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt

Pratt by name but not by nature, Jessica Pratt makes a lovely kind of folk music that often sounds like it is covered with 1960s dust. The obvious reference points are Nico and Joni Mitchell but she has her own unique sound which is often startlingly beautiful. Try this debut album which came out on Tim Presley's (White Fence) label. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gerry Cinnamon
Dark Days / The Bonny

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Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

On her fourth album, All Mirrors, Angel Olsen shows us her darkest side. Its introspective nature was an important step for Olsen. Through its brooding tones and lyrics she tells us about learning to trust yourself and move on, find peace in your own company. Valuable lessons, perhaps. On Jagjaguwar.

Leonard Cohen
Songs of Love and Hate

Songs of Love and Hate was the third studio album by Leonard Cohen. It was originally released in 1971. It was produced by Bob Johnston who also worked with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Tracks include Avalanche, which has been covered by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the widely covered Famous Blue Raincoat and the single Joan of Arc.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Diana Collier
Ode to Riddley Walker

Ode To Ridley Walker is the second solo album by ex-Owl Service and Greanvine singer, Diana Collier. Her first solo record, 2016’s All Mortal At Rest, was an album of traditional folk songs. On Ode… she has written most of the songs herself, very much in her own style, which happens to be a fragile and organic version of folk, concerned with nature. It has been likened to Vashti Bunyan.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Giant Sand
Ramp

Giant Sand appear to have been providing parched missives since the beginning of time. Ramp was their 1991 effort which saw guest spots from the likes of Lucinda Williams and is seen as one of their best. For the uninitiated this is a well that is worth delving into. The collective play a kind of late night lounge music with shards of brutal guitar. This 2CD re-issue features a bonus disc containing a further live session. 

Johanna Warren
Gemini I & II (Deluxe Edition)

Marking her move to Wax Nine, American singer-songwriter Johanna Warren’s last two studio albums - a pair of thematically related albums titled Gemini I and Gemini II (released in 2016 and 2018 respectively) - are being re-issued in a deluxe, 2xLP package. There are bonus tracks in the shape of ‘The Garden’ and ‘Maya’, along with instrumental versions of the studio albums. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pokey LaFarge
Rock Bottom Rhapsody

Pokey LaFarge, real name Andrew Heissler, is a country / blues / folk singer based in Los Angeles. Rock Bottom Rhapsody is his eighth album. He describes it as a mix between Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and 40s French Jazz. Joel Paterson played guitar, Scott Ligon played keyboards, Jimmy Sutton, played two types of bass and Alex Hall featured on drums. It was produced by Chris Seefried (Counting Crows, Lana Del Rey, Joseph Arthur) who also co-wrote some tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Comus
First Utterance

First Utterance is the debut album by acid folk/prog folk band Comus. It was originally released in 1971. They’re named after a work by John Milton and a Greek god. It’s fair to say they sound different to most other bands, but their influence has spread far and wide with David Bowie, Opeth and Current 93 all claiming to be fans. Current 93 covered their first single, Diana, which is featured here.
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP1937)
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Bill Callahan
Live at Third Man Records

The latest record in Third Man Records’ Live At Third Man Records series finds the label/shop/Jack White vanity project hosting famed alt-country sadster Bill Callahan. The autumnal poetry of The Artist Formerly Known As Smog is magnified in his spare live show. These recordings expertly capture concert Callahan.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nadia Reid
Out of My Province

Out Of My Province is the third album by New Zealand singer / songwriter Nadia Reid. This album sees her hooking up with the Spacebomb crew. Spacebomb is a label co-founded by Matthew E. White who produces all the records and uses the Spacebomb in-house band, which includes White on guitar. They tend to make things a little more funky and soulful than they otherwise would be. Nadia Reid and Spacebomb are an intriguing combination.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. Highway 61 Revisited dates from 1965, and marks the point on record where Dylan moved firmly towards rock forms. Includes ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ‘Ballad Of A Thin Man’.
  • Vinyl LP (88875146301)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

This Light In The Attic compilation looks rather fantastic, historicising folk music from the tail-end of 1960s Japan. Cited as a period of growing political and cultural action amongst the country's younger demographic, Even A Tree Can Shed Tears arguably acts as a retrospective to music that was at its time unprecedented, with these artists seeking their own, particular sound through folk music.

Karen Dalton
The Karen Dalton Archives Box

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and Three CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unreleased (!) home recordings. Plus a book of treats from the Dalton archives and a T-shirt. Get stuck in.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (BOXMEGA30)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marcos Valle
Garra


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Various
Sad About The Times

Fed up with The Times newspaper? Hang on, no. I mean: Fed up with the times (in which we currently live)? Up for some songs about it? Here’s a tidy poultice of wistful, uplifting, cathartic and otherwise haunted tunes from the likes of Norma Tanega, David Chalmers and Jim Spencer. Sweet ’n’ sober folk rock, soft rock, psychedelia and so forth.

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

For those of you hungry for more Portishead content I have some good news. In 2002 Beth Gibbons connected with Talk Talk's Paul Webb (here using the name Rustin Man) to produce 'Out Of Season'. It's a record that's much more indebted to folk and jazz than the trip hop Gibbons is known for, and alongside her recording of Górecki's 'Symphony No. 3', proves she's one of the most versatile vocalists alive.
  • Vinyl LP (6789154)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Lady Day and John Coltrane. Pieces of a Man is available on vinyl LP.
  • Label(s):
  • BGP

Dana Gavanski
Yesterday Is Gone

Vancouver-born Serbian singer Dana Gavanski  releases her debut album, Yesterday is Gone. It was recorded with Toronto psychedelic musician Sam Gleason, who was apparently responsible for the tunes and Mike Lindsay of Tuung and Lump who developed the sound of the record. A beautiful psych-folk affair that lands somewhere between Cate Le Bon and Weyes Blood.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Walker connoiseurs now consider this to be amongst his best work.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Cut To Black

After a debut, a Christmas album, and a live album, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert are ready to say goodbye. The aptly titled 'Cut To Black' is the last thing the two will ever release (or so they say...). Moffat is still doing his sad sing-talk thing, Hubbert is still doing his stylish acoustic guitar thing. Fair play to them for stopping when the going's good.
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Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Guess what? Bill Callahan got married....and fathered a child. Lovely news but what it has meant is that Bill's music has taken a back seat in recent years to the rigours and glories of family life. He's more that made up for it though with this 20 track album of new material. Don't panic though, not an endless double album these are short, sharp compositions exemplifying his songwriting talents.         

Eileen Gogan and The Instructions
Under Moving Skies

Under Moving Skies is the new album by Eileen Gogan and The Instructions. Gogan, an Irish singer / songwriter, also produced the album. There’s a whole bunch of guests on here including Sean O'Hagan, Cathal Coughlan, Damian O'Neill, Terry Edwards and Stephen Ryan. Gogan’s voice has been likened to Sandy Denny and Kirsty MacColl. The music on offer takes its cues from a number of influences including Neil Young, Richard & Linda Thompson, Yo La Tengo, REM, Patti Smith and Can. Sounds pretty good, right?

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.

Hak Baker
Babylon

Hak Baker is being called a storyteller rather than singer, songwriter or musician. He does make music of course, and Babylon, which has been in the works for some time, is testament to his ability to do so. It is a twelve song mixtape showing the East Londoner's artistic flair with a personal and unflinching story to tell.
  • Vinyl LP (HAK002V)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marla Hansen
Dust

Marla Hansen has moved out from the shadows of Sufjan Stevens, The National and My Brightest Diamond to put herself in the spotlight with Dust. Her move to Berlin has played a part in how Dust sounds too. There’s her Americana influences mixed with the strings of the Oriel Quartett, the synths of Barabara Morgenstern and the drums of The Notwist drummer Andi Haberl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Haden Triplets
Family Songbook

Trimeter Records presents Family Songbook, the latest record from Tanya, Petra and Rachel Haden. As its generation-spanning title might suggest, it includes four recently excavated tracks from the triplets’ grandfather, Carl E. Haden, recorded and written during the Great Depression, on top of new originals from their brother Josh, takes on Americana standards and even a Kanye West cover... 
  • Vinyl LP (39061LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nadia Reid
Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs

Nadia Reid evokes the spirit of her homeland, New Zealand, better than those Flight Of The Conchords boys ever could. Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs is filled with songs of folk music for wide open spaces, with songs as personal as the firm portrait on the sleeve art. Released on the Spunk label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Waxahatchee
Saint Cloud

It seems that there’s loads of potentially great releases coming in 2020, and here we have another. Katie Crutchfield returns with her Waxahatchee project for album number 5, Saint Cloud. It’s an album about holding on to and having to let go of things she has loved and how to move forward. She went back to her roots for inspiration and was inspired by the places and people that mean so much to her.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Through The Clouds

Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to introduce listeners to what the duo are capable of. 10” on Rough Trade.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
Americana

For someone born in Hunslet Michael Chapman certainly has a solid knowledge of the music of the deep South of the United States. The esteemed guitarist made two albums of superbly crafted fingerpicking folk and alt country in the early 2000s and here picks his favourite tracks for a single album vinyl release. Chapman has written music in many styles but it could be argued that this is his most affecting.  
  • Vinyl LP (CRESTLP108)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

M. Ward
Migration Stories

M. Ward has released some wonderful albums over the years. For his tenth record, Migration Stories, he took himself up to Montreal, Canada to see some guys from a band called Arcade Fire and use their studio. Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry were more than accommodating and even lent him their producer, Craig Silvey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Closing Time

Closing Time was where it all began for Tom Waits, arguably the greatest cult artist in the history of popular music. Released in 1973, Waits didn’t yet possess his legendarily gruff vocal delivery, his approach more honeyed and traditional on immortal tracks like ‘Ol’ 55’ and the aching ‘Martha’. 
  • Vinyl LP (275651)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Purple Mountains
Purple Mountains

Here it is then. Purple Mountains. The new name for David Berman. The new name for Silver Jews. We were promised hand crafted country rock full of wit and wisdom and and that's exactly what we got. It's rare a late career album builds so thoughtfully on a musical legacy. From 'Magaritas at the Mall' to 'I Loved Being My Mother's Son', 'Purple Mountains' is an instant classic.

Reb Fountain
Reb Fountain

Auckland-born singer / songwriter Reb Fountain’s eponymous album is her first for the legendary New Zealand label Flying Nun. It was recorded at Roundhead Studios, the studio owned by Neil Finn.It features guest performances from Finn Andrews and Ben Woolley of The Yarra Benders, Elroy Finn and Logan Compain. 
  • Vinyl LP (FN591LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Look Out Mama

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Segarra and her band The Tumbleweeds. Back again after three years, ‘Look Out Mama’ is a great American songbook of sorts, featuring Segarra’s take on classic American genres, from country to psychedelia. It’s musically, spiritually and emotionally nomadic, a hark back to the dustbowl spirit.
  • Vinyl LP (VJLP200)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lilly Hiatt
Walking Proof

Nashville-born and Tennnessee-based singer-songwriter release 'Walking Proof' - a follow up to the 2017 success, 'Trinity Lane'. Now over 15 years in the game, Hiatt has developed a sense of maturity, which is undoubtedly tangible here. With help on production from the dextrous Lincoln Parish (Cage The Elephant), this is an assured and moreish offering.
  • Vinyl LP (NW5385LP)
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Margaret Glaspy
Devotion

Margaret Glaspy follows her critically acclaimed album, Emotions and Math, with Devotion. Her first LP showed her off as the excellent guitarist she is, but never one to stand still, Devotion arrives with the Brooklyn singer / songwriter using electronic music as a starting point. The songs are about fully giving your heart over to someone or something, whatever the risks.

Saint Alto
Coming / Feel

Birmingham alternative rock / folk quartet Saint Alto (Phil Barber, Alex Dodwell, Dave Hammersley and Tom Ridsdill) have already won plaudits for their transcendent live shows, whose qualities are rare for a band so young. Following last year’s ‘Tell Me Something’, this 7” single pairs two more newbies, ‘Coming’ and ‘Feel’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brian Fallon
Local Honey

You may know Brian Fallon as the singer of U.S. Springsteen-alikes The Gaslight Anthem. On his third album, Local Honey, he leaves the gravelly punk rock behind for a stripped back alt. country feel. Local Honey is supposedly a remedy for hayfever, I absolutely can’t guarantee that this album will ease those symptoms, but you could buy it and give it a go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Earth
Full Upon Her Burning Lips

Dylan Carlson looks older all of a sudden. Mind you, Earth have been putting out records for some 30 years and, to be honest, I’m probably remembering what he looked like from a picture in 1991. Anyway, this is the new album pre-grunge metal duo Earth and it’s called Full Upon Her Burning. LP and CD on Sargent House.

Budgee
Swing the Barkley

Budgee is a duo featuring Celine Brooks, a Canadian who currently resides in Glasgow and Gareth Dickson who, as well as being an artist in his own right, has played with Vashti Bunyan. The influences on display here range from Robbie Basho to Fleetwood Mac via Talking Heads. This makes their debut full-length 'Swing The Barkley' an album of folk, pop and Americana with minimal production well worth your time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rustin Man
Clockdust

It’s two albums in as many years now for Paul Webb, who records as Rustin Man and kept us waiting 17 years for 2019’s Drift Code. Originating from the same sessions, Clockdust sounds less dense and more atmospheric than its predecessor, taking inspiration from classic black-and-white movies. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Watkins Family Hour
brother sister

As well as enjoying their own individual careers, Sean and Sara Watkins present their second Watkins Family Hour album, brother sister. Coming half a decade after their self-titled joint album, this new ten-track effort sees them yet again explore the bluegrass and folk sounds they enjoyed growing up. 
  • Vinyl LP (WFH002LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Serge Gainsbourg
Histoire De Melody Nelson

It's safe to say that Serge Gainsbourg wouldn't have fared well post #metoo and Operation Yew Tree. This 1971 LP was a concept album about a middle aged man running his Rolls Royce into a teenage girl who he later seduced. It was probably less romantic when Stuart Hall did this kind of thing because Gainsbourg had a gallic flair for words and music that took him between folk, easy listening a proto-hip-hop on an album often considered his masterpiece. 
  • Vinyl LP (LITA040)
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Agnes Obel
Island Of Doom

Island of Doom by Agnes Obel is the first single to be taken from her fourth album, Myopia. The Berlin-based Dane isolated herself from all outside influences to write, record and produce the album all by herself. The process gave her the freedom to experiment in the studio and make the music she really wanted to make. Include instruemental version on the B-side.
  • Vinyl 7" (4837186)
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Joanna Newsom
Ys

Remember the hype on this? Everyone and their dog proclaiming it to be Album of All Time before it was even released. What do you all think now? Probably that it's ok, that it goes on a bit or that Van Dyke Parks arrangements are as beautiful as they were on first listen. Or maybe you love it like your only child. It's certainly an ambitious work, harps topped off with a squeaky door on tunes that wander thither, hither. If nothing else it still is a unique piece of music.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

William Eaton
Music By William Eaton

William Eaton was happy enough pottering about in 1978 building his own stringed instruments when he decided that it night be nice to record an album of the sounds. The album was only privately pressed but has now been re-issued by Morning Trip so we can all enjoy its beauty. There's a beautiful resonance to these improvised songs which recalls John Fahey or Robbie Basho. Lovely, unique stuff. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Songdog
A Happy Ending

Songdog is the long term project from Welshman Lyndon Morgans who has carefully honed his craft of making carefully thought out tracks that touch at the heartstrings. Previous work has been compared to Bob Dylan, Ray Davies and the Waterboys so perhaps A Happy Ending is the place to get on board (if you haven't already). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josephine Foster
I'm A Dreamer

I'm A Dreamer was featured on the Netflix show End of the F****** World (a show that will soon become a real life documentary) and is now being issued on a 7" on Fire. Josephine Foster is adept at taking old country-ish songs and breathing new life into them with her unusual voice, gentle strummings and delicate folk-blues stylings. 
  • Vinyl 7" (FIRE596S)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Georgia Ruth
Mai

Singer, songwriter and harpist, Georgia Ruth, returns with her third album, Mai. Her songs here are filled with hope, in the face of uncertainty, that Spring will come. The theme is inspired by the Welsh language poem I Know It’s Coming, Month of Honey by Eifion Wyn. Her harp sound is fleshed out with improvised strings, pedal steel and saxophone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Peter Oren
The Greener Pasture

Peter Oren is a folk singer from Columbus, Indiana who says he quit college to write folk tunes. He cites Bill Callahan as a major influence. The Greener Pasture is his second album. He bought equipment to record it himself,  a different method to its predecessor, Anthropocene, which was recorded in a studio with a bunch of Nashville musicians, but the genre is certainly suited to this method.  
  • Vinyl LP (WV206LPC1)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Villagers
The Sunday Walker EP

Following the success of The Art of Pretending To Swim, which appeared some 14 months ago, Conor O’Brien delivers a new EP that neatly wraps up Villagers’ latest creative phase. A four-track collection that gathers up unused tracks from that album’s sessions, The Sunday Walker exudes the same clear-eyed confidence we’ve come to expect from O’Brien. 
  • Vinyl 12" (RUG1092T)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Handsome Family
Odessa

Still going strong today, alternative country outfit The Handsome Family, formed of husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, are one of America’s most sorely underrated bands. This year, Loose re-issues their debut album Odessa, originally released in 1994 on Carrot Top, the first time it's been made available on vinyl in Europe.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mapache
From Liberty Street

Mapache are a duo from Los Angeles featuring  Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. They play a blend of folk and cosmic country, the latter being the term coined by Gram Parsons for his take on country music. From Liberty Street is their latest album. There are some laid back, dusty vibes, glorious harmonies, gorgeous melodies and even some Spanish coming from these grooves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nico
Chelsea Girl

This is the first Nico solo album and a long long way away from the inspired but terrifying avant churn of albums like Desertshore. Here she is in full on folk mode and with covers of songs by the likes of Lou Reed, Jackson Browne and Tim Hardin this is a lovely pastoral work of art that stands on it's own as her one moment of real conventional music making.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Australian twang to it which just adds to the magnificence.
  • Vinyl 12" (SC371LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Relations
Evocation

Here we have some ghostly electronic psych-folk courtesy of Neil Hale-led project, The Relations. Evocation contains a mix of synths, farfisa, guitar and haunting vocals and takes inspiration from horror folklore and lesser known singer / songwriter type people. It was recorded in Brighton and Frome over a three-year spell. On Castles In Space.

Jerry Joseph
Beautiful Madness

Although he has practically no profile in Britain at all, in America Jerry Joseph is a cult hero, beloved by artists such as Drive-By Truckers and Jason Isbell, who both appear as backing musicians on Joseph’s first British release Beautiful Madness. Written over a number of years and inspired by the guitar school charities Joseph runs in war zones, it ought to represent a significant spotlight on his reputation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DECOR55LP)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Scott Matthew
Adorned

Adorned by New York-based Australian singer Scott Matthew is an album of hope. It was written against the backdrop of the devastating fires in his homeland and the apparent lack of care given by the government to its people. Know for his melancholy, an optimistic stance from Matthew is a bit of an about turn, but perhaps we need that right now.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

William Elliott Whitmore
I'm With You

I’m With You is the eighth full-length album from William Elliott Whitmore. He is known for his stripped back, earthy country-folk sound, but here he strips down to just a banjo and a bass drum. The theme of the album is the unity of family and friends.Something he knows about - he still lives on the Iowa farm where he grew up.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Woods
Strange To Explain

Fresh from backing David Berman on last year's magnificent Purple Mountains record, Woods are make with some new music of their own. 2016's Love Is Love was all about how tumultuous world events affected the lives of the band but here it seems Woods are more hopeful, creating an album inspired by fatherhood, moves to the coast and that feeling that despite everything the world is a pretty beautiful place. 
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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.

Seasick Steve
Love & Peace

Here he is again, former Beach Boys touring member, Modest Mouse producer and pro-'homeless' guy Seasick Steve with another album of low down blues, boogie, rock and folk from the mean streets he calls home. With pals such as crazy Dan and the Boss Hoss he's recorded this on 2 inch tape the old fashioned way. No computers or any fancy dan high falutin' technology on this one.   
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Bill Orcutt
Odds Against Tomorrow

American guitarist and composer Bill Orcutt returns to original, blues-based compositions with Odds Against Tomorrow. Inspired by the 1959 movie of the same name, it was recorded with a Fender Twin guitar in Orcutt's living room, and mixed by Orcutt’s neighbour Chuck Johnson, it hints at the classics of the Great American Songbook. 
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Rose City Band
Summerlong

Another new project for fans of Ripley Johnson and Wooden Shjips, Rose City Band presents its debut album Summerlong. While it contains Johnson’s shimmering, psychedelic guitar lines, what’s novel about RCB is the introduction of instruments normally associated with country music, such as mandolins, banjo and the heavenly sounds of the lap steel guitar. 
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Maria McKee
La Vita Nuova

Former Lone Justice member and star of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack with her show-stopping ‘If Love Is A Red Dress’, Maria McKee has been inactive for 13 years, her last album arriving back in 2007. That elongated period of silence is now over, however, with this new collection La Vita Nuova, with a more English and pastoral folk feel than many fans will be familiar with. 

Jonathan Hulten
Chants From Another Place

Jonathan Hulten is a grammy winning Swedish artist who looks like a member of Kiss but plays a unique form of music that takes in influences from folk and church choirs as well as the gentle rolling folk of the likes of Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens. He's certainly confident, calling the album "a journey traversing wastelands of despair...a tale of death and rebirth". Serious stuff. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jozef Van Wissem
Ex Mortis

Inspired by ‘The Book of Gostlye Grace’, a 13th century tome written by German nuns, experimental lute player and composer Jozef Van Wissem releases another new album titled Ex Mortis (or ‘from death’). Performed with a quasi-religious devotion and with the help of former long-time Swans member Jarboe, it’s a meditative and trance-like collection. 

Johnny Cash
The Complete Mercury Albums 1986-1991

One of the lesser known eras in Johnny Cash’s long career, this new 7xLP box set collects the six studio albums The Man In Black released on Mercury Records from 1986 to 1991, including one with fellow legends Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Re-mastered from the original tapes, it’s a long-overdue spotlight. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Montgomery
Last Year's Man

New Zealand outsider dude Roy Montgomery takes on a Leonard Cohen song, the early 1971 morose-masterpiece ‘Last Year’s Man’. Roy tackles it in lovely droney style, using the particular sounds of the Omnichord, along with the assistance of Jessica Moss. Add in a second track, ‘After Vermeer’, and you’ve got a very fine little 10” release.
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Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt (50th Anniversary Edition)

This self-titled album was actually Townes Van Zandt's third album but includes re-recordings for four songs from his debut as Van Zandt was unhappy with the earlier production. Alongside Our Mother the Mountain it contains some of his best and most enduring work and includes future classics such as For the Sake of the Song.
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Courtney Marie Andrews
Old Flowers

Her third record for Fat Possum and Loose and her seventh studio album overall, Old Flowers is a career-defining statement from Arizona-based singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews. Pulling together all of her songwriting prowess honed over the last decade, it’s an album of hard-learned experience in the affairs of the heart. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Junkyard Liberty
Chains

Due for release on Friday 11th November, debut LP “Chains” comes in the form of a very limited edition transparent blood red vinyl. Released, aptly, into a political landscape of upheaval and unrest, “Chains”, with its provocative slant, is set to strike a chord with people the world over. The ten tracks, whose retro riffs hark back to the likes of the Velvet Underground, will not disappoint.
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Bruce Springsteen
18 Tracks

The self-explanatorily titled 18 Tracks was originally released in 1999, aimed at Bruce Springsteen’s more casual fanbase. It was a condensed version of the previous year’s Tracks box set, but notably included ‘The Promise’, an unreleased fan favourite dating back to 1978’s Darkness On The Edge of Town. Now, it arrives as a double-vinyl package. 
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Pete Astor
You Made Me

Pete Astor, formerly of erstwhile indie cult heroes The Loft and The Weather Prophets, presents a new solo album of cover versions. You Made Me tracks the influences that shaped him in his early career as well as those that inform his current sound, ranging from ‘50s outlaw ballads to 2010s indie like Villagers and Cat Power. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Syd Barrett
The Madcap Laughs

‘The Madcap Laughs’ is the debut solo album by the English singer-songwriter recorded after Barrett had left Pink Floyd. That appears to be the pree release we were given. It is, intermittently, one of the finest albums of its era. Not slick by any stretch of the imagination but full of left field ideas.  
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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 and sees Kozelek slowly wrangle with gorgeous guitar tones and talk about that first initial feeling that you're getting old. The band at their sparsest and sometimes their most uncompromisingly ugly.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

American Aquarium
Lamentations

Lamentations is the 11h album by alt- country band American Aquarium. The album is based on the book of the Bible in which a man questions the existence of God and wonders why God can watch as his country fell apart. Group leader BJ Barnum sees many parallels between this story and the state of his country now. The album is about religion, politics, love, addiction and all of the things that can break people and how to find a way back.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Karen Dalton
In My Own Time

In My Own Time was only one of two full length albums Karen Dalton released in her lifetime. It was a tour de force full of interpretations of recent folk and blues tunes by the likes of The Band, Paul Butterfield and George Jones alongside some traditional songs. It showcases her unique neo-Daffy Duck-styled voice against some glittering folk rock arrangements featuring lashings of pedal steel and a big tablespoonful of melancholy.    
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Arthur Russell
Iowa Dream

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Bonny Light Horseman
Bonny Light Horseman

Bonny Light Horseman is a coming-together of three of the most talented folk musicians and writers of the last few years - namely, Anaïs Mitchell (writer of Broadway hit ‘Hadestown’), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins) and Josh Kaufman (who's played with the National). A performance at last year’s Eaux Claires festival snowballed into a full album collaboration. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Monolithe Noir
Moira

French musician Antoine Pasqualini was instrumental in the conception of several pop bands in his homeland. He has since moved to Belgium where he spends his time working under the name Monolithe Noir making drone and ambient music, albeit with the beats and melodies of his pop past. His new album Moira features guest vocal performances from Rozi Plain, Peter Broderink and Elsie Dx - artists are who are similar in that they refuse to be pigeonholed. 
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Damien Jurado
What's New, Tomboy?

Seattle-based songwriter Damien Jurado maintains his prolific form with his 15th studio album. What’s New, Tomboy? follows barely a year after In The Shape of a Storm, and is up there with his finest works, specialising in desolate confessions and gossamer minimalism expressed through obscure imagery and lyrics. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Waxahatchee
American Weekend

For her first record as Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield hauled up in her room with a guitar and a lot of remorse, crafting skeletal folk-punk songs about relationships and romantic non-starters. It's a less electric and rawking affair than her previous work in P.S. Eliot with twin sister Alison (of Swearin'), instead recalling the artists on Plan-It-X as well as Hop Along and Nana Grizol.

Jonathan Wilson
Dixie Blur

Jonathan Wilson follows his hugely critically aclaimed 2018 album 'Rare Birds' with 'Dixie Blur', a far more intimate collection of songs that were written in response to isolation and loneliness. Although Wilson usually crafts recordings alone in his LA studio, on his seventh solo record he recorded and cut the entire LP with a Nashville session band in just six days. Expect unbridled emotion and plenty of fiddle. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Honey Harper
Starmaker

Honey Harper is a US singer / songwriter based in London. He grew up on a diet of Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams and with a bit of an Olivia Newton-John obsession born from his mother watching Grease. His debut album, Starmaker, is inspired by Turner’s painting The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire and Joni Mitchell. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
Shandai Ya / Stanka

The comeback of legendary choir The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices continues apace with a new seven-track EP, titled Shandai Ya / Stanka and presented on 12” vinyl. Seeing them reunite with Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard, it follows 2018’s BooCheeMish and a lengthy period of touring, where a whole new generation was exposed to the ensemble’s ethereal and unusual vocals. 
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Green Gartside
Tangled Man

Green Gartside, the man behind Scritti Politti, has recorded a special 7” featuring two cover versions of songs that were originally recorded by legendary folk singer Anne Briggs. Tangled Man was originally recorded by Anne Briggs in 1971 for her album The Time Has Come, which has recently been reissued if you fancy picking that up, too!
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Lucinda Williams
Good Souls Better Angels

Forging blues, rock, country and Americana for over four decades at this point, the ever-restless Lucinda Williams delivers her most politically pointed album yet in the form of 14th effort Good Souls Better Angels. With her manager/husband Tom Overby a co-writer, the 12 tracks needle at society’s injustices. LP versions contain five bonus tracks. 
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Brigid Mae Power
Head Above The Water

Head Above The Water is the third album from folk singer / songwriter Brigid Mae Power. She recorded the album in Scotland with regular collaborator Peter Broderick and acclaimed Scottish alt-folkie Alasdair Roberts. If you’ve not heard anything by her before, you need to get on board. She has been likened, in terms of arrangement and performance, to greats such as Judee Sill and Bill Callahan.
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Steve Earle & The Dukes
Ghosts of West Virginia

Ghosts of West Virginia is the eighteenth studio album by Steve Earl & The Dukes. It is an attempt to reach out to people who voted for Donald Trump and heal the rift. Steve says it’s easy to think badly of Trump voters but to think of them all as being racist and whatever else is misguided. The album has the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion, one of the worst coal mining disasters in US history, as its central theme. 
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Jess Williamson
Sorceress

Like a lot of other artists, Texan singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is looking for meaning in her life and in her art. On her fourth album she addresses such issues by way of country music and West Coast psychedelia with nods to Dolly Parton and '70s film soundtracks. She tried to predict what the future will look like in these uncertain times and Mexican Summer have got in on the act by pressing the limited edition vinyl on 'crystal ball' coloured wax. 
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Grimm Grimm
Ginormous

My mum told me when I was a kid that ginormous wasn't a word and that I should stop using it. Well its in the dictionary and is the title of the debut album from Japan born Londoner Koichi Yamanoha so you are wrong mum, very wrong. Here Yamanoha blends all kinds of sounds together including future folk, electro-acoustic vignettes on an album which describes his journey so far both sonically and emotionally.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

She Keeps Bees
Eight Houses

Eight Houses is the fourth album by Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees. It was originally released in 2014. They are Jessica Larrabee (songwriting, guitar) and Andy LaPlant (drums). They have been compared to Cat Power, among other acts, but they are very much their own people. It’s good stuff, you should try it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter