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Sally Anne Morgan
Thread

Thread is a solo album from Sally Anne Morgan, talented musician and singer with Black Twig Pickers and duo House And Land. Featuring contributions from Nathan Bowles (drums) and Andrew Zinn (guitar), it’s a full demonstration of Morgan’s brilliance as a singer and as a banjoist and violinist. 
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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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Johnny Cash
The Essential Johnny Cash

Say no more: it’s The Essential Johnny Cash. Cash is probably the country artist with the widest crossover appeal, and this double LP compilation shows off why. Early stuff, late stuff, prison stuff and live stuff is all included, as well as duets with June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan. Firm classics all. 2LP on Sony.
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Elvis Costello
Hey Clockface

The second best Elvis is releasing his thirtieth studio album, titled 'Hey Clockface'. The various three singles indicate a diverse sound, taking in brash power pop, Nick Cave-esque smoky lounge jams, and angular post-punk. I've never been a massive Elvis Costello fan, and have never listened to any of his modern stuff, but this clutch of tunes might just rectify that...

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. 

Three Queens In Mourning & Bonnie Prince Billy
Hello Sorrow Hello Joy

An assemblage of alternative country icon Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy) with the trio of Scottish artists Alasdair Roberts (of Appendix Out), Jill O' Sullivan (a.k.a. Jill Lorean) and Alex Neilson (of Trembling Bells) collectively known as Three Queens In Mourning, the superb Hello Sorrow Hello Joy consists largely of immaculate Oldham covers but a small handful of original material as well. 

Joanna Newsom
Divers

Indies of the world delight! A new record from the unique Joanna Newsom! Five years on from Have One On Me, Divers continues her life-long mission of creating immaculately arranged songs, each seemingly containing a universe. Divers is available from Drag City on diverse formats: double LP, CD, or cassette.

Laura Marling
Song For Our Daughter

A physical release for Laura Marling’s seventh studio album Song For Our Daughter, the digital version of which she rolled out early a month ago in response to the lockdown. It’s getting to the point where it’s unexceptional that Marling is releasing one exceptional album after another after more than a decade in music, but that’s all the more reason to cherish one of this country’s finest songwriters of the new millennium. 

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. 
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Alasdair Roberts
Fretted and Indebted

Alasdair Roberts is one of our more beloved folk singers of recent years (though he hates the term folk singer apparently). The Scottish musician here supplies another document of his fascinating interpretations of wild and rare traditional songs he's sourced from various parts of Scotland. Comes on a single sided 12" album of just 300 copies.  
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A. Savage
Thawing Dawn

A.Savage is the new name for the Parquet Courts singer who here goes down the solo route inviting such friends as folks from Woods and Ultimate Painting to help him out. We're expecting an album which tries to get inside the heart of love by means of Leonard Cohen style musings and Smog influenced confessionals.  
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Susan Christie
Paint A Lady

For those of you who like your psychedelic folk tinged with the sandy dirt of country music, then this lost classic is for you. Susan Christie, who once had a minor hit with a song called I Love Onions,  recorded Paint A Lady sometime around 1970, but her label at the time decided in wasn’t commercial enough. Fortunately, Andy Votel got his hands on one of three test pressings and released it on his Finders Keepers label.
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Leonard Cohen
Songs From A Room

Songs From A Room was Leonard Cohen’s second album and was originally released in 1969. The album sessions began with David Crosby producing. Cohen wasn't happy with the results and recruited Bob Dylan’s producer Bob Johnson to help put his ideas on to tape. Contains the classic Bird On A Wire. 
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Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
Navarasa : Nine Emotions

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the third collaborative album between James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan. The trio blend their disparate influences (folk, jazz and Indian classical music) into a cross cultural record which explores the nine emotions of the arts  - including love, laughter, anger, sorrow, wonder, tranquility.  

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 from the sessions plus some other recordings from a Lissy's session. Totally essential for any fan of the man's work.  

Keaton Henson
Monument

Singer / songwriter-turned-composer Keaton Henson has returned to his roots as a singer / songwriter with Monument. His gentle voice sings lyrics about grief and how to deal with it, whilst sparse electronic backing is fleshed out with a full band and, at one point, a full orchestra. Philip Selway of Radiohead, guitarist Leo Abrahams and composer and musician Charlotte Harding all lend a helping hand.
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The Mountain Goats
Getting Into Knives

Just before lockdown, the ever-industrious John Darnielle assembled the current line-up of The Mountain Goats in Sam Phillips’ legendary studio in Memphis for six days of recording. The result is Getting Into Knives, the band’s 19th studio album, capturing the sound of a great songwriter at his loosest and most spontaneous. 
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Anjimile
Giver Taker

Giver Taker is the debut studio album from Anjimile Chithambo, a transformative epic created during a period of rehabilitation from alcohol and substance abuse as well as living as a nonbinary trans person for the first time. Recorded with Justine Bowe and and artist/producer Gabe Goodman, it forges together Eighties pop influences with African music that Anjimile’s parents played around the family home. 

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Colorado

Colorado is the first album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse since the epic Psychedelic Pill in 2012. The band believe that they had it in them to make an album that was equal to their best material, so they got together and gave it a go. This particular incarnation of Crazy Horse include Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano. 

Emma Tricca
St. Peter

Emma Tricca’s first LP since 2014’s Relic is another record of delicate, dreamy folk-rock. Devendra Banhart and Jane Weaver spring to mind on tracks like the gorgeous, feathery ‘Julian’s Wings’. St. Peter also features a pretty star-studded credit reel - members of Sonic Youth, The Dream Syndicate and Paper Dollhouse all make appearances.
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Dana Gavanski
Wind Songs

London-based, Candian-born Serbian singer / songwriter Dana Gavanski had a tour and a bunch of festival slots booked to promote her debut album Yesterday Is Gone when the pandemic hit which meant tomorrow was on hold. To fill her time she decided to record an EP of covers on which all the songs are themed around wind called Wind Songs. Features her version of King Crimson’s I Talk To The Wind.

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.

Whitney
Candid

Following the release of their second Whitney album last year, Forever Turned Around, Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich went to ground to record a collection of cover versions, showcasing their shared formative influences. Candid contains revealing takes on songs by Kelela, Damien Jurado, David Byrne and John Denver’s immortal ‘Country Roads’ with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield. 

Sophie Hunger
Halluzinationen

Another great record created with the assistance of hugely in-demand British producer Dan Carey (Speedy Wunderground boss), Halluzinationen is the seventh studio album from Berlin-based star Sophie Hunger. Laid down with a continuous live take method that saw the entire piece performed in its entirety six times over one weekend, it’s her strongest effort to date. 

Suzanne Vallie
Love Lives Where Rules Die

Recorded in an intense five-day burst in September last year under the aegis of producer Rob Shelton, Love Lives Where Rules Die is the keenly anticipated debut album from Californian songwriter and poet Suzanne Vallie. Inspired by a break-up over the summer, it has a warm ambience reminiscent of Sharon Van Etten’s early output. 

Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers

M.C. Taylor is the folkie who hides behind the Hiss Golden Messenger moniker. 'Lateness of Dancers' is second record in as many years, and he follows on from the dark and fractured tones of 'Haw' with a warmer, more welcoming vibe. It continues his pattern of recording his records wherever he damn well chooses, made in a small barn in his home-state. 'Lateness of Dancers' features a wide roster of collaborators, including vocal duets with the help of Mountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig. Tracks: Lucia Saturday's Song Mahogany Dread Day O Day (A Love So Free) Lateness of Dancers  I'm a Raven (Shake Children) Black Dog Wind (Rose of Roses) Southern Grammar Chapter & Verse (Ione's Song) Drum

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.
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Rust Never Sleeps

Classic Album Alert! Famously Canadian singer-songwriter guy -- that has a great voice and is actually very good -- Neil Young sees an album that he did in '79 with raucous band Crazy Horse reissued on pristine 180g vinyl. For the most part recorded live, with a few studio overdubs, it's an energetic and dynamically enlivening record. Young coined the phrase Rust Never Sleeps to avoid complacency and try a more positive and progressive approach to live performance. On Warner Bros.

Neil Young
Harvest Moon

Ah Harvest Moon. Like Bat out Hell 2, it's a key example of how an artist going back to an original blueprint can reap dividends. On Harvest Moon Neil Young captured the vibe of his original Harvest album, with a series of beautifully evocative acoustic songs including utterly essential closer Natural Beauty.  

Richard Dawson
2020

Despite album artwork and a title that seem like they belong to an Ed Sheeran record, '2020' in fact belongs to the UK's other great singer songwriter slash troubadour. I am of course talking about the wonderful Richard Dawson, who has helped drag the UK folk tradition into 2020 and beyond. 

Colter Wall
Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs

Singer / Songwriter Colter Wall hails from Saskatchewan. He plays country music and has a voice that makes him sound significantly older than his 25 years and an assured swagger. The wonderfully titled Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs is his third album. You may have heard his songs on films such as Peanut Butter Falcon, Hell or High Water, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
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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). 

Sean O'Hagan
Radum Calls, Radum Calls

The lead singer of The High Llamas and a regular member of Stereolab, Sean O’Hagan is one of these islands’ most formidable avant-pop musicians. But it’s been a whole 29 years between his two solo albums, with Radum Calls, Radum Calls appearing on Drag City. Full of intriguing collaborations and O’Hagan’s typically understated, sideways lyrics, it’s great to have him back! 

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

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. Blonde on Blonde was recorded in Nashville in 1966, and stretches to full-on double-album length. Includes favourites like ‘Just Like A Woman’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’.
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Richard & Linda Thompson
I Want To See The Bright Lights

Given its reputation as a beloved British folk rock totem, it’s easy to forget that I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, the first of six albums that Richard Thompson recorded with his then-wife Linda Thompson, was practically ignored upon release in 1974. It’s now re-issued by Island on heavyweight vinyl. 
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John Grant
Gets Schooled

John Grant - the Father John Misty it’s OK to like - has his limited edish Rough Trade EP Gets Schooled repressed by Bella Union. Each of these five tracks finds Grant dueting with a different leftfield folk luminary. Sinead O’Connor is the headline name, but we also have appearances from Villagers, Beth Orton, Conor O’Brien and Damien Dempsey.
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Pour Down Like Silver

The stripped-down and economical Pour Down Like Silver was the second album that English folk musicians Richard & Linda Thompson released in 1975 alone. Influenced by their conversion to the Sufi faith (of Islamic mysticism) and having moved to a commune in London, it’s now re-issued by Island on heavyweight vinyl. 
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Richard & Linda Thompson
Hokey Pokey

Following the gloomy splendour of I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Richard & Linda Thompson’s second album together was a much more upbeat affair. Influenced by classic British music hall, brass bands, pub favourites and traditional English hymns, Hokey Pokey is now re-issued by Island on heavyweight vinyl. 
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Gerry Cinnamon
Dark Days / The Bonny

The increasingly popular Scottish singer / songwriter Gerry Cinnamon is about to release his second album, The Bonny. So you’re not kept waiting for too long though, we have a 10” coloured vinyl version of his new single from that very album. Dark Days is backed by the album’s title track.  
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Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night

The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on its dashboard, while you can imagine Bruce Springsteen taking notes on the title track.

Gerry Cinnamon
Sun Queen / Canter

Sun Queen / Canter is the new single by Scottish DIY singer / songwriter, Gerry Cinnamon AKA Gerard Crosbie. It’s his first new material since his 2017 self-released debut album, Erratic Cinematic. It seems he is on a bit of an upward trajectory at the moment, lyrically astute, kicking against the pricks and doing it all by himself.
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Cordovas
Destiny Hotel

Cordovas are a band who spend every moment together. They live, eat and garden together in East Nashville. Their music is inspired by nature and mysticism. Destiny Hotel is an album of soulful Americana and southern rock - guitars, harmonies, hammond organs - you know the kind of thing. On ATO Records.

Jason Molina
Eight Gates

Inspired by his move from America to London over a decade ago, Eight Gates was recorded by indie-rock singer-songwriter Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.) shortly before his passing some seven years ago. By its nature, it’s an intriguing and compelling mix of song sketches and more fully-realised ideas. 
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Bright Eyes
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning

Bright Eyes released two albums on the same day back in 2005. Those were 'Digital Ash in a Digital Urn' and this one. Conor Oberst is very much from the Elliott Smith school of depressing songwriters who are neither straight up indie nor proper folk. He puts a lot of emotion in his voice which can either melt hearts of his fans or irritate the naysayers. Either way, this one is his most popular and acclaimed album that longtime fans still adore to this day.
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Elliott Smith
Figure 8

Shabby and shambling of appearance, Elliott Smith's look matched his songs in his earlier records. He was he weird loner who would win the race because he was so damn good. On Figure 8 they airbrushed both his face and his sound making a slick and polished record that saw those loveable rough edges smoothed away. Still they couldn't completely ruin Elliott Smith and Figure 8 features many examples of his the Beatles-esque prowess with a haunted melody. "I'm the wrong kind of person to famous" he once said and it's true  - we loved him just the way he was. 

Mike Polizze
Long Lost Solace Find

Mike Polizze is probably best known as the guitarist and frontman with Purling Hiss. With his band he usually drenches his fine songs in various types of guitar squall. On his debut solo album, Long Lost Solace Find, sees him putting the pedals away, picking up an acoustic guitar and letting the sunshine in. Kurt Vile guests on vocals and guitar. 
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Bon Iver
Bon Iver

It's probably safe to say that you won't be seeing Justin Vernon playing his debut For Emma, Forever Ago in its entirety in concert anytime soon as the Wisconsin based artist tends to move on drastically from every release. Indeed this self titled follow up to his now legendary debut changed his musical map completely. This time lots of musicians (including saxophone ace Colin Stetson) were brought in to flesh out his sound resulting in a completely different imprint which is either a bold step forward or a cluttered mess depending on how attached you were to his first record. 
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Tim Heidecker
Fear of Death

Actor and comedian Tim Heidecker, known for being the Tim half of comedy duo Tim & Eric, has gathered together a bunch of musicians to record an album with. The album, Fear of Death, features Heidecker dueting with Natalie Mering (AKA Weyes Blood) and being backed by The Lemon Twigs and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado. On Spacebomb.

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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Thomas V. Jäger
A Solitary Plan

If you're the frontman of Monolord, the albeit melodic doom metal band, but doom metal nonetheless, and your band had just released its most successful album, what would your next move be? Thomas V. Jäger has released A Solitary plan, a cathartic album about heartbreak featuring acoustic guitars and synths. It remains to be seen what the Monolord fanbase will think, but he’s likely to get a load of new fans, because it’s sounding pretty good.

Tunng
This Is Tunng...Magpie Bites and Other Cuts

7” single tracks, B-sides and other rarities from consistently under-rated ‘folktronica’ pioneers Tunng have finally been collected from throughout their career. 20 tracks of slanted indie-pop and synth-powered curios spanning from 2004 to 2018 are presented over four sides of vinyl or one CD. 

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.  
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Karen Dalton
Recording is the Trip – The Karen Dalton Archives

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.
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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.

Susanna
Baudelaire & Piano

The work of French poet Charles Baudelaire has influenced many 20th century music stars, from Jim Morrison to Scott Walker. On the beautiful and self-explanatory Baudelaire & Piano, Norwegian artist Susanna sets ten texts from his masterpiece ‘The Flowers of Evil’ to set simply to piano, recorded under COVID lockdown in a studio in Stockholm. 
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Allegra Krieger
The Joys Of Forgetting

Allegra Krieger had a deeply religious upbringing which she later renounced in order to work at motels and plant trees. It all inspired her songcraft which has come together on this debut LP on Northern Spy. She plays an intimate but progressive form of folk which should appeal to fans of the likes of Laura Marling, Big Thief and Marissa Nadler. 
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Paul Simon
Graceland

Paul Simon's career was a bit in the doldrums before he collaborated with/stole ideas off (delete where appropriate) African musicians on what would be come his biggest selling record. The album is a marvellous blend of styles and re-invigorated the pint-sized songwriter. Also highly influential to bands like Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend.  

Bruce Springsteen
Nebraska

Following the commercial and critical respect afforded to The River, particularly the chart success of ‘Hungry Heart’, Bruce Springsteen wrong-footed everybody with the slate-grey and downbeat Nebraska in 1982. Recorded as 4-track demos with the intention of recording them with the E Street Band, The Boss had a change of heart and decided to release them in their skeletal forms. One of the most surprising acts by a star on a major label in pop history. 

Devendra Banhart
Vast Ovoid

Devendra Banhart released perhaps his most acclaimed album to date with 2019's Ma but as Jimmy Cricket used to say, 'there's more'. Vast Ovoid contains three tracks that didn't quite fit with the theme of that record and here come with a Helado Negro remix as a nice little add on EP. It contains more of his autobiographical songwriting, this time the themes being disappointment and disillusionment.  
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Maya Hawke
Blush

Recognisable from her star turns in the third season of ‘Stranger Things’ and in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Maya Hawke commenced her music career in 2019 with two well-received singles, ‘To Love A Boy’ and ‘Stay Open’. Continuing her partnership with songwriter Jesse Harris, her full-length debut album arrives, titled Blush. 

The Cradle
Laughing In My Sleep

A new studio album from the hugely prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paco Cathcart, under his alias The Cradle. Recorded a couple of years ago during a period of upheaval and relocation, Laughing In My Sleep usefully serves as an ideal entry point to his vast catalogue of work, offering a little bit of everything in terms of the range of styles Cathcart covers. 
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Bonny Light Horseman
Green/Green

Bonny Light Horsemen are a supergroup of sorts comprising of members of the likes of the Shins and the National. This is their new single which broadcasts to the world their take on a kind of astral folk sound heavy on the banjo, deep with electronics and the feel of the old back road, the desert on the doorstep and the storytelling of the Band in the grooves. 

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.   

Joanne Robertson
Painting Stupid Girls

Joanne Robertson as well as being a musician is a fine art painter so maybe she has painted stupid girls in that line of work? Musically however, she makes experimental folk which as seen her collaborate with Dean Blunt and the Flying Lizards bloke. In fact this album comes out on Blunt's imprint World Music while previous works have appeared on Textile and Feeding Tube Records.

Seasick Steve
Travellin' Man / Ready Or Not

Seastick Steve is doing his bit to make us all feel better, whether it's just the visceral joy brought about by his stomping mix of boogie and blues or the fact that he’s spreading positivity through the title of his new album, Love & Peace. Travellin’ Man / Ready of Not is a double A sided single lifted from the LP.
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Laura Veirs
My Echo

My Echo is singer / songwriter Laura Veirs 11th solo album. It details the struggles of her ailing marriage - although at the time of writing the songs she didn’t necessarily know that. As the album was being finished, Viers and her husband, Producer Tucker Martine had separated. Some of the songs started life as poems she had been writing for a monthly poetry group. Guest appearances include Jim James, Bill Frisell, Karl Blau and M. Ward.  
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Carl Broemel
4th of July

Carl Broemel will be better known to you as part of My Morning Jacket, but here he shows us what he can do on his own. 4th of July was recorded in bits and pieces over the course of four years, meaning that it gives us little insights into life as it is lived, via the means of intimate country-influenced song. 4th of July is released by Stocks in Asia.

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. 

Emma Tricca
Minor White


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Rose City Band
Rose City Band

Rose City Band hail from Portland, Oregon and play some laid-back strums. Their eponymous debut was produced by Eric 'Ripley' Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo and mixed by Chris Cohen. The aim was to make an album that straddles the past, present and future, simultaneously organic and cosmic. On Jean Sandwich Records.

Mumford & Sons
Forever (Garage Version)

Well, this is exciting. Mumford and Sons return with Forever taken from their 2018 album Delta but a Garage Version  - which presumably means they'll be breaking out the breakbeats and time stretches. It's backed with Friend of the Devil which we're told is a cover version. A quick Google search reveals it could be a Counting Crows song which figures. 
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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’.
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Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

Definitely regarded as Bob Dylan’s greatest album of  the ‘70s and beyond and right up there with his ‘60 work, Blood On The Tracks is allegedly a masterwork of confessional songwriting. Bob Dylan, however, denies that the songs were about his life. Whatever, it’s a great album and would look lovely nestled in with all your other LPs. LP on Columbia.

Van Morrison
Astral Weeks

Astral Weeks was the second album by Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison. It was originally released in 1968. Morrison assembled a band of jazz musicians to create an album that was more expansive and meandering than his previous work. It’s highly regarded among fans and its influence has even shown on recent albums such as Primrose Green by Ryley Walker. Highly recommended!
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Tenci
My Heart Is An Open Field

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Jess Shoman has remarkably developed her bedroom project Tenci to the point of performing as a full band and releasing its debut solo album in little over a year. Arriving via Keeled Scales, My Heart Is An Open Field is a collection of skeletal, sparse and disarming folk. 

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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Shirley Collins
Heart's Ease

As if to prove you are never too old for anything, folk legend Shirley Collins returned unexpectedly in 2016 when already deep into her eighties to produce Lodestar  - her first work in just the 38 years. Well a mere four years later she is back with Hearts Ease which sees Collins relaxing back into her work and producing folk that stands up to her 60's and '70s best. A lovely return from the queen of folk music  - and doesn't she look something like the actual queen on that sleeve art (albeit with extra hair)? 

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bryce Dessner, Eighth Blackbird
When We Are Inhuman

After last year’s El Chan, The National’s Bryce Dessner makes another foray into the world of contemporary classical and post-minimalist composition in the form of When We Are Inhuman. For When We Are Inhuman Dessner balanced the instrumental prowess of Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s folksy songcraft to create an LP of nuanced and stirring compositions. Illinois-era Sufjan Stevens is the most obvious comparison here - indeed, the link is so strong that there’s even a song on When We Are Inhuman based on that record’s ‘John Wayne Gacy Jr.’.
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Elliott Smith
Division Day

Division Day by Elliott Smith was a non-album single, originally released in 1996 in between his self-titled second album and his masterpiece, Either/Or. Division Day is Elliott’s first foray into more upbeat pop following two acoustic albums. Now repressed on tri-colour vinyl and limited to 1000 copies. An absolute must-buy for Elliott Smith fans who missed out first time round.
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Ailbhe Reddy
Personal History

Ailbhe Reddy is a young songwriter from Ireland who, after a couple of EPs, seems ready for a leap into the big time. Online publications such as CLash and Line of Best Fit have praised her abilities, as has Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music. She is set to support Paul Weller and Big Thief in 2021. Personal History is her debut album and features the cracking single Between Your Teeth.
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Angel Olsen
Whole New Mess

Whole New Mess is a fascinating deep dive into Angel Olsen’s artistry, particularly that of her acclaimed 2019 album All Mirrors. Recorded solo at her home in North Carolina, nine of the 11 songs here made it onto All Mirrors when re-shaped with a full backing band. Although they are skeletal frameworks underpinning what would become lavish epics, Whole New Mess is also a very human listening experience. 
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J.H. Guraj
Introspection / Migration

First recorded way back in 2014 but set aside for years in favour of other projects, including acclaimed albums such as Underrated Glances At The Edge of Town and touring with Be My Delay, Dominique Vaccaro has finally put the finishing touches to his epic J.H. Guraj record, Introspection / Migration. 
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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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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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Jerry Joseph
The Beautiful Madness

Heralded by the likes of Jason Isbell and Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood as one of the greatest singer-songwriters ever, American cult hero Jerry Joseph prepares his first ever European release with The Beautiful Madness, with the aforementioned acolytes serving as backing band and guest star on the record. 
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Various
I’m Your Fan

Like "I'm Your Man", get it? Such a fantastic pun is surely worthy of one of the most renowned songwriters of all time -- 'I'm Your Fan' features reinterpretations of Leonard Cohen's work by canonised rock acts like the Pixies, R.E.M., Robert Forster, Nick Cave and John Cale. Some of these covers are light, respectful and affectionate, while others tear into Cohen's work violently, as with Cave's wild version of "Tower of Song". 

Skullcrusher
Skullcrusher

Secretly Canadian presents the debut EP from songwriter Helen Ballentine, a self-titled effort under the name Skullcrusher. The four tracks that make up Skullcrusher are preoccupied with coming to terms with the fear of going it alone and doing things yourself, which Ballentine discovered after giving up her job to conduct her music career full time and whose themes are similar to our lockdown lives. 
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Juanita Stein
Snapshot

Juanitia Stein is best known for fronting Australian indie band Howling Bells. Snapshot is her third solo album. It was recorded as a reaction to the sudden death of her father - the person who instilled a love of music in her from a young age. The subject matter is sad and heavy, but Stein’s soothing voice makes it endlessly listenable. It was produced by Ben Hillier who has worked with Blur, Doves and Nadine Shah and features her brother, Joel, also from Howling Bells, on guitar.

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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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 Mooney (American Music Club), the album fine tunes Kozelek's previous poetic sadcore with a healthy dose of Americana. Vinyl reissue contains original bonus track 'Gentle Moon'. 
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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.
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Leonard Cohen
Greatest Hits

Released in 1975 Leonard Cohen's Greatest Hits was the bedsitter record of the era for anyone wanting to clamp their ears to the pillow and pretend that glam-rock had never happened. It collects the best bits of his 60s and 70s work onto what would become an iconic collection of lowly whispered folk and hotel room introspection. Containing some of his most famous songs, this Greatest Hits is truly an album that stands on its own accord as an LP and introduced discerning listeners to the man we came to know as 'laughing Len'.  
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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.

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. 

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, Honeybear follows on from Fear Fun.

The Mountain Goats
All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

Reissue of the seminal 2002 release by Californian indie folk group The Mountain Goats. Part folk, part raw indie rock,part 1960s pop, this is considered to be one of the band's most respected and lo-fi albums. Recorded with a condenser mic and a boom box, with most tracks laid down immediately after being composed. Available now remastered and as a pleasing gatefold.

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

Originally released in 1974, Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell showed the singer/songwriter expanding her artistic palette yet again with jazz influences finding their way into her already augmented folk sound. It features a whole bunch of guest performers including Crosby & NAsh, Jose Feliciano and Cheech & Chong. Contains the tracks Help Me and Free Man In Paris. LP on Reprise.
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Damien Rice
O

Esteemed heartbroken man Damien Rice used to make extremely loud and haughty folk songs with the help of the wonderful musician Lisa Hannigan. You may well remember "Cannonball" and "Delicate", or maybe the more trad, groan-alongisms of "Cheers Darlin'". Whatever the case, this dude was immensely popular once and this reissue of O stretches to sixteen tracks with four bonus recordings.
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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.
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Red House Painters
Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach is the Red House Painters record that most resembles a Mark Kozelek solo record, predicting his future career a lone guitarist in Sun Kil Moon. It's personal but not in that annoyingly straight-forward way that accompanies his newest, most awful releases, instead showing the slower, more measured songwriting that made his earliest albums so beautiful. Slowcore meets folk rock and this reissue comes with the Shock Me EP too.
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