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Tim Buckley
Honeyman

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Luluc
Dear Hamlyn

I think it’s fair to say that Luluc make genuinely beautiful music. Dear Hamlyn was the duo’s debut album, originally released in 2008. This melancholic set of songs was written following the death of Zoe Randall’s father. The pair have drawn praise from the self-proclaimed 'journal of roots music', No Depression magazine and Legendary folk producer Joe Boyd. LP on Sub Pop - limited edition pearlescent silver vinyl version available if you’re quick.
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Julia Reidy
brace, brace

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JJ Cale
Stay Around

JJ Cale died in 2013. Stay Around the first album of new material to be released posthumously. Cale mastered the art of laid-back blues rock early on, and Stay Around is no exception to that formula. Indeed, lead single, Chasing You, is a typical slice of JJ Cale. He was a huge influence on Eric Clapton who covered two of his songs: Cocaine and After Midnight, but don’t let that put you off. LP & CD on Because Music. LP comes with a CD version of the album.

Agathe Max
Rêves Perdus

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Robert Forster
Inferno

In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forster is now a writer of exquisite songs and books and father of one third of The Goon Sax. His new album, Inferno, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and it’s the first time the pair have worked together since Forster’s solo debut back in 1990. LP and CD on Tapete.

Hand Habits
placeholder

Hand Habits is the project of Meg Duffy, who has been a touring member of Kevin Morby's band. Don't worry we've not made a mistake with the album title, it is indeed placeholder which here stands for Duffy's interest in the undefined, in what lies between. The folk songs on placeholder build on this notion lyrically generously waiting to be endowed with meaning. 

Julia Jacklin
Crushing

Julia Jacklin drops the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut LP Don’t Let The Kids Win. Crushing is another record of thoughtful, impressive indie-rock in the Angel Olsen/Cate Le Bon vein. ‘Head Alone’s chorus of ‘you can love somebody without using your hands’ proves that Jacklin is also one of the more incisive singer-songwriters operating today.

Sam Amidon
Bright Sunny South


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Immigrant
Queen Of Angels

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Immigrant
Immigrant

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Immigrant
Son of Immigrant

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Immigrant
Creatureland

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Immigrant
A Nowhere Place

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Immigrant
Heart Leaps and Women Folk

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Jao

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Immigrant
Christos Moon

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James Yorkston
The Route To The Harmonium

I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life  - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. The result is a deeply personal treasure trove of songs exemplifying Yorkston at the peak of his craft.     

StumpWater
Motel In Saginaw

Interesting tale behind this one. Stumpwater are a very little known Illinois band whose private-pressed 1975 folk-rock single caught the ear of the Galactic Zoo label. After a bit of searching, they found the still-existent Stumpwater and discovered that they had recorded a whole concept album in 1973 that had never been released at all! And that is Motel In Saginaw, which you now see before you at last. Cool.

Lau
Midnight and Closedown

The latest album from Lau, produced by John Parish, is still in some senses a folk album, but Lau have developed a long way over the twelve years of their career to date, and Midnight and Closedown presents folk sounds and structures in landscape of drum machines, electronics and extended instrumental moments. Is this the Closedown of Lau? Released by Reveal.
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Emily King
Scenery

I’m pretty sure there was a girl called Emily King at my school. Can’t remember for certain - and anyway, if there was, I’m pretty sure it’s not the one who’s about to release her third LP Scenery. For one, I feel like I would have heard if our Em had been nominated for a Grammy. Like Ibeyi, Christine And The Queens and The 1975, the tracks here are the sort of thing mainstream music journos describe as ‘gutsy’.

Dungen & Woods
Myths 003

Marfa Myths is a festival in Texas curated by the Mexican Summer label. There you will find all you’d expect from a festival in terms of bands playing live and such, but there are also some special events. One of those events is a recording residency. In 2017,  Swedish psych rockers Dungen collaborated with Brooklyn’s alt. folk rockers, Woods. Myths 003 was the resulting LP. Liner notes from members of each band complete the package. LP on Mexican Summer.

Jessica Pratt
Quiet Signs

This is Jessica Pratt's first recording in a professional studio environment after a series of home recorded releases but, as the title suggests, she still makes quiet music. In fact more so, as the home-fi film is removed to realise the clarity of her vision. This is an artist growing comfortable with her environment, and baring more of her soul along the way.  

Willard Grant Conspiracy
Untethered

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

PicaPica
Cast In Stone

PicaPica are a four-piece band fronted by Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates. The pair sing beautiful harmonies together. They are backed by the ethereal guitar stylings of Adam Beattie and renowned producer Sonny Johns on bass. Their brand of finely crafted music touches on ‘60s sunshine pop and indie folk. They also appear to share their name with a bunch of Spanish children’s entertainers. Don’t get ‘em mixed up! 12” on Rough Trade.

Kathryn Joseph
Weight / Cold

Kathryn Joseph’s LP from when i wake the want is stole the show in 2018. An album of stormy singer-songwriter fare capped by Joseph’s extraordinary voice, from when i wake the want is ended the year in more than a few ‘Best Of’ lists. Now album highlight ‘Weight’ is getting a single release. The swelling piano ballad - part Björk, part Mogwai - still sounds potent in isolation. ‘Weight’ comes backed here by the spare, Thom Yorke-esque ‘Cold’.
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Elena Setién
Another Kind Of Revolution

Elena Setien is a Spanish multi-instrumentalist who writes pop songs. Pop, that is, from the point-of-view of a natural improviser. Due to her growing up in the Basque region of Spain during a time of political upheaval, her lyrics are imbued with a sense of hope and progress. Another Kind Of Revolution is her new album. Steve Gunn guests. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.

William Tyler
Goes West

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Michael Chapman
True North

Yorkshire Folk legend Michael Chapman has been releasing albums since 1969 on fairly consistent basis, in terms of quality and quantity, barring the odd gap here and there. True North is his latest offering and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed album, 50. He is loved by the likes of Thurston Moore and Steve Gunn, the latter just happens to have produced and played guitar on this record. Other guests include fellow folk legend Bridget St. John and pedal steel player BJ Cole. LP and CD on Paradise of Bachelors.

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, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan all make appearances with Warren Ellis and Rob Ellis also turning their hand to production duties. Available on LP and CD in 4 different guises.

Cass McCombs
Tip of the Sphere

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Beirut
Gallipoli

Zach Condon aka Beirut celebrates the 11th anniversary of not using the farfisa organ he used to write his first two albums by dragging it wheezing out of retirement to help get things back on track after the so so so No No No. After breaking his arm (no explanation given), he spent an intense month in a semi-isolated studio writing this his fifth album which the press release describes as unintentionally more visceral than the last two. So there. 
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Various
Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 777

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Tiny Ruins
Olympic Girls

Separating Tiny Ruins from a 13-a-dozen hipster folk girl is this weird river of a sad psychedelics. I was going to say she sounds like she recorded Olympic Girls in the Twin Peaks’ Red Room. Then I saw it was actually produced by David Lynch, who soaked it in his strange multi-layered melancholy. Luckily it's not like the album will haunt at night, because the result is a dreamy (in the good sense) and very pretty affair. 

The Unthanks
Lines - Parts One, Two & Three

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Cobalt Chapel
Variants

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Immigrant
No Refuge

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Immigrant
So Pachinko

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Immigrant
Red River

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Immigrant
Mother Tongue

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Carson McHone
Carousel

Carson McHone is, obviously, an alt-country artist. Her new album Carousel is an eleven track set of good stuff, with a bit of modern (sixties) influences in there along with the honk and the tonk. If you are doing country, you’ve got to do it right, and Carson has the songwriting and the vocal chops to pull it off with style. Out on Loose.

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Portland's Liz Harris AKA Grouper is one of only a few artists who consistently melts our collective hearts. Her 'Grid Of Points' album (like her previous record on Kranky, 'Ruins') is more stripped-back than her earlier work, with a greater emphasis on songwriting and delicate piano compositions. What was previously submerged in effects resonates with a newfound clarity; what was previously obscured is foregrounded, offering a clearer window into the heart and mind of the artist and revealing previously unheard details within her meticulously crafted, gorgeous compositions. And yet, there's still enough mystique surrounding her songs and fragile, ghostly, ambient soundscapes to make her work as intriguing as ever.

Charlene Soraia
Where's My Tribe

Music just like they (apparently) used to make it. Charlene Soraia recorded Where’s My Tribe at home in her flat, using just voice and guitar and generally using just the first take. Consequently these are songs with a great feeling of intimacy and directness, although they also sound impressively accomplished for such a genesis. Released by Peacefrog.

Sarah Louise
Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars

Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars is the latest Sarah Louise's forays to the limits of solo guitar playing. She has always used her virtuosity to create unsettling folk instrumentals and this album is no different. This time however she does a bit of digital manipulation to push even further and harder than before. Unique and terrifying. On Thrill Jockey.
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Ohtis
Runnin

Ohtis are a three-piece band who hail from Illinois and play country-tinged, dusty Americana. Their lyrics come from the Josh T. Pearson school of raconteurism whilst their music draws comparisons to Wilco’s contemplative material and Phosphorescent with its laid-back strums and emotive pedal steel. Runnin’ is their latest single. 7” on Full Time Hobby.

Baby Dee
Love's Small Song

Baby Dee’s third LP Love’s Small Song gets reissued courtesy of Tin Angel (Polar Bear, Pick A Piper). The 2002 record remains a uniquely moving piece of avant-garde songwriting. While the first part is made up of delicate baroque pop numbers that preclude the successes of Antony And The Johnsons, Love’s Small Song’s second disc is a 55-minute piece of birdsong recordings.

The Last Hurrah!!
Mudflowers

The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Ilyas Ahmed
Closer to Stranger

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Liz Brasher
Painted Image

After a year of touring with The Psychedelic Furs and The Zombies, Memphis, Tennessee's Liz Brasher is releasing her debut album Painted Image. On it she plays a gospel and soul influenced country rock that stays true to the southern music tradition she's a part of, as well as her own experiences like that of singing hymns in a Spanish church.

dodie
Human

dodie has a new record out on doddleoddle but all further titles are much more straight down the line standard. Indeed dodie has found this pop business a doddle enjoying over 350 million streams across various platforms. She's put the 5 and a half pence she has earned from all that into making this EP which follows previous EPs which hit the actual UK album charts,       

Johnny Cash
Original Sun Sound Of Johnny Cash

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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, quiet pianos and mournful songs of heartbreak. You know the score.  

M. Ward
What a Wonderful Industry

What A Wonderful Industry, the latest album by singer/songwriter M Ward, is inspired by the good and bad people he has met during his career - the 'warm-blooded and cold-blooded animals in the zoo', as he puts it.  Jim James from My Morning Jacket makes a guest appearance, popping up on two tracks. He, surely, is one of the good ones. LP and CD on M Ward Records.

Elfin Saddle
Devastates

The band are called Elfin Saddle, so I think we can safely assume that Devastates ain’t gonna be too heavy on the ears. What it is, however, is a collection of earthy folk stomps that nod to both Richard Dawson and The Incredible String Band. The vocals of Jordan McKenzie and Emi Honda - his a reedy tenor, hers a full-throated alto - complement each other beautifully.

This Is The Kit
Live at Third Man Records

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SILKess Demon
Wet Woman

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First Aid Kit
Drunken Trees

Sweedish folk duo First Aid Kit deliver their debut: Drunken Trees. This quietly accomplished mini LP centres itself around an acoustic sound. At no point does this record make a concerted effort at hiding an undeniably impressive vocal capacity. This is a mightily impressive sounding record. 

Little Wings
Explains

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Andrew Combs
Worried Man

First vinyl pressing of Andrew Combs' 2012 album Worried Man (those pressing plant waiting lists are getting ridiculous). Combs is a committed blues and folk troubadour who very likely lists a certain Bob Dylan at the top of his biggest influences. He's warms of voice and vivid of lyric, and knows exactly when to turn the instrumentation up to thrilling. 

AT + DA / PB (Andrea Tomasi + David Allred / Peter Broderick)
AT + DA / PB

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Donovan
Barabajagal

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The Delines
The Imperial

Singer, songwriter and novelis Willy Vlautin’s post-Richmond Fontaine band, The Delines return with their second album, The Imperial. The band feature members of The Damnations TX, The Minus 5 and other members of Richmond Fontaine. They play a soulful brand of alt. Country which would suit fans of Whiskeytown and Lambchop. LP and CD on Decor.
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Larry Jon Wilson
Let Me Sing My Song To You

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Elfin Bow & Gary Lloyd
Who Knows Where The Time Goes

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Richard Youngs
Memory Ain't No Decay

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Richard Hawley & Ollie Trevers
Funny Cow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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Michael Tanner & Sharron Kraus
In the Rheidol Valley

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Jeff Tweedy
Warm

Warm is the second solo album by Jeff Tweedy, but the first to be comprised entirely from new material. It follows on from last year’s Together At Last, which contained acoustic versions of songs from his bands Wilco, Golden Smog and Loose Fur. Here, he is ably assisted by his son, Spencer Tweedy, Wilco drummer, Glenn Kotche and Tom Schick. It was produced and recorded by Jeff Tweedy, which really makes it totally his album. LP and CD on dBpm Records.

The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers debut album was originally released in 2008. The band, who call New York’s Catskill Mountains home, took their inspiration from The Band - seemingly just as much from their unkempt, ragged look on the cover of their self-titled second album as they did from the music. For those that enjoy their alt. country/Americana, this is a high-point of the genre. 10th anniversary reissue.

Beverly Glenn-Copeland
Beverly Copeland

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Donovan
Mellow Yellow

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Robert Wyatt
Nothing Can Stop Us Now

Though he could have been seen by some as a relic from the '60s and '70s, Robert Wyatt was at his most potent in the early '80s. Taken under the wing of the left leaning Rough Trade label he produced a string of excellent singles  - all cover versions which were collected onto Nothing Can Stop Us Now. The headliner is the remarkable Top 40 hit Shipbuilding but Wyatt's take on Chic's At Last I Am Free and Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit are spine tingling. 

The Sensory Illusions
The Sensory Illusions

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

Larry Jon Wilson
New Beginnings

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Rachael Dadd
Spark Illuminate / The Holly And The Ivy

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Daniel Knox
Chasescene

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Richard Swift
The Novelist / Walking Without Effort

Richard Swift was in fact a Christian artist back in the '90s recording under the name Dicky Ochoa. The Novelist and Walking Without Effort were his two debut secular releases showcasing the producer as he found his way around the recording studio. Both showcase his ability to make records that have something of the Harry Nilsson or Burt Bacharach about them yet remain completely contemporary.  

Various
The Corn Mother

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The Fernweh
The Fernweh

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Various
The Love You Save

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Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 3

Since 2016, Darren Hayman has been conducting an investigation into the the nuances of rural life in Britain. He took as his starting point the island's Thankful Villages, those to whom all their soldiers returned from the First World War alive. He visited each in turn, creating in response to them. Volume 3 marks the end of Hayman's study, one whose pastoral folk guitar capture the essence of its subject.

Living Music
To Allen Ginsberg

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

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Lily & Madeleine
Canterbury Girls

US duo Lily & Madeleine started making music at high school. They were young but very good at what they did and got signed to Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty label. Now signed to hip Nashville label New West, they’re not that much older and already have album number 4 ready to go. Canterbury Girls was produced by Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the duo behind Kacey Musgraves’ crossover success, Golden Hour. LP and CD on New West.

Henry Jamison
Gloria Duplex

Gloria Duplex is the second album by Vermont-based singer/songwriter Henry Jamison. The album examines how it feels to be white and male in the US in the current social climate, but not in a disturbing Trump kind of way. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett, who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, with string arrangements by Rob Moose, who did the same for Bon Iver. LP and CD on Akira Records.

Matt Elliott
The Calm Before

Matt Elliott launched his career with ferocious albums of experimental drum and bass under his The Third Eye Foundation alias, but on his subsequent solo work he’s focused that energy on inventive folk and acoustic music. The Calm Before continues this approach with six pieces of delicate and rich songwriting.  

Daniel Romano
Finally Free

Daniel Romano is definitely good at two things: 1) making his album covers look like albums that are found in charity shops (check out the covers for Workin’ For The Music Man and Come Cry With Me). 2) working hard - Finally Free is his eighth album in as many years. His music has run the gamut of classic sounds from the past. On the evidence of the track All The Reaching Trims, he delves into the world of late ‘60s singer/songwriter to great effect. LP and CD on New West.

Mandolin Orange
Tides of a Teardrop

Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tunes, wailing violins, and slow-paced vocals. 
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Neil Young
Songs For Judy

Songs For Judy sees Neil Young delving into his rich archive again. This time, it’s a debut release for his own Shakey Pictures Records label. The album gathers together solo live recordings from November 1976. There are well-known classics such as Heart Of Gold, The Needle And The Damage Done and After Gold Rush coupled with early versions of songs such as White Line which wouldn’t appear in studio form until his 1990 album, Ragged Glory. This album’s USP, however, is No One Seems To Know - a song that has never been released anywhere before. Double LP on 140g vinyl and CD.

Various
The Truth Is A Lie

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Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit
Live at the Roundhouse

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Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore
Ghost Forests

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Sharron Kraus with Belbury Poly
Other Voices 10

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Eliza Shaddad
Future

Eliza Shaddad has threatened an LP for a while now. In Future she's come through with a debut full-length for Beatnik Creative that makes good on the promise of her early EPs. Shaddad confesses to listening to plenty of Hole and Portishead in the run up to Future, and their influence is palpable here. See also PJ Harvey and Lyla Foy. You’ve got the keys, now Shaddad and drive.

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