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Mark Lanegan
Scraps At Midnight

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

Angelo De Augustine
Swim Inside The Moon

Swim Inside The Moon is the new album from Thousand Oaks, California resident Angelo De Augustine. Just 24 years of age, the suburban singer-songwriter has made a deftly subtle, imperiously confident, sparsely i...view item »

Elliott Smith
Figure 8

They tried to make him look younger on the sleeve by sticking him in a cardigan and airbrushing his face and that pretty sums up this record by the renowned songsmith. Where earlier albums had that raw lo-fi appeal, 'Either/Or' had all the good songs, 'XO' did the same with higher fi production, 'Figure 8' was the one where nuts and bolts were a...view item »

Josh Ritter
Gathering

The ninth album from Josh Ritter is one of those super-emotional, spit-and-sawdust country-rock albums that everyone needs a few of in their life. Produced with a nice full sound, Gathering turns in a baker’s dozen of well-crafted ditties. ‘Showboat’ is romping heartland rock, ‘Thunderbolt’...view item »

Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 1

Four years since their last record, Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s coin. Vol. 1 is their more stripped back, mellower acoustic side. 10 thoughtful, engaging tracks for the lazy, lonely afternoon.LP and CD released through Partisan....view item »

Courtney Marie Andrews
Sea Town / Near You

Sea Town / Near You are the first releases from Courtney Marie Andrews since her album Honest Life was released to critical acclaim. Sea Town is a driving, folk inspired ditty with some ...view item »

Margo Price
Weakness

Folky country bumpkin Margo Price sits in a tree with her trusty acoustic (her backing band can't climb) for a pair of limited 7" singles on none other than Third Man records. The singles comprise two halves of an EP, so make sure you don't just get half an EP because you'll probably regret it. Weakness is Price at her most upbeat, striking up a...view item »

Leonard Cohen
Field Commander Tour 1979

This live album was recorded in Hammersmith Odeon, London and in Brighton. Leonard Cohen has said it was his best tour ever, and with the six piece backup transforming his simple music and raising it to the heights, it’s a beautiful capture of his iconic sound from the place where music, poetry and romance intertwine....view item »

Madeline Kenney
Night Night At The First Landing

Madeline Kenney presents her debut full-length album, which she wrote, arranged and recorded entirely herself and mostly at home. Night Night At The First Landing might initially come across as a straightforward...view item »

Bendith
Bendith

When two welsh bands decide to get together and make an album you get Bendith’s self titled debut. Members of Colorama and Plu head to a tiny village that is very close to Carwyn Ellis’ heart. A lovingly crafted folk album about being home, and it is unabashedly twee...view item »

John Fahey
The Voice of The Turtle

John Fahey was truly a marvel, rediscovering, performing and recording traditional country blues with a precision and dedication unmatched by any other artist. This album shows the artist's wickedly droll sense of humour, along with a welcome experiment with some decidedly psychedelic sounds. It is this unexpected quirkiness that adds real perso...view item »

Nick Mulvey
Wake Up Now

Since leaving Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey has been working solidly on his solo singer/songwriter material, releasing eight EPs and a full length, he returns to Fiction records for his second album. Bringing his soft yet direct folk into a fuller, band and electronics sound, and drawing countless world music inf...view item »

Sirom
I Can Be A Clay Snapper

Slovenian band Sirom bring us their second album of wildly sculpted folk-infused sounds, on I Can Be A Clay Snapper. Their hand-fashioned collection of instruments emit fantastical noises outside of constraints like geographical land borders. A huge, mesmeric blast of fun. Mixed by Chris Eckman, for Glitterbeat, on LP a...view item »

Various
Sky Girl

Sky Girl is a dive into the rare, being made up of tracks that were initially issued in hyper-limited private press editions, stuff that you just can’t find. No names that will be familiar to anyone who isn’t a crate-digger, but that’s the joy of it: incredibly rare artists making beautiful music where no-one can hear....view item »

Loner Deluxe
Songs I Taped Off The Radio

Heavily bearded man about town and Rusted Rail head honcho Keith Wallace returns with the first album in ages from his folk/electronic/sci fi project Loner Deluxe.  This promises to be a varied opus which is said to play like a mixtape from the artist himself. Wild and wondrous creativity plus you get a bit of his shirt wit...view item »

Katie Von Schleicher
Shitty Hits

The debut album from the complicatedly named Katie Von Schleicher is an album of sweet pop that has nods towards the 70s soft pop of the likes of Emitt Rhodes. The grandiose arrangements suggest she could fit in as tour support the Lemon Twigs pretty nicely. Kind of emotiona...view item »

Dusty Stray
A Tree Fell And Other Songs

Having moved to Amsterdam from Texas, Jonathan Brown formed alt. folk four-piece Dusty stray. Themes of lost love, heartbreak and loneliness weave through the band's fouth album A Tree Fell and Other Songs, but unlike many artists who walk the same path, there’s the occasional glint of hope and redemption in ...view item »

Conor Oberst
Salutations

Bright Eyes' lead quiverer Conor Oberst's last album Ruminations was a a home produced, stark work featuring just his own voice, guitar and piano. He still wanted to record with a band though and so headed down to Malibu to record Salutations with a full rocking band in tow. This includes band versions of ...view item »

Ed Askew
Art and Life

Ed Askew built up a small but solid cult following over the three and a half decades between his 1968 ESP-Disk debut and his 2003 return: he’s now in a place where people are eagerly awaiting new sounds from the man with the Martin Tiple (baritone ukulele). New record Art and Life, with an Askew p...view item »

Olof Arnalds
Sudden Elevation

Does anyone sing in a normal voice these days? I had the misfortune of hearing Everything Everything on 6music the other day and thought that I may be able to tolerate this if he stopped singing in a made up comedy voice. Olof Arnalds is an Icelandic c...view item »

Shirley & Dolly Collins
Anthems In Eden

Here is a re-issue of Shirley and Dolly Collins 1969 album 'Anthems in Eden' but it's not quite as clear cut as that. In 1976 six new songs were recorded with members of the Albion Band as a new version of the album was released. This re-issue combines all the tracks including a 28 minute 'song story' which open...view item »

Damien Jurado
Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Did I miss the memo or something? Was I asleep when Jurado turned from lo-fi troubador to Cosmic American trailblazer? This is a really stunning effort which sits up there with the great and the good of psychedelic American music. From David Crosby to Fleet Foxes and back again...view item »

Rick Deitrick
River Sun River Moon

Rick Deitrick released a handful of private press LPs back in the '70s, at a time when he was humby playing guitar in a world entirely of his own fabrication. On River Sun River Moon, as with his other records, he focused on little more than being in tune on the guitar, though this record is also inspired by his ab...view item »

Howie Reeve
smaller, now

The new record from Howie Reeve is smaller, now. Sitting on his own for quite a few years now after playing with many indie-pop and indie-rock bands has enabled him to gather a great deal of experience and musical wisdom. This record is available on vinyl LP on The Audacious Art Experiment / Red Wig. ...view item »

Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

Michael Head and The Strands produced The Magical World Of The Strands during the early 90s, first releasing the collection of work-in-progress material in 1997. Everybody loved it, so now it returns, on CD or 180g gatefold LP on Megaphone. Brand new liner notes from Mr Head himself round out the packag...view item »

Langhorne Slim & The Law
The Spirit Moves

Langhorne Slim’s 2015 record with regular backing band The Law, circulated once more by the Dualtone label. The Spirit Moves is a vigorous album of down-home electric country rock, driven by vocal passion, banjo and electric guitar double-teaming, and some very nice horns. Yes sirree. CD and LP ed...view item »

Hamell On Trial
Tackle Box

Described as the anxiety-induced, claustrophobic spirit that the USA now inhabits, Tackle Box is the heavily politically involved, sometimes quite humorous, release from Hamell On Trial. Pretty much recorded by himself in his own home studio, this record is a great mix of fast paced, drilling vocals and acoustic guitar ...view item »

James Yuill
A Change In State

James Yuill studied audio forensics at university. They’ll let you do anything nowadays won’t they? As long as you’ve got the £40k to give ‘em, ey! But look, Yuill’s a last bastion of hope, a graduate using their degree to earn some money and pay some taxes and A Change in Stat...view item »

Wives of Farmers
Excellent Happiness Forever

Wives of Farmers are a Cornish band who have been rolling for ten years now, building on their strengths. They are a rock band with the folk inclinations and wide horizons that come from Cornish living. The band are self-releasing Excellent Happiness Forever on CD and vinyl, in editions limited to 200 and 250 copies res...view item »

Chelsea Wolfe
The Grime and The Glow

Marrying the gentle intimacy of folk, the atmospheric voodoo of death rock, and the bleak, sullen nihilism of black metal, Wolfe's sound effectively cast a genre all her own: a cavernous rumble, marked by stuttering drums, ethereal synths, and a wash of guitar, all very much in the service of one of the most hypnotic, celestial voices in modern ...view item »

Kacy & Clayton
The Siren's Song

With their washed out olde album cover and extremely goofy '60s psych fonting, you might think you were bumping into Kacy & Clayton in some sorta musical time travel extravaganza. They are, however, a modern band that exists right now, having recorded this album with incidental pal Jeff Tweedy ...view item »

Will Beeley
Passing Dream

Will Beeley released Passing Dream in 1979, but copies have been hard to find since then. But now happy days are here again: Passing Dream has received a lovely vinyl reissue from the Tompkins Square label. The album was recorded with a superb set of studio musicians, including Larry Campbell a...view item »

Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable ...view item »

Various
Avocet Revisited

Designed as almost a tribute but in the form of an accompanying piece for scottish folk musician Bert Jansch’s Avocet released in 1979, Earth Recordings commissioned four artists to pick a species of bird and write a track around it. Four tracks of peaceful and gently evocative music from Edwyn Collins...view item »

Joel Jerome
Cosmic Bear Jamboree

Joel Jerome, 'LA's Behind-the-Scenes Indie King' is back with Cosmic Bear Jamboree. Jerome evokes the slacker cool of the likes of Mac Demarco and Beck with ease, plus the vintage artiness of Ariel Pink. Featuring kaleidoscopic choirs, warm guitar licks and plenty-o' spacey reverb, his new album contains the hits '...view item »

Briana Marela
Call It Love

Seattle indie-popper Briana Marela returns with her second album, titled Call It Love. The sleeve art leads the listener into the record perfectly: Marela, with her pop-talented vocals and songwriting, is cloaked by ambient mist, rendering her semi-visible. It’s a great mix, with the ambient produ...view item »

Neil Young
Decade

Here's a lad that needs no introduction -- yes, it's Neil Young. Decade compiled no fewer than 35 (thirty-five!) of Young's songs committed to tape between the years of 1966 and 1976. The album features five tracks that had been previously unavailable. The Warner brothers have reissued this outstanding record as a tripl...view item »

Caroline Says
50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

Soft vocals and chilling rhythmic melodies are what start to bring this entire record together piece by piece. Caroline Says is a cracking addition to the singer-songwriter scene, bringing with it a collection of experimental pop and folk-style indie in this nine-track release. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong is av...view item »

Colorama
Some Things Just Take Time

Welsh songwriter Carwyn Ellis roots himself firmly into American soil on a record obsessed with country music and its expanse of classic rock bands. Produced by Edwyn Collins, Some Things Just Take Time is a gentle homage to its influences -- its name recalls Tim Hardin...view item »

Stills-Young Band
Long May You Run

Out of the various permutations of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, this was the only collaboration between Stephen Stills and Neil Young. The 1976 album follows in a similar West Coast folk vein to their parent band Buffalo Springfield but there's moments of jazz and synthesised strings to give a more modern fee...view item »

Neil Young
Comes a Time

After all the earth-scorched rock songs and talk of killin', Neil Young decided to draw back into his folksy shell, following up Zuma and American Stars 'N Bars ...view item »

Neil Young
American Stars 'n Bars

Essentially, American Stars 'n Bars is the album Neil Young made after he was done making the classics now firmly established in the old rock man canon. It's a grab-bag of old additional recordings that hadn't quite made it before and features his swirling, semi-proggy "Like a Hurricane", which would...view item »

William The Conqueror
Proud Disturber Of The Peace

Indie-Americana informs the work of rootsy, bluesy three-piece William The Conqueror. Formed by folk favourite Ruarri Joseph, the band now also comprises Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes. The trio's recording sessions for Proud Disturber Of The Peace took them on a journey round the Isles of Britain from the peninsula of ...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Ghetto Bells

Here is a re-issue of Vic Chesnutt's 2005 album "Ghetto Bells" in which the Athens-based songwriter was joined by a veritable who's who of collaborators most notably jazz icon Bill Frisell and legendary multi instrumentalist Van Dyke Parks. It perfectly places Chesnutt's poetic delivery within a...view item »

A.J. Holmes
Robin Hood Gardens

A.J. Holmes here pays tribute to Robin Hood Gardens, a soon-to-be-demolished '70s housing estate in London. Holmes recorded these melancholy guitar and vocal songs in various parts of the estate, relying on the natural resonance of the spaces, rather than any post-production effects, to colour the recor...view item »

Juanita Stein
America

Juanita Stein's rich musical background spans from Coldplay involvements, to bands such as Howling Bells and Waikiki. On this occasion, her solo album is America is pure and unadulterated. Inspired by photos from the Great ...view item »

John Stammers
Waiting Around

John Stammers took six (6) years to follow up his 2011 debut but good things come to those who wait. This long awaited follow up has been slowly constructed using old fashioned analogue recording techniques to make an album that could be compared to the work of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and from more recent times ...view item »

Tim Buckley
Goodbye and Hello

Aloof songwriter and songwriter dad Tim Buckley started his career on a self-titled record, and arguably jumped the shark with Goodbye and Hello, his sophomore. This one pushed forward the psychedelic element of his sound and took him out of the usual milquetoast early stage every folk songwriter see...view item »

Mark Fosson
Solo Guitar

Mark Fosson has been playing guitar for about 50 years now which makes him..what? ...well at least 51. This is only his fifth album in that time which makes him either a perfectionist or lazy. I'd err towards the former though as he twists and swoops with a nimble fingerpicking style and the sort of eclectic thought process you ...view item »

Laucan
FramesPerSecond

Laucan, who comes from the strange little town of Lewes in Sussex, releases his debut full-length album. FramesPerSecond is folk music with subtle support from electronics, driven by Laucan’s impressive falsetto vocals. Andrew Phillips of Grasscut also assisted wi...view item »

Dark Dark Dark
Wild Go

This is pretty interesting. Dark Dark Dark play piano-led chamber folk with predominantly girl vocals. It's dark-tinged but not as downbeat as their name would have you believe. More brooding than maudlin, I want to compare them to The National but there's a sense of wonder here that I don't get from that band. Similar kind of shuffling propulsi...view item »

Greg Ashley & The Western Playboys
Greg Ashley & The Western Playboys

Greg has been a wanderin' America for some time now playin' music, releasin' records. This latest one should start payin' him some dues as it's out on Jack's Third Man Records. We're promised a rough hewn selection of waltz, country swing and honky tonk. Like a one man jukebox in the dusty end of town. ...view item »

My Bubba
Gone / You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

My Bubba are a Scandinavian duo who base their compositions around the Norwegian lap harp. Here they are joined by a trio of Nashville musicians including a drummer named Whip Triplet. They play a composition of their own and cover the Bob Dylan song they first performed when they first sang together. Cute.  ...view item »

Deas & Denton
Deas & Denton

I want to review this but we're all being distracted by looking at German teenybopper magazine covers from the 80s - Don Johnson seemed to have quite the fanbase there in those days, even Hasselhoff's got nothing on him. Anyhoo this is a bit of a curveball for anyone who might buy it expecting Cam Deas to be contributing his usual amazing acoust...view item »

Psychic Temple
IV

Chris Schlarb’s band Psychic Temple recorded IV, their fourth record (apart from their full-length cover of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports) in an LA studio in the old way, with big grand sessions. Guests like Terry Reid and Nedelle Torrisi...view item »

John Murry
A Short History Of Decay

Hard to find an Americana artist who doesn't have a tragic backstory these days but John Murry's could take the biscuit. Literally everything went wrong for him  but then...redemption! John meets the feller out of Cowboy Junkies who helps him put a band together and this is the result - a very personal docu...view item »

Sir Plastic Crimewave
Feathered Serpents

Sir Plastic Crimewave is a veteran of a whole handful of heavy and avant-psych outfits (as well as the magazine Galactic Zoo Dossier), but Feathered Serpents is his very first time stepping out into the limelight for a solo LP! This one has been brewing for some time (15 years!), and is a sweet suite of...view item »

Pigeons
Hearts

Of all the recent Olde English Spelling Bee stuff that's passed through the gates of Norman Towers in the past few months Pigeons are the band I've struggled to get to grips with the most. I guess their style verges on folksy territory and I'm not sure about the vocals either but this new 7" is certainly redeeming my clouded memory of their outp...view item »

Dent May
That Feeling

This guy is a weirdo. His new single touches on the more bearable excesses of smooth 80's Yacht rock but infuses it with a kind of swinging white-boy funk that Haircut 100 & latter-period Orange Juice may well have rejected for being too smooth. It sounds like the fucking Style Council which is not funny. Thing is, much like our Clint, i've ...view item »

Lambchop
Nixon

Ah Nixon. The highpoint in the varied career of this Nashville million piece led by Kurt Wagner. Nixon was a glorious romp through the back roads of neon soul with surprising nods to Al Green and Curtis Mayfield -  a beautiful lamp lit album, moving at slow pace with Wagner's idiosync...view item »

Waxahatchee
Out In The Storm

Waxahatchee presents her fourth album Out In The Storm, which is borne out of the ashes of a relationship collapse. As ever, music and songwriting provide a vehicle to self-love and renewal. With a mostly live-in-the-room production, Out In The Storm is a strong indie-rock record with a real personal punch behi...view item »

Kristin Hersh
Wyatt at the Coyote Palace

Kristin Hersh (of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave) hereby releases her tenth album as a solo artist. And it's a big one. Wyatt at the Coyote Palace is a double record (featuring twenty-four tracks) written and recorded over the last five years. As rich and personal as anything by ...view item »

Whitney
You've Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)

Signed to Secretly Canadian, Whitney are Chicago's modern day answer to indie-rock. Their latest single is a glut of material is promising, You've Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can) is an intriguing duo that fail to bore at any moment. The release is direct, candid ...view item »

Ian William Craig
Slow Vessels

Ian William Craig somewhat returns to his tremendously loved 2016 album Centres with an EP that relocates some of those pieces onto voice, piano and acoustic guitar, with just a few licks of subtle tape manipulation lapping at the edges. Slow Vessels proves that Craig’s songwriting is jus...view item »

Dana Jewell
Wants

Like the quote in the press release for this release... 'Dana's love of beautiful women and deep thought shines through on each hand wrought track'. Sounds incredibly sincere to me but doesn't really reflect on the music contained on this four track EP 'Wants'. Dana's music is erratic, inventive and very much lo-fi. Reminds me Jad Fair or one of...view item »

Patrik Torsson
At The Line of The Border

Yawn..........from the press release comes this little gem, "vocals were laid down while sitting half-folded in an armchair". God does it sound like it. Music doesn't come more stupified than this. Come on lad, get up out of the chair! Not half way out of the chair, all the way out of the chair! Sing like you mean it, not like you're mut...view item »

Maia
Wild Waters

Maia are a forward thinking folk band that do very nicely thank you on the English folk scene. They marry traditional folk arrangements with more modern production techniques and unique songwriting. They are produced by Leeds sonic whizzkid Choque Hosein who teases out of them intense sci fi folk and whimsical off kilter psyched...view item »

Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith's eponymous album was his second and showcased a songwriter with incredible songwriting ability who doesn't like to show off. It's probably the album I like most after his masterpiece "Either/Or" I find the lo-fi recording adds a great deal to the emotion he puts into his performances and like the man himself, it's not showy or glo...view item »

Grace Sings Sludge
Life With Dick

Grace Sings Sludge is the solo outing of Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches and The Fresh and Onlys, recorded at home where the full intensity of Grace’s yearning and unsettled lyrics can be properly expressed. Life With Dick, which is adorned with s...view item »

Greg Ashley
One Thin Heroine/ Misery Again

This is a 7" of downbeat country/Americana from singer/songwriter Greg Ashley (The Gris Gris, The Mirrors, Strate Coats). The first track's a call-and-response type number with Ashley and a lass by the name of Kimberly Morrison alternating lines, accompanied by fingerpicked guitar. It seems to get slower as it goes along, and it certainly ma...view item »

Bob Dylan
Time Out Of Mind

1997's 'Time out of Mind' is Dylan's 30th album and is considered to be among his finest work. Bagging 3 Grammy awards, this double album (his first since 1970), is both atmospheric and captivating and followed the disappointing 'Under the Red Sky'. It was duly was considered a return to form by both fans and critics. Produced by Daniel Lanois, ...view item »

The Staves
Dead & Born & Grown

I don't know what to talk about The Staves, these songs make me dream. Their voices are exciting, I'm really magnified!...view item »

Alejandro Escovedo
Gravity

Alejandro Escovedo is one of the best of a group of talented singer/songwriters from Austin, TX. Along with Joe Ely and Stephen Bruton (who produced and played on Gravity), Escovedo writes and sings some of the most thoughtful and inpsired music anywhere. Gravity's main strengths lie in words and music that when combined, put the listener in the...view item »

Alejandro Escovedo
Thirteen Years

Alejandro wrote this album mostly as a dedication to his late ex-wife. The words and music convey not only the problems she and they may have had but also the love he felt for her. He has such a knack for pulling you into his life very smoothly, right before delivering his knock out punch. What songs, what lyrics, what passion, what virtuosic pl...view item »

Head Of Programmes
The Spring Band Was

Head of Programmes is the pseudonym of James MacGregor, a singer/songwriter based down south somewhere. Macgregor's music is both accomplished and heartfelt in the vein of classic mid-nineties underground Americana a la Smog, Lambchop, Bonnie P.B., Sun Kil Moon and, most prominently, The Mountain Goats. The EP begins with one of those top down, ...view item »

John Wesley Coleman III / Gary Stewart
Oh Woman b/w Ramona

John Wesley Coleman III and Sophomore Lounge head honcho bond over a love of singer-songwriter Gary Stewart. A relatively unknown country blues singer, Gary Stewart had a patchy career that never quite took flight. Praised by many of his peers (Dylan included) he struggled to make a name for himself and eventually committed suicide after wha...view item »

Mountainhood
America 2 or Nahuel Huapa, A Saga: The Intense Vibes of the Rainbow, A Tale of Transformation Of My Brother

This feller baked my brain last time I attempted to review one of his collections of music. That was a pretty far-out record mind and here he indulges his free lo-fi folk persona. It works on many levels as he's obviously got music flowing through his veins so he simply does what the fuck he likes whether the results sound...view item »

Elliott Smith
XO

“XO” was Elliott Smith’s fourth album, originally released in 1998. The fact that it was his major label debut combined with him having contributed songs to the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack the year before, including the Oscar nominated “Miss Misery”, he was becoming increasingly popular. Here, the pro...view item »

Mark Lanegan
Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

This is a wonderful anthology of Mark Lanegan's solo albums and it also features 12 previously unreleased tracks. As for the track selection, the tracks chosen are his more mellow, quiet and elegant songs. None of his more rockin' or experimental tracks are featured on this compilation. I think the tracks chosen, and their unusual placement in n...view item »

James Elkington
Wintres Woma

James Elkington returns with his latest album for the Paradise Of Bachelors label this time going it alone (his 2015 collaboration with Nathan Salsburg 'Ambsace' was superb), his gentle fingerpicking folk textures are reminiscent of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley but have a certain virtuos...view item »

Danny & The Champions Of The World
Brilliant Light

Those Roald Dahl and folk-rock fans Danny and the Champions of the World are back with a new and extra-large album named Brilliant Light, containing eighteen tracks over two discs. Oh and by the way, while stocks last you can get your hands on triple CD and triple LP editions that includes a whole extra...view item »

John Smith
Headlong

In these days of google-friendly artist and band names it's almost heartening that John Smith has stuck to his birth moniker rather than calling himself John Smmmmmmmmmith or similar. However his music is almost as bland as his name being the sort of hushed acoustic troubadour music with husky voice that will do pretty well in R...view item »

Compton & Batteau
In California

Compton & Batteau recorded their one and only album, In California in 1971, in California. It’s a classic-feeling suite of laid-back West Coast rock that instantly recalls a certain kind of troubador. The duo quickly vanished into obscurity, but In California has stuck around being quietly wonderful e...view item »

Will Beeley
Gallivantin'

Will Beeley put his Gallivantin’ album out private press style in an edition of 200 LPs back in 1971, making it an extremely rare find. But now happy days are here again: Gallivantin’ has received a lovely vinyl and CD reissue from the Tompkins Square label, making his wonderful alt-country original...view item »

Sam Amidon
The Following Mountain

Sam Amidon’s new album is unusual for him, in that every single song is an original composition of his. As well as regular collaborator and mighty musical all-rounder Shahzad Ismaily, our man Sam has managed to snare original 60’s-era free jazz drummer Milford Graves...view item »

Devon Sproule
The Gold String

It seems like Devon Sproule has been around forever but she's still somehow only 34. This latest missive from the Virginia based songwriter is inspired by the time she was staying on a remote and rather than eat her dinner set about writing sprawling verse. The result is a short but lush LP with guest spots from Ed Askew...view item »

Michael Chapman
50

Yorkshire folk guitarist Michael Chapman is one of those musicians who is just simply extremely good at his job: his finger-picking style is endlessly engaging. New album 50, commemorating five decades of career, is his ‘American record’, on which he is joined by US allies like Steve Gunn an...view item »

Bert Jansch
Live In Australia

Bert Jansch, playing Live In Australia, in a cafe in 1998. This is a highly direct set, being mostly comprised only of Bert and his guitar, singing familiar favourite songs and newer lat-90’s material alike. The audio has been carefully remastered for this release, which is available on CD or LP, ...view item »

This Is The Kit
Bashed Out

On 12” Vinyl or CD. Bashed Out is the outcome of This is the Kit collaborating with Aaron Dessner (The National), the results are a sort of hypnotic and gorgeous slowed down crystal clear rock, with that emotional grit that will keep it stuck in the back of your head. A must for f...view item »

Marika Hackman
We Slept At Last

Finally out with a full length album, Marika Hackman’s voice is a gift. We Slept At Last is not only a pretty debut, but it’s also by sung with poetic force by an artist obsessed with the literary. The songs are pretty but have a strange density to them. All in all: pretty sure you can't go wrong with i...view item »

Leonard Cohen
Popular Problems

Legendary songwriter and renowned (or at least published) poet Leonard Cohen has a new album out! It's called 'Popular Problems', and its release date coincides with Cohen's eightieth birthday, marking both a day of personal celebration and another milestone for Cohen -- it's the thirteenth record in his long career, though only his se...view item »

Timber Timbre
Timber Timbre

Timber Timbre is Toronto based songwriter Taylor Kirk, who has earned a reputation for the atmospheric wizardry of his mesmerising live performances. This self titled release charts his musical journey from mournful, lo-fi bedroom music to his more advanced studio work creating ethereal and intensely visual soundscapes....view item »

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