Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
A Man I’d Rather Be (Part II)

The Man I’d Rather Be (Part II) is a 4 LP or 4 CD box set documenting the solo work of the legendary and influential guitarist Bert Jansch. The focus is on the late ‘60s and early ‘70s  where Jansch worked from a wider palette, mixing pop, blues and baroque into his folk sound. Bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox are the most regular rhythm section used on these recordings and there are guest appearances from Mary Hopkin, Tony Visconti and Dave Mattacks. Many guitarists from Jimmy Page to Neil Young and Johnny Marr to Graham Coxon hold Bert Jansch in high regard.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain


Arizona-based singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is back with the follow-up to her critically lauded 2017 debut breakthrough ‘Honest’. Written while touring her first record, ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ explores Andrews’ relationships (some lasting, some fleeting) with people she meets on the road, her gospel-soaked folk perfectly mirroring the tenderness of her writing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Blue Valentine

This 1978 release is a real mixed bag that displays the contrasting extremes of Waits’ muse at the time. The album is bookended by a widescreen orchestral version of Bernstein’s standard Somewhere, and the smoky jazz guitar of the understated title track. In between there’s the tragicomic Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis and the raucous r’n’b of Whistlin' Past the Graveyard. Kentucky Avenue is the obligatory killer tearjerker.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

1977’s Foreign Affairs is Tom Waits at his most big budget and nostalgically cinematic. The filmic feel is exemplified by the forties style epic Potter’s Field and Bette Midler duet I Never Talk to Strangers. It's heavily string and brass laden when the singer’s not mostly alone at the piano, as on standout Burma Shave. The furthest Waits would go in this direction, though Barber Shop hints at his ramshackle, bellowing future.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Waits
Heartattack And Vine

Waits’ sixth album was his last non-soundtrack work before his reinvention on Swordfishtombones, but it’s already a shade less polished than his previous few outings.  Standouts include the raw blues of the title track, later adopted by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and future Springsteen hit Jersey Girl. The ballads are particularly devastating - the lover’s reluctant abscondment on Ruby’s Arms and On the Nickel's lament for the destitute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
The Ballad Of Shirley Collins

The documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins traces the long and eventful life of our era’s foremost singer of traditional English folk song. The film captures sessions for her album Lodestar, her first after decades of tragic silence. It also recalls her 1959 song-collecting trip to the US with Alan Lomax, some of the fruits of which are included on this soundtrack. Also here is music from collaborators Michael J York and Ossian Brown, an unearthed home recording of Shirley’s late sister Dolly, and a previously unreleased 1958 BBC session. Available on vinyl, or on CD with a DVD of the film itself.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

Michael Chapman
LIVE VPRO 1971

This Dutch radio recording offers a rare chance to hear the Yorkshire folkie onstage in the early years of his career. Accompanied only by bassist Rick Kemp, the singer / guitarist performs loose and laid-back takes on tracks from his then-current albums on the Harvest label. Both CD and red vinyl versions include a download of the entire rambling 90-minute set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chris Weisman
Chaos Isn’t Single

Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but for the moment let's keep him to ourselves ok?  

Mark Feehan
MF


  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David Kitt
Yous

Though he hasn’t released an album under his given name for nine years, David Kitt has been busy enough with his excellent house project New Jackson. Now that project providing him with his electronics fix, Yous is an earthy record that combines leftfield balladry in the vein of Arthur Russell’s Love Is Overtaking Me, skittering grooves of the Gainsbourg/Tellier school and the folk traditions of Kitt’s native Ireland. Out via All City, a label that continues to impress.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Us and Them
From The Corner Of My Eye

Us and Them, over and over again. That’s where the LCD Soundsystem comparison ends, mind. The latest single from the Swedish dream-folk duo is a stately, vaguely psychedelic procession of guitars, strings, harmonies and lightly-pattering drums. 'From The Corner Of My Eye' brings to mind Gillian Welch and Vashti Bunyan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

Warm bit of jangly folk pop from Martha Ffion. She has a wonderful ear for melody, and everything thing she does is so charming that it's impossible to dislike. Sunday Best is for fans of the likes of Laura Marling, and The Magnetic Fields, and those who just want to listen to something pleasant and good.

Elle Mary & The Bad Men
Constant Unfailing Night

Constant Unfailing Night by Elle Mary and The Bad Men uses folk-noir and a starting point, just dealing with the necessary elements of sound and space. She believes that this way her lyrics will be at the forefront on the album and more open to interpretation. Elle Mary is influenced by artists such as Bill Callahan, Low and Julie Doiron who, as Elle Mary is aiming to do, make the most out of seemingly not doing much. If you like Sharon Van Etten and Jenny Hval as well as the aforementioned artists, you should probably check this out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor. 

Eric Chenaux
Slowly Paradise

Sounding like he's playing jazz and folk influenced guitar pieces whilst sitting in the hull of a tugboat on a particularly windy day, Eric Chenaux has a totally unique seasick sound that is ripe with invention. He blurs the lines between avant garde modern composition and the type of lop-sided fretwork also explored by the likes of John Fahey and Richard Dawson.  

Richard Dawson
Peasant

The new album from Richard Dawson is a notable new epic from the Tyneside master, featuring more guest musicians than ever before. Peasant’s songs are all set in the pre-medieval north-east, with each title naming a figure: ‘Weaver’, ‘Herald’, ‘Beggar’. It’s the most fully-fledged work yet by Dawson, and it's out on Weird World.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD with 20 page booklet and two extra tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
Adios Senor Pussycat

One of the UK's most underrated yet much loved amongst those in the know songwriters Michael Head has a storied history in bands like the Pale Fountains, Shack and the remarkable Michael Head and the Strands. This is his first new material in over 11 years and it will be a joy to hear his music again. It's poetic and romantic and draws comparisons to Love, the La's and Nick Drake but with a ragged, workingman edge that ensures what he lacks in national treasure status is made up for with an enthusiastic cult following. 

Neko Case
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule is an 8-LP box set by Neko Case. The collection contains all 8 of her studio albums from 1997’s The Virginian, which appears on vinyl for the first time, to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and her 2002 classic, Blacklisted. Singer/songwriter, Case hails from Virginia but moved to Vancouver in 1994. Both of these locations inform her music as she has straddled genres from alt. country to indie. Most notably a solo artist, Case was also a member of the A.C. Newman led Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (0045778737215)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore

Alvarius B is the moniker of former Sun City Girl member Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and Volume Three, sub-titled Heathen Folklore, is supposedly the most fucked-up of the three records. Vinyl LP release from Abduction.

Jono McCleery
Seeds Of A Dandelion

We've heard this one in the office quite a bit, and it has become a personal favourite of mine. Jono McCleery's voice is truly brilliant. He sings with so much soul and genuine passion. It's raw and it's beautiful. Available on vinyl LP and CD and both have been released on Counter Records. Trust me. It's a good 'un.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Gentle Good
Y Gwyfyn

Welsh folkies The Gentle Good are proud of their Welshness and rightly so. The trio are made up of Jack Egglestone on drums, Callum Duggan on bass and singer Georgia Ruth. Y Gwyfyn is an EP specially released for 2018’s Welsh Language Music Day. The EP is a combination of brand new material and outtakes from the sessions that produced their Welsh Music Prize winning album Ruins/Adfeilion. The EP features beautiful string arrangements by Cardiff-based composer, Seb Goldfinch which are performed by the Mavron Quartet. Fans of Alasdair Roberts might want to give this a go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and here is Volume Two, sub-titled A Mark Twain August. Apparently it features a banjo formerly owned by Mark Twain himself, though that could be classic Bishop nonsense, who knows… On Abduction.

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and Volume One is reportedly the most melodic of the trilogy. Vinyl release from Abduction, with an inner sleeve containing all of Alvarius’s curious lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit
Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit - 10th Anniversary Edition

The biggest surprise of 2017 so far as that Micah P Hinson wasn't down to play at the Trump Inauguration  - his political views lying somewhere to the right of the Most Important Man in the World (tm). Instead he's been getting together a 10th anniversary re-issue of this his second album which was recorded while he was addicted to painkillers after a 'play fight' with a pal led to a bad back. His sensuous chocolate drawl and sensitive songwriting belies the real Hinson in those days and at the time this was viewed as a supreme example of caramel flavoured alt country. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Hanging Stars
Songs For Somewhere Else

The Hanging Stars are from grim old London but make the sort of sun dappled 60's and '70s influenced psychedelic folk and cosmic country that you usually find emanating from the other side of the atlantic. Here they follow up their much loved debut 'Over the Silvery Lake' with another batch of timeless, hazi Americana (but from England).    
  • Vinyl LP (CRO005LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alela Diane
Cusp

Cusp is The 5th solo album by singer/songwriter Alela Diane and follows on from her 2013 album, About Farewell, written and recorded after her marriage to musical partner Tom Bevitori ended. Accidentally inspired by breaking a thumbnail and writing on the piano instead of finger picking her way on the guitar, Diane did a ‘Justin Vernon’ and shut herself away in a snow-covered cabin to write the album. Thematically it  concentrates on Motherhood, falling in love with your child, rather than  the lost love of its predecessor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Waxahatchee
Live at Third Man Records

Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project follows in the footsteps of Chain & The Gang, Shabazz Palaces, Kid Congo and loads more by releasing in the Live At Third Man Records series. Stripping away the beefy post-grunge stylings of her studio LPs, this two-track 7" features little more than acoustic guitar and Crutchfield’s powerful alto. The stark treatment makes her cover of Lucinda Williams’s ‘Greenville’ a particularly arresting treat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

S. Carey
Hundred Acres

S. Carey presents his third album to date, in the form of Hundred Acres. In the past, the jazz-trained Carey has dabbled with minimalism in his music, but Hundred Acres finds him fully embracing the pastoral folk beauty of his sound. This is a lush, thoughtful listen, full of images of nature. CD and vinyl editions on Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Molly Drake
The Tide's Magnificence

The songs of Molly Drake, the mother of a certain other Drake in English musical history, were a revelation when they were first released in 2013: tender, intimate pieces recorded at home with Molly’s amazing cut-glass voice. The Tide’s Magnificence takes those nineteen songs and adds seven further recordings, previously unreleased. The two CDs are housed in a beautiful thick hardback book of Molly’s poetry along with additional written materials. From Fledging.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Handsome Family
Through The Trees (20th Anniversary Edition)

Here is a 20th anniversary edition of this classic album by noir-ish Americana experts and at-each-others-throats odd couple the Handsome Family. This time round you'll get the original album on sky blue wax plus an exclusive 15 track bonus CD of of the era demos, outtakes, rarities and live tracks.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alison O’Donnell
The Road We Know

Dubliner Alison O’Donnell began her career in the late sixties with folk rockers Mellow Candle. Her prolific recent years have included work with United Bible Studies, The Owl Service, The Fieldmouse Conspiracy, and even Cathedral. This limited 7” features a track from her new album Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace, recorded with fellow UBS member David Colohan, boasting the lyrical and gently psychedelic folk we’ve come to expect from both musicians.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Stormcock

Roy Harper (via his Science Friction label) is doing us all a valuable favour by getting a few classic early Harper records back into vinyl circulation again for the first time in decades, to celebrate Harper’s 75th birthday. Stormcock is a wonderful album with some particularly epic long tracks. The audio has been remastered, and is presented alongside lyrics and liner notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. At once fully commercial and slightly odd, Hazlewood is well represented by 1966’s The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood, which includes the biggest hit he ever wrote in ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. Fully remastered, and with a bonus track too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sandy Denny
I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny

She always... she always kept a unicorn. Bet you didn't know that about Sandy Denny, folk rock pioneer beloved for her part in the Fairport Convention of the late '60s. Here's a double LP of leafy strums anthologised for your cafe-comfy pleasure. It includes cuts from all over the place, from the Strawbs to the Convention.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tori Amos
Under The Pink

A reissue campaign of famed singer-songwriter Tori Amos’s work begins with her first albums, pressed to 180g vinyl by Rhino. Under The Pink is her second album, first released in 1994, hitting #1 in the UK. Contains the hit single ‘Cornflake Girl’, as well as ‘Past The Mission’, which features vocals from Trent Reznor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Irish artist Birgid Mae Power follows up her 2016 self-titled LP with The Two Worlds. Her expressive voice, gently warbling with more than a little Americana, could as well be likened to Grace Slick as to Elizabeth Fraser, although neither capture her entirely. On the excellent lead single ‘Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)’ she sounds weary, indignant and assertive against misogynistic conceit, singing over droning guitar and a dusty, rumbling drum section.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

O.D. Davey
Catgut Tape

Available on 12” LP or CD. O.D. Davey’s debut album Catgut Tape is made up of high romanticised electronic folk, having already been compared to the stripped back stylings of Thom Yorke there’s a definite taste of a younger version of a contemporary David Sylvain to his voice and the sparseness to the production.

Susanna
Go Dig My Grave

This is a latest instalment from cracking female vocalist Susanna. Go Dig My Grave is a collection combining the soothing vocals that we're all so used to (well I hope we are after eleven previous releases), with a sombre and relaxing music accompaniment. Available on vinyl LP and CD and released on SusannaSonata.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Stick In The Wheel
Follow Them True

London-based folkies and multiple folk award nominees Stick In The Wheel have given folk music a bit of a thematic update by being politically and culturally aware, linking today’s world to the traditional folk tales of yesteryear, with a kitchen sink-style delivery. Their second album Follow Them True sees the band taking folk music to a whole new level, musically and lyrically challenging and thought-provoking.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Red River Dialect
Broken Stay Open Sky

Fourth LP from London-based indie folk outfit Red River Dialect. Tender and sensitive stuff, with atmospheric guitar and string arrangements alongside frontman David Morris’ breathy and honest vocals. Broken Stay Open Sky is their first release on Paradise of Bachelors. Delicate stuff, but it's ok - the vinyl LP comes in a heavy-duty jacket.

Agnes Obel
Philharmonics

Agnes Obel’s ‘Philharmonics’ is a quiet classic in every sense. The Danish singer-songwriter’s 2010 debut LP unfussily went about its business in the subsequent decade, notching an impressive 450,000+ sales across Europe. It’s also a spare and lovely album full of graceful balladeering - ‘Philharmonics’ set the scene for the emergence of Aldous Harding a few years later.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Willy Vlautin
Northline

Northline was the second novel by Willy Vlautin, frontman with Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. Vlautin recorded a soundtrack for the book, which was included with it on CD format. Now it is being issued on vinyl for the first time. This coincides with the release of his fifth novel and Soundtrack, Don’t Skip Out On Me and his third novel, Lean On Pete, being made into a film. Willy Vlautin is a busy man. Limited to 500 copies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richmond Fontaine
Don't Skip Out on Me

Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin has always spun a good yarn during live shows. His ability as a storyteller has made the page too. His first novel, The Motel Life, was published in 2006. Don’t Skip Out On Me is his 5th novel and will include a soundtrack. Here, soundtrack is available on 180g vinyl - a limited edition of 1000 copies. Richmond Fontaine have now split, but this was recorded just before they went their separate ways.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nai Palm
Needle Paw

Debut solo album from Hiatus Kayote's lead singer and composer, Nai Palm. Needle Paw take a much more stripped back approach than anything she's done with her band, and so allows her voice to emerge all raw and powerful. Features new versions of Hiatus Kayote songs, as well as covers of Radiohead, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix. 

The Cold Spells
- .... . / -.-. --- .-.. -.. / ... .--. . .-.. .-.. ...

Kind of eponymous album from East London/Essex weird folk duo, The Cold Spell. I say kind of because, for those of you not fluent in morse, those dots and dashes spell the band's name. Eccentric songs with a traditional soul made from acoustic guitars, drum machines, and a The Wicker Man-ish sense of unease.

Jim Ghedi
A Hymn For Ancient Land

A Hymn For Ancient Land is Jim Ghedi’s second full length LP and sees his sparse, ethereal folk instrumentation made fuller and bolder through the inclusion of orchestral elements. Having travelled around the British Isles, Ghedi’s music is inspired by the sights and sounds he encountered and named after those places; Home for Moss Valley, Cwm Elan, Bramley Moor exc. The result is an enthralling expanse of folk music which shimmers between an ancient, haunting tradition and a modern ambience.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tom Carter
Long Time Underground

Tom Carter has played in all sorts of combinations over the years, most notably his veteran duo Charalambides. But Long Time Underground finds Carter recording alone for the first time in his career. Recorded live in the studio, these pieces for his powerfully mournful guitar style are stunning in their atmospheric weight. Double LP on Three Lobed Recordings.

Judy Dyble
Anthology: Part One

Judy Dyble’s comprehensive triple-CD collection Gathering The Threads is an in-depth tour of the work of a remarkable folk-rock artist. Anthology: Part One now transplants the first disc of that compilation to vinyl: the first time on the medium for many of these rare tracks. Limited to 1000 linen-sleeved copies on Earth Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Xylouris White
Mother

Mother is the third album by drum and lute combo, Xylouris White. The duo consist of Dirty Three drummer, Jim White and lute-playing Crete native, George Xylouris of Xylouris Ensemble. The album forms the third part of loose trilogy of albums with 2014’s Goats and 2016’s Black Peak. Jim White is known for collaborating with a number of artists including Smog, PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and most recently on Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett’s Lotta Sea Lice.

Ghost Music
I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here

Mumbling quartet Ghost Music quietly crawl into existence with I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here, an understated debut of brushed-aside melodies that harkens back to the second-tier of classic indie rock: think of all the New Zealand shamble bands on Flying Nun and all the bands who made Pavement a little bit more melancholy and you'll already be familiar with this record of lo-fi serenity.

Calexico
The Thread That Keeps Us

The Thread That Keeps Us is album number 9 from Arizona duo Calexico. This album finds the band newly inspired by the North Californian coast where it was recorded. Taking all we know and love about Calexico, giving it a rougher edge, and increasingly confident songwriting has helped Joey Burns and John Convertino reach a new high benchmark in their career.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Grant
Queen Of Denmark

Despite always standing in the shadows of her Shakespearean significant other, the Queen of Denmark has her own story. And John Grant, formerly of the Czars, has taken it upon himself to tell that story in his debut solo effort, available only on limited edition tape. Better get it before the play moves to another town or something.

Damien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land

Damien Jurado is a folk-ish kind of artist who is comfortable with revealing his most private feelings in his intimate songs. Visions of Us on the Land is available in 3 formats, of escalating scale. There is the CD, the double LP, or the triple LP, which adds an LP of demos. All on Secretly Canadian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alela Diane
Alela Diane & Wild Divine

Been wondering what former R.E.M producer Scott Litt has been up to? Me neither. But if you have wondered what the producer of several squillion selling records does with his time these days then you could check out this the third record by West Coast songwriter Alela Diane. Interestingly both her father and her husband are in the group and her voice is described as a full throated hillbilly thing. Rough Trade picked it up and hopefully they will make her a star.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ryan O'Reilly
I Can’t Stand The Sound

I Can’t Stand The Sound is the result of Ryan O’Reilly’s 2017, which is to say there is a great deal about the overwhelming vortex of global political horror. Ryan’s musical style though is rather lovely sounding, so what we get is a strangely pretty expression of melancholy. I Can’t Stand The Sound is released by DNA Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

H.C. McEntire
Lionheart

Lionheart is the debut solo album by indie/country band Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire. The album is personal and autobiographical in terms of people and places and mixes her own slants on country, pop and gospel. It came about through her wish to rescue country music from the hideous stereotypes which are synonymous with the genre. The album was recorded at home and on the road when she was part of Angel Olsen’s touring band. LP and CD on Merge.

John Johanna
I'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes

Kristian from Capitol K has had a hand in this latest release from spiritual rocker John Johanna. Bringing together four previously cassette-only tracks with four exclusives, I’ll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes is psychedelic in the proper sense. Bringing together Eastern tonalities, drone, blues rock, raga and more, the tracks here have a propulsive and hypnotic quality that is only accentuated by Johanna’s chanted spiritualist texts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams is the (relatively) mainstream country and folk singer it is ok to like. Her career has seen her get widespread critical success and a slew of albums of near classic status. Despite being self-titled, Lucinda Williams was her third album originally released in 1988 on Rough Trade and here gets a re-issue with a live album and bonus tracks on the 2CD edition.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alec Cheer
Alec Cheer

Alec Cheer's self-titled album is a delightful, refreshing story of acoustic guitar pickings and strums, evoking the spirit of Fahey, Drake and Martyn. These rural, largely pacey tunes bounce along merrily, interspersed with more reflective pieces containing a slightly eerie Gravenhurst-esque atmosphere. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Will Samson
Ground Luminosity

Ground Luminosity is the fourth solo release from Brighton based musician, Will Samson. The sound Samson’s found on this LP is a subtle electronic one, where electronic beats and effects pop from beneath emotional, swooning violin and woozy guitar. It’s an album which beautifully melds the old and the new in a way that is rarely so accomplished.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

A Grave With No Name
Passover

A Grave With No Name is a fitting moniker for purveyors of a downbeat and melancholy strain of Americana (despite being London-based). Their fourth album sees the continued expansion of their originally lo-fi sound, with central figure Alex Shields drafting in Frank Ocean’s bassist Ben Reed. For fans of Neil Young, Silver Jews and Sun Kil Moon.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Townes Van Zandt
Rear View Mirror

Some 27 years ago, master singer/songwriter and master of sadness, Townes Van Zandt began re-recording his best-loved songs for a three disc anthology which ultimately failed to appear. Rear View Mirror was originally released on Austin-based label, Sundown in 1993. It collects together 17 tracks from those sessions, which, in origin, date back to 1968. Double LP on Fat Possum
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Glen Hansard
Between Two Shores

If the name Glen Hansard sounds familiar, odds are you’re a fan of The Commitments which he starred in back in 1991 or a fan of his band the Frames. In 2018 he’s releasing Between Two Shores, a new solo album of lushly self-produced and heart-wrenching folk with the wonderful Anti-. Available on CD, black vinyl, or limited transparent blue and gold vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tyler Childers
Purgatory

This ten track release from Tyler Childers is highly anticipated and features plenty of pretty famous musicians helping out - such as Russ Pahl on the Jews Harp. Purgatory is released on vinyl LP and CD and is released on Hickman Holler Records. Get your hands on these fast, because they'll certainly sell fast! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Woods
Live at Third Man Records

Woods are a reliably American band who’ve been mixing folk and soul and funk and indie for a decade now. This particular release documents what happened when Woods played a live set at Jack White’s Third Man Records, recorded in meticulous analogue detail on audio-lover White’s special equipment.

William Elliot Whitmore & Esme Patterson
Play Each Other's Songs

As advertised, this 7” features William Elliott Whitmore playing one of Esme Patterson’s songs, as well as Esme Patterson playing one of William Elliott Whitmore’s songs. They seem to have an affinity for one another, wrapping their voices around each other’s different styles while each remaining themselves. Play Each Other’s Songs is out on Bloodshot, in a limited edition.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Juana Molina
Halo

Argentinian singer-songwriter Juana Molina gets easily lumped into a category far too broad for her impressively unique style. Her seventh full length, Halo touches all bases - from up close and playful tracks like Cosoco to the dark and claustrophobic Lentísimo Halo. Features a few guest appearance from Deerhoof's John Dieterich.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nico
BBC Session 1971

The former Velvet Underground icon (her name is even an anagram of that) recorded this session for John Peel’s Top Gear show in 1971. Featuring four tracks from her John Cale-produced, harmonium-driven albums The Marble Index, Desertshore and The End, it was previously released on specialist Peel Sessions outlet Strange Fruit, but has been out of print for decades. All-analogue valve-mastered pressing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lizzy Farrall
All I Said Was Never Heard

I’m not saying it’s been a long time since we heard some straightforward lady-fronted indiepop here at Norman Records, but Lizzy Farrall’s debut EP is still a welcome addition. All I Said Was Never Heard showcases a touch of the dramatic and a knack for lush and catchy songwriting, and features her first singles Pack of Wolves and Broken Toy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

dbh
Mass

Though recorded in bustling Manchester, dbh’s (who has performed live with Julie Byrne) third album is much more reminiscent of where it was mastered, in the Outer Hebrides. Instrumental folk guitar tracks with a deftness of touch, Mass is for exploring big empty spaces on the back of a donkey rather than trying to get the Christmas shopping done at the Arndale.
  • Artist(s):
  • dbh
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jim White
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus

This is his sixth studio album and is finely produced, journeying across the vast American continent. I’m not sure if that is a place I wish to visit these days, but Jim White makes it feel magical, heartwarming and limitless, helped in turns by his hometown (Athens) finest musicians, plus Dead Rock West and Holly Golightly. It’s a fine ensemble. The vinyl version is a double vinyl with MP3 download and includes ‘Memories Of Sochichiro’, exclusive to vinyl editions.

Johnny Cash
American V: A Hundred Highways

Johnny Cash's 93rd album (he was busy) was released posthumously, and is the fifth in the American series. A selection of covers from artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Springsteen and Hank Williams. As with all the America albums, Cash's sultry trademark vocals add a touch of dark authenticity to the hand-picked songs. Available on 180g vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith

Harper’s Shel Talmy-produced second album, from 1968, is a psychedelic folk record that’s undeniably of its time, but also forward-looking, richly flavoured with idiosyncrasies and driven by free-flowing musical ambition. All this is evident on the meandering, raga-esque melody of Freak Street, the brooding, fourth-wall-breaking title track and the extended, episodic memoir of Circle. 180g reissue in deluxe gatefold with new artwork and notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lotte Kestner
Off White

Anna-Lynne Williams was the singer in US dream-pop band Trespassers William and has previously worked with the Chemical Brothers. Now she records under the moniker of Lotte Kestner. Musically she can be likened to Aimee Mann fronting Talk Talk or The Red House Painters. Off White is her fifth album and most powerful musical statement to date.

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 instrumented record. It includes his mum’s century-old piano, a synth and a guitar; laid down straight to an old reel-to-reel tape machine. Notable influences: Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Vashti Bunyan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Man And Myth

Roy Harper has been through some tough times since the release of this 2013 era album but now that we are allowed to enjoy the music of this venerable British folkie again then Man and Myth should not be underestimated within his sprawling catalogue. It sees the singer in reflective mood, offering up sage-like advice alongside dreamy folk-rock and romantic orchestrated beauty. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Green Kingdom
The North Wind and the Sun

With a steady stream of releases over the past decade through Dronarivm, SEM, and Tench Michael Cottone has delivered a huge and diverse catalogue of sun drenched, heartwarming ambience as The Green Kingdom. His first release on Lost Tribe Sound sees them convince him to strip back the electronics and focus on more acoustic instrumentation. Find a tree to sit under in the shade and forget the big bad world.
  • Vinyl LP (LTS-027)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

William Ryan Fritch
Behind The Pale

Clanging dark-hued composer William Ryan Fritch wrote this album around the time he was expecting his first daughter so the album naturally has the air of worried expectancy. This is a powerful music that will appeal to fans of Swans, Godspeed and Jon Mueller the latter of which Fritch collaborated on his similarly scary 'Tongues' album.  
  • Vinyl LP (LTS-030)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • CD (LTS-030)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. 

Various
Sing and They'll Sing Your Song

Compilation to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Megaphone record label. It features a wide range of the label's roster, including legends like Michael Head and Karen Dalton (a favourite of both Bob Dylan and Adele). The CD comes with a booklet of unpublished photos of all the musicians. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Hurley
Bad Mr. Mike

More than 50 years into his career as a songwriter, Michael Hurley still produces new work, and Bad Mr. Mike supplies the freshest cuts. Songs are old and new, instrumental and vocal driven, traditional and original: Hurley just lets the music flow out through him any way it can. Recorded solo at home with guitar, banjo and organ: he even did the sleeve art. On Mississippi.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.

Jung Body
Real Eternal Bliss

An 8-song 10” mini-album by this German-based singer-songwriter. Before you run screaming from the latter characterisation, this is engaging, wordy stuff, with a free-flowing delivery over backing that incorporates jazzy and ambient twists and turns. In the same ballpark as Brigid Mae Power or Peter Broderick, who Mr. Body shared a compilation with.
  • Vinyl 10" (osc no.14)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
The Birds

For new EP The Birds, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker have stepped away from their full band set-up and gone with a more intimate approach. Electronics and drum machines lap at the edges of these melancholy new folk songs, written with migration and displacement in mind. A great subtle addition to this pair’s repertoire. 12” on Rough Trade.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour

Rough Trade bring back three quarters of an hour from 2014: that is, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour by Josienne Clark and Ben Walker. Now available on vinyl, the pair’s chamber folk is rendered with great restraint, despite many personnel contributing additional instrumentation. The core theme seems to be the inscrutable phenomenon of time, via wistful lyrics and anachronistic combinations of traditional and modern songwriting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave Hansen
Psycho Santa

Who doesn’t love a novelty Christmas record? Written by Thirsty Dave Hansen in the back of an NYC cab in 1995, ahead of an impromptu performance with Beat Rodeo, and performed by The Western Caravan, ‘Psycho Santa’ is a riff on the Leon Payne-penned ballad ‘Psycho’, and a crowd-pleasing slice of rollicking festive rock.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
HQ

This 1975 album is one of Harper’s best loved, not least because it closes with the devastating When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease. Featuring a colliery band behind a lyric using the titular sport as a metaphor for mortality and nostalgia, it became an epitaph for John Peel. Other highlights include Hallucinating Light and the 13-minute The Game (parts 1-5), and David Gilmour, Bill Bruford and John Paul Jones make appearances. Long overdue reissue on 180g vinyl with updated artwork and new sleevenotes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter