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Julien Baker
Turn Out The Lights

Sophomore full length from Memphis, TN based singer/songwriter Julien Baker. Two years after making her debut on 6131 she has been snapped up by Matador, and Turn Out The Light develops her delicate, intimate and vulnerable songwriting further. Life, down on record, through gorgeous Buckley esque guitar, piano and vocals.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Laura Baird
I Wish I Were A Sparrow

Laura Baird is one half of The Baird Sisters, and she carries that authoritative interpretation of Appalachian folk music over into her own solo music. Half of the songs on I Wish I Were A Sparrow are original Baird numbers and the other half are old folk songs, with a smattering of field recordings folded in here and there. On Ba Da Bing.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
This Sweet Old World

Sweet Old World is Lucinda Williams’ classic 1992 album, and it is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. Lucinda has chosen to mark this occasion not with a reissue, but with a re-version: she has re-recorded new performances of each of the original album’s tracks, drawing out new resonances through here matured voice. This Sweet Old World is released by Highway 20 and Thirty Tigers.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jake Bugg
Hearts That Strain

Recorded in Nashville with some of the best players in the history of recorded music, lord knows what these veterans of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick sessions felt about this nasal voiced Nottingham upstart. Still, Bugg is nothing if not ambitious and this latest soul influenced opus contains collaborations with Black Keys Dan Auerbach amongst others. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Matt Berry
Night Terrors

Night Terrors by actor, comedian and voice, Matt Berry, features remixes of tracks, along with outtakes from his 2016 album The Small Hours. Among the remixers are Clark and St. Etienne, whilst Berry tries his hand at some Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa classics. He also collaborates with songwriter Thomas Walsh of Pugwash. Indies only LP and CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mumbles
Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls

A curious creation from Sweden’s Mumbles here. Hinterpest: a story of wildflowers, buttonweeds and cattle skulls is a little story, telling a year in the life of some 1800s settlers. It is partly scripted, partly performed on instruments like violins, and feels like a wonderful experimental radio play, especially when handmade sound effects are deployed. Limited edition cassette on Leafdog.
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Lords of Thyme
Pellets

Presented as ambassadors for the new wave of old English folk music, The Lords of Thyme commit their debut album to wax after making a gentle splash with the CD version last year. Pitching themselves between Nick Drake, Fairport Convention and The Byrds with a rich, full-band radio-friendly sound, this is winsome songwriting in the most traditional sense, and what could be more folky than that?

Immigrant
Wounded Healer

Norman has stocked several releases by Graeme McNab aka Immigrant over the years, an unobtrusive songwriter with scant online presence. Wounded Healer is out through Oscarson on standard and deluxe vinyl editions as well as a handmade gatefold CD, all with various quantities of extra goodies, such as lyrics and photographs. Expect this music to be gentle, sincere and utterly unflamboyant.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
I'm on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938

Sacred Harp Singing is a potent American choral song form that emphasises the social. I’m on My Journey Home compiles some vintage recordings (dating from between 1927 and 1938) onto cassette. The sound quality may not be hi-def, but the spiritual power of these performances shines on through. On Death Is Not The End.

Lean Year
Lean Year

Album the first from Lean Year, the pairing of Emilie Rex and Rick Alverson. The two bring substantial individual histories into the project, giving these minimal songs a very real sense of emotional weight and lived experience. Well suited to fans of Low. Oh, and one of the songs is named after Elem Klimov’s Come And See, which is one of the greatest (and most horribly intense) films you could ever see. On Western Vinyl.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tori Amos
Native Invader

Native Invader is the thirteen-track release (+two bonus tracks) from Tori Amos. A fantastic record that brings so much with it in terms of quality sound and a great addition to the indie rock scene. The record is actually quite relaxing and soothing, as Amos sings into your ears like silky milk. Available on Vinyl LP, deluxe CD and CD and released on ‘Decca’.

Destroyer
ken

Occasional New Pornographer and Swan Lake alumnus Dan Bejar has been turning his solo project from typical indie rock fare into an inventive, '80s-studded project over the last few years, employing synth 'n' sax on the verbose Kaputt and getting serene on Poison Season. Now he returns with ken, a record named in tribute to the original title of ballad "The Wild Ones". Dad as ever, it's likely to be a lyrical tongue-twister full of snarling wit.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pearls Before Swine
One Nation Underground

We've had Sergeant Peppers and Their Satanic Majesties Request 50th anniversary specials but now it's time for something much more out there. It's a big re-issue of this legendary psychedelic folk group who in 1967 produced this almost impossible to characterise blend of Donovan style folk whimsy, repetitive minimalism and organ driven punk.       

Circuit Des Yeux
Reaching For Indigo

After dabbling with a different alias last year, Haley Fohr brings her Circuit Des Yeux project back with a bang with new record Reaching For Indigo, her first album for Drag City. Again Fohr’s amazing baritone voice leads the way, but make sure to listen closely to enjoy the sheer depth and detail of these compositions.

The Rural Alberta Advantage
The Wild

Canadian indie-rock trio The Rural Alberta Advantage knocked the songs for their new album into shape on the road, gigging at some of their best-loved venues in Europe and North America. Now, committed to tape in the studio and ready to be unleashed on the world, The Wild is a diary of life on the road, missing home and broken hearts.

Melanie De Biasio
Lilies

We loved Melanie De Biasio's recent Blackened Cities release but here she drops the big one on her third full length album. Her sound is something like Nina Simone channelling Bark Psychosis as she sings the blues over spectral spooky jazz with a post rock sense of ambition. Looking forward to it.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line

Classic Cash from 1968! I Walk The Line actually features re-recorded versions of various songs that were already favourites by this point, such as the title track, originally recorded in 1958. Johnny was still in very fine form at this point, and I Walk The Line makes for a great early hits collection. Reissued on vinyl by Columbia.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Shintaro Sakamoto
Let's Dance Raw

Shintaro Sakamoto has sacked off his psych-rock pals in Yura Yura Teikoku to offer up something a little different on 'Let's Dance Raw', which offers up his psych guitar styling for a silky smooth funk project. Sakamoto's last solo record was the folksy 'How To Live With a Phantom', but the infectious grooves here are more dressed up, based around his slick chord sequences, well-placed keys and bumpy bass. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gill Landry
Love Rides A Dark Horse

With his fourth album, Love Rides A Dark Horse, Ex-Old Crow Medicine Show guy Gill Landry treads a similar path that has been taken by greats such as Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits with a sparse, hushed approach to his sound. The songs are stories about people in dysfunctioning relationships, living in a supposed reality. Landry tackled this subject as he doesn’t know too many people who are happy with their lot in life. Heavyweight Blood Red vinyl and CD on Loose.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White

What now? Leave us alone.  The latest in Mark Kozelek's endless parade of releases. This time he is alongside Ben Boye and The Dirty Three's Jim White. The credits contain the increasingly worrying credit of 'Mark Kozelek: Words'.  Therefore you sort of know what you are getting- vomit. The song I heard is all about a cat and I never ever want to hear it again. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Emiliana Torrini
Fisherman's Woman

A welcome reissue on vinyl of the tender yet powerful Fisherman's Woman by Emiliana Torrini. In 2005 this sumptuous collection of twelve heart-melting songs followed an optimistic, electronic trip-hop opus some six years before. Emiliana since found herself in contemplative mood with textures closer to Nick Drake or Jolie Holland. It's still astonishing to think she collaborated with Kylie Minogue. LP on Rough Trade.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Live Rust

Here is a re-issue of Neil Young's late '70s live album which was recorded on his 'Rust Never Sleeps' tour of 1978. It was recorded in various venues across the US and features his classic ragged band Crazy Horse backing him on songs from his recent album alongside earlier classics. 180g vinyl re-issue. 

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’s Goodnight’ a road lullaby, and Bob Weir from The Grateful Dead crops up on ‘When Will I Be Changed’.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
The LHI Years: Singles, nudes And Backsides (1968-71)

Mustachioed cheese-dog Lee Hazlewood is best known for his collaborations, noteably with Nancy Sinatra. Here he is performing Nancyless, but there are still plenty of duets to croon along to. His eerie barritone voice and oddball production brings comparisons with Serge Gainsbourg, but he's all about the pop, albeit serious pop. And weird record sleeves. I mean look at it, you want it right? 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Mountain Goats
All Hail West Texas (Remastered)

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

Daniel O'Sullivan
VELD

Daniel O’Sullivan, of Grumbling Fur, Ulver and Aethenor (and that’s not all!), is in solo mode on VELD, but that doesn’t mean he has limited himself to a single approach. VELD is an album of pop songs, but electroacoustic abstractions keep lapping at the edges of the song structures. Released on O Genesis.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Parson Red Heads
Yearling + Murmurations

The Parson Red Heads are a country-tinged indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. Their influences range from classic acts such as Big Star, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to ‘90s bands such as Teenage Fanclub, Luna and The Jayhawks. Yearling was their debut album, originally released in 2011 and Murmurations, it’s follow up was originally released in 2012. This reissue CD features both albums, giving you a whacking 17 tracks.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David Bowie
A New Career In A New Town (1977 – 1982)

Calling all very rich Bowie fans, you are in for a treat. This collection compiles all his albums between 1977 and 1982 which of course takes in his now classic 'Berlin Trilogy'. Not only that but 'Lodger' has been remixed by Tony Visconti and includes a bonus collection of single versions, non-album singles, b-sides and songs featured on soundtracks. Photos and stuff too. Imagine if all of these re-issues had happened and he hadn't died?  

Leonard Cohen
Dear Heather

Reissue of Leonard Cohen’s album Dear Heather, originally released in 2004. The album was a made up from various sources, with a few tracks using session from his previous album Ten New Songs as well as using lyrical material dating back to 1979 and poetry he released in 1961. LP on We Are Vinyl.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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Candles
Candles

Whimsical lo-fi folk duo Candles release their self titled LP on the Weird Walk label, if psych tinged acid soaked folk music is your bag then get your paws all over this, think Syd Barrett solo mixed with modern dream-psych acts like Six Organs Of Admittance and Wooden Wand with just a sprinkle of 60's hippy mysticism.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Weather Station
The Weather Station

Self-titled and self-produced, The Weather Station is a collection of softly sung tracks that open your eyes to a fair few different genres. On her fourth record, Tamara Lindeman is able to bring together country with pop, and indie with rock and manages to do it well. This eleven-track record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Larry Conklin & Jochen Blum
Jackdaw

Larry Conklin got his first guitar in 1970, after getting back in his civvies. He taught himself to play and wrote songs after discovering Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Rev. Gary Davis, who also played with just his thumb and index finger. Jackdaw was self-released in 1980, featuring his lovely 12-string guitar, and violinist Jochen Blum whom he met in Florence earlier that year. Beautiful reissue vinyl LP on Tompkins Square.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Seamus Fogarty
The Curious Hand

Some good news in a world full of dreadful news comes in the shape of the fact that Irish songwriter and electronic alchemist Seamus Fogarty has signed to Domino Records. His earlier albums were both very good and would be of particular interest to people who like the sea. Here he enjoys taking his lovely songs and adding odd bits of electronics etc to mess them up a bit. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Patrick Watson
Close To Paradise

This is a re-issue of the debut breakthrough album from the Canadian singer songwriter who has hit pay dirt in recent years with his songs placed all over the telly on such shows as Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist and the IKEA advert. His brand of simple, evocative confessionals are utterly perfect for such ventures.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Walk The Line (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Hello, I’m not Johnny Cash”. Wouldn't have thought many were clamouring for a first-time vinyl issue of the soundtrack to the 2005 Man in Black biopic, but a quick bit of research reveals exactly that. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon tackle Johnny and June’s classics respectively. Elvis, Waylon and The Big O also get the Hollywood karaoke treatment. Includes a download code.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

Yorkston / Thorne / Khan
Everything Sacred

In which James Yorkston, John Thorne (of Lamb) and singer / sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan get together to record a remarkable set of material, encompassing original tunes, Ivor Cutler covers and improvisations. Everything Sacred is available in special independent-stores-only edition, with an exclusive bonus 7”.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
Forty

Compared to the intimate reflections of his own country compositions, Lee Hazlewood turned his enigmatic presence to the songwriting of others on Forty. The late 60s album has been lovingly reissued here by Light In The Attic with extra tracks from the recording sessions with legendary producer and arranger Shel Talmy. Just check the stunning big band version of “It Was A Very Good Year” and the twanging country funk of “The Bed”.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Guy Garvey
Courting The Squall

After releasing six albums with his band, Elbow, including the Mercury Music Prize winning The Seldom Seen Kid (2008), Guy Garvey sets out alone with Courting The Squall. The album was made simply because Garvey loves making albums (and has recently split up with his wife so will be dead bored - ed). Nevertheless, it’s still a deeply felt personal statement and serves as a glimpse into his very being.....(and his enormous chin- ed (again)). 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rodney Crowell & John Paul White
Luck Mansion Sessions

Jack White’s Third Man Records sure does like to create unique situations, and this recording represents just such a thing. American folk performers John Paul White and Rodney Crowell were paired together in pop-up space Luck Mansion, where they wrote and recorded a few brand new songs together. Lovely stuff. 7” on Third Man.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Greatest Hits - The Sun Records Years

This is not a Best of Johnny Cash album. If you’re looking for one, look elsewhere because here we only have the Greatest Hits. Only the greatest from the great man himself and all from his great period at Sun Records between 1955 and 1961. Released to mark the 60th anniversary of Cash’s first LP from 1957, the roll call of singles remastered from their original tapes on this LP is a delight; “I Walk The Line”, “Cry! Cry! Cry!”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Ballad Of A Teenage Queen”, but to name of few. The 180g vinyl comes with liner notes by the president of Sun Records. A truly great celebration!  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sean Rowe
New Lore

Sean Rowe is a singer-songwriter in a vintage style, travelling the road and playing shows wherever they appear. Especially notable is his deep deep voice, which sounds like it’s really seen some things man. New Lore is a powerful set of American songs. Released by Anti and Epitaph, working together to bring this music to the people.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jessica Lea Mayfield
Sorry Is Gone

Sorry Is Gone, Jessica Lea Mayfield has called it -- the latest (fifth) studio album from the Ohio singer-songwriter finds her with a redoubled confidence and positivity. Her music is her voice, her self-therapy. Recorded at Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello, Mayfield's reverb-soaked bluegrass chimes against coruscating guitar lines. Raw and compelling, fans old and new are sure to connect. Choose from LP or CD, on ATO records.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Loney Dear
Loney Dear

Loney Dear is the nom de plume of Swedish lad Emil Svanängen. Here on his seventh album he delves further into his enigmatic elegant musical world however we are promised a rebirth with this new albums and the first fruits of something new. What could it be? Maybe we should all listen and find out. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock
Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love

The second team-up between Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock is an obsidian-dark folk record for haunted winter nights: I’m pleased to say it lives up to the promise of its none-more-gothic title Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love. Guests include John Parish, Kathryn Williams and Romeo Stodart. On One Little Indian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hallelujah Anyhow

Imagine having the self confidence to have that as your album sleeve. MC Taylor certainly isn't lacking in a belief in his own ability something that must have been even further boosted when David Bowie once said he liked him. This new album is a rather quick follow up to 'Heart Like a Levee' and comes with his own impenetrable sleeve notes. Check press release to see if you can make head nor tail.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aaron Roche
HaHa HuHu

Aaron Roche is a Brooklyn-based songwriter continuing the great tradition of the American singer-songwriter with this LP, HaHa HuHu. Having played guitar for the live acts of artists such as Sufjan Stevens, R. Stevie Moore and Lower Dens, Roche brings this varied experience to this expansive and primal album of transient folk music. Roche’s sound ebbs and flows with a natural sway over his building soundscapes and he leaves his own impression upon American folk tradition.    
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Susanne Sundfør
Music For People In Trouble

Astonishingly, Music For People In Trouble is already Susanne Sundfor's seventh album. The celebrated Norwegian singer-songwriter promises now to take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Inspiration for the record came from her globe-spanning travels across diverse environments and politically contrasting worlds. A soundtrack to modern day existential anxieties; sounds fun. On Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Texas Gentlemen
TX Jelly

The Texas Gentlemen are rather like those legendary studio session bands of old: a tight gang of professionals who can turn around astounding performances in the blink of an eye. TX Jelly came out of four days of live-in-the-studio playing, and shines with authentic American quality. TX Jelly is released by the New West label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alison O'Donnell
Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace

Dublin’s Alison O’Donnell has been performing with folk bands for years, from Mellow Candle when she was 15 to Unite Bible Studies and The Fieldmouse Conspiracy. Climb Sheer The Fields Of Peace is her new solo album, recorded in collaboration with Dave Colohan and blending traditional folk with subtle touches of electronica. Released by Mega Dodo in an edition of 300.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Amateur Childbirth
Your Afterlife Is Cancelled

Amateur Childbirth is Ivan Matthew David, and Your Afterlife Is Cancelled is him confidently skewering religious cults, a different specific one with each track. Dark folk-rock is the chosen style, which is perfect for the sadistic post-apocalyptic vibe of the album. Released on vinyl by Blackest Ever Black.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Fink
Resurgam

The long-awaited release from Fink comes in the form of Resurgam. UK born but Berlin based band Fink give a much more mature and relaxed sound to this record, that must surely take some influence from the likes of Newton Faulkner and even Radiohead. This record is available on Double LP and CD and released on 'R'COUP'D'.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Deer Tick
Deer Tick Vol. 2

It’s been four years since their last record, and now Rhode Island based Deer Tick drop two at the same time, each showing a vastly different side of the band’s persona. Vol. 2 is highly energised and raucous garage/punk rock. 10 new tracks that’ll get you up and at ‘em. LP and CD released through Partisan.

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.

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 Gospel influences in its military drumming, whirling hammond organ and Andrews’s impassioned vocals. These two tracks are only available on this 7” so snap it up!
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Micah P. Hinson
Presents The Holy Strangers

Micah P Hinson returns with a new album which he describes as a folk opera going from birth to love to death. He recorded it in Texas using ancient recording methods for that authentic feel. Despite that Quietus interview he still has plenty of fans out there who will lap these sparse and haunting songs up.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Peter Perrett
How The West Was Won

Peter Perrett was of course singer in the Only Ones who were most famous for the monumental 'Another Girl, Another Planet'. Here he returns with his sons in tow for his first music in over twenty years. The gentle Lou Reed ish compositions are overlaid with his distinctive drawled vocals. The sort of music that couldn't be made by anyone without an addiction to heroin and sunglasses.   

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 indie songwriter album, but that would be before Kenney’s wild guitar starts properly flaring up. Night Night At The First Landing is out on Company Records.

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, for all the right reasons. It’s nice when people “band” together, isn’t it?
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 influences into the fold.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 and CD formats. Two tasty choices.

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. CD / 2LP compilation on Efficient Space.

Mark Lanegan
Field Songs

First vinyl edition of Mark Lanegan’s Field Songs here, arrived courtesy of Sub Pop. The artist’s fifth LP was originally issued in 2001 and saw him both doubling-down on his sound and broadening his palette. This is still music steeped in American roots styles - country, folk, ballads - but we now find him tastefully incorporating influences from beyond the borders of the U.S.A. Lanegan’s gritty burr of a voice remains enthralling. Tom Waits is the obvious touchstone for Field Songs.

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 with each copy. Buy the lot and clothe yourself. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dent May
Across The Multiverse

Despite singing about his desire to never move to LA in previous recordings, Mississippi-born musical whizz-kid Dent May has now done just that - apparently to change his backdrop and find new inspiration. After all, that’s where his heroes Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks found theirs. His new album, Across The Multiverse is his most complete record yet. Whilst keeping his signature sound at its core, there is also refinement from the arrangements and song craft.

CocoRosie
Heartache City

The sixth album from Bianca and Sierra Casady a.k.a Cocorosie is as intriguing as each of the previous works by the creatively evolving duo. Heartache City comes out on their own label Lost Girl, and takes the band back to their DIY roots, utilising vintage toybox instruments played at their farmhouse studio in Southern France. Out on CD from Lost Girl.

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 emotional but also glam tinged.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 the songs. A Tree Fell and Other Songs was produced by the legendary producer Kramer who has worked with Galaxie 500 and Low, amongst others. Brown has no doubt that Kramer’s contribution was weighty suggesting he can turn straw into gold, just like Rumplestiltskin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 all the Ruminations tracks plus seven additional songs.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 painting on the cover, is out on Tin Angel
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richard Warren
Disentangled

Richard Warren plays in bands both his own (Echoboy, Kings of the South Seas) and helmed by others (Spiritualized, Starsailor), but this is him in solo mode, featuring his talents and nobody elses. Disentangled is a lushly built album of perfectly produced guitar-led melodicism. Released by Hudson Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Karl Blau
Out Her Space

Karl Blau is a busy musical man, and has been for many years, but it is only recently that his solo material has started getting wide distribution. Out Her Space is a new album of all-original material, recorded with a band of MegaFaun and Fleet Foxes members. Perfectly produced good-time country-soul, out on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 abiding love of nature and in particular the rivers of the American West. Many of these songs will have been made next to a river so buddy let me tell you that they flow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. 

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

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

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 that is available on vinyl LP and CD.

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 State shows where all his student loan went. Yuill’s toured with groups such as Royksopp, M83 and Hot Chip which should give you an indication of his musical direction - building, vast electronic music which is super danceable but also like the soundtrack to some epic future.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ian Felice
In The Kingdom Of Dreams

This is the first solo album by Ian Felice, one part of folky favourites the Felice Brothers. His brother Simone plays on it too as does fellow Felice brother James. A family affair then, just like his main band. Expect lushly conceived folk opus's with that haunted deathly feel in evidence Surprised this is his first solo record. Very accomplished, 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Courtney Marie Andrews
On My Page

First time on vinyl for Courtney Marie Andrews 2013 album 'On My Page'. Once a session musician for the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Damien Jurado, Courtney decided to settle down and concentrate on her own songs which duly arrived on this album, the predecessor to her hugely successful 'Honest Life' opus. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Grizzly Bear
Painted Ruins

Grizzly Bear have been away for about five years now and have now returned with their first since the wild and windy ‘Shields’. Early tasters of their new material give the impression that they are heading in a well constructed synth pop direction with their unique take on harmony and melody intact. Bound to be much anticipated. 
  • Label(s):
  • RCA

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

Smog
Red Apple Falls

Awww Red Apple Falls. A lovely album by Bill Callahan and his Smog. This was where he teamed up with Jim O'Rourke to make a lush album at odds with his earlier lo-fi bedroom style. Here was the album where Callahan started to find his voice...and what a voice that was  - a dark toffee coloured churn dispensing pensive, emotionally affecting words over a gentle folky strum. An autumnal delight.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 (Wilco, anybody?) in 2016. Their fourth record to date, The Siren's Song is inspired by a plethora of rock and country greats -- and it's also navigated by one.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis
Summer Dancing

Once she led the Fairport Convention with her folksy vocal fanfare; now she's releasing a record with Andy Lewis who is in fact a weirdo DJ, which I assure you doesn't stop them from making a psychedelic folk record with twee odes and harmonica ragers. Summer Dancing leans into the highest gear of folk rock and goes after the enigmatic sound made in more driving Fairport tunes, with an almost cartoony vibe carrying the duo through their ode to British psychedelia. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Neutral Milk Hotel
On Avery Island

Jeff Mangum's band of rainy-day folk weirdos have another record that isn't 'In The Aeroplane Over The Sea', by the way. The proudly lo-fi 'On Avery Island' was Neutral Milk Hotel's debut record, full of similarly creepy and endearing love songs, as well as ten minute noise experiments. This is an old times indie rock record that is secretly quite essential. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 & Carwyn Ellis, Modern Studies, Alasdair Roberts, and Trembling Bells.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 'Cosmic Dancer', 'Errbody Wants Somebody' and 'Complicated Man'. More psychedelic thriftstore folk-pop fun assured.

Hiss Golden Messenger & Michael Chapman
Parallelogram A La Carte

Three Lobed Recordings Parallelogram was a nice five-LP collection released in 2015, putting amazing artists from the contemporary underground scene onto either side of a split LP. This release (now available as a stand-alone album, pairs Yorkshire folk-guitar veteran Michael Chapman with California’s Hiss Golden Messenger for some real goodness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

William Tyler
Modern Country

William Tyler’s music actually is a kind of Modern Country: although his songs are instrumental, and thus not about your wife leaving you, they feel essentially of contemporary rural America. His backing band is fantastic here, including Glenn Kotche of Wilco and frequent Jim O’Rourke collaborator Darin Grey. On Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 production touches adding intrigue and detail to the songs. Call It Love is out on Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 triple vinyl LP in a double-gatefold sleeve. And I got through all that without even saying the word: G**ius.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 available on Vinyl LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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