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

Scott Walker
Scott

Out of the ashes of The Walker Brothers, came this, the debut album by one of the most singular and original talents to ever grace pop music. Featuring lush arrangemnts of songs by the likes of Jaques Brel and Tim Hardin, as well as three of Walker's own compositions, all touched by Scott's uniquely dark aura.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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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  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
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  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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’.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lomond Campbell
Black River Promise

Lomond Campbell put together his debut album Black River Promise in the manner of several lonely-eyed young men before him: by decamping to somewhere remote (in this case, an abandoned school in the Scottish Highlands) to be alone with his thoughts and his music. The pop-folk results are deep and remarkable, augmented with a ten-piece string ensemble. Clear LP on Triassic Tusk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Trembling Bells
The Sovereign Self

Their fifth album in six years, The Sovereign Self by Trembling Bells continues down the traditionalist path that the band ploughs so well. From motorik kraut to wig-out prog and freak-folk it’s a heady stew of influences, twisting and turning at every step. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Tin Angel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Band of Horses
Infinite Arms

Things moved quickly for Band of Horses following their formation in 2004. They released two acclaimed albums in Everything All the Time and Cease to Begin and despite an ever revolving membership had stumbled on a gorgeously widescreen sound that seemed designed for long drives across middle America. Infinite Arms continues the trajectory and opens with the stunning Factory an example of their slightly oddball world view which always seems to make you swoon. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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!  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.    
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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'.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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

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.

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.

Neil Young
Hitchhiker

Hey look, it's a new old Neil Young record ! Originally recorded in 1976 in Malibu, California, these 10 tracks see Young in acoustic bard mode, with nought but his guitar and voice to craft them from. While some of these songs have resurfaced in other forms, these stripped-back takes were all recorded in a single session. Maybe it'll solve the mystery of why he's so sad at the beach.

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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

Woods
Love Is Love

Written and recorded in the two months following the US election, Love Is Love is a collection of songs that try to bring together and fix the America that Woods think is becoming fractured and broken with hatred. Gentle beats and soft vocals are in abundance on this record that is available on Vinyl LP, CD and Cassette tape.
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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.

Death In June
Abandon Tracks

Abandoned Tracks does what it says on the tin. It is a collection of rarities, outtakes, remixes and unreleased recordings from the controversial neo-folk group Death in June. The band have constantly shifted their style and presentation over the years producing numerous releases that have shifted from post-punk to acoustic folk. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 and its personal testimonials reflect the best of Townes Van Zandt.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 feel.  

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 with a soft country record not a far cry from his classic Harvest. This record's eponymous track is one of his most beautiful and the record's sepia-tinged sparsity proves delicacy to be his strongest point.    

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 later find itself a fan favourite. Heartland and heavy, it feels like a solid continuation of Zuma. 

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 Cornwall up to the Isle of Lewis and back. May involve any of the following: brass, banjo, piano. Lovely. LP / CD on Loose Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 frame of gorgeously realised music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Anne Briggs
The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come by Anne Briggs is apparently Ryley Walker's favourite ever record. Deeply affecting and sweetly melodic, Briggs' writing was steeped in the ages-old tradition of story telling. The music may mutate but these are tales from the human heart. Some of her earliest works are on this record, her crystal-clear voice matched by plucked strings. LP and CD on Earth Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 recordings. 10” EP on Onomatopoeia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Depression-era, this journey runs deeper beyond its delectable rocky exterior.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

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 seemed to go through. Released in 1967 and inspired in part by the freeing rock fabrics of that year's Sgt. Peppers, this record sees Buckley getting just that little bit weirder.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 need if you are to rely on hands and fingers. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 with the record. This haunting and sweeping album is released by Sunday Best.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. 

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

Eric Chenaux
Skullsplitter

Sometimes you gotta keep the unknowing masses at a distance. That’s what Eric Chenaux must have thought, because Skullsplitter is not filled with extremely hardcore techno. In fact, it’s overflowing with gentle and beautiful soundscapes, straight from his skull to the vinyl. Maybe that’s where the name comes from.

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 help Schlarb craft his classic smooth-rock visions into reality. Out on Joyful Noise.

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 document of a man's descent into despair. So tragic a documentary is currently been made of his life. Tissues out.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Faded Circus
Faded Circus


  • CD (n/a)
  • £10.49 £5.25 (saving: £5.24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dent May
That Feeling


  • Vinyl 7"
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 behind it. Out on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 and rooted deeply in groove.

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

CD and double-vinyl re-issue of Helplessness Blues, the sprawling second album from indie/folk sensations Fleet Foxes and which had the unenviable task of following one of the most beloved debuts of the Noughties and whose recording triggered a lengthy hiatus. Also the last Fleet Foxes album to include a certain Mr Josh Tillman... 

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 just as powerful when it stands naked as when it is wreathed in fuzz magic. 12” on 130701.