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Max Jury
Under The Covers

Max Jury is a young songwriter with a notable talent, but this single finds him taking on the songs of two of his most crucial influences. Under The Covers features one Kinks song (‘Afternoon Tea’) and one David Wiffen song (‘One Step’), both treated with ...view item »

Andrew Combs
Canyons Of My Mind

Described as ‘a landscape where the personal & the pastoral converge’, Canyons Of My Mind is the latest release from Andrew Combs. A little bit sad and a little bit spiritual, this eleven-track album brings together country and folk, with soothing vocals dipped i...view item »

Tullia Benedicta
Anteros

Tullia Benedicta is an Italian musician with something of a shoegaze past. On debut solo album Anteros however, she works with slinking electronics and cold-eyed vocals, exploring kinky sexual themes through the use of obliquely sampled pornography and cloaked lyricism. CD release on Second Language....view item »

Lambchop
Is a Woman

This was the at-the-time-disappointing follow up to the splendid Nixon album where Lambchop eschewed the floaty country soul and made what seemed to be a samey set of piano-led torch songs. Yet time has a way of changing things and Is a Woman is now seen as something of a modern classic and is another oddball b...view item »

Lillie Mae
Over The Hill and Through The Wood

Lillie Mae has a voice as pure as gold, her Texan-esque vocal style is something to be admired and Over The Hill And Through The Woods is her latest release. The single can be described as a classy combination of folk and country with elements of modern singer-songwriter pop that is available on Vinyl 7”....view item »

Big Blood/ Micah Blue Smaldone
Split

After a few so-so releases today, it's nice that something finally jumps out of the vinyl and makes me sit up and take notice. I'm so very tired you know. I've been tired and jaded since I took a gulp from a rogue glass of beer at the pub last week and I'm sure the two events are connected...view item »

Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon
The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea

The third album by Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon arrives after seven years away, but it seems that time has only allowed the Irish group to sound more like themselves. Third album The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea has a special feel to it: something in the way that folk songs become swathed in wisps of shoegaze and...view item »

Todd Albright
Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags

Todd Albright is an artist immersed in the music of the past. Based in Detroit, he has spent years learning his way around 1920’s and 1930’s blues music, and his fast-moving fingers give new life to the tunes of the masters (think Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly for example). ...view item »

Middle Brother
Limited Edition 10”

Middle Brother are something of an alt-country supergroup, mixing the main songwriters / singers of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick into one powerful trio. So much voice! The straightforwardly-titled Limited Edition 10” is pressed as a picture disc, and is exclu...view item »

Richard Edwards
Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset

Richard Edwards, formerly of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, has had a pretty rough time in the last few years: a stomach condition almost killed him, and both his band and  his marriage left him behind. But, like any good artist, Richard was able to use these experiences as ric...view item »

Coco Hames
Coco Hames

The debut solo album from Coco Hames, an American songwriter in a classic 60’s pop vein. As the frontwoman of The Ettes, our Coco knows her way around a tune, but Coco Hames gives her the chance to get really stuck into her personal favourite pop and country influences. Coco H...view item »

Jonny Velon
Goodness Flows

Inventive singer-songwriter Jonny Velon tunes into the sounds and styles of various classic 70’s cats on his new album Goodness Flows: Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Murray Head… They all mesh together into an accomplished album of cool rock music. The album h...view item »

Jenny Hval
Viscera

Jenny Hval's debut record under her own name (after a run of releases as the confrontational and action-packed rockettothesky) investigates the nuances of gender and sexuality through a mystical kind of folklore. Her unique, far-reaching voice combines with spectral guitar picking for a record like none oth...view item »

Bob Dylan
Triplicate

Bob Dylan turns to the great American songbook in grand style with Triplicate, which contains a whole thirty reinterpretations of familiar favourites, spread over three discs. Each disc is a carefully arranged ten-track suite, and Dylan offers some laudably subtle insight into these standards. 3CD and 3...view item »

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 ...view item »

Emma Gatrill
Cocoon

With credits running to playing with Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd, harpist and multi-instrumental Emma Gatrill often gets compared to Joanna Newsom, Björk and Joni Mitchell. Developing her sound further w...view item »

Jeb Loy Nichols
Ya Smell Me

Jeb Loy Nichols limbers up for the release of his forthcoming tenth album with this ‘mini-album’, Ya Smell Me? The record is full to brimming with groovy ‘Country Soul’, Nichols’ own hybrid genre. This 10” vinyl mini-album is limited to 500 copies only on the Meltdown...view item »

Robert Millis
The Lonesome High

Robert Millis, who you’ll know from Climax Golden Twins and his work with Sublime Frequencies, releases his first solo album The Lonesome High, which finds him (perhaps surprisingly) in singer-songwriter mode. Although make no mistake, these songs have certain weirdnesses to them. Oh, and ...view item »

Neil Young
Official Release Series Discs 8.5-12

A big heavy box full of Neil Young albums, all pressed to heavyweight 180g vinyl. Discs 8.5 to 12 of the Official Release Series encompasses Young’s later-70’s albums, including the excellent live-with-Crazy Horse double whammy of Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust...view item »

Willie Nelson / Uncle Tupelo
Truck Drivin’ Man

This most unexpected but conceptually consistent 7" sees old-school country legend Willie Nelson square off against New Depression pioneers Uncle Tupelo (the band before Wilco). On both sides you'll find someone (those aforementioned folkies) performing "Truck Drivin' Man". A fine thing indeed; keep it simple....view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Is The Actor Happy?

Is The Actor Happy?, the 1995 album by Georgia, USA singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, has been out of print for absolutely ages, so this reissue is a pleasure to see. It even includes six bonus tracks of Vic’s country-flavoured poetics. This is warm and lyrical songwriting, and Is The Actor Happ...view item »

Various
Shirley Inspired

This right here is a true motherload: British folk legend Shirley Collins is rightly loved by all and sundry musicians, and Earth Records have pulled together an absolute ton of amazing artists to perform her music. Literally too many to list, but if you like folk-inspired music then your favourites will be here. Vinyl box-set a...view item »

Alasdair Roberts
Pangs

Deep-rooted Scottish folksman Alasdair Roberts presents a new mixture of traditional and original songs, as nuanced as ever. Unlike his previous album, Pangs is a full-band electric affair, with trusty sidemen Alex Neilson and Stevie Jones on board (plus several other guests). Excellent...view item »

eagle/deer
The Summer Of Sepia

A dense, sad and strange neo-folk record from Eagle/Deer. Summer of Sepia is a collection of American folk music driven by Sara Charles solo banjo and guitar playing and delicate vocals. Her haunting mountain tales and multi-instrumentalism bring to mind Sufjan Stevens, and this vinyl ...view item »

Angelina
Vagabond Saint

Isle Of Wight-born solo artist Angelina presents her idiosyncratic brand of alt-folk on this 11-track LP. With an unusual blend of mechanical sounding production, folky songwriting and a voice that seems to belong on a 50s jazz record, Vagabond Saint is a unique discovery. Released as Vinyl LP and CD o...view item »

Enderby’s Room
My Old Friend

Enderby’s Room head honcho Dan Mayfield seems like a good egg. Having played fiddle for Daniel Johnston and The Wave Pictures, he also runs a project called School of Noise that encourages children to experiment with unusual music-making techniques. That same willingness to engage others a...view item »

Califone
Quicksand / Cradlesnakes

A highly original outfit. I think Califone, on occasions, sound like Sparklehorse combined with the best elements of post-rock (experimental and quirky, but not too self-indulgent) and a small dose of trip-hop. Quicksand/Cradlesnake establishes Califone as an ambitious band with the songwriting chops to back up its penchant for studio strangenes...view item »

Myriam Gendron
Not So Deep As A Well

A beautifully light and airy folk album from Myriam Gendron from Montreal. Her songs on Not So Deep As Well, her debut LP, are based around the poetry of Dorothy Parker and her clear, deep voice delivers the enthralling lyrics with great storytelling ability and when combined with the simple melody of her guitar...view item »

Midlake
Live In Denton

Midlake love their hometown don't you know, and with their now rather famous brand of indie pop, they come in for a victory lap in the place they once blossomed from. Live In Denton is the band doing the delicate thing they do on stage, so chances are it is recommended if you like Midlake. ...view item »

Laura Marling
Blues Run The Game / Needle And The Damage Done

Was anyone else as upset as I was that Laura Marling has gone back from brunette to blonde? I mean life goes on etc. but she looked better as a brown hair. I'll get over it, I suppose. Now she has teamed up with Jack White for a new single on his label Third Man. The lead track 'Blues Run the Game' is very familiar. I think Nick Drake may have c...view item »

Michael Nau
Some Twist

After the short lived indie-folk-pop projects Page France and Cotton Jones Michael Nau went it alone, and after two full lengths in 2016 he returns to Full Time Hobby with a third. Close, warm and personal indie pop tracks with Good Thing being a perfect lead into his fireside crackle tone. Bleedin&rsqu...view item »

Neko Case
Live From Austin, TX

Despite beginning her career as a punk rock drummer and spending a large part of it singing back up for New Pornographers, it is for her voice that Neko Case will probably be remembered. I once saw it described as "the sort of voice that does something funny to a man". Here it is swooping and carousing in a live...view item »

Bob Dylan
House Of The Risin’ Sun

This record contains some of Bob Dylan’s early takes on traditional American songs, demonstrating the roots of the great man’s own songwriting. As well as the collection’s title track, we have versions of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s &l...view item »

Old Fire
Songs From The Haunted South

Old Fire presents a collection of remarkably lush and rich Songs From The Old South, thick with bass and strings and reverb. The presentation of this release is really very fine, being a 180g heavyweight vinyl LP housed in a Vaughan Oliver-designed sleeve with metallic printing. Additionally, there...view item »

William Ryan Fritch
Birkitshi: Eagle Hunters In A New World

William Ryan Fritch is the in-house music maker for action-camera manufacturers GoPro. Birkitshi: Eagle Hunters is a new project of theirs, focusing on the epic landscapes of Mongolia. Fritch’s soundtrack draws on the traditional instruments and the ever astonishing throat singing techniques ...view item »

Bob Dylan
The Bootleg Series, Volumes 1-3 [Rare & Unreleased] 1961-1991

This is a massive collection of rare and unreleased material from Bob Dylan covering 1961 to 1991. This was initially pressed in 1991 but hasn’t been repressed until now. 58 tracks of missing magic, on 5 heavyweight vinyls, packaged as the Bootleg Years. A must for a collector or self professed diehard fans....view item »

Jeff Buckley / Sly & The Family Stone
Everyday People

Thought you were familiar with all the material Jeff Buckley recorded in his brief career didn’t you? Well you were wrong: a forthcoming compilation gathers together a selection of previously unheard covers, and this single pairs his take on Sly & The Family Stone’s Everyday People with ...view item »

Peter Silberman
Impermanence

A logical extension of Silberman’s work in The Antlers, Impermanence is a beat-up and skeletal record replete with breathy vocals and humming held guitar chords. It finds a good home on Transgressive imprint Anti-. Buyers from Norman/other indies get a special bonus disk with four...view item »

Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Solide Mirage

Winsome French collective Francois and the Atlas Mountains get down and dirty with their most direct offering yet. Solide Mirage was recorded by the guy who did Christine and the Queens and Owen Pallet takes care of all the violinning. Lead track 'Grange Dereglemen't sees them going all Riv...view item »

Alasdair Roberts & Friends
A Wonder Working Stone

Prolific Scots folkie Alasdair Roberts is back again with a troupe of buddies accompanying him as he romps through another series of his updates to traditional Scottish music. The accompaniment (and even occasional use of electric instruments) does give...view item »

JFDR
Brazil

JFDR is a young and inventive Icelandic musician with a fair bit of experience in acts like Pascal Pinon and Gangly. For her solo debut she worked with Shazad Ismaily (and, on one track, Greg Fox) to create a record of eclectically textured songwriting that veer...view item »

Holly Macve
Golden Eagle

Straightforwardly classic-sounding American Country & Western music from an unlikely source: the 21-year-old English singer Holly Macve. Golden Eagle, which was recorded in Newcastle, feels older and more experienced than its years, and Holly’s voice is a remarkable sound. Out on Bella Union....view item »

Dylan Golden Aycock
Church of Level track

Dylan Golden Aycock is one of those guitar-playing types who manages to effortlessly overcome the enormous baggage accumulated by that instrument and push straight through to gorgeous clarity. Church Of Level Track dabbles in American Primitive and country sounds, with a slightly psychedelic backbone running throughout....view item »

Sun Kil Moon
Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood

If after the ..um...verbose 'Universal Themes' you can cope with any more of Kozelek's ramblings then here is a new double album of the stuff. This one covers events in Kozelek's life from March to October 2016 so if you want to know his thoughts on mass murders or the passing of heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali then this is...view item »

Craig Finn
We All Want The Same Things

Though he was and is the Springsteen-ish narrator in one-track-mind rockers the Hold Steady, Craig Finn's solo work shows a different side to his character albeit with his barfly persona still intact. Finn is still telling tales of stuff that goes on in his Minneapolis/St Paul neighbourhood pairing his observations with lovely i...view item »

The Cairo Gang
Untouchable

‘Untouchable’ is the full length release from The Cairo Gang. This album sends you back in time to a day where simple drumming and soft guitars were the norm, alongside catchy vocals and a guitar solo towards the end. A nice combination of early 1960’s indie-rock and cl...view item »

Jeb Loy Nichols
Country Hustle

Jeb Loy Nichols does not lie when he calls his record Country Hustle: there are plenty of country sounds and vibes in here, and also a fair amount of New York hustler-music groove too. Soulful and funky and bluesy and lots else besides: it's impressive that Jeb has made all this blending sound totally n...view item »

Stick In The Wheel
present From Here: English Folk Field Recordings

Stick In The Wheel‘s new album From Here: English Folk Field Recordings is a project that records notable folk musicians (both legendary and up-and-coming) on location. Each artist was asked to think about the phrase ‘From Here’ and interpret it for themselves. This collection of brand new recordings f...view item »

The Kitchen Cynics / Micha P. Hinson / Tissø Lake / Willard Grant Conspiracy
Split 12" Vol. 6

Four-way split 12” of American and Scottish artists. This transatlantic partnership, recorded in Edinburgh brings out the best in everybody involved: Micah P. Hinson and Willard Grant Conspiracy’s deep Americana highlights certain qualities in Tissø Lake and The Kitche...view item »

Old 97's
Graveyard Whistling

Rhett Davies's popular Texan bar band have long since broken out of their local scene and now compete with the alt country big boys such as  Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks. This is their umpteenth album of feel decent country rock with a low down and dirty feel and hi-paced driving gritty rhythms. ...view item »

Craig Brown Band
Overthinking

Craig Brown is a Detroit institution, so it could only ever have been a matter of time before he turned up on Jack White’s hardy Third Man Records. Overthinking is a slice of Brown-sound, recorded with his band, that recalls Neil Young-style country. Locals will l...view item »

Richard Buckner
Impasse

Merge reissue Richard Buckner’s grizzled blues-rock classic on vinyl LP and CD. Impasse is an album of sparse guitar music, with a dense lyricism and some lovely arrangements that deserve to be appreciated on this remastered 15th anniversary special edition, complete with additional rare material....view item »

Jake Xerxes Fussell
What In The Natural World

Jake Xerxes Fussell takes on a brace of (non-)traditional pieces and puts them through his own personal folk processes on his second album What In The Natural World. Guest musicians from the Alan Lomax Archive, The Mountain Goats and Steve Gunn’s band (all somehow...view item »

The Memory Band
A Fair Field

The Memory Band are indeed a band of memory, making it their business to dig out artefacts from a Britain of times gone by and refashioning them into new-old music. Landscape Music Volume Five (A Fair Field Full Of Folk) is a strong set of semi-folk, acoustic musicians and tr...view item »

Fountainsun
Sweep the Temple

Both mesmerising and equally as sparse is Sweep the Temple - a majestic and bold expedition across a folk-inspired galaxy. Fountainsun here prove that bare to the bone minimalism can still uphold and even enhance engagement from listeners - sometimes simple is more effective, sometimes less is mor...view item »

Kath Bloom
This Dream Of Life

The usual shuffle, cough and an 'oooh'. The sound of Phil finding something he terms as exciting on the new release lists....and yes Kath Blooms 19th album could be a cause of celebration. She's spent the last five winters making it and has roped in guests such as Avi Buffalo and label boss and verbal diarist Mark Kozele...view item »

Jack Rose
I Do Play Rock and Roll

Moving from the outer limits of the universe back to earth with something more organic. Jack Rose had a CD available only as part of the Three Lobed subscription series called 'I Do Play Rock And Roll' and now the label have pressed up a heavy vinyl LP for the analogue freaks. The is a lot less boozy sounding than some of his recent stuff and a lot...view item »

Tall Tall Trees
Freedays

This is pretty much a Mike Savino solo-effort. Recorded somewhere in the hills of Georgia (the state, not the country... probably), the Tall Tall Trees-frontman poured his heart and delayed guitar into his own record. Freedays, the result, is an up-tempo folk-pop effort that breathes both warmth and opt...view item »

Joost Dijkema
Sacred Revelations

A fingerpicker in the vein of Townes van Zandt and Neil Young, Groningen’s Joost Dijkema comes through with an album of dense folk ditties that veer from rambunctious to contemplative without ever losing the propulsive energy of his nimble guitar playing. Though drums, vocals and electric ...view item »

Jens Lekman
Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman drops his fourth full-length album on a waiting world. The Swedish songwriter has really cranked up the rhythms here on Life Will See You Now, toying with samba and bossa nova among other styles. That means you get the witty intimacy of Lekman’s songs in a lively danceable format: love...view item »

The Paperhead
Chew

Nashville trio The Paperhead craft a deliciously off-centre brew of familiar acoustic backings, over which a rich palette of instrumental splashings lean in and out. This, their latest in a neat handful of albums, is reminiscent of Van Morrison’s more direct offerings, with a slightly melancholic Moody Blues swagger....view item »

The Whistles & The Bells
Modern Plagues

Modern Plagues is an album that grew from The Whistles & The Bears main-man Bryan Simpson’s dreams of a wild fantasy dinner party: key figures from history arguing and getting drunk together. Although this isn’t a straight concept album, the smart indie-pop songs of Modern Plagues...view item »

Kristina Pulejkova / Glen Johnson
My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath

My Heart Has Run Out Of Breath is a film and musical collaboration between multi-media artist Kristina Pulejkova and founding member of London-based group Piano Magic, Glen Johnson. Pulejkova animated the film taking her cues from Kubrick and Tarkovsky and Johnson composed the soundtrac...view item »

Onus
Ratsickles

Debut by Onus presenting six tunes honed from baritone guitar, bass and drums, each hosting intricate, chorus-sung narratives from vague and seemingly remote space-time locations. The music is dark-toned and downbeat; with descending arpeggios and sparse cyclical riffs a-plenty, interlocking with skeletal drums to provide lean bones for ...view item »

Marissa Nadler
Ballads of Living and Dying

Reissue of Marissa Nadler’s debut album from 2004. Now on the massive Sacred Bones imprint it’s good to look back at what brought Nadler to the point she is now. Darkened ballads of acoustic folk gently lull you in with carefully plucked guitars and ominous soundscapes filling in the gaps. Imagine ...view item »

Steve Gunn
Boerum Palace

Steve Gunn steps out on his own for a second full length entitled 'Boerum Palace'. Best known for his work with GHQ as well as his affiliations with Sunburned Hand of the Man and Magik Markers. Here we see him exploring psyche infused americana and folk, performed primarily on acoustic guitar and accompanied by Marc Orleans on Pedal Steel. Opener '...view item »

Lone Piñon
Dias Felices

Lone Piñon are a New Mexico band who bring their musical roots fully into their contemporary work, engaging with the old Chicano folk styles of their state. Playing acoustically on guitars and fiddle and singing multi-part harmonies, their sound is a beautiful resurrection of tradition. Dias Felices is released b...view item »

Okkervil River
Sleep and Wake-Up Songs

‘Sleep and Wake-Up Songs’ is the third EP release from American indie rock band from Austin, Texas, Okkervil River, who formed back in 1998 and take their name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya set on the river in St Petersburg. Released in November 2004, this EP was intended as an interim release in anticipation ...view item »

Band Of Holy Joy
Brutalism Begins At Home

Bad Punk/urban folk group Band of Holy Joy approach their longest stint of remaining active with a new release. Their new EP is titled “Brutalism Begins At Home” and it’s a 10” because of course, though it does include a download card. Featuring the most modern and British of urban hymns in “Removal...view item »

Vic Chesnutt
Little

It’s Vic Chestnutt’s 1990 debut album Little, back in print at last after decades of unavailability! This set of intimate guitar-and-voice songs was produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, who also contributes some keyboard. The sparsely beautiful set has had five bonus tr...view item »

Philip Lewin
Am I Really Here All Alone?

Philip Lewin produced his album of sensitive and super-personal folk music Am I Really Here All Alone? in 1975. Thing is, it was only released as a private press LP, so he kind of was alone. His highly individual sound might appeal to fans of David Thomas Broughton, or anyone who treads their own path t...view item »

Entrance
Book Of Changes

I don't understand. Surely Entrance only just released an album last year with the slightly underwhelming 'Promises'? (Copies still available by the way). Reading further 'Promises' was apparently the EP so this must be the big one. It says here that he's been influenced by Townes Van Zandt and Arthur Lee which ...view item »

Ryan Adams
Prisoner

It seems a long long way from Whiskeytown now but David Ryan Adams is still at it veering somewhere between alt country troubadour and balls out rocker. This album follows his ill-advised attempt at covering Taylor Swift's '1989' and showcases a prolific period of writing. Indeed 'Do You Still Love Me?' is brash...view item »

She Drew The Gun
Memories Of The Future

She Drew The Gun is Louisa Roach’s spoken-word / music project, and Memories Of The Future is her debut full-length. She has a frank approach, providing the kind of political poetry that’s guaranteed to go down well at most festivals. And the backing music has some welcome mersey-psyche-pop ...view item »

Richard Osborn
Endless

Here is the first readily-available record by an unsung guitarist of the American Primitive world, Richard Osborn. Despite having studied under Robbie Basho in the sixties(!), Osborn has kept a low profile for mo...view item »

Julian Cope
Drunken Songs

Julian Cope is an acknowledged expert in the field of intoxicated music enjoyment, so this album of drinking songs, Drunken Songs, is very welcome. There is a song written for Cope’s own funeral, a song called ‘Liver Big As Hartlepool’, and a big 20-minute jam to close out the album, a...view item »

Cobalt Chapel
Cobalt Chapel

Cobalt Chapel is a project that mines some interesting territory. Cecilia Fage and Jarrod Gosling play around with the kind of interpretations of British folk music that so many hauntologists have recently enjoyed, but with a pulsing electronic touch that, along with Fage’...view item »

William Tyler
Behold The Spirit

This music continues to grow on me, with its' haunting melodies and creative arrangements. Gorgeous atmospheric folk music, with lots of impressive fingerpicking. I listened to this a bunch this past summer while on a little camping trip, and it sounded so much like the woods and mountains that the camp was built on that I couldn't help but grow to...view item »

Steve Gunn
Ancient Jules

Ancient Jules is taken from Steve Gunn’s recent album Eyes on the Lines. It’s a lovely little swaggering stroll through country-tinged American rock landscapes, with a message of taking it easy delivered alongside tasty guitar li...view item »

Brent Cash
The New High

Brent Cash is a pop mastermind like they used to make ‘em, building songs with an almost symphonic level of lush detail. He even plays all the instruments himself (apart from the strings)! As you can imagine, all that takes time, so The New High is his first album in fi...view item »

Mark Eitzel
Hey Mr Ferryman

Once called ‘America’s greatest living lyricist’ by The Guardian, Mark Eitzel certainly knows his way around metaphor and allegory. The ferryman, in question, is quite probably the same Charon that Nick Cave grappled with on The Boatman’s Call. However, Eitzel is far wryer than C...view item »

Townes Van Zandt
For The Sake Of The Song

This is a great reissue of a classic album by the great Townes Van Zandt and despite coming out in 1968 it still sounds as great as when it was released. One of my personal favourite track off the album is the great "Sad Cinderella" which shows how great his voice was and his very unique guitar playing style. This is a great folk album which is ...view item »

Glenn Jones
This Is The Wind That Blows It Out

Glenn Jones is a maestro of the American Primitive style of guitar playing: that sweet sweet Fahey-derived sound we all love so much. This Is The Wind That Blows It Out is Glenn’s 2004 album, now receiving a vinyl release for the first time courtesy of Thrill Jockey. Rich and beau...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Epic

I've heard this a few times and it's totally got under my skin. It's weird how some singer-songwriter stuff just connects with you and others don't. I find it's largely pretty samey music but occasionally something will come along which does it for me. Though it's not all as straight forward as guitar and vocals as there's drums, piano, lap stee...view item »

Ignatz & Harris Newman
Bring You Buzzard Meat

At a Belgian festival in 2008, Harris Newman joined Ignatz for a lovely little duo concert, which has previously been issued as a limited CDr. But now, Bring You Buzzard Meat has been pressed to a handsome pair of 10&rdq...view item »

Rebekka Karijord
Mother Tongue

If anything could stir and unlock unfounded emotions, then it would be the surprise and traumatic three-month-early arrival of a child. Rebekka Karijord had to face just that, and her ordeal has inspired and shaped her latest release - Mother Tongue. Though in an epic straddle between dystopia and utopia, s...view item »

Johnny Flynn
Sillion

In the pantheon of contemporary crooning poshos that ranges from the excellent Laura Marling to Marcus fucking Mumford, Johnny Flynn’s songwriting chops and knack for an arrangement has ensconced him firmly in the upper-reaches of the list. He doesn’...view item »

Alison Krauss
Windy City

Possibly the most easily-distinguished voice in bluegrass (to the British ear at least), Grammy-hoarder Alison Krauss returns to the fray after a quiet couple of decades. Those who are likely to know her for her work soundtracking O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain will find much joy here - Windy ...view item »

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau

Chris Thile, who plays mandolin and also sings, joined up with the pianist Brad Mehldau a few years ago for a series of shows in which they played both original songs and familiar covers in a beautifully sensitive style. This eponymous album features studio recordings of these excellent pieces: what a pair of ab...view item »

Horse Thief
Trials & Truths

Horse Thief are a roaming band of Oklahoma fellas, making earnest and Americana-flavoured indie rock with a friendly face. Trials & Truths is their second full-length album, with songs that cover some of the subjects that inevitably spring from being a young band breaking the scene: touring life, relationships etc. ...view item »

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker
Overnight

Josienne Clarke’s lovely vocal and Ben Walker’s steady acoustic picking: perfect. Add in some lush widescreen orchestration and their mix of gothic folk, chill ballads, bluegrass and lunar odes are all set to mirror our circadian rhythms this Autumn. 'Overnight' will track our days and ...view item »

Conor Oberst
Ruminations

Conor Oberst, aka Mr. Bright Eyes himself, has a new album of solo work. Ruminations was made according to the classic technique of sealing oneself away alone during the winter, and is a sparse affair involving O...view item »

Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

On the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everything All The Time, Seattle’s Band Of Horses release their fifth album Why Are You OK. The album contains all the melodic hooks and the stories the band are known for. This time however, the album is informed by top horse Ben Bridwell&rsqu...view item »

Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson has deep country heritage, not to mention a premium country band backing him, but third record A Sailor’s Guide To Earth isn’t quite a straightforward country album. For one thing there is the cover of Nirvana...view item »

Steve Mason
Boys Outside

Ah remember 2013? What a golden year that was. And if you were lucky it was soundtracked the baggy oddball pop of the Beta Band's Steve Mason. Mason is the sort of man who does his best to sound like an interesting Guy Garvey with polished considered pop and a few electronics hurled in. Now back out on viny...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
The Way The Wind Blows

My own personal album of the week would be the new A HAWK & A HACKSAW album (I do like The Nightingales but this speaks to me in special ways...). 'The Way The Wind Blows' is a tremendous thing of a thing. Apparently there's a new phenomenon called 'Gypsy folk'. Wow! Actually it's just a phrase coined by journalists in a vain ...view item »

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