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Nikki Lane
Highway Queen

Highway Queen is the latest instalment from Californian based singer songwriter Nikki Lane. Along with her backing band, she has now released three records that combine American folk and country with indie rock paired with her clever lyrics and smooth vocals. Hi...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 »


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 »


Charlie Ulyatt
Do Not Forget Old Friends

In the latter part of 2016, following the death of Leonard Cohen, improvising guitarist Charlie Ulyatt decided to pay tribute to the great man in a pleasingly oblique way. Rather than just throwing together a few covers, he pulled out phrases from Cohen’s poetry and let them inspire his gu...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 »
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Stanley Brinks and The Old Time Kaniks
Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques

This new album from Stanley Brinks will appeal to fans of Herman Düne, because Mr Düne is in fact Mr Brinks! Here he teams up with Norwegian folk group The Old Time Kaniks to explore a pleasing avenue of calypso-folk that he takes to like a duck to wat...view item »


Over The Rhine
Ohio

Over The Rhine are a American(a) folk band that has grown up around a husband and wife duo. 2003’s double album Ohio is perhaps their magnum opus, using its length to showcase the band’s considerable range, from deep piano-song melancholy to pedal steel rhythmic shuffle. This double vinyl reissue of Ohio...view item »
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Christine Owman
When On Fire

When on Fire, thou shalt release a haunting electro-pop album that is both catchy and depressing - thus spake Christine Owman, who wrote and produced her newest release on Glitterhouse. The record sounds like those midnight fantasies that’ve gone awry but from which you still don’t want...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 »


Loch Lomond
Dresses



TAU
TAU TAU TAU

Shaun Nunutzi heads up Tau, taking a well-earned sabbatical from touring his crusher monotony with Dead Skeletons. Following up from the Wirikuta EP, he works with Gerald Pasqualin for a quickly made, easily done 'n' dusted collection of psych folk tunes -- I imagine there might be some r...view item »


Entrance
Promises

Entrance is the one-man project of Guy Blakeslee. Promises is his first album for Chicago label Thrill Jockey. It features widescreen orchestrations which surround his inspired storytelling. Although Entrance very much has his own style, Promises, on occasion, evokes the likes ...view item »
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John Cale
Fragments Of A Rainy Season

Fragments Of A Rainy Season captures John Cale live and musically stripped back to the bare bones. It was originally released in 1992. The album features tracks from John Cale’s classic albums such as Fear and Paris 1919, but it is perhaps most notable for his cover of Le...view item »


Black Lillies
Hard To Please

Following up their 2015 single Hard to Please, blues-rock-in-an-empty-truck-stop formation Black Lillies are finally bringing their newest album across the Pond. Hard to Please is filled with road-trip-friendly vocal harmonies and country riffs, borrowing the occasional soul-outbreak, mashed together in a great...view item »


Various
Wayfaring Stangers: Ladies Of The Canyon

Numero Group present a thrilling collection of rare private press music from California-based female folk musicians circa the early 1970’s. Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies Of The Canyon captures the particular milieu of that time and place, via the strange and particular songwriting of these amazing lesser-known women. Vinyl compilati...view item »


Gongtrain
Secret Museum of Kind Men Volume 1

This is such a confusing release that I’ve actually nearly finished listening to it by the time I’ve figured out what it actually is. What it actually is is the first in a series of singles in which modern musicians interpret songs from the crate-digging masterclass that is th...view item »


Bright Eyes
Fevers and Mirrors

Most people either love or hate Conor Oberst (singer/songwriter of Bright Eyes). His voice is full of emotion to say the least. Yes, he warbles at times, screams at times, sounds like he's on the verge of tears pretty often. This would probably annoy me but it doesn't because his voice fits his lyrics. There is a sense of put-on and a slight sense ...view item »


Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White
Gentlewoman Ruby Man

Two of modern indie’s more genteel crooners come together for a bunch of covers old and new. James Blake, Frank Ocean, Frankie Valli and other disparate forces are rounded up for some Carolling here. The sonic palette is lush and pleasant - The Mamas and the Papas come to ...view item »


Patrick Watson
Adventures In Your Own Back Yard

Phil's been kind enough to dump a load of mediocre records on my desk to review even though I was kind enough to come in at 8am this morning to cover for him. About as close as we'll ever get to a reward scheme I reckon. Anyway, one of said records is the new outing from ...view item »


Nick Jonah Davis
House of Dragons

Originally released on Lancashire and Somerset last year as a limited-edition LP, the album is now being made available on CD and high-quality download. The re-issue follows the release of Split Electric – a split LP of solo electric guitar recordings with C Joynes – on Thread Recordings earlier this year. Nottingham based Ni...view item »


Willard Grant Conspiracy
Regard The End

I don't sense any of Harold Bloom's 'anxiety of influence', in the work of Willard Grant Conspiracy. Rather, Fisher has used the Nick Cave template to fashion and fathom a body of work of equal conviction and intensity: brooding soundscapes that resonate from some dark longing for the winter solstice to interminably delay its thawing. Regard The...view item »


Bright Eyes
The Studio Albums 2000 – 2011

Here, have a massive motherload of Bright Eyes: six full albums from the era 2000 - 2011, each of them remastered to perfection. That comes to 6 CDs, or a back-breaking 10 LPs if you choose the vinyl box, which also includes photo prints and a new essay on Conor Oberst’s prime project. Limited edi...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 »


Lisa Hannigan
Passenger

After a successful stint as Damien Rice's vocal partner, Lisa Hannigan set out to prove herself as not just a singer but a multi-instrumentalist folk songwriter. 2011's Passenger, Hannigan's sophomore release, showcased her true talents as an all-rounder, and is now available on vinyl&nb...view item »


MV & EE
Root / Void

MV (Matt Valentine) and EE (Erika Elder) have been partners in life and music for a good long while now: they know themselves, each other, and their sound inside out. Root / Void strays away from the heavier psych-jams they’ve often produced, instead rocking a mor...view item »


Benoit Pioulard
Sonnet

An intimate album of warm melodic droning. Benoit Pioulard started the process of making this album by recording unexpectedly musical tones from animal or mechanical sources (eg. extractor fans), and then transposing those sounds to his guitar. Released on almost-identically-priced vinyl and CD by the ever-loved Kranky label....view item »


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Beware

I feel like i'm not getting enough done nowadays as there seems to be a new Will Oldham related release available every time I leave the house. 'Beware' sees our Bonnie Billy hook up with a bunch of super pro-musician types such as Josh Abrams, Jennifer Hutt, Emmett Kelly and Michael Zerang and a bunch of guests to produce one of his slickest relea...view item »


Michael Nau
Mowing

Twinkly folkie Michael Nau will make you feel like you're in a lounge receiving a good playlist of musical mood-lighting, with downbeat but ultimately hooking pop tunes produced and arranged with the starkness of an arena pop artist and the intimacy of The Tallest Man on Earth. Joined by a roster ...view item »


Nico Muhly & Teitur
Confessions

Nico Muhly is a busy young modern-classical composer and performer isn’t he? Here he is now, rocking up on Nonesuch in a new collaboration with songwriter Teitur. With song lyrics derived from obscure youtube videos and the music scored for a baroque ensemble, Confessions probably qualifies as a u...view item »


Songs: Ohia
Hecla & Griper (15th Anniversary Edition)

Hecla & Griper, released the same year as Songs: Ohia's self-titled debut, showcases Jason Molina's genius and talent even further with this set of short, sparse, and frequently catchy set of songs. The lyrics are deep and speculative, gaining a centre of well deserved attention throughout each song, along with the unique Songs: Ohia instrum...view item »


Carl Broemel
4th of July

Carl Broemel will be better known to you as part of My Morning Jacket, but here he shows us what he can do on his own. 4th of July was recorded in bits and pieces over the course of four years, meaning that it gives us little insights into life as it is lived, via the means of intimate country-influence...view item »
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The Wharves
Electa

The Wharves come from loads of different places and combine a kind of fuzzed out folk and minimal psych which is comparable to both of Kim Deal's post Pixies projects (the Breeders and the Amps...view item »


Bright Eyes
Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

'Digital Ash In A Digital Urn' is the sister album to the Bright Eyes classic 'I'm Wide Awake It's Morning'. Somewhat out-shined by its counterpart, 'Digital Ash In A Digital Urn' is an electronic affair with loops, drum machines and sampling -- something totally new in the Bright Eyes catalogue. However, as ever with Conor Oberst, he puts ...view item »


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Sings Greatest Palace Music

Bonnie Prince Billy 'sings Greatest Palace Music'. So this is Will Oldham cocking up his back catalogue (before someone else does it,  says Phil). Ok maybe its an ironic statement or a little dig  at his precious following but c'mon people he's taking the piss out of you. If I want a Garth Brooks ...view item »


Robert Wyatt
Nothing Can Stop Us Now

A 1986 release of political torch and protest songs. "Shipbuilding" was released as a single and it remains a great working class song. "At last I am Free" sung in Mr Wyatt's unique nasal dirge is a powerful song. It has a bleak and touching cover of "Strange Fruit" made famous by Billie Holiday. "Red Flag" and "Trade Union" are reminders of how...view item »


Various
oscarsongs

A quality compilation of new and exclusive material put together by David Allred. The tracklisting of oscarsongs includes Peter Broderick, Brigid Mae Power and Joanna Sternberg, and the overall suite is rather gorgeous. Both the CD and the vinyl editions are subtle, han...view item »


Kevin Morby
My Name

Kevin Morby is the bassist for the summertime psych-folk outfit Woods, and also plays in Cassie Ramone's new band, the Babies. But sometimes he gets to be his own guy, too: last year, he released 'Harlem River', a smoky folk rock record in the Americana tradition. 'My Name' is that record's follow-up, a 7" featuring two new tracks, "My Name" and...view item »


Springtime Carnivore
Midnight Room

Springtime Carnivore is the highly evocative name for Greta Morgan’s solo musical project. The Midnight Room album grew out of a monumental relationship break-up, providing plenty of fuel for deep-emotion songwriting and melancholy melodies. There is a strong middle-americana feel to Midnight ...view item »
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Lou Barlow
Apocalypse Fetish

Solo work from Lou Barlow, who is most notably known for his work in Dinosaur Jr., The Folk Implosion, Noise Addict and Sebadoh. Thick gauge strings put on a ukulele is the backbone for these bare and direct acoustic songs. Just one man and his small four-string...view item »


Luke Temple
A Hand Through The Cellar Door

As a pioneering songwriter of stripped back folk-pop, Luke Temple's acoustic offering A Hand Through The Cellar Door is as well crafted as it is sparse. Containing daydream-inducing The Birds of Late December, which exquisitely beams the Boston-born songwriter's delicate voca...view item »


Adam Green
Aladdin

Adam Green has, it would appear, taken it upon himself to produce a film version of Aladdin, giving it his own, fairly radical spin (the lamp is replaced with a 3D printer) and bringing in his New York associates to assist. This is his soundtrack to the project, a decadent song suite full to the brim with Adam G...view item »


Jack Rose
Jack Rose

Originally unleashed in 2006 this is a collection of live and studio recordings by the late finger picker whose influence has only seemed to increase since his untimely death at the age of 38. From his Pelt days onwards Rose had a distinct style which were music to the ears of anyone raised on John Fahey and ...view item »


Jack Rose
Dr. Ragtime & His Pals

From all accounts Jack Rose likes a beer. I don't know many people who don't to be honest but listening to his new album all I want to do is throw things in the air and get pissed. It's proper party time music. For some reason Jack's music is completely intellectualised by people. I'm not one of those people and in favour of being all smart and cle...view item »


Roy Harper
Flat Baroque and Berserk 

Roy Harper (via his Science Friction label) is doing us all a valuable favour by getting a few classic early Harper records back into vinyl circulation again for the first time in decades, to celebrate Harper’s 75th birthday. Flat Baroque and Berserk was his most successful album ...view item »


Various
The Forest / The Wald

The Forest / The Wald is a study and collection of work that reflects on fragments and echoes of tales from the woodland and its folklore; greenwood rituals performed in the modern day, fantastical childhood rhymes, sylvan siren calls that tremble through tangles of branches, electronics pressed into the summoning of otherworl...view item »


Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjorn Apeland
Bumblin' Creed

Padang Food Tigers come from the UK, and Sigbjørn Apeland comes from Norway. Collaborative record Bumblin’ Creed is a subtle thing, with pieces slowly growing themselves into tender webs of spiritual folk-drift. Organ, g...view item »


Richmond Fontaine
Thirteen Cities

Richmond Fontaine has always been about the lyrics of Willy Vlautin but they produce some damn fine music too. This was their seventh studio recording and showcases the slightly ramshackle side of the band with a series of enjoyable laments generally about things going wrong for the narrator. One of the better Americana bands ou...view item »


Richmond Fontaine
The Fitzgerald

Richmond Fontaine have now split, sadly but for many years they were one of the more interesting Americana bands peddling the boards. Although they could be raucous and energetic, this LP shows a more stark side of the band. In fact this collection could be compared to Springsteen's 'Nebraska' as singer Willy Vl...view item »


The Czars
Goodbye

More proper emotional indie music this time from The Czars on Bella Union which sounds a little like earlyl Radiohead but without the quirk that made them Radiohead. Thus making this sound quite average. Only it's quite a good tune really. Even after one listen bits of it had stuck...view item »


Cate Le Bon
Mug Museum

With a new album in the works and her oddball collaboration as the Drink bringing her to new listeners it's a decent enough time for Cate Le Bon's earlier work to be re-issued. This is her third album and it showcases her way with a wandering and winsome melody. Duran Duran fans should note that her real name is Cate Timothy. ...view item »


Rodrigo Leao & Scott Matthew
Life Is Long

Rodrigo Leao and Scott Matthew first worked together on a single song on Leao’s album The Magic Mountain, but now their collaboration has flowered into a full-length suite. Life Is Long matches Mathew’s smooth-and-deep vocals with languidly dramatic...view item »


Richard Youngs
The Rest Is Scenery

Perpetual experimentalist and underground national treasure Richard Youngs has written each of the songs of The Rest Is Scenery around just one chord, because why the hell not? He wants it to be possible for anyone to cover these songs with just the slightest of ...view item »


Gillian Welch
Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg

Two delicious discs of Gillian Welch deep cuts, drawn from her analogue tape archives. Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg compliments her Revival album perfectly, being full of alternative versions, demo versions and outtakes. Furthermore, eight of these tracks have never even been released before! Doubl...view item »


Naïm Amor & John Convertino
The Western Suite and Siesta Songs

The Western Suite and Siesta Songs is the 2016 instrumental southwestern album by duo Naïm Amore & John Convertino. Majestic vistas and long stretches of scorching desert road are the images conjured up by the duo's finely crafted arrangements, including the famous lap-steel guitar - a defining cha...view item »


Sturgill Simpson
High Top Mountain

Sturgill Simpson wanted this album to be “the purest, most uncompromising, hard country” possible, and he’s done a pretty good job: I mean, the first track is named “Life Ain’t Fair And The World Is Mean” after all. High Top Mountain is the debut solo recording by Sturgill...view item »


Bon Iver
22, A Million

That isolated cabin in the woods feels a long way away now: Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver seem to have made new album 22, A Million in a cabin in the internet instead. Lots of auto-tune, lo-fi crunch next to high-fi shimmer, and track titles to trump any vaporwave you could throw at it. Take your pick ...view item »


Hiss Golden Messenger
Southern Grammar

Triumphant folk rock star Hiss Golden Messenger released the excellent Lateness of the Dancers last year and he returns now with Southern Grammar, a miniature release that houses unwanted cuts from the record itself as well as an official place for "Brother, Do You Know The Road?" to la...view item »


Pilote
Libero

As a quaint and modern meld of folk, alt-country, blues and downtempo electronica, Pilote (aka Stuart Cullen) introduces modern technology to a classic tried and tested form of songwriting. Containing numerous features from such names as Charlie Parr and Tom Holder, Libero i...view item »


Kathryn Williams & Anthony Kerr
The Resonator

Look past the quite frankly not-very-good cover art for The Resonator, and you will find an interesting leftwards turn in folk singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams’ career. She has set aside her own material and embraced the vibraphone of Anthony Kerr: together, the pair have taken on a set of jazz ...view item »


Jake Bugg
On My One

As far as I am aware, this is Jake Bugg’s first foray into production after his previous album, Shangri La was produced by none other than Rick Rubin. A bit of a leap for Bugg perhaps who wrote, played and produced everything except three tracks produced by Jacknife Lee. P...view item »


Bright Eyes
Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil

A reissue of Bright Eyes' 2002 full length release, Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil. With equal parts folk and indie, frontman Conor Oberst's authentic and well-crafted songwriting is accompanied by his shaky Nebraska voice and diverse instrumentation including orchestral elements, a roc...view item »


Leon Redbone
Long Way From Home

Unfortunately, even though Leon Redbone was well known and revered, he kept any details of his personal life very closely guarded, so very little is truly known about him. Incredible considering the warm and intimate blues he played. This is a lovely little peek into his history, containing some of his first ever recorded tracks...view item »


Alex Clare
Tail Of Lions

Bringing his friend Chris Hargreaves of Submotion Orchestra along for the writing sessions certainly rubbed off for Alex Clare’s third full length. Moving from singer/songwriter plus electronics and into deep cinematic territories. Huge, festival ready tracks to close your eyes, hold that ...view item »


Spiro
Repeater

Spiro have so far released eight full length albums, and Repeater is a combination of tracks picked from four of their Real World albums. The records featured on this album are Pole Star, Lightbox, Kaleidophonica and Welcome Joy And Welcome Sorrow...view item »


Jack Rose
Opium Musick

VHF have just launched a crucial series of reissues of the music of Jack Rose, a major voice in experimental acoustic guitar music, both on his own and as a member of Pelt. 2003’s Opium Musick features Rose holding forth on 12-string and 6-string guitar, as well as a lap guitar. A...view item »


Jack Rose
Red Horse, White Mule

VHF have just launched a crucial series of reissues of the music of Jack Rose, a major voice in experimental acoustic guitar music, both on his own and as a member of Pelt. Red Horse, White Mule is his 2002 debut album as a solo artist. It pairs a series of shorter pieces with a colossally deep raga tha...view item »


Califone
Roomsound

A 15 year anniversary reissue of the 2001 album by Califone. Mixing up blues and country with a lo-fi, recorded out in the barn feel. Stomping blues licks and slides, dusty tape saturation, and subtle manipulations that bring a texture to the whole. Sound like Six Organs of Admittance playing quiet, reflective b...view item »


John Howard
Across The Door Sill

A very much stripped back version of John Howard is present on Across The Door Sill. Layers of vocals and pianos wander through delicately written pop structures as easily as they do the more freeform. Mixing the heart of a folk artist with the intimacy of a lounge performance. Available Vinyl and CD through Occultation...view item »


Arborist
Home Burial

The brainchild of Mark McCambridge, Arborist have released their debut record and what a nostalgic mix of Irish music and indie-rock it is. Home Burial blends layered harmonies, smooth strings and atmospheric guitars to give a clean and modern finish to this alb...view item »


Howe Gelb
Future Standards

In constantly shifting in styles and approach Howe Gleb's next solo offering, Future Standards, is a delicate and smooth jazz expedition. Inspired by the greats this piano-led record is meant for pure relaxation, and offers a host of new timeless ballads on top of an already bulging and accla...view item »


Jim James
Eternally Even

Most commonly known as frontman of My Morning Jacket, Jim James brings us his sophomore record - Eternally Even. Produced by Alabama Shakes' Blake Mills, this offering is set to top his debut release - which was met with widespread critical accla...view item »


Daniel Bachman
Daniel Bachman (2016)

Daniel Bachman is a 26 year old guitarist from Virginia. He has been regarded as somewhat of prodigy making waves with his technical and compositional chops for some years now. He has been recording since 2011 and has worked with Ryley Walker. His new self-titled album is most complete work yet showcases his abi...view item »


Aidan Knight
Small Reveal

Small Reveal is the brainchild of Aidan Knight, and is as sparse and songwriterly as you would expect from the Canadian-born indie-rocker. Tinged with folk and an experimental approach, the record is wistfully escapist and becomes a cinematic, immediate and evocative expedition across unfathomable land...view item »


Douglas Dare
Aforger

First up the most important question. What is that in his mouth? It looks like it could be some kind of bird or something. Not a good idea. This is Dare's second album and like many records comes out of what sounds like a horrible relationship breakdown. Dare sings about identity and the sort of fakery that goes on when someone plays around behi...view item »


The Moondoggies
Don't Be a Stranger

To celebrate a full decade of Moondoggies activity, the band are reissuing their debut album Don’t Be A Stranger, through the Hardly Art label. Proper American rocking. This the first time that Don’t Be A Stranger has been released on vinyl, and to make this reissue even more special, five unrelease...view item »


Lawrence Arabia
Absolute Truth

New Zealand’s Lawrence Arabia hopes to make a breakout with Absolute Truth, reaching for a wider international crowd than his current Kiwi / Oz fanbase. There is a rich detail to the sunny pop sound of this album, as though each musical surface was carefully thought about and polished to a sheen. Out on New Zealan...view item »


Luke Roberts
Sunlit Cross

Luke Roberts has some pals in big places and here is joined by the likes of Kurt Vile and the guy from Drive by Truckers on an album of rolling finger picked acoustic folk pop that could appeal to fans of Ryley Walker and early Bon Iver. Earthy and unique Americana to warm you t...view item »


Mark Lanegan
The Winding Sheet

Mark Lanegan’s first solo album is back on the streets again. The Winding Sheet dates back to 1990, when Lanegan was still immersed in the murky heart of grunge with Screaming Trees. His solo work mixes the dark weight of that music with a true songwriter’s dramatic touch. ...view item »


Benoît Pioulard
The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter

On his sixth release for Kranky Benoît Pioulard weaves delicate candyfloss pop melodies through a hazy wooden shack in the sun setting. Reflective and at peace pop songs that let you just take a minute for yourself. Delicately plucked guitars and satisfyingly found sound-like percussion takes you away from it all....view item »


Carla Bozulich
Evangelista

I don't think anything can prepare someone for this album. It opens up ways to feel that are so vulnerable, yet so necessary in this world in my opinion. A generous album is a vague description. The two tracks bearing the title like the album and later the group "Evangelista I" and Evangelista II" are such wonderful creatures, they bite ...view item »


Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band
Anda Jaleo

After the Spanish civil war that fascist twat Franco made life pretty uncomfortable for many, many people. And like the oppressive, nazi shit he was, he, like Hitler, banned any art, cinema, books & music he didn't particularly approve of. Which was probably a great deal as these strutting sociopathic gimps always have pretty narrow taste in...view item »


Julia Jacklin
Don’t Let The Kids Win

No relation to golf's Tony, Julia Jacklin is an Australian singer songwriter who has quit her job in an essential oils factory in order to concentrate on her music career. Despite the Jenny Hval-ish sleeve art this is a much more traditional fayre the kind of gentle rolling alt folk that might appeal to fans of ...view item »


Itasca
Open To Chance

Kayla Cohen is Itasca is downtempo folk music. Informed by her past life as a drone and noise merchant, the tunes on Open to Chance have a slow and constant bleed, making for a delightfully homogenous listen in the vein of Sibylle Baier's Colour Green. Most importantly, this record...view item »


Band of Horses
Mirage Rock

I'll confess I'm not a die-hard fan, but I have enjoyed everything this band has released, and I don't hear this as being some great departure or step backwards. These guys aren't reinventing the wheel. But they write great 70's 'Cali' type folky inspired tunes. Great melodies, beautiful vocals, and a really solid band. I guess my expectations a...view item »


Passenger
Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

This is the quiver-voiced Brit who scored a hit with 'Let Her Go', the sort of song that managed to move even cynical old me to tears when I heard it in Primark. This is the 8th album from the extremely prolific musician and rather than doing it all on his tod he's got a crack set of musicians to help him fill out the sound. Expect highly emotio...view item »


Seasick Steve
Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground

Shameless pretend hobo bluesman is back again with a new album, and this one would appear to be a double. Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground (great advice for riding horses) has Seasick Steve supported by a grizzled band, boogie-grooving through more tales of American-style free-living. Easily done w...view item »


Infinity Crush
Warmth Equation

Infinity Crush is the close-up indie songwriter project of Caroline White, backed up by Derrick Brandon and Teen Suicide’s Sam Ray. Warmth Equation is an intimate collection that dwells on grief: it is melancholy and at times emotionally heavy, bu...view item »


Terry Allen
Lubbock (On Everything)

Here is the 1979 second album by Terry Allen, beautifully reissued by Paradise of Bachelors for your pleasure. Lubbock (On Everything) is a high quality Texas country / alt-country record with a smart satirical vibe. The reissue comes in double CD or double LP flavours, with both versions souped up with a nice book of e...view item »


Okkervil River
Away

After leaving us in the dark since 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium, mystery surrounded Texas folk rockers Okkervil River. Apart from some digital singles in 2014, we didn’t know what was going on, but now frontman Will Sheff is clearing things up. Away is somewhere between a true Okkerv...view item »


Martha Wainwright
Goodnight City

Martha Wainwright’s new album Goodnight City features an even split between songs written by Wainwright and songs written for her by friends. Impressive friends too, including Beth Orton, Glenn Hansard and Merril Garbus of Tune-Yards...view item »


Regina Spektor
Remember Us To Life

A pop pianist from back when the genre tag anti-folk was still in rotation, Regina Spektor's been at the songwriting game for a long time, making records with the very same winking, critical poignancy that endeared folks to 500 Days of Summer (a film in which her music starred). Her last record pr...view item »


The Magnetic North
Prospect Of Skelmersdale

The Magnetic North are a group firmly dedicated to a sense of place: here they follow up their last record, Orkney Symphony, with Prospect Of Skelmersdale, a set of songs grounded in the titular town. More than a touch of hauntology is present in these yearning folkish numbers. On Full Time Hobby, with the CD v...view item »


Beth Orton
Kidsticks

Beth Orton drafted in Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons to Co-produce Kidsticks. Whilst her voice is familiar, the music pushes the singer/songwriter genre to the limit. Beth Orton broke new ground mixing acoustic and electronic music on her debut album Trailer Park back in 1996, On ...view item »


Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Singing Saw is the third solo album by former Woods bassist and founder of The Babies, Kevin Morby. It is the follow up to 2014’s Still Life. He worked with a host of musicians including Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds guitarist ...view item »


Eleanor Friedberger
New View

One half of Fiery Furnaces returns with her third solo album, New View. Eleanor Friedberger brings her distinctive attitude to some summery and upbeat indie-pop. Her singular voice ties together this collection of playful rock and pop and her more experimental interests are kept in check by ridi...view item »


Aidan Knight
Each Other

Aidan Knight and his band of squires (I’m so sorry) have imbued the songs on Each Other with a delicate melancholy, carried through by thoughtful lyrics, bold and spacious production, and lots of interesting textures. You’ll feel sad and comforted all at the same time. Released by Full Time Hobby....view item »


Linda Perhacs
The Soul of All Natural Things

This Linda Perhacs CD has a post-it from one of our goblins that says "ok, not as good as old shit". I'm not familiar with Perhacs's old shit so I'm approaching this with fresh (but admittedly somewhat naive) ears. Perhaps I am not treating this with the reverence it deserves though, since I'm learning from the press release that it is her fir...view item »


Lambchop
Mr. M

I had found myself losing interest in Lambchop after their “Is A Woman” album. Subsequent releases just weren’t doing anything for me. For some reason I decided to give “Mr. M” a punt. I was fortunate enough to find that it was somewhat of a return to form. “2B2” and &ldquo...view item »


Frank Turner
Poetry of the Deed

I listen to Poetry of the Dead now for the third time as I write this and I'm sorry to say, I am stuggling to find one song that has any of the old Frank Turner that I know and enjoy. He needs to drop the band and the attempt at this "rock" sound that he has incorporated into this album. "Faithful Son" is the only track that strikes me on the plus ...view item »
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