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Whitney
Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is the soulful debut from Whitney, who make a rich and bluesy pop music. The sweet vocals are the heart of the band's gorgeous and distinctively American, West Coast troubadour sound. The laidback guitar and harmonies hide the complex arrangements and stunning instrumentation.

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 ambient cuts and the non-album single ‘Slips Away’ - what a nice treat eh.

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 2

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), continues his series of records themed around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. Thankful Villages Volume 2 digs into the folk histories of eighteen villages, weaving field recordings and interviews into his songcraft. CD / LP release on Rivertones.

Devon Sproule
The Gold String

It seems like Devon Sproule has been around forever but she's still somehow only 34. This latest missive from the Virginia based songwriter is inspired by the time she was staying on a remote and rather than eat her dinner set about writing sprawling verse. The result is a short but lush LP with guest spots from Ed Askew and Toronto dream poppers Bernice. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Riverdance on our asses with celtic melodies and men with scarves dancing about.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 veers from minimal passages to elaborately fractured percussion.. Brazil is released by the White Sun label.

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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. A quality LP, released in an edition of 500 on the Scissor Tail Editions label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 the place to come.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 indie rock.

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 classic youth-pop. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Wilsen
I Go Missing In My Sleep

Tamsin Wilson founded Wilsen at university has have now gone onto release their first full length record ‘I Go Missing In My Sleep’. The eleven-piece album was mainly written and crafted in a small apartment in New York, and the music we can hear on this record replicates that feeling. A gentle mix of indie-pop and dream-pop that is available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nadia Reid
Preservation

Nadia Reid feels like New Zealand’s answer to Julia Holter, with a beautiful pure-toned voice sitting in the middle of a pristine swirl of complex sound. Preservation is a record born out of international travel and interpersonal heartache, which gives it an emotional depth even greater than Reid’s previous album. Preservation is released by Basin Rock.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Moreland
Big Bad Luv

John Moreland has so far received word of mouth acclaim with a series of self released albums culminating in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year. Now he has been signed to 4AD and so will I'm sure achieve much wider recognition. 'Big Bad Luv' is a record about love, faith and the human condition which could be the sort of gentle country rock balm we need in 2017. 
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  • 4AD
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 natural. Country Hustle is released on City Country City.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 features Eliza Carthy, Fran Foote, Men Diamler and many more.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alasdair Roberts
Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is a softly spoken Scottish folk musician with a gorgeously fragile voice, a voice that feels entirely perfect for the traditional songs he commonly sings. For this album on Drag City however, all the songs are original. From what I’ve heard though, they feel sound just as special and well-worn.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 lap it up, but this single has something to give every listener. 7” on Third Man.
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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.

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 named Nathan) also contribute, adding detail to Fussell’s wryly dark vision. LP / CD release on Paradise Of Bachelors.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 traditional-style songcraft balanced out with modern lessons and equipment. On Static Caravan.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 more.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Kozelek.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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Frank Turner
Sleep Is For The Week - Tenth Anniversary Edition

Ooh, bet Frank Turner was really pleased with himself when he came up with that title. Sleep Is For The Week (yes mate, we get it) was the first LP Turner released after the break-up of Million Dead. On this 2007 album Turner kick-starts the confessional acousti-punk train that he’s been riding ever since. This tenth birthday edition of Sleep Is For The Week includes some demos.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 optimism - but never without a hint of loneliness.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 guitars occasionally enter the fray, this is largely a record that rests on his technical prowess and ability to craft woozy, shimmering soundscapes from six strings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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: lovely. CD / LP / cassette release on Secretly Canadian.

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.

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 do have a colourful and eclectic flavour to them, just like the best parties. Out on New West.

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 soundtrack. The lyrics are in English, Turkish, German, Pulejkova’s native Macedonian and Italian. Pulejkova’s works deal with mechanical and organic elements of science, whilst Johnson’s band have worked with folk icon Vashti Bunyan, Low, John Grant and Tarwater during their genre defying career.

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. Highway Queen is available on Vinyl 12”, CD and even Cassette tape.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Fink
Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club, Volume 1

Fin Greenall, better known as Fink is well known for his rich, blues influenced acoustic music with and electronica backbone. Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club is his first outing with a purely blues motive. Treating it as a side project separate to his usual output it strips away the electronica gimmickry and leaves a man alone with his guitar and his voice.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 nebulous melodies and scuffed harmonies to take hold. Lyrically, the album opens up snapshots of rewilded outskirts, ritual humiliation, generational rifts and dispossessions; mining deep veins of residual cultural memory vivid enough to feel like premonitions. Lighter relief is to be had with more abstract grapplings with mapping the unknowable and framing a response to divine silence. Limited to a measly 50 cassettes with lino-print sleeves, each including a download code.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 by LM Dupli-Cation on CD and vinyl.

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 of their follow up full-length album, ‘Black Sheep Boy’. It has the same tensions but spread over frontman Will Sheff's older, more lethargic songwriting style. Great sparse, early tunes from a band recently noted to be a favourite of Barack Obama's.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Man”, the limited record precedes a 3xCD boxed set due in Spring on the same label.

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 tracks added to it for this vinyl reissue on the New West label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 through folk music. Remastered and properly released on vinyl and CD by Tompkins Square.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 surely can only be a good thing.    
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 stadium rock worthy of his near namesake Bryan.    

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 most of his career, perhaps preferring to play for himself. Endless certainly does have a gorgeous, unhurried intimacy to it. Great material, out on the Tompkins Square label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, as is traditional. CD release on Cope’s own Head Heritage label.

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’s vocals, somewhat recalls Stereolab. This is a strong and intriguing debut that casts its own atmosphere. CD / LP on Klove.

Son Volt
Notes of Blue

With his band Uncle Tupelo (alongside future Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy), Jay Farrar helped invent alt country and twenty years or so later he's still producing laid back chugging song craft. It sits firmly in a rootsy brand of country where men are called Chuck or Buck and drive a Buick. Here he's written ten songs influenced by the blues stylings of the likes of Skip James but brings a contemporary sheen to the proceedings.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 licks. The 12” also contains two non-album tracks to enjoy, ‘The Handshake’ and ‘The Soloist’. 12” single released by Matador.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 five years, but it's well worth the wait if you like Van Dyke Parks-esque vintage super-pop! Out on Marina.

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 Cave - on the title track he sings ‘Hey Mr. ferryman, do you party where you’re from?’ - and the sonic and lyrical approach to matters of life and death has more in common with Eels. Vinyl comes with an indies-only bonus CD, which is cool.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 beautiful music. Oh and by the way, the inner sleeve artwork includes the notes and tunings for all the songs in case you want to have a go yourself.

Mick Harvey
Intoxicated Women

Mick Harvey has had an up-close-and-personal view of some of the last few decades’ finest songwriters, as veteran sideman to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. For Intoxicated Women, he takes on the oeuvre of another legend of song: Serge Gainsbourg. Several guest vocalists help him out, such as Andrea Schroeder on the notable German cover of ‘Je T’aime’. On Mute.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 guitar playing. Do Not Forget Old Friends is the tender and beautiful result. Self-released in a slender CDr and tape edition.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
50

Yorkshire folk guitarist Michael Chapman is one of those musicians who is just simply extremely good at his job: his finger-picking style is endlessly engaging. New album 50, commemorating five decades of career, is his ‘American record’, on which he is joined by US allies like Steve Gunn and Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band). Old songs and new songs, played American style. Released by Paradise Of Bachelors.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, she proves this is much more than an album about childbirth.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Sing It High, Sing It Low : Tumbleweed Records 1971-1973

Here is a compilation that pulls out the forgotten highlights of the underappreciated Tumbleweed Records label, which operated for just two years between 1971 and 1973. As the name might suggest, folky americana was the focus of the label’s energies, and Sing It High, Sing It Low contains ten excellent songs from the roster. Released by Light In The Attic with their usual array of old photos and fascinating liner notes.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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’t mess with the formula too much on Sillion, though Cosmo Sheldrake’s nimbly manned electronics to add a pleasing whirr-and-hum to these eleven hymns to life, death, nature and the rest. The vinyl comes with a nice poster.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julie Byrne
Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne, currently a New York resident who has lived a rather nomadic existence, plays gentle, dreamy, ethereal psychedelic folk. He lush voice is backed with strings to match. On her second album Not Even Happiness, is it apparent that Byrne’s talent for pitching a song just right comes as naturally as it did on her 2014 debut Rooms With Walls And Windows. Perfection takes time though, and this album has been a full two years in the making. It’ll be worth it, you’ll see.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 water. Double album Vieilles Caniques / Nouvelles Caniques is released by Fika in 2CD and 2LP editions.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 City sees Krauss turning her attention to covers and covers alone to showcase her rich tone and wide range.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 to wake up. And that's a good thing, probably.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julien Baker
Sprained Ankle

This is a reissue of Julien Baker’s 2015 debut album, recorded when she was a mere 21 years of age. It’s a very emotionally direct record: Baker just pours everything into her tender songwriting, and the effect on the listener can be very powerful.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 absolute pros. Double LP / double CD editions, on Nonesuch.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 riffs too, if you're lucky. Earl Harvin of Tindersticks pays a visit, at one point.
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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 of Gene Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Scott Walker. New Pixies bass player Paz Lenchantin (also formerly of Zwan and A Perfect Circle) and Warpaint’s Emily Kokal play on the album.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 indie blend.

Leonard Cohen
You Want It Darker

Released prior to his recent and extremely sad death, this is novelist-gone-songwriter Leonard Cohen's 14th studio album. You Want It Darker is not a question, and that is made very clear with the minimal title track having a low ominous choir and an imposing Cohen sounding closer to Laibach’s Milan Fras’ broken baritone monologues than a lounge crooner.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 compilation on Numero Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Living In The Shadows

Living In The Shadows is a beautiful archival treat of a release, containing Bert Jansch’s three albums of the 1990’s: Toy Balloon, When The Circus Comes To Town and The Ornament Tree. Plus! An additional disc of additional materials from Jansch’s personal archives, much of it previously unheard. 4CD or 4LP editions available, both in attractive book-back packaging.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Live In Australia

Bert Jansch, playing Live In Australia, in a cafe in 1998. This is a highly direct set, being mostly comprised only of Bert and his guitar, singing familiar favourite songs and newer lat-90’s material alike. The audio has been carefully remastered for this release, which is available on CD or LP, both with liner notes by Colin Harper. On Earth Recordings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 mind, though that might be something to do with White’s hair. Anyway, this is a very nice piece with which to stave off January blues.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Nick Jonah Davis’ writing and playing styles can easily be compared to Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, or John Fahey, but there’s something so much more delicate about his playing style as well. This is also reflected in the gorgeously stripped back production on this recording.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

Joyful whimsy and mild dischord from North Sea Radio Orchestra on Dronne, their fourth album after a four year break where guitarist Craig Fortnam has been beavering away on his solo projects. Lots of influences come through, including Cardiacs, early Kraftwerk and Britten to make a wholly English sound. Limited edition vinyl and CD on The Household Mark.

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 edition boxes on Saddle Creek.

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. Released by Bella Union on CD and gold vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 more pastoral form of psychedelica. Beautiful and intimate stuff. LP on Woodist.

The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini

Collaboration can often form cheesy, chart-ready tripe. Not this one. Brought to us by Rough Trade is the self-titled coming together of The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini. This is a truly unique experience and a fully live rendition of a selection of Torrini's old hits along with two brand spanking newbies.

Neil Young
Peace Trail

Peace Trail features ten tracks that see Neil Young taking an acoustic approach once again. After recording a couple of albums with Promise Of The Real, including his recent live opus Earth, he has decided to simplify things and work as three piece with Jim Keltner  and Paul Bushnell backing him on drums and bass respectively. The album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s studio, Shangri-La, and produced by Neil Young produced along with Jim Hanlon.

Daniel Bachman
River

Daniel Bachman settles into his good old chair, and lays out another record of solo acoustic guitar. It takes impressive ability to take such an object and make it sound fresh again, but Bachman has that ability, and River wends its way through a number of beautiful tunes old and new. Very nice. On Three Lobed Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 of instrumentation and the backing vocals of Whitney McGraw on "Love Survive", this record is at once solitary and inviting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 unique record I should think?

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

It is said that Jason Molina recorded two to three albums per year with Songs: Ohia before they mutated into Magnolia Electric Co in 2003. In 1997 he released his debut album (sometimes known as the Black Album) and this EP of raw and arresting performances. Around the time of his death in 2013 he and record label Secretly Canadian were planning a series of archival releases of which this was the first one. Contains two tracks not on the original pressing.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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-influenced song. 4th of July is released by Stocks in Asia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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) as well as Sleater Kinney. They mix three part harmonies and elements of progressive 70s folk with their lo-fi song craft for a bold and entertaining third album.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, handsome things, and they each come with a booklet also.
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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 "We Did It All Wrong", two spectral songs that continue Morby's strange, wistful and often ominous take on folk music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Room, which is out on the Anti label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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-stringed guitar, singing alone in empty rooms between gigs.

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