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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.
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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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Shirley Collins
Lodestar

The day that many thought would never come is now nigh upon us: a brand new album by Shirley Collins. The folksong heroine’s last recording was 38 years ago, and her voice has finely matured in the intervening years. Lodestar gives life to a set of various antique songs that Shirley has assembled, including some from the 16th Century. The deluxe LP and CD versions include sleeve notes by Stewart Lee.
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  • 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.

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 vocals, the album offers a quaint collection of small tales with mammoth-sized scope.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Duke Garwood
Garden of Ashes

Duke Garwood operates out of South London, but comes fully-equipped with all the accoutrements of the heavy, god-fearing blues. Garden Of Ashes has a simmering sound to it that feels like it could erupt (though it tends not to), with darkly gorgeous imagery of apocalypse and love. It is released on CD and LP by Heavenly.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Robbie Basho. Thankfully Three Lobed are re-issuing his back catalogue in these lovely old style Stoughton tip on sleeve editions.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 to date when released in 1970, and contains the heavy track ‘I Hate The White Man’. The audio has been remastered, and is presented alongside lyrics and liner notes.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 otherworldly arboreal creations unearthed amidst the creeping thickets and elegies to woodland intrustions, solitudes and seasons.Features Bare Bones (Dom Cooper of The Owl Service and Jason Steel), Cosmic Neighbourhood, Polypores, Time Attendant, Magpahi, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska, The Rowan Amber Mill, Sproatly Smith, A Year In The Country, The Séance (Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne and James Papademetrie) with Lutine, David Colohan & Richard Moult (The United Bible Studies).

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, guitars, Apeland’s harmonium, and large doses of magic. Out on Northern Spy.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Damien Jurado & Richard Swift
Other People's Songs Volume One

Damien Jurado and Richard Swift first worked together on Jurado’s Saint Bartlett album. Since then they’ve formed an artistically successful partnership and recorded Jurado’s Maraqopa trilogy of albums. Around the time they first met, they recorded a bunch of covers together on a 4-track, reworking songs by artists as diverse as Chubby Checker, John Denver and Kraftwerk. Other People’s Songs Vol. 1 is an insight into how the pair work together viewed from a different perspective.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lambchop
Flotus

The Nashville collective celebrate their 30th anniversary if only to make me feel very old indeed. I think it's high time for a really great Lambchop album and with the unveiling of lead track the 18 minute 'The Hustle' we might just get it. This is an excellent electronic/kraut jam with Kurt Wagner's soft brown voice and the usual delightful horns giving it that Lambchop class.  

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 out there and the first time on vinyl for this one.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Vlautin tells tales of folks on the wrong side of the tracks over typically bleak acoustic laments.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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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. 

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 orchestration. This is high-class stuff. Released by the Glitterhouse label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 guitar experience, except of course all those magical Youngsian touches cannot be replicated. CD on the Glass Records Redux label.

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! Double CD on Acony Records.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

James Johnston
The Starless Room

James Johnston is one of those ever-busy types that keeps the music world running smoothly: as well as his own band Gallon Drunk, he has also played with The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey’s band, Faust… And now he rides out solo for the first time! The Starless Room lets Johnston go in his own direction, allowing his songs to be exactly what they need to be. Out on Clouds Hill.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 characteristic of the country and western genre. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the LM Dupli-Cation label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 of CD, cassette tape or vinyl editions: there is even a deluxe LP edition with a bonus 12” of extended versions. On Jagjaguwar

Meilyr Jones
2013

Meilyr Jones’ album 2013 is intended to convey to the listener the experience of being Meilyr Jones during the year 2013, which it achieves through the medium of broadly orchestrated melodic pop songs. As well as Jones’ vocals, we have trombones, choirs, french harps, bassoons and plenty else contributing to the sound of 2013. Out on Moshi Moshi.

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 lay its weary head.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 is a hypnotic and timeless offering.

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 standards, making them into something new. The Resonator is released by One Little Indian.

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. Perhaps this is why the album is called On My One and has such insular, inflected track titles as ‘Love Hope and Misery’ and ‘Gimme the Love’ which sees Bugg begging for love in the chorus. It’s yet another move away from the boy-with-guitar sound of his first album and one with bold ambitions for rock/pop success.     

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 for the first time. Expect profound folk tales, delivered by sweet Irish vocals and accompanied by rustic guitars. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Play It Again Sam label.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Terry Reid
The Other Side Of The River

Terry Reid is relatively unknown compared to what could have been: Jimmy Page asked him to be the vocalist for Led Zeppelin. Reid turned the offer down, Robert Plant got the job and the rest is history. Reid has an incredible voice which earned him the nickname Superlungs. He has been covered by The Raconteurs and sampled by DJ Shadow. Reid released his third studio album, River, in 1973 which, although relatively commercially unsuccessful at the time, is held in high regard by fans. The Other Side Of The River contains long-forgotten (even by Reid himself) outtakes and alternate versions from River sessions.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 rock line-up and often just simple acoustic guitar. Released on Vinyl LP and CD on the Saddle Creek label.

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 lighter up to.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, all of which have been credited for their traditional folk sound alongside a minimalist, contemporary and acoustic vibrancy. Available on Vinyl LP.

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. As with all his work, there is a deep engagement with ragtime and blues history at work here. LP reissue.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 that fills up a whole side of the vinyl. What a beautiful talent.
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  • VHF
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Weyes Blood
Front Row Seat To Earth

Front Row Seat To Earth is the new album by Weyes Blood, the solo recording project of Natalie Mering from Jackie O Mutherfucker. The album recalls the the US west coast folk sound of the ‘70s, artists such as Esra Mowhawk. The live band feel is contrasted with a clever use of electronics. The album was produced by Chris Cohen who has played with the likes of Cass McCombs and Ariel Pink as well as releasing a couple of solo albums.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 blues.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 album. This record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 acclaimed back-catalogue.

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 acclaim. Kentucky-incepted indie-rock, generously bathed in psychedelia.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 ability as a guitarist, augmenting his acoustic guitar with elements of drone and field recordings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 landscapes.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 behind your back. Dark stuff but therapeutic for him I hope. Couple this with some neat electronics and bleak guitars and we could have an interesting record here.   

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 unreleased bonus tracks from the same sessions have been added on. Nice.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 nights eclectically. LP and CD on Rough Trade.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label.

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 through the winter months. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. The Winding Sheet features a guest appearance from Kurt Cobain, and this Sub Pop reissue includes an extra track.

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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Neko Case and Angel Olsen. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 affirms Cohen's place as one of modern music's most understated guitarists, her picking patterns so good they're subliminal.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Xylouris White
Black Peak

Dirty Three post-rock snoozer Jim White, who isn't a snooker player, once again joins forces with lute player Giorgos Xylouris in their lazily named supergroup Xylouris White. I'll give them a free pass once more as their music continues to be frenetic, moving at joyful accelerations. They follow up Goat with Black Peak, another record of loosely-tightened drums with compelling rhythms, jaunty lute riffing and trembling vocal ecstasy. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Pure Dylan

Pure Dylan is another Bob Dylan compilation, except that this one draws focus away from the hits and onto some lesser-heard gems from the legend’s voluminous back catalogue. By presenting Dylan songs that haven’t become over-familiar, we can discover the great man anew. Double LP set on Legacy.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trembling Bells & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford

After collaborating on The Marble Downs Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Trembling Bells went on tour in 2012. The Bonnie Bells Of Oxford is a live album trying to capture the magic of their collaboration including hybrid versions of tracks from each artist, as well as many tracks from the album. Some of the finest contemporary folk musicians in action.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Hidden Cameras
Home On Native Land

Written and recorded over the last 10 years by main man Joel Gibb, Home On Native Land tracks a love of the folk, music, history and landscape of Canada in a romanticised campfire singalong. Gathering his friends Feist, Bahamas, Ron Sexsmith, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Rufus Wainwright, and Neil Tennant to help him set up camp.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

William Tyler
Live at Third Man Records

Instrumental americana wonder-boy William Tyler dazzled us a little with Modern Country, a slab of War On Drugs-inspired tunes dug deep with dad rock melodics. Like most people who play guitar in this world, he has been to Third Man Records, where he performed some songs, and of course they got recorded for this record. It's a fine performance, seeing Tyler transition his original acoustic sound into his newly textured findings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Oberst and no-one else at all. Ruminations comes out on Nonesuch, with a nice poster slipped into the LP edition.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joan Shelley
Cost of the Cold / Here and Whole

In anticipation of her new album here are a couple of new tracks from Kentucky based singer songwriter Joan Shelley. This finger pickin' musician plays lovely country-ish tunes with a classic voice that is not all that far away from Tracey Thorn. The music however fits snugly into the American and UK folk tradition.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jack White
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Here’s the opportunity for a different angle on the busy career of Jack White. While White is usually electrified, these are Jack White Acoustic Recordings, and they span his whole career to date, from 1998 White Stripes material to 2016 solo material. Includes some real deep cuts to delight the serious White fan. All audio has been remastered.

Howe Gelb
'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It

Giant Sand man Howe Gelb had a rather fantastic experience performing on the same bill as a number of gospel choirs in 2003, and decided to bring a choir into his own solo work on 2006’s ‘Sno Angel Like You. This reissue presents the beautiful, sensitive results alongside the feature-length documentary ‘Sno Angel Winging It, making for a hell of a package. On Fire.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 emotional heart string tuggers. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bridget St. John
Fly High - A Collection Of Album Highlights, Singles and B Sides, Demos, Live Recordings, Sessions and Interviews

A truly comprehensive collection of british folk definer, Bridget St. John, tracks covering Dandelion’s releases between 1968 and 1972, including unreleased and unheard early demos. As well as bonus material from her 2009 session recordings, TV appearances, B-sides, as well as interviews. Basically, read the very much all-encompassing title.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Baird Sisters
Until You Find Your Green

The Baird Sisters are Laura and Meg Baird, and yes, they are actually sisters. Nevertheless, Until You Find Your Green is their first full-length studio collaboration, despite the fact that both have been producing high-grade work for some time now. The Bairds play intimate deep folk that immediately grabs the attention: this is carefully crafted stuff. Out on Ba Da Bing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Southworth
Small Town Water Tower

On Small Town Water Tower, John Southwater has made some subtly strange pop music, with songs that are wistful and quietly grand. This isn’t exactly his previous territory (Small Town Water Tower is his tenth album), but why not do something new eh? Especially when it is put together with such skill as this. Released by the Tin Angel label.

Geraint Jarman
Tawel Yw'r Tymor (Quiet Is The Season)

Geraint Jarman doesn’t mess around with any English language bullshit: he has been performing in Welsh for forty years now, and Tawel Yw’r Tymor is some of the most direct Jarman we’ve ever heard. The backing band (and indeed the electricity) has been dispensed with, leaving the beautiful voice fully exposed. CD released by Ankst.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Matt Berry
The Small Hours

Superbly-voiced comic actor and musician Matt Berry has made a new album, The Small Hours. It follows on from previous releases Witchazel, Kill The Wolf and Music For Insomniacs. This time, and for the first time, his band recorded the basic tracks live using a 60-year old hand built Decca desk. Thematically the album seems as though it will be quite heavy - religion, death, loneliness and, on lighter note, the changing seasons. Berry says that the title refers to the quiet moments before dawn when your thoughts seem to be amplified.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Adam Torres
Pearls To Swine

Laid-back country folk, produced by Erik Woffard (Okkervil River / M. Ward / Bill Callahan). Recorded in analogue at a studio overlooking the Colorado River Valley, the overall effect is warm and very natural. Thor Harris of Swans provides some surprisingly gentle percussion, lending itself nicely to Aisha Burns's soaring violin. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Keaton Henson
Kindly Now

Here is a new album from the London based visual artist and singer songwriter. It's full of bleakly emotive songs with piano and quivering voice, like a depressed Passenger. It has a modern day production sheen like the most downbeat episode of the X Factor ever. The limited edition version contains art prints personalised by the man himself.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nedelle Torrisi
Advice From Paradise

Indie pop musician Nedelle Torris has paid a lot of dues playing in the backing bands for artists such as Sufjan Stevens and Ariel Pink, but she deserves credit for being a proficient songwriter in her own right; Advice From Paradise attempts to bridge the gap between a type of pop music heard now and then, being both contemporary and traditional at the same time. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Martin Green
Flit

Affecting, contemporary, and experimental in parts, Martin Green has put together a unique blend of folk music and the unknown. Featuring some absolutely incredible guests from groups including Portishead, Mogwai, The Unthanks, Arab Strap, and Lau. Not really many rules here, and that’s great fun… well, it is.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 when you raked in a bunch of cash from making up a story about being homeless. 

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, but never maudlin. Released by the Joy Void label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Devendra Banhart
Ape In Pink Marble

A really nice, delicate release from freak-folk mainstay Devendra Banhart, although I think he might have toned down the ‘freakiness’ by now. Ape In Pink Marble is an LA production, imbued with the sunny attitudes of sweet sweet California. Released on Nonesuch: the LP edition comes with a bonus poster.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Angel Olsen
My Woman

Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third record and it plans to maintain the reverence to reverb and raucousness that went along with the quiet, lo-fi moments. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Owen
The King Of Whys

Mike Kinsella has done a lot of time in the Chicago indie-etc. scene, in bands like Cap’n’Jazz, American Football and Joan of Arc. But his most personal music is made in his solo project Owen (no I don’t know the significance of the name). Much of the Owen music has been lo-fi and acoustic, but The King Of Whys is a fully-fledged big-production record. Out on Wichita.

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 essays and lyrics and photos.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tashi Dorji
VDSQ - Solo Acoustic Vol. 13

The Vin Du Select Qualitite label’s Solo Acoustic series continues to showcase the inventive talents of fine guitarists. Their next batch of limited edition LPs has now arrived! For Volume 13, Tashi Dorji performs on a nylon-string guitar, which he guides through fourteen tracks recorded in the US and in Bhutan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Okkervil River album and a solo effort, but it’s definitely the continuation of something old and the start of something new. And high time at that!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Lifemask

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. 1973’s Lifemask was recorded during a heavy illness, and contains the full-side treatise on mortality ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. The audio has been remastered, and is presented alongside lyrics and liner notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Gentle Good
Ruins/ Adfeilion

The Gentle Good is Gareth Bonello, hailing from fair Cardiff. Fourth album Ruins / Adfeilion continues Bonello’s deep engagement with traditional Welsh music, as you can spot from the mixture of English and Welsh language titles and lyrics. A sensitive mixture of traditional folk songs and originals that dwell on a sense of place. Out on Bubblewrap.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tim Buckley
Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

Oh good criminy! Lady, Give me your key is a collection of 3 unreleased demos that have recently been discovered. That makes 13 acoustic tracks, some which then grew into fully instrumented works, but most of which will not have been heard, even if you are the most ardent Tim Buckley fan. Comes with booklet containing interviews with Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Billie Marten
Writing of Blues and Yellows

Emerging out of the delightful North Yorkshire city (yup it has a cathedral) of Ripon, Bille Marten (actual name Isabella Sophie Tweddle) has a voice made out of some kind of silk-like substance and writes moody acoustic songs that tug at any heartstrings you may still have left. This is her much anticipated debut which on initial listen could draw comparisons with early Laura Marling.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks
Turtle Dove

Stanley Brinks, perhaps better known as Andre Herman Dune, follows two collaborative albums with The Wave Pictures by collaborating with Norwegian Folk group The Kaniks. Recorded on a remote Norwegian island and inspired by midnight swims and midnight beer drinking, Brinks and the Kaniks recorded three albums. Turtle Dove is the first to see the light of day. Pressed on blue vinyl and housed in gatefold sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dennis Callaci
A Bed of Light

Delightful, rough and ready, quirky, lofi indie pop songs that fans of stuff like Smog will absolutely lap up.  Mostly known for his huge amounts of work in the band Refrigerator, and having gone under monikers even his own press mock him for, A Bed of Light is Dennis Callaci’s first actual solo album.

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. Oh, and one from brother Rufus too! Out on Play It Again Sam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Warhaus
We Fucked A Flame Into Being

Maarten Devoldere is one of the frontmen in Balthazar, but he is also Warhaus. This project is all about late-night songwriting, in the vein of previous moody artistes like Leonard Cohen. The guitars and synth-sounds of We Fucked A Flame Into Being are a perfect fit with Devoldere’s deep showman’s voice. Out on Play It Again Sam.

David Allred
Woods

David Allred has often worked with American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick after Allred transcribed one of his songs. Broderick describes Allred’s musical ideas as odd, honest and intriguing. On his new 10” EP, Woods,  he works with Broderick’s sister, Heather Woods Broderick, making a beautiful sound using layered vocal harmonies. Most definitely intriguing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
The Ballad Of JFK – A Musical History Of The John F. Kennedy Assassination (1963-1968)

The Ballad Of JFK - A Musical History Of The John F. Kennedy Assassination is an unusual compilation of unusual music: everything here was recorded in tribute to JFK, and much of it was only released in private pressings. That means super-rare material that is often a little odd. It makes for a great document of cultural history: thanks Iron Mountain Analogue Research!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Cass McCombs
Mangy Love

Cass McCombs is now established as a songwriter of the highest order. Mangy Love is lyrically his darkest record yet, all seen with his uniquely aware and often humorous eye. Musically it’s experimental soul, warped psychedelia, rock, hip-hop and beat poetry that shapes the album's upbeat and immediate sound. Guests include Angel Olsen and Blake Mills. Mangy Love was produced by Rob Schnapf.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Day Of The Dead EP

Remember that 'Day of the Dead' mammoth compilation thingy the National curated? Well 4AD have released a limited edition 12" vinyl of the four song 'Terrapin Station (Suite)' with folks from Grizzly Bear, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, TV on the Radio, Sonic Youth and of course the National present. All profits with go to the Red Hot Organisation to help fights HIV and AIDS around the world. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Gui Gui Sui Sui
Black Books


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

Slim Cessna's Auto Club
The Commandments According To Scac

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club really really like the dark gothic underside of American life, and The Commandments According To Scac was apparently written with Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner in mind. The music is a good match, with a soulful old-timey folk-American feel. Released by Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Woods
City Sun Eater In The River of Light

City Sun Eater In The River of Light is the ninth LP by Woods, the American alt-folk-rock troupe with a psychedelic, even jazzy approach to their sound. As only their second recording made in a ‘proper’ studio, the sound is crisp and clear, but not lacking in the oddness either. The album is available on whatever format best takes your fancy: CD, cassette tape, or gatefold-packaged LP. On Woodsist.

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