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Current 93
The Moons At Your Door

Brand new material from erstwhile avant-mystiks Current 93. The Moons At Your Door will accompany the anthology of David Tibet’s writings of the same name (coming soon), and contains two side-long tracks of deep mystique. CD or white vinyl edition, each version containing unique artwork by ...view item »

Lee Hazlewood
Something Special

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. Something Special, his third album for MGM, is somewhat stripped back compared to the rest of the trilogy: more like a late-night bar than an epic orchestral studio. Fully remastered from the original tapes with a bonus track thro...view item »

M. Ward
More Rain

M. Ward has produced a lot of excellent music over the years, as a solo artist, with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him, and with members of My Morning Jacket and Bright Eyes as Monsters of Folk. Some heritage eh? He consequently dives into Mo...view item »

Long Way Home

Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, a highly-capable singer and producer of mournful neo-synth-soul. Long Way Home documents some of the wild changes that have resulted from the success of previous albums. This personal touch carries through every aspect of Long Way Home, as ...view item »

I'll Forget 17

It isn’t too easy getting attention in the music business when you are 18 years old and living in New Zealand, but Eddie Johnston aka Lontalius seems to have managed it, with attention paid by Ryan Hemsworth, Lorde and the Red Bull Music Academy. I’ll Forget 17...view item »

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music

Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music looks at the extremely commercially successful genre of 70’s US country-rock through a less familiar prism: private press labels. So less familiar artists like Plain Jane and The Black Canyon Gang get their chance to showcase their style. CD / double LP c...view item »

David Vassalotti
Broken Rope

David Vassalotti leads the 4AD group Merchandise, but this album finds him striking off on his own: he writes, performs and produces every track on Broken Rope, and is also responsible for the artwork. Consequently, what we hear here is a clear representation of Vassalotti, his loves an...view item »


Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie...view item »

Lily & Madeleine
Keep It Together

Sisters Lily & Madeleine make a laid-back folk with jazzy edges and on Keep it Together have drawn together all the elements of their past releases. Their songwriting is strong and their dual vocals are charming. The pair have released on Sufjan Stevens label and his sound a good reference p...view item »

Steve Mason
Meet The Humans

Steve Mason of the Beta Band recorded this album with Craig Potter, best known as the producer and chap on the keyboards for Elbow. The follow up to Mason's ‘double political concept album’ ‘Monkey Minds In The Devil’s Time’ this is a more straightforward and accessible undertaking. Tak...view item »

Giorgio Tuma
This Life Denied Me Your Love

On the surface Giorgio Tuma makes a pleasant and acoustic folk-blues with plenty of lovely harmonies and finger-picking. But on This Life Denied Me Your Love there are synthesizers, orchestral arrangements and gorgeous choral vocals as well, fleshing out his lovely songcraft in the best possible way....view item »

Laura J Martin
On The Never Never

Laura J Martin is from Liverpool, and her music is grounded with a strong sense of feeling for the place. This remains true on On The Never Never, despite the fact that the record was recorded in Nashville, with a band that includes members of Silver Jews and The Jesus Lizard. Released ...view item »

Pete Astor
Spilt Milk

You’ll know Pete Astor from his work with The Weather Prophets and The Loft. Here on Spilt Milk though he strikes out solo, letting his kitchen-sink indie pop songs play out exactly as he wants them to (although he is supported by members of Male Bonding, ...view item »

Bonnie Prince Billy / Matt Sweeney
Must Be Blind

May 2011 is International No Bonnie Prince Billy Month where Will Oldham has agreed not to release any records so that someone else can have a turn. To see you through til June is this 10" which follows on from his last 10" released a few long weeks ago. The A side 'Must Be Blind' is one of his country gospel numbers that just don't appeal to th...view item »

Bonnie Prince Billy
There Is No God

...Really? Well, millions of people across the Bible Belt are gonna be pissed. I thought about that song "What If God Was One Of Us" and thought this would fit into the same category. It's not as annoying as that other song about God. It's a rather upbeat number for Billy and as a song about God it does the business. The flip side sees a muc...view item »

Doug Tuttle
It Calls On Me

It Calls On Me is the second solo album by Doug Tuttle. It follows on from his 2013 eponymous debut and his work with New Hampshire psych-rock outfit Mmoss, a band who shared members with Woods. On It Calls On Me, Tuttle leaves behind the anxious, unrequited love them...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 »

Joe Volk
Happenings and Killings

Joe Volk’s CV is an impressive thing, taking in membership of Gonga and Crippled Black Phoenix as well as a split with Boris. As a solo artist, he has often worked with deep, dark folk sounds: some of that is here on Happenings and Killings, but we also have orche...view item »


Here's another release on the ever prolific Mexican Summer label. A record which immediately is a reviewers dream as it's very quickly comparable to two bands we know and love at the towers, namely Warpaint and Vivian Girls. The music has the laid back West Coast vibe that pervades the fo...view item »

Tonight Will Be Fine
Elephant Island

Tonight Will Be Fine is the name that erstwhile collaborators Julius Steinhoff and Abdeslam Hammouda use for their acoustic-only project. After having worked in the realms of dance music for some time, it seems the duo are ha...view item »

Annabel (lee)
If Music presents: By the sea... and other solitary places

If Music is a tiny room of a record store in London Town, someone’s front room rather than a shop, it’s a great, welcoming place so do check it out. Here they present By The Sea… And Other Solitary Places by Annabel (lee). It’s a dark folk album with classical instrument...view item »

Chuck Johnson
Velvet Arc

Chuck Johnson is an american guitarist who has honed his sound and perfected his modernist American fingerpicking style over two albums: 2013’s Crows In The Basilica and 2015’s Blue Moon Boulder. His latest offering, Velvet Arc, sees him returning to areas he traversed in bands such as ...view item »

Eric Bachmann
Eric Bachmann

You know Eric Bachmann from his time in Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, but this solo record finds him breaking away from his typical character-based approach for a series of personal songs written around th...view item »

The Joy of Living
The Joy of Living

The Joy Of Living produce a quietly psychedelic, eerily folkish sound: it seems to come from a world just slightly different to ours. The eponymous record is pressed to 180g vinyl and presented in a gatefold sleeve with artwork from Stanley Donwood. Limited edition of precisely 333 copies, on Cariad Records....view item »

Loretta Lynn
Full Circle

Loretta Lynn is a beloved country and western superstar, but she is also an incredibly talented songwriter and arranger. On Full Circle, her first album in a decade, the 83-year old's songs of loss and heartbreak are as sharp as ever. She has also assembled a great band, and the mournful slide guitar, dingy...view item »

Emmy The Great
Second Love

Second Love is the third album by English singer/songwriter Emmy The Great. The title suggests a connection with her debut album, First Love on which she showed a gift for stirring the emotions with her storytelling. On Second Love, Emmy The Great balances the warmth of human natu...view item »

Nive & The Deer Children
Feet First

With Feet First, Nive & the Deer Children blend bittersweet melodies with the traditional music of their home in Greenland. Nive Nielson leads the group with her precise vocals and delicate ukelele playing, but there’s plenty of unusual instruments and lovely folk harmonies from the band as well....view item »

Pete Aves
See How

See How is the first album by ex-High Llama’s guitarist Pete Aves since 2007’s You, Me & Bill WIthers which garnered favourable reviews from Uncut magazine. Pete’s ability as a songwriter have been shaped and informed by life-changing experiences of the past decade: Gettin...view item »

Bert Jansch

Bert Jansch records are always worth hearing, and this 1973 album is certainly no exception. Moonshine finds Jansch in a particularly traditional mode, and includes the likes of Ralph McTell as guests. This reissue is especially worth it for the amazing design of this release: the circu...view item »

Emitt Rhodes
Rainbow Ends

Rainbow Ends is the fifth album, but first since 1973, by Emitt Rhodes. Rhodes was the principal songwriter in the short-lived ‘60s American psych-pop band The Merry-Go Round. He followed his time in the band with four solo albums of melodic, McCartney-esque sunshine pop. On Rainbow Ends ...view item »

Songs For Walter
Songs For Walter

Songs For Walter is a new project from Laurie Hulme (Beat The Radar). The idea is that he writes from the perspective of Walter, his late grandfather. Consequently, these indie-troubadour tunes are highly intimate experiences...view item »

Eerie Wanda

Eerie Wanda is a project led by Marina Tadic, working with a band that includes members of Jacco Gardner’s group. Hum, the debut collection from the project, is a softly-spoken yet weighty thing, each song bouncing along but with a melancholy undercurrent. CD and LP editions avail...view item »

Joe Volk
Happenings & Killings

Joe Volk’s history lies with bands of great heaviness: Gonga and Crippled Black Phoenix in particular. As a solo artist he delves into melancholy songwriting, and Happenings & Killings...view item »

Cian Nugent
Night Fiction

The album cover immediately tells you of the type of dusk-drenched folk that Cian Nugent is gonna deliver here on Night Fiction. Recorded in Dublin, the album contains much of Nugent’s simple guitar skills but also brings in a band with bass, drums, organ and vibes. All the instruments meld to create a fol...view item »


Harlowe is a new collaboration of CHVE (the solo project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout of Amenra), Lucy Ann Kinsella and members of Hessian and Oathbreaker. Together they’ve produced a mournful collection of dark folk music tha...view item »

Roscoe Holcomb
San Diego State Folk Festival 1972

Here we have the old-time banjo and guitar player Roscoe Holcomb, captured live at the San Diego State Folk Festival in 1972. Holcomb’s fingers flow over the strings like liquid, and his keening voice tears out over the top. Genuine American folk music, reissued on the Tompkins Square label with i...view item »

The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy

The Marquis de Tren (aka the Dirty Three’s Mick Turner) and Will Oldham have met before, 13 years ago, to record the now-classic ‘Get On Jolly’ EP - reissued to coincide with thi...view item »

Bonnie Prince Billy
Pond Scum

Pond Scum by Bonnie Prince Billy is a compilation put together from the Peel Session archives. This collection spans an eight year period and includes versions of classics such as Death To Everyone and (I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit. The arrangements are much more sparse than the originals as Bonn...view item »

Steven James Adams
Old Magick

Steven James Adams made his name in Broken Family Band, but now singer-songwriters solo. Old Magick is his second solo record, a melodic and thoughtful outing. Personnel on the record includes members of The Drink, but Old Magick finds Adams stripping things do...view item »

Mount Moriah
How To Dance

Mount Moriah are back with a third album, ready to teach you How To Dance. Heather McEntire and her crew play Southern-tinged rock with firm riffs and excellent vocal harmonies, plus proper low-slung groove skills. Guest vocals come from Angel Olsen, Mirah Zietlyn and ...view item »

Carter Tanton
Jettison The Valley

The second solo work from ex-Tulsa frontman Carter Tanton. The gorgeous folk and pop songs on Jettison the Valley were all written whilst Tanton was visiting England and he also recruited Marisa Nadler and Sharon Van Etten to lend him some vocals. These beautifu...view item »

Michael Nau

On the surface Michael Nau is a singer-songwriter. He has a charming honeyed croon and plays a range of instruments. But the little pop songs and experiments on Mowing are far too strange to just call him that. Weird arrangements, oddball samples and a general air of catchy eccentricity make this extremely disti...view item »

Ben Abraham

Born in Melbourne, this indie-folk artist has been quietly refining his delicate songwriting in the build-up to his debut, Sirens. Ben Abraham has built a reputation as a powerful and emotive live singer-songwriter, and this album on Secretly Canadian reflects those simple and affecting performa...view item »

Ralegh Long

‘Hoverance’  is English singer/songwriter Ralegh Long’s debut album on the London based Gare Du Nord records. Heavily influenced by seventies folk songwriters such as Nick Drake and Laura Nyro and the pastoral English countryside surroundings Young looked out over across his piano as he wrote the album, ‘Hoverance&rs...view item »

Promise & The Monster
Feed The Fire

Promise & The Monster is the project of Billie Lindahl, a Scandinavian songwriter and instrumentalist with a dramatic flair. Feed The Fire, produced along with Love Martinson, is a set of songs with a rich production style, with a strong 1960’s flavour to it. Lindahl...view item »

The High Llamas
Here Come The Rattling Trees

Whilst lamenting the new direction of The High Llamas on a regular cycle around his particular corner of South-East London, Sean O’Hagan decided to give the next album a narrative structure. Because of this, he also decided that the story within the songs must be performed as a play first. And that’s...view item »

John Cale
Music For A New Society / M:FANS

An interesting move here from John Cale, who is simultaneously re-releasing and re-interpreting his 1982 album Music For A New Society. The new version, M:FANS, is unlikely to be confused with the original, as it is laden with very modern electronic production, often coming through as a weird kind of R&B. T...view item »

Hearts Hearts

Debut album from Hearts Hearts, a group proud to combine the various disciplines of electronica, traditional heart-on-sleeve songwriting and contemporary classical music. On Young they keep every element carefully under control, creating sparse soundscapes of strings, drum machine beats and mournful vocals. Released on ...view item »

Dylan Leblanc
Cautionary Tale

Third record from Dylan LeBlanc, following on from two releases on a major label that apparently didn’t work out so well for him. Lots of the material on Cautionary Tale deals with his consequent drunken sadness, his impressive voice carrying the melancholy very well indeed. Out on Single Lock Records....view item »

Francoise Hardy
Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour is only her second record, but her self-penned songs already sound perfectly Hardy. A sleek set of recordings, carefully remastered and reissued on 180g vinyl...view item »

Francoise Hardy
La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi

Pop star, style icon and Dylan fraterniser Francoise Hardy gets a light shone on her work with a fresh reissue of La Maison Ou J’ai Grandi. Originally released in 1966 at the height of London and Paris’ musical powers, this international work showcases the singularity of her talent. Out on CD and vinyl LP fr...view item »

Jim Ghedi
Home is Where I Exist, Now to Live and Die

Solo guitarist Jim Ghedi built up the material for Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live And Die while travelling through Northern Europe, and the restlessness and the exposure to different lives that travel brings is all audibly present here on this record. Ghedi’s traditional folk sensibility plus ...view item »

Streethawk: A Seduction

The 2001 album from Destroyer, Streethawk: A Seduction, properly reissued. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar: indeed, this early album was one of the albums that established his remarkable reputations, containing many fan favourites. CD or LP editions avai...view item »

Rodney Graham
Good Hand Bad Hand

Rodney Graham is well-known within the art world for his self-portrait focused photographic and film artworks, but music has always been crucial to his practice. Good Hand Bad Hand proves it, demonstrating his lyrical singer-songwriting. The LP sleeve, naturally, contains a self-portrait. On The Vinyl Factory....view item »

CHVE / Nate Hall

CHVE is the solo project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout, the frontman of Amenra. To accompany his recent voice and hurdy-gurdy triumph RASA, Consouling Sounds are reissuing his very first solo track, from 2012, when he was dabbling with minimalist folk. 7” vinyl, with a solo track from ...view item »

Conrad Keely
Original Machines

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead singer and guitarist Conrad Keely releases a double vinyl LP and CD on Superball Music. Original Machines is Keely’s first release and displays his distinctive guitar playing, and singing, in new contexts. Here the arrangements are more elaborat...view item »

Meilyr Jones
How to Recognise a Work of Art

Meilyr Jones new single How To Recognise A Work Of Art is taken from his solo debut album 2013. Its a broadly orchestrated melodic pop number, built out of Jones’ melodramatic vocals, choirs, french harps, bassoons and some horns that parp out a particularly catchy refrain. 7” singl...view item »

Where Have You Been All My Life

Where Have You Been All My Life is a live-in-the-studio collection of reworkings of songs from the last 3 Villagers albums. The record successfully gets down for posterity the new, more intimate takes given to this material over the last few years of touring. Available in regular formats and also an indies-exclusive gre...view item »

Paul Weller
I'm Where I Should Be

Paul Weller’s latest album was Saturns Pattern, and I’m Where I Should Be is the third single to be taken from it. Weller’s been in the game long enough that both we and he know what a Paul Weller song should sound like: accordingly, this track does land just ...view item »

Richard Hawley
Hollow Meadows

Sheffield’s favourite classic-style rock singer-songwriter Richard Hawley returns to your stereos with Hollow Meadows, album number eight in his oeuvre. Hawley broods and ponders on mature subject matter, backed by arrangements both richly orchestral and grittily direct (especially when Ha...view item »

Kelley Stoltz
In Triangle Time

Kelly Stoltz has a slick hand for off-key indie pop, throwing out busily layered, craftily written, joyously performed numbers like it ain’t no thing. In Triangle Time he increases the synth quotient, but still keeps things close to the ground. Twelve fun tracks, out on John Dwyer’s energeti...view item »

Joey Herzfeld and His So Called Friends
….Are Watching You

Joey Herzfeld writes songs that might be described as whimsical and traditional (a view possibly influenced by his moustache and choice of instrumentation). His So Called Friends turn out to include excellent improviser Alex Ward, as well as members of Nought and The Thu...view item »

The Wainwright Sisters
Songs In The Dark

Martha Wainwright teams up with her sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche for what I believe to be the first time. The resultant Songs In The Dark is a beautifully intimate thing, all the more so because many of the songs they sing were penned by parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate M...view item »

Bert Jansch and John Renbourn
Bert and John

Bert Jansch and John Renbourne are, quite rightly, two highly respected figures in the British folk tradition. Apparently they shared a flat at the time of Bert and John, and that intimacy really comes through in the sound of these pieces. Their delicious guitar lines mesh around each perfectly. Remaste...view item »

Sam Amidon
But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted

I’ve not seen a title that suggests an interesting story quite so vividly and concisely as this one for quite a while: But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Excellent stuff. The record is the 2005 ‘true’ debut of Sam Amidon, and it had never app...view item »

Jeb Loy Nichols
Long Time Traveller

Jeb Loy Nichols sits in both the country and the dub camps for this record. Long Time Traveller features Adrian Sherwood producing, and members of Roots Radicals and Dub Syndicate merrily reggae-country-ing. The album has been remixed and resequenced since its original,...view item »

Vashti Bunyan
Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

Vashti Bunyan: 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (Singles & Demos 1964 to 1967) (Fatcat) A limited two CD set and double LP (we'll revert to the single CD edition when it's gone) that covers her early period of released and unreleased singles, restored acetate demos, archive tracks and the opener and title track supplied by Jagger-Richar...view item »

Steve Warner
Steve Warner

Is there no end to the supply of under-appreciated 1970’s private-pressed singer-songwriters waiting to be rediscovered and reissued? Seemingly not. Although when the quality remains so high, it is hard to complain. Steve Warner’s 1979 debut (and only) album is sweet and melodic whilst also being strange around the e...view item »

This Night

The 2002 album from Destroyer, This Night, properly reissued on vinyl by Merge after a Record Store Day exclusive release a few years ago. Smart indie-tinged epic pop of the high quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. CD or double vinyl LP editions available, the LP coming with  a handy downloa...view item »

Paul Weller
Pick It Up

The Modfather, Paul Weller has yet again acheived great critical and commercial success with his 12th studio album Saturns Pattern. Pick it Up is the latest single to be taken from Saturns Pattern to coincide with his tour and is backed with the non-LP version of the track, Pick it Up Dub...view item »

Brian Wilson
No Pier Pressure

Brian Wilson’s first dedicated solo album since 2008 (and possibly his last). No Pier Pressure features a host of collaborators from She & Him to Kacey Musgraves, with original members Al Jardine and David Marks popping in for a helping hand. Anything from Wilson is worth your time. Out on 2xLP vinyl from Virg...view item »


Adele returns! I see she’s sticking to the age-themed album titles, so here we have 25. You can expect to hear about 5 of these tracks in heavy circulation over the next year, so get in early and hear them in the context of the record! More grandiose pop-soul, showcasing that unfathomably popular voice (and those ...view item »

Richard Hawley
I Still Want You

Mmmmm, drink in that rich baritone… Richard Hawley is in full-on grizzled romantic mode for I Still Want You, a single taken from his recent Hollow Meadows album. He continues to pull off the trick of sounding totally classic without being regressive. The only thing that lets down this 7” is the ve...view item »

Cass McCombs
A Folk Set Apart

A Folk Set Apart by Cass McCombs is an anthology of rarities, b-sides, and what McCombs refers to as Space Junk. The songs span an eleven year period, from 2003-2014. Fans will be delighted with this - but it will also entice new listeners, who can use it as a gateway to his back catalogue. Available on 19-track CD and ...view item »

Lucinda Williams
The Ghosts of Highway 20

Brand new album from Lucinda Williams, a true country music veteran. The Ghosts of Highway 20 is a weighty collection of American storytelling, Williams performing with a band that includes Bill Fris...view item »

Till It's All Forgotten

Originating from the Nordic mountain valleys of Valdres, London based Farao makes emotionally intense, explorative, celestial pop music that reflects the serenity and depth of the majestic landscape of her homeland. ‘Till It’s All Forgotten’ comprises ten tracks composed and orchestrated almost exclusively by this ethereal mult...view item »

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams has covered Taylor Swift’s album, 1989 in full. Yes - you heard me right. Ryan Adams made some wonderful, soulful alt. country with his band Whiskeytown and as a solo artist. This is seems to be a bit of an odd one though - can he turn the music of...view item »

Seamus Fogarty
Ducks and Drakes EP

With a name as quintessentially Irish as Seamus Fogarty, you can be sure that you’re getting treated to a music steeped in folk tradition. Ducks and Drakes follows his debut album, progressing the alt-folk lineage further into some interesting directions. Fusing field recordings with electronics and his well-infor...view item »

Charlie Hilton

Charlie Hilton has spun off from her band Blouse for this debut solo record. Palana, produced with the help of Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), is a shiny array of tuneful psychedelic pop, Hilton’s cool, stately vocals in the centre of i...view item »

Kevin Morby
Moonshiner / Bridge to Gaia

Kevin Morby wrote these two tracks as a result of two rather different experiences: one was reading a book, the other was a holiday in the Portuguese city of Porto. Moonshiner / Bridge To Gaia is a pair of lovely little guitar-led tunes, Morby’s deep vocals setting the whole thing off with a thoug...view item »

Okkervil River
Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

A pretty special collection here. A 3CD or 3LP release to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River. In the set comes Black Sheep Boy, Black Sheep Boy Appendix and a previously unreleased album made six months before Black Sheep Boy came out; Th...view item »

Joshua Burkett
Gold Cosmos

Gold Cosmos, first released in 2001, represents the moment that Joshua Burkett invited other people into his hushed, intimate weird-folk world. Chris Corsano, Matt Valentine and Ben Chasny (of Six Organs Of Admittance) all contribute, making this a wond...view item »

I Have A Tribe
No Countries

I Have A Tribe is an artist of intimacy: on several of No Countries’ tracks there is little more than careful piano and his melancholy vocals leaning into your ear. One of Ireland’s bright new talents, and quite possible someone for Villagers (who has worked with I Have A Tribe...view item »

Denny Lile
Hear The Bang

Denny Lile is a figure who is, paradoxically, best-known for being unknown. That is largely as the result of Hear The Bang: The Life and Music of Denny Lile, a film about Lile, and how his strong, proto-Americana songs were sabotaged by bad luck and alcoholism. This package combines the film on DVD with...view item »

Brian Harnetty
Rawhead & Bloodybones

Brian Harnetty has made an interesting suite of music here, sliding between his own, newly produced music and 1940’s era recordings of folk music and folk tales told by children. Children’s voices will always be creepy in this kind of context, and Rawhead And Bloodybones works very well with that fact. Doubl...view item »

Israel Nash
Israel Nash's Silver Season

Israel Nash plays heartfelt Americana with a slightly woozy aesthetic, like his band Silver Season have been sitting out in the sun a little too long. I almost feel bad mentioning it, as he must get it all the time, but his voice’s similarity to Neil Young is unavoidable. That’s a bl...view item »

Neil Young
A Letter Home

On 'A Letter Home', Young retreats into his folk traditions after a couple of years incorporating drone, psychedelia and noise into his records and live sets. This record was recorded at Jack White's Third Man studio, in the kind of pay-per-use recording booth you would've found way back in the day. Young stepped in and recorded these covers of ...view item »

Mickey Newbury / Bill Callahan
Heaven Help The Child

I enjoyed what I heard of the Mickey Newbury box set, an under-appreciated American songwriter of that particular vintage which also brings to mind the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy Webb. Here we have two versions of the same song, Newbury's early 1970's original and ...view item »

Scott Fagan
South Atlantic Blues

Scott Fagan’s debut album South Atlantic Blues was recorded and first released in 1968, but has sunk deep out of print over the years, despite associations with Doc Pomus and artist Jasper Johns. Also, Fagan turns out to be the estranged father of Stephin ...view item »

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
DILF_77 Would Like To Talk

I’ll bet you don’t own a record titled anything even close to this. Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells’ new work, DILF_77 Would Like To Chat is a mini-album of their excellent collaboration, Moffat’s gruff poetics over Wells’ chamber orchestration. The title tra...view item »

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Country Agenda

Another warm collection of country-tinged tunes from the every-improving Alex Bleeker & The Freaks. As bass player in Real Estate Bleeker knows a thing or two about intelligent songwriting - proven further here with Country Agenda - a passionate yet understated album. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Sinderlyn....view item »

Small Feet
From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean

Small Feet present their debut album, the thoughtfully titled From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean. What you’ll find here are vocally led songs with a strong sense of drama, Simon Stålhamre swooping in his voice in and out of the shuffling instrumentals. CD or LP on Control ...view item »

Elle Osborne
It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice

Elle Osborne has folk music in her DNA. She grew up among folk singers, learning to play the fiddle and write songs at an early age. It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice is her third album. All but one of the songs are original compositions, the one exception being The Copper Family’s Come...view item »

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Number 2

R. Crumb and His Cheap Suit Serenaders (a glorious name for a backing band) issued Number 2 back in 1976. In the intervening years Crumb and the boys have picked up cult appeal, and with good cause: their down-home versions of both traditional numbers and comic originals are funny and jaunty: try &lsquo...view item »

Chris Cornell
Higher Truth

This is quite a long stray from Soundgarden and Audioslave. With his songwriting ksills, Chris Cornell seduces the listener to listen to his unique voice, now in a more traditional rock setting. Maybe, above all the searing guitars of a whole grunge movement gone by, there is a Higher T...view item »

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago is the 2007 debut album by Bon Iver, who at the time consisted solely of Justin Vernon. After his band DeYarmond Edison split, and he’d suffered a bout of serious illness, he set off for a cabin in the woods to write and record the album. The resulting recording is no...view item »

Lee Hazlewood
Its Cause and Cure

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. His 1967 MGM album Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure is full of dramatic, fully-orchestrated numbers, driven by Hazlewood’s compelling drawl. Fully remastered from the original tapes and with a few bonus ...view item »

Circuit Des Yeux
In Plain Speech

Haley Fohr a.k.a Circuit Des Yeux returns with In Plain Speech. Her evocative baritone vocals evoke the fine works of Anthony, whilst the emotive content proves no less alluring. Features a raft of Chicagoan collaborators from Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) to Whitney Johnson (Verma). Out on CD and vinyl LP from Thr...view item »

Bill Ryder-Jones
A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart

Bill Ryder-Jones is the one from The Coral who left and has since forged an unlikely solo career as an acoustic troubadour. Opener ‘Hanging Song’ exemplifies his world weary approach, sounding very, very much like ...view item »

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