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.  
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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.

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
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • CD (ANKST140)
  • £11.99 £6.00 (saving: £5.99)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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

King Creosote
Astronaut Meets Appleman

A new sweeping solo record from King Creosote. A lot of the material on Astronaut Meets Appleman is quietly epic, with instrumental contributions from a range of talented players of a range of interesting instruments (e.g. bagpipes, harp, violin) all woven together into a potent whole. Out on Domino.
  • 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

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.
  • Vinyl LP (Fika051lp)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP (SHR184)
  • £20.99 £10.50 (saving: £10.49)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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.
  • Vinyl 10" (oscarson no. 08)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • 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

Gui Gui Sui Sui
Black Books


  • Vinyl 7" (MP 91)
  • £4.99 £2.50 (saving: £2.49)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • 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.

Lisa Hannigan
At Swim

Folkie Lisa Hannigan has made two solo records of sparse musings and has previously worked on improving the works of Damien Rice. Her new one, At Swim, has both the lightness and dramatics that characterise her work, and Aaron Dessner respects her sound by producing the record with a thinking space homeliness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ryley Walker
Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

I would have happily waited ten years for another Ryley Walker album if it showed even half the brilliance of 'Primrose Green' but here is another one already. Walker is one of the most vital songwriters out there today and early indications of this oddly titled opus show that his lush ornate guitar playing is intact along with a sound that could be linked to fellow Chicago types Tortoise and Jim O' Rourke. The world should be excited.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Paul White
Beulah

Beulah is the debut album by John Paul White - the male half of popular Grammy award winning altish-country duo The Civil Wars. Plaintive yet ambitious, Beulah takes in folk ballads, campfire songs, gothic acoustic pop and a bit of swamp-drenched southern rock. No doubt fans of his previous band will love this accomplished album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
En Anglais

En Anglais was a rare delight from french singer Francoise Hardy, as she rarely sang in english. One of the leading singers in the yéyé period in France. First released on vinyl 1968 it features Hardy performing covers or reworkings of rock, folk and pop songs. These include songs by Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, The Shirelles, and Buddy Holly  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
Message Personnel

Glamorous French smoothness from Francoise Hardy circa 1973. Message Personnel was produced with Michel Berger, who provided rich, sleek string arrangements that elevate the songs to a high level of cinematic drama. The perfect accompaniment to your coolly nonchalant and highly fashionable French life. Vinyl reissue on Warner France.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
Entr'acte

Oozing beauty and cool since the mid ‘60s, Parisian singer, actress and all-round icon Francoise Hardy is somewhat of a cult figure in this country whilst being hugely popular in France. Entr’acte is her 19th album and was originally released in 1974. This gem of a record often gets overlooked in among her huge body of work but its pleasing folk rock stylings and Hardy’s understated, breathy delivery make it well worthwhile.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Wovenhand
Star Treatment

Come burn the barn with Wovenhand and their countrified punk rock. For those not in the know, these folks were sprung from the imagination of David Eugene Edwards, who usually played in 16 Horsepower. One might argue this band had a more blistering pace and allowed Edwards to go a bit harder, with thrashing drums, flailing guitars and a hard rock vocal boom. 'Star Treatment' is a ragged, raucous record and, hey, guess what, Steve Albini's studio recorded it. 

Jonny Fritz
Sweet Creep

With Sweet Creep Jonny Fritz takes a bit of a step away from the country formula. Keeping the poignant and heart-warming storytelling but replacing the barnyard/hay-bale/Conway Twitty setting with a more isolated experimental feel, backed up with subtle electronic swirls and hypnotic, rhythm box percussion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8 : The Private Press

Some reissues are of albums that have slid quietly out of print since initial release, but some are like Imaginational Anthem Vol. 8: made up of records that were privately pressed and thus scarcely ‘released’ at all. You have almost certainly never heard of these artists before, but they all turn out to be remarkable acoustic guitar talents. A real treat, on Tompkins Square.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chelsea Wolfe
Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe uses her fifth album to plumb the depths of the subconscious, via the medium of music that alternates between her intimate, close mic-ed murmurs and crashing heavy rock action. There is a strong sense of purpose in Abyss’ brutal contrasts: Wolfe has made a very good record here. On Sargent House.

Tricca / McNiff
Southern Star

Emma Tricca and Jason McNiff, firm folk friends, joined to pen three songs each to record their mini album, ‘Southern Star’. McNiff is a celebrated songwriter and you may know Tricca from her work with Andy Votel’s Finders Keepers family. Themes link New York, European cities in the rain and train travel. 10" EP on Dell'Orso. Adorabile.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neil Young & Promise of the Real
Earth

Neil Young is no stranger to the live album having released 7 of them previously. On Earth, he is backed by Promise of the Real, a band fronted by Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micha. The songs are plucked from classic albums Ragged Glory (1990) and After The Gold Rush (1970) along with his latest studio album The Montesano Years. The album runs for an uninterrupted 98 minutes and contains songs that Neil Young has written about living on our wonderful yet fragile planet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 folk standards, only using his guitar and the occasional piano accompaniment from White. Among the covers are Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe", Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" and the good old "On the Road Again". 'A Letter Home' is interspersed with Young reading out a letter he's written to his late mother. Bless you, Neil.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trevor Sensor
Starved Nights of Saturday Stars

Trevor Sensor is only a young thing (just 22 years of age), but he’s managed to set himself up early for a good career by sounding like he’s had his share of tough times already. His voice has plenty of gravel and character in it : why, it’s almost unique! Starved Nights of Saturday Stars is his first EP for Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joana Serrat
Cross The Verge

Joana Serrat plays an Americana-infused kind of grown-up pop music: the choruses sweep grandly in a radio-friendly manner, but the instrumental textures (provided by members of Slowdive, Cowboy Junkies, The Wooden Sky and more) feel like something more. Cross The Verge, Serrat’s third album, is out on Loose Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Devil Makes Three
Redemption & Ruin

The Devil Makes Three call themselves a bluesgrass folk punk band, and for this monster 12 track cover album they’ve looked back at their wide scope of influences, covering Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Willie Nelson, and Tom Waits in their own inimitable dusty red velvet saloon way. Filled with sorrow and sin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

DM Stith
Pigeonheart

DM Stith presents his first solo record in 7 years: a carefully-brewed record of songs for voice and electronics. Stith’s voice is slick and soulful, but his modular synth-heavy instrumental textures explore all sort of territory: it feels like they are only half shacked to the songs. Pigeonheart is an interesting one, out on Outset Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Plantman
To The Lighthouse

Plantman is the solo outfit of Matthew Randall, formerly of Beatglider. His third album To The Lighthouse sounds instantly well-worn and lived in, like a small family house somewhere by a river in Mid-West America. Obviously, that’s a big compliment: this is some fine-feeling Americana songcraft. Released by Arlen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nathan Bowles
Whole & Cloven

Modern banjo excursions and new folklore are two of Nathon Bowles favourite things, though there's much more to the guy: his official focus is drumming, and his previous record saw him make dark ambient for pianos and sing over abrasive country tunes. Whole & Cloven is yet another example of his music's breadth, a gorgeously woven narrative piece with longform instruments to rival Basho and simple, mantra-filled tunes for listeners to gather around. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jinnwoo
Strangers Bring Me No Light

Jinnwoo is set to bless us with an LP! ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ illuminates via a motley bunch of singing pals: Alasdair Roberts, Malcolm Middleton, Kyla La Grange, Rachael Dadd, Ben Walker and more. Will they all have things on their chest they need to confess? We can’t wait to find out. Vinyl and CD on GFM.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jane and Barton
Jane and Barton

Well we all remember Jane's 'It's a Fine Day' don't we? Don't we? Y'know the a cappella track that ended up being the base for Opus III's ...um 'It's a Fine Day'. Well that is here, as are a load of tracks featuring Jane and Manchester eccentric Edward Barton who had fingers in various pies through the '80s. Members of A Certain Ratio pop up from time to time too.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
Johannesburg

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are nice. 

Lou Rhodes
theyesandeye

Listening to Lou Rhodes’ solo work (she also makes up half of Lamb) immediately pulls the listener right back to the 1970’s, living in a treehouse somewhere during a long, attractive summer. She has captured some essential essence of that era’s classic folk-rock: partly voice, partly songwriting, partly production, partly just feel. Fourth album theyesandeye is out on the Nude label
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Channel D
Unravelling

Channel D is Nick de Grunwald, writing and singing songs of doomy fear from within lo-fi structures of electronics and guitars. Plenty of grit to be enjoyed on Unravelling, whether from Grunwald’s dramatic vocals or from the punch of a drum machine. CD or heavyweight silver vinyl editions available, out on the Straight Lines Are Fine label.
  • Vinyl LP (SLAF15)
  • £17.99 £9.00 (saving: £8.99)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ben Seretan
Bowl Of Plums

After his self-titled debut turned into something of a sleeper-cult hit record, Ben Seretan is back with more lush open-eyed pop songs. Embracing sound, music and the world in general, Bowl of Plums is about the richness you can find by accident if you just keep your eyes open. Think Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Blind Pilot
And Then Like Lions

It's a sad fact that many of the best album come after periods of loss. Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker has cultivated this album after the death of his father and the end of a relationship. Therefore it's going to be a sad affair though at times uplifting as Nebeker looks to the future. Blind Pilot have performed on ‘Ellen’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ shared stages with the Shins, Andrew Bird and Calexico which gives you some idea of where they are coming from. 

L.A. Salami
The City Nowadays

From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band: in fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician. Ahead of his forthcoming debut full-length album he releases The City Nowadays, a big statement of a single with confessional / political lyrics and large brass-powered choruses. 7” on Sunday Best.

Moon Bros.
These Stars

Chicago has always been a great city for improvisers, and this project, led by Matt Schneider, takes full advantage of that fact. On These Stars, Moon Bros. is Schneider plus members of Iron & Wine, Tortoise and Cairo Gang, with the band pulling his guitar songs into all sorts of directions. On Western Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Stephen Steinbrink
Anagrams

Now Stephen Steinbrink's previous album 'Arranged Waves' was one of my favourite albums of...um...what year was it again? A truly, undervalued classic. This is his follow up and early indications show the same jangling soft pop at play, perhaps with a few more '70s FM radio influences but that is never a bad thing. Lovely gentle music for fans of Jose Gonzalez, Elliott Smith, Real Estate etc.    

Bess Atwell
Hold Your Mind

Bess Atwell is well known around the folk circuits of Soho and Brighton, but her inspiration is drawn from the hazy beauty of the South Downs where she resides. She delivers earnest declarations with a voice like a mountain stream, much too deep for her 21 years. Produced by Michael Smith from 12 Dirty Bullets.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Seasick Steve & The Level Blues
Cheap

This is the very first album from everyone’s favourite (presumably-former?) hobo bluesman Seasick Steve, recorded in 2004 with a pair of Scandinavians (The Level Devils). Cheap sounds cheap, but it's also full of heart and soul and gnarly guitar, presented raw and unadulterated. Reissued by There’s A Dead Skunk on CD and vinyl.

Rusalnaia
Rusalnaia

Rusalnaia is the transatlantic collaboration of 2 highly singular folk musicians: Philadelphia, USA’s Gillian Chadwick and England’s Sharron Kraus, who did such good work with Robert Plant a while ago. Their 2007 debut, never before released on vinyl, sounds strange and haunted and misty and beautiful, a highlight of each artist’s catalogue. Reissue on Feeding Tube Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate

British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has made an album in Love & Hate that embraces the long playing format. It’s a dynamic, nuanced collection that will find you reaching for the headphones for its more intimate moments. Whilst his debut LP Home Again recalled the classic soul of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, Love & Hate expands on that base introducing psychedelic elements to its contemporary freeform feel. The album was produced by Grammy winning US producer Danger Mouse and up and coming UK producer Inflo.

Faun Fables
Born of The Sun

Faun Fables are an alt. folk duo comprising of Dawn McCarthy, who is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and Nils Frykdahl. They have been making music since 1998 and in 2004 signed to Drag City. Born Of The Sun comes six years after their last album, Light of a Vaster Dark.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Conner Youngblood
The Generation of Lift

Singer-songwriter Conner Youngblood takes a lot of inspiration from Sufjan Stevens, having apparently nailed the crucial Sufjan trick of surrounding simple, beautiful melodic songcraft with ornate and intriguing instrumentation. He pulls it off pretty well on The Generation Of Lift, his second EP. 12” on Counter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dwight Yoakam
Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day

Since when have we sold Dwight Yoakam records? Since Jack White told us we had to seemingly. Here is the legendary honky tonk country singer as produced by Jack White bashing out a couple of spritely covers namely 'Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day' (made famous by the Monkees) and 'High on the Mountain of Love' (made 'famous' by Kenny Lynch). 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mendrugo
More Amor

Mendrugo is a collaboration between American singer/songwriter Josephine Foster and brothers Victor and Jose Luis Herrero,'Hermanos Herrero' from The Victor Herrero Band. Using Andalusian musical tradition as their starting point on More Amor, the trio create a unique celebration of song with verve and flair.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
The Essential Johnny Cash

Say no more: it’s The Essential Johnny Cash. Cash is probably the country artist with the widest crossover appeal, and this double LP compilation shows off why. Early stuff, late stuff, prison stuff and live stuff is all included, as well as duets with June Carter Cash and Bob Dylan. Firm classics all. 2LP on Sony.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Driftwood Manor
For The Moon

The Driftwood Manor are Irish, and play Irish folk, but there is a little more to their music than that. The deep traditions of their country are cut with rock attitudes, traditions from other parts of the globe, and even a few dashes of electronics. The old style, but done in a slightly new style. Fourth album For The Moon is released by Folkwit Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

L.A. Salami
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Directors Cut

From the name, L.A. Salami sounds like a Californian punk band. In fact, he’s a UK ‘postmodern blues and urban folk’ musician, and Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut is his debut album. Salami utters confessional / political lyrics on a wide-range of songs, some quiet and subtle, others big and brassy. Out on Sunday Best.

M. Craft
Blood Moon

M. Craft plans his music in a lonely desert cabin: his sound is very much a personal response to this beloved isolation. Bloodmoon began as several hours of piano improvisations, which were then cut down and pressed into the format of proper songs, with Craft’s vocals, percussion from Seb Rochford and some sweeping orchestral arrangements completing the picture. On Heavenly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Paperhead
Africa (Live)

A part of the Third Man Live series from Jack White’s Third Man Records we have a live 7” of the song “Africa” by The Paperhead which is backed with an unreleased track titled “Little Kid Blues”. This is some heavy blues with some banging drums and strong vocals. The press release calls it a “future-classic” but it could easily have been a classic from the past.

Rick Redbeard
Awake Unto

Rick Redbeard is the solo alias of Rick Anthony, principal member of Scottish cosmic rock dudes The Phantom Band. Awake Unto is his second solo album and follow up to No Selfish Heart. Redbeard is influenced by the folkish poetic musings of Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan and Michael Hurley. Awake Unto, like his debut, covers themes of love, sex, death and dreams but here the ambiguity is replaced by a more head-on approach.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Khun Narin
II

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop songs. Released by Innovative Leisure.

Samara Lubelski
The Gilded Raid

Samara Lubelski shines in all sorts of genres, from free-improvised sound exploration to thick, heady drones. Here on The Gilded Raid, she plays like a 70’s folk-rock songwriter extraordinaire, only with more out-there production: the songs here are sheathed in radiant sonic magic. Great stuff from Lubelski, on Drawing Room Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Steve Gunn
Eyes On The Lines

Steve Gunn presents a sun-strained album of American songcraft, big on invented characters and the natural environment. The band he’s managed to assemble here is impressive: Norman harp favourite Mary Lattimore for starters, but also major talents like Nathan Bowles and Hans Chew. Eyes On The Lines is out on Matador Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs

The low-key name case/lang/viers and the subtle promotion around this album shields the fact that this is Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Viers we are dealing with here, 3 top-of-the-line singer-songwriters. The star quality shines through this smooth collection of grown-up pop music, released by Anti.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michele Stodart
Pieces

Michele Stodart formed indie-pop band The Magic Numbers with her brother Romeo Stodart. Pieces is her second solo album. Musically it’s mainly Michele and an acoustic guitar although her ear for melody remains strong. Its subject matter is intentionally vague but covers life and weathering adversity.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Emily Jane White
They Moved In Shadow All Together

Emily Jane White has been one of the darlings of the neofolk scene, with her sad yet poppy songs roaming our heads for days. For her new album, Emily’s worked with producer John Vanderslice, whose recording studio offers a spacious dimension to They Moved in Shadow All Together. With him, she's created a record full of haunting pop songs. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark

The Felice Brothers are favourites of Uncut Magazine and make a soulful mix of rock, country and folk. The five-piece, who hail from Palenville in the Catskill Mountains, recorded and self-produced Life In The Dark in the garage of a farm in upstate New York. Expect catchy melodies, joyous harmonies and a good ol’ time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Peter J Smyth
Black Smoke

Peter J. Smyth has probably already transported you and your third eye into cosmic psych-realms in the past as part or Mugstar, but this solo album takes a rather different tack. Black Smoke relies on acoustic, not electric guitars, and clean finger-picking rather than distorted riffing. What a powerful multi-talented musician! Red vinyl on God Unknown.

Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 1

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), themed this release (the first in a series of 3, we are told) around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. This heavy subject matter leads to intimate music, with each song of Thankful Villages Vol. 1 exploring the space and feel of an individual village. CD / LP release on Rivertones.

The Magnetic North
Prospect Of Skelmersdale

The Magnetic North are a group firmly dedicated to a sense of place: here they follow up their last record, Orkney Symphony, with Prospect Of Skelmersdale, a set of songs grounded in the titular town. More than a touch of hauntology is present in these yearning folkish numbers. On Full Time Hobby, with the CD version presented in a bookpack casing.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ben Watt
Fever Dream

Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But The Girl (with Tracey Thorn), returns to his initial starting point as a solo singer-songwriter. Fever Dream is an intimate set of traditional songcraft, recorded with help from musicians including M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger. Released on Watt’s own Unmade Road label.

Ohioan
Empty / Every Mt

If you like the rich musical traditions of both the Appalachian mountains and the North African deserts, you’ll fall absolutely madly in love with the music of Ohioan, who takes in aspects of both and makes something new. This vinyl release of Empty / Every Mt is green and ‘bone’ coloured, and is released by Gold Robot.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter