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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.
  • Vinyl LP (WOODSIST085)
  • CD (WOODSIST085CD)
  • Tape (WOODSIST085MC)

Jozef Van Wissem
When Shall This Bright Day Begin

The wild man of the lute is back with When Shall This Bright Day Begin on the Consouling Sounds label. Jozef Van Wissem has built a reputation as a technically skilled and eccentric improviser, borrowing from experimental music, folk and pre-twentieth century classical forms. On this CD or vinyl LP Van Wissem ventures into darker territory, with a bleak and powerful collection of songs.
  • Vinyl LP (SOUL0065LP)
  • CD (SOUL0065)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Morley Loon
Northland, My Land

Morley Loon came from Quebec, and his derives from the traditional Cree culture in which he grew up. Northland, My Land is an insight into a hidden culture, and an excellent set of folk sounds. These reissues are remastered from the original tapes, and come with a booklet of original Cree and translated English lyrics, as well as photos. On Future Days Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (FDR621LP)
  • CD (FDR621)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dr. Dog
The Psychedelic Swamp

Dr. Dog are at last releasing their long-schemed big concept album: and so, The Psychedelic Swamp. For a taste of just how psychedelic the record is, just take a look at the cover art… In fact, the band somewhat recall The Flaming Lips here, both in sound and in grand sweeping ambition. CD and ‘swamp green’ vinyl editions.
  • CD (8714092740622)

Woodpigeon
T R O U B L E

After taking a hiatus from music Woodpigeon returns for his sixth album of delicate indie-folk. These sad acoustic tales of loneliness and heartbreak have been stripped down to the bare essentials, making TROUBLE a raw and uncompromising listen. On CD and vinyl LP from Where Its At Is Where You Are.  
  • Vinyl LP (WIALP040)
  • CD (WIACD040)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Terry Allen
Juarez

Terry Allen is known for his visual art, but he should be known for this 1975 concept album about the borderlands between the USA’s southern states and Mexico. Country music with an arty approach, songcraft with the narrative verve of a novelist. These CD and LP reissues of Juarez add booklets of artwork and essays. On Paradise Of Bachelors.
  • Vinyl LP (POB026LP)
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  • CD (POB026CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Spookyland
Beauty Already Beautiful

The first thing you’ll notice about the sound of Spookyland is likely to be the unusual vocals of Marcus Gordon: an accent from australia via some alien region. He fully inhabits the world of his voice and songwriting though: Beauty Already Beautiful is a bold and dramatic debut album and no mistake. Out on Play It Again Sam.
  • CD (PIASR850CDX)
  • Vinyl LP (PIASR850LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kacy & Clayton
Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton sound like a fall through some time tunnel to the 70’s folk days of Fairport Convention and the like. Kacy Anderson’s vocals are sheerly beautiful and cousin Clayton Linthicum is a dab hand with a guitar. Strange Country synthesizes various British and American folk forms and creates something compelling and fresh. On New West.
  • CD (NW6349)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Family Of Apostolic
The Family Of Apostolic

The Family Of Apostolic is a strange and rare album, a way for John Townley to live out his vision of wild happenings in his decked out New York studio. 19 people contributed to this one-off record, which pushes 60’s-era folk-rock and many more genres through all manner of studio wizardry. This reissue on Future Days Recordings should open it up to a few more ears.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FDR613LP)
  • CD (FDR613)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David Bowie
Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68 -72

Bowie At The Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions ‘68 - ‘72 compiles the finest moments from across 12 different sessions, so there was plenty of material to choose from. This release is also the first time that this collection of early David Bowie has been pressed to vinyl! Quadruple LP set, with a booklet, on Warner Bros.
  • Vinyl LP box set (0825646095285)

Richard J. Birkin
Songs For Spoken Words EP

Designed to be consumed as a companion piece to poetry (available to read from an app at songsforspokenwords.com), Songs For Spoken Words by Richard J. Birkin features six instrumental works for guitar, string quartet and electronics. Limited to 250. Out on One-sided cream coloured vinyl 12" from Time Travel Opps.
  • Vinyl 12"
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl

William Fitzsimmons
The Pittsburgh Collection

William Fitzsimmons is an American singer-songwriter with a deeply intimate approach to his craft: he has no fear of baring his soul to the listener, with his Pittsburgh series being themed around his 2 deceased grandmothers. This release pairs Volume One, Pittsburgh, with the new mini-album Charleroi, gathered on one LP. On Gronland
  • Vinyl LP (LPGRON159)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Giant Sand
proVISIONS

proVISIONS is Giant Sand’ 2008 record, reissued now by the Fire label. As well as main Sandman Howe Gelb, this double-disc collection also features vocal assistance from Neko Case, M Ward and Isobel Campbell, while PJ Harvey finds her ‘The Desperate Kingdom Of Love’ covered. Desert-music with plenty of atmosphere.
  • CD (FAME042CD)

Blind Alfred Reed
Appalachian Visionary

Dust to Digital continue their incredible work reissuing lost folk, gospel and blues albums with Blind Alfred Reed’s Appalachian Visionary. These recordings from 1927 and 1929 are extremely rare and showcase Reed’s covers of hymns as well as his own old-time compositions for violin. These rich and joyous songs are full of witty lyrics about depression-era life and emotive instrumentation.
  • CD (DTD-48)

Seamus Cater
The Three Things You Can Hear

On The Three Things You Can Hear, Seamus Cater primarily uses a vintage duet concertina, carefully restored from dusty-junk-shop-condition by Cater himself. The instrument’s unusual sound dominates the record, although instrumental guests Johnny Chang and The International Nothing add plenty as well. Edition of 300, on Nearly Not There Records.
  • Vinyl LP (NNTR 01)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kyle Craft
Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft is a singer-songwriter with a very bold vocal style: he doesn’t restrain himself, that’s for sure, hollering his guts out as he delivers his impassioned lyrics. Dolls of Highland, his first record for Sub Pop, has a grand sweep to it, recalling the drama of gospel music and the tang of original rock and roll. Released in CD, LP and special ‘Loser Edition’ LP versions.
  • Vinyl LP (SP1164)
  • Vinyl LP (SP1164X)
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  • CD (SPCD1164)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

Sturgill Simpson has deep country heritage, not to mention a premium country band backing him, but third record A Sailor’s Guide To Earth isn’t quite a straightforward country album. For one thing there is the cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom, but there is also the modern twist to the production, and the brass of The Dap-Kings. On Anti.
  • Vinyl LP (0075678668296)
  • CD (0075678666698)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gimmer Nicholson
Christopher Idylls

Gimmer Nicholson was a Memphis musician who kept himself firmly out of the limelight: so much so that this 1968 album is his only recorded work, despite years of involvement in the scene. Christopher Idylls is a prescient set of guitar instrumentals lightly augmented with electronics. This Light In The Attic release is the first ever vinyl release for this gorgeous, mysterious record.
  • Vinyl LP (LITA128)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

This joint album from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is the strangest and most natural of collaborations. The groups have different methods (Justin K Broadrick with abrasive post-metal and Mark Kozelek with acoustic ballads and dark wit) but on America's Most Wanted these combine alongside bleak textures and melancholy guitars. This CD album on Rough Trade and Caldo Verde Records also has an all-star cast of indie icons, from Bonnie "Prince" Billy, to Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.
  • Vinyl Double LP (RTRADLP797)
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  • CD (RTRADCD797)

Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Sand City / Ocean Parkway

On guitar, Steve Gunn! On drums, John Truscinski! Together, this duo lock in together for some mind-expanding improvisations, covering a broad range of territory. Delicate sonic meditations, explosions of noisy ecstasy, and much in between. Sand City / Open Parkway gathers together 2 out-of-print albums into one gatefold 2LP set. On Three Lobed Recordings.
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPTLR117)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jerusalem In My Heart
If He Dies, If If If If If If

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh has had a long relationship with Constellation, Montreal's banner-label for post-rock and any experimental music that grows from its roots. He's produced records for post-punkers Ought and avant-jazz artist Matana Roberts, made albums with folk-warper Eric Chenaux, and he also makes records under the moniker Jerusalem In My Heart. Mo7it Al-Mo7it, his debut record, collated stuttering electronics with improvised buzuk playing. His new record, the gorgeous If He Dies, If If If If If If, sees the two aspects of his sound interact more formally, while also incorporating field recordings of the Lebanese ocean and steadfast flute drone.
  • Vinyl LP (CST114LP)
  • CD (CST114CD)

Mark Wynn
The Singles

Pissed-off wordsmithery from Mark Wynn, labelmate and recent tourmate of Sleaford Mods. The Singles compiles the highlights from a range of hard-to-find self-released CDs, a selection of acoustic frustration with an excellent bleak humour. 500 LP copies with a 20-page booklet of visual materials, on Harbinger Sound.
  • Vinyl LP (HARBINGER158)

Jon Hopkins
Insides


  • Vinyl Double LP (DS015LP)
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  • CD (DS015CDS)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bianca Casady & The C.i.A
Oscar Hocks

There is more to Bianca Casady than her role in CocoRosie: she also produces material with her group The C.i.A. Oscar Hocks, the first album from the project, is a dark set of closely recorded songcraft, Casady’s voice wandering into near-Newsom territory at times. CD or limited (1000 copies) LP edition on FANTASY Music.
  • Vinyl LP (FAN4LP)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Birthday Blues

Hey there Bert, I know the feeling. You've just turned twenty-one and you're hoping for a loving appraisal from all your friends, but instead you end up eating pizza and watching The Room in bed. Birthdays, huh? Initially released in 1969, 'Birthday Blues' sees Bert Jansch make slight modifications to the jazz-folk sound apparent in his band The Pentangle, toying with off-kilter instrumentation and also tributing his love of blues. Nice to hear a legend work things out, isn't it?
  • Vinyl LP (5414939921599)
  • CD (5414939921605)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Rosemary Lane

Bert Jansch’s seventh and last album for Transatlantic closed off his incredible run of folk material released through the label. With both original numbers and interpretations of traditional songs, Rosemary Lane is a sparse, but beautifully rich collection. This reissue on Sanctuary has been remastered from the original tapes.
  • Vinyl LP (5414939921629)
  • CD (5414939921636)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Victoria Hume
Closing EP

The Lost Map label have really outdone themselves with this collection of experimental songwriting from Victoria Hume. On the surface the songs on Closing EP are compositions for piano, voice and strings, but within these limits they contain diverse, rich and highly emotional sounds that mark Hume as an exciting new artist.
  • CD (GRAT 009)
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Hanging Stars
Over The Silvery Lake

Debut full-length from The Hanging Stars, a London gang who spent time in California during the recording of the album. Whatever is in the air out there seems to have seeped into Over The Silvery Lake, which stretches itself out in classic 60’s style, as if on a cool-breeze beach. Out on The Great Pop Supplement.
  • CD (CRO003)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Birdy
Lost It All


  • Vinyl 7" (0825646482320)
  • Limited edition

Glen Hansard
A Season On The Line

The actor man who wants to be a musician trope is epitomised no better than in Glen Hansard, who has released some pleasant Americana records and deftly tributed the music of Jason Molina like no other. This is an actual new EP of material to follow on from 'Didn't He Ramble', tied into RSD for ease, probably, featuring two live "favourites" that now worm their way into an official release.
  • Vinyl 12" (8714092746914)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Son Volt
Live at The Bottom Line

Upon the parting of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy went Wilco while frontman Jay Farrar kickstarted Son Volt. His alt-country team released debut album 'Trace' in '95, an homage to honky tonk that stayed true to Farrar's musical obsessions. A live album came with the deluxe edition of 'Trace', and now it stretches out for its own LP release. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (0081227947576)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Glenn Jones
Fleeting

On Fleeting, for the Thrill Jockey label, Glenn Jones’ guitar fingerpicking is sounding rich, complex and more beautiful than ever. Jones’ unconventional tunings and ability to interlink dense melodies makes him an icon of American Primitive and Takoma school guitar playing. His unique style is perfectly balanced between technical skill and emotive playing.
  • Vinyl LP (THRILL408LP)
  • CD (THRILL408CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richmond Fontaine
You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To

Richmond Fontaine have a name that sounds like a solo artist, but don’t be fooled: this is a band through and through. You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back To, their tenth album, is another gorgeous, heavily-laden alt-country sprawl. The band is accompanied for the first time by members of The Delines and The Decemberists. Available in regular editions, and in a deluxe LP version with exclusive bonus CD.
  • CD (DECOR38CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Susanna
Triangle

Susanna returns with her eleventh album, fresh from her highly-regarded collaboration with Jenny Hval. Triangle is a sweeping and spiritual record, and features performances from Helen Money, Moskus and Supersilent, all supporting Susanna’s fascinating and ornate musical vision. Released on SusannaSonata.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SONATALP026)
  • CD (SONATACD026)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ashley Shadow
Ashley Shadow

Having previously worked with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lightning Dust and The Organ, Ashley Shadow is now ready to make her debut as a solo artist. This self-title album contains 9 songs that are lyrically grounded in Shadow’s experiences with marginalised populations in her hometown Vancouver. Out on Felte.
  • Vinyl LP (FLT027LP)
  • CD (FLT027CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Melancholy Mood

Initially a tour-only 7" from what I imagine was a very low-key, DIY kinda Bob Dylan tour, "Melancholy Mood" sees its very own RSD release. This piece of wax generously donates four songs from the rock icon's upcoming record 'Fallen Angels', which will hopefully be good but no hard feelings if it ain't, right?
  • Vinyl 7" (88985306777)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
The Best Of The Johnny Cash TV Show

The Johnny Cash TV show was apparently a thing where the honourable country groover would be like, "hey, here's another country groover that isn't me", and we would see for ourselves how their music fared. Cash would perform too, of course, because how can you curate content if you can't also create it? This RSD compilation features the show's best and brightest performances, including Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Cash with Lynn Anderson, Tammy Wynette and a rather fantastic coupling of Cash and Joni Mitchell (doing "Girl From The North Country", no less!). Also, Ray Charles does "Ring Of Fire". Pretty cool.
  • Vinyl LP (88875195531)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andrew Bird
Are You Serious

Andrew Bird is one of those reasonably popular singer songwriter types who just sits under most peoples radar. Maybe all this will change with this new record which has been scrubbed a little more than previous discs for potential mass appeal. Expect stories in song and dusty Americana that is not afraid of being rootsy. 
  • Vinyl LP (7239052)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Vinyl LP (7239001)
  • CD (7239345)
  • CD (7238997)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trembling Bells
Wide Majestic Aire

Wide Majestic Aire is a ‘mini-album’, containing 7 songs-worth of Trembling Bells’ grounded-but-adventurous folk-rock. A sense of place is crucial to this record: as well as Yorkshire, signified by the River Aire (which happens to be spitting-distance from Norman Records, fact-fans!), Oxford, London, and the general English countryside are all invoked. On Tin Angel.
  • Vinyl LP (TAR057LP)
  • CD (TAR057)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trembling Bells
Who Call The Law?


  • Vinyl 7" (TARRSD3)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
Savage Amusement

Savage Amusement is Michael Chapman’s 8th album and was recorded in 1976. It finds Chapman’s folk guitar stylings augmented by fellow guitarists Tim Renwick (Al Stewart) and Andy Latimer (Camel) whilst the rhythm section is supplied by drummer Keef Hartley and bassist Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span). Peter Wood (Al Stewart) and Muscle Shoals session player Leo LeBlanc complete the band on keys and pedal steel respectively.
  • Vinyl LP (SECLP138)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever (single)

Bloom Forever is the first single to be taken from Thomas Cohen’s debut album of the same name. The former S.C.U.M. frontman returns with a refined sound that relies on his diverse folk and pop songwriting skills and soft vocals. This vinyl 12” is released by Stolen records and is the perfect introduction to his rich and ever so slightly psychedelic sound.
  • Vinyl 12" (SR082)

Roo Panes
Paperweights

Contemporary folk-inspired pop (or is it pop-inspired folk?) from the heart of rural Dorset. Roo Panes follows up last year’s debut Little Giant with Paperweights, a collection of 10 tracks that probe “a place of deep personal expression [while] resonating with universal truths and values”, via voice and guitar. Out on CRC Music.
  • Vinyl LP (CRC021V)
  • CD (CRC021CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
Fish

Michael Chapman, the old folk guitarist from Leeds, has had a bit of a career renaissance of late. He has a long list of admirers from the American alternative music scene such as Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham and Bill Callahan, which has probably helped. He is about to turn 75 so what better way to celebrate than release a new album, Fish.
  • Vinyl LP (TSQ5203)
  • CD (TSQ5197)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brannten Schnure
Sommer Im Pfirschhain

Brannten Schnüre are a dark, dark folk project from Germany. Mournful songs (some taken from the Greek rebetika tradition) are swathed in thick cloaks of atonal accordion, flute and guitar, for a beguiling and intriguing experience. Sommer Im Pfirschhain won’t comfort you on a winter night, but it will affect you. Released on Aguirre.
  • Vinyl LP (ZORN39LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 More Rain with confidence, producing a strong suite of uptempo songs. On Bella Union.
  • CD (BELLA521CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lapsley
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 Lapsley largely self-produces. On XL Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (XLLP754)
  • CD (XLCD754)

Josephine Foster
No More Lamps In The Morning

The basically incomparable Josephine Foster is back with No More Lamps in the Morning on CD and vinyl LP. Her gorgeous and strange voice dominates these recordings, which are blend of new material and unusual covers of her own work. Her poetry is combined with that of James Joyce and Rudyard Kipling and accompanied by guitars and cellos that are both beautiful and dissonant.
  • Vinyl LP (FAME002LP)
  • CD (FAME002CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
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 compilation on Numero Group.
  • CD (NUM58CD)

Lontalius
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 is a melancholic set of songs with lashings of electronics. On Partisan Records.
  • Vinyl LP (PTKF2129-1)
  • CD (PTKF2129-2)

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 and interests. Released on Wharf Cat Records.
  • Vinyl LP (WHC043LP)
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Quilt
Plaza

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-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (MEX2061)
  • CD (MEX2062)

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 point too. This album is released by New West.
  • Vinyl LP (NW5122)
  • CD (NW6343)

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. Taking in influences from the re-invigorated deep house scene, pop, dub as well as folk it's central themes are optimism, joy and hope. Released on 180g Vinyl or digipak CD versions.
  • Vinyl LP (DS107LP)
  • CD (DS107CD)

Aurora
All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend

Decca release the debut of singer songwriter Aurora. On All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, her ambitious and dark songs are grounded in big, complex arrangements of horns, synths and plenty of other diverse instruments. She also sang the intimate Oasis cover from the 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad.
  • Vinyl LP (4737927)
  • CD (4737926)
  • CD (4737077)

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.
  • CD (ER1206)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 by Shape Records.
  • Vinyl LP (SHAPE029LP)
  • CD (SHAPE029CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, Hefner and Withered Hand among others). Out on Fortuna Pop.
  • CD (FPOP193CD)

Bonnie Prince Billy
There Is No God


  • Vinyl 10" (RUG421T)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bonnie Prince Billy / Matt Sweeney
Must Be Blind


  • Vinyl 10" (RUG400T)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 themes of his debut and concentrates on delivering some delicious, hazy psych-pop. Available as limited indies only coloured vinyl, standard vinyl and CD, on Trouble In Mind.
  • Vinyl LP (TIM105LP)
  • Vinyl LP (TIM105LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (TIM105CD)

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 ridiculously catchy melodies. CD and LP on Frenchkiss.
  • Vinyl LP (FKR0801)
  • CD (FKR0802)

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 orchestral sweep and electronic action. Out on Glitterhouse.
  • Vinyl LP (GRLP856)
  • CD (GRCD856)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Quilt
Quilt


  • Vinyl LP (MEX0991)
  • £15.49 £9.29 (saving: £6.20)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 happy working with banjos and tablas and hushed vocals for Elephant Island. Out on Mule Musiq.
  • Vinyl LP (MM195)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 instrumentation and Annabel’s whispered vocals chillingly crawling across the sweeping instrumentation. For fans of Jessica Pratt, Julie Byrne and Cat’s Eyes.
  • Vinyl LP (ZEN219)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Idyll Swords and Spatula. He has surrounded himself with musicians of a similar mind to help create his vision. The album opens with Americana-infused raga guitar and shows why Johnson is a famed fingerpicker throughout.
  • Vinyl LP (TIM104LP)

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 the piano. ‘Mercy’ even has a damn gospel choir. This self-titled new record is a bold step forwards. Released by Merge.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG548LP)
  • CD (MRG548CD)

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.
  • Vinyl LP
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 bar piano and energetic fiddle sound lovely.
  • Vinyl LP (88875168971)
  • CD (88875168962)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 nature with an awareness of the new technological age. Second Love was produced by Dave McCracken, whose production credits include Beyonce, Deus and Ian Brown, along with Swedish songwriter and producer Ludwig Goransson. Tom Fleming from Wild Beasts makes a guest appearance too. On Bella Union.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA530V)
  • CD (BELLA530CD)

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.
  • Vinyl LP (GRLP817)
  • CD (GRCD817)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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: Getting divorced, being homeless, hitting the big 5-0 and being a father of two. He flirts with folk, country and pop and has drawn comparisons to Squeeze, Stephen Duffy and Kevin Rowland. Whilst not making his own music, his guitar mastery has meant that he is an in-demand session player. He has worked with Lee Hazlewood, Petula Clark, Shirley Collins and...er….Harry Hill.
  • Vinyl LP (STR001LP)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 he is backed by a band that features Roger Joseph Manning Jr of Jellyfish, Jason Faulkner and Taylor Locke. Guests include Susannah Hoffs, Jon Brion and Nels Cline and Pat Sansone from Wilco.
  • Vinyl LP (0816651014927)
  • CD (0816651014866)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Eerie Wanda
Hum

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 available, on the Beyond Beyond is Beyond label.
  • CD (CDBBIB026)

Crystal Shipsss
Dirty Dancer


  • Vinyl LP (NOIS1109LP)
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John Cale
Music For A New Society

An interesting move here from John Cale, who is simultaneously re-releasing his 1982 album Music For A New Society and producing a wholly new version, M:FANS. This vinyl release of the original album includes an additional 3 bonus tracks that were previously unreleased. LP with download code on Domino.
  • Vinyl LP (REWIGLP93)
  • CD (REWIGCD93S)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy is back, and he’s brought some pals along too. Bitchin Bajas make an experimental din of synthesizers and horns and together they make Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties a strange and fascinating collaboration. This vinyl LP, CD or cassette is a gleeful combination of minimalism and lyricism.
  • Vinyl Double LP (DC648)
  • CD (DC648CD)
  • Tape (DC648CS)

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 is his most sonically broad work yet. Help comes from Ben Salisbury, who provided electronics and arrangements for the Bristol Ensemble Orchestra, and Billy Fuller and Geoff Barrow of Beak>.
  • Vinyl LP (GRLP856)
  • CD (GRCD856)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 folk album to spin through the long Winter nights with a cup of something hot.
  • Vinyl LP (WOODSIST083)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Harlowe
Harlowe

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 that hangs like a black cloud over the landscape. 300 copies only of the 10” vinyl edition. On Consouling Sounds.
  • CD (SOUL0057)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Emma Pollock
In Search of Harperfield

It has taken nearly six years but Emma Pollock has finally followed up her marvellous album The Law Of Large Numbers with  In Search of Harperfield. The album nods in the direction of great female artists such as Kate Bush, Sandy Denny, Dusty Springfield and Kristin Hersh whilst Emma’s vocals recall the talents of Annie Lennox and Siouxsie Sioux. Emma’s songwriting ability and gift for melody set her apart from the pack. The album was produced by fellow ex-Delgado Paul Savage. In Search of Harperfield will please fans of The Delgados and is already regarded as one of the best albums in the Chemikal Underground cannon.
  • Vinyl LP (CHEM211)
  • CD (CHEM211CD)

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 informative liner notes.
  • CD (TSQ5210)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy
Solemns


  • Vinyl 12" (RUG514T)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Bonnie Prince Billy performs mostly solo, although there is accompaniment from Dave Heumann on four of the tracks.
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP374)
  • CD (WIGCD374)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 down a bit compared to his solo debut. CD or 180g LP on Fortuna POP!
  • Vinyl LP (FPOP195LP)
  • CD (FPOP195CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Amy Ray of Indigo Girls. Released by Merge.
  • Vinyl LP (MRG536LP)
  • CD (MRG536CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 beautifully arranged and orchestrated songs range from simple folk ditties to ornate pop songs.
  • Vinyl LP (WEST119LP)
  • CD (WEST119CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marlon Williams
Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams hails from New Zealand, where he has won awards for this, his debut full-length album. Marlon Williams showcases the man’s sensitive baritone with dramatic cover songs picked out from decades of narratively-engaging hits. LP and CD editions, with a special coloured vinyl edition exclusive to independent retailers. On Dead Oceans.
  • Vinyl LP (DOC112LP)
  • Vinyl LP (DOC112LP-C1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • CD (DOC112CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Nau
Mowing

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 distinctive.
  • CD (SSQ141CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ben Abraham
Sirens

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 performances. Available on double vinyl LP or CD.
  • Vinyl Double LP (SC330LP)
  • CD (SC330CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ralegh Long
Hoverance

‘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’ is an intimate composition of rich instrumental arrangements awash with deep longing and heartbreaking piano tones. Featuring contributions from artists such as Tom Dougall (TOY), Jack Hayter (Hefner), Louis-Phillipe (El records, The Clientele) and indie-pop orchestra A Little Orchestra.
  • Vinyl LP (GDNLP007)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 exactly what happened. Here Come The Rattling Trees has been performed in several places in London throughout 2014 and now the album, which is full of typically intelligent, soft and melodic moments, is available for you to enjoy. Lyrically, it has a story arc that focuses on Amy. Amy meets several characters who, in turn, tell their own story. CD and LP on Drag City.
  • Vinyl LP (DC638)
  • CD (DC638CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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’s vocals give a powerful human energy to each track. Out on Bella Union.
  • Vinyl LP (BELLA492V)
  • CD (BELLA492CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aidan Knight
Each Other

Aidan Knight and his band of squires (I’m so sorry) have imbued the songs on Each Other with a delicate melancholy, carried through by thoughtful lyrics, bold and spacious production, and lots of interesting textures. You’ll feel sad and comforted all at the same time. Released by Full Time Hobby.
  • Vinyl LP (FTH248LP)
  • CD (FTH248CD)

Hearts Hearts
Young

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 the Tomlab label.
  • Vinyl LP (TOM147LP)

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 reissue by Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (FDR615LP)
  • CD (FDR615CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
Mon Amie La Rose

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Mon Amie La Rose is her 1964 album: the year she became a major player. Sleek and beautiful recordings full of period flair, fully remastered from the original mono tapes. Reissue on Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.
  • Vinyl LP (FDR616LP)
  • CD (FDR616CD)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Villagers
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 green vinyl edition with bonus tracks on the download code.
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP368)
  • CD (WIGCD368)
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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