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Matt Elliott
The Calm Before

Matt Elliott launched his career with ferocious albums of experimental drum and bass under his The Third Eye Foundation alias, but on his subsequent solo work he’s focused that energy on inventive folk and acoustic music. The Calm Before continues this approach with six pieces of delicate ...view item »

Karl Blau
Introducing Karl Blau

Karl Blau chooses to introduce himself with a carefully-selected array of country covers, each taken from a fertile period in Nashville’s history. Townes Van Zandt, Tom T. Hall and The Bee Gees...view item »

Jeff Buckley
You and I

The recordings on You and I are a remarkable find for Jeff Buckley fans: a clearly-recorded studio session of the great man, performing solo. Covers of The Smiths, Bob Dylan and Sly & The Family Stone are accompanied by previously-unheard spins on 2 originals. This ...view item »

Bert Jansch
Avocet

Please note the limited versions are now OOP! Earth Recordings have gone above and beyond on this phenomenal reissue of Bert Jansch’s Avocet. Not only do you get Jansch’s gorgeous and varied folk songs, but newly remastered recordings and stunning packaging. The CD is a uniq...view item »

Tanya Donelly
Swan Song Series

Tanya Donelly founded Throwing Muses. And also The Breeders. And also Belly. So she certainly knows what she is doing when it comes to left-of-the-mainstream songwriting. Most of the contents of Swan Song Series were previously released as digital EPs: now they are gath...view item »

Dark Dark Dark
Wild Go

This is pretty interesting. Dark Dark Dark play piano-led chamber folk with predominantly girl vocals. It's dark-tinged but not as downbeat as their name would have you believe. More brooding than maudlin, I want to compare them to The National but there's a sense of wonder here that I don't get from that band. Similar kind of shuffling propulsi...view item »

Meilyr Jones
2013

Meilyr Jones’ album 2013 is intended to convey to the listener the experience of being Meilyr Jones during the year 2013, which it achieves through the medium of broadly orchestrated melodic pop songs. As well as Jones’ vocals, we have trombones, choirs, french harps, bassoo...view item »

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 R...view item »

Sir Richard Bishop
The Freak Of Araby

The Freak of Araby is the new guitar action from Sun City Girls virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop. Any album that makes me want to do foreign dancing is alright by me and all I can think about at the moment is getting up and doing some sort of mental tango-y flamencoizing all over the office, maybe wearing some tassles on my nips and wielding a sexual ey...view item »

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 traditio...view item »

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 relea...view item »

Nick Drake
A Treasury

A Treasury is a fifteen track compilation of songs by the incomparable folk singer/songwriter Nick Drake. It was originally released in 2004. It includes tracks from his three studio albums Bryter Layter, Five Leaves Left and Pink Moon and one tracks from his odds-and-ends album Time of No...view item »

Mark Kozelek
Sings Favorites

Mark Kozelek, formerly of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon, sure keeps busy. Here he is with a piano-and-voice-based album of covers, taking in choice selections from artists like Modest Mouse, Bob Seger and David Bowie. Sings Favourites ...view item »

Various
Heartworn Highways – Original Soundtrack

The documentary film Heartworn Highways and its soundtrack perfectly captures the time when country troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, among others, began to wrestle the credibility of country music back from the shiny over-production that was going on in Nashville...view item »

Shirley Collins
English Songs Volume 2

Back in her early days English folk singer Shirley Collins released a series of 7"s for the Collector Records label. These rare artefacts are now being re-issued and this Volume 2 is (confusingly) the third of the EPs. Shirley this will be most sought after things this Record Store Day (ok..ok..look, please don't judge me, I'm trying my best). &...view item »

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...view item »

Margo Price
Hurtin' (On The Bottle) / Desperate And Depressed

Jack White’s Third Man Records continues existing as a full-blown record label, with a single from new country artist Margo Price. Hurtin’ (On The Bottle) / Desperate And Depressed is classic stuff, with a country-bar swing to the music, tales of alcohol dependency and melancholy in the lyri...view item »

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad is a collection of classic American Railroad songs recorded by Billy Bragg and American singer/songwriter Joe Henry as they travelled, by train, the best part of 3000 miles in four days between Chicago and Los Angeles. The recordings were ...view item »

Robert Wyatt
Comicopera

I've heard bits of Robert Wyatt material over the years but I'm no expert. I do know that he's somewhat of a legendary singer songwriter that was robbed of the Mercury music prize by some cheeky monkey. So here we have his latest opus 'Comic Opera'.What I get from his music is that he's at peace when he's creating it. It just comes straight from hi...view item »

Max Jury
Max Jury

Max Jury is a singer/songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. He is only 23 but his classic piano-led ballads on his eponymous debut that fuse country, soul and gospel would seem to come from someone a little longer in the tooth. His sound is honed by hip-hop producer Inflo and a crack team of musicians that usually pl...view item »

Pedro Soler + Gaspar Claus
Al Viento

Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus (a father and son pairing, don’t ya know) recorded Al Viento, their second album together, in Iceland and Spain, with assistance from Valgeir Sigurössen...view item »

Fog
For Good

Fog, the project of Minneapolis man Andrew Broder, returns to recording after an entire decade away. Sincere songs about family and work, performed over bouncy electronic pop productions. For Good is a very personal collection with a lithe modern feel: worth the 10 year wait. On Totally Gross National P...view item »

Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom
Don't Believe The Hyperreal

On Don’t Believe the Hyperreal, Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom take a break from their day jobs in The Burning Hell for some sharp wit and deadpan balladry. These charming acoustic arrangements and self-aware ditties recall Jeffrey Lewis at his most confid...view item »

Cass McCombs
Catacombs

Cass McCombs has his 'Catacombs' full length out this week and it kicks off with 'Dreams-Come-True-Girl' which was the preceding single that Brian reviewed the other week so I'll skip that tune.. Okay so you probably already know the score with this guys music. He's highly regarded as being one of the kings of the current bunch of American singer s...view item »

Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Beyond The Confession

As the title of this release from Tompkins Square probably reveals, this release collects Oneida guitarist Kid Millions’ various interpretations of guitarist Harry Taussig. Taussig is an unfairly forgotten figure, and on Beyond The Confession Millions turn...view item »

Amanda Bergman
Docks

Amanda Bergman has previously released solo material as Idiot Wind, and leads the band Amason, but here is her first full-length solo work under her own name. Her mature songwriting and character-laden voice make for the kind of album that draws a listener all the way in, recalling some of ...view item »

Clare Maguire
Stranger Things Have Happened

Clare Maguire hit the depths of despair when her first album didn't work out but thankfully she got herself together, bought a sausage dog and started tentatively posting songs online. This has resulted in her second album in which she has taken control of her music once again. She has a big foghorn of a voice that veers between Lana Del...view item »

William Ryan Fritch
New Words For Old Wounds

The limited edition of 250 physical copies come housed in a 7.5" x 5.5" panoramic gatefold case made of heavy stock. The editions were printed on an antique Heidelberg press by the world renowned Stumptown Printers based in Oregon. The artwork features a series of incredibly detailed ink paintings from Sail (uselessarm). Each edition comes with ...view item »

Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever

Bloom Forever is the debut album from songwriter and former S.C.U.M. frontman Thomas Cohen. On this vinyl LP and CD his delicate vocals are matched with ornate and grand arrangements, but he doesn’t forgot his post-punk roots either. The rich and delicate folk-pop songs are often disrupted...view item »

Psychic Temple
III

Psychic Temple expand from the solo project of Chris Schlarb into a fuller-fledged band on III. His voice, and his spiritual approach to his music, somewhat recalls Josh T. Pearson, although the instrumentation and production here is rich and gorgeous where Pearson is s...view item »

Jaye Bartell
Light Enough

Light Enough is a New York record, composed and conceived of in Jaye Bartell’s Brooklyn apartment in the year following his moving there. As an active poet, Bartell has a pretty potent lyrical insight, with these intimate songs...view item »

Glenn Jones
My Garden State

This album is acoustic guitar worship at its best. Through his inventive use of alternative tunings and partial capos, Glenn breathes new life into the traditional folk instrument. Jones is a student of Fahey, but brings the raga drone zones reflecting his work as the guitarist of Cul Du Sac. This is the perfect album for a happy summer -- wheth...view item »

Bob Dylan
Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels is the thirty-seventh (!!!) studio album that Bob Dylan can count to his name, and it finds the gruff old wordsmith playing 12 cover versions. Dylan knows his way around the Great American Songbook, and he picks tunes b...view item »

I Have A Tribe
Beneath A Yellow Moon

Beneath A Yellow Moon is the full-length debut for Patrick O’Laoghaire’s solo project I Have A Tribe, following on from an EP recorded with Villagers. It certainly feels like a s...view item »

Little Annie
Trace

Little Annie’s recent career has included a published volume of her prose and a collaborative album with Baby Dee, but this is the first time she has put out an album under her own name since 2007! Trace is a welcome return, pu...view item »

The Jayhawks
Paging Mr. Proust

The Jayhawks deserve legendary status. Their fusion of alt. Country, power pop and laid back sing-a-longs has been delighting fans for 31 years now. Paging Mr Proust is their 9th studio album and first since 2011’s Mockingbird Time. For this release, the band return to their classic line-up of Gar...view item »

Elliott Smith
Heaven Adores You Soundtrack

Heaven Adores You is a new documentary on the beloved Elliott Smith, and this release contains the soundtrack. Interestingly the filmmakers didn’t just use Smith’s ‘Greatest Hits’: instead, this collection is full of rare treats, such as Smith’s first TV ap...view item »

Uncle Tupelo
Still Feel Gone

The reliably excellent Music On Vinyl reissue Uncle Tupelo’s second album on 180 gram vinyl. Still Feel Gone consolidated the band’s pioneering blend of jagged American angst and heavy alt-country melancholy. Some of the songs also show the experimental direction that Jeff Tweedy wou...view item »

Cass McCombs
Wit's End

Cass McCombs recently announced that he would only be doing press interviews by letter. Good on him I say, journalism has become so lazy these days ever since email came into being. Cut and paste, cut and paste. Leaving all that aside, something has obviously got into Cass in recent times, with an album called 'Wits End' containing a track calle...view item »

William Fowler Collins & James Jackson Toth
Under Stars and Smoke

William James Fowler (Mesa Ritual) and James Jackson Toth (Wooden Wand) each imbue their music with the atmospheres of their respective home states New Mexico and Kentucky. The result, as heard on their debut collaboration, the Under Stars and Smoke LP, seems to be a my...view item »

Petra Haden
Petra Haden Sings : The Who Sell Out

Here, Petra Haden takes one of the strangest (and best?) albums from The Who’s catalogue and makes it stranger. The Who Sell Out, the band’s advertising-themed experimental pop record, is performed in full by...view item »

Petra Haden
Imaginaryland

Petra Haden is a total boss at performing fully-fledged instrumental pieces using only her voice. Here on Imaginaryland, she sings material by Enya and Johann Sebastian Bach as well as a range of originals, always through a multi-tracked chorus of inventive vocal techniques. This is her...view item »

Tim Kinsella
Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors

Tim Kinsella of Joan of Arc and Cap’n Jazz shares some of his solo songwriting with the world, cutting back the branches of other instrumentation to let things stand with just voice and guitar. Firecracker In A Box Of Mirrors is a lot less violent-sounding that its title suggests:...view item »

Jake Bugg
Gimme The Love

Jake Bugg works out his unusual-sounding flow over a swaggering rock-as-hip-hop instrumental on this preview of his forthcoming album On My One. He insists that the listener Gimme The Love, and sounds pretty worked up about it: both vocal and production have an aggressive heft to them. 7” single on Virgin...view item »

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 &l...view item »

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....view item »

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 D...view item »

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 book...view item »

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....view item »

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,...view item »

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 Harv...view item »

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. ...view item »

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, alth...view item »

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 ro...view item »

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 ...view item »

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...view item »

PJ Harvey
White Chalk

PJ Harvey: 'White Chalk' Her eighth album and one which I shall in no way try to sum up in the limited amount of time I have to do so. Polly reminds me of the world of single minded women, artistic and personal integrity. Listening to her music I'm taken to a world of frailty, complexity, brutality and beauty. I wouldn't call myself a huge fan but ...view item »

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...view item »

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 Har...view item »

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 t...view item »

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 appar...view item »

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 o...view item »

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 ma...view item »

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....view item »

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, f...view item »

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. ...view item »

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 uniq...view item »

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 ...view item »

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...view item »

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 ma...view item »

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?...view item »

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 feat...view item »

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. ...view item »

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, a...view item »

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 (A...view item »

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 ...view item »

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”, vi...view item »

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...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 »

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 accompan...view item »

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...view item »

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 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
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...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 »

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 Christma...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 »

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 »

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 ...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 »

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 performa...view item »

Destroyer
Destroyer's Rubies

The 2006 album from Destroyer, Destroyer’s Rubies, reissued by Merge. Smart indie-tinged pop of the high-quality you’d expect from Dan Bejar. The (double) LP edition comes with a useful download code, and the download code comes with an exciting, exclusive bonus track, the 24-minute ‘L...view item »

Robyn Hitchcock
Love From London

This is a more produced album with a full band, but Robyn's songwriting brilliance and artistry shines through every step. As expected, he makes magical use of more contemporary sounds, styles and techniques. Love From London fits in well with the rest of Robyn's catalog, maintaining his high standards both musically and lyrically. "Harry's Song" s...view item »

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