Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marissa Nadler
Strangers

Marissa Nadler’s music tends to be smooth, dark and dramatic: like an image reflected in the shiny black surface of a grand piano. Strangers finds Nadler writing characters, characters who often find themselves in surreal scenarios evoked by rich instrumentation. Strangers is a joint release between Sacred Bones and Bella Union, available as CD or LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 also has some guest singing from Will Oldham, Mike Patten and Mimi Parker (of Low). On Caldo Verde.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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. The film and the musicians showed their love for the folk and bluegrass roots of country music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

On the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everything All The Time, Seattle’s Band Of Horses release their fifth album Why Are You OK. The album contains all the melodic hooks and the stories the band are known for. This time however, the album is informed by top horse Ben Bridwell’s time songwriting at home whilst looking after his daughters. The album was produced by Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle with the help of the legendary Rick Rubin.

Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC
Blues From WHAT

Freewheeling psychedelic travellin' man Jenks Miller contributes to the wonderfully confused guitar sounds of Three Lobed Records with the maybe a little aggressively titled 'Blues From WHAT'. While he's making that kinda meandering experimental psych rock where the drums tumble out of place and the distortion sounds like a grumbling in your stomach (much like Charalambides), his pieces retain their own, earthy feel, as if surveying the local landmarks while being too high to see then for what they are.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

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

Charalambides
Glowing Raw

Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. This is the first time that Glowing Raw has been issued on vinyl, and it sounds all the more enveloping for it. Released by Drawing Room Records, along with a fold-out poster.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Charalambides
Strangle The Wretched Heavens

Charalambides are Tom and Christina Carter, and they have been exploring obscure regions of psychedelic improvised guitar for many years now. The deep jams of Strangle The Wretched Heavers were recorded in the mid-1990’s, and yet have retained their special feeling to this very day. Pressed to 180g vinyl and released by Drawing Room Records, along with a fold-out poster.

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 lyrics, and a full-bodied voice performing it all. 7” vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 made in waiting rooms and beside the tracks as people got on and off the train. The pair’s intention was to reawaken a connection with the culture of American rail travel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Robert Wyatt
Comicopera

It's incredibly frustrating that so many artists continue to release sub par work well into old age while Robert Wyatt has decided to retire. The only option is to go back and to listen to his older albums. The last of these to date (he says hopefully) is Comicopera  - a 2007 album featuring the likes of Brian Eno, Paul Weller and Phil Manzanera. It is of course superb and won that year's The Wire Album of the Year. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 play with Alicia Keys and D’Angelo. Mark Ronson is among his celebrity fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 and Matt Elliott. Cello and flamenco guitar dance gracefully around one another for a very atmospheric set. Al Viento is out on InFine.

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 confident. Available on vinyl LP and CD from BB*Island, the Public Enemy referencing title should be enough to convince you.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 turns his expressive guitar playing into a range of experimental drones and freak-outs.

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 Ray style introspection and massive Adele style honks. People are going to really like this backstory. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 a glass mastered matte finished CD, and a double sided lyric insert, and digital download code, offering a choice of formats including 320MP3, FLAC, 24bit WAV, etc.)

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 with bursts of distorted sounds and unusual instrumentation.

Beth Orton
Kidsticks

Beth Orton drafted in Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons to Co-produce Kidsticks. Whilst her voice is familiar, the music pushes the singer/songwriter genre to the limit. Beth Orton broke new ground mixing acoustic and electronic music on her debut album Trailer Park back in 1996, On Kidsticks she tears up the rule book again.

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 sparse. Vinyl release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

RY X
Dawn

This is Australian Ry X’s debut full-length album, a follow-up to his Berlin EP. Dawn is an emotionally frank piece of work, with Ry’s tender vocals bearing his heart over subtle instrumentals. The man’s got a pop sensibility but with a super-intimate approach. Dawn is released on the Infectious Music label.

Julianna Barwick
Will

Julianna Barwick returns with her follow up to 2013’s joyous Nepenthe. On Will the experimental songwriter still uses ambient music, but the sounds are denser. After Barwick got to experiment with a prototype Moog synthesizer, she decided to incorporate synth textures alongside her looped vocals. The results are predictabilty gorgeous.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 by the likes of Sammy Cahn and Johnny Mercer for a smooth, laid-back set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 solo album, with heartfelt songcraft that can feel almost confessional. The music is in that rich vein of American / Americana indie bands (think Midlake). On Gronland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
From The Outside

Bert Jansch has always been a reliable prospect, whether solo or in Pentangle. From The Outside, which features nothing but the good man’s voice, guitar and banjo, was first released in 1985 in a small edition on a Belgian label; what’s more, its reissue history has featured a variety of tracklistings. This Earth Recordings release gathers all tracks from all tracklistings, and remastered them too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brigid Mae Power
Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power has absorbed the true flavour of Ireland during her time living there. Although this self-titled album was recorded in Oregon, USA (with Peter Broderick), Galway remains audible. Her songs often feel like a thick, mournful dream, textured with accordions, harmoniums, and her magnificent voice. On Tompkins Square.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, putting the tradition of jazz music through the very particular style of Little Annie. Out on Tin Angel.

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 Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan and Karen Grotberg. The album is produced by none other than REM's Peter Buck.

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 appearance and some ‘Untitled Guitar Finger Picking’ recorded when he was just 14. Will prove fascinating to any Smith fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

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 mythic third landscape, expressed via bluegrass-drone. On Black Rainbow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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: in fact it is rather quiet and intimate. Orange vinyl on Joyful Noise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Young Moon
Colt

This new music from Young Moon looked at one point like it might never come into being, after the relationship the initial 2012 debut was rooted in fell apart. But some new blood in the band (Syam Zapalowski) got things moving again, and the moody confessional songs of Colt were born. Out on Western Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mick Harvey
Delirium Tremens

After Intoxicated Man(1995) and Pink Elephants(1997), Delerium Tremens is the third installment of Mick Harvey translating Serge Gainsbourg songs into english. It has been a slow process for Harvey as much of his time is taken up with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, as well as collaborating with PJ Harvey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

RM Hubbert
Telling The Trees

RM Hubbert is a Scottish singer-songwriter making music in that fine tradition: morose but funny, tough but beautiful. On Telling The Trees he collaborates with a wide array of vocalists, including Rachel Grimes, Kathryn Williams and Martha Ffion. Without Hubbert’s gruff voice, his music is an intriguingly different proposition. On Chemikal Underground.
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Angaiak
I'm Lost In The City

John Angaiak only ever released 1 LP, this one. I’m Lost In The City is a rare recorded example of a singer-songwriter using the Yup’ik language of the Eskimo: Angaiak hails from icy rural Alaska. His music is useful as a document of cultural history, but also simply wonderful as music in its own right. Remastered reissue on Future Days Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Singing Saw is the third solo album by former Woods bassist and founder of The Babies, Kevin Morby. It is the follow up to 2014’s Still Life. He worked with a host of musicians including Apollo Sunshine and Yellowbirds guitarist Sam Cohen, singer Hannah Cohen and John Andrews of Quilt, who played the eponymous singing saw. Available on limited edition indies only coloured vinyl LP, standard vinyl LP and CD. On Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Bill Baird
Earth Into Aether

Bill Baird operates as a member of Sound Team and as Sunset: also, he produces richly textured solo work, as on Earth Into Aether. This is an impressive record, and not only for its CD-filling 78 minute duration. Baird’s productions are bright and teeming with detail, and his songwriting is immediately pleasing. Released as as a CD or as a limited double yellow vinyl set, on Talkshow Records.
  • 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.

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.

Jon Hopkins
Insides

Insides was the third studio album by super-producer Jon Hopkins and continued his smooth risk-averse journey to global electronica domination. The fact that it contains a track also used on Coldplay's Viva la Vida album says something about the company Hopkins keeps but also his widescreen emotional music has just the right amount of shoegaze flutter to appeal to fans of the likes of Ulrich Schnauss and Tycho. 
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David Bowie
★ (Blackstar)

David Bowie has another new album out! The mysteriously titled ★, which is less mysteriously known as Blackstar is his first new material since the weird single Sue (or in a Season of Crime) in 2014 and first album since the brilliant The Next Day in 2013. ★ is available on CD and on vinyl with some lovely die-cut packaging, and sounds like Bowie trying to perpetuate the avant-garde vibes of Scott Walker.
  • 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?
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Nicola

Bert Jansch’s fifth album for the Transatlantic label was Nicola, one of Jansch’s fullest-sounding records as a result of some luscious string arrangements on some of the tracks. As ever, Jansch’s deft acoustic guitar and rich voice carry his folk material perfectly. This reissue on Sanctuary has been remastered from the original tapes.
  • 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)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

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

Låpsley
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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.
  • 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.

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