Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Moonshine

Bert Jansch records are always worth hearing, and this 1973 album is certainly no exception. Moonshine finds Jansch in a particularly traditional mode, and includes the likes of Ralph McTell as guests. This reissue is especially worth it for the amazing design of this release: the circular sleeve artwork has been transferred to the record itself as a picture disc!
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  • 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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Songs For Walter
Songs For Walter

Songs For Walter is a new project from Laurie Hulme (Beat The Radar). The idea is that he writes from the perspective of Walter, his late grandfather. Consequently, these indie-troubadour tunes are highly intimate experiences. Both CD and (clear) vinyl editions are packaged along with unique polaroids from the family’s actual photo collection. On Akoustik Anarkhy.
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  • 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.

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.

Crystal Shipsss
Dirty Dancer


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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.
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  • 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.

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>.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.

Miranda Lee Richards
Echoes of the Dreamtime

Produced by Rick Parker (Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’ is the third studio album by American psyche-folk, singer songwriter Miranda Lee Richards. Having picked up a few songs on guitar from Kirk Hammett, Richards went on to work with the likes of Joe Firstman, Suzanne Vega, Tim Burgess, Tricky, Good Listeners and the Jesus and Mary Chain as well as being a member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy
Solemns


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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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.

Dylan Leblanc
Cautionary Tale

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

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.
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  • 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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
La Maison Ou J'ai Grandi

Pop star, style icon and Dylan fraterniser Francoise Hardy gets a light shone on her work with a fresh reissue of La Maison Ou J’ai Grandi. Originally released in 1966 at the height of London and Paris’ musical powers, this international work showcases the singularity of her talent. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Future Days Recordings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Francoise Hardy
L'Amitie

The legendary Francoise Hardy is the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and L’amitie dates from 1965, by which time she was fully established. Just implausibly sleek and beautiful. Remastered from the original mono tapes and reissued CD and 180g LP on Light In The Attic and Future Days Recordings.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Solo guitarist Jim Ghedi built up the material for Home Is Where I Exist, Now To Live And Die while travelling through Northern Europe, and the restlessness and the exposure to different lives that travel brings is all audibly present here on this record. Ghedi’s traditional folk sensibility plus influences from Eastern Europe and beyond equal a captivating set of pieces. On Cambrian Records.
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Destroyer
Streethawk: A Seduction

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

Rodney Graham
Good Hand Bad Hand

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

Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts
Manhattan

New record from Jeffrey Lewis, with backing band Los Bolts (which seems to contain most of the usual Lewis regulars). Manhattan has more intimately observed stories about interesting New York characters, sung and played with his usual upbeat bounce. Lewis’ own beautiful comic-style illustrations provide the artwork. On Rough Trade.

CHVE / Nate Hall
Split

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

Freakwater
Scheherazade

Freakwater do make country music, but they only do it on their own terms. So that means subtle harmonies from the two singers, delicate bass playing from Dave Grey and a blend of bluegrass, folk and blues. Scheherazade is their first album in a decade and has been put out by Bloodshot on vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Yorkston / Thorne / Khan
Everything Sacred

In which James Yorkston, John Thorne (of Lamb) and singer / sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan get together to record a remarkable set of material, encompassing original tunes, Ivor Cutler covers and improvisations. Everything Sacred is available in special independent-stores-only edition, with an exclusive bonus 7”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Luther Dickinson
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II

Folk, blues, and southern rock troubadour Luther Dickinson, release Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger’s Songbook) Volumes I & II. This collection on New West highlights the mid-south, Memphis rock ‘n roll sound that Dickinson works to preserve. To celebrate oral and written traditions in music Dickinson has also included a 16-page songbook with both the digipak CD and 180 gram vinyl double LP.

Conrad Keely
Original Machines

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead singer and guitarist Conrad Keely releases a double vinyl LP and CD on Superball Music. Original Machines is Keely’s first release and displays his distinctive guitar playing, and singing, in new contexts. Here the arrangements are more elaborate and influenced by his love of folk music. The deluxe CD also has additional demos, unreleased material and 52 pages of original artwork from Keely.

Meilyr Jones
How to Recognise a Work of Art

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

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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kelley Stoltz
In Triangle Time

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

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

Joey Herzfeld writes songs that might be described as whimsical and traditional (a view possibly influenced by his moustache and choice of instrumentation). His So Called Friends turn out to include excellent improviser Alex Ward, as well as members of Nought and The Thurston Moore Band. LP on Scratchy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Mountain Goats
Beat The Champ

Wordsmith, genius song-writer, metal enthusiast and all-rounder nerd John Darnielle has released roughly ten billion records as The Mountain Goats, and since transitioning from lo-fi cassette underdog to established folk hero, he's released classics such as Get Lonely and Transcendental Youth, dealing with what it feels like to be hauled up inside your own head, even when there's a world of stories out there. Beat The Champ is a concept album based around pro-wrestling, because of course, and it comes swiftly after the release of his debut novel, so promises narrative prowess of the highest.

The Wainwright Sisters
Songs In The Dark

Martha Wainwright teams up with her sister, Lucy Wainwright Roche for what I believe to be the first time. The resultant Songs In The Dark is a beautifully intimate thing, all the more so because many of the songs they sing were penned by parents Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. So much damn songwriting in this family. On MapleMusic Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jeb Loy Nichols
Long Time Traveller

Jeb Loy Nichols sits in both the country and the dub camps for this record. Long Time Traveller features Adrian Sherwood producing, and members of Roots Radicals and Dub Syndicate merrily reggae-country-ing. The album has been remixed and resequenced since its original, Japan-only release in 2010, and is now considered definitive. Released by On-U Sound, with 11 bonus tracks.

Steve Warner
Steve Warner

Is there no end to the supply of under-appreciated 1970’s private-pressed singer-songwriters waiting to be rediscovered and reissued? Seemingly not. Although when the quality remains so high, it is hard to complain. Steve Warner’s 1979 debut (and only) album is sweet and melodic whilst also being strange around the edges. Reissue on Earth Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 ‘Loscil’s Rubies’.

Destroyer
This Night

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

Adele
25

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

Cass McCombs
A Folk Set Apart

A Folk Set Apart by Cass McCombs is an anthology of rarities, b-sides, and what McCombs refers to as Space Junk. The songs span an eleven year period, from 2003-2014. Fans will be delighted with this - but it will also entice new listeners, who can use it as a gateway to his back catalogue. Available on 19-track CD and 11-track LP with 8 additional tracks available digitally.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
The Ghosts of Highway 20

Brand new album from Lucinda Williams, a true country music veteran. The Ghosts of Highway 20 is a weighty collection of American storytelling, Williams performing with a band that includes Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz. Travel, and memories of places known, are a strong running theme. Double CD or double LP on Highway 20 Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Farao
Till It's All Forgotten

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

Ryan Adams
1989

Ryan Adams has covered Taylor Swift’s album, 1989 in full. Yes - you heard me right. Ryan Adams made some wonderful, soulful alt. country with his band Whiskeytown and as a solo artist. This is seems to be a bit of an odd one though - can he turn the music of a country pop princess into alt. country gold? Probably.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sam Amidon
But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted

I’ve not seen a title that suggests an interesting story quite so vividly and concisely as this one for quite a while: But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Excellent stuff. The record is the 2005 ‘true’ debut of Sam Amidon, and it had never appeared on vinyl before this reissue. The CD also comes with a bonus 10 tracks of demos (as does the vinyl’s download card). On Omnivore.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Charlie Hilton
Palana

Charlie Hilton has spun off from her band Blouse for this debut solo record. Palana, produced with the help of Jacob Portrait (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), is a shiny array of tuneful psychedelic pop, Hilton’s cool, stately vocals in the centre of it all. CD or LP, released on the Captured Tracks label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kevin Morby
Moonshiner / Bridge to Gaia

Kevin Morby wrote these two tracks as a result of two rather different experiences: one was reading a book, the other was a holiday in the Portuguese city of Porto. Moonshiner / Bridge To Gaia is a pair of lovely little guitar-led tunes, Morby’s deep vocals setting the whole thing off with a thoughtful touch. 7” single on Deep Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Okkervil River
Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

A pretty special collection here. A 3CD or 3LP release to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Black Sheep Boy by Okkervil River. In the set comes Black Sheep Boy, Black Sheep Boy Appendix and a previously unreleased album made six months before Black Sheep Boy came out; There Swims a Swan. It’s a great homage to a band creating dark folk tunes with often thought-provoking lyrics. 3CD or 3LP set with plenty of liner notes to give ya all the details.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joshua Burkett
Gold Cosmos

Gold Cosmos, first released in 2001, represents the moment that Joshua Burkett invited other people into his hushed, intimate weird-folk world. Chris Corsano, Matt Valentine and Ben Chasny (of Six Organs Of Admittance) all contribute, making this a wonderful journey into strange private spaces. 500 copies only, on Feeding Tube.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

I Have A Tribe
No Countries

I Have A Tribe is an artist of intimacy: on several of No Countries’ tracks there is little more than careful piano and his melancholy vocals leaning into your ear. One of Ireland’s bright new talents, and quite possible someone for Villagers (who has worked with I Have A Tribe) fans to pay attention to. 12” EP on the Gronland label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Denny Lile
Hear The Bang

Denny Lile is a figure who is, paradoxically, best-known for being unknown. That is largely as the result of Hear The Bang: The Life and Music of Denny Lile, a film about Lile, and how his strong, proto-Americana songs were sabotaged by bad luck and alcoholism. This package combines the film on DVD with a compilation of his finest material.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
Its Cause and Cure

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. His 1967 MGM album Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure is full of dramatic, fully-orchestrated numbers, driven by Hazlewood’s compelling drawl. Fully remastered from the original tapes and with a few bonus tracks thrown in too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brian Harnetty
Rawhead & Bloodybones

Brian Harnetty has made an interesting suite of music here, sliding between his own, newly produced music and 1940’s era recordings of folk music and folk tales told by children. Children’s voices will always be creepy in this kind of context, and Rawhead And Bloodybones works very well with that fact. Double CD on Dust To Digital.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock
Two Wolves

Marry Waterson is deeply immersed in England’s folk tradition, often performing with her family The Waterson Family (not to mention her cousin Eliza Carthy). For Two Wolves, she worked with fellow traveller David A. Jaycock, to produce a delicate set of songs that reflect on subjects including her family. On One Little Indian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Scott Fagan
South Atlantic Blues

Scott Fagan’s debut album South Atlantic Blues was recorded and first released in 1968, but has sunk deep out of print over the years, despite associations with Doc Pomus and artist Jasper Johns. Also, Fagan turns out to be the estranged father of Stephin goddamn Merritt of The Magnetic Fields! Good thing this has been reissued for the first time ever then eh? On Saint Cecilia Knows.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells
DILF_77 Would Like To Talk

I’ll bet you don’t own a record titled anything even close to this. Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells’ new work, DILF_77 Would Like To Chat is a mini-album of their excellent collaboration, Moffat’s gruff poetics over Wells’ chamber orchestration. The title track is all about disco. CD EP, exclusive to independent shops, on Chemikal Underground.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Smoke Fairies
Wild Winter

Smoke Fairies have produced a rather atypical Christmas album this season, focusing on more on the dark, the melancholy, the bittersweet aspects of the holiday. Wild Winter isn’t as morose as that might sound though: it carries both complementary sides of winter, the bleak and the bright. On Full Time Hobby, white vinyl only from independent stores!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
Country Agenda

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

Small Feet
From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean

Small Feet present their debut album, the thoughtfully titled From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean. What you’ll find here are vocally led songs with a strong sense of drama, Simon Stålhamre swooping in his voice in and out of the shuffling instrumentals. CD or LP on Control Freak Kitten.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Elle Osborne
It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice

Elle Osborne has folk music in her DNA. She grew up among folk singers, learning to play the fiddle and write songs at an early age. It’s Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice is her third album. All but one of the songs are original compositions, the one exception being The Copper Family’s Come Write Me Down. For this album she has enlisted the help of Alasdair Roberts along with Alex Neilson and Mike Hastings from Trembling Bells.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chris Cornell
Higher Truth

This is quite a long stray from Soundgarden and Audioslave. With his songwriting ksills, Chris Cornell seduces the listener to listen to his unique voice, now in a more traditional rock setting. Maybe, above all the searing guitars of a whole grunge movement gone by, there is a Higher Truth. Who are we to judge whether Chris has found it?

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago

For Emma, Forever Ago is the 2007 debut album by Bon Iver, who at the time consisted solely of Justin Vernon. After his band DeYarmond Edison split, and he’d suffered a bout of serious illness, he set off for a cabin in the woods to write and record the album. The resulting recording is now a firmly established classic and appeared at the top of many critics ‘best of’ lists at the end of 2007.
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  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me

It had been three years since Joanna Newsom’s previous album, Ys. To make up for this gap, she made a triple album, Have One On Me, essentially one single album for each year that she missed. Despite its lengthy sprawl, it was more accessible than its predecessor, drawing comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, albeit with Joanna's indelible stamp. It should definitely be thought of as an essential addition to any record collection.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Anneli Drecker
Rocks & Straws

Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto, Røyksopp) began her prolific music career in the 80s, age 17, when she left her Norwegian hometown of Tromsø with Bel Canto band members Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and Nils Johansen. Following a host of high profile collaborations and huge successes in the indie, electro pop scene, Drecker returns to her roots with ‘Rocks And Stones’, an album inspired by her arctic hometown based on lyrics by the North Norwegian cult poet Arvid Hanssen.

Jaye Bartell
Loyalty

Jaye Bartell is a singer/songwriter and poet who originates from Massachusetts. A transient figure, he began work on his new album, Loyalty after moving to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Loyalty is a dark and brooding gothic folk work, the music being the perfect backdrop for his rich, full toned voice and expressive lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pixx
Fall In EP

This is the very first release from Pixx, a new artist from the countryside that borders London’s sprawl. She is both a soulful singer-songwriter and a canny electronic producer, and the Fall In EP shows that she can merge those two practices together very well indeed. She’ll go far. Debut 12” record on 4AD.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Various
Joe Bussard presents: The Year of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War

Joe Bussard is known for his voluminous collections of obscure old sonic materials, and Dust To Digital are known for putting out high-grade collections of same. So The Year Of Jubilo - 78 RPM Recordings of Songs from the Civil War is a perfect combination. 19 remarkable, historic songs from the heart of the country.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Israel Nash
Israel Nash's Silver Season

Israel Nash plays heartfelt Americana with a slightly woozy aesthetic, like his band Silver Season have been sitting out in the sun a little too long. I almost feel bad mentioning it, as he must get it all the time, but his voice’s similarity to Neil Young is unavoidable. That’s a blessing in this genre though, and Nash makes good on the comparison with strong songcraft.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dave Heumann
Here In The Deep

Dave Heumann branches out from the band we all know him from, Arboretum, to release a solo record. Here In The Deep is a warm and lovely folk-rock album in the rich tradition of long-haired US troubadours. Heumann receives assistance from members of Lower Dens and Wye Oak, and the record is released by Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The City
Now That Everything's Been Said

A masterpiece of 60s rock, Now That Everything’s Been Said has been waiting for a vinyl reissue for far too long. The City, songwriter Carole King’s band, is brimming with optimistic, polyphonic and rebellious energy. A great opportunity to dig up your mum's wide jeans and the shades your dad always used to brag about.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Spooner Oldham
Pot Luck

Spooner Oldham released his one and only solo album back in 1972. The man wrote songs and played keys for a wide variety of classic soul artists, but this is the only opportunity to hear him take centre stage. God knows why, as he sounds very comfortable there. Pot Luck is fully remastered and reissued by Light In The Attic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Trader Horne
Morning Way

Morning Way, the only album ever made by Trader Horne, is considered a major (and majorly unappreciated) example of 1970’s British psychedelic folk. First of all, just look at that cover art! The music is similarly colourful, varied, and wonderfully odd. Reissued by Earth Recordings on CD or red coloured vinyl.

Sufjan Stevens
Songs For Christmas

How nice it would be to live in Sufjan world. Each year around the festive season he'd gather round with friends to make a Christmas EP. He'll be there in a massive jumper singing away. Heartwarming. Well this tradition went on for a few years and now you can get all the yuletide fruits on this box set of all the songs. Sufjan's folky and melancholy tones are just perfect for Christmas listening. Let it sleet. 

Matt Berry & The Maypoles
Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live

The fact that actor / man-with-a-remarkable-voice Matt Berry is releasing albums and touring with his band The Maypoles may come as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t really, as Berry has been making music for years. This live recording captures an on-form set of their prog-folk, and comes on CD, or as either standard or limited edition coloured gatefold vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

‘Have You In My Wilderness’ is a collection of dreamy, atmospheric, intimate ballads textured with the imagery inspired by various literary references, exploring familiar themes such as love and human relationships in a way that is enigmatic and slightly unnerving. The record seems to be drawn from a more personal source than her first two releases.

Shirley Collins
The Bonny Cuckoo

Fledg’ling Records series of Shirley Collins reissues continues with The Bonny Cuckoo 7” EP. The recordings were captured by Alan Lomax in London in October 1957. The EP contains two versions of Bonny Cuckoo and Bonny Labouring Boy. One version of each is acapella and one version of each with Collins accompanying herself on the banjo. The recordings are extremely rare and have been remastered with great care from the original acetate. An essential artifact for folk fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Korey Dane
Youngblood

Korey Dane apparently wrote this brace of songs while hitchin’ around the good old US of A, and the consequent record, Youngblood, is thus filled with down-home American stories of hitting the road. Dane’s songwriting shows that he obviously had a great time, and has fixed himself up with some strong musicians who know how to Americana. On Innovative Leisure.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andrew Kidman
Litmus Original Soundtrack / Glass Love

Andrew Kidman is both filmmaker and musician, and this luscious box-set contains the soundtracks to two of his avant-surf films, Litmus and Glass. Kidman is represented under his own name and with his band The Val Dusty Experiment, with a few other artists like Galaxie 500 rounding things out. 2CD or fancy 2LP-and-book edition.

Michael Yonkers
Grimwood

Reissue of Michael Yonkers debut record, first released in 1973 (and recorded in 1969). Grimwood sounds like a classic folk record from that period, but there is a certain oddity to it as well. Yonkers’ vocals waver with an uncertain vibrato, and his songs are an intimate direct line to his mind. Re-pressed by the Nero’s Neptune label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

MV & EE
Alpine Frequency

Alpine Frequency by MV & EE has been likened to a pair of Neil Young’s patched-up jeans, suggesting that, unlike their previous work, it is a collage of sound. A patchwork quilt of sounds brought together to make a sprawling double LP. They mix psychedelia, appalachian folk and aspects of indian music to make their sound. As ever, the Vermont-based duo are joined by a cast of hangers-on that this time include PG Six, Mick Flower and Rafi Bookstaber, to name a few.

Glen Hansard
Didn't He Ramble

Solo-projects come and go, but Glen Hansard keeps coming back. While taking a break from The Frames and The Swell Season, he has recorded his second full-length Didn’t He Ramble. Featuring collaborations with Sam Bean and Sam Amidon, his new album is sure to be the cream of this year’s Irish folk crop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ed Askew
Ask The Unicorn

Cult favourite of weird deep-folk, Ask The Unicorn by Ed Askew has, for a very long time, been utterly out of print. This reissue rights that wrong at last, with Askew’s keening voice and unusual Martin tiple instrument fully remastered for maximum clarity. Reissued to CD and white vinyl by Tin Angel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ratatosk
Detachment

Ratatosk makes intimate folk music that sits in a haze: sometimes, the haze takes over the songs, drawing them out into the atmosphere. Detachment is served as a hand-assembled package that includes the CDr, a download code for a whole extra 6 track EP, and a flurry of beautiful bonuses including a ‘boat fact card’. Self-released.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Moses
Days Gone By

There is no such person as Bob Moses: the name instead represents the pairing of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Days Gone By is their first full-length record, and it makes a strong start. Mixing full-on club-grade house / techno electronic rhythms with male pop vocals, the stuff sounds good. Silver vinyl copies available only through independent stores!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Olga Bell
Incitation

Olga Bell has a knack for detail: some of the tracks on new mini-album Incitation are stripped back to the minimum of elements: clipped beats and distant bass backdrops. Bell’s excellent voice is always present though, sounding intimate and close in the midst of these wide, sparse soundscapes. On One Little Indian.

Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi
Cold Moon

The collaboration between alt. folk singer/songwriter Alela Diane and guitarist Ryan Francesconi (projects include Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me) comes from both artists suffering from a lack of creativity. The pair met at a mutual friend's gig and from that chat decided to work together. Francesconi sent some guitar pieces to Diane for her to write lyrics to. She struggled at first finding inspiration but soon the creative juices started to flow. The resulting album Cold Moon is a collection of reflective and optimistic songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch and John Renbourn
Bert and John

Bert Jansch and John Renbourne are, quite rightly, two highly respected figures in the British folk tradition. Apparently they shared a flat at the time of Bert and John, and that intimacy really comes through in the sound of these pieces. Their delicious guitar lines mesh around each perfectly. Remastered and reissued by Sanctuary.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
It Don't Bother Me

The Transatlantic Records section of Bert Jansch’s peerless back catalogue is being reissued by Sanctuary. It Don’t Bother Me followed hot on the heels of his debut, and consequently finds the singer quickly adapting to new circumstances. Can’t fault that rich voice and that delicately picked guitar. Remastered, on CD and LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter