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Aidan Knight
Each Other

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

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.

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

Paul Weller
I'm Where I Should Be

Paul Weller’s latest album was Saturns Pattern, and I’m Where I Should Be is the third single to be taken from it. Weller’s been in the game long enough that both we and he know what a Paul Weller song should sound like: accordingly, this track does land just where it should be. Exclusive B-side ‘Open Road’ rounds out the 7”.

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

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

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

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

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.

Paul Weller
Pick It Up

The Modfather, Paul Weller has yet again acheived great critical and commercial success with his 12th studio album Saturns Pattern. Pick it Up is the latest single to be taken from Saturns Pattern to coincide with his tour and is backed with the non-LP version of the track, Pick it Up Dub. 7” on Parlophone.

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

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

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

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

Neil Young
A Letter Home

On 'A Letter Home', Young retreats into his folk traditions after a couple of years incorporating drone, psychedelia and noise into his records and live sets. This record was recorded at Jack White's Third Man studio, in the kind of pay-per-use recording booth you would've found way back in the day. Young stepped in and recorded these covers of folk standards, only using his guitar and the occasional piano accompaniment from White. Among the covers are Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe", Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" and the good old "On the Road Again". 'A Letter Home' is interspersed with Young reading out a letter he's written to his late mother. Bless you, Neil.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

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.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • 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

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

Martin Courtney
Many Moons

Martin Courtney is the frontman of indie dudes Real Estate, but for Many Moons he has stepped aside to do some solo work. The songs he performs here are a little more inward-looking, and are produced with a slightly psychedelic haze: very pleasing. Additional parts by James Taveniere of Woods. On Domino.

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.

Meg Baird
Don't Weigh Down The Light

Meg Baird’s music is compellingly subtle, like an eerie breeze rustling into the room. After a ton of collaborative work (recent years have involved the likes of Will Oldham, Sharon Van Etten, and her own bands Esper and Heron Oblivion), Don’t Weigh Down The Light finds her hauntingly alone once more. On Wichita.
  • 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.
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  • 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

Townes Van Zandt
Flyin' Shoes

Townes Van Zandt has always been deeply respected by those in the know about American songwriters, and Flyin’ Shoes, his debut album from way back in 1978, makes clear why. Even at this earliest stage his songs are fully formed: this includes some of his career-long highlights. Blue vinyl reissue in a replica sleeve, with a 12-page booklet.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.
  • 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Various
This Record Belongs To ___

This Record Belongs To _____ is a children’s record for parents who think it extremely important that their young ones start appreciating vinyl as soon as possible (no surprise then, that Jack White’s Third Man Records is behind it). However, the tracklisting, including Carole King, Nina Simone and Jerry Garcia (!) will entice adults too.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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
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

Bert Jansch
Jack Orion

The Transatlantic Records section of Bert Jansch’s peerless back catalogue is being reissued by Sanctuary. Jack Orion dates from 1966, and finds Jansch really coming into his own as both an interpreter of traditional numbers and as a songwriter. Also featuring John Renbourn and Anne Briggs. Remastered, on CD and LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Ambsace

A beautifully augmented duet from James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg. Ambsace reinvigorates Americana with intricate, delicate fingerpicking that’s as technically impressive as it is harmonious. With connections through Jeff Tweedy and Steve Gunn, these are seasoned players with a knack for nostalgia. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Paradise Of Bachelors.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

This Is The Kit
Wriggle Out The Restless

This Is The Kit are rising evermore, having released a cracking record of folk mythos in Moonshine Freeze. Back in 2010 they made this record called Wriggle Out the Restless which showed signs of their tender experiments, using banjos and horns to create a quietly earth-shattering fanfare. Worth revisiting.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Hulburt
Opus III

John Hulbert’s Opus III is a remarkable work of solo acoustic guitar, originally released in 1972 as a private pressing. Naturally it attracted little to no attention, but it’s been picked up since, and this reissue on Tompkins Square gives everyone a chance to inhabit these lively, detailed instrumentals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Fountainsun
Music Today

Daniel Higgs and Fumie Ishii are Fountainsun and Music Today is their debut album. A poetic fusion of guitar, flute and folksy tales, it offers a timeless, hypnotic style with a tinge of Eastern influence. Recorded in the baking sun and rolling waves of Big Sur, California.  Out on translucent vinyl LP on Gnomelife.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Corb Lund
Things That Can't Be Undone

Corb Lund is quite possibly the Canada’s biggest country musician, and has the distinction of being raised on his family’s ranch, making him more or less an actual cowboy. Things That Can’t Be Undone is another set of well-polished tunes, released by New West Records. CD, LP, or CD with special bonus DVD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Blitzen Trapper
All Across This Land

Over the years Blitzen Trapper have incorporated just about every kind of guitar based music into their sound from indie-folk, alt. country, alt. rock and psychedelia. It seems the experimentation with different styles has paid off as their new album All Across This Land seems to tie up all the these strands into one focused and brilliant piece of work.

Tir na nOg
Ricochet

Tir na nOg are an Irish psychedelic, progressive rock band who have been a bit quiet for 40 years or so.This is a 7” of their new single, Ricochet, from their upcoming album The Dark Dance, their first album in 40 years.It’s a dark, building slice of psychedelia and is backed with a live version of their 70s classic ‘Tir na nOg’ on the B side.

Willis Earl Beal
Noctunes

Willis Earl Beal has been out of view for over two years: turns out he was busy prepping Noctunes, his sweeping new LP. The feel of this music occurs to me as space-soul: not space in George Clintonesque way, but in the sense that it feels like Beal’s intense vocals feel like they are floating in a void of subtle synths and heartache. On Tender Loving Empire.

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

Phaedra is the solo project of one Ingvlid Langgård, a fine art graduate who brings a rich compositional talent as well as a strong visual art practice. On Blackwinged Night, the second album of a proposed trilogy, classical instruments and synthesised rhythms support dramatic, performative vocals. On the Rune Grammofon label.

Andrew Kidman
Glass Love

Andrew Kidman is both filmmaker and musician, and this release contains his self-composed soundtrack to his 2006 film Glass. Kidman apparently made the music first and then let the film (which centers around surfing) follow the sound, which is an admirable approach indeed. LP release on Anthology Recordings.

Lou Barlow
Brace The Wave

New Lou Barlow album! Brace The Wave is the third album Lou Barlow has recorded under his own name. It’s his first since Goodnight Unknown in 2009. Barlow was a key figure in the alternative Boston, Massachusetts music scene in the late ‘80s and ‘90s firstly with Dinosaur Jr then with the incomparable Sebadoh, Sentridoh and Folk Implosion.

Frog Eyes
Pickpocket’s Locket

One of Canadian indie rock's most generous and outlandish songwriters, Carey Mercer has had a testing few years making records as Blackout Beach and Frog Eyes while battling illness and writing philosophical essays about fatality. His last record, Carey's Cold Spring, was at turns an inspiring and frightening listen, focused as every Frog Eyes record is around trembling guitar tones and that unleashed vocal yelp. Its follow-up, Pickpocket's Locket, is a light rock opera tributing Mercer's father, whose old acoustic guitar he used as a primary writing tool.
  • CD (PAPER98)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Diane Coffee
Everybody's A Good Dog

Shaun Fleming, from Foxygen, is also known as Diana Coffee. His/her new album is recorded in a proper studio. Fans would know that’s special, because that means that Everybody’s a Good Dog is not hampered by instrumental limitations. The result is a bombastic, joyous, soulful rock record with moody lyrics.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dan Wilson
All Love Is Blind

The debut solo album from The Cubicle frontman Dan Wilson looks backwards to the ballads of Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Gordon Lightfoot, infusing them with a Liverpudlian lilt. All Love Is Blind is richly produced and infused with a roadworn melancholy that’s drenched in a typical kind of loneliness. Out on CD from Halfpenny.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Elliot Moss
Highspeeds

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but Elliot Moss, with his slow and deep electronic music, is more of a rumbler. His voice cuts through clever instrumentation, with a subtle jazz influences drawing you in further. Highspeeds is the 21-year-old’s debut album, and invites comparisons to Chet Faker and James Blake. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josh Ritter
Sermon On The Rocks

Josh Ritter is a highly regarded American singer/songwriter. He got his break when Glen Hansard invited him to tour with his band, The Frames. His brand of Americana reached a wider audience with his breakthrough third album, Hello Starling in 2005. Sermon On The Rocks is his eighth album and shows an accomplished songwriter at the height of his powers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dawn McCarthy
Traveller Returning : Circa 1997-2000

Traveller Returning: Circa 1997-2000 by Dawn McCarthy is a collection of songs that were inspired by McCarthy’s travels away from her native New York City. It shows her transitioning and finding her own voice. They are early versions of songs that would become the core of her band, Faun Fables’ setlist. Upon revisiting the recording for this cassette, McCarthy said that the versions of the songs on here are “some of the best versions of them despite the crude recordings”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Briana Marela
All Around Us

Jagjaguwar presents the second album of Briana Marela, entitled All Around Us. Here, Marela’s voice lies at the centre of a swirl of melodic electronics, stuttering drum machines and, well, here own voice again, multitracked into a choir. The LP release reflects this with its own swirly design.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Lanegan
Houston: Publishing Demos 2002

To date, Mark Lanegan has put out one more studio album as a solo artist than he did with his grunge-era rock band The Screaming Trees. His solo career, which has taken in bar room whiskey ballads, dark hard rock and electronica, started whilst he was still with The Screaming Trees. Around the time the band split in 2002 he set to work on some demos. The recordings had been shelved but are now available on the 12 song collection, Houston: Publishing Demos 2002.

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