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Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

With a slew of understated folk records secured under his own name and a hell of a fun time had playing soft percussive noises for Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman returns to his Father John Misty project, where he mixes esoteric lyricism with brazen folk rock arrangements. I Love You, Honeyb...view item »

Micah P. Hinson
Micha P. Hinson & The Gospel Of Progress

We keep getting asked about this Micah P Hinson CD. Finally we have it. It sounds really lovely. The singing sounds a bit like Smog but more cheerful. Its nice acoustic stuff that could get into the alt country bracket. The guy's voice is great - the music is minimal acoustic guitar and understated backing. I'm fishing about for t...view item »

O.D. Davey
Catgut Tape

Available on 12” LP or CD. O.D. Davey’s debut album Catgut Tape is made up of high romanticised electronic folk, having already been compared to the stripped back stylings of Thom Yorke there’s a definite taste of a younger version of a contemporary David Sylvain to hi...view item »

Eric Chenaux
Skullsplitter

Sometimes you gotta keep the unknowing masses at a distance. That’s what Eric Chenaux must have thought, because Skullsplitter is not filled with extremely hardcore techno. In fact, it’s overflowing with gentle and beautiful soundscapes, straight from his skull to the vinyl. Maybe that’s where the name...view item »

Boduf Songs
This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything

This Boduf Songs LP is well whispery. Don't recall ever hearing Boduf Songs but from the minute the needle hits the wax i feel compelled to take the whole Boduf Song vibe very seriously. Musically, we are talking super minimalism. Tracks are recorded with a singular microphone and are primarily made up of one instrument and a vocal that generall...view item »

Jessie Jones
Jessie Jones

With a light tread, Jessie Jones jumps across catchy melodies and swinging beats. After fronting  Feeding People and while taking a break from Death Valley Girls, her self-titled solo debut gives Jones the opportunity to let out her upbeat demons. Get ready to bob your head to an irres...view item »

Various
Remembering Mountains : Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton

Tragically, Karen Dalton was never given the chance to record any of her own songs, instead lending her amazing voice to the songs of others. For Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs, her lyrics have been lent to an incredible roster of female voices, including Laurel Halo, Sharon Van Etten...view item »

Richard Buckner
The Hill

Richard Buckner's ‘The Hill’ was born in 1996 at The Ranch Olancha Motel, a converted garage near the mouth of Death Valley, while Buckner was staying a week in a room with nothing for company but his guitar, a four-track recorder, and a copy of Lee ‘Masters' Spoon River Anthology’. The resulting recordings of Buckner&rsq...view item »

The Autumn Defense
The Autumn Defense

More fully produced than prior discs by this Wilco side project, this self-titled third release is built on the duo's core strengths of crafty songwriting, rich harmonizing, and interlaced acoustic guitars. Autumn Defense then adds lightly detailed piano, flute, and strings, so that the set coalesces into an autumnal ...view item »

at the close of every day
zalig zijn de armen van geest

Hello people. Clinton speaking. Here we go for another week. First up the big one (for us anyway). Its the new CD on Jonathon Whiskey (run by him over there in the corner). Its by at the close of every day and its difficult to know what to say. I absolutely adore this record. Its...view item »

Antony & The Johnsons
Antony & The Johnsons

Absolutely incredible CD! Antony has the most beautiful, haunting voice that I've heard in a decade. He's been compared to many artists (I can hear a lot of Bryan Ferry [circa Avalon] and Marc Almond), but is truly in a class of his own. For the people who claim that there are no longer any truly unique talents, Antony and the Johnsons have arri...view item »

Misty Miller
Taxi Cab

A 19 year old from South London, Misty Miller’s already been around for awhile. Her sound has had time to change too. Those expecting the pleasant misty-eyed Misty Miller with an acoustic guitar will not find that here on this 7” single, Taxi Cab, a rollocking rock ’n’ roll number which is simila...view item »

Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove / Spiritual Front
Twin Horses

Following the success of ‘A Fistful Of Desert Blues’, Lydia Lunch & Cypress Grove have expanded their collaborative powers to include the nihilist folk sounds of Spiritual Front. The resulting ‘Twin Horses’ is an intensely soulful musical bonding between the sensual, cathartic folk of Simone Salvatori and the down bea...view item »

Bishop Allen
& The Broken String

I should start off by saying most of the songs on this album are rerecorded versions of songs from the 12 EPs Bishop Allen put out in 2006- one per month, 4 songs per EP (except August, which was a recording of a live show they performed in Boston). Some of the new versions here are markedly different (none more so, I feel, than "Corazon"), and ...view item »

Jack Allett
The Collapsing Middle

In case you didn't know (and you more than likely didn't) Jack Allett is Spoono, who you may have heard of after previous releases on GPS and Blackest Rainbow. He's one of those man and guitar types who makes really intense ragas for you to get wasted to. I'm not sure why he's no longer Spoono and now Jack Allett but I guess that's not too impor...view item »

Mumford & Sons
Wilder Mind

Mumford & Sons are finally back with their third full length. Britain's most successful family project since the start of the monarchy has plugged in their acoustics and completed the transfer to rock. On Wilder Mind, you can witness Mumford & Sons find a new path, if first single the Wolf is any i...view item »

Southern Skyline
Candy Love

Really great to get to hear those never before heard Jim Ford songs. Swedish band Southern Skyline do a good job in getting the Southern feeling that Jim Ford´s music always showed. Get this limited edition single, if you are a Jim Ford fan, and if you´re not, it will be a good addition to your collection....view item »

Michael Baker
Keys To The Kingdom EP

Keys To The Kingdom is the debut EP by singer/songwriter Michael Baker. The London resident has self released this EP, which was recorded with a helpful bunch of creative types. Dust and Bones is the lead track and features the vocal talents of Georgia Mason. The laid back acoustic vibe will no...view item »

Ultrasound/ Patrick Phelan
Split

Next Patrick Phelan/Ultrasound. Well what can I say. The Patrick Phelan track on here is simply one of the best songs I've ever heard.I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!! We are immensely proud to bring you this fine man on vinyl. Its like a cross between Elliot Smith and Nick Drake. ...view item »

Sam Mccarthy
Cherrytree

This is a 500 copy, limited 7" release on Bumpman original 45's by Sam McCarthy. Sam plays folk/country rock and the A side 'Cherrytree' is a well polished, super produced country rock track something like those made popular by the likes of Garth Brooks but it sounds more like the Pogues to me. The B side 'In It to Win It' is a notable contras...view item »

Elvis Perkins
I Aubade

The third album from folk artist Elvis Perkins has Coen brothers soundtrack written all over it and that’s no bad thing. I Aubade features a lush blend of strings and vocal harmonies whilst retaining the subtle intimacy of Bonnie Prince Billy records. Distinctly North American in tone. Out on CD and vinyl LP from ...view item »

Sea of Bees
Build a Boat To The Sun

Sea Of Bees a.k.a Julie Ann Bee follows her confident first two albums with a positive, major key effort Build A Boat To The Sun. Backed by a full band it’s a more bombastic effort that’s packed full of catchy summer-ready tunes. Mixed by Jesse Lauter from The Low Anthem. Out on CD and vinyl LP from 3 Loop M...view item »

Hellicar
Chicken Or Pills / The Truth

And to on the 2nd single on Sacred Harp Library (we've sold out of the Jack Rose 7" that was the 1st release). This one is by Hellicar and it's a 70's bluesy thing which wouldn't be out place at a barn dance. I remember going to a barn dance when I was about 14 and snogging this girl who I really fancied.... I never sa...view item »

Dan Haywoods New Hawks
John's Shoes / Superquarry

Folksy winsomeness from a talented singer songwriter who while not penning folk songs is fascinated by ornithology and people watching. The New Hawks have a very traditional sound that has Anglo-Celtic feel and a very interesting take on modern folk music. The title track 'John's Shoes' h...view item »

The Grief Brothers
Silo

I have this single here by The Grief Brothers on Country Mile Records. I'm going to break with tradition here and review the B side first as its the most interesting track. Its kind of oddball country with clanging percussion. Fats reckons Billy Childish and the Blackhands........and I'm a little stuck  - I'm think...view item »

Daughn Gibson
Carnation

Co-produced and recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle by Daughn Gibson and Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Jesse Sykes, Tim Hecker, ‘Carnation’ is the third album from singer songwriter Daughn Gibson. While carrying elements of the country music influence of Gibsons first two albums ‘All Hell’ and ‘Me Moan’, &l...view item »

JBE/ Bill Dolan
Split

This is a nice surprise. Two acoustic tracks from master guitarist Bill Dolan of 5ive Style/Heroic Doses/Das Boton fame. This guy is triple nifty on the old six string and even when stripped down to a solo acoustic performance ...view item »

Nick Waterhouse
Holly

Holly is Nick Waterhouse’s second album. The soulful blues Waterhouse plays maybe surprising to those who are aware of his roots in the Californian psych-garage scene that spawned such acts as Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. Think more Van Morrison and Mose Allison and you're on ...view item »

Ned Collette and Joe Talia (Wirewalker)
Long You Lie

I don’t know these guys. I don’t really know anyone we sell. I just know of them. What I’m trying to say (badly) is I’ve not heard of these guys before. Hey one of them isn’t even a man. I’ve suddenly come over all useless... ...view item »

Air Cav
Embers / Picking At The Bones

Air Cav come to give me some Mancunian slaver with their 2nd waxing 'Embers' / 'Picking at the Bones' & they sure sound well Manc. The guitars chime & ching in a stern yet melodic fashion, the drums are solid & motorik & the vocals are cut of that Northern yelp/wail cloth. Oh, and they've got a wonderful folk violinist called Sophie...view item »

Flo Morrissey
Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful

Flo Morrissey’s press release boasts that she is “causing a stir amongst the hip and cool press”, but don’t let that put you off. Her debut album Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful is convincingly led by her potent voice, suggesting mystery and weighty emotional engagement. Ten tracks, on the Glassnote l...view item »

ALA.NI
YOU & I - Spring

ALA.NI gained her singing chops by performing with artists as diverse as Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli and Damon Albarn. Her voice is fragile yet strong, her sound is anachronistic yet completely perfect for now. Not only is she a performer, but she directed the video for &ldquo...view item »

Baby Dee
I Am A Stick

Baby Dee finds serial percussionist Alex Neilson (Death Shanties, Trembling Bells) and a band also including Joe Carvell, Victor Herrero and Jordan Hunt working with Dee herself, to bring her piano-led songs to ...view item »

Headland
Cosy EP

Sounding like the end of a long day of sun-soaking, Cosy is filled with gentle surf guitars that keep rolling onto the shore. Headland could be a choice pick for a Late Night Tales mix, but instead it’s a splendid 5 track 12”. Limited to 500 editions worldwide, and on clear vinyl at that. Surf’s up, du...view item »

Jon DeRosa
Black Halo

The second full-length release from LA-based Jon DeRosa. Having studied under La Monte Young no less and inspired by the positive sunshine vibes of West Coast pop, Black Halo is a collection of shimmering numbers underpinned by DeRosa's classically crooning baritone vocals. Out on CD from Rocket Girl....view item »

David Kauffman and Eric Caboor
Songs From The Suicide Bridge

Originally released in 1984, Songs from Suicide Bridge is highly overdue for a vinyl reissue. Remastered from the original tapes, the minimalist folk-rock of David Kauffman & Eric Caboor sounds fresh as ever. Their desolate sound comes to its full potential like never before on this 2x45rpm LP, including the necessa...view item »

Little Wings
Explains

Little Wings is the alias of Kyle Field and he’s accumulated a large discography by now. Explains is the latest addition to that vast collection. Here we have a collection of folk tunes which gingle along gently with Field’s deadpan voice drawing you further into the song and the lyr...view item »

JM Airis
Wild Birds

JM Airis has reportedly laboured over Wild Birds for ages, and the man clearly has an excellent attention to detail: every little element here is spaced just right in relation to every other element. The consequences are a sort of melancholy folk updated with touches of synth and a city attitude. Double LP on Totally Gr...view item »

Kenny Knight
Crossroads

Private press slice of country rock from 1980, released by a man named Kenny Knight. Crossroads is his only LP and has been rescued from obscurity, in the way that these things are, by the Paradise of Bachelors label. Knight has just the right level of resignation in his voice, and some great little arr...view item »

Gareth Dickson
Invisible String

Gareth Dickson makes slow-moving acoustic songs and releases them as homespun records. He's performed guitar duties for Vashti Bunyan's live band now and then, suggesting a modest songwriter with a patient mind. There are also hints of an ambient influence in Dickson's work, as he brings in synthwork and manipulates his guitar not...view item »

Karin Krog
Don't Just Sing – An Anthology: 1963-1999

Karin Krog is a Scandinavian legend, but a more-or-less unknown in our part of the world. Let’s change that eh? Don’t Just Sing - An Anthology: 1963-1999 collects highlights of a full career of creative, jazz-inflected pop, fronted by Krog’s inventive and highly characteristic vocals. ...view item »

Marissa Nadler
Little Hells

I saw a photo of Marissa Nadler on the Kemado website and she looks like a fairy tale princess. Marissa springs her fourth album proper on to my ears. It's called Little Hells and it's a bit lovely. Her first couple of albums blew me away and the last one on Peacefrog was OK ish. There was some nice tracks on it but it was patchy. On second list...view item »

Pokey LaFarge
Something In The Water

Pokey LaFarge steps into the present with a sound firmly routed in the past, pulling in ragtime, country and a dash of the blues. Something In The Water would be the perfect album for the listener who has already exhausted the back-catalogue of traditional American song but still wants that feel. On Rounder....view item »

The Weather Station
Loyalty

Loyalty is the third album by The Weather Station and is widely regarded as being their best-to-date. Newly signed to Paradise Of Bachelors, the Canadian folk Four-piece, are fronted by Tamara Lindeman. Already acclaimed as a songwriter, Loyalty sees further progression of Lindeman’s talent. The songs ran...view item »

Jonah Parzen-Johnson
Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow

Jonah Parzen-Johnson doubles up as a baritone saxophone player and an analogue synth user, and we hear both on Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, his first album of this kind of material. Rather than taking the free-improvisation route, Jonah has crafted some interesting melodic, textural pieces...view item »

Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles
Oh Man, Cover the Ground

Oh Man, Cover The Ground is a slowly unfolding collection of tracks sprouting up around languid fingerpicked guitar and Shana Cleveland’s wistful voice. With her band The Sandcastles she creates a relaxed air somewhere between traditional folk and contemporary songwriter territory. Out on Suicide ...view item »

Paul de Jong
IF

Paul de Jong, formerly of The Books, releases his very first solo record, and IF is an excellent piece of work. de Jong combines all manner of unusual samples from here and there into curious and catchy wholes, underlaid by his gorgeous string-playing. Fun and lovely, released by the Te...view item »

Santiparro
True Prayer

Psych folk in all its fantastical glory from Santiparro. Whether you lean more towards the outer reaches of psychedelia or the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar, True Prayer delivers the aural banquet you've been craving. Features contributions from Will Oldham, Kyp Malone, Adam Wills, Melati Malay and Ben Bromley. O...view item »

Torres
Sprinter

Sprinter is the second album by Torres, AKA Mackenzie Scott. It is the follow up to her 2013 eponymous debut which won critical acclaim from all the right places. The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter tends towards the darkness with the depth of her lyrical subjects and the way she performs them. Sprinter i...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Bad Debt

Although I’m the biggest fan of MC Taylor’s previous band The Court and Spark, his latest (more successful) outfit Hiss Golden Messenger have never quite hit as hard. They have, however, enjoyed the patronage of Sir David of Bowie amongst other cri...view item »

Peter Broderick
Colours Of The Night

More stark yet beautiful alt. folk from Peter Broderick. Colours Of The Night is his first album for Bella Union in three years. Although it still sounds very much like Broderick’s body of solo work, it was conceived via a less familiar route. It was recorded in Switzerland with a group of swiss musicians and...view item »

David Allred
Midstory

David Allred, from Portland, Oregon plays a type of minimal alternative folk music. He is inspired by great singer songwriters such as Nick Drake and Elliott Smith. He also cites another great, Peter Broderick as an influence. Broderick produced Midstory and p...view item »

Brian Wilson
The Right Time

Brian Wilson's latest album the horrifyingly pun-tastic 'No Pier Pressure' has its moments. both good and devastatingly bad. This 7" contains two of the better collaborative efforts, mainly because they are done with ex-Beach Boys and not Kasey Musgraves or members of .fun. 'The Right Time' is the type of track that sounds better in your he...view item »

Luke Haines
Adventures In Dementia A Micro Opera

Indie God Luke Haines latest offering has been dubbed a micro-opera. Adventures In Dementia finds the former Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder frontman, together with artist, Scott King spin such bonkers tales as a Mark E. Smith impersonato...view item »

Howling
Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is all about collaborations. Howling is the culmination of Ry X from The Acid and Frank Wiedemann from Ame and Innervisions. It’s released by Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label and Ninja Tune imprint Counter. If Thom Yorke had recorded for Kompakt it might have turned out as sweetly repetitive as ...view item »

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...view item »

Villagers
Darling Arithmetic

Darling Arithmetic is the third studio album from Villagers. Darling Arithmetic follows on from Conor O’Brien’s critically acclaimed and Mercury Music Prize nominated pair of albums, Becoming A Jackal and Awayland. This time O’Brien will set our hearts aflutter with a beautif...view item »

Joanne Robertson
Black Moon Days

Black Moon Days is Joanne Robertson’s second record. Her sound is very intimate, singing of troubles and dark thoughts in an untutored but pure voice that suggests acceptance. Playing both electric and acoustic guitar, Robertson captivates. Released on Feeding Tube Records in an edition of 300....view item »

Andrew Bird
Weather Systems

I always wondered what Andrew Bird sounded like and thanks to those kind people at Fargo now I know  - Jeff Buckley without the histrionics. This is produced by the chap from Lambchop and it has that woozy laid back feel. There could be a bit of Black Heart Procession in here if...view item »

Laura Groves
Committed Language

The follow-up EP to Laura Groves’ previous release, Thinking About Thinking, Committed Language is a four track EP of sensual R&B style rhythms with some nice grooves and beats which flirts with electronic lounge music. It’s all brought together by Groves’ crisp voice which is both vulnerab...view item »

The Blood Tub Orchestra
We're Glad You've Got a Gun

Blood Tub Orchestra are a new group dedicated to retrieving and revitalising old forgotten tunes from the Victorian and Edwardian eras (unless they are pastiche originals, it is hard to be sure at this stage). Either way, good tunes and a hardy, bloody aesthetic. Debut EP, on the tantalisingly named Phono Erotic label....view item »

Jimbo Mathus
Blue Healer

Jimbo Mathus was a founding member of blues/jazz revivalists, Squirrel Nut Zippers. They were absolutely huge in the states but failed to really capture the imagination of the British public. Mathus has been reasonably prolific since his band broke up in the early 2000s, however and Blue Healer is his e...view item »

William Elliott Whitmore
Radium Death

It’s folk-punk time. What a great crossover. William Elliott Whitmore gives us some gravelly voiced, thumping guitar blues. Radium Death is proper storytelling to a fast beat which requires a few stomping hillbillies, a couple of barrels of something strong and a few tyres for the kids to play with. Electr...view item »

Jane Weaver / Tender Prey
Don't Take My Soul / Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of My Heart

Jane Weaver’s Don't Take my Soul is an exposition of her gentle electropop and pretty, can’t-quite-put-your-thumb-on-it vocals, delivered appealingly and at high pitch. The 7” is split with Tender Prey, whose Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of my Heart is a promising snea...view item »

Ron Sexsmith
Carousel One

With his perfectly spherical head and mop of ash coloured hair, Ron Sexsmith cuts an unlikely figure for one of pop/rock's most endearing singer songwriters. Always an artist who seems to appeal to other singer songwriters over people who actually buy records, Sexsmith has seemingly achieved the impossible and not sunk into obscurity. His new al...view item »

Stick In The Wheel
Common Ground / Hasp

Hailing from the grime scene, the members of Stick in the Wheel now take their expertise to folk music. Common Ground is driven by a thumping guitar rhythm and pretty yet haunting vocals, whereas Hasp by Stick is fleeting, gentle track about the toils of a horse that was recorded in one take. Limited to 300 pre...view item »

Soko
My Dreams Dictate My Reality

Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (The Cure), ‘My Dreams Dictate My Reality’ is singer songwriter Soko’s follow up to her melancholic folk album debut ‘I Thought I Was An Alien’. The album includes two hypnotic collaborative tracks (‘Monster Love’ and ‘Lovetrap’) with lo-fi troubadour A...view item »

Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch

Unlike on some of his later albums, nearly half of the songs on Jansch's debut are instrumentals. These are some of my favourites on the album, since he gets to stretch out his guitar chops a bit more with the absence of vocals. The mysterious "Alice's Wonderland" and the hypnotic "Casbah" are a couple of my favourites. Throughout the entire alb...view item »

Richard Swift
Ground Trouble Jaw

Record Store Day 2015 release from Richard Swift: we’ve got a few copies left if you want to snap one up! Totally spot-on songs in a Motown-via-the-present-day style. Ground Trouble Jaw was first released only digitally, but thankfully can now be heard on a vinyl record. 12” EP on Secretly Canadian....view item »

Laura Marling
Short Movie

The ever-prolific Laura Marling only recently offered us her mythical folk master-stroke Once I Was An Eagle, but she returns with more on Short Movie, an equally but differently expansive work focused on electric guitars and scorched rock energy. Same serious, intense wor...view item »

Scott Matthew
This Here Defeat

Following an album of covers in 2013’s Unlearned, Scott Matthew arrives with This Here Defeat, an album of his own music. It’s a soft collection of singer-songwriter numbers. Well executed and recorded with sparse instrumentation and a lightness of touch. Out on CD and vinyl + CD from Glitterhouse Records....view item »

Seasick Steve
Sonic Soul Surfer

It’s everyone’s favourite beardy hillbilly Seasick Steve who recorded this, his seventh album believe it or not, Sonic Soul Surfer on his farm and it’s more of what we expect from Seasick; deep folk/blues, stomping rhythm and just a good ol’ time. It includes some fiddle and a jaw harp (m...view item »

Immigrant
No Claim

Immigrant attempts the "5 inch challenge", an invitation from Brian Records to write two minutes worth of material. Fortunately, this prolific songwriter already has an arsenal of miniature tunes and so the whole challenge came pre-completed. No Claim is actually a record that looks back on a grand total of tw...view item »

Stone Jack Jones
Love & Torture

Darkly lustrous Americana on West Virginian Stone Jack Jones’s second album, the follow-up to last year’s well-received ‘Ancestor’. The fact that Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) drops by to lend his tones to “Circumstance” should offer some idea of the songwriting chop...view item »

Nic Hessler
Soft Connections

Optimistic and introspective, Nic Hessler’s ‘Soft Connections’ record was a long term labour of love and growth for the musical self explorer on the brink of a personal breakthrough. The thoughtfully crafted songs are a pilgrimage towards purpose and direction, a soundtrack to your own personal coming of age movie or failed rom...view item »

Duke Special
Look Out Machines!

Duke Special may or may not be an actual duke, but he sure is special. His new album, finally available to the needy masses, is packed with catchy and well-considered pop-songs. Look Out Machines! showcases eleven crafty and lush tunes which will leave you humming them all day. Check out Look out Machines!...view item »

Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

‘Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith.’ is exactly what it sounds like. Two indie folk rock artists playing twelve songs originally written by Elliott Smith. Avett and Mayfield’s play with a reverence to the original material, characterised by their stripped down instrumentation and bare, untreated vocals....view item »

Rima Kato
Faintly Lit

While still at high school in the late nineties, Rima Kato began her music career in folk-rock duo Strrows, who gradually evolved from their jaunty pop origins towards a slower, more thoughtful folk-pop. Following her 2012 mini album ‘Harmless’, Kato’s album debut ‘Faintly Lit’ consists of a lo-fi arrangement of sof...view item »

Matthew E. White
Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White presents his second record, full of big arrangements and radiant tunews. And, given that you are purchasing from a wholesome independent record store like ours, you can get your hands on the special, indies-only double LP edition, which exclusively includes a minimalist re-working of the entire album! Deluxe ind...view item »

Oh! Pears
Wild Part of the World

At the very least, Oh! Pears win the prize for best use of a mid-sentence exclamation mark since Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Aside from that, they share nothing with those Canadian naysayers, making delicate and whimsical chamber pop based around the crafty songwriting of Corey Duncan. On 'Wild Part of the World', he mixes contemporary folk pop...view item »

Cam Deas
Blind Chance

Mr Deas returns to Blackest Rainbow with a heavy duty, high quality slab of wax which is a little different to his previous releases. The LP comprises a single improvised acoustic guitar piece and in the process displays his string plucking skills brilliantly. Here he is less like Fahey and more in fellow Sheffield improviser Derek Bailey mode...view item »

Keath Mead
Sunday Dinner

Dipping into your daydreams with Keath Mead. Sunday Dinner is the debut full length from the South Carolinian musician. Definitely a revivalist, Mead evokes the summer of love and also the slacker indie pop sounds of the 90s. It's infectious psyche-indie-pop full of trippy guitars, swaying drums and ...view item »

Steve Gunn
Time Off

Steve Gunn returns this week with a new album on the reliably classy Paradise of Bachelors, and this time he’s got a backing band. Gunn has enlisted the brilliant John Truscinski and Justin Tripp. The press rele...view item »

Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers
Seasonal Hire

Steve Gunn continues to lead the charge for the resurgence of traditional American folk forms, with The Black Twig Pickers in tow. Seasonal Hire is a really gorgeous sounding record with zero twee about it. Rather, these are meditative, well-layered pieces of music, made by a group of people deeply in t...view item »

Danny Kroha
Angels watching Over Me

Gories punk Danny Kroha does what any self-respecting punk will after a few years of tearing shit up -- he goes in at the roots. Like Chuck Ragan forgetting he's in Hot Water Music, Kroha looks at the traditional strands of folk music, giving tribute to the frenetic primitivism of Joh...view item »

Boduf Songs
Stench of Exist

Sparse, chilly electronica and guitar underpins this record from Mat Sweet aka Boduf Songs on The Flenser. Intimate, and definitely a headphones sort of album, it conjures up images of opium hazes and anxious, languorous evenings. Eleven tracks move into one another like a slow moving river, meeting everything from post-rock and...view item »

Jenny Wilson
Demand The Impossible!

A reality check from Jenny Wilson. Demand The Impossible! is the introspective twelve tracker from the Swedish artist. Written while Wilson was receiving cancer treatment, the album features aggy synths, swooping vocal falsettos and wails, angular drums and squidgy bass lines. It's indie-ar...view item »

Duke Garwood
Heavy Love

Duke Garwood is known for his collaborative works with everyone from The Orb to Mark Lanegan. he’s once again given up on teamwork for this new album on Heavenly, his first solo work since 2011. I hate teamwork too. It’s why I do this instead of an office job. Well played, Duke. Smoke voiced and eloq...view item »

Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes

A reissue campaign of famed singer-songwriter Tori Amos’s work begins with her first albums, pressed to 180g vinyl by Rhino. Little Earthquakes is her 1992 debut, the first step she took to becoming a Big Deal. Includes the singles ‘Me and a Gun’, ‘Silent All These Years’, ‘China&rsqu...view item »

Bob Chance
It's Broken

Oh bloody hell what on earth have they gone and released now? Its some kind of madcap release from 1980 by Bob Chance who looks like a cross between Tony Hancock and Lee Trevino. The sleeve notes, of course, are suggesting a lost genius  - a phrase at odds with the first track &lsquo...view item »

Gyppos
Bold Ambler

Liking this CD album by Gyppos. It seems to be the work of four chaps from the Sheffield region and is comprised of lo-fi indie pop, skewed bluegrass, quirky skiffle & schizoid folk-rock. There's a small bit of them that initially reminds me of old Chicago band 5ive Style but also (musically) Half Man Half Biscuit, fellow Steel City-ers Champio...view item »

Bridget St. John
Dandelion Albums and BBC Recordings Collection

Crucial for any major UK folk fans, this box set on Cherry Red brings together three albums and a chockload of other material from Bridget St. John. The extra stuff includes a full live BBC Session and performances with Kevin Ayers. Packaged in mini LP sleeves and with a booklet of memorabilia, £18.29 is f...view item »

Michael Chapman
The Polar Bear

Improv folk artist Michael Chapman comes through with another of his free form releases, this one following-up the resilient 'Pachyderm', which relied on one steady chord to create a minimal ambient landscape. 'The Polar Bear' brings in flourishes on other acoustic instruments such as piano and cello, while still maintaing Chapman's sp...view item »

Neil Young
Storytone

Neil "Pono" Young goes from the plumbing extreme depths of lo-fi folk traditions with 'A Letter Home' to the sleek, obsessively well-produced and tailored 'Storytone', in which he plays with a 92-piece orchestra. Young's work in the past has always landed somewhere between sparse and raw, but this record is symphonic, putting Young's voice in a ...view item »

Mary Epworth
Dream Life

With a love of vocal harmonies that stun and freeze, whether they're from the oeuvre of the Beach Boys or found in traditional folk songs, Mary Epworth's music draws on musical intuitions like psych and pop and attempts to update them for a contemporary landscape. Dream Life is sort of hazy, but it's abou...view item »

Micah P. Hinson
And The Pioneer Saboteurs

Quick, dust off them spurs, pardoner, don your stetson and marry your sister, The new album from Micah P Henson is here. Its a sprawling opus of wonder and grandiosity, a bit like the Old West itself or a night out with Keith Chegwin,if you will. This record sounds really great. All the songs are spacious and very much rooted in the mysticism of...view item »

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