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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

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 »

Alasdair Roberts
Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is a softly spoken Scottish folk musician with a gorgeously fragile voice, a voice that feels entirely perfect for the traditional songs he commonly sings. For this album on Drag City however, all the songs are original. From what I’ve heard though, they feel sound just as special and well...view item »

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 »

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

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 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 »

Patrick Watson
Love Songs For Robots

Love For Robots is Patrick Watson’s fifth album, and his first in several years. As the title might suggest to you, this album is both electronic and soulful, subtly tracing out a backdrop for Watson’s delicate vocals. The LP edition is a big, grand gatefold affair, packaged with an extra 7&...view item »

Paul de Jong

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 »

Judee Sill
Live In London - The BBC Recordings

Despite being out of the picture for decades, the music of Judee Sill still has the power to overwhelm and entrance people. Live In London - The BBC Recordings will excite Sill fans, as it brings into circulation some previously unheard recordings from live shows and sessions. Also includes some intervi...view item »

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 »


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 »

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Olivia Jean
Merry Widow / You Really Got Me

Jack White protege and gothic chanteuse Olivia Jean presents a track from her debut album ‘Bathtub Love Killings’ along with her own characteristically sweet and eerie take on The Kinks’ standard “You Really Got Me”. Very much what you might expect from the poppier ...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 »

Mark Kozelek
Rock 'N' Roll Singer

He's indie rock's most formidable and canonical arsehole. Before he was quite as annoying and reminiscent of Grampa Simpson on one of his go-nowhere rants, he was slightly more redeemable and a better songwriter to boot. Rock 'n' Roll Singer was his debut record under his own name, following on from slowcore sadsaps ...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 »

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 »

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes career has gone from surfing the rising wave of Britpop to its zenith, notching up 10 top ten singles and six top 20 albums, to recording a cover of the Kinks classic This Time Tomorrow for a recent John Lewis advert. Now he has an album all of his own, Matador. Coombes, describes t...view item »

Mark Rogers + Mary Byrne
I Line My Days Along Your Weight

Debut album from the duo of Mark Rogers + Mary Byrne. They’ve used a barrage of interesting old instruments (including a “tricone resonator” and “golden-era flattop” - sounds delicious) and Mary’s rich voice to make these ten, close-feeling tracks. Mostly recorded live, for th...view item »

Jake Xerxes Fussell
Jake Xerxes Fussell

With a name like that, you can’t go wrong. Boiling together atmosphere and a love for folk sounds and an interest in Persian wars with Greece, Jake Xerxes Fussell has combined some of the finest fingers and hands in folk music to build a record like a house. This self-titled album is out on vinyl, so you can feel that love...view item »

The Fates

One of the most obscure, rare and coveted records from the Manchester post-punk scene is actually a sweetly shambling DIY "pagan folk" album from Blue Orchids & Fall keyboardist Una Baines and a load of her (mostly female) cohorts. Numerous other B-Orchids/Mancs luminaries are inv...view item »

Jessica Pratt
On Your Own Love Again

On Your Own Love Again is Jessica Pratt’s second album following her 2012 debut. It offers dreamy, subtle, folk melodies punctuated by Pratt’s beautiful, childlike voice which almost has a Bob Dylan lilt to it. It beautifully chimes along with American folk from the 1960s. A charming...view item »

Dreams and Images

Some tender thoughts and feelings from Arthur aka Arthur Lee Harper. Dreams and Images is the repressed and remastered edition of his 1968 debut release. This record is packed with Arthurs archetypal sympathetic vocals, his finger picking folksy guitar and some other instrumental bits and b...view item »

Iron and Wine
Archive Series Volume No. 1

All the fans are always happy with a new Iron & Wine release, and this is a very special one. 16 tracks from before your boy Sam Bean was even known as Iron & Wine, now out on vinyl, from the time the tracks on the Creek Drank the Cradle were composed. Archive Series Volume No. 1 is like an invi...view item »

The Invisible Hands
The Invisible Hands

Sun City Girl Alan “Alvarius B” Bishop has spent the last couple of years putting together an Egyptian psych-folk troupe The Invisible Hands and composing this debut album, available over here in an English-language edition as well as an Arabic versio...view item »

William Ryan Fritch
Leave Me Like You Found Me

Walking through the far reaches of modern classical music, William Ryan Fritch’s sometimes lures us further in with little bits of post-rock tension. Our ears twitch and rise as we recognize a growth behind the pretty melodies, something building. Leave Me Like You Found Me will only have 450 copies, all of which ...view item »

Sun Kil Moon

Sometimes I wonder if it would just be better for everyone if I’d gone ahead and married Mark Kozelek. I wouldn’t need anything from him, if he would just sit on a wicker chair in the corner of the room and carefully pluck his classical guitar all day that would be enough for me. However, if I had...view item »

Via Tania
Via Tania & The Tomorrow Music Orchestra

The cover to Via Tania’s record Via Tania & the Tomorrow Music Orchestra looks deceptively like something from the Blue Note catalogue, with Tania looking like a vintage jazz singer or big band leader. In fact we have something a bit more vulnerable; a wonderful selection of airy, bluesy, folk tunes with some ...view item »

Alex Calder
Strange Dreams

Full length indie pop album from Alex Calder, another talented singer/songwriter from Edmonton, Canada. Focused, psyche and spooky songs meet jangly bright guitar in this album on Captured Tracks. Once one half of Makeout Videotape with Mac DeMarco, now doing his own lo-fi thing. Fans of Deerhunter will love it. Vinyl and CD....view item »

No Name/ Remind Me

Some most pleasant fragile folk from this Swedish native female artist. On second spin it's slowly getting its hooks into me, a lovely song, sweet voice and tender guitar playing. This should appeal to those of you into Haruko, Vashti Bunyan and all good quality lady folk....view item »

Don’t Say a Word

These guys have a really nice, gentle ,folksy(?) sound. You probably know this. They have vocals that sound luscious and will make many a grown man cry his little arse off. You probably know this. They remind of Tuung or Laura Marling. Here they sound heart meltingly grandiose and very emotional. The songs are well produced and played. You proba...view item »

Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam
Summer Solstice

Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam have got a ridiculously silly name that takes a while to type out but they more than make for it with their unique take on folk-pop. 'Summer Solstice' is a celebration of the best time of year....you guessed it yo, it's SUMMER!! The A-side is the sound of summer coming towards you, chasing you thr...view item »

Oh Ruin
The Pillow Where Your Head Does Lay/ Ringsend

Oh Ruin is the solo title for acoustic guitar strummer Eoin O'Ruinaigh. Static Caravan certainly know a fine talent when they hear one and these guys are no exception. It's kinda bluesy sounding stuff with hints of traditional Irish music thrown in for good measure. O'Ruinaigh's guitar playing is tastefully hypnotic and the addition of violins a...view item »

Lux Harmonium
The Bones You Break/ Camel Bones

Ah, this is lovely. A couple of pretty little pastoral songs from Lux Harmonium. They've a slight psychedelic edge to them but essentially this is pretty straight folk-type stuff for those who like a good fingerpicker. On 'The Bones You Break' he's got a backing band and it's relatively u...view item »

The Dark Sky Singers
The Harrowing

The Dark Sky singers' new single filled me with dread when I cast my eye upon it. It looked proper bleak. Yes I know you can find beauty in bleakness, fuck off and watch American Beauty or Garden State or summat. You know I'm a sensitive guy really. I'm just saying this stuff to mask my own emotional....just kidding! What do you take me for? A b...view item »

Liam Hayes

Liam Hayes' brings the occasional and infrequent rain of Chicago (get back to me, city natives) to our shores with Slurrup, his eccentrically titled new record, which delivers more of the same cheeky folk-affected pop rock. With his voice of delighted gravel, Hayes offers up another surprisingly good...view item »

Hans Chew
Life & Love

Following favourable reviews from highly regarded music magazines for his debut, Hans Chew returns with his sophomore release Life and Love. The piano-playing, songwriting New York native recorded the album live with minimal overdubs to allow the listener to experience the power of a real band. Life and Love...view item »

Mark Fry / The A. Lords
I Lived in Trees

Mark Fry is best known for an acid folk album 'Dreaming of Alice' recorded in 1972 but like much of these 'lost' albums dained prominence when the great and good (ie: Jim O Rourke and Kieran Hebden) name checked it as a classic and it received a re-issue on the hip Sundazed imprint. Now 39...view item »

Grimm Grimm / TAPERS
Grimm Grimm / TAPERS

Split CD here from Grimm Grimm and Tapers. Grimm Grimm is the London-based acid folk outfit of ex-Screaming Tea Party Koichi Yamanoha, with a rotating cast of characters from bands like Le Volume Corbe, Chrome Hoof, Bo Ningen and L...view item »

The Staves
Blood I Bled

The Staves are a sisterly trio crafting indelible indie pop, and 'Blood I Bled' is but a teaser of what's to come -- this three-song EP shows the band preparing for their next record, which follows up 2012's 'Dead & Born & Grown'. Things really do seem to come in threes for this band, which is a pretty cool gimmick. Title track "Blood I ...view item »

Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley
Music and Words

Music plus words usually equals a song, but that's not really what Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley are doing here. This collaboration is made from the sardonic and extremely sweary prose of Shrigley -- who writes about things like rabbits having a civil war and telling each other to fuck off a lot -- and a deliberately offbeat soundtrack fr...view item »

Neil Young

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 »

Vashti Bunyan

'Heartleap' is the third and final record in a pastoral folk trilogy that has spun over forty years. Vashti Bunyan released her first record, 'Just Another Diamond Day', in 1970; panned by critics in its time for its natural elements and seeming triviality, it's become a staple for any fan of folk rock. Bunyan only recovered from her bad press i...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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