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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!
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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 soft sounding electric guitar along with a selection of wood and wind instruments which carry the simple charm of her poetry delivered through her soft, gentle vocal style.
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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 indeed.
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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 with modern twists on ye olden times, taking on thirteenth century traditional in "Natasha", and adapting a Tchaikovsky symphony in his own style. Neutral Milk Hotel meets BBC Radio 3, and they have a good time together.
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Cam Deas
Blind Chance


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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 Meads melodic croon. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Company Records.
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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 touch with their instruments.
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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 John Fahey and Six Organs of Admittance. There's banjo aplenty and it's called Angels Watching Over Me -- ah, the past.
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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 death metal all with a sonorous yet sparse sound. CD and Vinyl.
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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-art-disco-pop from Scandinavia, pick it up on on vinyl LP and CD from Crunchy Frog.
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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 eloquent blues. On vinyl and CD.
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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’, ‘Winter’ and ‘Crucify’.
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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 Red House Painters and between the initially lovely Sun Kil Moon project. It has a handful of originals, plus several AC/DC covers, because this man is an idiot. There's also a rework of a John Denver cut. He sucks but he didn't used to.
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Gyppos
Bold Ambler


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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 frankly a massive bargain for this 4 CD set.
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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 sparse guitar overtones. 
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Mark Lanegan
Phantom Radio

Nice to know old gravel larynx Mark Lanegan is releasing an album he composed largely on his phone. Apparently this is his krautrock/post-punk inspired album. Nice to know the singer from The Screaming Trees was soaking up lots of British and German music in his youth rather than digging Alice Cooper and Blue Cheer. He explains, kindly, that he's waited until impending old-man status looms large over his life before he begins pastiching the music he loved when he wore plaid shirts and had long hair. It cannot be any more cringeworthy or mawkish than that crooner-style mess he forced on us a while back.
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Gaz Coombes
Matador

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 the album of having moments of light and dark and says that the “beauty in both of those states” has always intrigued him. Matador is available on vinyl LP and CD.
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Robert Wyatt
68

The old bearded prog-master himself, Robert Wyatt sings in a wide-eyed, articulate voice and crafts weird little songs around the edges, with piano, off-kilter harmonies and choruses that remind one of the sugar-pop days of Steely Dan more than anything else. In 1968, Wyatt took some downtime away from Soft Machine to make his own music, which was disregarded to rev up the Soft Machine again. '68' finally gives us a glimpse at those long-lost recordings. 
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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 that extra sense of directness. LP on Important Records.
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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 and warmth.
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Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

The second part of Matana Roberts' projected twelve-part jazz tapestry is an extremely confounding and yet gorgeously structured work, based around four-pronged suites of free jazz, operatic vocals, smooth spoken word narratives and gospel chants. The record rises and falls around these passages of music to show the personal and political implications of civil rights and racism in America. 

Arthur
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 bobs. A wee gem of warm considered songs. Out on vinyl LP and CD from Light In The Attic.
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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 invitation to meet your loved one for the first time again. If your loved one has a huge beard.
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Derek Rogers
Slowmover


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Thomas Maupin and Daniel Rothwell
Let Your Feet Do the Talkin’


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R. Alverson
The Builder


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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 come with an exclusive bonus cd download code.
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Ela Stiles
Ela Stiles

Over the years, Ela Stiles has built a name for herself as an adept musician in Sydney's often strange and varied music scene. Moving beyond her work in local favourites Songs, she became a driving force in Melbourne outfit Bushwalking, releasing two records with the band while still based in Sydney and working on numerous projects. Now, Ela has taken another hairpin turn, revealing a solo record comprised entirely of a-cappella performances. It is her voice alone that fills the listener's ear, and then her voice again, rising and falling in different vocal patterns both rhythmic and melodic, turning in on itself and creating layers of startling sound.
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Anthony D’Amato
The Shipwreck From The Shore

He used to be so alone; thank you for coming back to him. Anthony D'Amato gravitated towards bedroom pop and sparse solo song-writing before 'The Shipwreck From The Shore', but the ten tracks on this album see him herald in a new era with a full band who tinker with keyboards, marching percussion and knotty guitar interplay. It's quite joyous, hearing D'Amato make some friends.
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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 wonderful orchestral accompaniment, it will inevitably be compared with the work of Laura Mvula as Via Tania creates such an incredibly visual album which could be a beautiful bedtime story or fragments of a half forgotten dream.

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


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The Dark Sky Singers
The Harrowing


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Liam Hayes
Slurrup

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 time. 
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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 is available on vinyl LP and CD.
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Nathan Bowles
Nansemond

You gotta just feel blessed whenever the banjo is being played for good rather than evil, and Nathan Bowles offers us one of those moments of respite with 'Nansemond', a record that looks dark but is deceptively bright, recorded loudly and proudly to best and most fully express the Americana it admires.

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 Bled" is a hushed ukelele jam that explodes with a commanding voice, old-school riffs by the way of the Decemberists and newer Fleet Foxes, and some good old trumpet.
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Robert Wyatt
Different Every Time

He's got a huge beard and he's releasing a new record: that is literally all you can ask from Robert Wyatt. 'Different Every Time' compile two elements of Wyatt's work. One side is for the wee perplexed, introducing the songwriter to a new, clueless generation, while the second collects together his best feature work in a career filled to the brim with successful collaborations -- from Bjork to John Cage to uh, Hot Chip? Go in, Robert.
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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 from Middleton, who plays a sad, introspective sort of post-rock that totally misreads the tone of these stories. Each story is read aloud by a different comic performer. The word "fuck" is bleeped out. A lot. I ask you, is this the Sleaford Mods?
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Lewis & Clarke
Triumvirate

Post-rock influenced composer Lou Rogai is actually one person and is not named Lewis or even Clarke -- the name is in fact a reference to C.S. Lewis and his pen pal Arthur Clarke. Meanwhile, Rogai uses the moniker to make fragile compositions crafted of all those pretty instruments: piano, string swells and soft percussion. 'Triumvirate' is his third record under this name, containing over seventy minutes of Rogai's meandering works that are half-songs, half-compositions. 
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Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain

Alt-country songwriter Jason Molina is best known for his crowning work with Songs: Ohia, 'Magnolia Electric Co.', a cosmic alt-country record inspired by the ferocity of Steve Albini, its producer. 'Didn't It Rain', though, is a different kind of masterpiece, reflecting Molina's more commonly utilised slow-burning folk rock, always focused around quiet strumming and the vocal exchanges of him and singing partner Jennie Benford. Named after a classic folk gospel standard, 'Didn't It Rain' is proof of a plaintive songwriter in thrall of music's old lexicon.
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Wilco
Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Wilco have never been particularly good at hiding their so-called rarities away, half of their fan-base having already been treated to the stellar, suffocatingly intimate early versions of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot songs. Here, though, the band leave another offering: Alpha Mike Foxtrot collates songs they've been commissioned to record for cover albums and film scores, and also throws in some of the band's quintessential b-sides, letting us live in an parallel universe where alt-country is still going strong.

Alice Gerrard
Follow The Music

Alice Gerrard is a country and bluegrass singer from way back when, who has played a hell of a lot of banjo in her time, and collaborated with artists such as Mike Seeger. 'Follow the Music' shows she's still kicking with performances of folk standards and some of her own songs. It's produced by M.C. Taylor of the rootsy folk group Hiss Golden Messenger. I have checked, and it is definitely a folk record.
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Sound of Yell
Sound of Yell

Searching mood variations from Sound of Yell (aka Stevie Jones), on their new self-titled record. Exploring the textured and timbral effects of acoustic instruments, Sound of Yell takes you on a sonic folksy voyage. At times akin to Sufjan Steven's orchestrations, whilst juxtaposed Radiohead's dark angst, SoY is an intriguing listen. Out on vinyl LP and CD on Chemikal Underground.
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Robert Lester Folsom
Ode To A Rainy Day: Archives 1972-1975

The folk music of Robert Lester Folsom remains unsung in modern times, probably because he was a little too out there for his time to be assimilated into the canon. His sweet, vulnerable acoustic compositions are matched with a dosage of psych folk and cerebral instrumentals. Ultimately, though, Folsom had a lot of affection for folk traditions, shown by his frequent covering of Neil Young tunes. This record shows off recordings from Folsom in his early days as a musician recording from the comfort of his own home.
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Howard Eynon
So What If I'm Standing In Apricot Jam

Explaining a record called 'So What If I'm Standing In Apricot Jam' is a totally futile exercise, and you probably wouldn't believe me if I told you Howard Enyon's brand of acid folk is often sinister and eerie, as if a twee/psych icon had travelled into the future and taken on the neo-folk pagans of today. Really, though, he recalls acts such as Syd Barret, Nick Drake in his 'Five Leaves Left' era and Al Stewart back when he was a bona fide folkie. Lots of acoustic guitars, spontaneously exuberant choruses and frenetic drumming abound.
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Greg Gobel
Impermanence

Here is an album of experimental sound art from this Madrid based multi instrumentalist who has produced an ambitious album veering around between genres. He deals with love, death and all that shit across the course of these 14 songs. From the soundclip I'm listening to, he makes a right old racket too. Terrifying stuff.

Tim Wheeler
Lost Domain

A solo project from the lead singer of old Britpop mainstays Ash is apparently the order of the day: with his new haircut, smart suit and pretty cool living room wallpaper, Tim Wheeler is maturing well, and his latest solo record, 'Lost Domain', shows him working at a less bombastic and more reflective pace. Still lots of big Ash climaxes, though.
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Eaves
As Old As The Grave

Leeds local Eaves is a singer-songwriter with a knack for supreme sparsity and modesty. His newest EP, 'As Old As The Grave', depicts him as a masterful pianist and understated guitarist, using both to create dramatic songs with a bare minimum of supplementing. These songs are simple but grandiose, with lyrics about getting stuck in bitter cycles.
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Adele
21

Second album from the multi-billion-selling award magnet / foghorn known as Adele. If you can get past the overly pristine production, the overbearing hype, and the whole sense of being slammed in the face by a commercial juggernaut then there is plenty to like about '21'. Genuinely affecting lyrics addressing universal themes of heartbreak and loss, delivered by a flawless vocal, from a genuine British superstar.
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Last Harbour
After The Flatlands

Rarities, collaborations and reworks by Last Harbour. These Mancunians gently hum out their rusty songs on After The Flatlands. Evoking the spirits and attitudes of John Steinbeck, Terrance Malick and Johnny Cash, these cats let their country-folk grumblers roll out at their own pace. Put out on cassette tape by Little Red Rabbit. A miniscule run of 25 tapes of this one means you had better be quick on the draw.
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Various
I’m Your Fan

Like "I'm Your Man", get it? Such a fantastic pun is surely worthy of one of the most renowned songwriters of all time -- 'I'm Your Fan' features reinterpretations of Leonard Cohen's work by canonised rock acts like the Pixies, R.E.M., Robert Forster, Nick Cave and John Cale. Some of these covers are light, respectful and affectionate, while others tear into Cohen's work violently, as with Cave's wild version of "Tower of Song". 

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 crowd of a hundred other musicians who make it sound like he's marching through the streets.
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Leonard Cohen
Popular Problems

Legendary songwriter and renowned (or at least published) poet Leonard Cohen has a new album out! It's called 'Popular Problems', and its release date coincides with Cohen's eightieth birthday, marking both a day of personal celebration and another milestone for Cohen -- it's the thirteenth record in his long career, though only his second since 2008.
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Rozi Plain / Rachael Dadd
Split

This 7" of beautifully muted folk and electronica pangs with nostalgic longing, with a delighted melancholy shared between artists Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. The split sees a track from Plain's record 'Friend' and Dadd's forthcoming, perfectly titled 'We Resonate', both ricocheting with folk music that is never traditional nor sparse.
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Musee Mecanique
From Shores Of Sleep

This indie folk band sound like they just stepped out of a slightly too sincere Wes Andersen film, with gorgeously full arrangements on tinny instruments and with shuffling drums that push them through the streets. 'From Shores of Sleep' is a concept album that holds water as its key motif, and is suitably fluid with its transitions and flourishes. There are horns and they kind of sound like the Decemberists, which is of course a wonderful thing.
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Silver Servants
Silver Servants

This is the debut album by Silver Servants, created in sporadic sessions over the past four years. The massive list of contributors includes Mark Fry, Sharron Kraus, Aine O'Dwyer, Katie English (Isnaj Dui), Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly)...I'm barely scratching the surface here. Basically everyone on Second Language and some of their friends. The music was improvised over two sessions in 2010 and 2012 according to a set of rules - each track being improvised from scratch, with the group moving on to a new song after each hour that passed. Then, finally, after some time gathering dust, the tapes were mixed and vocals were added, resulting in the heady mixture of psych-folk, krautrock, baroque, post-rock and minimal electronica found on these 12 tracks.
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Little Arrow
Furious Finite

Welsh folk-popsters Little Arrow follow up 2013's acclaimed 'Wild Wishes' with LP number three 'Furious Finite'. This time round they're injecting some high drama into their pastoral sound with elements of grunge, prog, country, choral music, ambient and psychedelia fleshing out songwriter William Hughes' heartfelt storytelling.
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Weyes Blood
The Innocents

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Natalie Mering, aka Natalie Wiseblood from Jackie O Motherfucker, aka Weyes Bluhd, aka Weyes Blood, has a second Weyes Blood album following 2011's now-sold-out effort on Not Not Fun. Expect mystical folk-pop warblings with haunting, primitive backing and full-voiced but wistful vocals.
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Robert Lester Folsom
Music And Dreams

Understated folkie Robert Lester Folsom conjured up the pastoral sounds of the deep American South from his Georgia home state. 'Music and Dreams' was initially released back in 1976, and hinted at his psychedelic inclinations more clearly than ever before. This is chilled out, breezy folk rock, full of good times and southern comfort.
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Joseph Houpert / Norm Chambers
Split

Yet more ambient joy comes from Desire Path here, with a 7" split by artists Norm Chambers and Joseph Houpert. Known more commonly as Panabrite, Chambers crafts Komische-influenced ambient works that synthesise the natural world with a krautish impression of it. Desire Path continue to show off every experimental and ambient act worth caring about in 2014. 
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RM Hubbert
The Ampersand Extras

Former El Hombre Trajeado guitarist RM Hubbert's 'Ampersand Trilogy' of solo albums have really established him as a formidable solo guitarist with a flamenco-inspired but still very Scottish sound. The collaboration-heavy 'Thirteen Lost and Found' even netted him the Scottish Album of the Year award. Those who are sad that the trilogy is finished will be delighted to see that here we have the fourth Ampersand album, mopping up the deleted scenes and Easter eggs that didn't fit on the albums but were too good not to release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Balmorhea
Balmorhea

Post-rock/chamber pop group Balmorhea consits at its core of duo Rob Lowe and Michael Muller. This self-titled debut showed off a very young incarnation of a band interested in serene arrangements and plenty of supplementary orchestration, and while it was initially self-released by the band, their friends at Western Vinyl now offer it up as a first-time vinyl release.

Flagship
Flagship

If you watch the video about the making of Flagship's new record, basically all you will learn is that half the band worked at Chick-Fil-A as teenagers. Here are some further details though: this soft-spoken band of dudes make emotive folk rock with clean riffs and brooding vocals, switching up between widescreen sounds influenced by Coldplay to sparser pop tunes. They take bands like Grizzly Bear as their influences, but also reflect bands with grander, more arena-oriented ambitions, such as Elbow and U2. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Steve Gunn
Way Out Weather

Because we all need more country rock riffs and farmyard twang in our life, Steve Gunn has made 'Way Out Weather', a record that has these things in spades -- as well as, you know, actual songs. The tunes on 'Way Out Weather' have plaintive, hushed verses that curve into choruses with slight but potent melodies, offering a subtlety absent from his last record, 'Time Off'. Sometimes Gunn loses himself in the moment, soloing towards oblivion, but he'll always bring it back around.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maggie Bjorklund
Shaken

After years of touring in Jack White's band, as well as contributing to his latest solo venture, 'Lazaretto', Maggie Bjorklund is set to step out on her own and release 'Shaken'. The record shows off Bjorklund's own brand of alt-country, with her prowess as a singer and pedal steel guitarist pushed to the forefront of these close-up recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bonnie Prince Billy
Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues

Following up last year's totally homegrown and fiercly DIY self-titled record, resident folkie Bonnie "Prince" Billy is returning with 'Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues'. The record sees the man also known as Will Oldham tackling the dark recesses of his mind, with songs he has claimed as being about "one day when only two people died in the whole world". Business as usual for Bonnie, then.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Vashti Bunyan
Heartleap

'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 in 2005, when she released her understated followup 'Lookaftering'. She's now releasing 'Heartleap', ten songs of a similarly sparse fashion, for FatCat. This is a cult musician in motion!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maailma
Speculum


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

Nicholas Krgovich
On Sunset

Nicholas Krgovich can't decide whether to bow at the Americana altar or give it up for synth pop, and so his song-writing prowess lies between the two, recalling traditional folk songwriters as much as he does artists such as Prefab Sprout and the Dirty Projectors. His new record, 'On Sunset', is a love letter to Los Angeles, and was produced by friend and helper of Canadian superheroes the New Pornographers. Expect something colourful and ornate.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucinda Williams
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Alt country star Lucinda Williams returns with 'Down Where The Spirit Meets Bone', being released on her very own label, Highway 20. A sprawling double-disc record, 'Down' features twenty tunes, including collaborations with Williams' own father (who wrote a poem for the record) and Jakob Dylan, the son of that other Highway guy. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Fry
South Wind, Clear Sky

Psych folk troubadour Mark Fry hasn't done much beyond releasing his lightning-in-a-barrel classic 'Dreaming With Alice', which showed a young artist create a quite epic record of beautifully ornamented folk music. In 2008, Fry made something of a Vashti Bunyan move, returning to release his second record 'Shooting The Moon' after years and years out of sight and mind. 'South Wind, Clear Sky' is the follow-up to that record, offering up yet more wistful folk songs which get their power from Fry's omniscient, assured vocal delivery. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joan Shelley
Electric Ursa

Plaintive folk, anyone? Joan Shelley's plucked tunes aren't innovative, but they breathe new light into old traditions. 'Electric Ursa' brings together her compelling voice, which sounds a little like Lotte Kestner -- and sometimes recalls the lower end of Joni Mitchell's register -- with strikingly fluid guitar collaborations. 'Electric Ursa', her second solo record, was produced by Kevin Ratterman, who's also worked with the pastoral folk clown Andrew Bird. These songs are meandering, but it's evident they've been painstakingly constructed. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tweedy
Sukierae

On 'Sukierae', dad rock gets literal: initially set to be his first solo record, Jeff Tweedy enlisted his son Spencer on drums, making the record an ensemble Tweedy affair. The record recalls the light, airy folk rock of latter-day Wilco records, especially 'The Whole Love', while retaining some of their weight and complexity. 'Sukierae' is a wistful and intricate double record from a man who never gets tired of making rock songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Peter Escott
The Long O

Peter Escott has been carefully learning and unlearning the piano since childhood; recorded an unknown number of self-released, increasingly intricate and discordant instrumental piano CD-Rs,  added a fairly serviceable singing voice to his playing on his let's-try-something-that-might-make-sense-to-people debut Slowcoach (independently released, 2008); then, to his own astonishment on top of everyone else's, made a sudden anxiety-defying shift from shy retirer to flamboyant frontman with compact, concise bass-and-machines duo The Native Cats, who have thrilled crowds from Gonerfest in Memphis to the Sydney Opera House. And now, like an introvert finding an empty room at a house party, Escott has returned to keeping his own counsel and suffering his own consequences, with his new solo album for Bedroom Suck Records, The Long O. Featuring no other performers and limited to the only instruments he knows how to play - piano, synth, melodica, and a solitary, awkwardly self-taught guitar chord - The Long O is as haunting as it is direct, with Escott's voice lending a reserved gravity to the often soaring arrangements.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Syd Barrett
Opel

180g vinyl reissue of this sought-after compilation of rare and unreleased material from the legendary Pink Floyd frontman. Compiled from recordings made between 1968 and 1970, including takes from 'The Madcap Laughs' and 'Barrett' and two unreleased tracks that the Floyd had previously vetoed.

Jason Trachtenburg
Let the Fishes Do The Asking EP

This brisk little cassette captures some of Jason Trachtenburg's finest moments as a silly and touching songwriter. These songs were recorded in 1993 and feature raw banjo playing, sweet gang vocals and that high-pitched coo of Tratchenburg's. 'Let The Fishes Do The Asking' is one for fans of anti-folk that recalls Daniel Johnston and Jeffrey Lewis, as well as those who love quick, in-and-out pop songs a la Guided By Voices.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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