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Benoit Pioulard

I have only a small number of things in common with our lord, our leader, our saviour Philip Leigh and one is an absolute adoration of a previous Benoit Pioulard album ‘Lasted’ which I said way back in 2010 was “where wistful songwriting meets evocative warped ‘70s Polaroid nos...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger’s last album ‘Poor Moon’ saw singer-songwriter MC Taylor’s profile increase dramatically with a positive critical reception and praise from the likes of Sir David of Bowie. He plays weary country/Americana ballads ...view item »

Chelsea Wolfe
Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

Here we get to indulge in an atmosphere-drenched album of dusky American chamber-folk from a woman who is apparently a heavier sounding proposition on her previous recordings. I've not heard them therefore this disc will have to stand on its own merits. She has a lovely regret-tinged voic...view item »

Sam Amidon
Bright Sunny South

Putting on a singer-songwritery type record you never know whether it will be another bland piece of rubbish or something that you will enjoy and connect with. Thankfully this record by Sam Amidon veers very much towards the latter. He does nothing special, nothing so innovative you will never heard it be...view item »

The Handsome Family

Husband and wife duo Brett & Rennie Sparks aka The Handsome Family have been making mournful, melancholic yet beautiful music for twenty-one years now. “Wilderness” is their ninth studio album. “Wilderness” is a concept album about nature (really?) with every track nam...view item »

The Memory Band
On The Chalk (Our Navigation of the Line of the Downs)

Stephen Cracknell has been making folk inflected acoustronica (sorry!) for quite some time with The Memory Band, The Accidental and others and his records have been pleasant affairs, if at times a little straight laced. I’m pleased to see then that this reco...view item »

Denison Witmer
Denison Witmer

My initial impression of Denison Witmer's eponymous 9th studio album was that it was an okay, fairly run-of-the-mill singer/songwriter album and I was a bit surprised to find him signed to Sufjan Stevens' Asthmastic Kitty label. I'd heard stuff by him before that hadn't really grabbed me. I decided to...view item »

The Marquis De Tren and Bonnie Prince Billy
Get On Jolly

Will Oldham, or Bonnie Prince Billy, gets about like a newly-divorced alcoholic.  On Get on Jolly, his EP with The Marquis De Tren otherwise known as the Dirty Three’s Mick Turner, we once again get his wonderful delicate trembling voice alongside some recognisable base and beautiful guitar and organ....view item »

Akron/ Family
Sub Verses

Perennial live favourites and some-time Gira backers Akron/Family are back this week with their seventh album ‘Sub Verses’, yet another strident collection of loved-up psych rock, bounding in on a high note with ‘No-Room’ recalling some of their ...view item »

The Weighing Of The Heart

The most immediately striking thing about Colleen’s new album is the new-found use of vocals. Opener ‘Push The Boat Onto The Sand’ is a gorgeous affair, the vocals joined by beautifully picked nylon strung acoustic guitars culminating in a sound which could be a feminine counterpart to the m...view item »

Barn Owl

Evan Caminiti and Jon Porras are pretty reliable chaps, now five albums strong as a duo they’ve yet to unleash a turkey. Yes, the title is indeed a reference to the fact that this is their fifth album and sadly not a wink to the popular 1980s television se...view item »

The Sandman's Orchestra

Pierre Laplace was the singer in a cool French band called Vera Clouzot. Between 1994 and 2004 they played alongside the likes of Smog and Jeff Buckley, before disbanding. Laplace then holed himself up in a home studio and taught himself to play loads of different instruments until, in May 2010,...view item »

Nicholas Chim

Second album from Singapore singer/songwriter Nicholas Chim is a forlorn collection of indie/folk love songs, from the opener ‘In The End’ you can tell he wears his heart on his sleeve. Initiated by a difficult end to a relationship, Chim pours out his heart through his lyrics but the music is surprisingly upbeat. Other acoustic folk...view item »

Harper Simon
Division Street

On his eponymous debut Harper Simon sounded a lot more like his dad (that’s Paul Simon, in case you were wondering) than he does here with the exception of “Just Like St. Teresa” and “Leaves of Golden Brown”. On “Division Street” he goes for a mid-fi-on-purpose sound,...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
You Have Already Gone To The Other World

It’s a last minute rush this week getting all the reviews done and I’ve only just found out the new album from A Hawk And A Hacksaw has come in so I thought I’d write a few words about it otherwise it’d get lost in the juggernaut of releases thrown at you by the music indust...view item »

Billy Bragg
Tooth & Nail

I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Billy Bragg's "Tooth & Nail" as much as I did. It was much more my thing than I had come to expect. There are a few differences between this an his previous albums: It was recorded in the US and the lyrics are more personal than his usual political themes and therefore, musically it's more folk/country ...view item »

Devendra Banhart

Mala is great from start to finish, although for Devendra fans it's different. This represents Devendra's first effort with a high level of production. It's not folksy by any stretch of the imagination. So hardcore Banhart fans might be disappointed, but give Mala a chance. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Devendra produced this album with...view item »

I Hunt Alone

Sufferers from aulophobia need to be aware that there is a lot of flute work in the opening tracks to this album. Likewise if you also have fear of accordions and carefully plucked acoustic guitars, I’d stand well clear. The album is a series of complex instrumental pieces which waver in and out of focus. ...view item »

Reason To Believe - The Songs Of Tim Hardin

During a recent crisis, I drove across the pennines with Tim Hardin’s ‘Hang Onto A Dream-  The Verve Recordings’ on repeat. Partly as I just couldn’t be bothered to change the CD and partly because it’s bloody amazing. We have an age range of almost 20 years here at the towers and yet not one person apart from ...view item »

Tom Morgan
Orange Syringe

Tom Morgan is a songwriter of some pedigree. His band, Smudge, have countless great indie-pop songs, he has had many of his songs covered by The Lemonheads, and also co-written some with Evan Dando. His most famous song is probably "The Outdoor Type" which has been covered by several acts. His voice has never been his strongest weapon which is p...view item »

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

What you've got here is two musicians who happen to be good friends who happen to have gone through breakups around the same time...who happened to write an album about their experiences. It's a very atmospheric and emotionally telling ride. The songs lyrically dance around some very personal views that are quality enough to justify this collabo...view item »

Night Beds
Country Sleep

Upon hearing “Faithful Heights”, the a capella opener to “Country Sleep” by Night Beds, AKA Winston Yellen, it reminded me of the faux emotion shown by Conor Oberst in the spoken passage at the start of the Bright Eyes album “I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning” (I do quite like a lot of that album, though...view item »

The Untied Knot
Rien N'Existe

Second album (following debut 'Sketches for a Lost Summer') from The Untied Knot (aka Matt and Nigel). Recorded entirely on multitrack tape and featuring Alison Gregory on cello, the album was funded through the ever-popuar online pledge system. Available on the Sonic Imperfections label on CD or vinyl....view item »

Marcos Valle
Marcos Valle

This 1970 album presented something of a break with most of what Valle had done up to that point. For starters, both the songs and his hair were getting longer, and the dynamic of this unique record resides in the yin-yang between electrified rock-influenced tracks featuring Milton Nascimento's backing band Som Imaginário, and orchestrall...view item »

Edwyn Collins

As I noted on a previous Edwyn Collins review, it’s very hard to critically assess his music post illness as it’s such a major achievement that he’s actually making music again. The same will be true if (fingers crossed) Vini Reilly recovers ...view item »

The Children’s Hour

After finding out The Children's Hour opened for Zwan, I immediately explored their self-titled EP. Their first full-length, SOS JFK, is the perfect album for those times when you just need to mellow out, or need good study music. From the amazing harmonies of "Wyoming" to the soft sadness of "Adoption Day", the Children's Hour have this folk ro...view item »

Lord Huron
Lonesome Dreams

My first impression of Lord Huron after hearing the opening harmonies of the superb “Ends Of The Earth” was that they sound like some sort of Appalachian mountain Beach Boys tribute band. Then, I thought that they sound like Fleet Foxes with a bit of The Shins thrown in. I think that overall, a mix of all three is a pretty good asses...view item »

Matthew E. White
Big Inner

It's a great thing when an album, and an unassuming album at that, opens with a track takes it's time to quietly worm its way into your head and supply you with endless listening pleasure. "One Of These Days" meanders through the speakers gradually unveiling it's sublime melodic quality with the understated yet confident groove of Matthew E. Whi...view item »

Esther Maria
The Abyss

Starting with a slow, swoonsome melodica-led instrumental, this second album from the British born, Denmark based singer songwriter kicks into life with a descending acoustic guitar figure and her impressive voice, an octave-defying thing that swoops in all the right places. It’s hard th...view item »

Misery Together

I really like the idea of this record. The press release describes it as a celebration of “splatter-folk” and an homage “to the films of John Carpenter, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and George Romero, and to the writing of Edgar All...view item »

Ben Nash
The Mineral Victim

After a lengthy silence, Chora’s Ben Nash came back recently with an album made entirely on his computer, and now here’s another one which seems to have been made with a combination of computer and guitar, c...view item »

Serafina Steer
The Moths Are Real

This album has an opening track so good that everyone might as well pack up and go home when it’s finished. It opens with delicate harp and lovely warm bass. The voice emerges through the fog - a beautiful thing - somewhere between Sandy Denny and Nico....view item »

Scott Walker
Bish Bosch

Experimental pop godfather and widely acknowledged “godlike genius” Scott Walker is back with only his fourth proper solo album since the Walker Brothers disbanded in 1978, and first in six years. I’m afraid that I&rs...view item »

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Christmas Eve Can Kill You

Is it Bonnie or Bonny? Or does it change all the time? I don’t know anymore. This week has been a pain in the tits and I’m unable to do things properly now... Anyway these guys paired up back in De...view item »

Little Annie & Baby Dee
State Of Grace

It's a shame to see Little Annie be so under-known. She's been making great records for decades, sometimes using different names... Annie Anxiety, Little Annie Anxiety, Little Annie Axiety Bandez, etc... Of what I know of her, she started out with a more industrial approach, but with a soft spot for... I don't know what to call it... music hall?...view item »

Robust Worlds
Emotional Planet

One of the worst sounds in the world is the sound of Vini Reilly singing. The Durutti Column guitarist has a wonderful dexterity on his chosen instrument but over the years insists on ‘singing’ over certain tracks - all but ruining t...view item »

Michael Chapman

I have a feeling our Clint’s a fan of veteran guitar picker Michael Chapman, I’m pretty sure I’ve heard his name mentioned in hushed tones around the office, but this is actually the first time I’ve ever sat down ...view item »

Drop Out Venus
Elastic Teen Rent / I Kill Foxes

Well, this is a pretty confusing 7” and I couldn’t initially tell which of these songs was the A side so I’m starting out here with ‘I Kill Foxes’ which is a crunchy post-grunge song which recalls ‘90s artists like Juliana Hatfield or Tracy Bonham or ...view item »

Paul Levinson
Twice Upon A Rhyme

Here’s an incredibly limited (only 50 copies!) reissue of Paul Levinson’s sought-after pop rarity from 1972, Twice Upon A Rhyme, which comes lovingly packaged in a brand new screenprinted sleeve design, with inserts containing lyrics and further information. Very lovely package....view item »

Mumford & Sons

This album is not bad, but it's not great either...definitely not as good as Sigh No More. The album starts incredibly strong; the first track is probably my favourite off the entire album, but after a few songs it slows down quite a bit and each song starts sounding like the last, and the question, "Is that the same banjo riff I heard in the la...view item »

John Cale
Shifty Adentures In Nookie Wood

Despite my love of John Cale’s stellar album ‘Paris 1919’, I have never knowingly delved into his varied solo back catalogue for fear of ruining it all for myself. I’ve enjoyed his ...view item »

Reuben Son
Days Gone By

This is a sweet looking 7” on a boutique label called Wagtail. The image we have for this has a nice flower at the side of it. Looks nice doesn’t it? Alas the record doesn’t come with a flower but I think it’...view item »

Ray Stinnett
A Fire Somewhere

Don't judge a book by its cover. Or in this case a record. Ray Stinnett's only album "A Fire Somewhere" is a pretty solid singer/songwriter album that has been unearthed by Light In The Attic records and was produced by Booker T. Jones. Stinnett sings his heart out on opener "Salty Haze" followed by "You Make Me Feel" which in places sounds like...view item »

Echoes In The Wonderland

Jani Hirvones has amassed a most impressive catalogue over the past eleven years or so with a mountain of releases on labels such as Digitalis, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, Sloow Tapes, Students of Decay, ...view item »

Raymond Byron and the White Freighter
Little Death Shaker

My musical tastes have always been toward the adventurous, I like artists that are not afraid to take chances and twist things up a bit. Raymond Byron is such an artist, his influences are perhaps too numerous to list including everyone from Leonard Cohen to the Drive-By Truckers. Most songs are short and if not catchy, are quite creative. He se...view item »

Jens Lekman
I Know What Love Isn't

Opening with a godawful piano ‘interlude’ which I wish hadn’t happened, the first main track ‘Erica America’ is a gorgeous slab of yacht rock which sits perfectly between Chris Rea circa ‘On the Beach’ and later period Steely Dan. The arrangements are ...view item »

Carina Round

You guys really need to listen/review this album, it's one of the best Rock/Pop albums I've heard in a while - and Carina's best by a good margin. There's some seriously quality songwriting on display. Track 8 sticks out for me - it begins like an out-of-tune rehearsal but ends up with a glorious finale. Some great vocals throughout too. I s...view item »

Bill Fay
Life Is People

Life Is People is Bill Fay's first record in years and years and years, and it's a noble comeback story if ever there was one: despite neglect from labels dealing with previous records, he came back with music about the life-affirming qualities of all those around him. Through well-ornamented songs and solo pi...view item »

Dylan Leblanc
Cast The Same Old Shadow

He's got the sophomore slump/blues. Too atmospheric by half. If you were expecting a progression from his first album this one is a step back not forward. Murky production and several songs sound a LOT like licks off the first album. He's got the chops and voice and writing skills--but it's hard to hear 'em through the production. No denying his...view item »

Lee Hazlewood
A House Safe For Tigers

For the soundtrack to an obscure TV movie made in early 1970s Sweden I wasn't expecting that much. Maybe a couple of gems amidst unlistenable weirdness. But from the symphonic opening ballad "Soul's Island" to the choir-led reprise of the title track, "A House Safe For Tigers" is amazing. Everything apart from "The Nights", which cropped...view item »

James Yorkston
I Was A Cat From A Book

Once again I’m left with a new album by someone who has been around the block and back around again, then stumbled down a blind alley or two, or the odd ditch. Sadly, on his wanders he keeps losing his Athletes (maybe he shouldn’t have been getting so drunk on that woozy cider...?)...view item »

Lawrence Arabia
The Sparrow

I can’t help but feel that this Lawrence Arabia (surely not his real name!) is rather in thrall to David Byrne, both with and without his Talking Heads. And I don’t mean that in a bad way either, because this guy&rsquo...view item »

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