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Plantman
To The Lighthouse

Plantman is the solo outfit of Matthew Randall, formerly of Beatglider. His third album To The Lighthouse sounds instantly well-worn and lived in, like a small family house somewhere by a river in Mid-West America. Obviously, that’s a big compliment: this is some fine-feeling Americana songcraft. Released by Arlen.

Nathan Bowles
Whole & Cloven

Modern banjo excursions and new folklore are two of Nathon Bowles favourite things, though there's much more to the guy: his official focus is drumming, and his previous record saw him make dark ambient for pianos and sing over abrasive country tunes. Whole & Cloven is yet another example of his music's breadth, a gorgeously woven narrative piece with longform instruments to rival Basho and simple, mantra-filled tunes for listeners to gather around. 

Jinnwoo
Strangers Bring Me No Light

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Seasick Steve
I Started Out With Nothin'

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Seasick Steve
Man From Another Time

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Jane and Barton
Jane and Barton

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Jandek
Chair Beside a Window

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Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal
Johannesburg

Professional waistcoat wearers Mumford and Sons team up with Sengalese singer / guitarist Baaba Mal in this somewhat unexpected collaboration, recorded in Johannesburg with Sweden's Johan Hugo (AKA The Very Best). Expect the usual Mumford fare, but with some added African vocals which are nice. 

Lou Rhodes
theyesandeye

Listening to Lou Rhodes’ solo work (she also makes up half of Lamb) immediately pulls the listener right back to the 1970’s, living in a treehouse somewhere during a long, attractive summer. She has captured some essential essence of that era’s classic folk-rock: partly voice, partly songwriting, partly production, partly just feel. Fourth album theyesandeye is out on the Nude label

Channel D
Unravelling

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Ben Seretan
Bowl Of Plums

After his self-titled debut turned into something of a sleeper-cult hit record, Ben Seretan is back with more lush open-eyed pop songs. Embracing sound, music and the world in general, Bowl of Plums is about the richness you can find by accident if you just keep your eyes open. Think Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver.

Blind Pilot
And Then Like Lions

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Elliott Smith & Pete Krebs
Shytown

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Tiny Ruins
Dream Wave

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Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus
The Gift of Tears

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Jane Weaver
The Amber Light

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L.A. Salami
The City Nowadays

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Moon Bros.
These Stars

Chicago has always been a great city for improvisers, and this project, led by Matt Schneider, takes full advantage of that fact. On These Stars, Moon Bros. is Schneider plus members of Iron & Wine, Tortoise and Cairo Gang, with the band pulling his guitar songs into all sorts of directions. On Western Vinyl.

Stephen Steinbrink
Anagrams

Now Stephen Steinbrink's previous album 'Arranged Waves' was one of my favourite albums of...um...what year was it again? A truly, undervalued classic. This is his follow up and early indications show the same jangling soft pop at play, perhaps with a few more '70s FM radio influences but that is never a bad thing. Lovely gentle music for fans of Jose Gonzalez, Elliott Smith, Real Estate etc.    

Bess Atwell
Hold Your Mind

Bess Atwell is well known around the folk circuits of Soho and Brighton, but her inspiration is drawn from the hazy beauty of the South Downs where she resides. She delivers earnest declarations with a voice like a mountain stream, much too deep for her 21 years. Produced by Michael Smith from 12 Dirty Bullets.

Luster / Hellvete
Split

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Ben Nash & Sophie Cooper
Alchemy

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Admirals Hard
Upon a Painted Ocean

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Seasick Steve & The Level Blues
Cheap

This is the very first album from everyone’s favourite (presumably-former?) hobo bluesman Seasick Steve, recorded in 2004 with a pair of Scandinavians (The Level Devils). Cheap sounds cheap, but it's also full of heart and soul and gnarly guitar, presented raw and unadulterated. Reissued by There’s A Dead Skunk on CD and vinyl.

High Water
Crush

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Rusalnaia
Rusalnaia

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Lawrence Arabia
Absolute Truth

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Cath & Phil Tyler
The Song-Crowned King

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Tom Settle & Friends
Old Wakes

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Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate

British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has made an album in Love & Hate that embraces the long playing format. It’s a dynamic, nuanced collection that will find you reaching for the headphones for its more intimate moments. Whilst his debut LP Home Again recalled the classic soul of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, Love & Hate expands on that base introducing psychedelic elements to its contemporary freeform feel. The album was produced by Grammy winning US producer Danger Mouse and up and coming UK producer Inflo.

Faun Fables
Born of The Sun

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Rozi Plain
Friend Of A Friend

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Conner Youngblood
The Generation of Lift

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Dwight Yoakam
Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day

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Mendrugo
More Amor

Mendrugo is a collaboration between American singer/songwriter Josephine Foster and brothers Victor and Jose Luis Herrero,'Hermanos Herrero' from The Victor Herrero Band. Using Andalusian musical tradition as their starting point on More Amor, the trio create a unique celebration of song with verve and flair.
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Rob Mazurek & Emmett Kelly
Alien Flower Sutra

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Benoît Pioulard
Seize / Marre

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Helen Tookey & Sharron Kraus
If You Put Out Your Hand

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The Driftwood Manor
For The Moon

The Driftwood Manor are Irish, and play Irish folk, but there is a little more to their music than that. The deep traditions of their country are cut with rock attitudes, traditions from other parts of the globe, and even a few dashes of electronics. The old style, but done in a slightly new style. Fourth album For The Moon is released by Folkwit Records.

L.A. Salami
Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Directors Cut

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M. Craft
Blood Moon

M. Craft plans his music in a lonely desert cabin: his sound is very much a personal response to this beloved isolation. Bloodmoon began as several hours of piano improvisations, which were then cut down and pressed into the format of proper songs, with Craft’s vocals, percussion from Seb Rochford and some sweeping orchestral arrangements completing the picture. On Heavenly.

Rick Redbeard
Awake Unto

Rick Redbeard is the solo alias of Rick Anthony, principal member of Scottish cosmic rock dudes The Phantom Band. Awake Unto is his second solo album and follow up to No Selfish Heart. Redbeard is influenced by the folkish poetic musings of Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan and Michael Hurley. Awake Unto, like his debut, covers themes of love, sex, death and dreams but here the ambiguity is replaced by a more head-on approach.

Khun Narin
II

Khun Narin is a Thai musician who received a bit of Western attention thanks to Youtube. With his Electric Phin Band, he plays a fairly excellent form of psychedelia, with long, spaced-out jams that centre on the phin, a kind of lute. II contains original tunes in addition to a few covers of Thai pop songs. Released by Innovative Leisure.

Samara Lubelski
The Gilded Raid

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Stick In The Wheel / Lynched
Split

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Steve Gunn
Eyes On The Lines

Steve Gunn presents a sun-strained album of American songcraft, big on invented characters and the natural environment. The band he’s managed to assemble here is impressive: Norman harp favourite Mary Lattimore for starters, but also major talents like Nathan Bowles and Hans Chew. Eyes On The Lines is out on Matador Records.

case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs

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Connie Acher
For Giving

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JJ Cale
Roll On

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Michele Stodart
Pieces

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John Vanderslice
Dagger Beach

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Michael Hurley
Back Home With Driftin' Woods

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Agali Ag Amoumine
Takamba

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Amps For Christ
Circuits

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Trembling Bells
Carbeth

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Emily Jane White
They Moved In Shadow All Together

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The Felice Brothers
Life In The Dark

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Peter J Smyth
Black Smoke

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Darren Hayman
Thankful Villages Vol. 1

Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), themed this release (the first in a series of 3, we are told) around visits to English villages: specifically, the ones who lost no soldiers during World War 1. This heavy subject matter leads to intimate music, with each song of Thankful Villages Vol. 1 exploring the space and feel of an individual village. CD / LP release on Rivertones.

The Tango Saloon
Shadows & Fog

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The Magnetic North
Prospect Of Skelmersdale

The Magnetic North are a group firmly dedicated to a sense of place: here they follow up their last record, Orkney Symphony, with Prospect Of Skelmersdale, a set of songs grounded in the titular town. More than a touch of hauntology is present in these yearning folkish numbers. On Full Time Hobby, with the CD version presented in a bookpack casing.

Ben Watt
Fever Dream

Ben Watt, best known as one half of Everything But The Girl (with Tracey Thorn), returns to his initial starting point as a solo singer-songwriter. Fever Dream is an intimate set of traditional songcraft, recorded with help from musicians including M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger. Released on Watt’s own Unmade Road label.

Dreamboat
Dreamboat

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Ohioan
Empty / Every Mt

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Jack Rose
Untitled Pts 1 + 2

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Marissa Nadler
Strangers

Marissa Nadler’s music tends to be smooth, dark and dramatic: like an image reflected in the shiny black surface of a grand piano. Strangers finds Nadler writing characters, characters who often find themselves in surreal scenarios evoked by rich instrumentation. Strangers is a joint release between Sacred Bones and Bella Union, available as CD or LP.

Ultimate Painting / Woods
Into The Darkness / Know Your Minute

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Wesley Gonzalez
I Spoke To Euan

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Mark Kozelek
Sings Favorites

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Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

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Jenks Miller & Rose Cross NC
Blues From WHAT

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Shirley Collins
English Songs Volume 2

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Melanie de Biasio
Blackened Cities

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Magpahi / Paper Dollhouse
Rituals & Practices

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Jozef Van Wissem
When Shall This Bright Day Begin

The wild man of the lute is back with When Shall This Bright Day Begin on the Consouling Sounds label. Jozef Van Wissem has built a reputation as a technically skilled and eccentric improviser, borrowing from experimental music, folk and pre-twentieth century classical forms. On this CD or vinyl LP Van Wissem ventures into darker territory, with a bleak and powerful collection of songs.

Charalambides
Glowing Raw

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Charalambides
Strangle The Wretched Heavens

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
Shine A Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad is a collection of classic American Railroad songs recorded by Billy Bragg and American singer/songwriter Joe Henry as they travelled, by train, the best part of 3000 miles in four days between Chicago and Los Angeles. The recordings were made in waiting rooms and beside the tracks as people got on and off the train. The pair’s intention was to reawaken a connection with the culture of American rail travel.

Robert Wyatt
Comicopera

It's incredibly frustrating that so many artists continue to release sub par work well into old age while Robert Wyatt has decided to retire. The only option is to go back and to listen to his older albums. The last of these to date (he says hopefully) is Comicopera  - a 2007 album featuring the likes of Brian Eno, Paul Weller and Phil Manzanera. It is of course superb and won that year's The Wire Album of the Year. 

Brisa Roche
Invisible 1

Brisa Roche is an Californian singer who has spent more than a decade dwelling in France, and the country seems to have rubbed off on her: she has the breathy Francais stylings of a Gainsbourg relative, laid over lush pop ballad orchestration that could almost be a Bond theme at times. Invisible 1 is out on Kwaidan Records.

Max Jury
Max Jury

Max Jury is a singer/songwriter from Des Moines, Iowa. He is only 23 but his classic piano-led ballads on his eponymous debut that fuse country, soul and gospel would seem to come from someone a little longer in the tooth. His sound is honed by hip-hop producer Inflo and a crack team of musicians that usually play with Alicia Keys and D’Angelo. Mark Ronson is among his celebrity fans.

Pedro Soler + Gaspar Claus
Al Viento

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Fog
For Good

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Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom
Don't Believe The Hyperreal

On Don’t Believe the Hyperreal, Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom take a break from their day jobs in The Burning Hell for some sharp wit and deadpan balladry. These charming acoustic arrangements and self-aware ditties recall Jeffrey Lewis at his most confident. Available on vinyl LP and CD from BB*Island, the Public Enemy referencing title should be enough to convince you.

Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards
Memory

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Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig
Beyond The Confession

As the title of this release from Tompkins Square probably reveals, this release collects Oneida guitarist Kid Millions’ various interpretations of guitarist Harry Taussig. Taussig is an unfairly forgotten figure, and on Beyond The Confession Millions turns his expressive guitar playing into a range of experimental drones and freak-outs.

Amanda Bergman
Docks

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Clare Maguire
Stranger Things Have Happened

Clare Maguire hit the depths of despair when her first album didn't work out but thankfully she got herself together, bought a sausage dog and started tentatively posting songs online. This has resulted in her second album in which she has taken control of her music once again. She has a big foghorn of a voice that veers between Lana Del Ray style introspection and massive Adele style honks. People are going to really like this backstory. 

Western Skies Motel
Settlers

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William Ryan Fritch
New Words For Old Wounds

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Thomas Cohen
Bloom Forever

Bloom Forever is the debut album from songwriter and former S.C.U.M. frontman Thomas Cohen. On this vinyl LP and CD his delicate vocals are matched with ornate and grand arrangements, but he doesn’t forgot his post-punk roots either. The rich and delicate folk-pop songs are often disrupted with bursts of distorted sounds and unusual instrumentation.

Beth Orton
Kidsticks

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Psychic Temple
III

Psychic Temple expand from the solo project of Chris Schlarb into a fuller-fledged band on III. His voice, and his spiritual approach to his music, somewhat recalls Josh T. Pearson, although the instrumentation and production here is rich and gorgeous where Pearson is sparse. Vinyl release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty.

Robert Coyne with Jaki Liebezeit
I Still Have This Dream

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Tom Adams
Voyages By Starlight EP

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Jaye Bartell
Light Enough

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RY X
Dawn

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Julianna Barwick
Will

Julianna Barwick returns with her follow up to 2013’s joyous Nepenthe. On Will the experimental songwriter still uses ambient music, but the sounds are denser. After Barwick got to experiment with a prototype Moog synthesizer, she decided to incorporate synth textures alongside her looped vocals. The results are predictabilty gorgeous.

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