Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Keeley Forsyth
Debris

Keeley Forsyth is an Oldham-born actor-turned-musical artist with an exceptional, raw and emotional vocal delivery. You may have seen her in all sorts of things from Coronation Street to Luther, but these days it’s all about the music, which, in turn is mostly all about her voice, and for now her debut album, Debris. RIYL Scott Walker, Aldous Harding, Nico, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and stuff like that, really.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Carla J. Easton
Impossible Stuff

Scottish singer/songwriter Carla J Easton has her second solo album, Impossible Stuff, ready for your delectation. She has previously released albums as a member of TeenCanteen and under the alias Ette. After her debut solo album, Homemade Lemonade was critically and commercially well-received, she feels that she is now maturing as a songwriter and performer. It was recorded in Montreal at HOTEL2TANGO, a studio that has hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, Vic Chesnutt and Wolf Parade, among others.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Buntús Rince (Explorations In Irish Jazz, Fusion & Folk 1969-81)

Probably the number one nation for jazz outside of the United States is Japan. But how often does Ireland get a look in? Buntús Rince, a compilation of Irish jazz on AllChival, seeks to fill in that particular blank. Because of the context that the jazz scene emerged in Ireland, and its various difficulties, the music produced is distinctly Irish feeling.

Nathaniel Rateliff
And It's Still Alright

And It’s Still Alright marks the first solo work of Denver-based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff outside of the context of his band The Night Sweats since they exploded onto the scene back in the middle of the ‘10s. Produced with the help of Beach House’s James Barone, it’s one of the more personal and soulful collections in Rateliff’s discography. 

Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water was the fifth and final album from hugely successful folk duo Simon and Garfunkel and contains many of their greatest latter day tracks including The Boxer, Cecelia and The Only Living Boy in New York. The album may already be in many of the world's households but perhaps not on Gold vinyl which you can now pick up courtesy of CBS. An added bonus is that you can stick your finger over Paul Simon's face and make it look like Art Garfunkel has an enormous moustache. Just another impressive facet of a remarkable album. 
  • Label(s):
  • CBS
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Robert Vincent
In This Town You're Owned

Robert Vincent is a Liverpool-based singer songwriter who writes songs in a country and blues vein. He has been dubbed ‘the scouse Springsteen’. He has drafted in Ethan Johns to produce his new album, In This Town You’re Owned, which is a shrewd move given Johns’ ability to judge the timbre of this genre perfectly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Will Oldham
Songs of Love and Horror

Will Oldham yet again mines his own back catalogue this time as solo singer songwriter armed with just voice and guitar. It will be interesting to hear how everything sits in such an intimate setting. The album has also been made as a companion piece to a book of his lyrics which is about to be published. And as a plus point you get a nice picture of him with a dog on the cover. Woof woof!  
  • Vinyl LP (WIGLP443)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Current 93
Thunder Perfect Mind

'Thunder Perfect Mind' is a folk opus by Current 93. Although it's intimidatingly long, with sixteen tracks, one of which is over ten minutes long, the group's twelfth album is still engaging and unnerving. Wikipedia lists it as 'apocalyptic folk' and I can't do much better than that. It's the first time the LP has been released on vinyl since its first pressing way back in 1992. Out on Spheres. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (THESPHERES20)
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Eyeless In Gaza
Winter Sang

I'll tell you one thing. Eyeless In Gaza don't sound like a band who've been about for 38 years. Having counted how many albums they've released I can say with certainly that Winter Sang is around their twentieth. An album of upbeat and energetic cosmic rock with a punk-ish attitude, it's truly a testament of the band that they've kept it up for so long.

Neil Young
Dead Man: A Film By Jim Jarmusch (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Dead Man is Jim Jarmusch’s self-proclaimed ‘psychedelic western’. Neil Young improvised most of the soundtrack as he watched and played along it in his studio. This way he was able to give a raw response to the drama and emotion. It mixes his acoustic and electric meanderings and is interspersed with Johnny Depp reading the poetry of William Blake.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Arborist
A Northern View

A hotly-tipped property ever since Kim Deal contributed to their debut single ‘Twisted Arrow’ five years ago, A Northern View is the second studio album from Irish group Arborist. Recorded in the prestigious surroundings of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios, this bucolic collection prominently features the distinctive violin playing of Emma Smith. 

Tunng
Songs You Make At Night

Rather like The Great Conjunction in The Dark Crystal, Tunng’s shifting personnel have aligned once again, for the first time in many years, just as they were at the outset.. I remember them back in 2007 as shaggy-haired, semi-electronic Brit-folksters, but something’s definitely happened in the intervening years. This one sounds more like catchy psychedelic electro-pop and dance. Fab.

Smoke Fairies
Darkness Brings The Wonders Home

Smoke Fairies are back with Darkness Brings The Wonders Home - their first album in five years. The starting point was the woodsy folk of their debut Through Low Light And Trees. They found their performances had a new boldness, however. This coupled with some exciting visits to a guitar shop near producer Phil Ek’s studio meant more guitars and new sounds were added to that sound. 

Isobel Campbell
There Is No Other...

Isobel Campbell started out in Belle & Sebastian before recording under the name The Gentle Waves. She has also released three critically acclaimed albums with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees. Her new solo album, There Is No Other… has been a while in coming, but Campbell says she likes to take her time and do things properly. The speed that the world is moving makes her want to take more time over the things she loves. 

Elkhorn
The Storm Sessions

Elkhorn are guitarists Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner. The duo got snowed in at Turner Williams’(of Guardian Alien) place when they were due to play a gig. Instead they ended up with Sheppard on an acoustic 12-string and Gardner playing a 6-string electric guitar improvising and recording two side-long pieces. Williams added some mysticism by playing electric bouzouki on the first piece and shahi baaja on the second. The aptly named Storm Sessions was the result.

John Moreland
LP5

Gruff-voiced Americana giant John Moreland returns with his fifth album which is helpfully titled LP5. It seems he’s gone for a more brooding sound here, helped by producer Matt Pence (not Mike, that would be super weird) who has worked with Jason Isbel and The Breeders, among others. His music is no less beautiful and heartfelt for it, though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Scott Walker
Til The Band Comes In

'Til The Band Comes In' was Scott Walker's sixth record, originally released in 1970 and consisting of two distinct sides: on the first, Walker gives us a bunch of new solo material, while on the flip there are covers on covers. While Walker started as a renowned pop crooner with a baritone and a lot of melodrama, 'Til The Band Comes In' has hints of the artist who would eventually stop all that easy listening and go hard with the avant-garde.
  • Vinyl LP (7798474)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Moons
Thinking Out Loud

Originating as a solo project by lead singer André Travassos but expanding gradually to a full-band endeavour, Brazilian six-piece band Moons now deliver their second album. Thinking Out Loud, much like their beautiful debut, draws influences from classic and modern folk, ranging from Nick Drake to Bon Iver, and gives them a slightly lysergic twist. 

The Shining Levels
The Gallows Pole

Naming its debut album after Benjamin Myers’ 2017 Walter Scott Prize-winning novel The Gallows Pole, The Shining Levels is a Northumbria/Durham-based collective of folk and electronica musicians dedicated to presenting traditional sounds from Britain and abroad in a thoroughly modern perspective.

Silver Jews
American Water

Is American Water different from UK water?  Find out by buying the 20 year re-issue of this classic album by Silver Jews. Hear David Berman's lyrical poise set to a half speed master for extra good sound. Wallow in the gentle alt rock of tracks like 'Honk If You're Horny' and 'Sent in the Clouds'. Where is he by the way? We miss him!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tall Tall Trees
A Wave of Golden Things

Tall Tall Trees is the musical project of singer / songwriter Mike Savino. He plays a whole bunch of instruments which means he has the ability to weave the sound of the banjo into an indie record. His influences include Pink Floyd, Bela Fleck, Cat Stevens and Earl Scruggs.  A Wave of Golden Things is his fourth album - a dynamic record stretching from dusty ballads to banjo funk. Yes, banjo funk.
  • CD (JNR326CD)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Townes Van Zandt
Our Mother The Mountain (50th Anniversary Edition)

Luxury 50th anniversary re-issue of one of Townes Van Zandt's most enduring works. It stripped back the lavish production of his debut For The Sake of the Song allowing the real genius of the songwriter to shine through. It contains some of his best known works and is considered an American folk classic. Comes on 180g vinyl in tip-on sleeve.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Roy Harper
Flat Baroque and Berserk 

Roy Harper (via his Science Friction label) is doing us all a valuable favour by getting a few classic early Harper records back into vinyl circulation again for the first time in decades, to celebrate Harper’s 75th birthday. Flat Baroque and Berserk was his most successful album to date when released in 1970, and contains the heavy track ‘I Hate The White Man’. The audio has been remastered, and is presented alongside lyrics and liner notes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sam Lee
Old Wow

You can tell by the sleeve that Sam Lee is an environmental campaigner. No trees have been hacked down and animals appear to frolic gaily. A delight. But as well as looking after the planet, Sam is known as a folk musician and archivist and has regularly appeared on BBC Radio 4. This is his fourth full length album and is led by a new interpretation of the Garden of England celebrating both the song and the environmental meaning behind it.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom.  

Kath Bloom & Loren Connors
Sand In My Shoe

Ooh Sand in My Shoe(s) by Dido. Haunting eh? Legendary folk duo Kath Bloom & Loren Connors provided their own end of the holiday lament with this 1983 album which was only pressed in a short run of 200 or so copies at the time. In the intervening years the legend surrounding these explorers grew and so it is time for a luxury re-issue with digital bonus tracks and a live EP. For the uninitiated this is beautiful fragile folk mixing originals with traditional material which gained long term fandom from the likes of Bill Callahan and Mark Kozelek. 
  • Vinyl LP (CH154LPC1)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

youbet
Compare & Despair

Formed out of a Bandcamp project led by Floridian-turned-New Yorker Nick Llobet a few years back, Compare & Despair is the full-band debut project from youbet. Swarming with colour and vivid imagination, the component tracks speak to the same kind of disarming, almost naive simplicity of artists like Alex Chilton and Elliott Smith. 

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
Navarasa : Nine Emotions

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the third collaborative album between James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan. The trio blend their disparate influences (folk, jazz and Indian classical music) into a cross cultural record which explores the nine emotions of the arts  - including love, laughter, anger, sorrow, wonder, tranquility.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Avocet (Expanded Anniversary Edition)

A luxury white vinyl re-issue of what some regard to be Bert Jansch's best work. Avocet was initially released in 1979 and is a gorgeous instrumental album inspired by British birds. It shifts his brilliant, twisting guitar playing away from traditional folk and more towards a kind of proto neo-classical sound. This 40th anniversary edition comes with bonus tracks and writings by collaborator Danny Thompson. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bill Fay
Countless Branches

Bill Fay was once called the missing link between Nick Drake and The Kinks when Uncut magazine described the quintessentially English orchestral folk rock songs on his 1970 eponymous debut. After a second album 1971, he seemingly disappeared. He popped up again 2012 with Life Is People, his debut for Dead Oceans. He’s back again now with his third album in seven years, Countless Branches. Some of the backing tracks on this album were recorded up to 40 years ago. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

the innocence mission
See You Tomorrow

See You Tomorrow is the 12th album by Pennsylvania indie-folk types The Innocence Mission. It is their second for Bella Union after 2018’s beautiful Sun On The Square. Sufjan Stevens is a big fan of the husband and wife-led three-piece and has even covered their song ‘Lakes of Canada’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Pistachio Kid
Sweet Remedies

The Pistachio Kid is Charlie McKeown, a Liverpudlian graduate of Leeds College of Music with exceptional guitar and songwriting skills. His influences come from the likes of Bert Jansch, Van Dyke Parks, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, jazz and bluegrass. Sweet Remedies is his debut album which he wrote, recorded and played all by himself. 
  • CD (VIO-055CD)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andy Shauf
Neon Skyline

Andy Shauf comes from Saskatchewan in Canada. He grew up playing Christian music with his parents. They ran a music and electronics store which gave him access to all sorts of instruments. His sixth album, Neon Skyline, tells the stories surrounding the customers of a local dive bar. It sees Shauf stretching his already celebrated creativity even further. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jonathan Richman
Ishkode! Ishkode!

Ishkode! Ishkode! was Jonathan Richman’s 17th solo album originally released in 2016. The one 6 years after O Moon Queen of Night on Earth and the one before his latest offering, 2018’s SA! It’s typical of the great man’s solo stuff - guitar, drums and lyrics that lay his beautiful soul open to us. Incidentally, Ishkode means ‘fire' in the Native American language Ojibwe.

Silver Jews
The Natural Bridge

Ah the late, lamented Silver Jews. The Natural Bridge is one of their best albums. Its careful strumming and hints of country are a perfect bedrock for the beautiful and droll poetry of David Berman. It's this lightness of touch delivery without the presence of regular members Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich that actually elevates the Natural Bridge and ensures it is one of Berman's most enduring works.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Just Like Moby Dick

Outlaw country singer Terry Allen has been making music since the early seventies. His songs have been covered by all sorts of artists such as Guy Clark, David Byrne, Little Feat and Lucinda Williams. Kurt Vile counts himself among his fans. Just Like Moby Dick is his latest album full of songs laced with heartbreak and humour. It sees him backed by The Panhandle Mystery Band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Dwight Yoakam
Blame the Vain

Dwight Yoakam walks that ever so thin line between mainstream country and cool, acceptable alt. Country. He also owns a biscuit brand, which may help him being perceived as cool. His highly regarded 2005 album, Blame The Vain is turning 15, so is getting pressed on vinyl for the first time. I’m guessing he’s hoping to get more of a foot into the alt. Country camp too. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rodriguez
Coming From Reality

The story of American singer-songwriter Rodriguez has been much covered over the years particularly in the Searching for the Sugarman film. His debut Cold Fact is a stone cold (fact) classic but less is known about his second (and final album to date) Coming From Reality. It again pitches Rodriquez with Dennis Coffey and features further stream of consciousness type songs that reference Bob Dylan but has a sound all of its own. 

Withered Hand
Ten Years

Dan ‘two Ls’ Willson rose from the Edinburgh music scene as Withered Hand in the early 2000s after plying his trade in a number of bands. He released his debut album, Good News, to great acclaim in 2009. Ten years later he revisits four tracks from the album, re-recording them with a string section for the appropriately titled EP, Ten Years.

Death In June
Essence!

Essence is the 2018 era album from long running neo-folk group Death In June. It was their first album since 2013's The Snow Bunker Tapes and their 21st in all (we think). It comes in an array of different coloured vinyl pressings including camouflage, violet and black all with laminated sleeve and lyric sheet.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rose City Band
Rose City Band

Rose City Band hail from Portland, Oregon and play some laid-back strums. Their eponymous debut was produced by Eric 'Ripley' Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo and mixed by Chris Cohen. The aim was to make an album that straddles the past, present and future, simultaneously organic and cosmic. On Jean Sandwich Records.

Samantha Crain
A Small Death

A Small Death is an incredibly moving and hopeful album and comes as a very unexpected chapter in the career and life of Samantha Crain. Since making her last album, 2017’s You Had Me At Goodbye, her hands had become paralysed. It seemed that her career was over. Inexplicably she got the use of her hands back and translated a brain full of songs on to guitar. A Small Death is the first release on Real Kind Records - a label set up by Lucy Rose who was inspired and moved by Samantha Crain’s music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

C Joynes & The Furlong Bray
The Borametz Tree

'The Borametz Tree' is the latest work from guitar savant C Joynes who has previously released records on Leith Hill Recordings, The Great Pop Supplement, Bo'Weavil Recordings etc. He is joined by folky post-rockers Dead Rat Orchestra, appearing as The Furlong Bay alongside Cam Deas and Nick Jonah Davis -- with whom he released the 'Split Electric' LP, also on Manchester-based imprint Thread Recordings. Together they create sweeping pastoral epics, shimmering with C Joynes beautiful, signature post-American Primitive style strings - making for a record that is palpable and nuanced. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pinegrove
Marigold

Having released three previous studio albums to date, American indie stars Pinegrove begin the new decade with their debut for Rough Trade. Described by lead singer Evan Stephens Hall as bearing a “heart-first” perspective, Marigold is the most ambitious take on their distinctive blend of folk, indie and country yet, as well as being their most empathetic and humanistic. 

Karen Dalton
1966

An archival gem from Karen Dalton here. The Greenwich Village affiliate was known to be more comfortable singing songs around a kitchen table than laying them down in a studio. What makes 1966 so special is that it captures Dalton in her element. The tracks here were taped one evening during a rehearsal at Dalton’s cabin in Colorado. Tackling originals and covers alongside her husband Richard Tucker, 1966 is made all the more powerful for the intimacy of its recording.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Phaedra
Blackwinged Night

Phaedra is the solo project of one Ingvlid Langgård, a fine art graduate who brings a rich compositional talent as well as a strong visual art practice. On Blackwinged Night, the second album of a proposed trilogy, classical instruments and synthesised rhythms support dramatic, performative vocals. On the Rune Grammofon label.

John Frusciante
Curtains

John Frusciante enjoyed two stints as guitarist in Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1988-1992 and 1998-2009. Frusciante’s solo albums have a bit of a cult following and there’s quite a lot of them too, 14 in fact. Curtains was his eighth album, originally released in 2005. It features guest spots from Autolux drummer, Carla Azar, upright bassist Ken Wild and regular collaborator, Mars Volta and At The Drive-In guitarist, Omar Rodrigues-Lopez.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Bootleg Vol IV: The Soul Of Truth

The fourth in the Bootleg series from Johnny Cash’s archives, The Soul of Truth focusses on the religious side of The Man In Black’s vast repertoire. These three slabs of vinyl showcase songs recorded during the Seventies and Eighties, including an unreleased album of gospel music from 1975, and comes with liner notes from his son, John Carter Cash. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (MOVLP530C)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Bootleg Vol III: Live Around The World

The third instalment in the fascinating Johnny Cash Bootleg series, Live Around The World features 53 live tracks recorded in locations around the world between 1956 and 1979, in contexts as diverse as prison shows and a White House invitational. It’s presented as a triple-vinyl box set with in-depth liner notes from rock historian Dave Marsh. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (MOVLP420C)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aoife Nessa Frances
Land Of No Junction

Land Of No Junction is the debut album by new Irish artist Aoife Nessa Frances. SHe makes music which could be likened to Cate Le Bon, Aldous Harding and Norman Records faves Broadcast but most definitely puts her own indelible stamp on things. The title comes from a trip to Wales as a child when she mis-heard train station Llandudno Junction. It was produced by Cian Nugent. Oh, and her first name is pronounced EE-fa.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jay Bolotin
No One Seems To Notice That It's Raining

Jay Bolotin is one of the great ‘what-if’s of the American songbook. A singer-songwriter contemporaneous with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, Bolotin’s work is known to be admired by artists including Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. However, he has never had much success in getting his music released. Now this Delmore Recorings collection hopes to give Bolotin some long-overdue shine. Recorded in the first half of the 1970’s, the tracks of No One Seems To Notice That It’s Raining are spare, melancholy things. One wonders if Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ever got wind of these.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Scott Walker
Climate of Hunter

Typically of Scott Walker, his eleventh album (originally released in 1984) is both experimental in sound and texture but features guest spots from the mainstream likes of Mark Knopfler and Billy Ocean. There's no-one quite like him is there? This was a 'comeback' album released ten years after his previous solo LP and shows his music becoming ever more fractured. Next stop: Tilt.  

Gill Landry
Skeleton At The Banquet

Loose presents the fifth solo album from Grammy winner and former Old Crow Medicine Show star Gill Landry. Written over the course of last summer from a small flat in France, Skeleton At The Banquet’s nine tracks form a discourse on the “collective hallucination” of America, in Landry’s own words. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
Thanks For The Dance

Thanks For The Dance is an album of unreleased material by Leonard Cohen. The album is comprised of songs from the You Want It Darker sessions that were unfinished. Leonard Cohen asked his son, Adam, to work on the songs before his death in November 2016. The album is packed with guest stars including Beck, Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry  (Arcade Fire), Damien Rice and Leslie Feist along with Spanish laúd player Javier Mas who played in Cohen's band for eight years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner
The Music From Bagpuss

Hello all 40+ somethings out there. You'll remember big saggy 70s cloth cat Bagpuss from your favourite childhood television show and the beautifully constructed folk soundtrack it snored around? Brings back memories doesn't it? Well the soundtrack actually works as a lovely album even without the nostalgia associated with the cat and now you can get it on a wonderful Christmas present-ready 'shop window' edition vinyl or book back CD with all your favourite slightly hip people talking about the album in an accompanying book. Wake up, and look at this thing that I bring! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Soundtracks

Toby Hay
New Music For The 12 String Guitar

You must remember Toby Hay's exceptional collaborative LP with Jim Ghedi from last year? Well now he is back solo and armed only with his 12 string guitar. The entire album was recorded in Peter Gabriel's Real World studios in a wood room and the result is a spangling new set of solo guitar (mostly) originals featuring Hey's expert picking of the full bodied guitar.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

C Joynes / Nick Jonah Davis
Split Electric

Both C Joynes and Nick Jonah Davies are taking a slight step in the dark on this release: possibly one reason they are doing it together. Split Electric is so titled because it finds the two experienced acoustic guitarists plugging in and going electric, providing a whole new set of audio corners to explore. Out on Thread Recordings, with original artwork from Richard Dawson.
  • Vinyl LP (THR002)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sturgill Simpson
High Top Mountain

Sturgill Simpson wanted this album to be “the purest, most uncompromising, hard country” possible, and he’s done a pretty good job: I mean, the first track is named “Life Ain’t Fair And The World Is Mean” after all. High Top Mountain is the debut solo recording by Sturgill, and he can be proud of his country credentials.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More (10 Year Anniversary 7-inch box)

It’s been ten years since Marcus Mumford and his plum-throated Sons wiped away our tears and asked us to 'Sigh No More'. It worked - the banjo-twanging Chappiness of tracks like ‘The Cave’ and ‘Little Lion Man’ has cured all our ills, healed all of our divisions and meant that there have been no reasons to sigh since (not in the United Kingdom, anyway). To celebrate a decade of sigh-less bliss 'Sigh No More' has been reissued as a boxset of 7” singles that each come in expensive papier. You also a bunch of images and a ribbon. Here’s to many more years in which we shan’t sigh one single time.

The Milk Carton Kids
The Only Ones

The Only Ones is the new EP by Californian indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. They have followed their 2018 album  All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do, which saw them employ a full band, by stripping their music down to the bare essentials and thus going back to their roots - neatly arranged acoustic guitars and harmonies The Everly Brothers would be proud of.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bruce Springsteen
Western Stars – Songs From The Film

Bruce Springsteen released his 19th album, Western Stars in 2019. He also made a film bearing the same name. Western Stars - Songs From The Film features live performances of all the tracks from the studio album plus a cover of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy. His band for the live performances is backed by the heft of a full orchestra. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (19075997081)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Soundtracks
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Wilco
Ode To Joy

Ode To Joy is the 11th album by Wilco. The title is taken from a 1785 poem by Friederich Schiller. Thematically, however,  it is concerned with something much more recent - the rather unsettling political climate and trying to find joy during this time. Wilco boss man, Jeff Tweedy, is hopeful that there is more love than hate out there, but is also aware that hate can be lurking just around the corner, so warns us that we’ve got to be careful. 

Enhet För Fri Musi
Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig

Formed as a folk / experimental music collective in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in 2015, Enhet För Fri Musik is constructed from members of many other underground groups from different disciplines. Their 2017 album, Det Finns Ett Hjärta Som För Dig, sold out rapidly, but now gets a deluxe re-issue on vinyl. 

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Released to mark its 10th anniversary, and to coincide with his inaugural ShoalsFest in early October at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, Jason Isbell reissues his second studio album from 2009, and his first with his backing band The 400 Unit. A masterfully observed collection of southern rock fused with modern-day alternative rock, the re-mastered Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit comes also on translucent green vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Here We Rest

Released to coincide with his inaugural ShoalsFest in early October at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama, Jason Isbell reissues his third studio album Here We Rest, and his second with his backing band The 400 Unit. The re-mastered record, done under the aegis of Pete Lyman, comes also on translucent blue vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Paul Simon
Graceland

Paul Simon's career was a bit in the doldrums before he collaborated with/stole ideas off (delete where appropriate) African musicians on what would be come his biggest selling record. The album is a marvellous blend of styles and re-invigorated the pint-sized songwriter. Also highly influential to bands like Animal Collective and Vampire Weekend.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Hurt Valley
Glacial Pace

Inspired by a trip to the wilderness of California’s Death Valley almost ten years ago, and one that inspired the formation of the band after they came across essentially a dumping ground for old vehicles despoiling a beautiful landscape, Brian Collins’ Hurt Valley project delivers a striking album in Glacial Pace. 

Graham Parker
Nixon's Rules

A busy 2019 for cult English singer-songwriter Graham Parker wraps up with the release of a new 7” single on 100% Records. Referring to the barely disguised prejudice behind the erstwhile U.S. president’s ‘war on drugs’ policy, ‘Nixon’s Rules’ rails against the shameful state of the UK’s narcotics policy. The flip-side contains an extended version of the same track. 

Will Samson
Paralanguage

Paralanguage is the fifth album by Will Samson. The album was inspired by the experiences following the sudden death of his father and experiences with magic mushrooms. It even includes some vocal performances recorded whilst experiencing the effects. The album had some musical assistance from violin player Beatrijs De Klerck who plays with A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Ben Lester and Jeremy Boettcher who play with S. Carey.

Various
Odyssey: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde Vol. II

Ivor Raymonde is the father of Bella Union owner and former Cocteau Twins bassist, Simon Raymonde. He was a musical arranger, musical director, producer and songwriter. He was involved in some huge ‘60s hits by the likes of Billy Fury, Dusty Springfield and The Walker Brothers. Odyssey: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde Vol. II follows on from Paradise is rounding up his amazing career. It features tracks by The Alan Price Set, Randy Newman, Dusty Springfield and Frankie Vaughan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Strand Of Oaks
Pope Killdragon

Strand of Oaks second album, Pope Killdragon was originally self-released in 2010. Like the debut, Leave Ruin, released the year before, The sparse instrumentation and hard-hitting lyrics stand out. The album was produced by Ben Vehorn who put synths on the record, creating an additional, eerie atmosphere.
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Strand Of Oaks
Dark Shores

Timothy Showalter, the man behind Strand Of Oaks, wrote the songs for his third album, Dark Shores, whilst touring his previous album, Pope Killdragon. This time, the songs were recorded with a full band creating a rockier sound. Showalter cited Neil Young as an influence once again. Dark Shores was produced by John Vanderslice, or ‘The Slice’ as some like to call him.
  • Vinyl LP (WV204LPC2)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (WV204LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Strand Of Oaks
Leave Ruin

Leave Ruin was the debut album by Strand of Oaks, the project of Timothy Showalter. He took inspiration from a pretty good place by looking back to On The Beach-era Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen’s early years. His candid lyrics and intimate atmosphere created by the musical arrangements make for a powerful album.
  • Vinyl LP (WV202LPC2)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (WV202LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Live at Twist & Shout 11.16.07

Record Store Day 2018 brings us a first-ever vinyl edition of Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit’s Live at Twist & Shout 11.16.07. This mini-LP originally came out in 2008, a time when Isbell had just split from the Drive-By Truckers and everyone was curious to see what his solo stuff would sound like. Turns out it wasn't all that different to his old band - this is melodious, stately and proud Americana.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Up From Below (10th Anniversary Remaster)

To mark the tenth anniversary of Up From Below, the 2009 debut album from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and which housed the sing-along mega-hit ‘Home’, and established a template for many modern folk-pop acts, the record is getting the deluxe re-issue treatment. Limited edition versions come with a 16-page deluxe booklet. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Eiko Ishibashi
The Dream My Bones Dream

Eiko Ishibashi is a remarkable artist, somehow equally at home singing heartfelt, delicate lounge-jazz pop music and collaborating free-improv style with Darin Gray and, er, Merzbow. The Dream My Bones Dream is a songs record, though it is rich with details of instrumentation and texture. Jim O’Rourke fans should know that Eiko’s playing is all over his recent work, and he returned the favour by mixing this. On Drag City.

King Creosote And Jon Hopkins
Diamond Mine

Diamond Mine was an unlikely collaboration between raggedy Scottish sea shanty writer King Creosote and smooth running electronics guy Jon Hopkins. It ended up though being a high point of both their careers as the duo fitted in field recordings from Scottish coastal towns around King Creosote's emotional songwriting on an album often compared to Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Miquela
I A De Sars

I A De Sars is the first and only record by Occitan artist Miquela. It is a little known album from 1978 that mixes acid folk, Braziliana, French Jazz and world music. The Occitan poet, Ives Roqueta, requested that Miquela record the album for his label Ventadorn, which he duly did. Reissue on Finders Keepers.

Erin Durant
Islands

Erin Durant is an artist who knows the difference between power and volume. The Brooklyn-based pianist has her roots in New Orleans. Her piano led ballads have a certain swagger, imbued with the spirit of her home town. Her style also recalls For The Roses-era Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor. Islands was produced by Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio and features a guest performance from Kath Bloom.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ever Isles
Cocoon

Before Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith started wowing us all were her synth-made electronic compositions she was in Ever Isles, an indie-folk duo, with Jeremy Harris. She played classical guitar in the band. One day she discovered a particular modular synth - the Buchla 100 - she left the band to follow a different musical path. Cocoon is the only album they made. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza

Originally only available via her official website when released back in 2006, KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza gets a special re-issue on vinyl as a red-and-yellow splatter LP. It contains stripped-down versions of tracks from her star-making debut album Eye To The Telescope, plus a cover of Beck’s ‘Golden Age’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Palace Brothers
There Is No-one What Will Take Care Of You

Enter Will Oldham. Before morphing into Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and reinventing acoustic guitar music at the end of the ‘90s, the Kentucky singer released a slew of records under the moniker Palace Brothers. For his debut LP, 1993’s There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You, Oldham found himself accompanied by a bunch of people from Slint. However, apart from the occasional swell of distorted guitar these tracks largely eschew post-rockisms and lay down the kind of tortured balladry that Oldham’s name(s) has become a byword for down the years. Here we see There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You reissued by Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Steve Gunn
Time Off

Originally released in that classic year of 2013 was Time Off by Steve Gunn. This was the first time the guitarist had made an album as part of a band. It sets his intuitive, blues-based playing amongst the accompaniment of a couple of excellent musicians who help shape one of his breakthrough albums. It has a loose Neil Young feel but is topped off by his breathy vocal technique which takes a fuller role than his more instrumental work of before.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richard Buckner
Dents and Shells

Richard Buckner is a man who has always followed his muse whether that be in classic sounding singer-songwriting with a country twist or the more experimental material he recorded with Jim O'Rourke. Dents and Shells was his 2004 album and perfectly exemplifies his vaguely wandering style of songwriting. The pedal steel of stunning opener A Chance Counsel provides the perfect bedrock for this lovely flowing album.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maija Sofia
Bath Time

Taking the traditional, narrative-driven folk ballads of the country of her birth and filtering them through a DIY, lo-fi lens, Irish youngster Maija Sofia delivers an understated but powerful debut album. After five years of similarly top-quality singles and EPs, Bath Time is the full-length statement that Sofia has always had the potential to deliver. 

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 record to get lost with on a Sunday morning.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gene Clark
No Other

Originally released in 1974 to critical praise but little commercial impact, The Byrds’ founder Gene Clark poured his heart and soul - and quite a lot of his own money - into No Other, a massively ambitious and strikingly beautiful record spanning psychedelia, country, folk and soul. For its 45th anniversary, 4AD are re-issuing the re-mastered album on CD and LP, and also in a lavish box-set containing a myriad of alternate mixes and bonus tracks, a documentary film and extensive liner notes and essays. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Billy Bragg
Best Of Billy Bragg At The BBC 1983 - 2019

Billy Bragg has been a consistent presence on the turntables of the more discerning BBC DJs. The Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC 1983-2019 contains 38 tracks of Billy Bragg performing for John Peel, Tom Robinson, Janice long, Bob Harris and more. The selections cover his entire career, so as well as getting good overview of his work, you’ll be able to see how he changes as a performer and songwriter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Vetiver
Up On High

With its warm acoustic tones and candid vocals, 'Up On High' is the dexterous works of American folk outfit Vetiver. Headed by lead songwriter Andy Cabic, this ten-track-long LP is a sweet and tender collection of quaint tunes. It's a relaxing and kaleidoscopic gateway to a soothing sense of escapism.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
I Made A Place

Ooh it's been a long while since a fully original Bonnie 'Prince' Billy album. The last one was in the middle of the Obama presidency in fact - and to think people had the wherewithal to moan about that tenancy. Now, just as the world is ending we get a proper new BPB album because he realises that there is never a right time for a new album from one of the more loved artists of his generation. Let's just celebrate him whilst he is alive and healthy.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Molly Burch
The Molly Burch Christmas Album

Oh lord we're getting the Christmas albums appearing on the site already and my local Boyes store already has its selection boxes on display. I'm writing this in October but by the middle of December we might be wanting a bit of this to go with our mulled wine. It's a Christmas collection from Austin chanteuse Molly Burch where she covers the usual classics (Auld Lang Syne, Last Christmas) and adds in a few originals and rarer seasonal compositions. Also: Ginger cat on cover.    

Silver Jews
Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea

Ah...well we thought this might be back in stock this week. Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea was the final Silver Jews album before David Berman disbanded the group for the unusual reason that his musical output could never undo the damage his dad (a corporate lawyer) had done to the world. It's probably the Jews most polished record and sees Berman's distinctive baritone sitting on top of lush country-ish arrangements. Album highlight San Francisco DC is a hilarious seven minute narrative that is not to be missed.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Harry Dean Stanton
Partly Fiction

Harry Dean Stanton has appeared in so many cool films it's impossible to list them. But he's also a musician you know, and there is a documentary about him, 'Partly Fiction' now, in which he sings and talks about his passion for country and folk music. His voice, we discover, is distinctive and unexpectedly strong. This accompanying album was recorded in his living room. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Grant
Gets Schooled

John Grant - the Father John Misty it’s OK to like - has his limited edish Rough Trade EP Gets Schooled repressed by Bella Union. Each of these five tracks finds Grant dueting with a different leftfield folk luminary. Sinead O’Connor is the headline name, but we also have appearances from Villagers, Beth Orton, Conor O’Brien and Damien Dempsey.

Our Native Daughters
Songs Of Our Native Daughters

Our Native Daughters are a three-piece made up from Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla who both previously played with Carolina Chocolate Drops, along with Allison Russell, once of Po’ Girl and singer Amythyst Kiah. Their mission, of Songs Of Our Native Daughters, is to reclaim and revive songs of their ancestors that have shaped America.

Morgan Lebus
Under The Moon

Morgan Lebus was an  LA-based musician. He recorded the songs on Under The Moon in 2002. Whilst he still remains active in the music business, he just doesn’t make music anymore, so these songs are the last he ever recorded. One of his mates just happens to be James Yorkston. Yorkston played the songs to the people at Triassic Tusk who were excited enough to release them on this here 7” single.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joost Dijkema
Time Thief

Joost Dijkema hails from Groningen, way up in the north of the Netherlands. It is a city with a bit of musical heritage due to the classic venue Vera, where many famous indie and alternative acts have made live recordings. Joost is talented guitar picker. His new album, Time Thief, contains instrumentals where he displays his virtuosity and songs where his warm vocal tones shine.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter