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Harmony Rockets with Special Guest Peter Walker
Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos

Harmony Rockets, better known as Mercury Rev, of course renowned for their free-wheeling psychedelic rock. Joining forces on Lachesis / Clotho / Atropos with Peter Walker, known for his American-folk approach to ragas. The record also boasts appearances from Steve Shelley from...view item »

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 ...view item »

Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

Remind Me Tomorrow is the first album in four years by Sharon Van Etten. Despite not making any solo albums in that time she’s been rather busy having a baby, gaining psychology qualifications, working with David Lynch and writing a score for the movie, Strange Weather. All this action has l...view item »

The Other Years
The Other Years

Kentucky duo The Other Years consists of Anna Krippenstapel (Joan Shelley, Freakwater) on fiddle and Heather Summers on guitar and banjo, with both singing. Their self-titled debut offers a charming and haunting suite of original songs alongside Michael Hurley’s ‘Wil...view item »

Red House Painters
Down Colourful Hill

It was the best of times, way back when Mark Kozelek was not awful to his audience and offensive to journalists; back when there was a forlorn band called Red House Painters weaving devastating lyrics in and out of slowcore threnodies. Down Colorful Hill was the very first entry into the band's canon...view item »

Phosphorescent
C’est La Vie

The ‘Song For Zula’ singer (you’ll know it when you hear it) comes back with his first LP in a half-decade. Now that Justin Vernon is fully lost in the Kid A sauce, Matthew Houck’s guise positions him well to assume the mantle as the king of folkish indie. Judging by positive stu...view item »

Marissa Nadler
For My Crimes

The eighth LP from Marissa Nadler arrives courtesy of Sacred Bones. While this record may feature contributions from Angel Olsen, Ma...view item »

Donovan
Mellow Yellow

“I’m-a just-a mad-a ‘bout-a Saffron / She’s just mad about me / They call me Mellow Yellow (quite rightly!)” mutters genre-blending, kindly and highly relaxed Scot Donovan Phillips Leitch on trademark song ‘Mellow Yellow’. And here it is again, as a beautifully faithful Abbey Road reprod...view item »

Donovan
Sunshine Superman

Sunshine Superman by Donovan was originally released in 1967 - it should have been the year before but some red tape nonsense meant it was delayed. It was his third album and saw the man sometimes known as The Welsh Dylan, begin to move away from his folk roots. This is evidenced by the psych-tinged title track and the wonderful...view item »

Cult Party
And Then There Was This Sound

Sad hits for all the family (lest there are happy members of it), it's the brand new record by not-at-all-super stars Cult Party! This wonderful band may have been a solitary, self-preserving bedroom band once upon a time, but on And Then There Was This Sound songwriter Leo Robinson opens up his sounds wi...view item »

WELFARE
Useful Toil

For those not yet forlorn enough, may I suggest the appropriately titled Useful Toil, which should sleepily descend melancholy on you without fuss. Dream pop cut from the finest reverb cloth, Welfare take their favourite genre and give its ethereality a lushness, offering acoustic guitars, strings and flutes, plus some of that org...view item »

Richard Thompson
13 Rivers

A member of Fairport Convention all the way back in 1967, Richard Thompson, is still making urgent and heartfelt rock'n'roll. 13 Rivers is his first solo album since 2015, and the first that he's self-produced in over ten years. The result is the complete erosion of any ...view item »

Daniel Knox
Chasescene

Chicagoan vibrato-on-legs Daniel Knox scrambles Jarvis Cocker and Nina Natasia to lend their talents to new album Chasescene. Knox’s heartfelt, mongrel style of piano playing and weary, croaky voice drive his cinematic and noirish representations of nighttime heartbreak, intrigue and disar...view item »

Greg Sage
Straight Ahead

This album by Greg Sage is notable for being the one that persuaded J. Mascis that the acoustic guitar was a thing worth existing, and Straight Ahead is worth your attention for that alone. Though even if you could care less about Dinosaur Jr, you should check it out on its own merit, a...view item »

39th & The Nortons
Mourning Waltz

Straight outta Paris come 39th & The Nortons, led by enthusiastic band creator Nick Wheeldon with a mission to resurrect the sixties in sonic form. Specifically, the group are after that lovely overlap between psychedelic guitars and organs, folky songcraft, and symphonic sweep. Mourning Waltz is re...view item »

Cheval Sombre
Had Enough Blues / Hitch A Ride

Hailing all the way from a record studio in Tennessee called Fat Elvis Records (brilliant name: funny, clever and sadly clouded in an element of truth), Cheval Sombre is releasing a short EP called Had Enough Blues / Hitch A Ride. The lyrics in both songs are a psychedelic folk scream at everything that has, so far...view item »

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol 1

While Richard Reed Parry has previously explored neoclassical textures, Quiet River of Dust Vol 1 sees him move into exquisite songcraft matching Beach Boys harmonies with electronic pulses and songs culled from both the British and Japanese folk tradition. He's also a member of twenty plus-headed stadium rock beast ...view item »

Rosali
Trouble Anyway

After stints in the bands Long Hots and Wandering Shade, Rosali is now sharing both her strength and vulnerability on her new album Trouble Anyway. Charlie Hall from War On Drugs, Purling Hiss mainman Mike Polizze and critically a...view item »

Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” is widely regarded as Wilco’s best album. The album took quite a journey before actually being released and due to a job cull at Warner’s, it was delayed, and Wilco were dropped by Warner off-shoot, Reprise. Eventually, Wilco got their album back, signed to Nonesuch and had it released. There were t...view item »

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. Blonde on Blonde was recorded in Nashville in 1966, and stretches to full-on double-album length. Includes favourites like ‘Just Like A Woman’ and ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of...view item »

Various
The Truth Is A Lie

The Truth is a Lie is the third part in a series of lavishly packaged American soul anthologies which gather together little-known tracks recorded between 1955 and 1972. Here we have 24 hard-hitting ballads from the likes of Nina Simone, Bettye Swann and James Carr...view item »

Various
The Love You Save

The Love You Save brings together lesser-know nuggets of American soul music in a similar way to the oft-referenced Anthology of American Folk Music put together by Harry Smith. Nicely packaged with 24 tracks spread over two LPs there’s some real gems on here: From the soulful title track by Joe Tex...view item »

Calexico
The Black Light (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Black Light by Calexico was originally released 20 years ago so it seems fitting that we now have a 20th anniversary version to savour. It was the band’s second album, but probably the first to get them noticed. Their mix of mariachi brass, flamenco, indie rock and jazz wrapped up in dusty Americana was seamlessly blen...view item »

Emma Ruth Rundle
On Dark Horses

Oh I do love an Emma Ruth Rundle mystery. This week's instalment sees our intrepid sleuth come out of a personal nadir by moving home, getting a new friend and making a new album with other friends. This is heart on sleeve stuff, uncomfortable realties put to music in dark duets that recall Johnny and June.  ...view item »

Beautify Junkyards
Other Voices 08

Beautify Junkyards sound like the perfect Ghost Box band. Their music is full of hazy 1960s memories, harpsichords and hazed out vocals. We hear bits of Broadcast, Pink Floyd and Nick Nicely in their swirling sound. This limited release on the Other Voices series should tur...view item »

Blaze Foley
Sittin' By The Road

Blaze Foley was an Arkansas folksman who was shot to death in suspicious circumstances in 1989. Despite relatively little success in his lifetime, Foley is admired by the likes of Willie Nelson and Caleb Followill. Sittin’ By The Road collects a dozen of his earliest known recordi...view item »

Paul Haig
The Wood

Former Josef K frontman Paul Haig returns with his 4th solo album, The Wood. It is a culmination of three years work which sees him exploring similar territory to that of Four Tet, Floating Points and Love Over Entropy. He sees the wood as a place where things a...view item »

Cowboy Junkies
The Caution Horses

Cowboy Junkies. Love it. The Caution Horses was the third studio LP from this Magic Mike-ass band. This album was originally released in 1990, meaning it just missed the being caught up in the slipstream of Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ (that song would hit the Billboard top 10 ...view item »

Mountain Man
Magic Ship

In this, the age of instant content, an eight year gap between album can prove utterly deadly. Fortunately for us Mountain Man were able to survive such a gulf to bring us Magic Ship. As on their debut, this is an album which celebrates not just the voice, but voices. The genius of A...view item »

Blitzen Trapper
Furr (Deluxe Edition)

Blitzen Trapper’s Furr gets a tenth-anniversary reissue. Over the years, this LP has come to be considered one of the signature Sub Pop releases - quite a feat when you consider the competition. Dropping at a time when The Shins were still accepted as a good band and freak-folk wa...view item »

Jackson C. Frank
Jackson C. Frank

Earth Records brings us this reissue of a lost folk gem, originally released back in 1965 this album by Jackson C Frank was produced by none other than Paul Simon after he saw Frank playing in an old folk club. It’s the sound of a real folk legend but with lots of soul and blues to give an extra little twis...view item »

Bill Orcutt
A History Of Every One

Following an explosive collaborative LP with Chris Corsano for his own Palilalia imprint, ex- Harry Pussy shredder Bill Orcutt returns to Editions Mego with twelve singular in...view item »

Johnny Cash
American II: Unchained

The second in the series of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings starts with Beck’s “Rowboat”, which is soon followed by Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage” and Dean Martin’s “Memories Are Made Of This”, thus keeping the selection of covers diverse. This time he has a backing band though, and it&rs...view item »

Cat Power
Sun

A month or so ago a strange thing happened at Norman Towers. Instead of sending out promos of the new Cat Power album, Beggars group sent a man along with a copy of the CD and we had to sit quietly and listen to it whilst he made sure we didn...view item »

Cat Power
Jukebox

Cat Power: 'Jukebox' (Matador) As you'd imagine these are songs you may find on Cat's Jukebox. Sung with the sort of sultry ease missing from a lot of the newer generation of female singer songwriters. Easily consumed and familiar to older ears maybe, backed by players who have been around the indie block if you will- Erik Paparazzi, Jim ...view item »

Jeffrey & Jack Lewis
City & Eastern Songs

My brother gave Jeffrey Lewis a lift recently & said he was a lovely bloke & not at all like most of the wankers that inhabit the music industry. Anyway when you hear first hand how nice someone is you tend to want to like their music more (yes I'm that shallow). Apparently James Blunt is a lovely feller  - so nice he...view item »

Dawn Landes
Meet Me At The River

For her fifth album, Dawn Landes has decided to fully focus on the most countryish parts of her sound, by making a full-blown Nashville album. Therefore Meet Me At The River was recorded with Fred Foster as producer, has song titles like ‘Why They Name Whiskey After Men’, and a classic count...view item »

Mac DeMarco
2 Demos

Yes, 2 Demos. Not 2 Demos in the sense that there are only 2 Demos to listen to, but 2 Demos in the sense that the record provides demos for the Mac DeMarco release that was called 2. And hence: 2 Demos. Breezy-boy soft rocker Mac serves up the heyday v...view item »

Mac DeMarco
Salad Days Demos

"Salad days are gone" sang Mac DeMarco on his beloved and commercially adored record Salad Days. In fact they are not, because he's now putting out his Salad Days Demos, collection original iterations of songs praised for their sparkly, rich guitar tones, breezy melodies and reassuringly chill themes. AM rock turned s...view item »

Waxahatchee
Great Thunder

Katie Crutchfield returns with a mini album of recordings she started whilst making her previous albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp. These were more experimental jams recorded with a collective called Great Thunder that is no longer active. Fascinated by the material Crutchfield took it into the studio and reworked it resulting in a strippe...view item »

The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers debut album was originally released in 2008. The band, who call New York’s Catskill Mountains home, took their inspiration from The Band - seemingly just as much from their unkempt, ragged look on the cover of their self-titled second album as they did from the music. For those that enj...view item »

Daniel Bachman
Seven Pines

Daniel Bachman is fast becoming one of my favourite guitar players, and although some may feel this is a very crowded field, there is enough variety in his style to keep me interested. This is why picking up albums in his back catalogue, such as thing one, can be so rewarding. Things start with opening track 'Copperhead' creating a real ...view item »

Eric Bachmann
No Recover

Former Archers Of Loaf/Crooked Fingers mastermind Eric Bachmann drops the third LP under his given name. No Recover isn’t a title that screams positivity, and despite the many gentle acoustic treatments and ringing vocal harmonies that crop up here the overall feeling of the album...view item »

Mike Cooper
Trout Steel

As well as his 'Places I Know' and 'The Machine Gun Co' finally being packaged together as a double LP, the wonderful Mike Cooper's 1970 opus 'Trout Steel' is also back on LP, a slightly countryish take on his singer-songwriter style with plenty of hard-attacked steel guitar wibble as well as glimmering passages of gently simmering avant-folk im...view item »

The Men They Couldn't Hang
Cock-A-Hoop

The Men They Couldn't Hang were actually named by Shane MacGowan and although their career was somewhat more under the radar than the Pogues there is a similarity in style as the band blitz through ballads, sea shanties, rock, roll and everything in between. This is their 10th album in an off and on 35 year career and shows the ...view item »

Carole King
Tapestry

Carole King not only made her most successful album with Tapestry but also curated her own greatest hits. The album was only her second solo album after a previous life as songwriter to hire but showed her on top of her game and contains a remarkable number of songs which have since become standards. ...view item »

Bob Dylan
Desire

Desire was Bob Dylan's second burst of return-to-form creativity in the mid 70's following  the earlier Blood on the Tracks. The record is further song story ruminations from the bard with lengthy, sprawling songs featuring some of the most controversial and personal lyrics of his career.   ...view item »

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 Coll...view item »

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

Definitely regarded as Bob Dylan’s greatest album of  the ‘70s and beyond and right up there with his ‘60 work, Blood On The Tracks is allegedly a masterwork of confessional songwriting. Bob Dylan, however, denies that the songs were about his life. Whatever, it’s a gr...view item »

Joni Mitchell
Court and Spark

Originally released in 1974, Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell showed the singer/songwriter expanding her artistic palette yet again with jazz influences finding their way into her already augmented folk sound. It features a whole bunch of guest performers including Crosby & NAsh, Jose Felician...view item »

Joni Mitchell
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Mitchell’s seventh album got some sniffy reviews back in 1975, but is now recognised as a subtle and complex jazz-inflected masterpiece.The title track is as smooth and groovy as peak Steely Dan, while Crosby, Stills and Nash guest on the buoyant In France They Kiss On Main Street. However the biggest surp...view item »

Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

Ladies Of The Canyon was the third album by Joni Mitchell, originally released in 1970. The album is more artistically expansive than her previous albums, giving a glimpse of what she’d later become on albums such as Blue and  The Hissing Of Summer Lawns. It is notable for containing tw...view item »

Joni Mitchell
Blue

Blue by Joni Mitchell is a masterpiece. Originally released in 1971, the album was inspired by travel, it was partly written on her travels around Europe, and her ailing relationship with Graham Nash. Joni ended the relationship whilst writing the album. An absolute must have for any collection. LP on Reprise....view item »

Maki Asakawa
Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was essentially a jazz and blues singer - but with a difference: Imagine Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday with a bit of Nico, experimental big band and psychedelic sitar wig-outs. This eponymous compilation gathers together the best of h...view item »

Suzanne Menzel
Goodbyes and Beginnings

1981 synth-pop from Denmark, in the form of the one and only album by Suzanne Menzel, self-released at the time and hard to find since then. Klaus Schonning contributes new agey electronic backing to ...view item »

Various
Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 777

Hillbillies In Hell: Volume 777 is a collection of songs from Nashville’s more troubled singer-songwriters. It features 16 rare cuts with the likes of Hank Williams, Bobby Griggs and Durwood Daily facing their demons and baring the depths of their souls for your delectation. Vinyl LP, limi...view item »

Magnolia Electric Co
Fading Trails

JASON MOLINA has another album out. Yup, after the storm away success of Let Me Go his MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO beat combo are trying to woo me with the new album called Fading Trails. Initially it's not as good as the last album nor is it as good as the Songs Ohia stuff.... mainly cos of the naff...view item »

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood
With Animals

Mark Lanegan - former Screaming Tree, part-time Queen of the Stone Age - teams up with his old chum Duke Garwood for their second LP in a half-decade (though they’ve worked on some stuff together in between). Lanegan’s vocal performance on With Animals is ro...view item »

The Walker Brothers
Nite Flights

My introduction to Scott Walker was a quite recent TV showing of Scott Walker: 30th Century Man documentary. I got to see the documentary two times, and both showings got me deeper and deeper into the world of Walker. I've been an electronic dance music DJ for over two decades, concentrating mainly in techno, I...view item »

Iron & Wine
Weed Garden

Sam Beam & co return as Iron & Wine to follow up their Grammy-nominated LP released in early 2018, 'Beast Epic'. Weed Garden is a collection of songs to complement the aforementioned record; its writing has been an evolving process the past three years. The six-song album was a smaller but significant part of th...view item »

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan’s first ever album, released way back in 1962 when no-one knew who this cat was (imagine that?!?). The tracklisting is mostly made up of traditional folk songs, with just two originals, meaning that you can really hear Dylan emerging from the folk tradition that made him. Vi...view item »

Juanita Stein
Until The Lights Fade

Until The Lights Fade is the sophomore long-player from Howling Bells and former Waikiki vocalist and guitarist, Juanita Stein. Musically the album stays true to her 2017 solo debut, America, whilst lyrically its subjects and musings are closer to Stein, both geog...view item »

Various
Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money and Status in Country Music (1950-1970)

Birth/Work/Death: Work, Money And Status In Country Music 1950-1970 over 18 rare tracks,  mostly originally pressed and distributed in handfuls, tell tales of toil, hardship and occasionally joy, from the darkness of mining, the depressing notion of factory work to travelling along sun-scorched highways. Vinyl LP, limited to 500 copies with...view item »

Neil Young
This Note's For You

I know that this is an unfashionable opinion, but this particular Norman Records™ description writer thinks that Neil Young did his best work in the 1980’s. Albums like Trans and Everybody’s Rockin’ are either some of the all-time great musical shitposts, visionary records that simultane...view item »

Neil Young
Hawks & Doves

No, Hawks & Doves is nothing to do with Cheshire rockers Doves. How could it be, given that, as it was first released in 1980, the members of Doves would have all still have been at primary school? Bet you wish you’d thought that through before opening your mouth and embarrassing yourself… Anyway, this ...view item »

Kathryn Joseph
Tell My Lover

Single Tell My Lover on 7” from Scottish indie folk singer/songwriter Kathryn Joseph, whose debut LP won the Scottish Album of the Year award back in 2015. A tender and sensitive song with all the fragile power of Joseph’s otherworldly vocals and gentle melodies. Out o...view item »

Me and My Kites
Like A Dream Back Then

Hippies. Your enjoyment of this record will depend quite a lot on your tolerance for hippies. Looking at the sleeve I thought it was some kind of ‘60s reissue but no, this quartet of skinny-dipping, flower-wreathing Swedes actually recorded this album just last year. The back cover even has an old-style photo collage of them. “It&rsq...view item »

Me and My Kites
Is it Real or is it Made?

Second album from Me and My Kites, a flighty collection of songs that breeze past the listener so laden with summer that you could catch hayfever. Is It Real Or Is It Made? was recorded in Norway, and there is, from time to time, an audibly Scandinavian touch to the vocals. LP released by Porcelain Records....view item »

Neil & Liam Finn
Lightsleeper

Nice family get together here as new Fleetwood Mac guy Neil Finn (Crowded House etc) teams up with son Liam Finn. Mum is on here as well as is Liam's brother Elroy and weird uncles Connan Mockasin and Mick Fleetwood also put in appearances.  No sign of Tim Finn but there's ...view item »

Buck Curran
Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

Nothing like a cup of lapsang souchong and Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas to get you through a quiet evening. Painting quiet spaces with sparse guitar tones, Buck Curran&r...view item »

Glenn Jones
The Giant Who Ate Himself And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar

With a title I could well imagine existing as a cautionary yet inspiring tale for young children, possibly animated by Studio Ghibli (disclaimer: before we're sued, it wasn't) The Giant Who Ate Himself - And Other New Works For 6 & 12 String Guitar is a beautifully crafted recording by Glenn Jones. It's something to...view item »

Iron and Wine
Beast Epic

Ol’ big beard Sam Beam is back with a record that he says harks back to his earlier works such as ‘The Creek Drank the Cradle’. This brings Beam’s work a full circle as he seems to be rediscovering the simplicity that made those records such hushed delights. This his his 5th album and contains the type...view item »

Odetta Hartman
Old Rockhounds Never Die

Odetta Hartman’s sound is an odd mish-mash of stuff. It’s rooted in post-blues styles like rockabilly, 50s r ‘n’ b, country-rock and soul, but there’s also influences cropping up on Old Rockhounds Never Die from genres as diverse as psychtronica and future-boogie. It makes the fifteen track...view item »

Michael Nau
Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread

The Mighty Thread is not a really bad conversation on a message board that deviates into people agreeing to disagree, but rather the bonus name for Michael Nau, who made a bright, folksy record in Some Twist. He's back with this knottily poetic follow-up that embraces ambiguity and uncert...view item »

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Portland's Liz Harris AKA Grouper is one of only a few artists who consistently melts our collective hearts. Her 'Grid Of Points' album (like her previous record on Kranky, 'Ruins') is more stripped-back than her earlier work, with a greater emphasis on songwriting and delicate piano compositions. What was previously submerged in effects resonat...view item »

Haley Heynderickx
I Need to Start a Garden

Haley Heynderickx - not sure if that’s a nom de plume or not - drops her debut LP via Mama Bird (Courtney Marie Andrews, Vikesh Kapoor). The press release seemed quite keen for this blurb writer to not compare her to Angel Olsen, but when someone ...view item »

Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins'...view item »

Tom Waits
Blue Valentine

This 1978 release is a real mixed bag that displays the contrasting extremes of Waits’ muse at the time. The album is bookended by a widescreen orchestral version of Bernstein’s standard Somewhere, and the smoky jazz guitar of the understated title track. In between there’s the tragicomic Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneap...view item »

Sun Kil Moon
Universal Themes

New album from Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon project. Universal Themes contains the familiar Kozelek sound and approach (forward-strolling rock and lyrics on whatever is on Kozelek’s mind that day), but this time with help from Sonic Youth dru...view item »

Songs: Ohia
Magnolia Electric Co. (10 Year Anniversary Edition)

Magnolia Electric Co was the final album Jason Molina released under the name Songs: Ohia. Whilst touring the album, he decided to change the name of the band to Magnolia Electric Co (who never released an album called Songs: Ohia). You can hear something had changed - this Steve Albini-produced record has a harder edge than previous releases. S...view item »

St. Vincent
Marry Me

It's nice to know that Annie Clarke (St. Vincent) would go to the humble beginnings of Marry Me to the critically lauded Strange Mercy and follow that with the commercially successful self-titled. I went through St Vincent's back catalogue backwards and expected this album to be a fairly "cute" affair with simple acoustic pop songs and playful m...view item »

Melanie De Biasio
Lilies

We loved Melanie De Biasio's recent Blackened Cities release but here she drops the big one on her third full length album. Her sound is something like Nina Simone channelling Bark Psychosis as she sings the blues over spectral spooky jazz with a post rock sense of ambition. Lookin...view item »

Lambchop
Flotus

The Nashville collective celebrate their 30th anniversary if only to make me feel very old indeed. I think it's high time for a really great Lambchop album and with the unveiling of lead track the 18 minute 'The Hustle' we might just get it. This is an excellent electronic/kraut jam with Kurt Wagner's soft brown voice and the us...view item »

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 scena...view item »

Terry Allen
Juarez

Terry Allen is known for his visual art, but he should be known for this 1975 concept album about the borderlands between the USA’s southern states and Mexico. Country music with an arty approach, songcraft with the narrative verve of a novelist. These CD and LP reissues of Juarez add booklets of artwork and essay...view item »

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

This joint album from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is the strangest and most natural of collaborations. The groups have different methods (Justin K Broadrick with abrasive post-metal and Mark Kozelek with acoustic ballads and dark wit) but on America's Most Wanted these combine alongside bleak tex...view item »

FKA Twigs
LP 1

Former Jessie J dancer releases her debut prosaicly titled album. Is it the future of r&b or a trendified Beyonce rip off? Mike will be along soon to tell you.   Preface Lights On Two Weeks Hours Pendulum Video Girl Numbers Closer Give Up...view item »

Kevin Morby
Harlem River

This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely homage to his recent home of New York City.  Opener ‘Miles Miles Miles’ has that swooning sty...view item »

Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

Courtney Barnett is a storyteller first, relating obscure vignettes of her life to song and then positing them to us, like, "ain't that just the truth?". On The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, she makes mundane stories about gardening sound surreal and cinematic and talks about making out with people at p...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 »

St. Vincent
Strange Mercy

I don't know about you but I don't trust anyone with curly hair. From Leo Sayer to Malcolm McLaren, you have to give them a very, very wide berth. St Vincent is a lady from New York who once toured with Sufjan Stevens, a man I had a bizarre dream about last night where he turned out to...view item »

Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie XX
We're New Here

OK, I haven't heard the original 'I'm New Here' album from which this is based so I'm reviewing this on its own terms. Ok with that? Good, let me begin. So for some reason the tapes from 'I'm New Here' were given to Jamie XX (who is in The XX) to play around with. What he's generally done is created late night dubbed out atmospheres an...view item »

Devendra Banhart
Cripple Crow

The music on the CD is pretty good. He's definitely cut off all the strange obtuse angles and mad squawks of his earlier records and so this is pretty straight down the middle folk stuff that sounds just like Tyrannosaurus Rex with added string sections here and there The guy obviously has a skip full of talent and this CD is definitely...view item »

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