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Fenne Lily
On Hold

The debut LP from young Londoner Fenne Lily is a set of contemplative indie-rock tunes in the Angel Olsen/Cat Power/King Krule mould. On Hold is full of meditations on the usual stuff (growing up, friendship, love, youth etc), and it’s anchored by Lily’s husky voice - she has a singing style that manages to be both tender and powerful at the same time.

KT Tunstall
BBC Live Sessions

Over the years, guitar troubadour KT Tunstall has turned up and recorded at the BBC a few times: revisiting the sessions, some of them sounded quite good, so now here we go with a proper EP release. BBC Live Sessions includes some early-period treats, including a Jools Holland performance that kind of began Tunstall’s rise to fame. Vinyl with download.
  • Vinyl LP (6791524)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Last copy

Sufjan Stevens
Enjoy Your Rabbit

Originally released in 2001 before ‘Michigan’ and ‘Illinois’, Sufjan Steven’s ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ foretells his 2010 electronic ‘Age Of Adz’. Though overlooked by many, there are fans who regard ‘Enjoy Your Rabbit’ as Sufjan’s greatest work. Departing from the singer-songwriter format of his debut Asthmatic Kitty Records album, ‘A Sun Came’, this is a collection of fourteen colourful instrumental compositions combining Sufjan’s noted gift for melody with electronic sounds to create an unusually playful and human - not to mention humane - electronic experience. Great for dancing, driving, writing, cooking, painting, running, walking and, of course, eating Chinese food, ‘... Rabbit’ features nearly eighty minutes of music that will truly soothe the savage breast, whatever that means. Initial copies come in randomly allocated red/clear, green/clear, white/clear and blue/clear coloured vinyl sets. Which one will you get? 

Chelsea Wolfe
The Grime and The Glow

Marrying the gentle intimacy of folk, the atmospheric voodoo of death rock, and the bleak, sullen nihilism of black metal, Wolfe's sound effectively cast a genre all her own: a cavernous rumble, marked by stuttering drums, ethereal synths, and a wash of guitar, all very much in the service of one of the most hypnotic, celestial voices in modern music. 

Jake Xerxes Fussell
Out Of Sight

The superbly-named Jake Xerxes Fussell drops his third LP. Paradise Of Bachelors, the label that is fronting Out Of Sight, is an imprint that has previously released work by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Not only does Fussell’s particularly folksy brand of Americana bear a strong whiff of the Billies, but Will Oldham has also gone on record saying how much he enjoys Fussell’s work. Ergo - Out Of Sight’s one for the BPB fans out there.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rosali
Out Of Love

Philadelphia’s Rosali writes and plays songs that seem to emerge from some other place: both her voice and her guitars carry a slightly otherworldly sense of psychedelia. Out Of Love is her impressive debut full-length, released by the legendary Siltbreeze imprint: they know a thing or two about special strange music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jamestown Revival
San Isabel

Austin-based American roots duo Jamestown Revival have released two albums, Utah in 2014 and The Education of a Wandering Man in 2016. Their fanbase has grown through appearances at high profile festivals. If you can imagine a cross between The Jayhawks and Gillian Welch then this is probably for you. San Isabel is their latest album and includes a version of the The Mamas & The Papas classic, California Dreamin’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Will Beeley
Highways & Heart Attacks

Will Beeley is a singer/songwriter with the sandy dirt of the American highways in his hair and in his veins. He has previously released two albums 1971’s Galavantin’ and 1979’s Passing Dream. Clearly not one to rush things, forty years after his last release comes a new album, Highways & Heart Attacks. It sparks a new interest in an artist who deserves reappraisal, though he nearly didn’t get the chance. On Tompkins Square.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Earth
Full Upon Her Burning Lips

Dylan Carlson looks older all of a sudden. Mind you, Earth have been putting out records for some 30 years and, to be honest, I’m probably remembering what he looked like from a picture in 1991. Anyway, this is the new album pre-grunge metal duo Earth and it’s called Full Upon Her Burning. LP and CD on Sargent House.

John Shuttleworth
The Yamaha Years

Fifty-something DIY enthusiast, John Shuttleworth lives in Sheffield with his wife and two kids. He writes perfect kitchen-sink pop songs with the help of his portable Yamaha synthesizer. Available for the first time on vinyl, The Yamaha Years contains such classics as Pigeons In Flight and My Wife Died In 1970. This double LP also contains 7 bonus tracks. Graham Fellows is the man behind John Shuttleworth. He also created the character of Jilted John for the eponymous punk hit in 1978.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FRP2LP001)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Caamp
By & By

With their self-titled debut album exceeding even the wildest expectations for it back in 2016, Taylor Meier and Evan Westfall return as Caamp for their second outing. They are now a trio with the addition of Matt Vinson, and By & By continues exploring their shared love for all genres of music. Well, probably not all of them.

John Andrews & The Yawns
Bad Posture

Bad Posture was written at home over the course of the winter in John Andrews’ New Hampshire home, and then recorded in the springtime in the barn of that same home along with his band of freakfolk fellows The Yawns. Bad Posture is intimate rural music for the new American era. LP release on the Woodsist label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kurt Vile & Steve Gunn
Gunn Vile

This was initially released in limited quantities as part of Three Lobed's Parallelogram series but has since received a deserved wider release. The two musicians combine perfectly on songs by the likes of John Prine, Randy Newman and Nico, each bringing their distinct qualities to the plate. Harpist extraordinaire Mary Lattimore makes an appearance too.  
  • Vinyl LP (LPTLR111X)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bedouine
Bird Songs of a Killjoy

As you know, here at Norman Records™ we take all sorts. Weird, wacky, ‘wtf?’ - we’ll give it all a go. However, sometimes we need a breather from the intense/abrasive/nasty stuff. At times like that we're looking for something well-written, gently-strummed and beautifully-sung. That’s where LPs like Bedouine’s Bird Songs Of A Killjoy come in. On this lovely record the Syria-born, LA-based singer-songwriter turns in a set of wistful acoustic ditties that recall Joan Baez and Nick Drake.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bad Books
III

Bad Books undergo a slight line-up change for their first album in seven years. Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull and Robert McDowell are joined by musician Kevin Devine. They unveiled new songs from this album III at this year’s SXSW festival, where they got a tremendous reception for their more upbeat nature. 

Neil Young
Time Fades Away

Time Fades Away is a live album comprised of entirely new material. Originally released in 1973, it is one of Neil Young’s more obscure albums, possibly due to the fact that it has been unavailable for more than 30 years and was never released on CD. It was recorded on the tour to support Harvest, Neil Young’s most commercially successful album to date. His backing band here are The Stray Gators, who backed him on the aforementioned Harvest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aldous Harding
Party

New Zealand's Aldous Harding came to prominence with her self titled debut from a couple of years ago  - a word of mouth hit which showcased her ghostly laments and eerie torch songs. Well now she is back and she travelled all the way to Bristol to record it with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parrish. Perfume Genius lends a hand too. Nice. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ida Mae
Chasing Lights

Norwich band Ida Mae release their debut album Chasing Lights. Here the pair, who emerged out of Kill It Kid, relish in their chemistry as they create music that lies at the intersection between the xx, the White Stripes and uh, something a bit steamy. They share a producer with Kings of Leon. On Vow Road.

Bob Dylan
The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings

The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings by Bob Dylan will threaten to outdo your Grateful Dead live bootleg collection. This collection of 5 live concerts from the first leg - American North-East and Canada - contains 148 tracks - two thirds of which are previously unreleased. An absolute must for Dylan fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

PicaPica
Together & Apart

Rough Trade front the debut LP from PicaPica. As it was with the group’s 2017 EP Spring And Shade, so it is again on Together & Apart. The harmonised vocals of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates take centre-stage here, and the interplay between them has shades of Camera Obscura as well as American folk artists like Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss. Instrumentals on Together & Apart range from gentle acoustic strums to retro singer-songwriter rock.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Charlie Cunningham
Permanent Way

London-based singer/songwriter Charlie Cunningham follows his 2017 debut LP, Lines, with new album, Permanent Way. He is keen to show that second album syndrome is nothing but a myth, and that there’s more to him than just being a singer/songwriter. He builds on the sparseness of his debut with lush piano, synths and brass backing his guitar and voice. On Infectious Music.
  • 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.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Vetchinsky Settings
Anymore

The debut single from Scotland-based Vetchinsky Settings (I'm sure that name has a story behind it). On 'Anymore' the duo formed of one James (The Orchids) and one Mark (The Montgolfier Brothers / GNAC) unveil their gentle indie sound. The b-side features two tracks exclusive to this release 'Why Can't That Happen To Me?' and 'Someone Like You’. On Vertical Features.
  • Vinyl 7" (VF 444)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Melanie de Biasio
Blackened Cities

Belgian jazz composer / performer Melanie de Biasio assembled her choice collaborators for this single piece. Blackened Cities slides from smooth, soulful jazz tune into a high-momentum flight of instrumental power, de Biasio’s vocals free-flowing over the top. Powerful stuff, available as a CD or as a single-sided LP.
  • Vinyl LP (PIASL050EP)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Paul Den Heyer
Everything So Far

Paul Den Heyer is something of a supporting cast character in the North-West’s music history, formerly a member of short-lived indie rockers Fishmonkeyman and then of The Red Sided Garter Snakes alongside ex-members of Puressence and Inspiral Carpets. He’s now creating hazy guitar sketches in his own right - Everything So Far is his debut solo release. 

Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Pedal Steal + Four Corners

Straight from a simpler time, when crooks the public adored were still musicians and not politicians: Texas “outlaw” Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band’s 1985 Pedal Steal, remastered. For this weighty release, the folks at Paradise of Bachelors have added the first four of the man’s Four Corners radio plays on two bonus CD's as well. We'll let you fill in the obligatory yihaw yourself.

Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The damn near-mythologised second album from Neutral Milk Hotel. Idiosyncratic stuff from 1998. Whether you’re die-hard for this one or rediscovering, let Jeff Mangum sing to you about semen-stained mountaintops and Jesus Christ between those stellar brass sections. Reissued on Domino on LP or CD.

Lisa Hannigan and s t a r g a z e
Live In Dublin

A Lisa Hannigan live album that sees her backed by the contemporary-classical ensemble s t a r g a z e? Should be nice. And you know what, Live In Dublin is just that. A tasteful blend of electronics, acoustic instruments and backing singers provide a platform for Hannigan’s wistful, slightly folksy musings here. Think Jens Lekman and Hannigan’s old pal Damien Rice.

Richard Hawley
Further

Sheffield's most 1950s man returns with the first album not named after a part of Sheffield since his stunning debut Late Night Final. I'd do anything... anything to hear Richard Hawley make music as moving and intimate as that again but later records tend to be more fully arranged efforts with big production values. Still, he's a northern national treasure and we've be desperately trying to contact him or his management to get a message to him from a customer but no-one has yet responded. Can anyone help?   
  • Label(s):
  • BMG

Aldous Harding
Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding makes pastoral folk for when your house is full of cold air in the winter and needs a little warmth. Bringing to mind a whispered version of Sharon Van Etten in vocal melodies and First Aid Kit in the sparse but strangely full instrumental arrangements, her self-titled record is recommended for fans of narratively woven and impressively intricate folk music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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

Lambchop
Nixon

Ah Nixon. The highpoint in the varied career of this Nashville million piece led by Kurt Wagner. Nixon was a glorious romp through the back roads of neon soul with surprising nods to Al Green and Curtis Mayfield -  a beautiful lamp lit album, moving at slow pace with Wagner's idiosyncratic wordplay front and centre. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josh Ritter
Fever Breaks

All-American singer-songwriter Josh Ritter has teamed up with Jason Isbell for new LP Fever Breaks. The Idaho native’s tenth LP is a record of countrified Americana - or is it Americana-fied country? - with designs on the big leagues. Sounds expensive either way. Fever Breaks is one for the Springsteen fanatic in all of us.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Steve Marino
Fluff

Fluff is the debut solo album by Steve Marino. He is, however, an accomplished singer/songwriter who has been releasing albums under the Moor Hound moniker for the last decade. Reasons for his name change seem to, oddly perhaps, point to the fact he is now collaborating with producer Ben Lumsdaine.  Fans of Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado and Sun Kil Moon will enjoy this. LP and CD on Darling.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bess Atwell
Big Blue EP

In the three years since her debut album Hold Your Mind, introspective English folk artist Bess Atwell has steadily turned out a string of wonderful EPs and singles. Big Blue, containing recent track ‘Cherry Baby’, is the most recent of these, a five-track collection arriving on 12” vinyl in 2019. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jonathan Richman
SA

Vinyl version of last year’s SA studio album by the legendary Jonathan Richman, former leader of The Modern Lovers and one of the most influential figures in indie music. This is a collection of raga-inspired music, sparked when Richman read a book about 19th century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. I route to the 'Astral Plane' perhaps? Eh? Eh?

Hannah Cohen
Welcome Home

Welcome Home is the third album from Woodstock, NY singer/songwriter Hannah Cohen. It follows Child Bride (2012) and Pleasure Boy (2015). It would seem that this is maybe her most dynamic album to date. Her usual slow-burning, hazy style is augmented by soulful swells and dramatic turns. Light blue coloured vinyl and CD on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marlon Williams
Live at Auckland Town Hall

Marlon Williams used to be the boyfriend of fellow NZ singer/songwriter Aldous Harding. Since their split both of their careers have been on the up and they both seem to release new records around the same time. Williams’ latest piece of wax is Live At Auckland Town Hall. It was recorded when Williams returned home following a massive world tour. An emotional night with an artist showing a home crowd what he’d learned on the road. LP and CD on Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Justin Townes Earle
The Saint Of Lost Causes

Being the son of a respected songwriter and being partly named in honour of another must put pressure on you. Justin Townes Earle seems to be coping okay though (these days). The Saint of Lost Causes is his eighth album. Songs of American communities are plenty: ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. On New West.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mike Donovan
Exurbian Quonset

Right so here’s the thing - since Tyga released his smash hit ‘Rack City’ back 2011, whenever this particular Norman Records™ poundo’flesh comes across an LP released on Drag City he immediately starts singing the song in his head. This is unfortunate not because he doesn’t care for ‘Rack City’ (au contraire), but more because he now finds it hard to take anything released on the esteemed indie-rock imprint seriously. For instance, how about Mike Donovan’s third solo LP Exurbian Quonset. It’s an album of excellent leftfield garage-fuzz from the former Sic Alps fellow, but no matter how many times this thing gets spun it’s still ‘ten ten ten twenties’ this and ‘fresher than a [redacted] peppermint’ that.

Siobhan Wilson
The Departure

Stirring and gorgeous fare from Scottish singer-songwriter Siobhan Wilson here. The Departure flits between folk, acoustic balladry and rock in a manner that recalls Wilson’s fellow Scots Camera Obscura, Idlewild and Frightened Rabbit. Lyrically The Departure finds Wilson addressing issues of identity, feminism and the natural world.

Mike Gangloff
Poplar Hollow


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

AJJ
Live at Third Man Records

AJJ used to be known as Andrew Jackson Jihad. They’re a folk punk band from Arizona led by the duo of Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty. They have a revolving door policy for the rest of the band. Their live shows are frenetic affairs with air-punching anthems, of which, their loyal fan base know every word. Live At Third Man captures their live magic perfectly.
  • Artist(s):
  • AJJ

Thea Gilmore
Small World Turning

Small World Turning is the seventeenth album by renowned UK singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore. It features guest appearances from a bunch of folkies including Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and Ciaran Algar who, in the past, bagged the Radio 2 Young Folk Award. It may also be worth pointing out that Bruce Springsteen is a massive fan of her work. On Shameless.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Chevance - Outremusique pour enfants 1974-1985

Take an eye-opening spin through the catalogue of Chevance, Philippe Gavardin’s experimental sub-label, wherein all manner of experiments were published. Linguists, chansons, free-leaning jazz, poetics and unclassifiable abstractions are all featured in this survey of the most intriguing moments of those eleven years of activity. Really, the only way to get an impression is to dive into Outremusique pour enfants yourself! Compilation on Born Bad.

Emma Russack
Winter Blues

Melbourne songwriter Emma Russack’s fourth album is the result of live, single-take, no-rehearsal sessions with Liam Halliwell (Ciggie Witch) and Dylan Young. The songs benefit from the immediacy and simplicity captured in this process, while Russack’s lyrics - “Winter blues / Blame it on the winter blues” are direct, unpretentious and poignant.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pelt
Pearls From The River

Oh yes oh yes, a serious classic here from Pelt, captured here in their killer line-up of Mike Gangloff, Patrick Best and Jack Rose in 2003. Acousti folk-drone raga bliss, rustled up in one deep session, with tamboura, esraj and baritone banjo joining Rose’s sublime guitar. Pearls From The River is here reissued to vinyl for the very first time. On VHF.
  • Label(s):
  • VHF
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Gareth Dickson
Orwell Court

Gareth Dickson is a long-term collaborator of Vashti Bunyan’s and a deep-reaching songwriter / musician in his own right. Orwell Court is his fourth full-length solo album, continuing his path of quiet, private sounding music. These are songs for voice and folk guitar, but the rich layers of production and instrumental augmentation make ambient texture just as important. CD release from 12k.
  • Label(s):
  • 12k
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Oliver Cherer
I Feel Nothing Most Days

Londoner Oliver Cherer is prolific. For the last few years he’s clocked up more than an album a year, either under his own name or as Dollboy or Gilroy Mere. The songs on his latest album, I Feel Nothing Most Days, date back to 1983, and were inspired by Ben Watt, Robert Wyatt and The Durutti Column. The discovery the songs on some old cassettes coupled with the fact that he found himself in possession of one of Vini Rielly’s guitars motivated him to finish the songs. LP on Second Language.

Benoît Pioulard
Sonnet

An intimate album of warm melodic droning. Benoit Pioulard started the process of making this album by recording unexpectedly musical tones from animal or mechanical sources (eg. extractor fans), and then transposing those sounds to his guitar. Released on almost-identically-priced vinyl and CD by the ever-loved Kranky label.
  • Vinyl LP (KRANK193LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Anni Hogan
Lost In Blue

A star-studded and aptly titled new album of forlorn songs by Anni Hogan (AEAEA, Attrition, Marc and the Mambas and many others.) Hogan’s enthusiasm for collaboration has surely led to lots of friendships over the years, which may explain the incendiary team she’s put together for this one. There’s Lydia Lunch, ex-Kraftwerk Wolfgang Flür, Kid Congo Powers, Scarlet West - to name just a few.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Stella Donnelly
Thrush Metal

Horribly appearing to have a mouthful of garden worms on the cover of this debut release, this Australian singer songwriter blends lovely sweet melodies with bold instinctive lyrics often aimed at men being arseholes. But like Liz Phair on Exit in Guyville the songs are both gorgeous and unique. Donnelly's voice has a lovely Australian twang to it which just adds to the magnificence.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Anna St. Louis
First Songs

First Songs by Anna St. Louis was originally released in 2017 and it is exactly as the title suggests - her first songs. What she regards as her debut album, If Only There Was A River, followed this in 2018, but here we see her emerging as a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with. Sun-kissed Californian sound with the earthy depth of her Kansas roots. On Woodsist.
  • Vinyl LP (WOODSIST092CV)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt


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

Joy Williams
Front Porch

Joy Williams was one half of country/folk duo The Civil Wars, although she has also been a solo artist since 2001. Front Porch is her fourth solo album. It’s already making critics ears prick up - it may have been that the guy was the the hanger-on in The Civil Wars and Ms. Williams was the real talent. LP and CD on Sensibility Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Felice Brothers
Undress

Prolific folk and country-rock outfit The Felice Brothers return with yet another studio album, Undress. Now in the second decade of their existence and having spent a lot of their career in introspection, their latest record sees the group turn outwards and address the political tumult around them. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johanna Samuels
Have A Good One

Johanna Samuels makes assured and beautiful songs that would sound at home in the warm ‘70s sun of LA’s Laurel Canyon. She has been inspired to love music by the likes of Neil Young, Tom Petty and Van Morrison, then to make music by Elliott Smith and Jon Brion. This self-titled mini album is her second release. Fans of Aimee Mann will also find plenty to like here. 10” mini album on Basin Rock.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Death In June
Essence!

Controversial British band Death In June have evolved from a post-punk/industrial trio into a neo-folk collective revolving around the enigmatic, only constant and founding member, Douglas P. They formed in 1981, with other founding members leaving to pursue other projects whilst Douglas P. kept the band going. Over the years they’ve collaborated with various people including Current 93’s David Tibet. Their new album, Essence, is available on various vinyl editions and CD via NER.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucy Roleff
Left Open in a Room

Second album from Melbourne-based folk singer Lucy Roleff, following three years on from her debut offering This Paradise. Once again, Roleff’s striking, swooping voice is the main attraction on Left Open In a Room, but the delicate acoustic picking of its predecessor is bolstered by the presence of a 36-string harp. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Mountain Goats
In League With Dragons

In League With Dragons is the seventeenth album by The Mountain Goats. This one sees John Darnielle and co. continuing their 28-year quest to convince us that monsters are okay, really. It comes in a number of increasingly fancy vinyl versions (some of which are limited editions, so be quick) and CD on Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Brian Harnetty
Shawnee, Ohio

Brian Harnetty presents his ethnographic survey of the small town of Shawnee, Ohio, which mixes together spoken interviews with the town’s residents with composed music in a chamber folk style. Appalachian folk musician Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and Paul De Jong of The Books are among the ensemble providing the delicate accompaniment. A rich and intriguing work. On Karlrecords.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Billie Marten
Feeding Seahorses By Hand

Ripon's finest sweet voiced folk singer returns with her second album. Isabella Sophie Tweddle  - for that is her real name - made waves with her earlier more sensibly titled album Writing of Blues and Yellows which could have easily garnered comparisons to Laura Veirs. This time she's stripped it back to a more lo-fi sound. Could be interesting.   

John Hiatt & Lilly Hiatt
You Must Go / All Kinds Of People

John Hiatt has had his songs covered by a veritable plethora of artists over the years from Eric Clapton to Iggy Pop and Mandy Moore to Nick Lowe. On this split 7” he is being covered whilst covering someone else’s song. Hiatt covers his daughter, Lilly Hiatt's All Kinds Of People and Lilly Hiatt returns the compliment covering her dad’s song You Must Go.
  • Vinyl 7" (NW41317)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mutual Benefit
Just Another Diamond Day

For reasons best known to themselves Sufjan -lite indie folkers Mutual Benefit have covered Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day in its entirety. Jordan Lee must either like the album a lot or see the mutual benefit in getting on board with a record that has become an essential album for bearded post folk hipsters to waffle on about.    
  • Vinyl LP (TRANS399X)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Gob Iron
Death Songs for the Living

Gob Iron is British slang for the Harmonica. The phrase has been adopted by two of our American friends, Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt) and Anders Parker (Varnaline) for their American folk music revival project. Death Songs For The Living contains fresh takes on songs by Stephen Foster and Reverend JM Gates, among others and a new song penned by Jay Farrar. This album was originally released in 2006. LP on Transmit Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josephine Foster
Fairy Faithful Harmony

I wonder if she can remember the time she played in Shipley? Here is a song cycle of 18 new songs by the Spain based singer songwriter. Here she self produces and accompanies herself on all kinds of instruments including guitar, piano an organ on an album exploring themes of morality and mortality. Which you do when you've been to Shipley.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Heather Woods Broderick
Invitation

Heather Woods Broderick played in Sharon Van Etten’s band. Now she’s going solo. Her new LP, Invitation, was recorded on the Oregon coast. It would seem that the huge rock formations and towering pine trees tempered by the miles of desolate beaches, and the silvering driftwood have informed the ebb and flow of this album. If you’re a fan of Sharon Van Etten, Weyes Blood, Julia Holter, Julianna Barwick or Marissa Nadler, then you should check this out. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

David Allred
The Cell

David Allred is a Canadian songwriter that tackled themes of human fallibility and frailty on his first album, 'The Transition', and elucidates on this theme on sophomore record 'The Cell'. He has the same timbre of voice that John Martyn has, like a soft saxophone played in chocolate. If single 'Nature's Course' is anything to go by, 'The Cell' looks like a textured, beautiful, and, at times, grand album. I would also encourage you to watch the live version of 'Ahoy (1+1=X)' on YouTube, like a modern Arthur Russell; wow. 

Courtney Barnett
Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)

Boxing Day Blues (Revisited) by Courtney Barnett is the latest in the Blue Series of singles to be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. It is also produced by Jack White. The A Side is the postscript to Boxing Day Blues, which closed Barnett’s critically acclaimed Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit album in brilliant yet solemn fashion. The b-side is a cover of Shivers, which was written by Roland S. Howard for the pre-Birthday Party band Boys Next Door. Essential for Courtney Barnett fans!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bibio
Ribbons

Here he is again. His hair made into wonderful ribbons by whoever did the sleeve art. Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson) returns to structured songwriting after his Phantom Brickworks ambient pieces. His sound as always incorporates ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia, soul, ambient, electronica and field recordings but adds in the cut and paste sampledelia of the likes of Madlib and J Dilla. 

Jade Bird
Jade Bird

Jade Bird was born in 1997, which makes this particular blurbist* feel quite old. She hails from Hexham near Newcastle, but was lucky enough to record her debut EP, Something American in Upstate New York. She has now made her self-titled debut album, no doubt buoyed by the inclusion in her band of Jeff Buckley drummer Matt Johnson and Mystery Jets guitarist Will Rees and support slots with First Aid Kit and London Grammar. Legendary producer Tony Visconti has also praised her talent. LP and CD on Glassnote. *One who writes short product descriptions for Norman Records.

Stick In The Wheel
present From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2

Stick In The Wheel drop the second of their wonderful From Here compilations. As with 2017’s first collection, this set finds the Bristol duo venturing around the country to take the pulse of English folk music as it stands in these extraordinary times. Richard Dawson, Rachel Unthank and Nancy Kerr are but three of the contributing artists. From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2 is a necessary record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know


  • Vinyl LP box set (RIN760051)
  • £65.99 £23.99 (saving: £42.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Current 93
The Moons At Your Door

Brand new material from erstwhile avant-mystiks Current 93. The Moons At Your Door will accompany the anthology of David Tibet’s writings of the same name (coming soon), and contains two side-long tracks of deep mystique. CD or white vinyl edition, each version containing unique artwork by Tibet himself. Released by The Spheres.

Elliott Smith
Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Twenty years on from its initial release, Elliott Smith’s much-beloved third album Either / Or receives an Expanded Edition reissue. As well as the original album in remastered form, this edition adds a disc of 1997 live recordings and as-yet-unreleased studio recordings. 

Damien Jurado
In The Shape Of A Storm

Damien Jurado is pretty prolific recording more-or-less and album a year since 1997. He may have just hit on a formula to make them more quickly, however. His new album In The Shape Of A Storm took just two hours to complete. Stripped of the hefty production of recent albums and the atmospherics of his early work, this is just Jurado’s voice and guitar. Should be good, then! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

John Paul White
The Hurting Kind

Ex-The Civil Wars man and current Single Lock Records boss John Paul White returns with The Hurting Kind. 2016's Beulah was written very much in the shadow of the public collapse of his previous band, as a sort of country rock version of that Bros documentary. For his own sake I hope The Hurting Kind represents a sort of moving on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Vic Godard
Mum's Revenge

Mum’s Revenge by pioneering punk fella Vic Godard was recorded by Godard and drummer, Dave Morgan, with Godard playing everything but the drums. He eventually drafted in photographer Ruth Tidmarsh to re-record his bass lines as he felt they lacked finesse. The album took two and a half years to make. If only he’d nailed those bass lines first time round. On Gnu Inc.
  • 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
Scott 2

Another classic from Walker's impeccable career, this time his second solo album. Featuring yet more luxuriuant arranngements upon which Scott's charismatic baritone relates alarmingly frank tales of despair and deception. A unique exploration of the dark underbelly of easy-listening schmalz! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Merry Airbrakes
Merry Airbrakes

Bluesman Watermelon Slim has had a number of other careers ranging from newspaper reporter to petty criminal, all of which make him sound like an interesting character. His first foray into music was under the name Merry Airbrakes. He recorded one self-titled album which kinda ploughs a psych-folk furrow. LP and CD, both limited to 500 copies each, on Scissor Tail Editions.
  • Vinyl LP (SCTR052)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Simone Felice
Puppet / Prisoner

Following on from 2018’s Projector album, ex-Felice Brother, Simone Felice has a new single, Puppet b/w Prisoner. Puppet, in a move that may surprise/please many Normanites, features Four Tet. B-side Prisoner is a previously unreleased track. 7” single on New York Pro.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Rozi Plain
What A Boost

Winchester's finest (other than the cathedral maybe) Rozi Plain is back with a brand new album. Her fourth (we think) is another self produced effort following on from the much acclaimed Friend released on Lost Map back in 2015. She's a busy lass, playing with This Is The Kit as well as touring her own stuff, painting boats, being creative and all those good things. There was a Dinked edition but it's gone now slowpokes.   

Glen Hansard
This Wild Willing

This particular Norman Records™ description writer initially read the title of Glen Hansard’s new LP as This Wild Willy, which would have really been something if it were true. It’s not though - it’s called This Wild Willing and it’s another set of well-heeled, classic-sounding rock and folk tunes from the Once actor. Among this run of Van Morrison-isms we get the occasional sky-scraping post-rock atmosphere, which is cool. Free willy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joe Snape
Joyrobix

Joe Snape returns to Slip (Mica Levi & Oliver Coates, Otto Willberg) with a set of avant-songs. Joyrobix is an LP in the vein of fellow Slip artist Chaines, one that almost completely jettisons all regular songwriting techniques for a voyage into wordless, screwed-up electronics. Think Scott Walker (RIP) if he’d ever had a going-over from A. G. Cook.

Roy Harper
Folkjokeopus

Here’s a chance for the uninitiated to get into some poetic and jazz-flecked folk rock. Roy Harper is reissuing a few of his albums via his own Science Friction label. Folkjokeopus was originally released in 1969. It was produced by Shel Talmy (The Kinks, The Who) and featured pianist Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones) and drummer Clem Cattini (Cliff Richard, Lou Reed). Harper has influenced the likes of Jethro Tull, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd and more recently, Joanna Newsom and Jonathan Wilson.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lady Lamb
Even In The Tremor

Lady Lamb AKA Aly Spaltro is known for her observational lyrics. On her latest and third album, Even In The Tremor, she turns those observations in on herself. She tries to find the balance between the extremes of her personality and her life whilst balancing indie rock and indie folk. CD and LP on Ba Da Bing!
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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