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Eliza Shaddad
Future

Eliza Shaddad has threatened an LP for a while now. In Future she's come through with a debut full-length for Beatnik Creative that makes good on the promise of her early EPs. Shaddad confesses to listening to plenty of Hole and Portishead in the run up to ...view item »

Charlene Soraia
Where's My Tribe

Music just like they (apparently) used to make it. Charlene Soraia recorded Where’s My Tribe at home in her flat, using just voice and guitar and generally using just the first take. Consequently these are songs with a great feeling of intimacy and directness, although they also sound impressively accomplished for...view item »

Sorrow
Under The Yew Possessed

Night School have snapped up the re-release rights to Sorrow’s 1993 LP Under The Yew Possessed. A neo-folk outfit centred around husband and wife duo Rose McDowall and Robert Lee, the band serve up some nice ethereal jangles here atop which McDowall coos in a tranquil manner. It’s like a mor...view item »

Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day

Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan, released in 1970, is notable for being a gentle folk classic, but also for being her only album until 2005’s Lookaftering. The album tells the tell of the time she left civilisation to join Donovan’s community of creative hippy types in the Hebrides. It was ...view item »

Anna von Hausswolff
Ceremony

As someone once said: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture—it’s really a stupid thing to want to do.” Sure, I can say 'Ceremony' is powerful, incendiary, deep, dark, creepy, atmospheric, panoramic, epic...and indeed all these adjectives fit it well, but eventually words can't really describe the beauty ...view item »

King Creosote And Jon Hopkins
Diamond Mine

Having tuned in out of guilt to the Radcliffe and Maconie show the other night following its Radio 2 cancellation (preposterous), I was reminded of King Creosote's 'You've No Clue Do You' which is a fine slice of pop, I'd forgotten how near the mainstream he'd reached at one point. So I was interested to hear this collaboration with hardest work...view item »

Giant Sand
Returns To Valley Of Rain

Giant Sand’s debut album,Valley Of Rain was originally released in 1985, although it was recorded some two years earlier. The band had started to play the songs on tour again, which made them think re-recording the album would be a good idea. They got the original line-up back together, augmented by two newer members and s...view item »

F.J. McMahon
Spirit Of The Golden Juice

What a lovely surprise to find this in the ‘To Be Reviewed’ box today! Had Clint not been away, I’m pretty sure he would have eaten this up, digested it and written some beautiful words about it; as it is, you have me. This album is beautiful, by the way. Originally released at the tail end of th...view item »

Ed Harcourt
Time of Dust

Since the mid-2000s, with hindsight, a relatively prolific period, Ed Harcourt’s albums have been a little while in coming. Time Of Dust is his new mini album and follows on from 2013’s piano and vocal triumph, Back To The Woods. Time Of Dust is somewhat darker than previous recordings. Har...view item »

A. Savage
Thawing Dawn

A.Savage is the new name for the Parquet Courts singer who here goes down the solo route inviting such friends as folks from Woods and Ultimate Painting to help him out. We're expecting an album which tries to get inside the heart of love by means of Leonard Cohen...view item »

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
The Radio Winners

A mother-and-son duo here, which isn’t something you see every day. Mama Bear - the mum of the duo, if that wasn’t obvious enough - strums a nice guitar while her handsome son Madisen Ward intones in a manner similar to Ray LaMontagne and Iron & Wine. New EP ...view item »

Elisa Ambrogio
The Immoralist

Elisa Ambrogio is a principle member of the most uncaring noise rock band of all time, Magik Markers -- who released the joyfully abstract and feedback-taunting 'I Trust My Guitar, Etc.' -- and also makes an awful mess in her own right. 'The Immortalist' actually relents a little bit, offering pop structure to the razor-sharp tones of Magik Mark...view item »

Jess Sah Bi & Peter One
Our Garden Needs Its Flowers

An altogether calmer release than we’ve come to expect from Awesome Tapes From Africa here. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One were a duo famous throughout West Africa in the 1980s. Combining the songwriting techniques of their native Ivory Coast with American and British folk styles, they hit upon a great formul...view item »

Conner Youngblood
Cheyenne

After turning some heads with 2016 EP The Generation of Lift, Texan singer-songwriter Conner Youngblood comes through with his debut LP on Counter Records. Cheyenne shares a few tracks with TGoL, and the Bon Iver-meets-Sufjan Stevens vibe of that relea...view item »

Elephant Micah
Where In Our Woods

Southern Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah aka Joseph O’Connell releases his 15th album on LP and CD via Western Vinyl. It’s a typically assured effort from the Americana veteran, utilising minimal instrumentation and O’Connell’s smoothly engaging voice to deliver a compelling form of countrified m...view item »

Phosphorescent
Live At The Music Hall

Taking inspiration from Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain, Matthew Houck decided for the live Phosphorescent album, rather than churn out a "greatest hits live" collection that he would show the songs in a new light, demonstrating how his songs have an amorphous quality,and how they have been able to develop ...view item »

Various
Paradise: The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde

Not many people are in the position to release records by their dad but head Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde had a most unusual childhood. From seeing Scott Walker in his back garden to watching dad on 'Hancock's Half Hour' the boy didn't realise at the time the range and influence of his dad. But now he does and here is a lov...view item »

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
Love Letter For Fire

Love Letter For Fire by Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop is an eclectic collection of unique folk and pop. Beam brings the wit and melancholic guitar of his Iron & Wine project, whilst Hoop contributes her experimental songwriting. The male-female harmonies are beautiful and an all-star band, includi...view item »

Mark Lanegan
I'll Take Care of You

This is Mark's fourth solo record and he's as consistent as it gets, without growing tiresome or predictable. All of the songs are covers but sound like a natural extension of his own writing from the three previous records. I'll Take Care of You came out roughly a year after Scraps at Midnight. This is incredibly prolific compared to his normal...view item »

Jesca Hoop
Memories Are Now

Fresh from an Iron & Wine collab and stepping out for a debut album on Subpop, Jesca Hoop’s idiosyncratic brand of singer-songwriterism befits the leftfield turn the label has taken recently. Calling to mind at once the torch-songs of Angel Olsen and the low-key experimental turns of ...view item »

Jose Gonzalez
In Our Nature

Now that sensitive plucker Jose Gonzalez with his new album 'In Our Nature'. Its pretty and distinctive sounding from the the tasty Swede with vocals and guitar dancing together with evocative beauty. He's got a great sense of rhythm that comes through his playing and vocal delivery that sets him apart from his many singer songwriter contemporaries...view item »

Death Vessel
Island Intervals

Sub Pop, eh. You used to know what to expect from these guys, not so much any more. I'll be honest with you, I was hoping this would be a rock album. This Death Vessels album is full of wistful sweeping post-rocky pop with breathy girl vocals and a boy who sings like Jonsi from Sigur Ros...view item »

Mikaela Davis
Delivery

After self-releasing for a few years, New York harpist/pianist/singer/songwriter/general talent Mikaela Davis has been snapped up by Rounder Records. Delivery, her first LP for the esteemed Massachusetts imprint, is a collection that balances influences from AM rock, 80s pop and a little smidgen of...view item »

Various
The Self Preservation Society

Throwback artisans ECC Records have spent three years curating this compilation. They’ve taken standards from The Best Era For Music - ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Kashmir’ and so forth - and got a load of young pretenders to ‘update them’, so to speak. The resul...view item »

Fotheringay
Fotheringay

Fotheringay were the band that Sandy Denny formed with husband, Trevor Lucas following her stint with folk-rock trailblazers Fairport Convention. The band, for their 1970 eponymous debut, featured Jerry Donahue on guitar. The album features 4 Sandy Denny-penned ...view item »

Bert Jansch
L.A. Turnaround

As a glance at the album title might lead you to guess, L.A. Turnaround was one of the albums that grew out of the time that Scottish folk troubadour Bert Jansch spent in America, adding a certain twist to Jansch’s formerly rather traditional sound. This reissue presents the original 1974 album al...view item »

MayMay
Mountains Hills Plateaus and Plains

So nice, isn’t it, this music and living stuff? According to MayMay, the answer to that rhetorical question is a resounding yes: it’s lovely, everything’s beautiful where they are, and when you’re cold you can just be inside with a jumper on. Laurel Simmons’ ambient pop circles around a mix of twanging guitar, Frahm...view item »

Matt Elliott
Drinking Songs

Matt Elliott likes a drink. I've been informed of this by Leeds indie funsters Hood who are old mates of his & I've heard a couple of really amusing stories I can tell yer. He likes a drop of the demon booze so much in fact he's entitled his latest beautifully packaged CD 'Drinking Songs'. Think this is one for all you mournfu...view item »

Delphine Dora & Sophie Cooper
Divine Ekstasys

Sophie Cooper continues her high-busyness, high-quality streak with a further collaboration with improvising French singer and pianist Delphine Dora, developed in 2016. Divine Ekstasys...view item »

Andrew Combs
5 Covers & A Song

This new EP from Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs does what it says on the tin. 5 Covers - of tracks by The Strokes...view item »

Yawning Chasm
Songs from Blue House

Yawning Chasm claim that they recorded the bulk of new cassette Songs From Blue House in a shed during a storm. When you listen to this thing you start to believe them. The songs here are folk, more or less, but with the quiet charm that characterises the best bedroom indie. The group frequently back up their acoustic-a...view item »

Laura Veirs
Carbon Glacier

Oh I loved this album when I was a much younger man than I am now. 2004 in fact. I'm sure it saw me through some bleak winter or other. This was Laura Veirs breakout record and was the point where her lush and swoon-some style of icy songs really took hold. You can literally smell the Pacific North West on this collection. First...view item »

Lambchop
What Another Man Spills

20th anniversary vinyl edition of the album that preceded their all time classic 'Nixon'. 'What Another Man Spills' consists mainly of Kurt Wagner originals but with a handful of covers most notably a couple by FM Cornog of East River Pipe. Now two decades on we get a remastered re-press with liner notes by Mr Wagner himself.&nb...view item »

Brigid Mae Power
The Two Worlds

Irish artist Birgid Mae Power follows up her 2016 self-titled LP with The Two Worlds. Her expressive voice, gently warbling with more than a little Americana, could as well be likened to Grace Slick as to Elizabeth Fraser, although neither capture her entirely. On the excellent lead sin...view item »

Bob Moses
Days Gone By

There is no such person as Bob Moses: the name instead represents the pairing of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie. Days Gone By is their first full-length record, and it makes a strong start. Mixing full-on club-grade house / techno electronic rhythms with male pop vocals, the stuff sounds ...view item »

Damien Jurado
Ghost of David

The 2000 album from Damien Jurado is back back back in the form of vinyl and cassette reissues on Sub Pop. Ghost Of David is Jurado’s third full-length, and it finds the man shedding a lot of the indie folky textures of the previous album in favour of some spiky indie guitars. Just as effective at...view item »

Jeff Buckley
Mystery White Boy

Live album from the legendary Jeff Buckley. There are all recordings made between 1995 and 1996 while Buckley was touring his seminal studio album, Grace. Mystery White Boy was compiled by Mary Guibert, Buckley's mother, and first released in 2000. ...view item »

Richard Youngs
Arrow

Troubadour, jester, joker, prankster. These are all words that have probably been used to describe the gleefully playful Richard Youngs. A rare voice in experimental music that is simultaneously very good and also entirely up for taking the piss. Arrow was recorded between Glasg...view item »

Rue Royale
In Parallel

Rue Royale are a Nottingham based duo from both the UK and the USA and In Parallel is their latest release from their 10 year history of shows in dozens of countries and tracks released all over the world. With both the UK and USA experiencing some. . . urm. . . alt-right political issues, this record is a reflection of...view item »

Jim O'Rourke
Eureka

Sometime Sonic Youth guitarist and general all-round musical genius Jim O’Rourke likes to experiment with gentle, well recorded repetitive loops of musical phrases, immediately evident here on the opening track “Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World”. He will occasionally shock you with a bi...view item »

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...view item »

Lindi Ortega
Liberty

Canadian singer Lindi Ortega is back with her 7th album, a trailblazing concept record that reflects deeply on heartbreak, loss, resurrection and, ultimately, redemption. This record journeys through the American West, with twanging guitars, relentless drums and choral, gothic vocals. A rollicking good listen. ...view item »

Wovenhand
The Threshingfloor

I think this is the first I've heard of Wovenhand although I've got a vague recollection of coming into contact with some 16 Horsepower stuff at some point in the dim and distant past and apparently this is the guy who used to be their singer. So there you go. All sorts of influences seem to be at work in the presentation of his intriguing Ameri...view item »

Red House Painters
Red House Painters / Bridge

Of the two sorta untitled Red House Painters records, Bridge is the perennial underachiever, a record that's more subtle in places and less focused in tone. It makes for something of RHP rock record: a strangely joyous cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "I Am A Rock" appears, as does a gloomy, pan...view item »

Gillian Welch
Soul Journey

Soul Journey was the fourth album by country/folk singer/songwriter, Gillian Welch. It was produced by her musical partner David Rawlings. Welch said that she wanted to make a happier album, one that would soundtrack a sunny drive somewhere. As for this vinyl release, Welch has said that it’s been a long t...view item »

The Skiffle Players
Piffle Sayers EP

Skiffle, piffle.. if Snoop Dogg was country? The Skiffle Players are a supergroup featuring Cass McCombs on guitar and vocals, Neal Casal and Dan Horne of Circles Around the Sun, and Aaron Sperske of Beachwood Sparks.  I am of course forge...view item »

Us and Them
When I Was Walking

Having put out a lilting psychish-folkish album with Mega Dodo Records in 2015, Swedish duo Us and Them return to the label with a lilting psychish-folkish double-A. I’m going to take a punt and guess that they’ve lifted their name from the Pink Floyd song. 7”. Sleeves are hand-numbered so it&r...view item »

Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen

Almost 50 years ago, Leonard Cohen made the move from writing poetry and novels into songwriting, releasing his debut album. Songs of Leonard Cohen is full of crucial numbers like ‘Suzanne’ and ‘So Long, Marianne’, that no student of song can really be without. Plus, can you really do without tha...view item »

Grimm Grimm
Cliffhanger

The new record from Japanese expat Grimm Grimm is a fine piece of contemporary psychedelia. Cliffhanger has its roots in the psychedelic folk of Syd Barrett, but also takes in psych-rock, freak-folk ala mid-period Animal Collective and even a little of the Ghost Box ilk...view item »

Nathan Salsburg
Third

Nathan Salsburg has allowed five years to elapse since his previous album, during which time he’s been working with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Joan Shelley and James Elkington, among others. But on his own, Salsburg’s sound really shines, wor...view item »

Stuart A. Staples
Arrhythmia

Now resembling a kind of cross between Tosh Lines and Frank Burnside (both formerly of the Bill), Stuart Staples takes a break from Tindersticks to make his first solo LP in 13 years. The album has an unusual structure consisting of four songs but with one clocking in at thirty minutes in length, Staples has cr...view item »

Luluc
Sculptor

Luluc have friends in high places. They can count Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney) and Matt Berninger (The National) among their fans, while Sculptor features contributions from J. Mascis, Dirty Three’s Jim White and more. Their secon...view item »

Iron and Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days

Sam Beam makes intimately personal music that is oddly impersonal. While these bittersweet songs often ring from universal themes, I sometimes feel like they were straight out of my mind. There are songs of love and death ("Sodom South Georgia" and "Free Until They Cut Me Down") simple life and love ("Sunset Soon Forgotten" and "Passing Afternoo...view item »

Robert Forster w/ Jherek Bischoff & String Quartet
People Say

Here's an interesting curio. Robert Forster (the Go-Betweens/World's Most Dapper Man) played a selection of songs arranged by Jherek Bischoff at a festival way back in 2013 but they didn't get released. Finally a couple of them see the light of day, the Go-Betweens early day classic 'People Say', backed with 'In...view item »

Peter Stringer-Hye
Sunday Girls EP

Nashville resident Peter Stringer-Hye has played in groups like D. Watusi and The Paperhead in the past. But now, he thinks he’s ready to strike out alone, with the Sunday Girls EP. It sounds as perfectly of a certain strain of 1960’s blues-folk-rock as his publicity photos ...view item »

Jon Collin
Water and Rock Music Volume 1

Feeding Tube Records (Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Thurston Moore) front the fifth LP from slide guitarist Jon Collin. Water And Rock Music, Volume 1 is a more literal title than it may at first appear given that the record actually was recorded on the shores of a Swedish l...view item »

Sharron Kraus
Joy's Reflection Is Sorrow

Modern folk connoisseurs Sunstone Records (Kontiki Suite, Moth Effect) present the latest LP from Sharron Kraus. It’s a typically eerie set of songs from Kraus, taking in English and Appalachian traditions as well as influences from magick and Gothic literature. With her a...view item »

Cheek Mountain Thief
Cheek Mountain Thief

So far in review corner today it’s just been a constant stream of drone, ambient and experimental offerings, so it’s very pleasant to finally have reached an album which has, you know, songs on it which are sung by singers and played on instruments. My immediate reaction to the ope...view item »

Israel Nash Gripka
Israel Nash's Rain Plans

Israel Nash Gripka is definitely a fan of Neil Young (this is just a hunch) and this album will definitely appeal to fans of Neil Young’s solo albums from the early 90s onwards. The Opener “Woman at the Well” could be on “Harvest Moon” although the production is a little muddier. Nash’s voice is similarly nasal and his songs ...view item »

Okkervil River
The Silver Gymnasium

Well, this is a schizophrenic bag of oddities huddling awkwardly together beneath a worn-out umbrella of lyrical nostalgia. Like a bag of Pick 'n' Mix with all the interesting sweets taken out. Nice bag though! Opening track (and first single) 'It was my Season' is a bouncy summery pop song with morose lyrics and chucked-i...view item »

Lau Nau
Valohiukkanen

This record is easily one of the most sublime releases I've had the pleasure of meeting through the long-running Finnish psych folk stable Fonal. What used to be a safe haven for experimental oddballs and kitchen sink-hurling hermits has unleashed something beautiful and extraordinary here. ...view item »

Bobby Brown
Prayers Of A One Man Band

BBROWN is a label for getting the music of Bobby Brown out into the world. Albums like Prayers Of A One Man Band were self-released by Bobby back in the 80’s and have never seen reissue till now. Bobby’s remarkable music is a rich mixture of synth groove, pop croon and Hawai...view item »

Holly Throsby
After a Time

After A Time is one of the most remarkable sounding albums yet from Holly Throsby. Holly’s band for this release is a remarkable thing: it features Bree van Reyk of Seeker Lover Keeper, Marcus Whale of Collarbones, and Mic...view item »

Cass McCombs
Big Wheel (And Others)

It has come to my attention that I have never reviewed a Cass McCombs record before. This dude must’ve been churning out the discs for about 10 years now so it’s about time I scribed something about him I suppose. Here’s his latest, and possibly his most ambitious to date - a mammoth 19-song d...view item »

Michael Kiwanuka
You've Got Nothing To Lose

He’s alright Michael Kiwanuka innee? A throwback to the soulful lads of the ‘70’s like Terry Callier and the like. You could never guess that this was made in the age of internet. He has a rich brown soulful voice and strums his acoustic guitar nicely. On the main track there’...view item »

Dungen & Woods
Myths 003

Marfa Myths is a festival in Texas curated by the Mexican Summer label. There you will find all you’d expect from a festival in terms of bands playing live and such, but there are also some special events. One of those events is a recording residency. In 2017,  Swedish psych rockers Dungen collaborated with Brooklyn&r...view item »

Lilly Hiatt & Aaron Lee Tasjan
Luck Mansion Sessions

Jack White’s Third Man Records has teamed up with Luck Reunion to record a series of live-in-the-studio collaborative sessions. American roots music is the name of the game, and this edition features the pairing of Lilly Hiatt and Aaron Lee Tasjan, two artists with big open country hearts....view item »

The Innocence Mission
Sun On The Square

The Innocence Mission have been around a while now, but Sun On The Square marks the Pennsylvania trio’s first LP for Bella Union. You can see why the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Iron And Wine list them among their favourite acts. The group’s mix of guitar, s...view item »

John Stammers
Waiting Around

We don't have a lot (or to be truthful any) information on this record but let's say what we see/hear. Opener 'Waiting Around' is a delightful piece of Sufjan Stevens style hushed folk but it's dark lyrical content and subtly oddball arrangements suggest something more sinister at play. That's all we know. ...view item »

Ana Silvera
Oracles

In 2011 Ana Silvera composed her piece Oracles in response to losing her mother and brother in quick succession. Playing it to sell out shows with Imogen Hea...view item »

Jaye Jayle
No Trail and Other Unholy Paths

The latest LP from the doom-mongers at Sargent House (Chelsea Wolfe, Boris) comes courtesy of Young Widows frontman Ewan Patterson in his Jaye Jayle guise. His powerfully charismatic performances on No Trail And Other Unholy Paths recall To...view item »

Freschard & Stanley Brinks
Midnight Tequila

Midnight Tequila is the second collaboration between French indie chanteuse Freschard and former Herman Dune frontman Stanley Brinks and follows on from their 2014 effort, Pizza Espresso. Here you’ll find a collection of songs that have an irresistible late ...view item »

Alexander Tucker
Custom Made

Alexander Tucker has done it again with an astonishingly good 4 track EP called Custom Made. This is part of ATP's custom made series of expensive double pack 7"'s. Expensive but nice.... Like the extra special range in your supermarket, this is as extra special, if not more so. His last album was good but after the genius of 'Old Fog' the you...view item »

Marisa Anderson
Cloud Corner

Portland’s Marisa Anderson is a masterful exponent of what was once described as American Primitive guitar. Her music is steeped in blues, country and bluegrass traditions, and delivered with an understated confidence. This is her first for Thrill Jockey, and sees her utilising acoustic guitar alongside he...view item »

Kacey Johansing
The Hiding

Feels too important a detail to leave out that Kacey Johansing was born in a place called Kalamazoo. Beyond that her third album The Hiding is an incredibly warm collection of dreamy indie pop tunes about finding herself after a couple of seismic changes in her life, one of which was the break up ...view item »

Francoise Hardy
Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles

The legendary Francoise Hardy is pretty much the sonic epitome of 1960’s French cool, and Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles is one of her essential French-language albums from the period. Sleek, beautiful and bright recordings, each of which has been carefully remastered. 180g vinyl reissue fro...view item »

Jess Williamson
Cosmic Wink

Dreaming the cosmic dream, dancing the cosmic dance, winking the Cosmic Wink. That’s what Jess Williamson is up to on her latest LP. Her third record - and first for Mexican Summer - is rooted in Americana and Byrds-y songcraft, but lyrically it finds Williamson gazing up at the s...view item »

Maria Monti
Il Bestario

A true cult classic if ever there was one, Maria Monti is an actress who also made super intense, wildly avant-garde music spanning folk, pop, cabaret and more. Il Bestario is a twist and a turn at every corner, both beautifully pastoral and abrasively clashing. Its reissue via Unseen Worlds has ambient lord ...view item »

Laura Veirs
The Lookout

When she’s not teaching kids to play the guitar, Laura Veirs is a singer/songwriter. A good one too. The Lookout is her tenth album and first since her collaboration with like-minds Neko Case and K.D. Lang. The Lookout is inspired by wanting to take care, be aware and look after each other...view item »

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Wolf of the Cosmos

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has always been of particular interest to me - not because of his music - but because of his name. Why exactly does he need to claim to the 'Prince' status? Is he actually a prince? Or is he actually an unnecessary ego? Who knows. Either (or neither) way, Wolf of the Cosmos is available on vinyl LP and CD on Domino. ...view item »

Cath & Phil Tyler
The Ox and the Ax

Cath and Phil Tyler are a pair of lovely folkies from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (though Cath originally hails from Massachusetts where she played in Cordelia's Dad). This is their third album and their first in eight years. Here they further explore their love of traditional songcraft, mountain banjo and Sacred harp s...view item »

Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

1977’s Foreign Affairs is Tom Waits at his most big budget and nostalgically cinematic. The filmic feel is exemplified by the forties style epic Potter’s Field and Bette Midler duet I Never Talk to Strangers. It's heavily string and brass laden when the singer’s not mostly alone at the piano, a...view item »

Iron and Wine
The Shepherd's Dog

While Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) has gone in a different direction from his magnum opus, The Creek Drank the Cradle, he's decided to go back to some basics on The Shepherd's Dog. It has a perfect mixture of traditional folky Sam Beam, such as on "Resurrection Fern" where it almost borders on country music, with haunting new Sam Beam, especiall...view item »

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. ...view item »

Keston Cobblers Club
Almost Home

A follow up to their 2015 critically acclaimed album, Almost Home is the latest release from Keston Cobblers Club. A genuine show of warmth and community based music that combines folk with country, paired with a modern ‘poppy’ feel to it; catchy lyrics and dazzling musicianship is shown on this reco...view item »

Laura Marling
Semper Femina

The new album from Laura Marling is landing! Semper Femina, her sixth full-length, shows off a mature talent and a confident creativity: these songs are intimate and complex and full of sharp details that will make you look twice. Released as a CD, single LP or as a deluxe double LP edition (now sold out!), which bolste...view item »

Julie Byrne
Not Even Happiness

Julie Byrne, currently a New York resident who has lived a rather nomadic existence, plays gentle, dreamy, ethereal psychedelic folk. He lush voice is backed with strings to match. On her second album Not Even Happiness, is it apparent that Byrne’s talent for pitching a song just right comes as naturally as it did...view item »

Keaton Henson
Kindly Now

Here is a new album from the London based visual artist and singer songwriter. It's full of bleakly emotive songs with piano and quivering voice, like a depressed Passenger. It has a modern day production sheen like the most downbeat episode of the X Factor ever. The limited edition version contains art prints personalised by th...view item »

Spookyland
Beauty Already Beautiful

The first thing you’ll notice about the sound of Spookyland is likely to be the unusual vocals of Marcus Gordon: an accent from australia via some alien region. He fully inhabits the world of his voice and songwriting though: Beauty Already Beautiful is a bold and dramatic debut album and no mista...view item »

Bill Callahan
Dream River

I was thinking this morning: "Why don’t I own more Bill Callahan records?"   I tend to always like what I hear of him (certainly post-Smog, who didn’t always do it for me). For the uninitiated, he has a rich, chocolate-brown voice and sings sad, slow laments which could eventually see him be...view item »

Earth
Primitive and Deadly

Earth, worshipers of all things slow and the band responsible for Sunn O))), are releasing their new record - it's called, with amazing precision, 'Primitive and Deadly'. It's their fifth release for Southern Lord, and continues their ascent into focusing on building subtle arrangements around the focal point of Dylan Carlson's guitar work. On '...view item »

Mark Lanegan
Phantom Radio

Nice to know old gravel larynx Mark Lanegan is releasing an album he composed largely on his phone. Apparently this is his krautrock/post-punk inspired album. Nice to know the singer from The Screaming Trees was soaking up lots of British and German music in his youth rather than digging Alice Cooper and Blue Cheer. He explains, kindly, that he'...view item »

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

Bill Callahan very rarely disappoints and 'Apocalypse' is not likely to dissuade me from the belief that he's one of America's finest singer/songwriters. You'll be pleased and not particularly surprised to hear that this is another solid collection of songs from Mr. Smogman. It's a livelier collection than last years rather somber yet completely...view item »

Colin Stetson
New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges

You can count on one finger the number of good uses of the saxophone in long and varied history of music. The coda to 'Will You' by Hazel O' Connor notwithstanding, the instrument that was invented by mistake has usually turned up on everything horrible in the world from free jazz skronk to Patrick Wolf's latest mess. In the 1970's even keen sax...view item »

Bill Callahan
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

I'm not entirely sure why Bill Callahan dropped the whole Smog thing and decided to just be himself. If anyone knows let me know. I'm too lazy to look it up. 'Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle' is his 2nd album as himself (about his 20th otherwise) and it sounds delightful. The first time I heard it I thought it was great! Though his voice is start...view item »

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