Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josienne Clarke
In All Weather

Josienne Clarke, best known for being one half of an eponymous folk duo with Ben Walker, goes it alone on debut solo LP, In All Weather. Clarke took herself off to the Isle Of Bute to write the album. Her paired back guitars are augmented by piano from Elliott Galvin, drums from Dave Hamblett and harp from Mary Ann Kennedy. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jo Foster
I'll Be Thinking Of You All The Time

The lady on the right looks like my grandma I know nothing more about this record. The press release just says 'lovely single this'. I've just nipped onto Bandcamp to have a listen and yup...that's pretty accurate. It's a piano and vocal jaunt. Jo Foster has a nice wee sweet voice and the song is very Christmassy. The B side Your Young Voice was written by Kenny Anderson (King Creosote). Limited 7" on Triassic Tusk.  
  • Vinyl 7" (TT4502)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Shawn Lee
Rides Again

Absolutely amazing hair. Like J. Mascis but supersized. Look carefully and 'neath that hat 'n' hair combination lies Shawn Lee the lauded UK based American born singer songwriter. Here he goes back to his roots and makes a soulful country album with nods to Glen Campbell and J.J. Cale. Touchingly, he's dead proud of it and so he should be (both of the record and the hair).  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

SUSS
High Line

SUSS hail from New York city and play a brand of ambient country music. It is influenced by the likes of Ry Cooder, Bruce Langhorn and Daniel Lanois. High Line features a mix of classic country instruments such as pedal steel, harmonica, mandolin and, of course, the good ol’ guitar with manipulated electronic sounds. A refreshing take on what ambient music can be.

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert
Ghost Stories For Christmas

Who would you rather spend time with in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year than Aidan Moffat? He's bound to be a cheery presence around the table and here hooks up with pal RM Hubbert for an album of Christmas themed songs including a rendition of Mud's 'Lonely This Christmas'. Also contains their version of Yazoo's 'Only You' which is kind of Christmassy after it was covered by the Flying Pickets.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Giant Sand
Glum (25th Anniversary Edition)

Glum was the 11th album by Giant Sand and was originally released in 1994, hence this 25th anniversary reissue. The band, helmed as ever by Howe Gelb, also featured Joey Burns and John Convertino who went on to form Calexico, singer / songwriter Victoria Williams, Pete Holsapple of the dB’s, Chris Cacavas, Pappy Allen and singer / songwriter Lisa Germano. Their dusty Americana was, on this occasion, described by comedian Stewart Lee as ‘infant free jazz’.

Rachael Dadd
FLUX

Though her surname is Dadd, Rachael Dadd plays nothing like dad-rock so anyone else other than me with that thought can get it right out of their heads. Instead she plays a kind of conceptual, contemporary folk music that has already lauded her plaudits across the globe. This her her first on Memphis Industries following on from work with a slew of different labels. Like most other records in 2019 it in inspired by and a protest to the recent political landscape.   

Arda & The Stolen Moon
Minutes Into Years

Arda G, the central figure of Arda & The Stolen Moon, is an Armenian-Cypriot singer-songwriter from the indie-folk school whose material cuts right to the heart of her life and loves. Her vocals are earnest and the band’s performance dramatic when necessary, so their Minutes Into Years album can be pretty effective and affecting when it all clicks together. LP / CD release on Jazmin Road.
  • Vinyl LP (JZR002)
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  • Limited edition
  • CD (JZR001)
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  • Limited edition

Josh Rouse
The Holiday Sounds Of Josh Rouse

The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse by Nashville-based folk/pop singer/songwriter Josh Rouse is, what we’d call over here in Blighty, an album of Christmas songs. These songs have a ‘60s jazz flavour about them with its overriding influence seemingly being the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.  

Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen on Broadway

Der-ner-ner derrrr ner-ner-ner, on Broooooadwaaaaay! Unfortunately this new collection from The Boss doesn’t feature a cover of the classic ‘60s paean to Manhattan, but Springsteen On Broadway makes up for it by featuring plenty of Bruce. Taped at his 2017-2018 run at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre, this collection is a masterful retrospective from a man ageing more gracefully than most. Springsteen chats and croons his way through some of his hits from down the years. Occasionally his wife Patti Scialfa turns up to accompany him.

Moon Bros.
The Easy Way Is Hard Enough

Moon Bros. is the music-making moniker of Matthew Schneider. Carpenter by day, guitar picker by night. As he does have a day job, he’s avoided lots of cliches such as who his music should be referencing or just showing off. The Easy Way Is Hard Enough is the work of a refreshingly unpretentious stringsmith, the kind of thing we might just need right now.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15

The Bob Dylan bootleg series continues with Travelin’ Through 1967-69: The Bootleg Series Vol.15. It focuses on Dylan’s time in Nashville, the recordings he made with Johnny Cash and songs from the sessions for John Wesley Harding, Self Portrait and Nashville Skyline. The set boasts 47 previously unreleased tracks. Features a guest appearance by legendary bluegrass banjo picker, Earl Scruggs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Common Holly
When I say to you Black Lightning

When I Say To You Black Lightning, the second LP from Montreal singer-songwriter, is a charming set of indie-styled balladry. Tapping into the folksiness of Devendra Banhardt, Regina Spektor’s forthright attitude and Deerhunter’s murmuring ambient punk style, the one born Brigitte Naggar proves a beguiling and captivating central figure here. When I Say To You Black Lightning is out via Dalliance (Gia Margaret, Wilsen).
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Simon Joyner
Pocket Moon

A singer-songwriter veteran with a long-established cult profile, Simon Joyner chose to throw a lot in the air for his latest album 'Pocket Moon', asking friend and collaborator Michael Krassner to source unknown musicians for him rather than relying on familiar players. The results are different yet completely familiar to Joyner’s fans, full of his cliche-free observations on the joys and cruelties of life. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kevin Krauter
Changes

The excellently named Kevin Krauter gets a UK edition of his 2016 EP Changes courtesy of Winspear (The Lemon Twigs, Barrie). The HOOPS fellow’s sophomore solo release is a beautifully wistful blend of folk, hypnagogic pop, country rock and bossa nova. There are strong notes of Ariel Pink and Haruomi Hosono.

Itasca
Spring

The fruits of geographical relocation are well-documented. Like Bowie and Iggy's move to Berlin, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Itasca found that the move to New Mexico yielded delicious fruits that eventually coalesced into the form of her new album 'Spring'. It's a testament to the revitalising powers of change and the profound impact that setting can have on the aesthetic sensibility. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andrew Jackson Jihad
Can't Maintain

Can’t Maintain is the third album by Andrew Jackson Jihad. It was originally released in 2009 so this new picture disc pressing serves as a 10th anniversary celebration. The folk-punk band were formed in Phoenix, Arizona and will go down well with fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Mountain Goats and Xiu Xiu.

Little Scream
Speed Queen

'Speed Queen' is the third album by Little Queen AKA Montreal-based Laurel Sprengelmeyer. It sees her reflecting on the social divisions in America, with many of the lyrics written whilst touring through the country. Coming from a low-income background herself, she has observed how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and she's not happy about it.

Big Thief
Two Hands

"I have two hands" - the words of synth wizard Viv Savage. Big Thief are the latest band to do that 'record two albums at the same time' thing  - see also Beach House. So if you bought this years U.F.O.F and are still enjoying it then you can move seemlessly into its sister album. Basically it seems where U.F.O.F was wet then Two Hands is dry both in the weather conditions at recording time and in the sound produced. Here the songs were recorded live with few overdubs as the band showcased their latest batch of songs with a no frills, bone dry approach.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Kath Bloom & Loren Connors
Moonlight

Moonlight is the second Kath Bloom & Loren Connors re-issue this week and was their final album released in 1984 before the dissolution of their partnership as both took time away from music for the best part of a decade. It sees the duo playing in a more intuitive, freeform style than earlier records with Kath's delicate songs backed up by Loren's supportive playing. This re-issue of the original short run pressing includes digital bonus tracks of rare of the era live recordings and is available in two vinyl colours (while stocks last).   
  • Vinyl LP (CH156LP)
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  • Last copy
  • Vinyl LP (CH156LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Bootleg Vol II: From Memphis To Hollywood

Released as Personal File in 2006 now renamed Bootleg Vol II: Personal File, these recordings by Johnny Cash were made between 1954 and 1957 during his early years with Sun records and his time at Columbia between 1958 and 1969. It is packed with stuff that any fan will be delighted to hear on audiophile quality vinyl.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (MOVLP285C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Johnny Cash
Bootleg Vol I: Personal File

Bootleg Vol 1: Personal File is a reissue of archived recordings made by Johnny Cash between 1973 and 1982. It was originally released in 2006 as Personal File. Pressed on audiophile quality vinyl with a 16 page booklet, this limited edition is a collection that will delight any fan of The Man In Black.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jim Sullivan
Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan’s eponymous sophomore LP gets a reissue courtesy of Light In The Attic. Like its predecessor UFO this 1972 joint is a set of psychedelic Americana that coalesces around Sullivan’s charismatic, Nick Drake-esque tenor. Originally released on the short-lived Playboy imprint (yes, that Playboy) Jim Sullivan would be the last many heard from the singer - three years later Sullivan disappeared in New Mexico and has not been spotted since.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Mekons
Fear And Whiskey

Fear and Whiskey was the fourth album by The Mekons. This album saw the British/American punk band take a sharp stylistic turn by morphing into a country rock band. It is thought that this could have been where the alt. country/american genre began. It is widely regarded as their best album. An album of its time, which is also timeless.

Fink
Bloom Innocent

Hands up who DOESN'T live in Berlin. Just me then? Former Ninja Tune dweller Fink is there also having had quite the time of it during a long career as DJ, producer, songwriter for hire and latterly with his trio also called Fink. His latest album is a spacious slow burner with just the eight tracks of quietly played guitar and piano and his hushed vocal atop. He's not doing a Talk Talk on us it he? Hope so.  
  • 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.   

Jeff Buckley
You and I

The recordings on You and I are a remarkable find for Jeff Buckley fans: a clearly-recorded studio session of the great man, performing solo. Covers of The Smiths, Bob Dylan and Sly & The Family Stone are accompanied by previously-unheard spins on 2 originals. This is the first ever release of these intimate recordings. On Columbia / Legacy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jordan Moser
Long Night

Jordan Moser is a new kid on the block, but you wouldn’t guess it from his assured country-folk debut, Long Night. Musically it recalls Guy Clark and John Prine, lyrically, there is a wit and irreverence that suggests he’s been at this for longer. Fellow Texas resident, Molly Burch guests. RIYL Bon Iver, Cass McCombs, Iron & Wine, Towns Van Zandt.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bill MacKay & Katinka Kleijn
STIR

New album from Chicago resident and serial collaborator Bill Mackay alongside cellist Katinka Kleijn. Here the duo use the Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf as a basis for a series of sketches that draw from the worlds of chamber music, jazz, folk and avant-garde. Expect an inquisitive, exploratory and improvisational work from these curious musical pals.   

Mirel Wagner
Mirel Wagner

Fin Mirel Wagner gained international attention with her Sub Pop record the Vladislav Delay-assisted When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day but now it's time to turn the clock back and re-appraise her self titled debut. It's been out of print for some years so now is the time to snap up a grey vinyl edition of the first bout of her slight gothic insidious song craft.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Hiss Golden Messenger
Terms Of Surrender

MC Taylor returns with his latest Hiss Golden Messenger album, and his fifth in just under four years, Terms of Surrender. A rumination on upheaval and loss that Taylor has experienced over the last 12 months, his new effort includes old collaborators and new ones, including Jenny Lewis and The National’s Aaron Dessner. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bert Jansch
Avocet

Please note the limited versions are now OOP! Earth Recordings have gone above and beyond on this phenomenal reissue of Bert Jansch’s Avocet. Not only do you get Jansch’s gorgeous and varied folk songs, but newly remastered recordings and stunning packaging. The CD is a unique ‘bookback’ design and the vinyl LP comes in a die-cut card sleeve with 6 lithographs of the birds Jansch’s delicate acoustic songs are about. Both versions have extensive sleeve-notes and newly commissioned illustrations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk

Ored Recordings are a fine label who chronicle the traditional musics of Russia, the Caucasus and the surrounding regions. Back in 2015 they released 'Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk', a collection of songs by the pair of Tatiana Dordzhieva and Maria Beltsykova. This elderly duo are Kalmyks, a group of Oirats (ethnic Western Mongols) who now live in Russia, and their songs reflect the turbulent history of their people. Deportation to Siberia in the 1940’s, Buddhist songs, wedding music and 19th Century wartime ballads all feature on 'Kalmykian Archaic and Soviet Folk'. Now given a new edition courtesy of Sub Rosa, this is a fascinating collection.

Bon Iver
i,i

Justin 'Bon Iver' Vernon is one of the artists who continues to push the art of autotune forward alongside the likes of Future and Charli XCX. He applies his craft to an incredibly earnest indie-folk that has steadily been taking over the world. i, i is likely an allusion to second album Bon Iver, Bon Iver and has more than enough heart to match that wonderful record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker
Little Common Twist

Chicago free jazz drummer Charles Rumback has got together with folk-jazz behemoth Ryley Walker to make Little Common Twist. Unsurprisingly, to those who know Ryley Walker’s work, the album has drawn comparisons to Veedon Fleece-era Van Morrison and has a distinct ‘after hours’ sound. The album is an experiment in rhythm and sound with the drums and guitar avoiding their traditional expected roles. It was recorded between 2017 and 2018 with producer John Hughes. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

J.R Bohannon
Dusk

Not delaying in following up his fantastic debut EP Recôncavo, released just six months ago, musician J. R. Bohannon draws on his many years of experience in playing with other musicians in different contexts - from bluegrass bands to backing up Torres - for his first long-player Dusk, one of those rare debuts that absolutely perfectly defines an artist’s sound first time out. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maxine Funke
Felt

Reissue of New Zealand singer-songwriter Maxine Funke’s 2012 LP Felt here. Felt originally came out in a hyper-limited run of just 100 copies so it’s long overdue a new pressing, something it gets courtesy of Digital Regress. This is charming and quixotic balladry from Funke - the gentle acoustic finger-picking, softly-softly vocals and bedroom taping quality pitches Felt somewhere between Vashti Bunyan, Joanne Robertson and Daniel Johnston.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Maxine Funke
Lace

Right back to the start of her career with her short-lived stint in the $100 Band, New Zealand-based artist Maxine Funke has attempted to defy all attempts to categorise her. The Digital Regress label issues her 2008 solo album Lace on vinyl for the first time, and it brings out even more natural warmth from her music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Aquarian Blood
A Love That Leads To War

Aquarian Blood are led by husband and wife duo J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and Laurel Horrell (NOTS). Following their chaotic punk debut as a six-piece band, Last Night In Paradise, the band have been paired back to a four-piece and bring a new sound for new album, A Love That Leads To War. Here, the band make sounds that mix ‘60s psych, the Shimmy Disc label and Damon and Naomi. 

Lightning Dust
Spectre

Once a side project from Black Mountain, Lightning Dust has slowly become the main focus for Amber Webber and Josh Wells. Previous work has comprised of spare folk and electronica topped off with the extraordinary vocals of Webber which have drawn comparisons to Beth Gibbons. This latest instalment is a holler from the abyss of the wildfires that affected Webber's home town of Vancouver as the duo ruminate on creative freedom and the life journey. Guest spots from Stephen Malkmus and Destroyer's Dan Bejar.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Molly Linen
Outside EP

Whilst the Glasgow-based singer-songwriter Molly Linen is freshly graduated this year, her latest EP - 'Outside' - proves that her youthful creative inspiration hasn't dried up just yet. Inspired by the great outdoors, and how exposure to the elements can refresh one's mind, this is a poignant glut of material designed to relax and soothe.
  • Vinyl 10" (GRAT 016)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Daniel Knox
Daniel Knox

Like stepping back in time to when men wore hats and women wore dresses and heels, Daniel Knox captures an older time period with his haunting, beautiful songs. Influenced heavily by the soundtracks to old movies as well as his work with people such as Rufus Wainwright, The Handsome Family and Nina Nastasia. CD and Vinyl on Carrot Top.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Red River Dialect
Abundance Welcoming Ghosts

Red River Dialect are a six-piece folk-rock band from Cornwall. Their new album, 'Abundance Welcoming Ghosts', was recorded over four days before a planned hiatus for the band that saw songwriter, David Morris leave for a 9 month long meditation retreat at a Canadian monastery. It gave a certain celebratory tone to the sessions. Joan Shelley, Tara Jane O’Neil and Ed Sanders all guest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Kozelek & Petra Haden
Joey Always Smiled

Comprised of six originals and one cover, 'Joey Always Smiled' is the collaborative brainchild of music maverick Mark Kozelek and American violinist Petra Haden. The pair conclude the piece by stripping back the 80's production of Huey Lewis & The News' 'Power Of Love', reinventing the classic banger with a more measured feel.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Cold Spells
Interstitial

The Cold Spells are three-piece from London and Essex made up of Tim Ward, Mark Farmer and Catherine Plewa. They make folk music tinged with psychedelia that when push comes to shove you could put in the folktronica box. Interstitial is their new album, the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled debut outing.  Elements of Nick Drake and Syd Barrett bound together with modern production techniques.

Katherine Priddy
Letters From a Travelling Man / Come and Go

Three separate re-pressings of her 2018 debut EP Wolf have led upcoming folk star Katherine Priddy to attempt to satisfy public demand for vinyl by pressing a 7” single. The A-side, ‘Letters From a Travelling Man’, is an upbeat American joint focussing on life on the road, with the flip side, ‘Come and Go’, a quieter duet with George Boomsma. 
  • Vinyl 7" (VAN346)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David O'Dowda
Wait / Better in the Dark

David O’Dowda is a Manchester-based Irish singer / songwriter who has had stints with Sizer Barker and Table. More recently he played on Orlando Weeks’ (The Maccabees) debut solo album, The Gritterman. His songs have been used on many TV shows and adverts so you’ll probably recognise his sound. Here he is with an EP, Wait /  Better In The Dark, on Static Caravan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

red steppes
A Mouth May Grow

red steppes (no capitals) is a musical project led by musician and photographer Nika Aila States. A Mouth May Grow is their first album. The album was recorded to tape, allowing the limitations of this process shape how the music came together. It was recorded in California and took inspiration from various places along the coast.Thematically, love, gender and the effects of industry take centre stage.
  • Vinyl LP (NC002)
  • £18.99 £15.19 (saving: £3.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Gaby Moreno & Van Dyke Parks
¡Spangled!

Guatemalan songwriter and musician Gaby Moreno has collaborated with renowned arranger, musician and producer Van Dyke Parks, known for his work with The Beach Boys as well as his own albums such as Song Cycle, to create ¡Spangled! The album includes a variety of styles including bolero, bossa nova and a bit of south western American music. Ry Cooder and Jackson Browne make guest appearances.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kacy & Clayton
Carrying On

Taking cues from fifty years’ worth of American and British folk and country rock, Canadian second cousins Kacy and Clayton present their third studio album. Carrying On, inspired by a massive period on the road of nearly two years, is a classic travelogue record and is produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

David Woodcock
Normal Life

Even Men With Steel Hearts Love To See A Dog On The Sleeve. Look at that little beauty. My perfect dog almost. Lucky old David Woodcock a singer-songwriter straight out of Southend with a particularly English strand of songwriting that has seen him compared with Ray Davies, Blur and Ian Dury. This is his second album for Blow Up, his previous self-titled effort gained strong support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bonniesong
Energetic Mind

Bonniesongs is the recording moniker of Bonnie Stewart. Those lucky enough to have caught one of her shows in her native Australia over the last couple of years have been treated to her exquisite brand of ethereal, arty, indie-tinged folk. Energetic Mind is her debut album, following on from her 2018 EP, Strings. For fans of Joanna Newsom, Cat Power and Bjork.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

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. 1969’s Nashville Skyline finds Dylan going all the way into country music: must be in that Nashville air. Also marks the first appearance of croony singing voice.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joan Shelley
Like The River Loves The Sea

Like The River Loves The Sea is the 5th (ish) album from Joan Shelley. Her plaintive folk stylings have been critically acclaimed far and wide. Whilst she may not be reinventing the wheel, she has a way of making the old refreshingly new. The songs were written in Kentucky and recorded in Iceland. Bonnie Prince Billy guests.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 more cerebral version of what PJ Harvey was doing at the time. 
  • Vinyl LP (LSSN061)
  • £18.99 £15.19 (saving: £3.80)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chorus Grant
Vernacular Music

Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter Chorus Grant presents his third full-length album Vernacular Music. Melding regular instruments, most prominently the classical guitar, with newer elements such as recorders, violins and saxes, this new effort was created in league with Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford among other collaborators. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sturgill Simpson
Sound & Fury

Though Sturgill Simpson comes from a country background, his records have become increasingly ambitious with 2016's A Sailors Guide To Earth featuring a Nirvana cover as well as a more vintage soulful soul that earned him a Grammy. Next up for the singer-songwriter is Sound & Fury, an album that accompanies a Japanese anime film based on a story from Simpson himself. The album is a soundtrack to the film and watch simultaneously and you'll see that each song represents a section of the film. Here is the audio version on CD or vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Buck Meek
Buck Meek

Big Thief’s co-founder and lead guitarist Buck Meek quietly released a solo album in the early summer of 2018. Now, the self-titled effort receives a re-issue as a result of the Brooklyn quartet’s success this year, and shares the same kind of emotional tension and openness to Big Thief’s music. 

Ryley Walker
Primrose Green

Harking back to an era of technically proficient folk guitar, Ryley Walker brings a high level of craftsmanship to his work. Hailing from the Chicago scene that brought an exquisitely understated fusion of jazz and prog (Tortoise et al), Primrose Green brings a pastoral flavour to an area of rich musical heritage. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Emel Mathlouthi
Everywhere We Looked Was Burning

Partisan Records displays its impressively diverse artist roster with the latest album by Tunisian-born New Yorker Emel Mathlouthi. Singing largely in English for the first time, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning is politically and ecologically charged, but is no less tuneful than her previous works. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Giant Sand
Recounting The Ballads Of Thin Line Men

It seems alt. Country trailblazers, Giant Sand, returning to their early albums and re-recording them with the addition of some new ideas is becoming a thing. In 2018 they released Returns To The Valley of Rain, which saw them having another stab at their debut album Valley of Rain. Now they are doing the same with Recounting The Ballads of Thin Line Men - a new version of their 1986 sophomore effort, The Ballad of a Thin Line Man.

Eiko Ishibashi
Car and Freezer

Infectious Japanese piano driven indie-pop from Eiko Ishibashi. Car and Freezer is brimming with catchy hooks and generous harmonies. The arrangements and instrumentation exemplify Eiko's influences, spanning decades of pop, indie, folk and roots music from east and west. There are also plenty of collaborations, which brings a level of diversity to the record. Vinyl LP out on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Andrew Combs
Ideal Man

Andrew Combs’ latest album Ideal Man sees him make a slight change in tack. Recorded in live takes with the help of producer Sam Cohen, the acoustic guitars which he’s known for are largely set aside in favour of synthesisers. Despite the change in instrumentation, the album is his rawest sounding yet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Boat To Row
Rivers That Flow in Circles

'Rivers That Flow in Circles', the new record from Boat To Row, is a record born of turmoil. When Pledge Music went into administration, as was the case with other artists, Boat To Row lost thousands of pounds that were to be directed towards the costs incurred over the course of making records. Thankfully, the fine people at Static Caravan stepped in to fund the release of this, their second album. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Ryley Walker Presents Imaginational Anthem Vol. Nine

This is the ninth volume in the superb 'Imaginational Anthem' series on the Tomkin's Square label. The format is simple: someone curates an album worth of music based around the acoustic guitar. Got it? The ninth volume is curated by Illinois indie-folker Ryley Walker. Expect gorgeous guitar lines, deft finger-picking, and good ol' stringy people. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Smog
Knock Knock

Knock Knock. Who is there? Bill. Bill who? Bill from Knaresborough....the Smog guy. Ah. That terrible sleeve adorns a work of rich majesty that now enjoys a 20th anniversary re-issue. Smog's previous album Red Apple Falls showcased the singer using ever more adventurous recording techniques and actual singing to showcase his rich brown autumnal songs. Knock Knock is a beaut. He's the Leonard Cohen of the '90s and a ladies man to match.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Molly Sarlé
Karaoke Angel

Molly Sarlé is one third of Mountain Man, the Appalachian folk trio who have a couple of albums in their own name, but also toured as backing singers for Feist on her 'Metals' tour. The incentive to make 'Karaoke Angel' came from a time when she was on a trip following a relationship break-up. She sang the Fleetwood Mac song, 'Dreams', on karaoke and the experience was rather profound for her.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Neal Francis
Changes

Stunning contemporary funk and soul from this recently sober Chicago musician. The first record he was given as a child was a Dr John LP so it's easy to see what his influences are. It's no surprise then that Changes has elements of New Orleans blues, gospel ish soul and 70's lowdown rock and roll within its grooves. Add this in to a storied history of alcohol and drug addiction and long recovery Neal Francis obviously has a point to prove and has created a passionate, soulful album steeped in the past but looking forward to what might be ahead.   

Townes Van Zandt
The Best of Townes Van Zandt

Have you heard of Townes Van Zandt? Well he's a master of American Folk music with an extensive back catalogue. Can't be bothered to look into all its nooks and crevices? Well why not start with a Best of Townes Van Zandt? Here is a gatefold 2LP vinyl version of the best bits from his storied and often troubled career All the brilliant moments are here...delve in and you'll be smitten there's no doubt.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Steve Gunn
The Unseen In Between

Guitar aces are always photographed with their guitar cases aren't they? Check the sleeve of this latest record by immersive psychedelic player and vocalist Steve Gunn. Touching his guitar case as if headin' off to the next two bit town that will appreciate his playin'. But Gunn is a lot more than just a folky guitar guy, and here he produces what is promised to be his most complex and emotional album yet, turning his thoughts inward to reflect on his own internal thought patterns.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

James McKenzie & The McKenzie Brothers
James McKenzie & The McKenzie Brothers

The moustache on the sleeve could probably tell you that what we have here is some smooth yacht rock from 40 years ago re-unleashed onto the world by Athens of the North. With comparisons to David Crosby, Steely Dan and Jimmy Webb being bandied around it sounds like we're in for some smooth sailing with this compilation of the two albums this McKenzie clan made in their lifetime. Keep the fire burning. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jonah Tolchin
Fires for the Cold

Tear-drenched backstory alert as American songwriter Jonah Tolchin escapes a marriage break up to nestle in the bosom of the studio for what will surely be his most realised album yet. In fact some pretty big hitters have turned up to help him out including Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones on an album where Tolchin lays bare his emotions by way of tender Americana.  
  • Vinyl LP (LPYEP2655)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lee Hazlewood
400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56

Light In The Attic strike gold once more with 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56. The latest record in the label’s set of Lee Hazlewood reissues might be their most impressive. Recently unearthed from the archives of Viv Records - the D.I.Y. label that Hazlewood ran before D.I.Y. labels were a thing - these early sketches, taped at home by Hazlewood, show the artist honing his practice in real-time. 400 Miles From L.A. 1955-56 contains many unreleased tracks as well as demo versions of some songs that would make it onto his debut LP Trouble Is A Lonesome Town.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Devendra Banhart
Ma

Such a breath of fresh air when he burst onto the scene in the early Noughties, freak-folk legend Devendra Banhart is now on his tenth studio album and shows no signs of stopping. Ma is sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and features backing vocals from Cate Le Bon and a closing duet with the iconic Vashti Bunyan. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alasdair Roberts
The Fiery Margin

The Fiery Margin is the 13th solo album by Scottish folkie, Alasdair Roberts. Roberts has been known to mix traditional songs with originals. Here, on this collection of original material, he takes his inspiration from songs, performance and thoughts from the last 2000 years or so. It’s fair to say it’s a well researched record.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Beirut
The Rip Tide

Previous to The Rip Tide, Zach Condon (aka Beirut) had been sort of a musical magpie taking bits of various forms of world music and making himself sound like a million piece vodka-stricken Russian orchestra. The Rip Tide was the moment he stripped everything back and revealed what was possibly the real Zach Condon beneath the orchestrated folk bluster. The result was a more personal, reflective album that showcased his songwriting talents and revealed more homespun lyrical themes concerning love and friendship.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Boy Scouts
Free Company

Boy Scouts is the name under which Bay Area singer-songwriter, Taylor Vick, makes her music. Her second album, Free Company, was produced by fellow singer-songwriter, Stephen Steinbrink. After a decade or so of experimenting and honing her craft, it seems that she has found the right producer, the right balance of instruments which allow her voice to be the star.

North Mississippi Allstars
Up and Rolling

North Mississippi Allstars are again Up and Rolling with their latest Southern blues rock full-length, one interwoven with the cultural fabric of the outfit's home state. The record reflects on the band's 1990's beginnings, which sees the Mississippi mainstays neatly come full circle as they clock up 10 album releases.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jesca Hoop
STONECHILD

Fifth album from Jesca Hoop who got out of her Manchester bolthole and went to Bristol to record with Sir John Parish (PyJamas Harvey etc). The result was an album in which Parish severely edited Hoop's work leaving her with a minimal and stark album that cuts to the chase of human emotion. The album always remains distinctly Hoop's mind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bill Ryder-Jones
Yawny Yawn

Bill Ryder-Jones’ 2018 LP Yawn was a fine set of epic ballads in that sort of Richard Hawley/Bill Callahan/Elbow tradition. On Yawny Yawn we find the former member of The Coral stripping back the tunes of Yawn to the bare essentials - just piano, voice and a few wisps of ambient electronics. This tender treatment allows the stark beauty of Ryder-Jones’ music to come into even sharper focus.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Josh Rouse
Dressed Up Like Nebraska

His later work may have gone all synthy and sophisticated and he may have now taken to wearing sunglasses on his album sleeves but go back to 1998 and Josh Rouse was just a folky songwriter out of Nebraska with a clutch of mournful songs in tow. 'Dressed Up Like Nebraska' is his debut recorded on an 8 track in his living room and catches the nascent songwriter at his evocative best.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sandro Perri
Soft Landing

Sandro Perri albums are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along next to each other. We waited seven long years for last year’s In Another Life, and barely 12 months later, Soft Landing has arrived. Opening with the gargantuan 16-minute ‘Time (You Got Me)’, it sees Perri explore the guitar, his primary instrument, in greater detail than usual. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kele Goodwin
Moonbug

Portland singer-songwriter Kele Goodwin sees his 2017 LP Moonbug given a vinyl pressing through the lovely little German label oscarson (Kepler, Brigid Mae Power). Moonbug is more widescreen than Goodwin’s intimate 2010 debut Hymns, with an astute backing band fleshing out his world-weary brand of Americana. Goodwin’s reed-clear voice and penchant for folksy chord changes pitches Moonbug somewhere between Love Is Overtaking Me-mode Arthur Russell, John Martyn and Wilco - a very good place to be indeed.
  • Vinyl LP (oscarson 22)
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  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Pet Deaths
to the top of the hill and roll​.​.​.

One for fans of lowercase lettering and inappropriate band names here, it's the London-based self-proclaimed 'celestial folk duo' Pet Deaths. Their debut record 'top of the hill and roll...' is coming off the back of a string of wonderful singles that combine feather-light harmonies, Wicker Man vibes, and a faint air of menace... Out on Silver Mind Records. 
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  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus with The Belbury Poly
Chanctonbury Rings

Chanctonbury Rings is the result of a musical and spoken-word project from electro/acoustic folk musician Sharron Kraus and writer Justin Hopper, recorded in conjunction with The Belbury Poly. The timeless soundscapes and curiously unplaceable tone of the poetry evokes a long-lost vein of British art. 

Kathryn Williams
Kathryn Williams Anthology

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of her 1999 debut album Dog Leap Stairs, this 20xCD box set covers the entirety of Kathryn Williams’ sorely under-rated output. It covers 10 studio albums, including her Mercury breakthrough Little Black Numbers, plus various side-projects she’s been involved with over the years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jesse Malin
Sunset Kids

The eighth studio album from American singer-songwriter Jesse Malin, whom the long of memory will recall was once heralded as a Next Big Thing in rock music in about 2002. That fame and fortune never materialised, but the quality of his output has always been high, something attested to by 'Sunset Kids', which features guest spots from Lucinda Williams and Billie Joe Armstrong. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Whitney
Forever Turned Around

Whitney return with their new album, Forever Turned Around. It is the follow-up to their 2016 debut Light Upon The Lake. The Chicago duo play a brand of indie-fied soulful country. Forever Turned Around was produced by Bradley Cook and Jonathan Rado, who, with credits between them such as Hand Habits, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood and Hiss Golden Messenger, were able to add the perfect colours and textures.

Shannon Lay
August

August, the third album by Shannon lay, sees her take on folk music drift from lo-fi Vashti Bunyan-style quietness to an Dry-era PJ Harvey rawness. It was recorded with her pal Ty Segall and features his pal, Mikal Cronin (presumably her pal too!) playing sax on the opening track. It includes a cover of Karen Dalton’s Something On Your Mind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Robert Wyatt
Shleep

There are many musicians who I wish would retire but one of them isn't Robert Wyatt.  Therefore it's a real shame that he is to make no more music. Instead let's be grateful that there is a large back catalogue to trawl through. 'Shleep' is his 1997 album which at that point was his first in six years. As always it's a glorious and eccentric work. He's one of the few people who can have Paul Weller guesting and yet it still doesn't put you off.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Will Johnson
Wire Mountain

Will Johnson was once known as Centro-Matic but is now on his sixth album under his own name. He's kind of like a Southern fried Robert Pollard both in delivery and reliability but Johnson is happy to move out of his comfort zone, Wire Mountain adds in a wealth of new textures to his lo-fi rocking sound and features a guest appearance from Thor Harris (Swans and Thor & Friends).  
  • Vinyl LP (KS0038LPC1)
  • Preorder now (ships on release)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Indies-only

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

Bon Iver
Blood Bank

His whingeing in a log cabin about his ex girlfriend led to initial accolades but Justin Vernon aka Bon Iver wasn't going to rest on any laurels. Extended Play Blood Bank was the first sign he was going to be up to something different in future featuring a warmth lacking in debut For Emma, Forever Ago. The fact that Kanye West sampled Woods led to unlikely collaborations and Bon Iver becoming a much more eclectic futuristic proposition on future recordings. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

A.A.Williams
A.A.Williams

A.A. Williams is an intriguing sounding songwriter who straddles both the metal and folk genres in her dark and evocative sound. Indeed she has been compared to Moonpix era Cat Power yet is shortly off on tour with Sisters of Mercy. What gives? I'm not sure but this is a re-press of her long sold out debut EP with several new songs added including a slow moving take on Dolly Parton's Jolene.  

Frank Turner
No Man's Land

Featuring a rotating cast of female musicians and a suite of songs about the stories of women across history, culture and music - and including his own mother - Frank Turner returns with an ambitious eighth studio album in No Man’s Land. Anyone accustomed to his recent podcast series ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ will be familiar with the subject matters at hand. 

Fionn Regan
Cala

Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan unveils his sixth studio album, in a 13-year career that’s seen him nominated for Mercury, Choice and Shortlist awards as well as being sampled by Justin Vernon. Cala promises a concise yet celestial collection of ten songs that dwell on love, nature and the universe.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alex Chilton
It Isn’t Always That Easy

One of the most iconic figures in alternative music history, Alex Chilton entered a Memphis studio in 1969 between the demise of the Box Tops and the beginnings of his legendary band Big Star to lay down a number of demos. Two intimate songs that never made it to the tracklisting of 2012’s posthumous compilation Free Again, the affecting ‘It Isn’t Always That Easy’ and the starry-eyed ‘If You Would Marry Me Baby’ are presented here on a beautiful 7” single. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Red Krayola
Amor And Language

Experimental and psychedelic rock band, The Red Krayola were formed in Texas in 1966 by singer, guitarist and visual artist, Mayo Thompson. Their career has spanned five decades, always operating under the radar. Amor and Language was originally released in 1995 by Drag City during the band's most prolific period.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kikagaku Moyo
Forest Of Lost Children

Kikagaku Moyo improvise like they're falling through a black hole and can jam forever, and so Forest of Lost Children is just a snippet of their work together, a record that explores their meandering psych and folk workouts and picks out the best bits. This record buoys an Eastern influence and favours a frenetic clash of sounds over particular arrangements. They still sound tight, though.

Penny & Sparrow
Finch

Earnest young chaps Penny & Sparrow release their sixth LP Finch through Latvian label I Love You Records. These two have long had the vibe of Simon & Garfunkel for the post-Bon Iver generation, and they don’t mess with the formula much on Finch. Gentle acoustic guitar, tight harmonies and quivering falsettos are the order of the day here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter