Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Native Harrow
Happier Now

Native Harrow is not, in fact, a native of Harrow. The one born Devin Tuel actually resides in Newburgh, a place about halfway between New York City and Albany. However, from the music of her third LP Happier Now you’d be forgiven for thinking that she actually spent her time on the other side of the U.S.A. in California - specifically in the folk hotbed that is the Laurel Canyon. Any of you who kick your heels waiting for new Joni Mitchell albums to come along should have your hunger sated by Happier Now.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Susan James
Sea Glass

Susan James’ sixth album, Sea Glass, is a glorious swirl of folk melodies and heart-swelling harmonies. It was originally released in 2015. She describes it as post-modern folk-rock. It was arranged with the help of High Llamas multi-instrumentalist, Sean O’Hagan. His influence on the arrangements - informed by Brian Wilson - is clear to see. O’Hagan compares James to ‘60s artists Judy Henske and Nancy Priddy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Immigrant
Great Holker Lime

Great Holker Lime is the 20th album from Scottish singer-songwriter Immigrant. (i) The boxed edition is limited to ten and is exclusive to Norman Records. Each edition features a hand-painted front cover and handwritten, signed and numbered insert. (ii) Exclusive to Norman Records, each of these nine portrait editions comes in a handmade, individually painted cloth case, containing a hand-painted portrait and handwritten, signed insert.
  • CD (unm20)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chris Gantry
Nashlantis

Check it out, someone found a new way to refer to Nashville in their album title: Nashlantis! Amazing. Nashlantis belongs to veteran country songwriter Chris Gantry, who here treats us to the benefit of his five decades of rich experience. He gets respect from the new guard too, with guest vocals from Edith Frost and big Bill Callahan on here. Out on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lillie Mae
Other Girls

Nashville singer/songwriter Lillie Mae caught the ears of a certain Jack White who produced her debut album, Forever and Then Some in 2017. Her new album, Other Girls, is produced by Dave Cobb. Cobb has worked with many country artists from Sturgill Simpson to Chris Stapleton, and won Grammys in the process. He has added a polish to Lillie Mae’s sound. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Morning Myth
Glass Sky

Morning Myth are cosy folk-pop duo hailing from the south coast. They take their influences from Nick Drake, John Martyn and Joni Mitchell. Singer Aimee Herbert-Smith’s voice has been likened to all sorts of fabulous singers from Linda Perhacs to Cocteau Twins’ chanteuse Liz Fraser. Glass Sky is their debut album. Self-released.

Of Monsters and Men
Fever Dream

They became the first Icelandic band to reach one billion streams for their ubiquitous hit ‘Little Talks’ at the start of the decade - now, Icelandic group Of Monsters And Men deliver a third studio album. Produced once again with the help of Rich Costey, Fever Dream represents a subtle change of direction, if lead single ‘Alligator’ is anything to go by.

Jim James
Uniform Clarity

Only a few short months ago My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist Jim James dropped a record of fuzzy Americana entitled Uniform Distortion. Now he’s come through with an LP called Uniform Clarity. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the baker's dozen of tracks here are acoustic versions of those which made up the earlier album. They’re very nice songs and all.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Siskiyou
Not Somewhere

Siskiyou is essentially Colin Huebert who was once a member of Great Lake Swimmers. His latest album, Not Somewhere, has taken a while to put together. This was mainly due to him relocating across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. He’d written and recorded skeletal versions of the songs in Vancouver. Once settled in Toronto he got together with cellist Rebecca Foon, Joseph Shabason and JP Carter (Destroyer) to add some magic dust. The music veers between The Velvet Underground, Elephant 6 collective and subdued folk. On Constellation.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Leonard Cohen
I'm Your Man

I’m Your Man is such an amazingly high quality Leonard Cohen album that fully six of its eight tracks are included on his greatest hits compilation. Cohen fully embraced synthesiser backing here, and the whole record simmers with dark glamour. Includes crucial Cohen cuts like ‘Ain’t No Cure For Love’, ‘Tower of Song’ and the title track. Vinyl reissue on Legacy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Donovan
The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Donovan’s ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ is one of those songs that you had to be there for. While it was probably quite profound upon release in 1968, to modern ears Donovan’s glottal-stopped ‘hurdie-gurdies’ make a period piece of this beatific jangle. Good thing, then, that the LP holds up better than its title-track. Donovan had gone out with The Beatles on their famous trip to India, and there’s a transcendental flavour to Hurdy Gurdy Man’s 60’s pop-rock that is similar to what the Fab Four did when they returned from their jaunt.

Roy Harper
Sophisticated Beggar

Sophisticated Beggar was the first album by Manchester-born folk-rock singer/songwriter, Roy Harper. It was originally released in 1966 and features folk legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and Strawbs guitarist, Paul Brett. Harper’s 50+ year career so far consists of 32 albums, so here’s your perfect starting point. LP on Science Friction.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

House and Land
Across The Field

House and Land are a folk duo comprising of Sally Ann Morgan (Black Twig Pickers) and Sarah Louise, whose solo album Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars impressed critics upon its release in early 2019. Across The Field is the duo’s second album and mixes traditional folk with psychedelic folk making for a refreshing take on folk music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

FKA twigs
LP 1

‘LP1’ is, as you might have inferred from the title, the debut album from FKA twigs. Coming off the back of some game-changing EPs, this ten-track affair is another set of spectral electronic art-pop from the singer/songwriter/producer/dancer. Tracks like ‘Two Weeks’ are breathtakingly forthright, joining the dots between Kate Bush and Arca, while ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Kicks’ drive traditional balladry into the future.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Soft Hearted Scientists
Take Time To Wonder In A Whirling World

Some bug-eyed psych-folk from Wales here. Originally released in 2007, Soft Hearted Scientists’s Take Time To Wonder In A Whirling World gets a timely reissue by You Are The Cosmos. The recent rise of Richard Dawson may owe something to this album, though SHS’s brand of British folk is far more day-glo and bushy-tailed. Sort of sounds like an LP Oliver Postgate might have made if he was into that sort of thing.

Soft Hearted Scientists
The Slow Cyclone


Soft Hearted Scientists
Golden Omens

Welsh psychedelics Soft Hearted Scientists present their seventh album, a four-part, double-CD suite of all-engulfing sonic drift: plenty of hovering electronics buoy up the blissfully-blasted acoustic songcraft, and the results are authentically tripped-out. Golden Omens is released by a label called The Hip Replacement.

Joni Mitchell
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Mitchell’s seventh album got some sniffy reviews back in 1975, but is now recognised as a subtle and complex jazz-inflected masterpiece.The title track is as smooth and groovy as peak Steely Dan, while Crosby, Stills and Nash guest on the buoyant In France They Kiss On Main Street. However the biggest surprise is The Jungle Line, a viciously funny indictment of the art world set to a distorted loop of Burundi drumming and Moog synth that feels a decade ahead of its time. If you associate Mitchell with hippy festivals and large hireable vehicles, this will be a real eye- and ear-opener.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

King Creosote
Kenny and Beth's Musakal Boat Rides

Kenny And Beth’s Musikal Boat Rides was the album where Domino Records got involved with King Creosote. The Scottish singer/songwriter and Fence Collective founder also known as Kenny Anderson, had been prolific on his own Fence label prior to this. It was originally released in 2003 and contains songs written over a number of years. Heavyweight vinyl LP on Domino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Immigrant
The Empress

The Empress is the 16th album by Scottish singer-songwriter Immigrant. He has previously released albums through Fence Records, Chaffinch Records, Brian Records and Oscarson, and through his own imprint. The special editions of The Empress are being released exclusively through Norman Records prior to a standard release later in the year. The Bird Life Special Edition in a hand-stitched, hand-painted drawstring cloth case, limited to 20 editions. Each features original, hand-painted CD cover, seed sachet, feather, complete printed lyrics and handwritten, signed and numbered insert. The Wildlife Special Edition comes in a hand-painted, hand-stitched drawstring cloth case, and is limited to 20 editions. Each features its own animal, with individually designed, hand-painted CD cover and an additional enveloped, hand-painted image mounted on card. The wildlife edition comes complete with incense sticks, printed lyrics and handwritten, signed and numbered insert. The Marine Life Special Edition comes in a hand-painted, hand-stitched drawstring cloth case, and is strictly limited to 10 editions. Each features its own individually designed, hand-painted CD cover, pebble and shell, complete printed lyrics and handwritten, signed and numbered insert.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mark Mulcahy
The Gus

The Gus is the seventh solo album from singer/songwriter, Mark Mulcahy. The lyrics for the album are inspired by the writing of George Saunders. His short stories made Mulcahy sit up and take note, improving his lyric writing and abilities as a storyteller. In recent years Mulcahy has been touring with a reformed Miracle Legion - the band he started his career with in the early ‘80s - alongside his solo work.

Songs: Ohia
Travels in Constants

Under the Songs: Ohia moniker, Jason Molina released an untitled one song EP for a subscription series on Temporary Residence Records called Travels In Constants. The EP went under the radar, lost between the release of the albums Ghost Tropic and Didn’t It Rain. Now, released on vinyl as Travels In Constants EP, the 18-minute long title track featuring just Molina and an acoustic guitar, is paired with a another lost epic, Howler, which clocks in at 13 minutes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Scott Walker
5 Classic Albums

An irresistible bundle deal from Universal here: a full brace of early Scott Walker albums! That’s Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4 and Til’ The Band Comes In (he really dropped the ball on naming that last one eh?). Genuinely classic 60’s pop from the remarkable Walker mark one. 5CD box-set available for a shockingly low price.

Vera Sola
Shades

An album from one of them there singer-songwriter types here. Vera Sola’s got a nifty Angel Olsen sort of thing going on on her debut LP Shades. The indie doo-wop of ‘Small Minds’, for instance, bears a strong similarity to Olsen’s much-loved ‘Never Be Mine’. All in all this is a perfectly well-wrought record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Current 93
Invocations Of Almost

The press release suggests Current 93 have dreamt their latest album, Invocations Of Almost, but I can assure you that it exists in the physical world too. The music here is made to accompany David Tibet’s art exhibition. In a typical Current 93-style move the CD version contains 59 minutes of music as Tibet turns 59 years old. The vinyl edition is slightly shorter in duration.

S. Carey
Supermoon

Absorbing all the natural spirituality with S. Carey. Supermoon is the new EP from the Wisconsin based musician. This EP features some reworks of previously released tunes and a cover. It's full of his trade mark ethereal croon, accompanied by himself on piano with some other bits and bobs. If you are a breaded indie fan then this will not disappoint. Out on vinyl LP from Jagjaguwar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

J. William Parker
Shadowmen

J William Parker wrote and recorded the music we hear here on Shadowmen in his bedroom, honing every detail of the production personally. The Vietnamese folk player twines his guitar around original pieces as well as a version of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hear My Train A’Comin’, with super-atmospheric results. Vinyl release on Guruguru Brain
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jade Bird
Something American

Vinyl edition of Jade Bird's 2017 debut EP, Something American. Together with a band formed of members of The B-52's, Mystery Jets, and St. Vincent, Bird digs into challenges of relationship. This Londoner has an uncanny ability to capture the yearning in Americana to express exactly what she needs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Daniel Rossen
Deerslayer

Key Grizzly Bear member and master of many instruments Daniel Rossen treats us to a rare solo outing with Deerslayer. Carefully balanced arrangements dress the ever-gorgeous vocal, before a surprisingly rocky guitar takes the track somewhere bigger. On the B-side lies a cover of a Golden Suits song. Warp 12”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bruce Springsteen
Western Stars

You’re not The Boss of me, now! And you’re not so big! Except you are, because you’re Bruce Springsteen.* Western Stars finds bossman Brucie back from Broadway and turning in another set of paeans to The Common American. ‘Hitch Hikin’’, ‘Tucson Train’ and ‘Sleepy Joe’s Cafe’ are the sort of things he could have called his tracks at any point in his discography. Sounds like a Bruce Springsteen album, though a bit mellower and more wistful than some of his previous efforts. *On a side note - why do people call Springsteen ‘The Boss’ anyway? If he’s meant to be on the side of the working man, why does he consistently side with management? Surely it couldn’t be that dear Bruce licks boots? [editorial note: Bruce has said in the past he does not like the name because he dislikes bosses and I will not stand idly by while his good name is dragged through the dirt.]

Isasa
Insilio

Drawing on the American primitivists like John Fahey, as well as the guitar music tradition of his native Spain, Isasa has created the quieltely introspective Insilio. Where much classical guitar music is complicated and knotty, Isasa is not afraid to let notes sing out and breathe, creating his own distinct type of minimalism.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Tallest Man On Earth
I Love You. It's A Fever Dream.

Despite previously complaining about how uninspiring a tour can be for writing songs, The Tallest Man On Earth has lyrically taken on the tumbleweed lifestyle of continuous touring in his latest release, I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream. Expect more very obviously Bob Dylan-esque vocals and harmonica from the Swedish singer-songwriter on this, his fifth album.

Robert Forster
The Evangelist

Australia's top lip purser Robert Forster (in second place Helen Daniels) released this 2008 album on the back of the tragic passing of his Go Betweens partner in crime Grant McLennan and contains three songs written with the late songwriter. It's no eulogy to McLennan though  - just your usual Forster fayre of bright upbeat guitar pop alongside some low key weepies. Not to be missed.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Daughter Of Swords
Dawnbreaker

Break up albums have a habit of being mopey and sad. And that's okay! But these forget the other kind of break up. The kind that offers a fresh start and a new beginning. Daughter Of Swords' Dawnbreaker is just that. Optimistic, hopeful, and grounded. Alexandra Sauser-Monnig captures that hope, and the fear, with this collection of comforting indie-folk songs.

Francoise Hardy
Le Temps de l'amour

Listening to Françoise Hardy it's very easy to imagine a room full of chic Parisians in matching black turtlenecks gently dancing with cigarettes hanging out their mouths. Among those Parisians you would have been likely to see Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and lots of other more well known admirers. On Le Chant du Monde.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Emily Fairlight
Mother of Gloom

Mother Of Gloom is the debut album Emily Fairlight. She follows a line of recent New Zealand singer/songwriters - Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid and Marlon Williams in making music that have their foundations in classic songwriting, but bring an original voice to the table. Emily Fairlight makes music that she describes as doom folk has been compared to PJ Harvey, Will Oldham, Cat Power, Calexico and Bridget St. John.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

AA Bondy
Enderness

‘Enderness’ is the first album from AA Bondy in eight years, a ten track LP on Fat Possum. It’s a record of largely stripped bare pop songs, the recording completed a day before his home was burnt down in a wildfire. He spent the time of recording alone, and the records simple and unaccompanied motifs speak to this solitude, but there’s a beauty to this private world.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Doug Tuttle
Dream Road

Doug Tuttle was one half of the duo MMoss with his then girlfriend, Rachel Neveu. When their relationship, and band, broke up, he set off for Massachusetts where he’s been making solo albums ever since. Dream Road, his fourth album, is another collection of songs that recall classic ‘60s & ‘70s American pop and rock with more than a touch of country and psych.

Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

Waits’ third album is arguably the pinnacle of his early beatnik barfly persona. Taking a different approach to his more mannered previous albums, the 1975 LP was recorded live in a pseudo small club setup. It’s jazzy and deceptively loose and boozy, though Tom knows exactly what he’s doing, whether delivering jokey banter or vividly narrative songs like Spare Parts and Putnam County.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Nev Cottee
River's Edge

Nev Cottee, formely of Noel Gallagher approved rockers, Proud Mary, is a well established solo artist these days. His fourth solo album, River’s Edge, finds him in a confident mood, taking musical inspiration from Neil Young, Tom Waits and Scott Walker along with the widescreen production values of Spiritualized and Ennio Morricone. The album also features The Verve’s Nick McCabe on guitar.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Mariee Sioux
Grief in Exile

Mariee Sioux is an American other worldly folk singer/songwriter. Grief in Exile is her seventh album. It is her first release in seven years, following on from Bonnie & Mariee - a collaboration with Bonnie Prince Billy.  She is best known for her 2007 album Faces In The Rocks, which is somewhat of a cult classic. LP and CD on Night Bloom Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Richard Reed Parry
Quiet River of Dust Vol. 2

Richard Reed Parry is of course part of that colossus of a super-indie band Arcade Fire, but there has always been more to his musicianship than that. Quiet River of Dust Vol.2 is the second part of his newest solo work, which draws considerably on folk and composed music for a really rather rich song-suite. Out on Epitaph.

Lucinda Williams
Happy Woman Blues

Happy Woman Blues, originally released in 1980, was the second album by Lucinda Williams. It was, however, the first comprised entirely of original material. Williams’ mixes traditional and alternative folk, blues and country seamlessly to create her own sound, reflecting her southern roots. It is regarded as a classic, influential record.

Calexico and Iron & Wine
Years to Burn

Alt-country heroes Calexico reunite with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam a full 14 years after their 2005 EP In The Reins, this time for an entire eight-track studio album. Recorded in Nashville with esteemed producer Matt Ross-Spang in just five days, Years To Burn adds even more elements to their previously established musical compound. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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.

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.

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

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

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.  
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP (0093624938507)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP (RT0036LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • 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

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)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • 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.
  • Vinyl LP box set (POB045DLXC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

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

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


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  • 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

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.
  • 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.

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

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

Trembling Bells & Alex Rex
I Am The King

Trembling Bells are a folky Scottish collective who feature drummer Alex Neilson who also appears here as Alex Rex. The Trembling Bells songs are inspired by Greek myths whilst the Alex Rex songs are both covers inspired by his late younger brother Alasdair - the traditional Night Visiting Song and John Cale's You Know More Than I Know. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
Another Story

Michael Chapman - the best thing to come out of Hunslet since.....well the fact that nothing else has ever emerged from the Leeds suburb shouldn't allow you to underestimate the work of the singer and guitarist. His career has been a wandering one but Another Story is a vinyl compilation which collects tracks from some of his more forgotten CD-only releases of the '90s. Chapman himself has selected tracks from Plaindealer, Sweet Powder, Wrytree Drift, and The Twisted Road and provided extensive liner notes to explain all. 
  • Genre(s):
  • 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
  • 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