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Trixie Mattel
Barbara

Following the chart success of her second album One Stone in 2018, American drag queen superstar Trixie Mattel brings her new album Barbara to vinyl and CD. Named in honour of the Barbie doll look which inspired her aesthetic, it includes a Lavender Country cover and a love song dedicated to actor Jesse Eisenberg. 

Margaret Glaspy
Devotion

Margaret Glaspy follows her critically acclaimed album, Emotions and Math, with Devotion. Her first LP showed her off as the excellent guitarist she is, but never one to stand still, Devotion arrives with the Brooklyn singer / songwriter using electronic music as a starting point. The songs are about fully giving your heart over to someone or something, whatever the risks.

Mark Lanegan
Whiskey For The Holy Ghost

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Rabbit Island
Songs for Kids

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James Elkington
Ever-Roving Eye

James Elkington has seemingly worked with everyone from Richard Thompson to Tortoise to Steve Gunn to Nap Eyes. Ever-Roving Eye is his second album and he has recorded it with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at their Loft headquarters. Though it fits within the tradition of the 1970s British Folk Revival, it also casts a nod towards avant-garde experimentalism, psychedelia and even film soundtracks.   

Christian Lee Hutson
Beginners

A co-songwriter with Phoebe Bridgers on her collaborative albums as part of boygenius (with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst), Christian Lee Hutson gets to go it alone on his debut album Beginners. Mixed by Joseph Lorge and featuring contributions from Bright Eyes pianist Nathaniel Walcott, it fits into a fine recent lineage of American alternative folk. 

Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton
Doc Watson and Gaither Carlton

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Sweet Whirl
How Much Works

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Jaime Wyatt
Neon Cross

Following her well-received 2017 mini-album Felony Blues, Americana and outlaw country newcomer Jaime Wyatt delivers her first full-length effort. Produced by Grammy-winner Shooter Jennings and informed by her horrific struggles with addiction and recovery in her young life, Neon Cross will likely go down as one of the most emotional and defiant albums of its genre. 

RG Lowe
Life of the Body

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Bill Orcutt
Odds Against Tomorrow

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The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices featuring Lisa Gerrard
Shandai Ya / Stanka

The comeback of legendary choir The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices continues apace with a new seven-track EP, titled Shandai Ya / Stanka and presented on 12” vinyl. Seeing them reunite with Dead Can Dance singer Lisa Gerrard, it follows 2018’s BooCheeMish and a lengthy period of touring, where a whole new generation was exposed to the ensemble’s ethereal and unusual vocals. 

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Reunions

Reunions is the seventh studio album from former Drive-By Truckers alt-rock star and four-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell and his long-time backing band The 400 Unit. It comes off the back of the huge success of 2017’s The Nashville Sound, which hit the heights of no.4 in the main Billboard charts. 

Hurray For The Riff Raff
Look Out Mama

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Segarra and her band The Tumbleweeds. Back again after three years, ‘Look Out Mama’ is a great American songbook of sorts, featuring Segarra’s take on classic American genres, from country to psychedelia. It’s musically, spiritually and emotionally nomadic, a hark back to the dustbowl spirit.

Josephine Foster
I'm A Dreamer

I'm A Dreamer was featured on the Netflix show End of the F****** World (a show that will soon become a real life documentary) and is now being issued on a 7" on Fire. Josephine Foster is adept at taking old country-ish songs and breathing new life into them with her unusual voice, gentle strummings and delicate folk-blues stylings. 

Scott Matthew
Adorned

Adorned by New York-based Australian singer Scott Matthew is an album of hope. It was written against the backdrop of the devastating fires in his homeland and the apparent lack of care given by the government to its people. Know for his melancholy, an optimistic stance from Matthew is a bit of an about turn, but perhaps we need that right now.
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Eve Owen
Don't Let The Ink Dry

Don’t Let The Ink Dry is the debut studio album from British singer/songwriter Eve Owen, written and recorded during three summer breaks in New York state at Long Pond Studio with The National’s Aaron Dessner from when she was 16. The songs are rooted in traditions of folk, but use electronics to take flight. 

Blaze Foley
Clay Pigeons

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Daniel Johnston
Hi, How Are You / Yip/Jump Music

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Syd Barrett
The Madcap Laughs

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Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man
Out Of Season

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Beirut
Gulag Orkestar

Teenage Albuquerque kid Zach Condon came marching out of nowhere with this debut as Beirut which sounds less like a precocious teen and more like a million piece Balkan orchestra. He was aided and abetted by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost (A Hawk and a Hacksaw) who played a variety of instruments which made Condon's songs sound something like Stephin Merritt backed by a drunken raggle-taggle folk collective. 

Joni Mitchell
Ladies Of The Canyon

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Michael Head and The Strands
The Magical World of The Strands

Michael Head and The Strands produced The Magical World Of The Strands during the early 90s, first releasing the collection of work-in-progress material in 1997. Everybody loved it, so now it returns, on CD or 180g gatefold LP on Megaphone. Brand new liner notes from Mr Head himself round out the package.

Yawning Chasm
Songs from Blue House

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Pete Astor
You Made Me

Pete Astor, formerly of erstwhile indie cult heroes The Loft and The Weather Prophets, presents a new solo album of cover versions. You Made Me tracks the influences that shaped him in his early career as well as those that inform his current sound, ranging from ‘50s outlaw ballads to 2010s indie like Villagers and Cat Power. 

American Aquarium
Lamentations

Lamentations is the 11h album by alt- country band American Aquarium. The album is based on the book of the Bible in which a man questions the existence of God and wonders why God can watch as his country fell apart. Group leader BJ Barnum sees many parallels between this story and the state of his country now. The album is about religion, politics, love, addiction and all of the things that can break people and how to find a way back.

Cat Power
The Covers Record

Cat Power's 1998 album Moonpix was so good that she had no idea how to follow it up. So instead she set about work on a covers record, taking a wide variety of tracks by the likes of the Rolling Stones, Bill Callahan, Lou Reed and Michael Hurley and making them her own. It may have disappointed fans hoping to hear further original work but it is still a deeply personal and soul searching album. 

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 that cover shot of Laughing Len peering out at you from the shelf? 180g vinyl reissue.

Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay
The Hawksworth Grove Sessions

For those of you who don't recognise a Leeds road sign when you see one, this album was recorded in Leeds, a mere 40 minutes bus ride along River Aire from Norman Towers. Jim Ghedi and Toby Hay are both virtuoso acoustic guitarists, who together push the limits of British folk musics. The Hawksworth Grove Sessions is utterly overwhelming when at full swing.
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Jim White and Marisa Anderson
The Quickening

Well this could be interesting. The Quickening sees the Dirty Three drummer Jim White hook up with folk -informed solo artist Marisa Anderson on an album where both artists let their intuitive and improvisational sides let loose. Anderson's guitar meshes perfectly with White's distinctive drum patterns on evocative music in which both players follow their instinct.  
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Lucinda Williams
Good Souls Better Angels

Forging blues, rock, country and Americana for over four decades at this point, the ever-restless Lucinda Williams delivers her most politically pointed album yet in the form of 14th effort Good Souls Better Angels. With her manager/husband Tom Overby a co-writer, the 12 tracks needle at society’s injustices. LP versions contain five bonus tracks. 

Hiss Golden Messenger
Devotion: Songs About Rivers and Spirits and Children

North Carolina country/folk type collective Hiss Golden Messenger, led by MC Taylor, have been quietly going about their business for a decade now, releasing 9 albums in that time. It wasn’t until Merge got hold of them and released 2014’s Lateness Of Dancers that they were noticed outside of certain circles. Now, however, their albums grace the upper-echelons of critic’s end-of-year lists regularly. Devotion: Songs About Rivers And Spirits And Children takes us back to their early years with three albums: Bad Debt, Poor Moon and Haw. This box set will also include and exclusive rarities album, Virgin Fool. 4LP box set or 4CD box set, both of which are lavishly packaged.

Gerry Cinnamon
The Bonny

A grassroots phenomenon who’s confounded the British music press, Gerry Cinnamon’s first album Erratic Cinematic doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page, yet its success has enabled him to book a sold-out arena tour of the country this winter. Trailed by three new singles in 2019, his second studio effort The Bonny arrives in the new year. 

Diana Collier
Ode to Riddley Walker

Ode To Ridley Walker is the second solo album by ex-Owl Service and Greanvine singer, Diana Collier. Her first solo record, 2016’s All Mortal At Rest, was an album of traditional folk songs. On Ode… she has written most of the songs herself, very much in her own style, which happens to be a fragile and organic version of folk, concerned with nature. It has been likened to Vashti Bunyan.
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Pokey LaFarge
Rock Bottom Rhapsody

Pokey LaFarge, real name Andrew Heissler, is a country / blues / folk singer based in Los Angeles. Rock Bottom Rhapsody is his eighth album. He describes it as a mix between Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan and 40s French Jazz. Joel Paterson played guitar, Scott Ligon played keyboards, Jimmy Sutton, played two types of bass and Alex Hall featured on drums. It was produced by Chris Seefried (Counting Crows, Lana Del Rey, Joseph Arthur) who also co-wrote some tracks.

Nadia Reid
Out of My Province

Out Of My Province is the third album by New Zealand singer / songwriter Nadia Reid. This album sees her hooking up with the Spacebomb crew. Spacebomb is a label co-founded by Matthew E. White who produces all the records and uses the Spacebomb in-house band, which includes White on guitar. They tend to make things a little more funky and soulful than they otherwise would be. Nadia Reid and Spacebomb are an intriguing combination.

Various
Even A Tree Can Shed Tears: Japanese Folk & Rock 1969-1973

This Light In The Attic compilation looks rather fantastic, historicising folk music from the tail-end of 1960s Japan. Cited as a period of growing political and cultural action amongst the country's younger demographic, Even A Tree Can Shed Tears arguably acts as a retrospective to music that was at its time unprecedented, with these artists seeking their own, particular sound through folk music.
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Marcos Valle
Garra

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Dana Gavanski
Yesterday Is Gone

Vancouver-born Serbian singer Dana Gavanski  releases her debut album, Yesterday is Gone. It was recorded with Toronto psychedelic musician Sam Gleason, who was apparently responsible for the tunes and Mike Lindsay of Tuung and Lump who developed the sound of the record. A beautiful psych-folk affair that lands somewhere between Cate Le Bon and Weyes Blood.

Marla Hansen
Dust

Marla Hansen has moved out from the shadows of Sufjan Stevens, The National and My Brightest Diamond to put herself in the spotlight with Dust. Her move to Berlin has played a part in how Dust sounds too. There’s her Americana influences mixed with the strings of the Oriel Quartett, the synths of Barabara Morgenstern and the drums of The Notwist drummer Andi Haberl. 

The Haden Triplets
Family Songbook

Trimeter Records presents Family Songbook, the latest record from Tanya, Petra and Rachel Haden. As its generation-spanning title might suggest, it includes four recently excavated tracks from the triplets’ grandfather, Carl E. Haden, recorded and written during the Great Depression, on top of new originals from their brother Josh, takes on Americana standards and even a Kanye West cover... 
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Nadia Reid
Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs

Nadia Reid evokes the spirit of her homeland, New Zealand, better than those Flight Of The Conchords boys ever could. Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs is filled with songs of folk music for wide open spaces, with songs as personal as the firm portrait on the sleeve art. Released on the Spunk label.

Waxahatchee
Saint Cloud

It seems that there’s loads of potentially great releases coming in 2020, and here we have another. Katie Crutchfield returns with her Waxahatchee project for album number 5, Saint Cloud. It’s an album about holding on to and having to let go of things she has loved and how to move forward. She went back to her roots for inspiration and was inspired by the places and people that mean so much to her.

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Through The Clouds

Josienne Clarke has the kind of tone in her voice that gives any song she sings the feeling of an age-old traditional folk ballad. Old ballads do turn up in her collaborations with Ben Walker, but there are also more modern covers and original songs. Through The Clouds is a showcase EP designed to introduce listeners to what the duo are capable of. 10” on Rough Trade.
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M. Ward
Migration Stories

M. Ward has released some wonderful albums over the years. For his tenth record, Migration Stories, he took himself up to Montreal, Canada to see some guys from a band called Arcade Fire and use their studio. Tim Kingsbury and Richard Reed Parry were more than accommodating and even lent him their producer, Craig Silvey.

Lilly Hiatt
Walking Proof

Nashville-born and Tennnessee-based singer-songwriter release 'Walking Proof' - a follow up to the 2017 success, 'Trinity Lane'. Now over 15 years in the game, Hiatt has developed a sense of maturity, which is undoubtedly tangible here. With help on production from the dextrous Lincoln Parish (Cage The Elephant), this is an assured and moreish offering.
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Saint Alto
Coming / Feel

Birmingham alternative rock / folk quartet Saint Alto (Phil Barber, Alex Dodwell, Dave Hammersley and Tom Ridsdill) have already won plaudits for their transcendent live shows, whose qualities are rare for a band so young. Following last year’s ‘Tell Me Something’, this 7” single pairs two more newbies, ‘Coming’ and ‘Feel’. 

Brian Fallon
Local Honey

You may know Brian Fallon as the singer of U.S. Springsteen-alikes The Gaslight Anthem. On his third album, Local Honey, he leaves the gravelly punk rock behind for a stripped back alt. country feel. Local Honey is supposedly a remedy for hayfever, I absolutely can’t guarantee that this album will ease those symptoms, but you could buy it and give it a go.

Budgee
Swing the Barkley

Budgee is a duo featuring Celine Brooks, a Canadian who currently resides in Glasgow and Gareth Dickson who, as well as being an artist in his own right, has played with Vashti Bunyan. The influences on display here range from Robbie Basho to Fleetwood Mac via Talking Heads. This makes their debut full-length 'Swing The Barkley' an album of folk, pop and Americana with minimal production well worth your time.

Watkins Family Hour
brother sister

As well as enjoying their own individual careers, Sean and Sara Watkins present their second Watkins Family Hour album, brother sister. Coming half a decade after their self-titled joint album, this new ten-track effort sees them yet again explore the bluegrass and folk sounds they enjoyed growing up. 

William Eaton
Music By William Eaton

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Georgia Ruth
Mai

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Peter Oren
The Greener Pasture

Peter Oren is a folk singer from Columbus, Indiana who says he quit college to write folk tunes. He cites Bill Callahan as a major influence. The Greener Pasture is his second album. He bought equipment to record it himself,  a different method to its predecessor, Anthropocene, which was recorded in a studio with a bunch of Nashville musicians, but the genre is certainly suited to this method.  
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The Handsome Family
Odessa

Still going strong today, alternative country outfit The Handsome Family, formed of husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, are one of America’s most sorely underrated bands. This year, Loose re-issues their debut album Odessa, originally released in 1994 on Carrot Top, the first time it's been made available on vinyl in Europe.

Mapache
From Liberty Street

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Kristin Hersh
Wyatt at the Coyote Palace

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The Relations
Evocation

Here we have some ghostly electronic psych-folk courtesy of Neil Hale-led project, The Relations. Evocation contains a mix of synths, farfisa, guitar and haunting vocals and takes inspiration from horror folklore and lesser known singer / songwriter type people. It was recorded in Brighton and Frome over a three-year spell. On Castles In Space.

Maria McKee
La Vita Nuova

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Jonathan Hulten
Chants From Another Place

Jonathan Hulten is a grammy winning Swedish artist who looks like a member of Kiss but plays a unique form of music that takes in influences from folk and church choirs as well as the gentle rolling folk of the likes of Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens. He's certainly confident, calling the album "a journey traversing wastelands of despair...a tale of death and rebirth". Serious stuff. 

Jozef Van Wissem
Ex Mortis

Inspired by ‘The Book of Gostlye Grace’, a 13th century tome written by German nuns, experimental lute player and composer Jozef Van Wissem releases another new album titled Ex Mortis (or ‘from death’). Performed with a quasi-religious devotion and with the help of former long-time Swans member Jarboe, it’s a meditative and trance-like collection. 

Roy Montgomery
Last Year's Man

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The Junkyard Liberty
Chains

Due for release on Friday 11th November, debut LP “Chains” comes in the form of a very limited edition transparent blood red vinyl. Released, aptly, into a political landscape of upheaval and unrest, “Chains”, with its provocative slant, is set to strike a chord with people the world over. The ten tracks, whose retro riffs hark back to the likes of the Velvet Underground, will not disappoint.
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Bruce Springsteen
18 Tracks

The self-explanatorily titled 18 Tracks was originally released in 1999, aimed at Bruce Springsteen’s more casual fanbase. It was a condensed version of the previous year’s Tracks box set, but notably included ‘The Promise’, an unreleased fan favourite dating back to 1978’s Darkness On The Edge of Town. Now, it arrives as a double-vinyl package. 
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Karen Dalton
In My Own Time

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Arthur Russell
Iowa Dream

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Monolithe Noir
Moira

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Waxahatchee
American Weekend

For her first record as Waxahatchee, Katie Crutchfield hauled up in her room with a guitar and a lot of remorse, crafting skeletal folk-punk songs about relationships and romantic non-starters. It's a less electric and rawking affair than her previous work in P.S. Eliot with twin sister Alison (of Swearin'), instead recalling the artists on Plan-It-X as well as Hop Along and Nana Grizol.
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Jonathan Wilson
Dixie Blur

Jonathan Wilson follows his hugely critically aclaimed 2018 album 'Rare Birds' with 'Dixie Blur', a far more intimate collection of songs that were written in response to isolation and loneliness. Although Wilson usually crafts recordings alone in his LA studio, on his seventh solo record he recorded and cut the entire LP with a Nashville session band in just six days. Expect unbridled emotion and plenty of fiddle. 

Honey Harper
Starmaker

Honey Harper is a US singer / songwriter based in London. He grew up on a diet of Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams and with a bit of an Olivia Newton-John obsession born from his mother watching Grease. His debut album, Starmaker, is inspired by Turner’s painting The Decline of the Carthaginian Empire and Joni Mitchell. 

Jess Williamson
Sorceress

Like a lot of other artists, Texan singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is looking for meaning in her life and in her art. On her fourth album she addresses such issues by way of country music and West Coast psychedelia with nods to Dolly Parton and '70s film soundtracks. She tried to predict what the future will look like in these uncertain times and Mexican Summer have got in on the act by pressing the limited edition vinyl on 'crystal ball' coloured wax. 

Grimm Grimm
Ginormous

My mum told me when I was a kid that ginormous wasn't a word and that I should stop using it. Well its in the dictionary and is the title of the debut album from Japan born Londoner Koichi Yamanoha so you are wrong mum, very wrong. Here Yamanoha blends all kinds of sounds together including future folk, electro-acoustic vignettes on an album which describes his journey so far both sonically and emotionally.  

She Keeps Bees
Eight Houses

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Sound of Yell
Leapling

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The Secret Sisters
Saturn Return

Harmonic sisters the Secret Sisters return with their fourth album Saturn Return. They've had a topsy turvy career having been nominated for a Grammy and faced bankruptcy but have overcome everything on an album where they try to make a positive impact on a negative world empowering women like themselves to be strong and inclusive. Lovely close harmony pop compared to the Everly Brothers and the Andrews Sisters. 

Sharron Kraus
Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

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Iron and Wine
Live at Third Man Records

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Douglas Dare
Milkteeth

Milkteeth is the third album by accomplished musician, singer and songwriter Douglas Dare. Dare makes music that could be described as chamber pop and/or art pop. With the help of Tuung’s Mike Lindsay in the producer’s chair, his music has been stripped to just the necessary elements. You may know Douglas Dare from his tours with Erased Tapes label mate Olafur Arnalds or as his drag persona, Visa Reasons.

Immigrant
High Valley Home

Scottish singer-songwriter Immigrant has been releasing albums since 2002, through Fence Records, Chaffinch Records, Brian Records, Oscarson and his own imprint Unmei. High Valley Home is his eighteenth album. Exclusive to Norman Records, the High Valley Home Special Edition showcases a series of photos taken throughout 2018, with each hand-folded card case sporting its own strictly one-off laminate photo cover. Presented in handmade gift bags, each edition is individually titled, numbered and signed, and comes complete with lyric sheets and handwritten insert. Limited to 30 editions.

Alex Rex
Andromeda

Alex Rex, real name Alex Neilson, was the drummer in Scottish folk rockers Trembling Bells, as well as drumming for the likes of Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Shirley Collins, Jandek and Current 93 among others. Andromeda is his third album. It follows Vermillion and Otterburn. Judging by the track ‘Pass the Mask’ this should please fans of Bonnie “Prince” Billy and promises to be a bloody good record. Folk legend Shirley Collins and Belle & Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson make guest appearances.

Bill Orcutt
Real Feel Geel Reel

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Wilsen
Ruiner

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The Hanging Stars
A New Kind Of Sky

A New Kind Of Sky is the new album from The Hanging Stars. The London-based band, play a mix of psych, folk and country with harmonies and 12-string guitars weaving through the whole thing. You may have picked all that up from a glance at the album cover, though, which wouldn’t look out of place in the racks with classics by The Band and The Byrds. Their sound is also authentically of that magical late ‘60s early ‘70s era.
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Califone
Echo Mine

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Weird Walk
Number One

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Weird Walk
Number Two - Samhain 2019

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United Bible Studies
Cave Hill Ascension

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Various
Avocet Revisited

Designed as almost a tribute but in the form of an accompanying piece for scottish folk musician Bert Jansch’s Avocet released in 1979, Earth Recordings commissioned four artists to pick a species of bird and write a track around it. Four tracks of peaceful and gently evocative music from Edwyn Collins & Carwyn Ellis, Modern Studies, Alasdair Roberts, and Trembling Bells.

Jim Sullivan
If The Evening Were Dawn

Light In The Attic continue their run of Jim Sullivan releases with If The Evening Were Dawn, a previously-unreleased set of tracks taped way back in 1969. Sullivan disappeared in 1975 and has not been found since, so his music will have to do the talking for him. And what music If The Evening Were Dawn is - Sullivan’s story gives these wistful countryfied folk songs even greater power than they would have on their own terms.

Robbie Basho
Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

American folk guitarist and pianist Robbie Basho was a contemporary of guitarists John Fahey and Leo Kottke. The three of them all wanted to elevate the status of the acoustic guitar to grandness of a concert instrument. Unlike a nylon strung guitar Basho said it could bring about metaphorical fire. He was inspired by music and philosophy from different cultures around the world and particularly the music of Ravi Shankar. Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho is a feature-length documentary about is life. Available on Blu Ray and DVD

Keeley Forsyth
Debris

Keeley Forsyth is an Oldham-born actor-turned-musical artist with an exceptional, raw and emotional vocal delivery. You may have seen her in all sorts of things from Coronation Street to Luther, but these days it’s all about the music, which, in turn is mostly all about her voice, and for now her debut album, Debris. RIYL Scott Walker, Aldous Harding, Nico, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and stuff like that, really.

Carla J. Easton
Impossible Stuff

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Various
Buntús Rince (Explorations In Irish Jazz, Fusion & Folk 1969-81)

Probably the number one nation for jazz outside of the United States is Japan. But how often does Ireland get a look in? Buntús Rince, a compilation of Irish jazz on AllChival, seeks to fill in that particular blank. Because of the context that the jazz scene emerged in Ireland, and its various difficulties, the music produced is distinctly Irish feeling.

Nathaniel Rateliff
And It's Still Alright

And It’s Still Alright marks the first solo work of Denver-based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff outside of the context of his band The Night Sweats since they exploded onto the scene back in the middle of the ‘10s. Produced with the help of Beach House’s James Barone, it’s one of the more personal and soulful collections in Rateliff’s discography. 

Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Bridge Over Troubled Water was the fifth and final album from hugely successful folk duo Simon and Garfunkel and contains many of their greatest latter day tracks including The Boxer, Cecelia and The Only Living Boy in New York. The album may already be in many of the world's households but perhaps not on Gold vinyl which you can now pick up courtesy of CBS. An added bonus is that you can stick your finger over Paul Simon's face and make it look like Art Garfunkel has an enormous moustache. Just another impressive facet of a remarkable album. 

Robert Vincent
In This Town You're Owned

Robert Vincent is a Liverpool-based singer songwriter who writes songs in a country and blues vein. He has been dubbed ‘the scouse Springsteen’. He has drafted in Ethan Johns to produce his new album, In This Town You’re Owned, which is a shrewd move given Johns’ ability to judge the timbre of this genre perfectly.

Current 93
Thunder Perfect Mind

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