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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Billie Marten
Feeding Seahorses By Hand

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

Mutual Benefit
Just Another Diamond Day

For reasons best known to themselves Sufjan -lite indie folkers Mutual Benefit have covered Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day in its entirety. Jordan Lee must either like the album a lot or see the mutual benefit in getting on board with a record that has become an essential album for bearded post folk hipsters to waffle on about.    
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Gob Iron
Death Songs for the Living

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

Josephine Foster
Fairy Faithful Harmony

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

Heather Woods Broderick
Invitation

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

David Allred
The Cell

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

Courtney Barnett
Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)

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

Bibio
Ribbons

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

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

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

Jade Bird
Jade Bird

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

Current 93
The Moons At Your Door

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

Damien Jurado
In The Shape Of A Storm

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

John Paul White
The Hurting Kind

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

Vic Godard
Mum's Revenge

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

Daniel O'Sullivan
Folly

Daniel O’Sullivan, often spotted in Grumbling Fur but also recently as part of This Is Not This Heat, presents his second solo album of songs. The songwriting is at the core of Folly, though there is still plenty of textural intrigue in here, don’t worry about that O’Sullivan fans. Birth and death, family and love are all here in this highly personal and accomplished record.

Simone Felice
Puppet / Prisoner

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

Glen Hansard
This Wild Willing

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

Joe Snape
Joyrobix

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

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

Lady Lamb
Even In The Tremor

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

Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

Remind Me Tomorrow is the first album in four years by Sharon Van Etten. Despite not making any solo albums in that time she’s been rather busy having a baby, gaining psychology qualifications, working with David Lynch and writing a score for the movie, Strange Weather. All this action has lead to her making a more upbeat album. Produced and arranged by John Congleton. LP or CD on Jagjaguwar.

Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

Winning the award for most confusing, convoluted press release of the decade is the new album from Weyes Blood. It turns out her fourth album is influenced by things as disparate as Bob Seger, madrigal choirs, Hoagy Carmichael and scholar Joseph Campbell. It's also influenced by the Titanic -  a boat which sunk once. Her last album was just great so here's hoping those array of influences allow something equally magical here.  

Lawrence Arabia
Lawrence Arabia's Singles Club

A Kickstarted album if there ever was one, Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club was a fan-financed project to release a digital single for every month of 2018. Lawrence Arabia succeeded, writing and recording 12 songs, released now as an album. Each one showcases the wide range of his style, from orchestral indie-rock to laid-back melancholy songlets.

Tyler Ramsey
For The Morning

Tyler Ramsey was the guitarist in Band Of Horses. For The Morning is his solo debut album. The cover depicts the beautiful scenery of his hometown in North Carolina which inspired the music. Expect a mix of country, folk and rock that builds a bridge between Neil Young and Fleet Foxes. LP and CD on Virgin.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Paula Frazer & Tarnation
What Is And Was

What Is And Was and what in Tarnation? Paula Frazer and her band return with her first album in a decade. She's a country song-writer through and through ('tarnation' kind of gave it away) but the kind of country that gets you signed to 4AD in the 90s. Now she brings her wonderful singing voice abd mighty band to Slimstyle.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Jeremy Tuplin
Pink Mirror

Jeremy Tuplin has a lovely voice. It has stability without being authoritative. It's charming without being sleazy. It's the kind of voice I would very happily listen to for the standard length of a indie rock album. Pink Mirror is an album that reminds us of the dangers of looking back too fondly and does so in Tuplin's so-called 'space-folk- style.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Marry Waterson & Emily Barker
A Window To Other Ways

Marry Waterson is an English folk singer and member of the famous folk music family The Watersons. She is the daughter of Lal Waterson. Emily Barker is an Australian singer/songwriter whose music you may have heard on the UK version of crime drama Wallander. The pair met at a songwriting retreat run by Kathryn Williams. Their first album together, A Window To Other Ways, has thrown up a mixture of stiles from the obvious folk, with country, soul, blues and indie. LP and CD on One Little Indian.

Acetone
1992-2001

The highly regarded yet never quite made it Acetone are given an anthology for the very first time. They were taken on tour by fans of the band Oasis,  Spiritualised, and The Verve, with their mix of country, psych, surf and indie their songs are timeless and filled with place and feeling. Features tracks taken from across their 5 albums as well as 9 unreleased tracks and demos from recordings in their practice room.

Rustin Man
Drift Code

Oh Talk Talk where art thou? With Mark Hollis last seen in the early 2000s trying to learn the clarinet this most brilliant and influential bands has been on hold. However not all is lost. Bassist Paul Webb aka Rustin Man is back with a new LP. His previous one was in collaboration with Portishead's Beth Gibbons. Here he goes it alone.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Various
Country Funk Volume II 1967 - 1974

Intro Volume II of Light In The Attic's highly regarded Country Funk collection All tracks newly re-mastered Features cuts by Bob Darin, Townes Van Zandt, Gene Clark , Jim Ford, JJ Cale, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more 2xLP housed in a deluxe Stoughton 'Tip-On' jacket Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bill MacKay
Fountain Fire

Seasoned guitarist Bill MacKay returns to Drag City with new LP Fountain Fire. The Chicagoan’s latest effort is a collection of sprawling and psychedelic instrumental Americana. The likes of ‘Pre-California’ find a sweet spot between the widescreen vistas of Wilco and the peyote haze of Hejira-era Joni Mitchell.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ohtis
Curve of Earth

There's a hint of Throbbing Gristle's innocuous album cover to their dark 20 Jazz Funk Greats about the cover to Curve of Earth by Ohtis. Where Gristle's cheesy LP cover hid a whirl of crunching Industrial rock, the cutesy cover to Curve of Earth is brought into question with a look at the tracklisting; 'Pervert Blood', 'Rehab' and 'Junkie Heaven' among them. The music however, is a delightful blend of woozy and indeed cutesy folk in the vain of Mac Demarco, even if the lyrics might be a bit dark in places.     
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

A Mote Of Dust
II

Stargazer Records (We Were Strangers, Caspian Sea Monster) drop the second LP from A Mote Of Dust, a solo project of Craig Beaton. Beaton previously played in post-grunge groups Ganger and Aereogramme, but the stuff he makes as A Mote Of Dust sees him indulging his quiet side. II is a collection of spare ballads and chamber-pop arrangements that recalls Mark Kozelek and Fink.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Joy Williams
Front Porch

Joy Williams was once one half of the Grammy-winning American country duo, The Civil Wars. She has been releasing music as a solo artist since 2001, however. Front Porch is her new single. It is taken from her as yet untitled forthcoming new album and backed with 'This Side Of Heaven', a song exclusive to this release. 7" single on Sensibility Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

dbh
Mood

dbh made quite a stir both within and outside of the confines of these walls with his third album Mass so we're very happy that we have another chance to hear his second album again which has been re-pressed onto vinyl and CD. The musician (also known as Dan? Dave?) is adept at finger picked solo guitar pieces that owe as much to Vini Reilly as they do Michael Chapman.  
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Fenella
A Gift From Midnight

Debut release from Fenella, released jointly by Last Night From Glasgow and Little Tiger. On A Gift From Midnight vocalist Mairi Whittle and guitarist and pianist Jack Boyce craft delicate and tender songs which show off Whittle's mighty and versatile voice. For fans of Martha Wainwright and Julia Holter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Laughing Eye
Laughing Eye

Laughing Eye is Hanna Östergren, notoriously a player in both Hills and Träd Gräs och Stenar. This self-titled release is a true stunner, ‘nordic raga’ is the ascribed genre, and it's a perfect fit, not focusing on having a specific sense of direction but open and trance-like - while the sounds themselves feel deeply rooted in Europe.

Todd Snider
Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3

It needn’t really be mentioned what style of music is going to be on a record called 'Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3', a record whose cover features a giant image of a log cabin. Suffice to say it’s pretty rustic stuff, with the folk singer Todd Snider writing every piece of music, and playing each instrument on this twelve-track album which comes out via Aimless Records.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Finn Andrews
One Piece At A Time

Finn Andrews - he of The Veils - with a solo LP of pleasant pop-rock ditties here. The tunes on One Piece At A Time are slightly folksy, slightly indie, slightly twee and slightly vaudeville. Cuts like ‘One By The Venom’ and ‘A Shot Through The Heart (Then Down In Flames)’ are pitched somewhere between Belle & Sebastian, Dresden Dolls and - oh, why not - Elton John.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan’s first ever album, released way back in 1962 when no-one knew who this cat was (imagine that?!?). The tracklisting is mostly made up of traditional folk songs, with just two originals, meaning that you can really hear Dylan emerging from the folk tradition that made him. Vinyl reissue from Columbia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Orville Peck
Pony

New album from the incredibly named Orville Peck (presumably named after a bite by green be-nappied 80s puppet). Mr Peck makes the sort of strung out Americana that also catches a kind of shoegaze drift. It's all love and loss croons, desert highways, no good hustlers, dogs in lying in dust,  pylons glinting in the late afternoon sun.      

Iron and Wine
Our Endless Numbered Days (Deluxe Edition)

He was oh so quiet then as if the beard was somehow muffling the sound of his voice and guitar. 15 years later and we are granted a deluxe edition with new artwork, a booklet and crucially 8 previously unreleased demos. A classic of its kind this was the first album Sam Beam used musicians other than himself but it still remains the quietest of journeys.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lambchop
This (Is What I Wanted To Tell You)

Veteran alt-country mister Lambchop releasing with perhaps his thirtieth. For This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You) Kurt Wagner teamed up with fellow alternative country scenester Matthew McCaughan, known for playing drums for sad beard Bon Iver. The new album continues with the thoughtful mix of electronics and quiet country sounds started on 2016’s FLOTUS. 

Andrew Bird
My Finest Work Yet

Andrew Bird’s modestly-entitled My Finest Work Yet is also the album with which he celebrates hitting a dozen studio LPs. This is, of course, another collection of bespoke Baroque/folk/leftfield pop from the artist you put on when you haven’t got a Sufjan Stevens record to hand. My Finest Work Yet features, among other things, a biography written by Dave Eggers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Lucy Kitt
Stand By

After a teenage stint as a riot grrrl, Lucy Kitt has turned to the music that inspired her pre-rebelion years: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan as the blueprint for her new album Stand By. The album recalls tales of the times she spent playing live in East-end pubs with her riot grrrl band, Ostara, her experiences of Canterbury University where she honed her songwriting craft and the highs and the heartbreaks along the way.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

KT Tunstall
Eye To The Telescope

Way back in 2004 a wee Scottish lassie wowed TV viewers around the country with just a voice, acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. KT Tunstall made her debut on Later….with Jools Holland performing Black Horse And The Cherry Tree. The question is, was Ed Sheeran watching and is she to blame for his career? Anyway, the song came from her debut album Eye To The Telescope, which went on to sell bloody loads. 

Townes Van Zandt
Sky Blue

Sky Blue is a collection of previously unreleased acoustic songs by legendary American singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt. He made the recordings in 1973 and they are released to celebrate what would have been his 75th birthday. The album contains early workouts of classics such as 'Poncho & Lefty' and 'Silver Ships of Andalar'.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Susanna & the Brotherhood of Our Lady
Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch, other than having one of the all time great names, was one of the greatest and most visionary painters ever to have lived. A compelling starting point for an album then, as Susanna & the Brotherhood of Our Lady show on Garden of Earthy Delights. Susanna has drawn from Bosch's ability to find beauty in the sinful and the disgusting, and the ugly in the saintly and alluring. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Chuck Johnson
Blood Moon Boulder

Bespoke label Scissor Tail (Scott Hirsch, Matthew Sage) release the third LP from guitarist Chuck Johnson. Blood Moon Boulder is a record that’s every bit as portentous as its title would suggest. Across the six long, winding instrumentals here Johnson weds the sonorous fingerpicking style of John Fahey and Ry Cooder with the Southern Gothic flex of early Nick Cave.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Gratitude

You’d think Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s name would be good for anagrams but it doesn’t seem so. He’s certainly no Neil Warnock in that respect. Anyway, Gratitude is the York singer/songwriter’s third album following on from Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm (2011) and After The Rain (2016). Crystal clear vinyl and CD on Dirty Hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

BLANc
Chameleon

The Maccabees were nice weren't they? In the light of their recent break-up, keys player Will White is keen to get back in the game, this time as BLANc (what does the lowercase 'c' mean? answers on a postcard). On Chameleon White makes the move from his old band's decidedly British sound to a more American one. He's also found the space to feature one Stereophonic.

Son Volt
Union

Country outfit Son Volt are releasing their tenth studio album Union on the 29th of March. Bandleader Jay Farrar has said 'a lot of these songs are songs of turmoil'. They discuss economic woes on 'The 99', freedom on 'Lady Liberty', and anarchy 'While Rome Burns'. For fans of Grant Lee Buffalo. On Transmit Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Kevin Morby
Still Life

The sweet-voiced Kevin Morby, known for his more modest roles as bassist in Woods and one part of Cassie Ramone's band the Babies, is set to release his second solo record, 'Still Life'. It follows up the eclectic folk record 'Harlem River', which ranged from plaintive acoustic ballads to smoky barroom guitar riffing. From hearing "Parade", one would expect 'Still Life' to be a folk rock record with booming, confident arrangements, bringing in trumpets that sound quite Okkervil River and subtle bass playing that recalls 'Blood on the Tracks' era Bob Dylan. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Howe Gelb
Gathered

Former Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb makes it a cool two-dozen solo albums with Gathered. On his latest LP we find Gelb doubling-down on that Tom Waits-inspired sound that has served him so well of late. We’re talking more The Heart Of Saturday Night than Mule Variations, by the way - crooners instead of howlers. Guests include M Ward, Anna Karina and the superbly-named Juan Panki.

Blundetto
Cousin Zaka (Vol. I)

While recording Slow Dance, french folk artist Blundetto also recorded the tracks you'll find here on Cousin Zaka (Vol. I). In a bit of a throwback to his first album, Bad Bad Things, this was recorded with that same DIY mix of impulsiveness and creativity. Despite that Slow Dance manages to be cinematic and sweeping all the same.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

E.B. The Younger
To Each His Own

E.B. The Younger is Eric Brandon Pulido, the frontman of Midlake. To Each His Own sees him stepping out on his own for the first time, although it’s not his first album without his Midlake bandmates. He was part of BNQT, a supergroup including members of Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Travis and Grandaddy. Pulido sees the album as a way to diplomatically solve artistic differences within Midlake. LP and CD on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Luluc
Dear Hamlyn

I think it’s fair to say that Luluc make genuinely beautiful music. Dear Hamlyn was the duo’s debut album, originally released in 2008. This melancholic set of songs was written following the death of Zoe Randall’s father. The pair have drawn praise from the self-proclaimed 'journal of roots music', No Depression magazine and Legendary folk producer Joe Boyd. LP on Sub Pop - limited edition pearlescent silver vinyl version available if you’re quick.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

JJ Cale
Stay Around

JJ Cale died in 2013. Stay Around the first album of new material to be released posthumously. Cale mastered the art of laid-back blues rock early on, and Stay Around is no exception to that formula. Indeed, lead single, Chasing You, is a typical slice of JJ Cale. He was a huge influence on Eric Clapton who covered two of his songs: Cocaine and After Midnight, but don’t let that put you off. LP & CD on Because Music. LP comes with a CD version of the album.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Robert Forster
Inferno

In an ideal world, Robert Forster’s band, The Go-Betweens would have sold millions of records in the eighties, such was their ability to write a nice tune. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen and The Go-Betweens music was left to be appreciated by those in the know. Robert Forster is now a writer of exquisite songs and books and father of one third of The Goon Sax. His new album, Inferno, was produced by Victor Van Vugt and it’s the first time the pair have worked together since Forster’s solo debut back in 1990. LP and CD on Tapete.

Hand Habits
placeholder

Hand Habits is the project of Meg Duffy, who has been a touring member of Kevin Morby's band. Don't worry we've not made a mistake with the album title, it is indeed placeholder which here stands for Duffy's interest in the undefined, in what lies between. The folk songs on placeholder build on this notion lyrically generously waiting to be endowed with meaning. 
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Julia Jacklin
Crushing

Julia Jacklin drops the eagerly-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut LP Don’t Let The Kids Win. Crushing is another record of thoughtful, impressive indie-rock in the Angel Olsen/Cate Le Bon vein. ‘Head Alone’s chorus of ‘you can love somebody without using your hands’ proves that Jacklin is also one of the more incisive singer-songwriters operating today.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sam Amidon
Bright Sunny South


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James Yorkston
The Route To The Harmonium

I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life  - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. The result is a deeply personal treasure trove of songs exemplifying Yorkston at the peak of his craft.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

StumpWater
Motel In Saginaw

Interesting tale behind this one. Stumpwater are a very little known Illinois band whose private-pressed 1975 folk-rock single caught the ear of the Galactic Zoo label. After a bit of searching, they found the still-existent Stumpwater and discovered that they had recorded a whole concept album in 1973 that had never been released at all! And that is Motel In Saginaw, which you now see before you at last. Cool.

Emily King
Scenery

I’m pretty sure there was a girl called Emily King at my school. Can’t remember for certain - and anyway, if there was, I’m pretty sure it’s not the one who’s about to release her third LP Scenery. For one, I feel like I would have heard if our Em had been nominated for a Grammy. Like Ibeyi, Christine And The Queens and The 1975, the tracks here are the sort of thing mainstream music journos describe as ‘gutsy’.

Dungen & Woods
Myths 003

Marfa Myths is a festival in Texas curated by the Mexican Summer label. There you will find all you’d expect from a festival in terms of bands playing live and such, but there are also some special events. One of those events is a recording residency. In 2017,  Swedish psych rockers Dungen collaborated with Brooklyn’s alt. folk rockers, Woods. Myths 003 was the resulting LP. Liner notes from members of each band complete the package. LP on Mexican Summer.

Jessica Pratt
Quiet Signs

This is Jessica Pratt's first recording in a professional studio environment after a series of home recorded releases but, as the title suggests, she still makes quiet music. In fact more so, as the home-fi film is removed to realise the clarity of her vision. This is an artist growing comfortable with her environment, and baring more of her soul along the way.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Willard Grant Conspiracy
Untethered

Robert Fisher of Willard Grant Conspiracy was another musical hero gone too soon. He died in February 2017 leaving a legacy of great alt. country music behind. Untethered is the band’s final album. It was completed before Fisher’s death but has only recently been given to the world, with band member David Michael Curry overseeing things. LP and CD on Loose.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

PicaPica
Cast In Stone

PicaPica are a four-piece band fronted by Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates. The pair sing beautiful harmonies together. They are backed by the ethereal guitar stylings of Adam Beattie and renowned producer Sonny Johns on bass. Their brand of finely crafted music touches on ‘60s sunshine pop and indie folk. They also appear to share their name with a bunch of Spanish children’s entertainers. Don’t get ‘em mixed up! 12” on Rough Trade.

Kathryn Joseph
Weight / Cold

Kathryn Joseph’s LP from when i wake the want is stole the show in 2018. An album of stormy singer-songwriter fare capped by Joseph’s extraordinary voice, from when i wake the want is ended the year in more than a few ‘Best Of’ lists. Now album highlight ‘Weight’ is getting a single release. The swelling piano ballad - part Björk, part Mogwai - still sounds potent in isolation. ‘Weight’ comes backed here by the spare, Thom Yorke-esque ‘Cold’.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Elena Setién
Another Kind Of Revolution

Elena Setien is a Spanish multi-instrumentalist who writes pop songs. Pop, that is, from the point-of-view of a natural improviser. Due to her growing up in the Basque region of Spain during a time of political upheaval, her lyrics are imbued with a sense of hope and progress. Another Kind Of Revolution is her new album. Steve Gunn guests. LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.

William Tyler
Goes West

Go west! William Tyler’s there! The title of Goes West is to be taken both literally and figuratively: literally in the sense that the former Silver Jews/Lambchop guitarist moved to California to write the record, figuratively in the sense that there is a distinctive dose of West Coast sunshine to this collection of instrumental alt-country. We could quite easily see these deft tracks cropping up on the soundtrack for Bojack Horseman one day - a compliment indeed (have you seen that show’s Metacritic scores?!).
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Chapman
True North

Yorkshire Folk legend Michael Chapman has been releasing albums since 1969 on fairly consistent basis, in terms of quality and quantity, barring the odd gap here and there. True North is his latest offering and the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed album, 50. He is loved by the likes of Thurston Moore and Steve Gunn, the latter just happens to have produced and played guitar on this record. Other guests include fellow folk legend Bridget St. John and pedal steel player BJ Cole. LP and CD on Paradise of Bachelors.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Myths 002

Moving fairly violently between tasteful folksy acoustic songwriting and explosions of operatic intensity, this collaboration is, if nothing else, unpredictable. Rich layers of instrumentation and clashing performance styles add to the exciting uncertainty, and over the four tracks you can be sure that weird and charmed places will be reached.

Marianne Faithfull
Negative Capability

Negative Capability is the 23rd album Marianne Faithfull in a recording career that spans 54 years. This time she has hooked up with a stellar cast of real cool dudes to express her feelings on loneliness, love and loss. Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan all make appearances with Warren Ellis and Rob Ellis also turning their hand to production duties. Available on LP and CD in 4 different guises.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Cass McCombs
Tip of the Sphere

Cass McCombs has been knocking about for many years now and is one of those artists where two albums don't sound the same. He is continually tweaking and pushing his sound into new territories and on this his 9th album he has recorded the songs in on time and place ensuring that the album is his most consistent statements of intent. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Beirut
Gallipoli

Zach Condon aka Beirut celebrates the 11th anniversary of not using the farfisa organ he used to write his first two albums by dragging it wheezing out of retirement to help get things back on track after the so so so No No No. After breaking his arm (no explanation given), he spent an intense month in a semi-isolated studio writing this his fifth album which the press release describes as unintentionally more visceral than the last two. So there. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Tiny Ruins
Olympic Girls

Separating Tiny Ruins from a 13-a-dozen hipster folk girl is this weird river of a sad psychedelics. I was going to say she sounds like she recorded Olympic Girls in the Twin Peaks’ Red Room. Then I saw it was actually produced by David Lynch, who soaked it in his strange multi-layered melancholy. Luckily it's not like the album will haunt at night, because the result is a dreamy (in the good sense) and very pretty affair. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Cobalt Chapel
Variants

Cecilia Fage and Jarrod Gosling make up Cobalt Chapel, a psych-folk-rock duo who have played with Matt Berry, I Monster and Regal Worm. Variants is a collection of tracks from their debut album, Impossible Dream, that have been remixed, rearranged, re-imagined - y’know, variants on the original recordings. CD on K Love.

Carson McHone
Carousel

Carson McHone is, obviously, an alt-country artist. Her new album Carousel is an eleven track set of good stuff, with a bit of modern (sixties) influences in there along with the honk and the tonk. If you are doing country, you’ve got to do it right, and Carson has the songwriting and the vocal chops to pull it off with style. Out on Loose.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Grouper
Grid Of Points

Portland's Liz Harris AKA Grouper is one of only a few artists who consistently melts our collective hearts. Her 'Grid Of Points' album (like her previous record on Kranky, 'Ruins') is more stripped-back than her earlier work, with a greater emphasis on songwriting and delicate piano compositions. What was previously submerged in effects resonates with a newfound clarity; what was previously obscured is foregrounded, offering a clearer window into the heart and mind of the artist and revealing previously unheard details within her meticulously crafted, gorgeous compositions. And yet, there's still enough mystique surrounding her songs and fragile, ghostly, ambient soundscapes to make her work as intriguing as ever.

Charlene Soraia
Where's My Tribe

Music just like they (apparently) used to make it. Charlene Soraia recorded Where’s My Tribe at home in her flat, using just voice and guitar and generally using just the first take. Consequently these are songs with a great feeling of intimacy and directness, although they also sound impressively accomplished for such a genesis. Released by Peacefrog.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Sarah Louise
Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars

Nighttime Birds and Morning Stars is the latest Sarah Louise's forays to the limits of solo guitar playing. She has always used her virtuosity to create unsettling folk instrumentals and this album is no different. This time however she does a bit of digital manipulation to push even further and harder than before. Unique and terrifying. On Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Ohtis
Runnin

Ohtis are a three-piece band who hail from Illinois and play country-tinged, dusty Americana. Their lyrics come from the Josh T. Pearson school of raconteurism whilst their music draws comparisons to Wilco’s contemplative material and Phosphorescent with its laid-back strums and emotive pedal steel. Runnin’ is their latest single. 7” on Full Time Hobby.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Baby Dee
Love's Small Song

Baby Dee’s third LP Love’s Small Song gets reissued courtesy of Tin Angel (Polar Bear, Pick A Piper). The 2002 record remains a uniquely moving piece of avant-garde songwriting. While the first part is made up of delicate baroque pop numbers that preclude the successes of Antony And The Johnsons, Love’s Small Song’s second disc is a 55-minute piece of birdsong recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

The Last Hurrah!!
Mudflowers

The Last Hurrah!! brings songwriter HP Gundersen together with vocal muse Maesa Pullman, and the group is back with their third album, Mudflowers. The record digs deep into Americana traditions, transcribed via Sweden. This is a record of real old fashioned songcraft here, very nice. Released by Rune Grammofon.

Ilyas Ahmed
Closer to Stranger

Ilyas Ahmed does business with the excellent MIE once again regarding his new LP Closer to Stranger. A distinctive guitarist associated with American primitive as well as ‘New Weird America’ when it prevailed in the 2000s, this new offering finds Ahmed’s sound a tad cleaner and his style a little closer to Americana and indie. Hearing his eminently expressive voice and instrumentation under these conditions is all sorts of fab.

Liz Brasher
Painted Image

After a year of touring with The Psychedelic Furs and The Zombies, Memphis, Tennessee's Liz Brasher is releasing her debut album Painted Image. On it she plays a gospel and soul influenced country rock that stays true to the southern music tradition she's a part of, as well as her own experiences like that of singing hymns in a Spanish church.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter