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Tom Waits
Closing Time

This is Tom Waits debut album. It is much more, shall we say, normal than his later crazy but brilliant albums. Straight forward songs, but what brilliant songs they are. You can picture him sitting at a piano in an empty bar singing his heart out to these. "Ol '55" was covered by the Eagles, make of that what you...view item »

Tom Waits
The Heart Of Saturday Night

The second Tom Waits album is still in relatively earnest singer-songwriter territory, but with an extra injection of jazz into the mix. It’s the work of an artist still trying to define his identity, but coming out with plenty of impressive songs in the meantime. Diamonds On My Windshield wears the beatnik influence on it...view item »

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 v...view item »

Tom Waits
Small Change

Small Change was a significant leap forward in Waits’ career, a varied batch of songs that  balance humour and pathos and are full of character. It opens with the mournful classic Tom Traubert's Blues. Then there’s the burlesque romps Pasties and a G-String and Step Right Up, the painfully hilarious The Piano Has Been Drinking (...view item »

Caroline Says
There's No Fool Like An Old Fool

Apparently Austin musician Caroline Sallee AKA Caroline Says worked three jobs when writing songs for this her second LP. So if you count writing music as a job then that's four. Who says musicians have it easy? Anyway this is an album influenced by moving to a new town, living in awful places shot through with the on the road m...view item »

Marlon Williams
Make Way For Love

Make Way For Love sees a developing Marlon Williams moving away from his country typecast. The New Zealand native songwriter experiments with a more expansive sound, introducing strings, reverb and more dynamic guitar work along with the odd piano-led tune. It was partly recorded in his hometown o...view item »

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
Seedlings All

Seedlings All is the most personal album yet by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The British folk duo’s previous pair of long-players mixed traditional songs, covers and originals, but here for the first time, all tracks are self-penned. The duo are going from strength to strength and this al...view item »

Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Paradox

If you weren’t excited enough about the fact that you can soon Netflix & chill with the ‘Godfather of Grunge’, he’s got a new album out too. Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real have soundtracked Paradox - the aforementioned Netflix film in which Young stars - and the LP features Neil You...view item »

The No Sorrows
The No Sorrows

Take a lazy afternoon journey filled with rich harmonies, soaring playful violins and wistful charm. London’s noisiest Folk-Rock band The No Sorrows make music that takes you back to 1972 when the sun was always shining with Fairport Convention in tow, but with a bit more balls. The summer of love with a b...view item »

Howard Hughes & David Tattersall
The Lobster Boat

Not the Howard Hughes of course, or the one played by Stanley Lebor in vastly underrated 80's sitcom 'Ever Decreasing Circles', or the one that used to play piano with The Associates but the one from Coming Soon, a French band. David Tattersall of course is the man...view item »

Jonathan Wilson
Gentle Spirit

This is not a bad effort for a debut album and is most certainly authentic in it's attempt to create a Laurel Canyon style '70s singer/songwriter record. The title track which opens the album has a dreamy, ethereal vocal and recalls Essra Mohawk's "I Am The Breeze". "Can We Really Party Today?" continues the la...view item »

Sir Richard Bishop
Polytheistic Fragments

Sir Richard Bishop, guitar lord, treats our ears with his spanish gypsy inspired string wizardry. 'Polytheistic Fragments' 'Phil reckons the raw power of pure flamenco can reduce you to tears. It's always nice to listen this guys music. You just get the sense that he's mastered his art and is completely at one with his instrument. Lush Indian artwo...view item »

Jose Gonzalez
Vestiges & Claws

It has been just over seven years since In Our Nature, the last solo record by Jose Gonzalez, but in that time he has been quite busy. He has recorded two albums with his band, Junip, co-written the score to The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and contributed a song to the Red Hot Charity album. ...view item »

Sol Invictus
Necropolis

Sol Invictus are celebrating 30 years of neofolk! Well maybe that tone is inappropriate for band who've spent a decent amount of time longer than I've been alive channeling decline. This time its the decline of London (the titular Necropolis), as the weirdly band regret that it's not longer the seat of Empi...view item »

Death In June
Euro Cross

Euro Cross came about when Death In June elected in 2005 to return to their mid-nineties albums But, What Ends When The Symbols Shatter and Rose Clouds Of Holocaust, in order to re-record their favourite tr...view item »

Mike Cooper
Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co

We love Mike Cooper here at Norman, so it's great to see these classics from the vaults getting a long-overdue reissue - their first time back on vinyl since the '70s. This nimble-fingered avant-folk is rooted in blues and r'n'b with a much poppier singer-songwriter slant than his recent tropical-ambient steel guitar meanderings....view item »

Courtney Marie Andrews
May Your Kindness Remain


Arizona-based singer/songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews is back with the follow-up to her critically lauded 2017 debut breakthrough ‘Honest’. Written while touring her first record, ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ explores Andrews’ relationships (some lasting, some fleeting) with people she meets on the r...view item »

Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom. ...view item »

Laura Marling
A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling’s third album “A Creature I Don’t Know”, from 2011, and follow up to 2010’s brilliant “I Speak Because I Can” finds her with more of a confident swagger than ever before. There’s an assured air about her performance on opener “The Muse”. The production is on a bigger scale...view item »

Various
The Ballad Of Shirley Collins

The documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins traces the long and eventful life of our era’s foremost singer of traditional English folk song. The film captures sessions for her album Lodestar, her first after decades of tragic silence. It also recalls her 1959 song-collecting trip to the US with Alan Lomax...view item »

Craig Brown Band
The Lucky Ones Forget

Craig Brown is releasing his debut full-length with his Band on Jack White’s Third Man Records, and he’s stayed in keeping with the house style by recording with as few overdubs as possible. The Lucky Ones Forget is thus a direct expression of Craig’s ...view item »

Chris Weisman
Chaos Isn’t Single

Chris Wieseman has a unique minimalist take on the sort of singer songwriting as made by the likes of Todd Rundgren and Nilsson.  It's a stark sound that uses jazz and blues influence within Wieseman's unique sound palette. One day he'll reach paydirt a la Elliott Smith but...view item »

Karen Dalton
The Karen Dalton Archives Box

Loads and loads of Karen Dalton here in this handsome box, which is attractively designed to look like an old studio tape box. Three LPs and four CDs contain beautifully remastered versions of the live album Cotton Eyed Joe, the home recordings of Green Rocky Road, and a tantalising collection of previously unr...view item »

David Kitt
Yous

Though he hasn’t released an album under his given name for nine years, David Kitt has been busy enough with his excellent house project New Jackson. Now that project providing him with his electronics fix, Yous is an earthy record that combines leftfield balladry in the vein of Arthur Rus...view item »

Amy Winehouse
Frank

Frank was the debut album by Amy Winehouse. She made a massive impact with this upon its release in 2003. Firstly as a major new talent had just unleashed itself on the world and secondly because her lyrics didn’t pull any punches, hence the title.The title is also a nod to one of her heroes, Frank Sinatra...view item »

Us and Them
From The Corner Of My Eye

Us and Them, over and over again. That’s where the LCD Soundsystem comparison ends, mind. The latest single from the Swedish dream-folk duo is a stately, vaguely psychedelic procession of guitars, strings, harmonies and lightly-pattering drums. 'From The Corner Of My Eye' brings to mind Gillian Wel...view item »

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 Brit...view item »

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

Colombia are reissuing Legacy Editions of a whole brace of classic Bob Dylan albums, not that they seemed at risk of falling out of print. 1969’s Nashville Skyline finds Dylan going all the way into country music: must be in that Nashville air. Also marks the first appearance of croony singing voi...view item »

Elle Mary & The Bad Men
Constant Unfailing Night

Constant Unfailing Night by Elle Mary and The Bad Men uses folk-noir and a starting point, just dealing with the necessary elements of sound and space. She believes that this way her lyrics will be at the forefront on the album and more open to interpretation. Elle Mary is influenced by artists such as B...view item »

Tomorrow We Sail
The Shadows

Leeds six piece Tomorrow We Sail issue their second album 'The Shadows' which will be a treat for fans of that brand of post rock that is starting to fade away a bit these days. I'm talking full on soaring heavy duty atmospherics with nods towards Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor...view item »

Beirut
East Harlem/ Goshen

Everyone likes Beirut don't they? You all like a bit of Beirut. There, that's you told. Here comes Zach once again, ukelele at the ready, horns parping like a Salvation Army band in the background while drums thump away and a general good time is had by all. This is a ridiculously limited 7" on Zach's own label (they are all at it!). Both so...view item »

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tearing At The Seams

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats made more than just ripples in the water with their self-titled debut, so it’s likely that one or two folk are looking forward to its follow-up. Tearing At The Seams should supply what they’re looking for, and it’s only on bloody Stax! White vinyl double LP or Deluxe CD w...view item »

Charlotte Gainsbourg
5:55

Charlotte Gainsbourg’s lounge folk sophomore album 5:55 gets the reissue treatment here on double vinyl. Wispy vocals meet with the staunch Frenchness of Air and the expansive production of Nigel Godrich to create a piece of work that sits out of step time and the weight of expectation. Out on 2LP vinyl from Becau...view item »

Scott Walker
The Drift

The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore sang Scott Walker in the 60's... and this times he REALLY means it. Tackling such cheery topics as Elvis's dead twin, the execution of Mussolini and Milosevic this is a sober and brooding affair. Its theatrical doom. Sometimes a bit Jeff Buckley sometimes prete...view item »

Neko Case
Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule

Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule is an 8-LP box set by Neko Case. The collection contains all 8 of her studio albums from 1997’s The Virginian, which appears on vinyl for the first time, to 2013’s The Worse Things Get, the Harder I fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You and her 2002 cla...view item »

Dean McPhee
Son Of The Black Peace

We've been waiting on this one for ages, as have many of you who pre-ordered it, because ol' Dean's a bit of a stickler for detail and wouldn't put up with anything but the finest pressing of his new LP for you, the fans. A very fine pressing this is, too, with no crackles or blemishes in...view item »

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 ar...view item »

Jono McCleery
Seeds Of A Dandelion

We've heard this one in the office quite a bit, and it has become a personal favourite of mine. Jono McCleery's voice is truly brilliant. He sings with so much soul and genuine passion. It's raw and it's beautiful. Available on vinyl LP and CD and both have been released on Counter Records. Trust me. It's a good 'un....view item »

The Gentle Good
Y Gwyfyn

Welsh folkies The Gentle Good are proud of their Welshness and rightly so. The trio are made up of Jack Egglestone on drums, Callum Duggan on bass and singer Georgia Ruth. Y Gwyfyn is an EP specially released for 2018’s Welsh Language Music Day. The EP ...view item »

Various
Hillbillies In Hell Vol. 5

If you’ve been a’sinnin, maybe you’d better listen to the dark business on these resurrected 45’ cuts. Volume Five of the Hillbillies In Hell series provides more spooked country, cursed hayseed and god-fearing gospel, much of it fantastic and impossible to find elsewhere. Double LP compilation, freshly remastere...view item »

Michael Hurley
Blue Hills

Blue Hills is a reissue of American folk singer, Michael Hurley’s 2010 album, his 23rd long player. To most, he will be a treasure ripe for discovery. He can include Cat Power, Calexico and Woods among his fans, so perhaps you should become one too, huh? Hurley has written...view item »

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 2 A Mark Twain August

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven...view item »

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 1 Natural Wonder

Alvarius B is of course Alan Bishop, formerly of Sun City Girls and now going his own way. With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven...view item »

Iron and Wine
The Sea & The Rhythm

Iron and Wine are here with their ep The Sea & The Rhythm on Sub Pop (on vinyl for the first time with free download inside). These lot are my housemates favourites and listening to them now explains his bouts of seclusion and severe autistic social interaction. Sensitive Folk music making good use of acoustic guitar and banjo. The understated br...view item »

Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit
Micah P. Hinson And The Opera Circuit - 10th Anniversary Edition

The biggest surprise of 2017 so far as that Micah P Hinson wasn't down to play at the Trump Inauguration  - his political views lying somewhere to the right of the Most Important Man in the World (tm). Instead he's been getting together a 10th anniversary re-issue of this his second album which was recorded while he was addicted to ...view item »

Waxahatchee
Live at Third Man Records

Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project follows in the footsteps of Chain & The Gang, Shabazz Palaces, Kid Congo and loads more by releasing in the Live At Third Man Records series. Stripping away the beefy post-grunge stylings of her studio LPs, this two-trac...view item »

Virginia Trance
Virginia Trance

Scott Ryan-Davis used to ply his trade in the bands Images and Psychic Ills. His first eponymous solo album has been recorded under the name Virginia Trance and follows on from the self-released 7”, Your Guru. His approach was to let everything he did (guitar and vocals) be loose, whilst b...view item »

Molly Drake
The Tide's Magnificence

The songs of Molly Drake, the mother of a certain other Drake in English musical history, were a revelation when they were first released in 2013: tender, intimate pieces recorded at home with Molly’s amazing cut-glass voice. The Tide’s Magnificence takes those nineteen song...view item »

The Handsome Family
Through The Trees (20th Anniversary Edition)

Here is a 20th anniversary edition of this classic album by noir-ish Americana experts and at-each-others-throats odd couple the Handsome Family. This time round you'll get the original album on sky blue wax plus an exclusive 15 track bonus CD of of the era demos, outtakes, rarities and live tracks.   ...view item »

Elliott Smith
Roman Candle

On Elliott Smith's debut album he seems to be still finding his own feet in terms of sound and songwriting. On later albums he most definitely sounds like Elliott Smith where his feelings were let out in his lyrics. In places on here, the music matches his distress, the best example being the foreboding "Last Call". In places his influences are ...view item »

Elliott Smith
New Moon

Ouch the new release of Elliott Smith's work entitled New Moon. I was so looking foward to hearing these songs but listening to it now makes me want to cry... A more melody driven acoustic guitarist you will not hear. I'm all carried with his insanely beautiful and personal whispered vocals pulling at the heart like a bird stuck on a wire. Out take...view item »

Alison O’Donnell
The Road We Know

Dubliner Alison O’Donnell began her career in the late sixties with folk rockers Mellow Candle. Her prolific recent years have included work with United Bible Studies, The Owl Service, The Fieldmouse Conspiracy, and even ...view item »

Bonnie Prince Billy
Quail & Dumplings

Here's Bonnie Prince Billy with his latest single on which he does his Bonnie Prince Billy subtle countrified thing sounding almost exactly as you expect.  The video reveals how devoid of hair Mr Oldham's head has become. He wants to get some sunscreen on that. Or move to a cold climate. Up to him.  ...view item »

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....view item »

Alasdair Roberts
Too Long In This Condition

More Celtic Folk fun times from our man Alasdair Roberts. I've had the pleasure of seeing this guy a number of times and it's always a delightful experience. I'm pretty sure Mr. Roberts is incapable of making a bad record and obviously this one is no exception. In fact, the presence of a bunch of musician pals only serves to enhance the experien...view item »

Roy Harper
Stormcock

Roy Harper (via his Science Friction label) is doing us all a valuable favour by getting a few classic early Harper records back into vinyl circulation again for the first time in decades, to celebrate Harper’s 75th birthday. Stormcock is a wonderful album with some particularly e...view item »

Okkervil River
I Am Very Far

Okkervil River’s sixth album “I am Very Far” begins with rhythmical opener “The Valley”. This is a song which builds with layers upon layers of texture added by extra instruments and increasing gang-like chanting vocals. “Piratess” stalks along like a panther and has an eighties-ness that almost makes yo...view item »

Lee Hazlewood
The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood

Welcome to a series of Light In The Attic reissues of the selected works of Lee Hazlewood. At once fully commercial and slightly odd, Hazlewood is well represented by 1966’s The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood, which includes the biggest hit he ever wrote in ‘These Boots Are Made For Wal...view item »

Sandy Denny
I've Always Kept A Unicorn: The Acoustic Sandy Denny

She always... she always kept a unicorn. Bet you didn't know that about Sandy Denny, folk rock pioneer beloved for her part in the Fairport Convention of the late '60s. Here's a double LP of leafy strums anthologised for your cafe-comfy pleasure. It includes cuts from all over the place, from the&...view item »

Tori Amos
Under The Pink

A reissue campaign of famed singer-songwriter Tori Amos’s work begins with her first albums, pressed to 180g vinyl by Rhino. Under The Pink is her second album, first released in 1994, hitting #1 in the UK. Contains the hit single ‘Cornflake Girl’, as well as ‘Past The Mission’, which featu...view item »

Nick Drake
Made To Love Magic

The catalogue of Nick Drake has always been nicely curated and this 2004 compilation just does enough to justify its existence. It contains lots of early and alternative versions of some of Drake's best known songs but the main talking point is the appearance of an unheard composition 'Tow the Line', possibly the last song he ever performed. As ...view item »

Elliott Smith
An Introduction To…

The music on here is without doubt 10/10 stuff but it would be better splashing the cash on his entire back catalogue, you won't be disappointed. However, if you just want to dip your toe in the water then you could do a lot worse than this collection. It features songs from all 6 of his albums including what are arguably his two best songs, "Ba...view item »

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
The Visitor

For many years now, Neil’s M.O. has been to rush into the studio and unburden himself of whatever his latest preoccupation might be. Unsurprisingly, this time it involves the current occupant of the White House. Young’s always had a habit of proclaiming his US patriotism, but here at least, the title undercuts the irony of his status...view item »

Stick In The Wheel
Follow Them True

London-based folkies and multiple folk award nominees Stick In The Wheel have given folk music a bit of a thematic update by being politically and culturally aware, linking today’s world to the traditional folk tales of yesteryear, with a kitchen sink-style delivery. Their second album Follow Them True sees the band taking...view item »

Red River Dialect
Broken Stay Open Sky

Fourth LP from London-based indie folk outfit Red River Dialect. Tender and sensitive stuff, with atmospheric guitar and string arrangements alongside frontman David Morris’ breathy and honest vocals. Broken Stay Open Sky is their first release on Paradise of Bachelors. Delicate stuff, but it's ok - the vi...view item »

Agnes Obel
Philharmonics

Philharmonics, the debut album by Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel has shifted quite a few units worldwide. Its universal appeal surprised me as it doesn’t usually happen with something this stark. The key to its success lies in the fact that some tracks have been used on TV shows a few times, worming their way in to people’s brai...view item »

Willy Vlautin
Northline

Northline was the second novel by Willy Vlautin, frontman with Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. Vlautin recorded a soundtrack for the book, which was included with it on CD format. Now it is being issued on vinyl for the first time. This coincides with the release of his fifth novel and Soundt...view item »

Richmond Fontaine
Don't Skip Out on Me

Richmond Fontaine frontman Willy Vlautin has always spun a good yarn during live shows. His ability as a storyteller has made the page too. His first novel, The Motel Life, was published in 2006. Don’t Skip Out On Me is his 5th novel and will include a soundtrack. Here, soundtrack is available on 180g viny...view item »

Martyn Bates
I Said to Love

I Said To Love is the 16th solo album from Martyn Bates. Bates is also known for his work in experimental duo Eyeless In Gaza. The album is a pleasing clash of introspective singer/songwriter style songs and more noisy, complex songs sung by Martyn Bates and Elizabeth S. CD o...view item »

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,...view item »

Nai Palm
Needle Paw

Debut solo album from Hiatus Kayote's lead singer and composer, Nai Palm. Needle Paw take a much more stripped back approach than anything she's done with her band, and so allows her voice to emerge all raw and powerful. Features new versions of Hiatus Kayote songs, as well a...view item »

The Cold Spells
- .... . / -.-. --- .-.. -.. / ... .--. . .-.. .-.. ...

Kind of eponymous album from East London/Essex weird folk duo, The Cold Spell. I say kind of because, for those of you not fluent in morse, those dots and dashes spell the band's name. Eccentric songs with a traditional soul made from acoustic guitars, drum machines, and a The Wicker Man-ish sense of unease....view item »

Johnny Cash
American III: Solitary Man

If you were wondering if Johnny Cash’s reinvention at the hands of Rick Rubin could get any cooler, Will Oldham appears on this, his third American Recordings album. He also covers the Oldham classic “I See A Darkness”. Unfortunately someone here thought it was good idea to cover a U2 song (tut-tut). These albums aren’t c...view item »

Calexico
Feast of Wire

Here's Calexico with a new album on City Slang. A band that everyone seems to like though I've never heard them before ever despite working in a record store for 2 years. Oh well. The fellers from these have been in all sorts of bands in the past like Giant Sand and...oh...i can't remem...view item »

Frank Turner
Tape Deck Heart

Tape Deck Heart sees singer songwriter Frank Turner release his fifth studio album. This work has been described as a ‘break up album’, capturing the emotions triggered by the failure of a long term romance. Turner himself gives helpful insight into the work: "There’s a lot of stuff on this record abou...view item »

Tom Carter
Long Time Underground

Tom Carter has played in all sorts of combinations over the years, most notably his veteran duo Charalambides. But Long Time Underground finds Carter recording alone for the first time in his career. Recorded live in the studio, these pieces for his powerfully mournful guitar style are ...view item »

Judy Dyble
Anthology: Part One

Judy Dyble’s comprehensive triple-CD collection Gathering The Threads is an in-depth tour of the work of a remarkable folk-rock artist. Anthology: Part One now transplants the first disc of that compilation to vinyl: the first time on the medium for many of these rare tracks. Limited to 1000 linen-sleeved...view item »

The Mountain Goats
Transcendental Youth

I’m somewhat on my own in this office as far as my affection for John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats is concerned. I don’t know what it is about him that polarises opinions so much...perhaps his earnest, slightly nasal bleat rubs peopl...view item »

Ghost Music
I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here

Mumbling quartet Ghost Music quietly crawl into existence with I Was Hoping You'd Pass By Here, an understated debut of brushed-aside melodies that harkens back to the second-tier of classic indie rock: think of all the New Zealand shamble bands on Flying Nun and all the bands who made Pavement a little b...view item »

PicaPica
Spring & Shade

I wonder if the surge of CD's will ever become a retro collectors item like vinyls are? If so, this CD EP will more than likely become a collectors item a) for the quality of music on it, and b) for the stunning album art. Spring & Shade is the latest release from PicaPica and is available on CD from Rough Trade. ...view item »

Lankum
Between The Earth And The Sky

Lankum are an Irish band who perform with the full weight of their country’s phenomenal folk tradition upon their shoulders. The four members all sing (in wonderful harmony), and also man a collection of old instruments, from the fiddle to the accordion to the uilleann pipes. Traditional son...view item »

Seamus Fogarty
The Curious Hand

Some good news in a world full of dreadful news comes in the shape of the fact that Irish songwriter and electronic alchemist Seamus Fogarty has signed to Domino Records. His earlier albums were both very good and would be of particular interest to people who like the sea. Here he enjoys taking his lovely songs and adding odd bi...view item »

Micah P. Hinson
Presents The Holy Strangers

Micah P Hinson returns with a new album which he describes as a folk opera going from birth to love to death. He recorded it in Texas using ancient recording methods for that authentic feel. Despite that Quietus interview he still has plenty of fans out there who will lap these sparse and haunting songs ...view item »

Elliott Smith
Either/Or: Expanded Edition

Twenty years on from its initial release, Elliott Smith’s much-beloved third album Either / Or receives an Expanded Edition reissue. As well as the original album in remastered form, this edition adds a disc of 1997 live r...view item »

Neil Young
Peace Trail

Peace Trail features ten tracks that see Neil Young taking an acoustic approach once again. After recording a couple of albums with Promise Of The Real, including his recent live opus Earth, he has decided to simplify things and work as three piece with Jim Keltner  and Pa...view item »

Brigid Mae Power
Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power has absorbed the true flavour of Ireland during her time living there. Although this self-titled album was recorded in Oregon, USA (with Peter Broderick), Galway remains audible. Her songs often feel like a thick, mournful dream, textured with accordions, harmoniums, and her magnificent voice. O...view item »

Kyle Craft
Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft is a singer-songwriter with a very bold vocal style: he doesn’t restrain himself, that’s for sure, hollering his guts out as he delivers his impassioned lyrics. Dolls of Highland, his first record for Sub Pop, has a grand sweep to it, recalling the drama of gospel music and the tang of original ro...view item »

Jesu / Sun Kil Moon
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon

This joint album from Sun Kil Moon and Jesu is the strangest and most natural of collaborations. The groups have different methods (Justin K Broadrick with abrasive post-metal and Mark Kozelek with acoustic ballads and dark wit) but on America's Most Wanted these combine alongside bleak tex...view item »

Lapsley
Long Way Home

Lapsley is the solo project of one Holly Fletcher, a highly-capable singer and producer of mournful neo-synth-soul. Long Way Home documents some of the wild changes that have resulted from the success of previous albums. This personal touch carries through every aspect of Long Way Home, as ...view item »

Barbarossa
Imager

Barbarossa, aka James Mathé, was once a fully fledged acoustic folkster, working with José González and The Fence Collective. But Imager sees him step fully into a different world, that of electronica. He sounds very at home there (this is a very accomplished record...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Nansemond

You gotta just feel blessed whenever the banjo is being played for good rather than evil, and Nathan Bowles offers us one of those moments of respite with 'Nansemond', a record that looks dark but is deceptively bright, recorded loudly and proudly to best and most fully express the Americana it admires....view item »

Paper Dollhouse
A Box Painted Black

Here's one on Votel's missus Jane Weaver's Bird imprint. Paper Dollhouse is the alter-ego of a certain Astrud Steehouder, who here has put together a quiet record of solitary and minimal songs. For the most part this album just has her understated voice and hushed, picked electric guitar, ...view item »

Timber Timbre
Creep On Creepin' On

T.T a.k.a Kirk Taylor returns with a second collection of cosy mis-shapen pop recordings on Full Time Hobby. Anyone familiar with T.T will be aware of Taylor's rather strange take on a classic crooner vocal style. It's part Roy Orbison, part Richard Hawley fighting the power of a couple of strong valiums he consumed earlier in the day. 'Creep On...view item »

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Cervantine

Das Hawk A Hacksaw are back with their 5th album! Cervantine is the first release on their own catchily titled LM Duplication label. The CD's look pretty sweet in nice foldy out style Letterpress looking packaging. Nice! They're out folking themselves here on this album with this pretty much taking every folk style on board (Spanish, Mexican, Ro...view item »

Sufjan Stevens
All Delighted People

Sufjan Stevens' new one sounds amazing. The first track alone has more ideas and originality than a million other twats I don care to mention. His creative output has been super pretty much from the get-go and this record is superb too. The first track 'All Delighted People (Original Version)' references the classic "Sounds of Silence" by Simon ...view item »

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