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Sarah Louise
Deeper Woods

Spiritual Jazz, drone, minimalist musician, House And Land member and Pitchfork favourite, Sarah Louise uses her Thrill Jockey debut as the platform to showcase her vocal talents for the first time, accompanying her 12-string acoustic guitar to create a haunting folk record. Deeper Woods features guest performances from bandmate Sally Anne Morgan, who has also worked with Steve Gunn, drummer Thomas Nguyen and Jason Meagher. Limited edition coloured vinyl LP, standard black vinyl LP and CD on Thrill Jockey.
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Bonny Billy
More Revery

More Revery is a lesser-known 2000-era Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy album, which found him stowing his band away to cover an array of favourite songs. All sorts of genres are drawn in and made Bonnie: PJ Harvey, Tim McGraw and Bill Withers are all represented here. This rare collection is now available on vinyl from Temporary Residence.
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Damien Rice
O

Esteemed heartbroken man Damien Rice used to make extremely loud and haughty folk songs with the help of the wonderful musician Lisa Hannigan. You may well remember "Cannonball" and "Delicate", or maybe the more trad, groan-alongisms of "Cheers Darlin'". Whatever the case, this dude was immensely popular once and this reissue of O stretches to sixteen tracks with four bonus recordings.
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Karl Blau
Max EP


John Prine
The Tree of Forgiveness

Very sweet and earnest folk from long time player John Prine. His first collection of new songs since he one a Grammy in 2005. This man has a wonderful sense of humour, listening to him lay into The Men Who Stare at Goats will never not get a smile out of me. You might say he's still in the Prine of his life. 
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Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek

Eighty eight further minutes of your life you won't get back again with this latest album from Mark Kozelek's favourite singer.  Recorded partly in hotels, I'm looking forward to hearing what particular accommodation gripes he has this time. If this is not enough for you then there's also a new Sun Kil Moon album due later in the year. Rejoice! 
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Mark Lanegan
Whiskey For The Holy Ghost

Mark Lanegan’s second solo album is back on the streets again in the form of this double gatefold LP. Whiskey For The Holy Ghost is dark and dramatic and deeply American, pulling away from the grunge sound of his Screaming Trees (although there is a guest appearance from Dan Peters of Mudhoney). Reissued by Sub Pop.

Horse Feathers
Appreciation

Who knew horses had feathers? How wonderful. Horse Feathers have been going about their quiet business for twelve years or so now and this fifth LP sees the band head towards a new dynamic with a bit of a Northern Soul feel. Justin Ringle's warm, bearded tenor sings of work, love and life. Welcome to the club. 

Jessica Risker
I See You Among The Stars

Missouri-born, Chicago-dwelling Jessica Risker has signed to the fab Western Vinyl label for the latest chapter in her lo-fi, psych-folk, DIY crusade. I See You Among The Stars is a beautiful record that takes in the influences of Nick Drake, Sibylle Baier and Broadcast at their most gentle. LP and CD on Western Vinyl.

Alela Diane
Cusp

Cusp is The 5th solo album by singer/songwriter Alela Diane and follows on from her 2013 album, About Farewell, written and recorded after her marriage to musical partner Tom Bevitori ended. Accidentally inspired by breaking a thumbnail and writing on the piano instead of finger picking her way on the guitar, Diane did a ‘Justin Vernon’ and shut herself away in a snow-covered cabin to write the album. Thematically it  concentrates on Motherhood, falling in love with your child, rather than  the lost love of its predecessor.
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Frank Turner
Be More Kind

Frank Turner is one man. A man who has a guitar. A man who has, damn it all, a voice. Together they are used to make music. Sometimes the music they make becomes very popular indeed. Maybe this latest LP will be another one of those popular ones. Maybe it will teach us the error of our ways. Maybe we will learn to love each other again. Maybe we will change. Maybe we will be better. Maybe we will Be More Kind.
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Damien Jurado
The Horizon Just Laughed

Damien Jurado’s thirteenth LP - and the first one he’s produced all by himself - doesn’t see the Seattle-based artist messing with the formula too much. The Horizon Just Laughed is a record of lovely singer-songwriter stuff from a man with a tale or two to tell. Fans of his previous work, as well as the likes of - what the heck - Bob Dylan, will enjoy this.
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Locks
Skeletal Blues

Twilit spectre songs for fans of being hypnotised into a good night's sleep, Locks strike magic in all the low keys on their Zen Ten release. Skeletal Blues is a fitting name for the record and despite its layer of mist, this record should speak for itself -- if not, it'll murmur, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Bert Jansch
A Rare Conundrum

Scottish folk supremo Bert Jansch produced his eleventh album for public consumption in 1977, leading a band that featured Ralph McTell among others. A recent stint in America seems to lend a touch of the blues to the traditional folk style, adding fresh flavour. This reissue edition on Earth Recordings adds an extra three tracks to the original tracklist: hooray!
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Bert Jansch
Santa Barbara Honeymoon

Santa Barbara Honeymoon was one of the albums that grew out of the time that Scottish folk troubadour Bert Jansch spent in America, wherein he found new elements to bolster his sound. The album features as one of its highlights a cover of Jackson C Frank’s ‘Blues Run The Game’, and the reissue edition adds six bonus tracks. From Earth Recordings.
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Neil Young
Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live

Roxy - Tonight’s The Night Live was recorded on the opening night of the famous club on L.A.’s Sunset Strip in September 1973. Neil Young, with his backing band, The Santa Monica Flyers - Ben Keith, Nils Lofgren, Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina took to the stage to play a set of new material that would eventually make up the 1975 album Tonight’s The Night. Neil Young was reeling from the drug-related deaths of two friends, musician Danny Whitten and roadie, Bruce Berry, consequently there’s a cathartic energy to the live recording.

Micah P. Hinson
Micah P. Hinson at The British Broadcasting Corporation

This record, which comes presented within a pleasingly vintage-style Ghost Box-esque sleeve design, documents various performances given by Micah P. Hinson for Marc Riley at the BBC, over the course of fifteen years. These eleven recordings, presented chronologically, allow the listener to track Micah’s development and enjoy alternate versions of favourite songs. On Full Time Hobby.
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Emma Tricca
St. Peter

Emma Tricca’s first LP since 2014’s Relic is another record of delicate, dreamy folk-rock. Devendra Banhart and Jane Weaver spring to mind on tracks like the gorgeous, feathery ‘Julian’s Wings’. St. Peter also features a pretty star-studded credit reel - members of Sonic Youth, The Dream Syndicate and Paper Dollhouse all make appearances.
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Bear's Den
Islands

Authentic folkies Bear's Den continue their acoustic-fuelled ascension to heaven, one sparse and delicate record at a time. The trio makes an ornate but simple sound through guitars, more guitars and some soft percussion. Their newest work and their debut record, 'Islands' is coming out through Communion Records 
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The Human Elephant
White Thunder


Hisato Higuchi
Otomeyama Bottoms


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The Handsome Family
Unseen

The Handsome Family are an alt. country/Americana duo made up of husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. They have been plying their trade since the early ‘90s to a committed fanbase. Unseen is their tenth album and is the first new material since the band had massive, and it has to be said, unexpected success (35 million streams on Spotify!!) with their song Far From Any Road which was used as the theme song for cult  2014 TV show True Detective.
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Dan Michaelson
First Light

Dan Michaelson is without his band The Coastguards but with the use of a full orchestra on his new album First Light. However, the lush instrumentation, arranged by Arnulf Lindner, doesn’t hide the stripped back nature of his earlier work and also takes influences that set him on his musical journey such as Townes Van Zandt, Lee Hazlewood, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. Gatefold LP and CD.
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A Winter Light
A Winter Light

For his solo exhibition of the same name in a Sligo gallery, Mark Garry invited some chums to write and record music on location, in direct response to the pieces on display. These include Karl Burke, Nina Hynes and Claudia Schwab as well as actor Cillian Murphy and his brother Paidrig Murphy. Sax, strings, guitar, piano and percussion are what accompany the various singers in what is really quite a sweet collection of quiet alt-folk songs.

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 of Lyttelton, New Zealand with fellow singer/songwriter Ben Edwards before moving the whole shebang to California where Noah Georgeson took the helm and recorded the lion’s share. Limited ‘indies only’ white vinyl LP (be quick if you want one of those!), standard black vinyl LP and CD on Dead Oceans.
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The Magic Castles
Starflower

Magic Castles are a Minneapolis group well-versed in the ways of blissfully floating psychedelically-inclined folk-rock. Gentle harmonies float above winding streams of twanging guitar and organ clouds. Starflower, their third album, is released by ‘a’ Recordings as a CD or as a lilac-coloured vinyl LP.

Neil Young
Hitchhiker

Hey look, it's a new old Neil Young record ! Originally recorded in 1976 in Malibu, California, these 10 tracks see Young in acoustic bard mode, with nought but his guitar and voice to craft them from. While some of these songs have resurfaced in other forms, these stripped-back takes were all recorded in a single session. Maybe it'll solve the mystery of why he's so sad at the beach.

Lord Huron
Vide Noir

I hope Lord Huron are okay. Their new album Vide Noir, meaning 'empty black', is an indie folk communion with the void. Assuming the seasons continue their endless deferral it might be the ideal album to listen to this supposed 'spring'. Haunting but warm, Lord Huron are the ideal companion to face the darkness. 
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Courtney Marie Andrews
Honest Life

After a few years out the spotlight to live an honest life in Washington state, Courtney Marie Andrews returns with … Honest Life. A record in the finest heartland rock tradition, her kiss-off tales of love and loneliness take flight in a voice that hits a sweet spot between Joni Mitchell, Angel Olsen and Bonnie Tyler. 
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Jeffrey Lewis
Works By Tuli Kupferberg (1923​-​2010)

What is he up to now? Well, Jeffrey Lewis has been putting on a tribute concert for Tuli Kupferberg (Fugs) every year since the latter's death in 2010. He keeps meaning to get round to recording an album of Kupferberg songs and at last he's done it including some unreleased poems he's set to music. 
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Joshua Hedley
Broken Man

Joshua Hedley was only the second country artist to sign to Third Man Records following Margo Price. This tells you that he’s a country artist with some credibility. Broken Man 7” came about due to Hedley’s insistence that 10 song albums are the best. When making his debut album, Mr. Jukebox, he recorded 12 songs - two too many. So here we have the remaining two tracks. Originally released on coloured vinyl for RSD in 2018, this is a new black vinyl version.
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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Wolf of the Cosmos

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy has always been of particular interest to me - not because of his music - but because of his name. Why exactly does he need to claim to the 'Prince' status? Is he actually a prince? Or is he actually an unnecessary ego? Who knows. Either (or neither) way, Wolf of the Cosmos is available on vinyl LP and CD on Domino. 
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Elliott Smith
Division Day

Division Day by Elliott Smith was a non-album single, originally released in 1996 in between his self-titled second album and his masterpiece, Either/Or. Division Day is Elliott’s first foray into more upbeat pop following two acoustic albums. Now repressed on tri-colour vinyl and limited to 1000 copies. An absolute must-buy for Elliott Smith fans who missed out first time round.

Syd Barrett
Barrett

‘Barrett’ was the eponymous Pink Floyd frontman's second and last solo record, produced by his fellow bandmembers Rick Wright and David Gilmour. It's a collection of blues jams and psych rock that recalls artists such as the Byrds. The record has been reissued courtesy of Rhino Records.    Tracks: Baby Lemonade Love Song Dominoes It Is Obvious Rats Maisie Gigolo Aunt Waving My Arms in the Air I Never Lied to You Wined and Dined Wolfpack Effervescing Elephant
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A Hawk and A Hacksaw
Forest Bathing

American folk duo A Hawk and A Hacksaw are back with a typically earnest and cerebral approach to music-making, with their latest album, 'Forest Bathing' riffing on the Japanese tradition of healing oneself by hanging out in the woods. This 10-track record weaves together ancient instruments, woodwind melodies and magical storytelling to soothing effect. 
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Jack White
Sixteen Saltines

What does it say on that there cover? ‘If you talk too much this man may die!’. Yikes. And who’s the bloke in question … why, it’s none other than Jack White. How did rock’s Willy Wonka manage to get himself in such a predicament? Well, it’s probably something to do with the fact that he keeps doing silly things - things like releasing his Seussian single ‘Sixteen Saltines’ as ‘a playable etching’. And if that wasn’t silly enough he’s only gone and covered U2 on the B-side. Jack, what were you thinking?! Now you’ve gone and got yourself in a right mess. Best we’d better shut up if we want to keep you alive… … Or maybe ... ... la la la la la la la la la la la ... ... oops ...

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 album comes after tour support slot with Richard Thompson. LP and CD on Rough Trade. If you’re quick there’s a limited edition ‘indies only’ LP with a bonus 3-track CD.
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Field Report
Summertime Songs

With lovely, gauzy album art that'd be perfect for a crossover of Stranger Things and Chromatics, you'd be forgiven for entirely misunderstanding the Field Report mission statement. An indie rock band who namecheck Bon Iver about six hundred times in their press release, their gorgeous music twangs and lilts, impressing enough for Jeff Tweedy opening slots. Lovely.  

Violeta Parra
La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra

Death Is Not The End’s latest archival find is La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra, a rare 50’s compilation of the Chilean folk genre of Cueca. Violeta Parra presents songs gathered from the rural areas of the country and presented with her wonderful musical touch. She also gives spoken introductions to pieces.

East of the Valley Blues
EOTVB

East Of The Valley Blues buck the trend of the Death Is Not The End release catalogue to date, by being produced in the 21st century by someone not long dead! Yes, this acoustic guitar duo are a contemporary outfit, though grounded in the rich and dusty sounds of American Primitive guitar. Cassette and vinyl LP releases.
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Michael Chapman
Fully Qualified Survivor

If anyone could be described as a Fully Qualified Survivor it's Michael Chapman. He can't have known that though when he recorded this album in 1970. This one showcases Chapman's acoustic troubadour side with a series of British folk rock that is up there with the best of the genre. Also features an early appearance from Mick Ronson before he was nabbed by Sir David Bowie.  
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Isaac Gracie
Isaac Gracie

Hot new British soft rock prospect Isaac Gracie's self-titled debut album comes out on the tail of a series of well received singles.  On it the young Londoner gets to grips with himself and his anxieties. Virgin EMI have very kindly given us some indies only yellow vinyl copies of this limited to 500 copies.

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 Young doing plenty of Neil Young-type stuff.

Michael Raven & Joan Mills
Death And The Lady

Death And The Lady by Michael Raven and Joan Mills is a much sought after and rare folk album. It has never, until now, been reissued on vinyl, and upon its original release in 1974, only 250 were made. For Record Store Day, another 500 are being pressed. Fans on Fairport Convention will no doubt love this as it possesses guitar virtuosity and a great female voice.

The Dead Brothers
Angst

Some camp, ghoulish folksiness from Swiss duo The Dead Brothers here. Angst is a sort of cabaret flip of Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits via Cab Calloway, Kurt Weill (not Vile) and the Tiger Lillies. It’s good clean fun and would have nailed them down a slot at Secret Garden Party if that festival were still going.
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Xylouris White
Goats

Xylouris White is the collaboration between legendary Greek lutenist George Xylouris, who has played on over 70 albums and comes from a family of well respected musicians, accompanied by serial collaborator Jim White, not the alt-country singer but the drummer from The Dirty Three, who's played with everyone from Nina Nastasia to Nick Cave to Bill Callahan. As if that wasn't an intriguing enough combination already, the album was recorded by Fugazi/Rites of Spring legend Guy Picciotto.
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Various
I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

A niche but nice one - covers album and companion to the Night Vale Presents podcast I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats, curated by podcast evangelist Joseph Fink and Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle. Featuring covers from the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine and Andrew Bird. Out on Merge, on opaque pink and blue vinyl.
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Son Volt
The Search

The Search was the sixth album by Jay Farrar’s post-Uncle Tupelo band Son Volt. It was originally released in 2007, the second album by the new line up that featured Mark Spencer of fellow country rockers Blood Oranges. Eleven years later and it’s getting some luxurious reissue treatment. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve, pressed on sea foam green vinyl or deluxe CD versions are available to sate your alt. country appetite.
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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

This is Bob Dylan’s second album, but its really the start of Dylan as we know it, as it contains mostly original compositions, including certified bangers like ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’! The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was first released in 1963, but you can buy a brand new vinyl copy right here, thanks to Columbia!
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The Hanging Stars
Songs For Somewhere Else

The Hanging Stars are from grim old London but make the sort of sun dappled 60's and '70s influenced psychedelic folk and cosmic country that you usually find emanating from the other side of the atlantic. Here they follow up their much loved debut 'Over the Silvery Lake' with another batch of timeless, hazi Americana (but from England).    
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Micah P. Hinson
And The Red Empire Orchestra

'And The Red Empire Orchestra' is the fourth record from the horror-flick country savant Micah P Hinson, who spends his time detailing gruesomely personal stories with titles like "Dyin' Alone" -- sparing none of the Texan slur that makes them feel all the more lonesome. The record continued to prove Hinson to be the possessor of one of the best baritones in the game. 
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Cath & Phil Tyler
The Ox and the Ax

Cath and Phil Tyler are a pair of lovely folkies from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (though Cath originally hails from Massachusetts where she played in Cordelia's Dad). This is their third album and their first in eight years. Here they further explore their love of traditional songcraft, mountain banjo and Sacred harp singing. 
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Trembling Bells
Dungeness

I just can't get over the sleeve. Just look at it. Kind of suits the music Trembling Bells make though. It's shot through with the folk influence of bands who also wore 17th century garb and claimed a kinship with days of yore. I'm thinking Fairport Convention. But Trembling Bells are also very psychedelic. You'd have to be to wear jerkins like that.   
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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 bit more scrumpy.
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Grouper
Ruins

'Ruins' is the newest record by drone folk artist Grouper. Recorded in a house near a lost, deserted village in Portugal, under the usual reclusive conditions that Liz Harris writes music, the record is the closest her project has gotten to capturing actual songs, each performed on a piano and recorded immediately to a 4-track. 'Ruins' finds Harris either performing spectral ballads, fashioned after her ambient leanings, or thrumming on the piano like it's just another part of the natural environment. It's arguably her sparsest record yet -- right down to the incidental recordings of rain and animals chirping -- and the closest the listener will get to hearing Harris' voice upfront.
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Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuiness
What News

Classic Scottish folk singer (he hates that term that's why I put it there) Alasdair Roberts lurches out of his comfort zone on this his twelfth solo album by casting away his guitar and collaborating with Concerto Caledonia director David McGuinness. McGuinness was charged with arranging Roberts songs and he brought in sonologist Amble Skuse to add electronic treatments.   
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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 Empire. 
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Iron and Wine
The Creek That Drank The Cradle

‘There never need be longing in your eyes, as long as the creek that drank the candle is mine.’ So (almost) sang Morrissey back in the day, and now the spirit has moved to one Sam Beam. The single voice behind Iron & Wine, Beam intended his debut LP The Creek That Drank The Candle to be a set of demos that would become fleshed out by a band. However, so stark and beautiful were his four-track works that these songs became the de facto album. Sparse Americana in the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy vein.
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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.
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Bert Jansch
A Man I’d Rather Be (Part II)

The Man I’d Rather Be (Part II) is a 4 LP or 4 CD box set documenting the solo work of the legendary and influential guitarist Bert Jansch. The focus is on the late ‘60s and early ‘70s  where Jansch worked from a wider palette, mixing pop, blues and baroque into his folk sound. Bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Terry Cox are the most regular rhythm section used on these recordings and there are guest appearances from Mary Hopkin, Tony Visconti and Dave Mattacks. Many guitarists from Jimmy Page to Neil Young and Johnny Marr to Graham Coxon hold Bert Jansch in high regard.
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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 road, her gospel-soaked folk perfectly mirroring the tenderness of her writing.
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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.  

Tom Waits
Nighthawks At The Diner

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

This 1978 release is a real mixed bag that displays the contrasting extremes of Waits’ muse at the time. The album is bookended by a widescreen orchestral version of Bernstein’s standard Somewhere, and the smoky jazz guitar of the understated title track. In between there’s the tragicomic Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis and the raucous r’n’b of Whistlin' Past the Graveyard. Kentucky Avenue is the obligatory killer tearjerker.
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Tom Waits
Foreign Affairs

1977’s Foreign Affairs is Tom Waits at his most big budget and nostalgically cinematic. The filmic feel is exemplified by the forties style epic Potter’s Field and Bette Midler duet I Never Talk to Strangers. It's heavily string and brass laden when the singer’s not mostly alone at the piano, as on standout Burma Shave. The furthest Waits would go in this direction, though Barber Shop hints at his ramshackle, bellowing future.
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Tom Waits
Heartattack And Vine

Waits’ sixth album was his last non-soundtrack work before his reinvention on Swordfishtombones, but it’s already a shade less polished than his previous few outings.  Standouts include the raw blues of the title track, later adopted by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and future Springsteen hit Jersey Girl. The ballads are particularly devastating - the lover’s reluctant abscondment on Ruby’s Arms and On the Nickel's lament for the destitute.
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  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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, some of the fruits of which are included on this soundtrack. Also here is music from collaborators Michael J York and Ossian Brown, an unearthed home recording of Shirley’s late sister Dolly, and a previously unreleased 1958 BBC session. Available on vinyl, or on CD with a DVD of the film itself.
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  • Soundtracks

Michael Chapman
LIVE VPRO 1971

This Dutch radio recording offers a rare chance to hear the Yorkshire folkie onstage in the early years of his career. Accompanied only by bassist Rick Kemp, the singer / guitarist performs loose and laid-back takes on tracks from his then-current albums on the Harvest label. Both CD and red vinyl versions include a download of the entire rambling 90-minute set.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 for the moment let's keep him to ourselves ok?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Russell’s Love Is Overtaking Me, skittering grooves of the Gainsbourg/Tellier school and the folk traditions of Kitt’s native Ireland. Out via All City, a label that continues to impress.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Welch and Vashti Bunyan.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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 Bill Callahan, Low and Julie Doiron who, as Elle Mary is aiming to do, make the most out of seemingly not doing much. If you like Sharon Van Etten and Jenny Hval as well as the aforementioned artists, you should probably check this out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Martha Ffion
Sunday Best

Warm bit of jangly folk pop from Martha Ffion. She has a wonderful ear for melody, and everything thing she does is so charming that it's impossible to dislike. Sunday Best is for fans of the likes of Laura Marling, and The Magnetic Fields, and those who just want to listen to something pleasant and good.

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. 

Eric Chenaux
Slowly Paradise

Sounding like he's playing jazz and folk influenced guitar pieces whilst sitting in the hull of a tugboat on a particularly windy day, Eric Chenaux has a totally unique seasick sound that is ripe with invention. He blurs the lines between avant garde modern composition and the type of lop-sided fretwork also explored by the likes of John Fahey and Richard Dawson.  

Richard Dawson
Peasant

The new album from Richard Dawson is a notable new epic from the Tyneside master, featuring more guest musicians than ever before. Peasant’s songs are all set in the pre-medieval north-east, with each title naming a figure: ‘Weaver’, ‘Herald’, ‘Beggar’. It’s the most fully-fledged work yet by Dawson, and it's out on Weird World.

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 with 20 page booklet and two extra tracks.

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

Tom Waits
Closing Time

Closing Time was where it all began for Tom Waits, arguably the greatest cult artist in the history of popular music. Released in 1973, Waits didn’t yet possess his legendarily gruff vocal delivery, his approach more honeyed and traditional on immortal tracks like ‘Ol’ 55’ and the aching ‘Martha’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band
Adios Senor Pussycat

One of the UK's most underrated yet much loved amongst those in the know songwriters Michael Head has a storied history in bands like the Pale Fountains, Shack and the remarkable Michael Head and the Strands. This is his first new material in over 11 years and it will be a joy to hear his music again. It's poetic and romantic and draws comparisons to Love, the La's and Nick Drake but with a ragged, workingman edge that ensures what he lacks in national treasure status is made up for with an enthusiastic cult following. 

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 classic, Blacklisted. Singer/songwriter, Case hails from Virginia but moved to Vancouver in 1994. Both of these locations inform her music as she has straddled genres from alt. country to indie. Most notably a solo artist, Case was also a member of the A.C. Newman led Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

Alvarius B
With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven - Vol. 3 Heathen Folklore

Alvarius B is the moniker of former Sun City Girl member 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 is a series of three albums released simultaneously, and Volume Three, sub-titled Heathen Folklore, is supposedly the most fucked-up of the three records. Vinyl LP release from Abduction.

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

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 is a combination of brand new material and outtakes from the sessions that produced their Welsh Music Prize winning album Ruins/Adfeilion. The EP features beautiful string arrangements by Cardiff-based composer, Seb Goldfinch which are performed by the Mavron Quartet. Fans of Alasdair Roberts might want to give this a go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Folk / Country / Singer-songwriter

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