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Bonny Doon
Longwave

Bonny Doon already have one pretty damn pleasant self titled album under their belts but have since decamped to the evocatively named Mystic Lake in Michigan to record this swift follow up. Inspired by their surroundings the band have created a twilit world of understated strum pop in the vein of those breezy relaxed songs on the Velvet ...view item »

Kevin Morby
Still Life

The CD for Kevin Morby's 'Still Life' is laid across a decadent white and red pattern that recalls the presentation of Dylan's early wax for Columbia Records, immediately conjuring up images of a time when folk singers wrote the best lyrics, smoked the most infinite number of cigarettes and made people in coats cry in ancient coffee shops. Morby...view item »

Shannon Lay
Living Water

Shannon Lay presents her second album of the year 2017, the beautifully-titled Living Water. Lay’s dexterous guitar playing guides her songs in and o...view item »

Real Estate
Real Estate

It's another big week for Woodsist releases this week with a ton of stuff coming out including Real Estate's debut S/T album. These New Jersey indie pop upstarts have impressed with single 'Fake Blues' and the album is proving itself to be a winner too. Ten tracks of blissed out, beer soaked, bong smelly interpretations of modern country and folk p...view item »

Woods
Love Is Love

Whilst eating my breakfast this morning I began half hoping that Woods had covered Lungfish's 'Love Is Love' for this latest record but no such luck.  The latest Woods record comes entangled in a backstory about the US election etc but you don't really need to know about that. What you do need to know is that ...view item »

John Andrews & The Yawns
Bad Posture

Bad Posture was written at home over the course of the winter in John Andrews’ New Hampshire home, and then recorded in the springtime in the barn of that same home along with his band of freakfolk fellows The Yawns. Bad Posture is intimate rural music for the new American era. LP release...view item »

MV & EE
Root / Void

Right, pals I've just opened a record to review as I thought it was going to be brilliant but not only was the record not as good as I'd hoped but I ruined the sleeve taking it out of its casing. Please don't tell Phil ok? So with this new MV =EE album I'm just going off the couple of things I can find online but you know they are good anyway ri...view item »

Woods
City Sun Eater In The River of Light

I bought the last Woods album because it came out on tape and I have a tape player in my car. Simple. It turns out that I quite enjoyed bits of it. Here is their new one and I’m slightly concerned about the opening track ’Sun City Creeps ‘ sounding rather like …um….Sting...view item »

Rafi Bookstaber
Late Summer

Late Summer sounds like a meet-in-the-middle between old, mellow guitar troubadour-isms and out-there underground rural psych in the vein of MV & EE. Rafi Bookstaber plays analogue-treated guitar in a way that makes it feel almos...view item »

Cian Nugent
Night Fiction

The album cover immediately tells you of the type of dusk-drenched folk that Cian Nugent is gonna deliver here on Night Fiction. Recorded in Dublin, the album contains much of Nugent’s simple guitar skills but also brings in a band with bass, drums, organ and vibes. All the instruments meld to create a fol...view item »

Woods
With Light And With Love

It’s unlikely Woods will ever make an unlistenable or bad album, I can’t see it happening. Generally, when reviewing Woods it’s a matter of assessing whether Jeremy Earl and the gang maintain their typically high standards from release to release. I think they go from strength to strength and, though evolution isn’t their...view item »

Herbcraft
Wot Oz

Herbcraft are a psychedelically-inclined group (no shit), and they recorded Wot Oz almost by accident. Originally the session was just a warm-up, but soon it turned out the jammed-out material was too good not to do something with. Sounds like the product of a mind overheated on a hot August afternoon: e.g. it sounds ve...view item »

Little Wings
Explains

Kyle Field has been releasing records both sad and ramshackle for many a moon, and on ‘Explains’ he sounds totally at ease with his process: this record of folk ballads relaxes even as it broods, inflecting the minor key like it’s a familiar friend stopping by for a visit, invoking ballads like they’re exhibitions. It&rsq...view item »

Moon Duo
Escape

I'm a bit skeptical with the old Wooden Shjips. I saw them live once and they were terrifyingly tedious. Most of their recorded output does very little for me although I do like some bits of Volume 1. So it's a bit of a surprise how impressed I am by this new one from offshoot band Moon Duo, especially since the apple's fallen so close to the t...view item »

Woods
Sun & Shade

I get to review the new Woods record by virtue of being the first to pounce on it in the box. It's my lucky day. This one's actually been spinning a few times in the office already, and it's totally great. The thing I love most about Woods is that nostalgic warmth and feeling of wellbeing that you get from their records and this one doesn't ...view item »

Woods
Cali In A Cup

Woods are absolutely unstoppable! They seem incapable of making bad records and ‘Cali In A Cup’, the first single from their up-and-coming ‘Bend Beyond’ LP is no exception. Absolutely blissful country-tinged psych pop, as good as anyt...view item »

Kevin Morby
Harlem River

This is the solo vehicle from the man who, as well as being one half of The Babies, also acts as Woods bassist. A very busy lad, but not busy enough to write this quite lovely homage to his recent home of New York City.  Opener ‘Miles Miles Miles’ has that swooning sty...view item »

Jonathan Rado
Law And Order

Looking somewhat like a man with Adam Green’s permanently open-mouthed face topped off with a chunk of Syd Barrett’s curly hair, Jonathan Rado looks something like a heart-throb. Also his day job is in Foxygen so there you go. The opening track plods along, a drone like affair with heavy slabs of organ. Funny I should mention Adam Gr...view item »

Alex Bleeker and The Freaks
How Far Away

Oh, how delightful, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks have a new album out on Woodsist. The assembled Freaks on this record include characters from Woods and his other band Real Estate...view item »

Herbcraft
The Astral Body Electric

We’ve got two records in from the reliable Woodsist imprint this week. One’s a taut bit of power-pop from The Woolen Men and the other is this languid honk on the cosmic hippie psych lifepipe that is Herbcraft. It&rsq...view item »

MV & EE
Space Homestead

Just imagining the space house on the sleeve shuffling along like Howl's Moving Castle...so easily distracted.Here's some hazy and laid back American porch folk sounds. F...view item »

White Fence
Is Growing Faith

Woodsist are kranking 'em out at the mo. What with the new Ducktails record landing and now this beastie. Not heard White Fence before but they sound pretty interesting on first listen. Female vocals over swirly sounding 60's psych pop. The opener sets the pace with it's chugging rhythms and later gets quite disorientating as the guitars start t...view item »

Ducktails
Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics

What is it with the US indie underground? Why is it they can't leave the 80s Brit post-punk/indie scene alone? I'm not moaning - this album is mint. Just lay back and from the offset listen to New Order stroking Felt in a dusty cupboard. Add some other soft, hazy mellow fabric of your choice and you've got a fine bizarre love triangle. The wondr...view item »

Golden Calves
Collection: Money Band + Century band

Bit of history lesson, this. Before he was Wooden Wand, James Toth put out a couple of weird little Jandek-influenced psych-folk records under the name Golden Calves way back in the mid-'90s. They contained elements of noise influence within their music and played predominantly within the ...view item »

Blues Control
Puff

Here we have a repress of the third Woodsist release, recorded way back in the balmy days of '06. I don't know about you, but that was the craziest year of my life. What we've got here is some fuzzy, hazy, minimal psych of the highest order. It starts out a bit directionless for the first couple of minutes, but as soon as they hit a groove t...view item »

Nodzzz
Innings

The type of record that could only be made by bespectacled Americans wearing checked shirts and blind if not for very thick horn rimmed glasses. Nodzzz find themselves on the end of the lineage that goes something like Jonathan Richman, Beat Happening, K records et al, Moldy Peaches. Its chirpy, strummy indie rock that manages to be very ec...view item »

V/A (Mantles, Ducktails, Fresh And Onlys, Woods etc)
Welcome Home / Diggin’ The Universe

Woodsist are the up and coming label that remind me of the type of imprint I slavishly followed as a young man, in that they are American, have great quality control and a slew of good lop sided lo-medium fidelity bands. Woods have yet to strike a proper chord with me (surely only a matter of time) and their opening entry is lovely lo-fi pop, ev...view item »

Excepter
Late

This 23rd record from New York vocal/electronics outfit Excepter is a pretty crazy affair that creates double confusion due to the fact that the A-side plays inside out (or is it back to front?). Can't work out if it's a pressing fault or what but the B-side plays normal style?? Strange. Other than that it's business as usual for this mysterious...view item »