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Jennifer Castle
Angels of Death

Deathly and mythic, Jennifer Castle continues to do her thing (this time formally under her own name) with a record in ode to the Muses. It's calledo Angels of Death and it offers sparse, low-key country music to get devoured by ghosts to. As always, Castle's missives from the world of phenomena are not t...view item »

Nap Eyes
Whine of the Mystic

Another band who I suspect have been listening to the Flying Nun ‘In Love With These Times’ compilation. Despite coming from Halifax (Nova Scotia not West Yorkshire) they sounds more like a Dunedin band. Opener ‘Dark Creedence’ sets out its stall with a pulsating bass line, skewed guitars and a ...view item »

Mind Over Mirrors
Bellowing Sun

An incredibly ambitions album/installation from synthetisist Jaime Fennelly. The piece was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago where it will be performed under a large spinning version of its artwork. It's a textural and rhythmic of the organic, and is every bit as psychedelic as that would imply....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 »

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Nathan Salburg
Untitled (Beargrass Song + 2EP)

Limited edition 7” from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nathan Salburg. The first track, ‘Beargrass Song’, features on the soundtrack for Beargrass: The Creek in Our Backyard, a documentary about the history of Beargrass. The other two tracks are duo’s takes on earl...view item »

Red River Dialect
Broken Stay Open Sky

Red River Dialect are  at the junction of their fourth album but this is the first time I've set ears on them. The RIYL bit on the front cover mentions all my favourite artists so what could possibly go wrong?  Well nothing much really. Red River Dialect make a tasteful and evocative form of folk-influenced songwriting. Theirs ...view item »

Gun Outfit
Out of Range

Phrases like 'brutally beautiful' and 'tradition warping' are used on the press release. All of which early promise dissipates on opening track 'Ontological Intercourse' which is a chirpy little guitar ditty that sounds at best like the nascent Yo La Tengo of 'River of Water' or Sil...view item »

The Weather Station
The Weather Station

Singer, songwriter and producer Tamara Lindeman uses her Weather Station alias to create countrified panoramas, taking on all duties for symphonies fitting of whatever area of natural beauty is the most proximal to you. For us it’s Ilkley Moor, and I can certainly imagine looking out from it onto Lindeman’s favourite thing ever -- th...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Haw

Hiss Golden Messenger’s last album ‘Poor Moon’ saw singer-songwriter MC Taylor’s profile increase dramatically with a positive critical reception and praise from the likes of Sir David of Bowie. He plays weary country/Americana ballads ...view item »

James Elkington
Wintres Woma

The fact that our Ian wants the promo handed back to him for further listening suggests it's either good ...or shoegaze. Thankfully it's the former as it's the debut album from Englishman in Chicago James Elkington. You may know him for the album he made with Nathan Salsburg or for being a member of ...view item »

Mike Cooper & Derek Hall
Out of The Shades

A proper rarity this one: Out Of The Shades was the first time Mike Cooper’s sound was ever put to tape, and one of just a few examples of him playing with folk guitarist Derek Hall. First released in 1965, this is the only reissue these 4 tracks have ever seen! 7” with accompanying notes, o...view item »

Jake Xerxes Fussell
What In The Natural World

Jake Xerxes Fussell takes on a brace of (non-)traditional pieces and puts them through his own personal folk processes on his second album What In The Natural World. Guest musicians from the Alan Lomax Archive, The Mountain Goats and Steve Gunn’s band (all somehow...view item »

Michael Chapman
50

Unlike Rick Astley's latest album the titular '50' doesn't refer to ace guitarist Michael Chapman's 50 years on earth. No he's a lot older than that, it refers to how many years he's been in the wonderful world of show business. He's had a funny career which has taken in a multitude of styles including singer so...view item »

Mind Over Mirrors
Undying Color

Jaime Fennelly is an electronic shape-shifter, working in a huge array of projects over the years, most notably Peeesseye, Acid Birds, and Phantom Limb. His expansive solo project Mind Over Mirrors has constantly evolved and on his latest brings members of ...view item »

Itasca
Open To Chance

This is the second album proper from New York bred singer/guitarist Kayla Cohen under this unassuming moniker. She has a super smooth, super atmospheric style of guitar picking that complements her soft and frail voice superbly. The opening one/two of ‘Buddy’ and ‘Henfight’ set the scene for a richly textured albu...view item »

Terry Allen
Lubbock (On Everything)

Here is the 1979 second album by Terry Allen, beautifully reissued by Paradise of Bachelors for your pleasure. Lubbock (On Everything) is a high quality Texas country / alt-country record with a smart satirical vibe. The reissue comes in double CD or double LP flavours, with both versions souped up with a nice book of e...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Whole & Cloven

Modern banjo excursions and new folklore are two of Nathon Bowles favourite things, though there's much more to the guy: his official focus is drumming, and his previous record saw him make dark ambient for pianos and sing over abrasive country tunes. Whole & Cloven is yet another example of his ...view item »

Terry Allen
Juarez

Terry Allen is known for his visual art, but he should be known for this 1975 concept album about the borderlands between the USA’s southern states and Mexico. Country music with an arty approach, songcraft with the narrative verve of a novelist. These CD and LP reissues of Juarez add booklets of artwork and essay...view item »

Nap Eyes
Thought Rock Fish Scale

My mum always told me not to tell tales but Nap Eyes singer Nigel Chapman ignores that advice and spends an album regaling stories. This is is a very different beast from Nap Eyes previous album was a raggle tangle blend of the Clean, the Modern Lovers  and ...view item »

Gun Outfit
Dream All Over

Happyness selflessly committed themselves to the nostalgic indie rock cause earlier this year, rekindling our undying love with Yo La Tengo, reminding us that Arcade Fire are a poor excuse for the golden days and telling kinda sleazy stories under...view item »

Promised Land Sound
For Use and Delight

On the inner sleeve four vaguely stoned looking young men fiddle around on an assortment of instruments. To the right wheezing an organ is a man in a pointy hat and a cape. Every band has to have their own Rick Wakeman.   Promised Land Sound are a raggle- tangle bunch who play a kind of fried take on country rock. ...view item »

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Ambsace

The big sign stuck to the front reads “IAN WANTS”. But what gives? This is no terrible shoegaze. Instead it’s delightfully nimble guitar fingerpicking from the guy from Jeff Tweedy's projects and Steve Gunn and the guy from… er... no-one... just a ...view item »

Kenny Knight
Crossroads

Bless this man. Can I leave it at that? The narrative around Kenny Knight’s ‘Crossroads’ is as heart-melting or eye-rolling as your tolerance of PR allows, but for me, it’s a sweet old cliche: man makes album, the general population proceed not to give a shit, until suddenly!!!: someone out there cares, and they ...view item »

The Weather Station
Loyalty

Tamara Lindeman is a country rock throwback of the highest order, and on ‘Loyalty’ she references places she’s been more than artist’s she’s listened to: there’s a sense of wide open space in many of these songs, with thanks to the boisterous country folk arrangements of her Weather Station pals, and at other ...view item »

Steve Gunn
Time Off

Steve Gunn returns this week with a new album on the reliably classy Paradise of Bachelors, and this time he’s got a backing band. Gunn has enlisted the brilliant John Truscinski and Justin Tripp. The press rele...view item »

Jake Xerxes Fussell
Jake Xerxes Fussell

With a name like that, you can’t go wrong. Boiling together atmosphere and a love for folk sounds and an interest in Persian wars with Greece, Jake Xerxes Fussell has combined some of the finest fingers and hands in folk music to build a record like a house. This self-titled album is out on vinyl, so you can feel that love...view item »

Nathan Bowles
Nansemond

It has been purported that those who are geographically isolated are much more creative than those who keep themselves within a bustling beehive of activity. Multi instrumentalist Nathan Bowles is a case in point. Residing in the mountains of South West Virginia, his music conjures the rugged landscape of his homeland, using contemplative, cinem...view item »

Steve Gunn
Way Out Weather

Lately esteemed six-stringer Steve Gunn seems to have been heading in a bit of a Wooden Wand direction, eschewing the more adventurous experimental/avant elements of earlier releases to settle into a soft and refined alt-country warmth informed by the likes of Neil Young. 'Wa...view item »

Lavender Country
Lavender Country

Lavender Country is the first openly gay country album. This is quite a feat when you consider the conservative nature of the Nashville scene, even more of a courageous statement when you consider that it was originally released in 1973. The record documents the experiences of singer, songwriter and guitarist Patrick Hag...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Bad Debt

Although I’m the biggest fan of MC Taylor’s previous band The Court and Spark, his latest (more successful) outfit Hiss Golden Messenger have never quite hit as hard. They have, however, enjoyed the patronage of Sir David of Bowie amongst other cri...view item »

Chance
In Search

Chance Martin began his career as stage manager and lighting designer for his friend, the man in black himself Johnny Cash, and his first guitar was a present from the man himself. Hard to imagine a cooler start! Slightly scary and aggressive, this is the real deal from a man whose life story would no doubt make for quite a read. Vinyl LP c...view item »

Hiss Golden Messenger
Poor Moon

According to the press release this guy/band is endorsed by none other than Saint David of Bowie himself, which pretty much doubled my expectations upon spinning this beautifully packaged platter - not to mention that he's accompanied on this record by members of just about every current ...view item »

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