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Jennifer Castle
Monarch Season

Jennifer Castle's sixth full length album wasn't recorded in the back bedroom of a council house in Basingstoke but in her coastal kitchen looking out onto the waters of Lake Eerie. It helped her see the moon as it reflected onto the water and inspired nine very personal songs. She recorded very quickly using  guitar, piano and harmonica on an album which celebrates the natural world and the beauty of simplicity.  
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Nap Eyes
Thought Rock Fish Scale

Nap Eyes’ previous release Whine of the Mystics was quite a brooding melancholic affair, with their follow up Thought Rock Fish Scale they have opened the windows a bit, and there is an air of romanticism to their brand of indie pop. Recorded straight to a 4-track in single takes - no overdubs to be found here, there is a pleasant sense of emergency to it.  For fans of Lou Reed, The Clean, The Go-Betweens, Bedhead. Comes with download code.

Mike Polizze
Long Lost Solace Find

Mike Polizze is probably best known as the guitarist and frontman with Purling Hiss. With his band he usually drenches his fine songs in various types of guitar squall. On his debut solo album, Long Lost Solace Find, sees him putting the pedals away, picking up an acoustic guitar and letting the sunshine in. Kurt Vile guests on vocals and guitar. 

James Elkington
Ever-Roving Eye

James Elkington has seemingly worked with everyone from Richard Thompson to Tortoise to Steve Gunn to Nap Eyes. Ever-Roving Eye is his second album and he has recorded it with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy at their Loft headquarters. Though it fits within the tradition of the 1970s British Folk Revival, it also casts a nod towards avant-garde experimentalism, psychedelia and even film soundtracks.   

Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Just Like Moby Dick

Outlaw country singer Terry Allen has been making music since the early seventies. His songs have been covered by all sorts of artists such as Guy Clark, David Byrne, Little Feat and Lucinda Williams. Kurt Vile counts himself among his fans. Just Like Moby Dick is his latest album full of songs laced with heartbreak and humour. It sees him backed by The Panhandle Mystery Band.

Itasca
Spring

The fruits of geographical relocation are well-documented. Like Bowie and Iggy's move to Berlin, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Itasca found that the move to New Mexico yielded delicious fruits that eventually coalesced into the form of her new album 'Spring'. It's a testament to the revitalising powers of change and the profound impact that setting can have on the aesthetic sensibility. 

Red River Dialect
Abundance Welcoming Ghosts

Red River Dialect are a six-piece folk-rock band from Cornwall. Their new album, 'Abundance Welcoming Ghosts', was recorded over four days before a planned hiatus for the band that saw songwriter, David Morris leave for a 9 month long meditation retreat at a Canadian monastery. It gave a certain celebratory tone to the sessions. Joan Shelley, Tara Jane O’Neil and Ed Sanders all guest.

Mega Bog
Dolphine

Mega Bog is the somewhat misleading recording name of Erin Elizabeth Birgy. Misleading because her music mixes Joni Mitchell’s jazz-flecked albums with Laurie Anderson’s late ‘80s output rather than some sludgy-riffing rock band the name may conjure up. On her fifth album, Dolphine, she is joined by members of Big Thief, Hand Habits and Iji. On Paradise Of Bachelors.

Jake Xerxes Fussell
Out Of Sight

The superbly-named Jake Xerxes Fussell drops his third LP. Paradise Of Bachelors, the label that is fronting Out Of Sight, is an imprint that has previously released work by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Not only does Fussell’s particularly folksy brand of Americana bear a strong whiff of the Billies, but Will Oldham has also gone on record saying how much he enjoys Fussell’s work. Ergo - Out Of Sight’s one for the BPB fans out there.

Michael Chapman
True North

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

Nathan Bowles
Plainly Mistaken

Banjo player, Nathan Bowles, who has played with Steve Gunn, The Black Twig Pickers and Pelt has assembled a band for the first time for his new album, Plainly Mistaken. Casey Toll of Mt. Moriah plays double bass whilst CAVE drummer Rex McMurry completes the three-piece. There are a few meditative solo pieces on show but the when the band get together they swing. Inspiration comes from places as diverse as the Appalachian tradition,  Julie Tippetts, Cousin Emmy and Silver Apples.

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 to be passed up. 

Nap Eyes
Whine of the Mystic

‘Whine of the Mystic’ is the first full-length album from Nap Eyes, recorded live, straight to tape with no effects or overdubs. This recording style complements the ethos of the playing which is confidently economical in a way that reminds me of the instantly addictive bass lines of Kim Deal. For fans of The Clean, The Verlaines or The Go-Betweens.

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.

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 vinyl LP comes in a heavy-duty jacket.

Gun Outfit
Out of Range

The cover of Gun Outfit’s fifth long-player, Out Of Range, instantly gives you the feel of this album. Think guitars, think dust, think Steve Gunn, think Lee Ranaldo and perhaps even Lee Hazlewood and you’ll be getting pretty close. The guitars fiddle and intertwine while the vocals brood. CD and 140g Vinyl on Paradise Of Bachelors.

The Weather Station
The Weather Station

Self-titled and self-produced, The Weather Station is a collection of softly sung tracks that open your eyes to a fair few different genres. On her fourth record, Tamara Lindeman is able to bring together country with pop, and indie with rock and manages to do it well. This eleven-track record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

James Elkington
Wintres Woma

James Elkington returns with his latest album for the Paradise Of Bachelors label this time going it alone (his 2015 collaboration with Nathan Salsburg 'Ambsace' was superb), his gentle fingerpicking folk textures are reminiscent of Nick Drake and Tim Buckley but have a certain virtuoso mathy quality, now a full time member of Chicago americana legends Brokeback alongside Doug McCombs James is starting to make a lasting impact on the american alt-folk scene. 

Michael Chapman
50

Yorkshire folk guitarist Michael Chapman is one of those musicians who is just simply extremely good at his job: his finger-picking style is endlessly engaging. New album 50, commemorating five decades of career, is his ‘American record’, on which he is joined by US allies like Steve Gunn and Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band). Old songs and new songs, played American style. Released by Paradise Of Bachelors.

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 Iron & Wine, Freakwater, and Volcano Choir together as a meditative ensemble mixing analog synthesis, harmonium, fiddles and percussion.

Itasca
Open To Chance

Kayla Cohen is Itasca is downtempo folk music. Informed by her past life as a drone and noise merchant, the tunes on Open to Chance have a slow and constant bleed, making for a delightfully homogenous listen in the vein of Sibylle Baier's Colour Green. Most importantly, this record affirms Cohen's place as one of modern music's most understated guitarists, her picking patterns so good they're subliminal.

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 essays and lyrics and photos.

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 music's breadth, a gorgeously woven narrative piece with longform instruments to rival Basho and simple, mantra-filled tunes for listeners to gather around. 

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 essays. On Paradise Of Bachelors.

Gun Outfit
Dream All Over

Gun Outfit are a closely entwined band who sound very much like they operate out of California, which they do. Carrie Keith and Dylan Sharp’s vocals complement each other perfectly, while the forwards-on-the-freeway rhythm section and the desert-dusty guitars all slot perfectly into place. Dream All Over is on Paradise Of Bachelors.

Promised Land Sound
For Use and Delight

A frazzled take on country rock from Nashville’s finest Promised Land Sound. For Use And Delight sounds like The Byrds playing Lynyrd Skynyrd covers backed by The Band. Chuck in a keen ear for the harmonies of the deep South and you’ve got yourself a mighty cocktail of vintage sounds. Out on CD and LP from Paradise Of Bachelors.

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
Ambsace

A beautifully augmented duet from James Elkington and Nathan Salsburg. Ambsace reinvigorates Americana with intricate, delicate fingerpicking that’s as technically impressive as it is harmonious. With connections through Jeff Tweedy and Steve Gunn, these are seasoned players with a knack for nostalgia. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Paradise Of Bachelors.

Kenny Knight
Crossroads

Private press slice of country rock from 1980, released by a man named Kenny Knight. Crossroads is his only LP and has been rescued from obscurity, in the way that these things are, by the Paradise of Bachelors label. Knight has just the right level of resignation in his voice, and some great little arrangements: worth picking up.

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.

Hiss Golden Messenger
Bad Debt

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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 comes with a download code.
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Chris Forsyth
Solar Motel

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Steve Gunn
Time Off

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Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band
Pedal Steal + Four Corners

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Mike Cooper
Trout Steel

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Mike Cooper
Places I Know / The Machine Gun Co

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

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Mike Cooper & Derek Hall
Out of The Shades

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Jake Xerxes Fussell
What In The Natural World

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The Weather Station
Loyalty

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Jake Xerxes Fussell
Jake Xerxes Fussell

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Steve Gunn
Way Out Weather

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Lavender Country
Lavender Country

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Hiss Golden Messenger / Elephant Micah
Hiss Golden Messenger Plays Elephant Micah Plays Hiss Golden Messenger

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Plant and See
Plant and See

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