19 Jan 2017
Lydia Cole "Me and Moon"
Release date: 27 January 2012
Lydia Cole is a Contemporary Folk singer/songwriter from Aukland New Zealand.
She does have a new album being released this coming February, but I've only just discovered her, so thought I'd go ahead and review this gem of an album.
It's an intensely personal recording, born of heartache and loss, one that will engage you with its intimacy, sweet vocals and gentle musicianship.
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"Love and Loss and Love"
17 Jan 2017
Martha Wainwright "Goodnight City"
Release date: 11 November 2016
Label: Cadence Music
Martha Wainwright is a Canadian-Americanfolk-rock
singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of American folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III and Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle.
On this, Wainwright's sixth full length studio release, she displays her versatility at its best. Switching from Folksy to Jazzy and even a touch of Electronica in the mix.
Her most polished and accessible album to date. A pleasant surprise for this listener for sure.
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"Around the Bend"
15 Jan 2017
Kelley McRae "The Wayside"
Release date: 7 April 2016
Kelley McRae is an American Contemporary Country singer/songwriter, who's music is a blend of Country, Folk and Americana.
"Kelley McRae’s latest release, The Wayside, is a testament to the inspiration inherent in the American landscape, the grief intrinsic to change, and the
hope that comes with stepping onto unknown soil. The Wayside, McRae says, “is the place along the side of the road where things get left behind, or where
you go to rest awhile, or where you go find something you lost along the way.” McRae’s songs sip life from the tension between holding on and letting go,
blooming in their rich search for truths".
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"Land of the Noon Day Sun"
"If You Need Me"
"Red Dirt Road"
12 Jan 2017
Ninebarrow "Releasing the Leaves"
Release date: 26 March 2016
Dorset based Folk duo Jon Whitley (vocals, organ, ukulele, tenor, octave mandola, piano) and Jay LaBouchardiere (vocals, reed organ), follow up their award winning recording "While the Blackthorn Burn", with an equally superb LP.
By and large it's a self penned album, a continuation into their exploration into this lands history and folklaw, carried out with excellent harmonies and exquisite musicianship.
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"For A Time"
The Furrow Collective
10 Jan 2017
Red Tail Ring "Fall Away Blues"
Release date 2 September 2016
Red Tail Ring is the project of American Folk/Blue Grass duo Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo.
"Fall Away Blues" is their fourth full length release and probably their most accomplished yet.
It contains 8 original compositions and 3 traditionalsongs , plus one superb instrumental track.
It's a rootsy album that adheres to tales from the past and present day issues, all relayed by this duo's magical weaving of plucky Banjos and fizzing Fiddles, not to mention excellent vocals.
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"Fall Away Blues"
"Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies"
"A Ghost Whispers"
The Honey Dewdrops
The Stray Birds
The Green Cards
08 Jan 2017
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman "Hidden People"
Release date: 9 July 2012
Label: Navigator Records
Husband and wife duo, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are, together, up there with the best of todays British Folk scene.
"Hidden People" is there debut full length recording. It's an album that swaps between acoustic rock and tender emotive ballads.
The couple specialise in writing dark supernatural stories and this is evident on this highly impressive record.
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"Hang the Rowan"
"The Ballad of Andy Jacobs"
05 Jan 2017
The Pines "Above the Prairie"
Release date: 19 February 2016
Label: Red House Records
The Pines are an Alt/Country band from Minneapolis, USA, who, with their fifth full length release have created a recording of beautiful sonic soundscapes,.
"Above the Prairie" conjures images of vast rocky canyons, twinkling midnight skies that settle over and surround small communities that habitate this iconic landscape.
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"Hanging from the Earth"
"There in Spirit"
Great Lake Swimmers
His Golden Messenger
02 Jan 2017
Chris Wood "Handmade Life"
Release date: 7 December 2009
Label: Ruf Records
Chris Wood is an English Folk singer/songwriter from Kent and one who is steeped in traditional music, performing, writing and one who regularly shares his talents with other enthusiasts.
"Handmade Life" is his third full length solo release and one in which Wood builds on his 2 previous award winning recordings, "Tresspasser" and The Lark Descending". He recruits a band this time which in no way detracts, indeed it enhances and compliments Wood's own excellent acoustic style.
The album is a contemplation on love, life and social matters, written with intellegence and finesse.
An exceptional album.
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"My Darling's Downsized"
30 Dec 2016
Lapsley "Long Way Home"
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: XL Recordings
Holly Lapsley Fletcher, known by the stage name Låpsley, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and producer.
"Long Way Home" is Lapsley's debut long player. It's an ambient album of soulful vocals an electronic vibes, relateing heartfelt tales of love fulfilled and broken dreams.
An impressive first recording for one so young.
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"Love is Blind"
29 Dec 2016
The Changing Room "Picking Up the Pieces"
Release date: 19 August 2016
Label: TCR Music
Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain are the mainstays behind the Cornish Folk callaboration The Changing Room.
"Picking Up the Pieces" is their second full length recording, on which sees them joined by the likes of John Mccusker and Belinda O’Hooley, adding their weight to what is an excellent album.
Tanya explains, 'It includes more songs about our
industrial heritage such as mining and fishing but we've also included some songs about deeper issues. When industry has gone, when loved ones die, when
we lose our way in life - someone is always left picking up the pieces, literally and emotionally
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For videos, please visit The Changing Room website.
The Furrow Collective
Boat To Row
27 Dec 2016
Ewan McLennan & George Monbiot "Breaking the Spell of Loneliness"
Release date: 14 October 2016
"Breaking the Spell of Loneliness" is a callaboration between the award winning Scottish Folk singer/songwriter Ewan McLennan and author/journalist George Monbiot.
Monbiot had written a piece about the epidemic, the silent killer that is loneliness and decided he wanted to bring it more to people's attention. With that in mind, he recruited Ewan McLennan to weave his magic through his skill as one of todays finest storytellers and troubadour.
This is one of the most powerful and emotive albums you will ever hear.
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An insight into the making of the album
26 Dec 2016
Fay Wildhagen "Snow"
Release date: 1 June 2015
Fay Wildhagen is a Norwegian Alt/Rock singer/songwriter, who with "Snow", brings us her debut full length recording.
It's a captivating album, with soundscapes ranging from the delicate to the bold, dramatic but always beautiful.
On the evidence of this LP, this young lady has a big future.
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"Into the Woods"
"Fire on the Mountain"
16 Dec 2016
Ange Hardy and Lucas Drinkwater "Findings"
Release date: 14 September 2016
Label: Story Records
Ange Hardy is a Contemporary/Traditional Folk singer/songwriter from Somerset and on this, her fifth studio recording, teams up with one of the hardest working session musicians in the business, Exeter based Lucas Drinkwater.
"Findings are the parts used to join jewellery components together to form a completed article. This is an album about daughters and their homelands, wives
and their husbands, sisters and their brothers, children and their parents, fathers and their grandfathers, parting and joining, mothers and their families.
It’s also about Lukas and I writing, recording and performing as a duo. We’ve created an album of music together that neither one of us could have created
alone. Interwoven with new songs that we've written this album contains our own findings, traditional songs that we’ve found a love for and verses or lines
from traditional material that have found their way into our songs.
This album is simultaneously my most stripped back and most full on piece of production. It's had more studio time than any other album I've recorded to
date. As well as me (vocals, guitar, harp, whistle) and Lukas Drinkwater (vocals, guitar, double bass) the album features the incredible musical contributions
of Archie Churchill-Moss (diatonic accordion), Ciaran Algar (fiddle), Evan Carson (percussion), Nancy Kerr (guest vocals), Kathryn Roberts (guest vocals)
and Steve Pledger on backing vocals."
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"By the Tides"
"The Trees They Do Grow High"
"Daughter Dear Daughter"
12 Dec 2016
Lizzie Nunnery and Vider Norheim "Black Hound Howling"
Release date: 17 September 2012
Liverpool based Alt/Folk singer/songwriter and playwrite Lizzie Nunnery, on her sophomore full length recording, callaborates with the very talented musician, Norwegian born, Vider Norheim.
As good as her debut, "Company of Ghosts", is, on "Black Hound Howling", Lizzie with the aid of Vider,,with his skilled arrangements steps up another level and adds an extra dimension to
It's a dark album, portraying such portentous images of the end of the World and World poverty, but I urge you not to let that deter you from listening to this highly atmospheric, refreshing, unique long player.
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"Black Hound Howling"
11 Dec 2016
Jeffrey Foucault "Miles from the Lightning"
Release date: 2001
Label: Rock River Records
Jeffrey Foucault is an American Country/Folk singer/songwriter from Wisconsin and the album "Miles from the Lightning" is the album that marked the birth of this terriffic lyricist.
It's a spell binding record, with Foucault's vocals as good as any of the States many top male vocalists in this genre. Tracks primarily consist of the acoustic guitar expertly picked by Foucault along with Peter Mulvey, allowing the listener to revel in pure poetry.
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"Miles from the Lightning"
"Ballad of Copper Junction"
"Walking at Dusk (The Liberty Bell)"
08 Dec 2016
Jess Vincent "Shine"
Release date: 25 September 2015
Label: Hatsongs Records
Jess Vincent is an English Contemporary Folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire and one of the brightest up and coming talents in the field.
"Shine" is her third full length release and probably her most adventurous to date. It's an album of skillfully crafted songs based on real life characters, such as the track "Wind on the Downs" based on a poem by Marian Allen about the loss of her loved one during World War I.
Jess's soaring vocals accompanied by some beautiful musicianship, Cello, guitar, banjo and accordian, will guide you through the 45 minutes of this recording, leaving you wishing for more.
I highly recommend her earlier recordings too.
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"Love Me True"
"Run Senor Run"
Kim Lowings and the Greenwood
06 Dec 2016
The Pineapple Thief "Your Wilderness"
Release date: 12 August 2016
Label: Scope Music
As regular readers of this blog, you will be aware it's rare that I feature anything considered to be Rock music, but at times you have to make exceptions and the British band, The Pineapple Thief, from Yeovil, Somerset, have produced an album worthy of graceing these pages.
For true Prog Rock fans, "Your Wilderness" maybe seen to be too mello to fit the genre, but this is what certainly appeals to this listener and hopefully will appeal to you too.
It may well be on the softside, but be assured it doesn't lack thunderous moments. Quite a few tracks start quietly, gradually building into a magestic montage of guitar and drums. Atop all the fine instrumentation is lead singer Bruce Soord's excellent crystal clear vocals.
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"No Man's Land"
"Fend For Yourself"
Dry the River
04 Dec 2016
Kate Wolf "Poets Heart"
Original release date: 1985
The late American Folk singer/songwriter, Kate Wolf left a legacey of beautiful music and her final studio recording, "Poets Heart" typifies the beauty and sensability of her writing.
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03 Dec 2016
Release date: 14 October 2014
Label: Dead Oceans
Folk/Rock band Greylag, based in Portland, Oregan, are made up of Andrew Stonestreet, Daniel Dixon and Brady Swan.
The self titled long player is their debut offering and one full of promise. It possesses a vintage feel about it, with shades of Crosby Still and Nash, but maintains a current feel with echos of the Fleet Foxes.
It's an earthy album with rootsy blue vibes, Country rocking and tasteful west coast harmonies.
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"Yours to Shake"
The Barr Brothers
30 Nov 2016
David Francey and Mike Ford "Seaway"
Release date: 3 November 2009
Label: Laker Music
David Francey is a three-time Juno Award winning singer and songwriter who is a favorite on the folk circuit in Canada, The US and beyond. Mike Ford, late
of Moxy Fruvous, is a singer/songwriter and educator whose songs bring aspects and events of Canadian history and geography to life as recipient of the
Ontario Arts Council Artist In Education grant. A few years back Francey and Ford spent several weeks traveling the Great Lakes aboard the M.V. Algoville,
taking in the life of a seaman and writing songs. Some of the fruit of that trip has finally been released on the collaborative album Seaway.
It's a highly atmospheric album that will draw you in and make you blieve you were there too.
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"Banks of the Seaway"
"A Thousand Miles"
27 Nov 2016
Tracy Grammer "Book of Sparrows"
Release date: 23 December 2007
Label: Tracy Grammer Music
Website: www.tracy Grammer.com
Tracy Grammer is an American Contemporary Folk singer/songwriter from Florida.
Up until 2002, Grammer was part of a Folk duo, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. It was Carter's wish that Tracy sing most of the songs which gave her the impetus to carry on performing after his death.
"Book of Sparrows" is a finely crafted mini album of 7 songs containing pure gentle poetry.
Although mainly covers of others, this lady makes them her own, further enhancing her reputation as one of America's best female artists of the genre.
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25 Nov 2016
Gravenhurst "The Ghost in Daylight"
Release date: 30 April 2012
Label: Warp Records
Gravenhurst was the musical pseudonym of the English, Bristol based singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and journalist Nicholas John Talbot (14
May 1977 – 2 December 2014 when he died just aged 37.
The release of The Ghost in Daylight in 2012 saw the formation of a new three-piece
Gravenhurst Ensemble, featuring Rachel Lancaster on vocals, bass guitar and keyboards, and Claire Adams on vocals and percussion. Talbot also performed
solo with a guitar and phrase-sampling, looping and droning devices.
It's a dark atmospheric album combining harmony laidened tracks with intricately picked guitar, occasionally developing into more Rock orientated sequences.
A real gem of a find.
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24 Nov 2016
The Sweeplings "Rise and Fall"
Release date: 7 August 2015
Whitney Dean and Cami Bradley make up the Alabama based Folk/Pop duo The Sweeplings.
"Rise and Fall" is their debut full length recording. It's a feel good album, that richly paints a cinematic soundscape with sweet melodies and even sweeter harmonies.
It trends the rise and fall of their lives, following the journey of who they are and who they will become.
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"Long Way Around"
"Carry Me Home"
"Under Your Spell"
The Civil Wars
Handsome and Gretyl
Penny and Sparrow
23 Nov 2016
King Charles "Gamble For A Rose"
Release date: 22 January 2016
Label: Buffalo Gang
King Charles, born Charles Costa is an award winning London based Alt/Folk singer/songwriter who with his sophomore full length release, "Gamble For A Rose", he has returned to his roots, bringing the listener a raw, more mature recording.
It's brim full of slow burning songs that build to infectious melodies, not unlike Mumford and Sons, which isn't surprising as the album is produced by Marcus Mumford.
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"Loose Change for the Boatman"
"Gamble for a Rose"
Mumford and Sons
Dry the River
Noah and the Whale
18 Nov 2016
Sweet Liberties "Sweet Liberties"
Release date: 7 October 2016
Label: Quercus Records
Sweet Liberties is a new 14-track album that charts Britain's social and political journey through the eyes of some of the country's leading folk singer
songwriters and musicians. From the original 2015 commission by Folk by the Oak and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), in partnership with
the House of Commons as part of the 2015 Anniversaries: Parliament in the Making programme, these new and original songs celebrate 800 years of the pursuit
of democracy. Sweet Liberties features a line up of musicians with a strong pedigree. Among the tracks, 'The Welsh Springsteen' Martyn Joseph pays tributes
to fellow countrymen Nye Bevan and Dic Penderyn, and BBC Folk Singer of the Year (2015) Nancy Kerr weaves subjects including the Magna Carta, Human Rights
Act, women's suffrage and slavery into compelling and heartfelt songs. Sam Carter showcases his storytelling skills to examine the struggle against slavery.
One of the freshest voices on the contemporary folk scene Maz O'Connor brings history firmly into the present day with her reflections on the Poor Law
and race relations. Backed by talented instrumentalists Patsy Reid (formerly of Breabach) and Nick Cooke (Mawkin, Kate Rusby Band).
This is a unique album of thought provoking, highly original and relevant new music.
"Written On My Skin"
"Am I Not a Man or a Brother?"
The Elizabethan Session
Songs of Separation
17 Nov 2016
Haroula Rose "Here the Blue River"
Release date: 25 March 2016
Label: Little Bliss Records
Chicago born, Los Angeles based Haroula Rose is a multi talented artist, writing for or film and TV as well as being a fine singer/songwriter.
"Here the Blue River" is a departure from the acoustic folk of Rose s debut LP, with smoky, haunting production complementing her alluring voice and magnetic
storytelling. Inspired by post-apocalyptic imagery, nostalgia, Greek mythology, and meteor showers,
Rose sings about creation and destruction, and the ebb and flow of life.
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"This Old House"
"Moon and Waves"
13 Nov 2016
Charm of Finches "Staring at the Starry Ceiling"
Release date: 29 July 2016
Charm of Finches are sister "dream folk"duo Mabel and Ivy, aged 16 and 14. They live in Melbourne, Australia, and produce harmony-laden chamber tinged
folk for the famished soul.
Their debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling" features the duo's signature angelic sibling harmonies, with a distinct chamber-folk flavour coming from
the instrumentation: cello, violin, guitar, ukulele, lyre, banjo, piano, glockenspiel: all played by the sisters, played and performed with a maturity that belies their young age.
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"Paper and Ink"
The Mae Trio
11 Nov 2016
Leonard Cohen "Popular Problems"
Release date: 19 September 2014
Leonard Cohen was a Canadian Folk singer/songwriter, but first and formost, he was a Poet.
Sadly he passed away today at the age of 82. Therefore I thought it only right I feature the man who enriched so many peoples lives with his words and music.
"Popular Problems" is his 13th studio recording and to my mind one that's more accessible than earlier albums for those of you to hear who may not be that familiar with his works.
Cohen's distinctive deep rich vocals and slow bluesy instrumentation make for a perfect late night listen, but make sure you've got a glass of your favourite red, or single malt to complete the ambiance.
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"Almost Like the Blues"
"Born in Chains"
Nick cave and the Bad Seeds
09 Nov 2016
Ben Ottewell "Shapes and Shadows"
Release date: 7 February 2011
Label: Eat Sleep Records
Ben Ottewell may be better known as the lead singer for the Southport Indie band Gomez, but in 2011 he released his first solo recording "Shapes and Shadows".
On this album it's evident that Ottwell has matured both musically and lyrically, crafting richly heartfelt songs rangeing from separation to reaching ones goals no matter the odds.
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"Shapes and Shadows"
06 Nov 2016
Release date: 2 October 2015
Label: Northern Spy Records
Odetta Hartman is a New York based Experimental/Folk singer/songwriter, who with this her debut full length record, pushes the boundaries of conventional Folk music, adding a variety of glitches to the acoustic mix.
A really refreshing album.
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05 Nov 2016
Twin Bandit "For You"
Release date: 29 June 2015
Contemporary Folk Canadian duo Hannah Walker and Jamie Elliott make up Twin Bandit and with "For You", bring us their impressive debut full length recording.
It swiftly becomes evident that the ladies have a musical chemistry that would normally be found between sibling artists, which is particularly amazing, as they've only known each other for a couple of years.
At times Folk veers into Country, but no less enjoyable for all that.
The album possesses chilled induced harmonies that will transport the listener to warm Summer evenings relaxing in the back garden with some home made lemonade.
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The Wailin Jennys
31 Oct 2016
Avalanche City "Our New Life Above the Ground"
Release date: 4 April 2011
Label: Warner Music NZ
Avalanch City is the monicker of Indie/Folk artist, Dave Baxter, from Auckland New Zealand.
Debut full length recording, "Our New Life Above the Ground" was first issued as a free download, swiftly went viral and Baxter was soon recruited by a major record label.
It's a vibrant feel good album, with Dave Baxter responsible for superb multi instrumentation, infectious melodies and his potent vocals that are central to the overall mood of this impressive debut.
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"Love Love Love"
"You and I"
Cry Monster Cry
29 Oct 2016
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions "Bavarian Fruit Bread"
Release date: 23 October 2001
Label: Rough Trade America
Former member of the band Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval is a Californian Alt/Folk singer/songwriter, who in 2001 released her highly acclaimed debut solo recording "Bavarian Fruit Bread".
It's a magical album of dreamy vocals, hazy guitars and light touches of glockenspiel and harmonica.
Ideal for late night listening and a glass of single malt.
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"Feeling of Gaze"
28 Oct 2016
Owls of the Swamp "Go With River"
Release date: 15 May 2011
Australian troubadour Pete Uhlenbruch, aka Owls of the Swamp wrote this, his second full length recording, whilst holed up in a beach hut and despite such basic surroundings he managed to produce a beautiful acoustic Folk/Pop long player.
"Go With River" features a delicately picked guitar, along with Uhlenbruch's meloncholic tones, augmented by sweetly layered textured strings.
A bittersweet album that should be cherrished and a part of your music collection.
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"So Far Away"
"Long May You Run"
Iron and Wine
26 Oct 2016
Johnnyswim "Georgica Pond"
Release date: 14 October 2016
Label: Big Picnic Records
Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez make up the American Soul/Folk duo JOHNNYSWIM. The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward.
They clicked together musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection.
"Georgica Pond" is their sophomore full length release. It's a sumptuous album mapping the highs and lows of married life with its heartaches and rewards along the way.
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"Summer Time Romance"
The Civil Wars
Dark Dark Dark
The Oh Hellos
23 Oct 2016
Jennifer Castle "Pink City"
Release date: 8 September 2014
Label: No Quarter
Canadian Contemporary Folk singer/songwriter, Jennifer Castle, released this, her sophomore full length recording in 2014 and was soon earmarked as an emerging talent, even being likened to the great Joni Mitchell.
It's an engaging set of songs possessing gentle charm and beauty. Castle's honeyed, slightly husky vocals bestow richly woven tales from the ordinary to the sublime.
I sincerely hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful career for this young lady.
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The Weather Station
19 Oct 2016
Tom McRae "From the Lowlands"
Release date: 15 April 2013
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Tom McRae is an English Indie/Rock singer/songwriter from Chelmsford in Essex.
13 years ago McRae released his self titled debut full length record to rave reviews, but subsequent recordings for some reason failed to garner similar acclaim.
However, his last offering "From the Lowlands" marks a return to his very best work and very special too.
The album consists of deeply personal stories,, Tom's compelling vocals being the focal point amidst a limited amount of instrumentation.
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"Lately's All I Know"
"Alphabet of Hurricans"
"Nothing on the Dry Land"
18 Oct 2016
Adam Torres "Pearls to Swines"
Release date: 3 September 2016
Label: Fat Possum Records
Adam Torres is an American Indie/Folk singer/songwriter from Albuquerque, who after a gap of 10 years from his debut recording, "Nova Nostra", brings us a much anticipated follow up with "Pearls to Swine".
Torres's folsetto soars with aching beauty over languid images of rural Americana landscapes, mingled with dusty acoustic reflections on the elemental side of life.
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"Some Beast Will Find You By Name"
16 Oct 2016
Steven Wilson "Transience"
Release date 4 September 2015
Label: Burning Shed Records
Steven Wilson is a Progressive/Rock singer/songwriter from Kingston Upon Thames and founder member of the Rock band Porcupine Tree.
Now a World acclaimed artist in his own right, Wilson has gone on to release 7 full length recordings and "Transience" is his latest offering.
Essentially it's a best of, rerecorded, but I prefer to call it a sampler, giving you a taste of his works and what genius this man is capable of.
For those of you who aren't aquainted with Wilson's music, it's been described as somewhere between Pink Floyd and Radio Head, but definitely possesses a style of his own.
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The Pineapple Thief
15 Oct 2016
Volcano Choir "Repave"
3 September 2013
Volcano Choir are a 6 piece Indi/Rock band from Wisconsin U.S.A, with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver fame, on lead vocals and members of the Post/Rock band Collection of Colony of Bees making up the rest.
For fans of Bon Iver, you won't be altogether disappointed with what you hear on "Repave". It's an album with vigor, memorable hooks and melodies that will stick in your mind. Vernon's vocals seep through, layered over tightly structured tunes and at times, arena filling soundscapes.
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13 Oct 2016
Jennifer Warnes "Famous Blue Raincoat, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, 20th Anniversary Edition"
Release date: 9 August 2007
Label: Shout Factory
This classic album, originally released in 1987, on the 20th anniversary edition it has received a makeover, having been digitally remastered and supplied with 4 bonus tracks.
Cohen's sophisticated poetry allied with Warnes's cultured vocals are a recipie for what has become, in some circles, an iconic recording.
For those of you who aren't familiar with either artists work, you're in for a treat and for those of you who are, you will be equally delighted with the new version of this long player.
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"Famous Blue Raincoat"
"First We Take Manhatton"
"Song of Bernadette"
Beth Nielsen Chapman
10 Oct 2016
Billie Marten "Writing of Blues and Yellows"
Release date: 23 September 2016
I reviewed this young lady a couple of years ago with one of her EP's, at the time she was only 15 and promised much!
I can confirm, now with the release of her debut long player, she has delivered.
"Writing of Blues and Yellows" is beautifully crafted, floorlessly delicate and deeply intrespective. It examines Billie's hopes and fears, whilst drawing on imagery from her upbringing in the Yorkshire Dales with its rain soaked an windswept landscapes.
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"Milk and Honey"
05 Oct 2016
Julien Baker "Sprained Ankle"
Release date: "23 October 2015
Label: 6131 Records
21 year old Alt/Rock singer/songwriter, Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee and with "Sprained Ankle", she brings us her debut long player.
It's a coming of age album brimming with raw emotion and the fragility of youth. Julien sings accompanied solely by a starkly picked guitar and the occasional drumbeat, delivering each song with heartfelt sincerity.
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02 Oct 2016
Heidi Talbot "Here We Go 1, 2, 3"
Release date: 23 September 2016
Label: Navigator Records
This is the Irish Folk singer/songwriter's fifth studio recording. having been co written and produced by highly acclaimed traditional artist in his own right, husband John McCusker, it's probably one of her most personal yet.
The album explores Heidi's life as a Mother, Daughter and performer. The tenderness with which she delivers each song can only be born out of ones own experiences and having the birth of her second child and the loss of her Mother in recent years was bound to be a profound influence on this long player.
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"The Year That I Was Born"
"Here We Go 1, 2, 3"
01 Oct 2016
Firekites "The Bowery"
Release date: 28 April 2008
Label: Spunk Own Records
Firekites are an Australian Indie/Pop band from New South Wales, made up of two front men, Rod Smith and Tim Mcphee, both multi instrumentalists, are joined by Violinist Jason Tampake and guest vocalist Jane Tyerrell.
"The Bowery" is an album that has a bit of something for everyone, whether it be the smooth flowing melodies, tight harmonies and even a bit of electro in the mix.
Intricately picked guitars, haunting strings and lightly rythmic drumbeats make this a perfect chill out recording.
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"Same Suburb, Different Park"
Kings of Convenience
30 Sep 2016
Chelsea Wolfe "Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs"
Release date: 16 October 2012
Label: Sargent House
Californian born Indie/Rock singer/songwriter, Chelsea Wolfe, follows up her 2011 break through release "Apokalypsis". Whereas that recording was wall to wal thrashing electric guitars, "Unknown Rooms" is the other end of the spectrum.
Thankfully on this sophomore recording the focus is on Chelsea's haunting vocals that possess a dark beauty, accompanied by sparse guitars an light percussion
As Chelsea Wolfe admits she is interested in revealing the beauty in dark things and she certainly achieves that on this album. Each unknown room eminates ghostly etherial soundwaves that will in turn chill you and thrill you with their exquisite simplicity.
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"Virginia Wolf Underwater"
Sharon Van Etten
26 Sep 2016
Jarlath Henderson "Hearts Broken, Heads Turned"
Release date: 6 May 2016
Label: Bellows Records
The youngest ever winner of the BBC Radio 2 new Folk award in 2003, Jarlath Henderson from Tyrone, Ulster, finally brings us his debut full length recording and it's been well worth the wait.
In the interim years he hasn't been idle, having made two callaborative records with fellow Folk artist Ross Ainslie and studied to become a Doctor.
Primarily a master Uillean piper, Henderson demonstrates his talent for this instrument throughout the album. Also, with his intense lilting vocals, set to an inventive reworking oftraditional tunes, he breathes new life into this genre.
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The making of the album
24 Sep 2016
Lake Forest "Silver Skies"
Release date: 14 February 2012
Lake Forest is the project of Canadian singer/songwriter Will Whitwham, band member of Folk/Rock outfit Wilderness of Manitoba.
"Silver Skies" is his debut solo offering and one that's spellbinding in it's plaintive simplicity.
With shimmering guitars and dreamlike vocals it evokes images of snowy landscapes and frozen lakes, but with it's beauty it will warm you through and leave you with a quiet glow inside.
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The White Album
24 Sep 2016
Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage "Before the Sun"
Release date: 16 September 2016
Label: Sungrazing Records
Norwich born, English Folk singer/songwriter, Hannah Sanders, following on from her highly acclaimed debut full length long player, "Charms Against the Sun", on "Before the Sun" teams up with Willows band member, Ben Savage and has produced another quality recording.
The pair draw on influences from both sides of the pond with traditional tales from the States and England, as well as a couple of
self penned compositions for good measure.
Savage's talents as a musician and vocalist, entwined with Sanders's pure unblemished tones, not to mention her own abilities on Guitar, Auto Harp and Dulcemar, are a recipie for what is another fine album for this artist.
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"Ribbons and Bows"
Johnny Kearney and Lucy Farrell
20 Sep 2016
Lucy Dacus "No Burden"
Release date: 26 February 2016
Lucy Dacus is an Indie/Rock singer/songwriter from Richmond, Virginia.
"No Burden" is a confident debut recording for this young artist, filled with hard hitting lyrics, somewhat softened by Lucy's smooth tones that skip lightly over rough guitar rifts and ryhthmic pounding drums.
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"I Don't Want to be Funny Anymore"
"Map on a Wall"
18 Sep 2016
Anna & Elizabeth "Anna & Elizabeth"
Release date: 17 March 2015
Label: Free Dirt
"Singer Elizabeth LaPrelle is joined on some fine, shimmering harmonies by Anna Roberts-Gevalt who also provides the masterful instrumental work, as they
dig deep into the American tradition for a repertoire of rousing old time dance numbers, haunting Appalachian ballads and lilting lullabies. Music both
invigorating and contemplative from two brightly shining, unpretentious talents".
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NPR Tiny Desk Concert
Ari and Mia
16 Sep 2016
James Taylor "Before This World"
Release date: 15 June 2015
The legend that is James Taylor, with "Before This World" brings us his 17th studio recording and the first since "October Road" in 2002.
For fans of JT, you won't be disappointed, the album still maintains his unmistakeable layed back style, rich vocals and easy picked acoustic guitar.
With the exception of the thought provoking track of "Far Afghanistan", it may lack some of the gritty intrispection from his earlier records, but for me, that's no bad thing, it feels like a recording of a man who's content with his lot and just wants to bring a little Californian sunshine into others lives.
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"Angels of Fenway"
"You and I Again"
15 Sep 2016
Judy Collins and Ari Hest "Silver Skies Blue"
Release date: 24 June 2016
Label: Cleopatra Records
Website: www.judycollins.com www.arihest.com
This collaboration between the legendary, multi award winning Folk/Pop singer/songwriter, Judy Collins and the relatively unknown Ari Hest on the surface, may seem an unlikely duo, but on the contrary, the Pair's vocals compliment eachother superbly.
Judy's vocal tones bely her 76 years, still as clear as a bell, woven with Hest's mature rich tenner, you might think they've been performing together for years.
The record possesses lightly flowing melodies with touches of elegance that we've come to expect from Judy Collins an the tighter rhythms associated with Hest.
Lyrically, we have the blend of Collins's deeply personal songwriting and Ari's more edgeyer perspection on life. All in all the two have created an exceptionally beautiful recording.
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"I Choose Love"
"Silver Skies Blue"
Peter Bradley Adams
05 Sep 2016
Mighty Oaks "Howel"
Release date: 28 February 2014
Berlin based Alt/Rock band consist of members, British born Ian Hooper, Italian Claudio Donzelli, and American Craig Saunders.
"Howel" is their only full length recording to date, but nevertheless an impressive debut.
It's an album largely full of energetic,enthusiastic melodies and tight three part harmonies relaying tales of friendship and love.
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"Just One Day"
"When I Dream I See"
03 Sep 2016
Birdsong At Morning "A Slight Departure"
Release date: 21 July 2015
Label: Blue Gentian Records
Massachusetts based band Birdsong at Morning are an Alt/Folk band Led by singer/songwriter Alan Williams, along with compatriots Darleen Wilson (guitar) and Greg Porter (bass),.
This highly innovative trio creates elegant tapestries of sound, words, and music, at times reminiscent of the early 70's outfit Renaissance.
With this their follow up to an ambitious debut EP box set, in "A Slight Departure" they have crafted a seriously lustrous set of songs.
A must listen.
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"The Great Escape"
"Never to Part"
02 Sep 2016
The Mae Trio "Housewarming"
Release date: 16 February 2014
Melbourne Australia based The Mae Trio, are an Americana outfit consisting of Sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby, accompanied by Annette Hillman.
All three had a hand in the writing of this album, crafting a beautifully simple recording of bright distinctive music that has a blend of Appalacian and Celtic styles in the mix.
Their tight 3 part harmonies hold an etherial quality, this atop a backdrop of Banjo, Ukulele, Cello, Acoustic Guitar, strings and even a little Marimba go to making this a really pleasurable listen and one to bring a little of that Australian sunshine into your life.
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We Two Thieves
29 Aug 2016
Kim Richey "Thorn in my Heart"
Release date: 16 APril 2013
Label: Yep Rock Records
Kim Richey is a Country singer/songwriter from Ohio, who may be better known as a writer than performer, having written hits for the likes of Tricia Yearwood, Dixie Chicks and Suzie Boggus.
However, she has managed to produce 6 other recordings before "Thorn in My Heart". It's a top album for those of you who like contemporary Country music.
Perfectly unblemished vocals relaying tales of heartbreak, love an hope, accompanied by polished musicianship from herself and band members.
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"Thorn in My Heart"
28 Aug 2016
The Small Glories "Wonderous Traveller"
Release date: 15 July 2016
Label:Blue Case Tubes
Cara Luft and J.D Edwards, otherwise known as The Small Glories, are a Canadian Roots/Folk outfit, who with "Wonderous Traveller", have made a very impressive debut full length recording.
It's an album with a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, well matched harmonies and rousing Banjo.
It combines both Edwards's Country and Luft's Folk influences perfectly, creating a record that stirs, thrills and one that will be sure to conjure up visions of tumbleweed and cactus of the North American praries.
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"Had I Paid"
"Something to Hold on to"
The Honey Dewdrops
The Wailin Jennys
27 Aug 2016
Soley "We Sink"
Release date: 2 September 2011
Label: Morr Music
Icelandic Indie/Folk singer/songwriter Soley, after a successful career with the band Seabear, released this, her debut solo recording in 2011.
Echoes of her homeland, "We Sink" is a subtley bleak album, but with a unique beauty all of its own.
Soley's haunting enigmatic vocals possess a tenderness that will captivate the listener and draw you into dark tales of Icelandic folklaw.
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Lanterns on the Lake
23 Aug 2016
The Honey Dewdrops "Tangled Country"
Release date: 8 May 2015
Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Dewdrops, are an Americana outfit from Baltimore.
"Tangled Country" is their fourth studio recording. All songs are original compositions, hand crafted by both Wortman and Parrish.
The album musically consists of sweet lilting banjo, pedal steel guitar and gorgeous harmonies, with songs written about life's hopes, dreams and disappointments.
A gem of a record.
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The Small Glories
20 Aug 2016
Oh Wonder "Oh Wonder"
Release date: 4 September 2004
Label: Caroline Records
Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West are the duo who make up the London based Indie/Pop band Oh Wonder.
I first came across this couple whilst watching the credits role on the brilliant ITV drama "Unforgotten" and just had to look them up and wasn't disappointed when I found this, their debut self titled full length release.
It's an album that's easy on the ear. It's not one that demands too much scrutany, with its lyrics about loving and turbulant relationships, but does possess an obvious harmony, vocally as well as spiritually, that exists between this pair.
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"All We Do"
17 Aug 2016
Saturday Sun "Orixe"
Release date 13 January 2014
Label: Viva La Fleetwood
Saturday Sun are a four piece Alt/Folk band from Bournmouth and "Orixe" is their most impressive debut full length release.
Alex Hedley's distinctive falsetto tones will tear at your heart one moment, the next soothe it like a warming Winter balm. Melodies will wash over you on some tracks and others will warm you with an inner glow, but all possess raw emotions that will have the listener transfixed and unable to touch the skip button for fear of missing one iota of this excellent recording.
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"Seeds to the Sun"
Frances Luke Accord
15 Aug 2016
Frances Luke Accord "Fluke"
Release date: 20 May 2016
Frances Luke Accord are an Indie/Folk duo from Indiana, comprising of multi instrumentalists and songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers.
"Fluke" is their debut long player. It's a wonderfully expansive album, possessing rich musical tapestries with soaring strings, interwoven with delicate percussion, brass, acoustic guitar and brilliantly syncopated vocals.
A perfect accompaniment for a Summers evening.
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"Nowhere to be Found"
Dark Dark Dark
13 Aug 2016
Glen Hansard "Didn't He Ramble"
Release date: 18 September 2015
Glen Hansard is an award winning Folk/Rock singer/songwriter from Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
"Didn't He Ramble" is Glen's second full length recording and a step up in quality from his well received debut "Rhythm and Repose".
It's a warm, charming set of songs based on poignant ruminations of friendships and reflective self examination.
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Full album stream
11 Aug 2016
Darlingside "Birds Say"
Release date: 15 July 2016
Label: More Doug Records
Darlingside are a four piece Indie/Folk band from Cambridge Massachusetts and "Birds Say" is their debut full length long player.
The album is a collective effort with all four members playing a vital role from conception to completion. The result is a cohesive set of songs featuring richly textured four part harmonies accompanied by Harmonium, Mandolin,, Guitar, Cello and Violin.
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"The God of Loss"
The Last Bison
08 Aug 2016
August and After "Embers"
Release date: 01 August 2013
London based Ned Mortimer and Vedantha
Kumar make up the Indie/Folk duo of August and After.
"Embers is their debut full length release; it's a classically inspired piece of work.
laced with rich Viola and Cello lines, nimbly picked acoustic guitar and haunting brass, this impressive first album from these guys will have you cooing with delight.
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Kings of Convenience
07 Aug 2016
Rachel Newton "Here's My Heart Come Take It"
Release date: 15 April 2016
Label: Shadowside Records
Rachel Newton is a traditional Folk singer/songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland.
She is one of the most gifted of interpreters of Folk music, putting her own stamp on traditional songs and composing original works of her own.
"Here's My Heart Come Take It" is her third solo recording and one in which she has created a beautifully bruding atmospheric album.
Rachel's trademark Electro Harp with its base notes is always at the heart of her music and this is no exception. Combined with her plaintive lilting vocals relaying stories of love and tragedy makes this A most compelling listen.
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An insight on the making of the album
Songs of Separation
05 Aug 2016
Elephant Revival "These Changing Skies"
Release date: 17 March 2014
Label: Its Evolving Records
Elephant Revival are a 5 piece Alt/Folk band from Colorado, whose music sometimes gets referred to as transendental Folk... a blend of Folk, Blue Grass, Country and Indie with a touch of celtic influence in the mix.
"These Changing Skies" is a fulsome album with bouncing rhythms, stacked with creative arrangements and catchy melodies.
It's a recording of the highest musical calibre, all band members being multiinstrumentalists and true in their manipulation of electric banjo, mandolin, Viola, acoustic guitar, double base and washboard.
Just have to mention where they got their curious band name from... based on a true story of two Elephants that were separated after being together at the same Zoo for 16 years, both died on the same day.
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"Remembering a Beginning"
Joy Kill Sorrow
01 Aug 2016
Amber Rubarth "Scribbled Folk Symphonies"
Release date: 15 April 2016
Label: Chesky Records
Amber Rubarth is an American Contemporary/Folk singer/songwriter from California.
Recorded with a special microphone, "Scribbled Folk Symphonies", is presented in such a way that Amber could be in the room with you performing beautiful music.
This recording eminates calm and serenity with Amber's pure vocals being accompanied by World class Cellist Dave Eggar and herself on lightly picked acoustic guitar.
An outstanding record.
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Apologies no videos available for this album.
30 Jul 2016
Johanna Warren "Newman"
Release date: 19 May 2015
Label: Team Love Records
Portland based Alt/Folk singer/songwriter Johanna Warren, with her sophomore release, "Newman", brings the listener a beautifully spacious recording.
It's an organic album with resonant acoustic guitars and floating woodwind. Johanna's sweet soft vocals bely the deep emotions running through each track of this gorgeous long player.
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29 Jul 2016
The Last Bison "VA"
Release date: 10 September 2014
The Last Bison, is a multi instrumentalistIndie/Folk
band that formed in
The Last Bison originally dubbed their sound "mountain-top chamber music" combining elements of alternative indie-folk with classical sensibilities.
"VA" is an album brimming with vitality and energy, embroidering the sonic landscape with vibrant colours. Whether it be the driving rhythms of record opener "Bad Country" or the gentler closing track of "She Always Waits at the Gate", the listener will be treated to a canvas of pasteral images that will leave you beaming from ear to ear.
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The Oh Hellos
26 Jul 2016
Haley Bonar "Last War"
Release date: 20 May 2014
Label: Graveface Records
Haley Bonar is a Canadian Indie/Rock singer/songwriter, currently based in the USA, who with her latest release, "Last War", takes a different direction from her previous Alt/Folk recordings.
It's an album drenched in catchy harmonies, visceral electric guitars and pounding percussion, but no less enjoyable for all that, in fact, a breath of fresh air.
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"No Sensative Man"
"Eat for Free"
Emily Jane White
24 Jul 2016
Julie Doiron "Woke Myself Up"
Release date: 23 January 2007
Website: Nothing official, but Can be found on Facebook
Julie Doiron is an award winning canadian Indie/Rock singer/songwriter.
It's an album of intensely raw material with flourishing powerful musicianship, covering subject matter such as family life and the consequenses our interactions can have on eachother.
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"I woke Myself Up"
"I Left Town"
"The Wrong Guy"
20 Jul 2016
Siv Jakobsen "The Lingering"
Release date: 26 May 2015
Label: Nordic Mellow Records
Siv Jakobsen is an Alt/Folk singer/songwriter from Norway.
"The Lingering" is a 7 track mini album and the old addige rings true with this recording "short and sweet", oh so sweet! and that's my only critisism... too damned short!
Every track is a thing of beauty, delivered with intensity and earnestness. Jakobsen's vocals will melt you with her shimmering range of tones, accompanied by tasteful strings, piano and acoustic guitar, this album will linger long in the memory.
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"How We Used to Love"
18 Jul 2016
The Wilderness of Manitoba "Island of Echos"
Release date: 18 September 2012
Label: Pheromone Records
The Wilderness of Manitoba are a Canadian Alt/Folk band, who with each passing record have evolved from being a gentle strummy outfit, to, with their last release "BetweenColours" from 2014, becoming fully fledged Folk/Rock artists.
"Island of Echos" from 2012, comes somewhere inbetween... A more upbeat affair, breezey toe tapping melodies, gorgeous harmonies and a cornucopia of folksy instrumentation.
Bound to put a smile on your face.
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Great Lake Swimmers
17 Jul 2016
Radiohead "A Moon Shaped Pool"
Release date: 17 June 2016
Radiohead are back and quite possibly with their best work for quite some time.
Tom York and other band members have been off doing their own thing and appear to have come back together refreshed and bring us one of their most melodically accessible album to date.
It's an album of glacial etherial beauty, but don't be lulled by it's soperific nature, as lyrically it's as edgy as any other Radiohead offering.
Soaring strings atop finger picked acoustic guitars and York's languid vocals go to make this a pure sonic pleasure.
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"Desert Island Disc"
"True Love Waits"
15 Jul 2016
Bat for Lashes "The Haunted Man"
Release date: 3 December 2012
Natasha Khan AKA Bat for Lashes is an Art/Pop singer/songwriter from London UK.
"The Haunted Man", Khan's third full length release, all be it a slightly more stripped back affair than previous offerings, it still contains lavish layered synths and hypnotic beats with the good lady's trademark heavenly vocals at the heart of this most compelling of albums.
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"Horses of the Sun"
Florence and the Machines
My Brightest Diamond
14 Jul 2016
Wren "Stitch an Ocean"
Release date: 20 February 2016
Label: Swimming Rabbit Records
Wren is the project of Seattle based Alt/Folk singer/songwriter Laura Brady.
Wren’s alternative folk music is sweet and whimsical, grounded in classical guitar finger-picking, gentle vocal harmonies, and sweeping fiddle lines. Described
as possessing a “naturalness and a philosophical bent at the same time,” her haunting melodies evoke the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest.
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"Hand Sewn Ocean"
"Amongst the Pine"
Sons of the East
11 Jul 2016
Ruarri Joseph "Brother"
Release date: 10 May 2013
Ruarri Joseph is a British Contemporary Folk singer/songwriter, who with "Brother" presents his fourth full length release.
Ruarri possesses a rich velvet tambre to his vocals which were cultivated by his part living in Scotland and part in New Zealand.... They will draw the listener into hear beautiful poignant reflective songs of family, friendships and the bonds that tie them.
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08 Jul 2016
The Battle of Land and Sea "The Battle of Land and Sea"
Release date: 14 January 2008
The Battle of Land and Sea is an Indie/Folk bandfronted by lead singer Sarah O'Shurer from Sacramento, California.
This, their debut long player will seep into your subconscious like a sea mist and settle over you like a cloak of tranquility.
O'Shurer's delicately hushed vocals allied with soothing acoustic instrumentation will have you thirsting for more.
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"You are a Sailor"