[video of the week] Cassandra Jenkins – Michelangelo

Taken from “An Overview on Phenomenal Nature”, out February 19th 2021 via Ba Da Bing! With a cast of characters found as she recorded free-associative guided tours of her New York haunts (a fisherman, a birthday part psychic and a spiritual driving instructor) this second outing from Cassandra Jenkins is an intimate affair as she…

[streaming] Raveloe – Abalone

Raveloe is the somewhat mysterious project of Glasgow-based songwriter, Kim Grant. Recording from the bedroom of their flat, Kim has recorded a new EP, with the help of friends from locations as diverse as Derby, Dumfries and Melbourne. The record was produced in someways as a response to the difficulties 2020 has thrown at us…

[streaming] Joseph Futak – Gone Before

“Gone Before” is the second single taken from “Pigeon Songs”, out September 4th via Fox Food Records. As his previous band was drawing to a close, Joseph began writing for this new project tentatively at first, bringing the songs to the George, Lucy and Lily and working on them in George’s bedroom with a drum…

[streaming] Jenny O. – God Knows Why

Taken from “New Truth”, out June 19th via Mama Bird Recording Co. Jenny O. is a singer-songwriter working in Los Angeles, California. Over the past decade, Jenny O. has sung on recordings by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Father John Misty, Conor Oberst and Jonathan Wilson. She’s also toured with an even broader range of artists, including…

RED RIVER DIALECT – Abundance Welcoming Ghosts (Paradise of Bachelors, 2019) Come nei quattro precedenti album dei Red Rived Dialect, anche in “Abundance Welcoming Ghosts” paesaggi esteriori e interiori si fondono in una manciata di canzoni che, nel corso degli anni, sono andate sviluppandosi e arricchendosi di elementi, pur mantenendo sempre propri tratti caratteristici. A…

ALDOUS HARDING – Designer (4AD, 2019)* Hannah “Aldous” Harding non è certo più la ragazza imbronciata il cui strano sguardo campeggiava sulla copertina del suo primo disco omonimo, così come il folk essenziale, polveroso ed evocativo di quel disco non rappresenta più il suo unico campo d’elezione. Nei cinque anni trascorsi da quell’esordio – che…

[streaming] Dark Tea – Rolling Back The Dial

Taken from Dark Tea self titled debut album, out March 22nd via Fire Talk. New York City based songwriter Gary Canino, submits to you a generous collection of country-inflected music under the Dark Tea moniker that honor the past while looking ahead. There is, as they say, a little something for everyone. With Dark Tea,…

KETO – Blackened Pool (Graze, 2018) Trascorso ormai da un quarto di secolo la stagione delle riot girls, intramontabile quella delle ragazze folk con la chitarra, una terza via tra le due declinazioni dell’universo cantautorale al femminile si può ben dire stia consolidandosi in tempi recenti. Al debutto sulla lunga distanza sotto l’alias Keto, Leah…

[streaming] Palm Springs – I’m A Ghost

Taken from “Palm Springs & Friends”, s released on Tender Collection, November 20th 2018. Palm Springs remains as a solo song-writing project for Erica Dunn who, on this release, employs the help of two long time companions Paul Pirie and Steph Hughes. The bulk of the tape was recorded at NYHED studios in the Lower…

[video of the week] Neighborhood Of Make Believe – Track Names

Official Music Video For “Track Names” by Neighborhood of Make Believe. Taken from the debut album “Two Nighttimes”, out November 12th on Five Kill Records. “Two Nighttimes” is the sprawling debut album from Neighborhood of Make Believe, which features the songs of Alex Muro – head of the B3nson Recording Company, which is one of…

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS – The Waves, The Wake (Nettwerk, 2018) Al settimo disco in quindici anni di onorata attività, i Great Lake Swimmers di Tony Dekker non sono più un culto per appassionati dell’indie-folk, bensì una realtà artistica pienamente consolidata che pure non cessa di mutare forma, ricercando soluzioni sonore e modalità realizzative sempre diverse….

THE WAVE PICTURES – Brushes With Happiness (Moshi Moshi, 2018) Delle band folk-rock britanniche, The Wave Pictures sono tra le più prolifiche, nonché senz’altro quella che guarda con maggiore attenzione oltreoceano. Craig Tattersal e soci hanno già annunciato l’uscita di due dischi nel corso di quest’anno, il primo dei quali rispolvera il loro profilo più misurato…

HORSE FEATHERS – Appreciation (Kill Rock Stars, 2018) L’allontanamento di Justin Ringle dalla “capitale folk” Portland coincide con il coronamento del percorso dei suoi Horse Feathers verso un progressivo irrobustimento dell’originario suono dalla delicata matrice chamber-folk. Al sesto album, la fisionomia della band muta infatti in maniera significativa, aprendo la propria line-up a musicisti di estrazione…

[video of the week] BATTS – Shame

New song by BATTS, video directed by Dyllan Corbett. BATTS is the project of Melbourne based musician and space enthusiast Tanya Batt. Honing in on her sound with her two newest singles For Now and Little White Lies in the first half of 2017 BATTS creates a blend of dream pop/folk and rock. BATTS spent 2017…

[streaming] Randolph’s Leap – Television

Taken from “PostMap 02°11 Television”, released May 11th 2018 via Lost Map Records. Randolph’s Leap are a Glasgow-based musical project ranging from a solo act to an eight-piece band. Nairn-born Adam Ross and friends have been writing pop music for unpopular people since 2010. The band specialise in creating a joyous, brass-tinged folk-pop racket which…

[streaming] Alabaster DePlume – They Put The Stars Far Away

Taken from “The Corner Of A Sphere”, the new album by Alabaster DePlume, out May 4th via Lost Map Records. “The Corner of a Sphere” is Alabaster DePlume’s fourth album to date and his first for Lost Map, following three successful self-releases on vinyl, CD and digital formats in collaboration with Manchester’s Debt Records. Featuring…

[streaming] Erin Rae – Can’t Cut Loose

Taken from “Putting On Air”, the new album by Erin Rae, out June 8th via Single Lock Records. Erin Rae, whose genre-fusing mix of traditional folk, indie-rock, and 1960s psych-rock production has landed her collaborations with artists like Margo Price and Andrew Combs – not to mention critical attention from the world’s top music media,…

NAP EYES – I’m Bad Now (Paradise Of Bachelors, 2018) Al terzo album, il quartetto canadese guidato dal songwriting e dall’agrodolce timbro vocale di Nigel Chapman inasprisce (quasi) solo nel titolo la sua miscela di poetica dylaniana, rock d’annata e attitudine melodica. Le undici tracce di “I’m Bad Now” riflettono la distanza non solo fisica tra…

[streaming] Modern Studies – Mud And Flame

“Mud And Flame” is the first preview track from “Welcome Strangers”, the second record by feral pop outliers Modern Studies. Elegiac and haunted, life-giving and triumphant, this beguiling return digs deep into landscapes both real and imagined, internal and external, in a work that might perhaps best be described as “kosmiche choral” or, if we’re…