[video of the week] Joan Shelley – The Spur

Taken from the album “The Spur”, out June 24th 2022 via No Quarter. Joan Shelley returns with “The Spur” her fi­rst new album in three years. The twelve song set is a profound meditation on light and darkness, recorded in the spring of 2021 at Earthwave Farm in the Kentucky countryside. James Elkington serves as…

[video of the week] Ptarmigan – Rounder

Toronto, ON indie-folk band Ptarmigan shares their striking new music video and single “Rounder”. The second single from the band’s third album Cocoon (set for release November 19) begins with atmospheric drones and grounding fingerpicked banjo. Haunting vocals then appear, ushering in a chorus of lush three-part harmonies and rich nylon string guitar strums. The…

[streaming] Tina Loeffler – Blue Mountains Home

New song by Tina Loeffler, out now digitally via Bandcamp. It’s the wind in the pines and the pale blue of the early blueberries, which nurtures her soul like a gentle breeze on a hot summer day and let her creativity flow. Always inspired by nature, Tina Loeffler loves to create folky tunes in her…

CUBS River of Amber​/​Frozen Waterfall (Rusted Rail, 2021) Ormai da qualche anno, Cubs è diventata la sigla che riassume le variegate anime artistiche gravitanti intorno all’etichetta irlandese Rusted Rail, delle quali ha seguito fedelmente l’evoluzione da stravaganti sperimentazioni sonore alla riscoperta di una pur mai ortodossa anima folk. Il percorso della band – che comprende…

[streaming] Stranded Horse – Towards A Waning Glow

Yann Tambour began recording under electronica moniker Encre. He then returned to his first love, fingerpicking guitar and started to experiment with a self-made West-African kora on which he developed his own technique. Collaborators include Ballaké Sissoko in the early days of Stranded Horse and his young disciple Boubacar Cissokho with whom he recorded his last…

[streaming] Astronaute – Twist

A song about finding the fragile balance between perseverance and acceptance in friendships, written in the aftermath of a turbulent year. This single is part of a brand new EP ‘Recircle’ out June 2021. In 2013 Astronaute released their first EP ‘Myriad’. A collection of five lo-fi and acoustic songs distributed via online platform Noisetrade….

[streaming] Annie Oakley – Arm’s Length

First single off the upcoming record “Second Day of Spring”. Annie Oakley have fought hard for happiness. At just 23-years-old, twin sisters Sophia and Jo had faced a decade of darkness. Then they built lighthouses. Annie Oakley’s official debut, Second Day of Spring, is a towering beacon: a victorious indie-folk record that further introduces two…

JAMES YORKSTON AND THE SECOND HAND ORCHESTRA The Wide, Wide River (Domino, 2021)* Non è certo inedita la propensione di James Yorkston alla collaborazione con altri musicisti, originariamente con la band dei fidati Athletes, nella parentesi con i Big Eyes Family Players e poi anche nel suo percorso “solista”. Da qualche tempo, il prolifico songwriter…

[streaming] The Kindling – Flesh And Blood (Slow version)

Taken from “Flesh and Blood (single)”, released January 1, 2021 (free to download  throughout January). Guy Weir – vocals, piano, guitars, drum machine. The Kindling are a minimal alt-folk band from London (UK). Their widescreen songs explore themes of disappointment and hope, loss and discovery, action and reflection. Guy Weir’s disarming voice calls to mind…

[streaming] Jeremy Tuplin – Night And Day

Taken from “Happiness” EP; out December 11th 2020. Somerset’s now London-residing Jeremy Tuplin is referred to by some as the pioneer of space-folk. Broadcasting stories both mundane and intergalactic, his new TV-inspired album ‘Violet Waves’ came out on 14th August on Trapped Animal Records. http://www.jeremytuplin.com/

[streaming] Caro Bridges – Angraecum Astroarche

Taken from “Remembrance Species 2020” compilation. “Remembrance Species is a collective based in Scotland, marking Remembrance Day for Lost Species on November 30th through imaginative creative community engagement.” This song is for Angraecum Astroarche, a type of orchid from Sao Tomé and Principe, presumed extinct in 2018. Its existence was recorded only once in scientific…

[video of the week] Calming River – Boats

On December 4th UK alt-folk songwriter Calming River returns with “Boats”, the harrowing first single to be taken from forthcoming debut album ‘Dead Bluebottles Supine’ (due February 2021). ‘Boats’ wonderfully captures the enigmatic songwriting style of Calming River: dextrous finger-picked guitar, shifting song structures and juxtaposed instrumentation, that all combine with significant emotional heft to…

SAM AMIDON – Sam Amidon(Nonesuch, 2020) Per la seconda volta (la prima nel 2014 con “Lily-O“), Sam Amidon si confronta con la tradizione folk reinterpretandone alcuni classici, filtrati attraverso la propria sensibilità di autore e orchestratore di suoni. Come denota l’omonimo titolo, vi è molto di personale nelle riletture di brani quali “Pretty Polly”, “Cuckoo”…

ALLYSEN CALLERY – Ghost Folk (Cosirecords, 2020) Da sempre soffusa e intrisa di ovattata magia, non sorprende che la declinazione folk di Allysen Callery diventi addirittura “spettrale” nel titolo del suo settimo disco solista. In realtà, le dodici canzoni di quasi sola chitarra e voce che formano il lavoro non si discostano in maniera sostanziale…

[video of the week] Dave Scanlon – Water’s No Crop

Taken from the album “Pink in each, bright blue, bright green”, out January 15th 2021 via Whatever’s Clever Records. Video by Nina Vroemen. Dave Scanlon is a composer, guitarist, vocalist, and electronic musician. Scanlon is an active member of the experimental rock band JOBS, pursues a practice of writing austere songs, and continues a series…