CALMING RIVER Dead Bluebottles Supine (Dendron, 2021)* È stata davvero molto lunga e tortuosa la strada che ha condotto Joshua Brain al debutto sulla lunga distanza sotto l’alias Calming River. Eppure, i sei anni trascorsi dall’intenso Ep “The Ones That We Left Behind” non sono stati del tutto silenti, ma anzi costellati di collaborazioni, singoli…

[streaming] Nathan Salsburg – Psalm 147

Opening track of “Psalms”, the new album by Nathan Salsburg, out August 20th 2021 “Psalms” is a collection of new arrangements of Hebrew psalms—Tehillim—composed between 2016 to 2019, and recorded in their entirety, somehow, over the long course of 2020. The project was born of a desire for some kind of rigorous and creative Jewish…

[video of the week] Ida Wenøe – Echoes

New single from Nordic songstress Ida Wenøe taken from her forthcoming third album Amongst a digital mountain range littered with accomplished folk-ish bands and singersongwriters, it is a rare miracle to come across a cave so rich in jewels as the one beneath Ida Wenøe’s ribcage. While she has an obvious appreciation of Americana, her…

RAOUL VIGNAL Years In Marble (Talitres, 2021)* Piccole ma significative differenze presenta il terzo album di Raoul Vignal rispetto ai due predecessori, a cominciare dal tempo necessario per la sua creazione e realizzazione. Mentre tra “The Silver Veil“ e “Oak Leaf” era trascorso poco più di un anno, quasi tre anni separano quest’ultimo da “Years…

[video of the week] David John Morris – New Safe

Taken from David John Morris’s debut album ‘Monastic Love Songs’ – out May 21st 2021 via Hinterground Records. This is the first single taken from the debut solo album by the Cornish songwriter from Red River Dialect. It was written during the last weeks of a nine-month retreat at Gampo Abbey, a Buddhist monastery in…

[video of the week] Bryan Away – The Lake

From the upcoming album “Canyons to Sawdust”. Animated by Qianwen Yu. About the track: “The Lake” began in an email poem with the subject “Hello new email freestyle” to my then girlfriend who I was in a long distance relationship with. It was when I first registered the bryanaway.com domain, and I wanted to show…

JOHANNA SAMUELS Excelsior! (Mama Bird / Basin Rock, 2021)* Tra le inevitabili radici folk e l’attuale nouvelle vague delle ragazze con la chitarra elettrica, Johanna Samuels sceglie una terza via, fatta di una discreta varietà di soluzioni sonore a incorniciare canzoni dai pronunciati contenuti personali. Il tema dei rapporti umani domina le canzoni raccolte in…

WILL STRATTON The Changing Wilderness (Bella Union, 2021)* “The Changing Wilderness”, ovvero di come la sensibilità di un songwriter si discosti dalla sola introspezione per proiettarsi verso il mondo esteriore, dai conflitti di un animo inquieto a quelli di una società sempre più incerta e frammentata. È, a suo modo, un album “politico” il settimo…

[streaming] Raoul Vignal – Red Fresco

From Raoul Vignal’s album “Years in Marble”, out on Talitres May 28th, 2021. A native of Lyon, France, Raoul Vignal began performing solo at the age of 20. Throughout his stage performances, he weaves a delicate and harmonious universe, an intimate folk where his guitar playing (finger-picking and alternate tunings) establishes a subtle resonance with his soothing voice….

ADRIAN CROWLEY The Watchful Eye Of The Stars (Chemikal Underground, 2021)* Chi ne ha seguito il percorso creativo ormai ultraventennale ha visto Adrian Crowley maturare da artista indipendente le cui canzoni erano avvolte da atmosfere particolari a songwriter esperto, sempre più interessato all’eleganza degli arrangiamenti. La dimestichezza con la scrittura e con l’interpretazione da lui…

[streaming] Evan Cheadle – First Morning Light

Second single off Evan Cheadle upcoming album “Fault Line Serenade”, available June 11th 2021. When the dew falls over the tall grass of the Pacific Northwest and the autumn sun glistens like a million skylights darting off into space and reflecting back off the Olympic Peninsula, the smell is sweet and yet, decay is in…

[streaming] Powerdove – Machination

Title track and opening song from the album “Machination”, out May 28th 2021 via Murailles Music. Reconfigured as a French-American duo, Powerdove is releasing its fifth album and it’s a dazzling balance of diaphanous melodies and explosive arrangements, at once poppy and in-your-face experimental. Conceived on the Aegean Sea, the staggeringly beautiful songs of ‘Machination’…

[video of the week] Molly Linen – A Lot To Give

Written and performed by Molly Linen. Recorded at Green Door by Ronan Fay. Video directed and edited by Tommy Perman. Released on digital platforms on March 31, 2021 and via Lost Map’s PostMap Club subscription service in the month of April (backed with an exclusive remix by FOUND’s Tommy Perman), ‘A Lot to Give’ is…

[streaming] Maple Glider – Swimming

Taken from Maple Gilder’s debut album “To Enjoy is the Only Thing”, out June 25th 2021 on Partisan Records / Pieater. Maple Glider is Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tori Zietsch. On debut album To Enjoy Is the Only Thing, Zietsch’s vocals melt into layers of plucked acoustic guitar and lulling piano, drawing on the sombre styles of…

[streaming] Jason McNiff – Try For The Sky

Taken from “Dust Of Yesterday”, out April 16th 2021. Songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, Jason McNiff releases his 7th full length album, Dust Of Yesterday, on April 16th. Produced and engineered by Roger Askew (Joe Strummer, Wilko Johnson, Christy Moore) the album was recorded throughout the summer and autumn of 2020 in Roger’s home studio in…

[streaming] Michael Cormier – Degradation

“Degradation” is the opening track from “More Light​!​!”, out June 25th 2021 via Oof Records & Dear Life Records. When he isn’t drumming in Friendship, writing songs with Hour, co-running the prolific indie label Dear Life Records or working as a bread baker, Maine-raised, Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist Michael Cormier is ruminating on the miniscule moments that…

MT WENT Sheltering Sky + Lit Way Down (Lost Tribe Sound, 2021)* Viene da lontano, ma si manifesta per la prima volta in veste ufficiale il progetto che unisce il picking di Andy Cartwright (Seabuckthorn) alla voce e alle tastiere di Dave Anderson (Von Braun). Mt Went nasce infatti oltre dieci anni fa, da alcune…

[streaming premiere] Geri van Essen – I Waved, You Waved

Taken from the forthcoming album by Geri van Essen, “Cleaned the Windows”, out April 22nd 2021 via Tiny Room Records. “Cleaned the Windows” is the second album by Londen based folk singer Geri van Essen. It’s the follow-up to her prewar American moody folk blues and gospel album “A New Hiding Place”, which she self-released…