New music by Japanese folk duo Humbert Humbert

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By Takeshi Suga in Video on Friday 16 August 2013

I first photographed Japanese folk duo Humbert Humbert at Celtic Connections 2011 in the UK. Despite it being their first ever show outside of Japan, their folk/country/Japanese nursery rhyme-inspired music received a rapturous reception.

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Folk music by all sister band, The Staves

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By Ed Tucker in New Music on Friday 12 April 2013

The Staves are three sisters, singing folk. It sounds great, and the advantage of sisterly proximity whilst growing up really shows in their gorgeous harmonies. There’s some lovely instrumentation going on, too, as well as some fine songwriting. Perfect for these chilly days we’re having here in Blighty at the moment.

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Roll the Bones: new music by Shakey Graves

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By Sophie Roach in New Music on Tuesday 24 July 2012

Shakey Graves’ sincere folk ballads fall somewhere in between Townes Van Zandt and The Tallest Man on Earth. His album, Roll The Bones, has been a great traveling companion so far this Summer but seeing him live is a real treat, so if you’re an Austinite, go catch him and his handmade suitcase kick-drum at […]

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Late Bloomer: a brilliant folk album by Allie Moss

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By David Ryan Robinson in New Music on Wednesday 20 July 2011

I have worked alongside Allie Moss for nearly a year and heard her new album, Late Bloomer, around the end of last year. The album opens with a familiar song, Corner, which was featured on the BT Infinity advert in the UK last year. Her beautiful voice, combined with her gentle acoustic songs, makes it […]

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Love and Theft by Andreas Hykade

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Tuesday 17 August 2010

Traditional folk music was distributed by word of mouth, with musicians trading songs and making other people’s melodies their own. There was no such thing as copyright law. These days, all sorts of media follow the same model, and this video by Andreas Hykade illustrates how the contemporary culture maker can make beautiful new things […]

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Mihaly Dresch

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By Rob Smoughton Hot Chip in New Music on Friday 9 July 2010

I heard the Hungarian jazz and folk saxophonist — Mihaly Dresch — in Budapest one Christmas and I fell in love completely. I put the CD on and straight away his tone, control and dexterity was enough to make me get up out of my seat and turn the volume way up. I wanted to just be immersed in this music. But aside from his playing, his compositions are breathtaking.

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Mr Smolin

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By Ron English in New Music on Thursday 3 June 2010

I don’t know what he’s smoking but I’d be happy to buy him a pack. Singing from the folk side of the fence, Mr. Smolin is a joyous companion to the voices in your head.

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Sarah Elizabeth Foster’s Secret Playlist

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Monday 31 May 2010

Gardening From The Ground Up Part 1 is Houston native Sarah Elizabeth Foster‘s first collection of deeply charged tunes. Filled with raw emotion and wistful reflection, her songs are the product of a vision almost stalled when she was challenged to persevere through the intensive vocal therapy necessary to arrive at what her doctors called […]

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Laura Veirs’ July Flame album

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By Dijana Necovski in New Music on Wednesday 19 May 2010

From the moment you hear her voice, you’ll be hooked. July Flame is the seventh album for Laura Veirs — a former guest contributor to Lost At E Minor — and an album you must have in your collection. Her beautiful voice is so familiar and comforting. Veirs has come a long way from the […]

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Deastro

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Thursday 15 April 2010

Like their hyperactive creator, Deastro’s songs can’t sit still, hopping from swooning dream-pop to gonzo TV theme songs to whisper-soft folk to crunching robot-rock, and always ringing with Chabot’s earnest tenor. [Read a Secret Playlist by Deastro, where he writes about his eight favourite songs]

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Bethany Dinsick’s amazing live show

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Tuesday 6 April 2010

Baltimore musician/artist Bethany Dinsick processes haunting folk music through noise methods, running her sparse guitar lines and beautiful voice through loop pedals and samplers. [photo by VJP Photography]

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Noble Lake

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Friday 26 March 2010

So much of the Baltimore scene seems geared towards day-glo-clad party people, so it’s nice that introspective, country-tinged folk is also well represented here in the form of Noble Lake, a Wye Oak-related project fronted by James Sarsgaard, who I hope won’t mind me calling the second coming of Townes Van Zandt.

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Olney Clark

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Monday 22 March 2010

Written during Olney’s Ph.D. in algorithmic algebraic geometry in Edinburgh, Scotland and Clark’s lost months of limbo and relocation from Los Angeles to Texas following the death of his father and grandfather, best friends Grant Olney and Barry DeBakey wrote the songs that would become their self-titled album with hints of Bryter Layter-era Nick Drake […]

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Joanna Newsom’s new single 81

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By Michelle Wilding in New Music on Friday 19 February 2010

81 is the first released track from Joanna Newsom’s forthcoming triple album Have One On Me. I had the pleasure of hearing the live preview on Joanna’s birthday at Sydney’s Opera House and was so delighted by this angelic songstresses’ gentle vocals and superhuman harp playing ability. [Click here to listen to Joanna Newsom's 81]

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Tiny Vipers

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 19 September 2009

As autumn creeps in, the temperatures drop, and the days get shorter, I’m finding myself listening to more morose and introspective music. Tiny Vipers, a one-woman band from Seattle, has been doing it for me lately with her luminous, bittersweet folk.

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