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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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]
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]
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.
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 […]
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]
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.