Kohlbacher Verhelst – s/t

The Antwerp-based Kohlbacher Verhelst crafted a stirring folk record that is saturated with moorland mists, woodland shadows and Bert Jansch-ian fingerpicked ballads. Kohlbacher Verhelst is a duo made up of Koen Kohlbacher and Peter Verhelst. Herhelst is an extremely versatile guitarist, and his vast virtuosity is on full display here. From the Spanish-flavored fluttering ofContinue reading “Kohlbacher Verhelst – s/t”

V/A – Solstice: A Tribute to Steffen Basho​-​Junghans

Buck Curran’s beautifully curated tribute to his recently departed friend, guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans, is a touching memorial with contributions by some of the many great artists he influenced over the years. When Basho-Junghans passed at the beginning of December, the music world lost a remarkable and truly unique figure, and many lost a dear friend.Continue reading “V/A – Solstice: A Tribute to Steffen Basho​-​Junghans”

Linda Smith & Nancy Andrews – “Spare Me The Details”

Linda Smith and Nancy Andrews, longtime collaborators and veterans of the underground rock scenes of the ’80s and ’90s, have reunited to rekindle their former creative magic on a brand new LP on Grapefruit Records, called A Passing Cloud. Recorded via filesharing during the pandemic, this album (which is available now for preorder, and willContinue reading “Linda Smith & Nancy Andrews – “Spare Me The Details””

Emergency Group – Inspection Of Cruelty

Fresh out of the Island House Recordings stable, Emergency Group’s debut record is a dizzying display of cosmic jazz fusion that any electric Miles Davis fan would obsess over. Hailing from Brooklyn, Emergency Group is made up of Robert Boston on keyboards, Dave Mandl on bass, Andreas Brade on drums and Jonathan Byerley on guitar.Continue reading “Emergency Group – Inspection Of Cruelty”

Davide Cedolin – Ligurian Pastoral

Davide Cedolin’s latest album is a personal record of bucolic solo guitar music that recalls the sights and environments of his home in Italy. Available on cassette and digital through Island House Recordings, Ligurian Pastoral features Cedolin’s acoustic fingerpicking weaving through hazes of organ, harmonica and the occasional field recording, as well as some reverb-drenchedContinue reading “Davide Cedolin – Ligurian Pastoral”

Stella Kola – s/t

On Stella Kola’s self-titled debut, Beverly Ketch and Sunburned Hand of the Man’s Robert Thomas teamed up with a plethora of notable collaborators to produce a wholly original take on psychedelic folk music. The band combines the ethereal with the earthy here, through a mix of acoustic sounds, brass and woodwinds and a bed ofContinue reading “Stella Kola – s/t”

James Waudby – On The Ballast Mast

James Waudby’s On The Ballast Mast is a striking revelation in fingerstyle guitar. Fans of ’70s UK folk music will immediately recognize the greatness that lies within this LP. Hailing from the coastline of eastern Yorkshire, Waudby might be a new artist for many, but I am sure he’ll soon be a household name forContinue reading “James Waudby – On The Ballast Mast”