Kendra Amalie – Intuition

I walked away from my first listen of Kendra Amalie’s Intuition with the same dazed and overwhelmed feeling that I had after I first saw St. Vincent perform during her pre-fame days; this is the future of music unfolding in front of my very eyes. Amalie’s solo debut LP takes a fresh stab at elementsContinue reading “Kendra Amalie – Intuition”

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests

Individually, Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore can essentially do no wrong. Together, they are a force that certainly cannot produce anything other than pure magic. Ghost Forests finds the pair complimenting each other’s strengths beautifully. Baird’s subtle yet evocative guitar work and spectral, boundless vocals are supported by—and blend perfectly with— Lattimore’s equally commanding and evocativeContinue reading “Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: The Moths

Beyond maybe Oriental Sunshine and Magic Carpet, The Moths possibly produced the mellowest of all of the ‘60s/’70s psychedelic folk records. Comprised of five Hull University students, The Moths (who’re also sometimes referred to as just ‘Moths’) developed a small local following with their warmly relaxed bucolic sound. The band’s style is somewhat reminiscent ofContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: The Moths”

Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On

This one’s been a favorite of mine for a long time but its relative obscurity has always bewildered me. Steve Ashley is today known for being a fine British singer-songwriter in his own right as well as being a former member of The Albion Country Band and Ragged Robin. Although not released until 1974, Ashley’sContinue reading “Fall Flashback Folk Fridays: Steve Ashley- Stroll On”

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]

The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence Sounding as haunting, rustic and feral as an abandoned cemetery swallowed by trees and weeds, The Warp/The Weft’s Mapping an Absence is an excellent example of acid folk’s ever continuing influence. Hailing from Poughkeepsie, New York, The Warp/The Weft infuse their music with the cold, isolation and haunting qualitiesContinue reading “The Warp/The Weft- Mapping an Absence [Acid Folk/Folk Rock]”

The Lark and The Loon- Songbirds and Fog

The Lark and The Loon The scent of crisp autumn leaves on a cold early morning, the creaking of an old wooden porch and the flash of a startled barn swallow all exist within the very sound of the wonderfully evocative Songbirds and Fog by The Lark and The Loon. Comprised of Mid-westerners Rocky SteenContinue reading “The Lark and The Loon- Songbirds and Fog”

Animals of Grace – Brambles

We are living in a particularly rough and turbulent time right now, so we certainly need the hopeful sound that can be heard on Animals of Grace’s Brambles. Comprised of guitarist and singer Erika Lundahl and percussionist Doug Indrick, Animals of Grace play gorgeously written songs that are pure as nature with glossy harmonies andContinue reading “Animals of Grace – Brambles”

Folk Playlist for Summer

Here’s a selection of folk songs to help soundtrack your summer days, featuring the likes of Jerry Garcia with David Grisman, Dirk Powell, Odetta, etc.      

Third Mix

Keeping the tradition going, here’s the third installment in my Record Crates United mix. It features tracks from releases that I’ve reviewed and/or posted about here. 

Sharron Kraus- Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers

Sharron Kraus Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers (Clay Pipe Music) Any music by Sharron Kraus is bound to be good. No, scratch that. Any recording by Sharron Kraus is bound to be good. Even if she released an mp3 of herself reading a restaurant menu, I’m sure it would be enjoyable on some level.Continue reading “Sharron Kraus- Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers”