Lou Turner – Microcosmos

On her latest record, Microcosmos, Lou Turner illustrates the joy, sorrow and humor of the tiny details of everyday life, as seen through a slightly surreal lens. Nashville songwriter and poet Lou Turner (aka Lauren Turner) is in top form on this album, skirting along the edge of country and psych-tinged folk rock with aContinue reading “Lou Turner – Microcosmos”

After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs

Fatherhood and the COVID pandemic kept Small Sur, AKA Bob Keal, a Baltimore-based alternative country-folk artist, from releasing a new record since 2014. Yet, the challenges and new responsibilities that came with being a teacher, parent and partner during COVID, along with the constant support of his friends and fellow musicians, helped Keal to notContinue reading “After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs”

Joan Shelley – The Spur

Joan Shelley’s latest album, The Spur, is a record of raw beauty and naked emotions that’ll resonate with you down to your very DNA. Released on No Quarter Records, this album features some of Shelley’s most wistful songwriting yet, as she reflects on the bleakness of our present and the perhaps weakened rays of hopeContinue reading “Joan Shelley – The Spur”

Lindsay Clark – Carpe Noctem

Lindsay Clark’s latest record, Carpe Noctem, is a timeless album of pastoral beauty and genuine heart that recalls the works of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Clark, a Portland, OR based singer-songwriter, always writes from an emotionally honest place, but this album might be her most revealing LP yet. Broken relationships and the desire toContinue reading “Lindsay Clark – Carpe Noctem”

Simon Joyner – Songs From a Stolen Guitar

Songs from a Stolen Guitar is an absolute career highlight for Omaha-based singer-songwriter Simon Joyner. Available this Friday through Grapefruit Records, this album finds Joyner in a deeply subdued mood. Each song glows softly with a hushed yet warm atmosphere, as if you’re listening in on a private late-night living room rehearsal. The entire recordContinue reading “Simon Joyner – Songs From a Stolen Guitar”

Single Premiere: “Wednesday” by J.M. Hart

J.M. Hart sings of the woes and wares of the working man on “Wednesday,” the lead single from his upcoming record, Slips, Trips, & Falls. If you’re new to RCU, Hart is an exceptionally personal and genuine singer-songwriter and podcaster based in Virginia. His music is often a blend of different aspects of the folkContinue reading “Single Premiere: “Wednesday” by J.M. Hart”

Zachary Cale – Skywriting

Skywriting finds singer-songwriter Zachary Cale reflecting on life out on the road with a full band and an introspective outlook. The Brooklyn-based Cale has several albums under his belt already, but this might be his most dynamic and mature release to date. The lyrics here often reveal a sense of self-awareness and acceptance that onlyContinue reading “Zachary Cale – Skywriting”

Greta Ruth – The Fawn

Some of the most intimate and delicate music you’ll likely encounter this year is Greta Ruth’s stunning collection of songs, The Fawn, which will see its first cassette release on American Dreams Records this week. Originally released on Corrector Records, The Fawn was recorded last year but its songs were all written between 2012 andContinue reading “Greta Ruth – The Fawn”

Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material

Lorkin O’Reilly’s new album, Marriage Material, is as gentle as Earl Grey steam and as poignant as a box full of old diaries and love letters. With a voice like a roughened whisper, O’Reilly, an upstate New York-dwelling Scottish singer-songwriter, weaves poetic lines that reveal the inner turmoil and tiny epiphanies of familial connections andContinue reading “Lorkin O’Reilly – Marriage Material”

Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971

For Record Store Day’s “Drop 2” this Saturday, keep an eye out for the first ever vinyl issue of Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971, by astral folk cult favorite, Ruthann Friedman. Originally released in 2006 on CD and finally pressed onto black plastic this year by Tompkins Square Records, Hurried Life features 15 demos, homeContinue reading “Ruthann Friedman – Hurried Life: Lost Recordings, 1965-1971”