Carl Berkhout – s/t

As most die-hard vinyl collectors could tell you, the prospect of a rare private pressed record is tantalizing enough, but an album that never saw any kind of release at all is something truly special. Former singer-songwriter Carl Berkhout’s undistributed recordings from 1969-1974 hint at what magic could be lurking on old tapes hidden inContinue reading “Carl Berkhout – s/t”

Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season

Jennifer Castle’s Monarch Season is as dreamy as it gets. Castle, a Toronto singer-songwriter, crafts graceful folk-inspired tunes that are richly influenced by the moon, the nature of relationships and of course, monarch butterflies. Her voice, which is usually treated with a healthy dose of reverb, is beautifully reminiscent of the vocals of Marissa NadlerContinue reading “Jennifer Castle – Monarch Season”

Al Riggs and Lauren Francis – Bile and Bone

For a particularly introspective dose of smooth ear candy, look no further than Al Riggs and Lauren Francis’ Bile and Bone. Recorded over the course of two years, this record finds Riggs and Francis blending together elements of confessional folk rock, baroque pop and ambient atmospheres. This unique stew of sounds and styles breathes lifeContinue reading “Al Riggs and Lauren Francis – Bile and Bone”

Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow

Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow Buck Curran’s No Love is Sorrow is a gorgeously stark collection of haunting guitar soundscapes and meditations on the strange complexities of adult life. Curran, whom you may remember from the psych-folk duo, Arborea, might be at his most personal on this record. Throughout the album, his lyricsContinue reading “Buck Curran – No Love is Sorrow”

Help Lindsay Clark Release Her Next Album.

Folk-inspired singer-songwriter and RCU fave, Lindsay Clark, recently fired up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the recording and release of her next album, Carpe Noctem. Clark’s Crystalline LP from 2018 was a gorgeously melancholic and personal record that was nothing short of moving. When I reviewed it at the time, I had said that it soundedContinue reading “Help Lindsay Clark Release Her Next Album.”

Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP

For a folk album with a vast range and a sweetly comforting vibe, seek out Old Mamalahoa’s Ohi’a EP. The record kicks off with a warmly psychedelicized-Laurel Canyon vibe on the title track (plus the bookending intro and outro). From there, it dips into country-folk with the chilled “Bloodhounds” and “This Old Home,” which drip with meltyContinue reading “Old Mamalahoa – Ohi’a EP”

Abimaro – “Folding”

Abimaro’s latest single finds the singer-songwriter reaching deep into her soul, and revealing its barest elements through the sound of her voice alone. “Folding” deals with how falling deeply in love with someone can be both an exhilarating joy and a potentially painful experience. Not many artists can acutely describe the beauty of a newContinue reading “Abimaro – “Folding””

July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover—no time for intros now! The Blind Owls – There Goes Your Girl Proving that you don’t need to be in the late 1960’s to create a perfect track for Nuggets, The Blind Owl’s excellent “There Goes My Girl” is a sweltering freak-beat sonic attack that you mightContinue reading “July Roundup: The Blind Owls, Dangerbyrd, Minda Lacy and More”

The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2

I am reviewing The Lark and The Loon’s Homestead Hands and The Lark and The Loon 2 together, as I received them that way, but also because they were practically recorded back-to-back as well. Homestead Hands glows with a welcoming warmth like a flickering cabin fireplace. Husband and wife duo Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen play authenticContinue reading “The Lark & The Loon – Homestead Hands & 2”

Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery

Much like the striking artwork on the album’s sleeve, the music contained within Annika Bentley’s Silver Recovery is both beautifully stark and profoundly imaginative, all while hinting at some sort of past tragedy. Bentley, a Rochester, New York singer-songwriter, had a string of robust releases throughout the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, but unfortunately had toContinue reading “Annika Bentley – Silver Recovery”