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”

Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner

To announce the upcoming vinyl release of the brilliant Songs for John Venn on Centripetal Force Records, Lou Turner has released today a charming new music video for her track, “Solar Eclipse.” We’re excited and honored to be able to share it with you first. Check it out below: Released originally last year through SpinsterContinue reading “Video Premiere: “Solar Eclipse,” by Lou Turner”

Wes Tirey – The Midwest Book of the Dead

If the landscape of the midwest had a singing voice, it surely would sing the songs of Wes Tirey. Tirey, a singer-songwriter that originally hails from a tiny hamlet in Ohio, is ten records deep and writes songs that are road weary and hardened by the grim realities of working class small town life. MuchContinue reading “Wes Tirey – The Midwest Book of the Dead”

Hotels on Mars – Grief Museums

2020 was just one tragedy after another for us all, but Mathew Weitman’s year was especially trying. He comes to terms with and expels the demons of the last 12 months with earnest on his first full-length LP, Grief Museum. Going by the name Hotels on Mars, Weitman takes the pain and trauma of thingsContinue reading “Hotels on Mars – Grief Museums”

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”