Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates

Jeffrey Silverstein is back to center your mind and relax your soul with the mellow psychedelicized country of Torri Gates. With the release of last year’s excellent You Became The Mountain, Silverstein proved to be a powerful force within the worlds of rural psych and ambient music. Following this album wasn’t going to be easy,Continue reading “Jeffrey Silverstein – Torri Gates”

Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground

Wes Buckley’s The Towering Ground is a showcase of the North Adams, MA artist’s brilliant song craft and versatility. Released last week on Half a Million Records, the label branch of the famed Belltower Records store, this album finds Buckley inhabiting dusty folk stylings and playing catchy rural melodies on acoustic guitar. The songs, whichContinue reading “Wes Buckley – The Towering Ground”

Ryley Walker – Course In Fable

Ryley Walker has always had his finger on the pulse of new and enterprising musical directions, but on Course in Fable, he’s blazing a bold and entirely unique trail. Available today from his own mini-label, Husky Pants Records, on vinyl and CD, this album finds Walker fusing all sorts of disparate things together, like jazzyContinue reading “Ryley Walker – Course In Fable”

Nico Hedley and Field Guides – “Worldly”/”The City is a Painting”

Despite both artists being Brooklynites, Nico Hedley & Field Guides (real name Benedict Kupstas) each turned in some of the year’s best melancholic country songs with their new split single, “Wordly”/ “The City is a Painting.” Released as a colored seven-inch (with a few cover variations) by Whatever’s Clever, this single finds the two musiciansContinue reading “Nico Hedley and Field Guides – “Worldly”/”The City is a Painting””

January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)

The sheer amount of great music pouring in from the end of 2020 into the start of 2021 was so immense (and I was so busy during the last two weeks), that a second volume of January’s roundup post was absolutely necessary. Here’s what else we’ve been listening to and digging lately: Matt LaJoie –Continue reading “January 2021 Roundup (Part 2)”

January 2021 Roundup (Part 1)

Greetings, folks! Here’s hoping that your new year is off to a great start. I spent the end of 2020 packing up and moving into a new home, so I’ve been a little behind on reviews. So here’s the first half of this month’s roundup of cool new releases that have been hanging out inContinue reading “January 2021 Roundup (Part 1)”

December 2020 Roundup

This horrible year can’t end soon enough, but there’s still so much great music to cover! To make matters worse, I had to take most of last week off to tend to some urgent matters, so the stack of music in my inbox just keeps growing and growing. So here’s a final roundup for 2020!Continue reading “December 2020 Roundup”

Holiday Music Roundup

While COVID is still stalking us like a pissed off Krampus, we have to stay in and avoid celebrating the holidays in groups this year. With that in mind, you need to party even harder at home on your own to make up for it, so you’re going to need plenty of great new holidayContinue reading “Holiday Music Roundup”

November 2020 Roundup

Last week’s roundup post barely put a dent into the pile of great new releases that were sent to us, so we just had to rush out a second roundup right away. Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came Nick Jonah Davis is a guitarist from Derbyshire, England, who plays in a style thatContinue reading “November 2020 Roundup”

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”