The Ephemeral and Sincere Nature of Little Wings’ Zephyr: A Conversation with Kyle Field

Tomorrow, Sun Cru Music will be reissuing Little Wings’ Zephyr, a mysterious and charming cassette-only album, on vinyl for the first time ever. I chatted with Little Wings, real name Kyle Field, about the record, his songwriting process and Lil Wayne. Check it out: Record Crates United: So when you were growing up, what songsContinue reading “The Ephemeral and Sincere Nature of Little Wings’ Zephyr: A Conversation with Kyle Field”

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”

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”

Rosali – No Medium

With the aid of the David Nance Group backing her up, Rosali harnessed the power of deep, raw introspection to create a record of pure catharsis. No Medium is as bare, sharp and real as it gets. Rosali, a singer-songwriter known for her work in bands like Long Hots and Monocot and as a soloContinue reading “Rosali – No Medium”

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”

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”

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”