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The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

The Handsome Family – Unseen [2016]

Ten albums in, the Handsome Family haven’t run out of odd tales or memorable melodies. Unseen continues the duo’s gothic folk and country aesthetic, filling out the sound with some friendly help. We live in a fallen world, and Brett Sparks has devoted his life to documenting

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February 21st, 2017

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Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries – Music for Outcasts [2016]

Leland Sundries return with more folk rock awesomeness on their new album, Music For Outcasts: the band’s first full-length album. Six years ago, Leland Sundries’ The Apothecary EP came as a smart folk-rock album, well into the country side of alt-country. Now, after ...

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February 16th, 2017

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Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Crushed Stars – Displaced Sleepers [2017]

Displaced Sleepers is the first Crushed Stars album in four years, but Todd Gautreau has been busy in the interim. Since starting out 20 years ago as Tear Ceremony, Todd Gautreau and his Simulacra label have been turning out thinking persons’ chill-out music on a consistent ...

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February 12th, 2017

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Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Spellman (drums/vocals) at its centre, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery

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January 26th, 2017

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Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

Barbarisms – Browser [2016]

A cursory play or two of Browser, Barbarisms‘ second LP, would lead the casual listener to think that they had stumbled across some previously unknown alt-country or slacker-rock band with their roots in the 1990s. Something decidedly American. And indeed, there is a ...

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January 24th, 2017

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Okkervil River – Away [2016]

Okkervil River – Away [2016]

The eighth studio long-player from the Will Sheff– led ensemble, Away serves as both a denouement and a commencement for Okkervil River; a string of old beer tickets and a crisp hundred-dollar bill fished out of a retired jean jacket during a basement purge. Written during a

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January 16th, 2017

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Modern Studies – Swell to Great (2016)

Modern Studies – Swell to Great (2016)

They’re officially a four-piece, but there are five protagonists in chamber-pop cartographers Modern Studies. Emily Scott, Rob St John, Pete Harvey and Joe Smillie craft exquisite hymns and shanties on analogue synths, double bass, cello, drums, guitars and wine-glasses – ...

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January 9th, 2017

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case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

It was K.D. Lang who had the crazy (wonderful) idea: Neko Case, Laura Veirs and she should make a record together. It took the songwriting supergroup three years, but here it is — and it actually lives up to expectations. On opener “Atomic Number,” the three singers’ ...

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January 4th, 2017

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Escondido – Walking with a Stranger [2016]

Escondido – Walking with a Stranger [2016]

Escondido’s first album, The Ghost of Escondido, made for an auspicious entrance when they self-released it in 2013, establishing a high bar that a less talented duo might have found hard to overcome. Jessica Maros’ soaring, seductive vocals, framed by the sturdy ...

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January 3rd, 2017

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Damon & Naomi – Spirit Of Love [2016]

Damon & Naomi – Spirit Of Love [2016]

Damon & Naomi have just released an album of “B​-​sides, bonuses, and soundtracks” onto bandcamp. Spirit of Love is available for a bargain price of whatever you want to pay. As well as the excellent title track, from a Ptolemaic Terrascope compilation, there

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December 28th, 2016

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Devendra Banhart – Ape in Pink Marble [2016]

Devendra Banhart – Ape in Pink Marble [2016]

Nonesuch Records releases Devendra Banhart’s new album, Ape in Pink Marble. The album, Banhart’s ninth, was written, produced, arranged, and recorded in Los Angeles by the singer / songwriter / guitarist with his longtime collaborators Noah Georgeson and Josiah ...

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December 22nd, 2016

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J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

J Churcher – Borderland State [2016]

Recorded over a two-year period with London- based producer Dreamtrak and featuring vocal contributions from Anna B Savage, J Churcher’s Borderland State is an evocative collection that recalls the delirious haze of Maps, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mazzy Star, and the

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December 20th, 2016

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Dead Man Winter – Furnace [2017]

Dead Man Winter – Furnace [2017]

Furnace, the sophomore album from Dead Man Winter, is a highly revealing and deeply personal offering from accomplished singer and songwriter Dave Simonett. He performs under the pseudonym Dead Man Winter. Widely known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the acclaimed ...

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December 18th, 2016

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Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield [2016]

Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield [2016]

Devotees of former indie magicians The Delgados will find much to love in Emma Pollock’s third solo album since her revered band amicably split in 2005. The album’s name, In Search of Harperfield, refers to the first house bought by Pollock’s parents after they ...

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December 17th, 2016

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John K. Samson – Winter Wheat [2016]

John K. Samson – Winter Wheat [2016]

On his second solo effort, Winnipeg native John K. Samson builds on his long-tenured role as poet laureate of contemporary prairie culture. Former frontman of beloved Canadian indie rockers the Weakerthans, Samson’s trademark tales of blue- collar Canadians and downtrodden, ...

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December 7th, 2016

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M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, for release on Merge Records on March 4, 2016. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with

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November 26th, 2016

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