Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

Dan Michaelson will release his new solo album First Light through The state51 Conspiracy on 8th December. It is his first album away from his band The Coastguards since 2011’s Sudden Fiction.

Old Kisses, the first track taken from his new album, has more than a touch of the great Leonard Cohen’s reflectiveness and candour about it and “imagines a place where every intimate moment is made material and we are surrounded by the debris of our emotion“.

Have a listen.


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  1. Calexico – End Of The World With You
  2. No Age – Soft Collar Fad
  3. Jim White – Far Beyond The Spoken Word
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Country
  5. Hater – Blushing
  6. Django Django – Tic Tac Toe
  7. A. Savage – Ladies From Houston
  8. Surfing Magazines – One Of These Days
  9. Anna St. Louis – Fire
  10. The Deep Dark Woods – Deep Flooding Waters
  11. Miss World – Click And Yr Mine













Four new videos from four of our favourite songwriters…





India Ramey – Snake Handler

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music

Blasting twin barrels of Americana noir and southern-gothic songwriting, India Ramey fires on all cylinders with her new long player, Snake Handler.

Pentecostal churches, broken households, crooked family trees, forgotten pockets of the Deep South, and domestic violence all fill the album’s ten songs, whose autobiographical lyrics pull from Ramey’s experience as a young girl in rural Georgia. Her family home was a violent one, the product of an addicted father who flew into an abusive rage whenever his vices took control. Despite being the youngest of three children, Ramey grew up quickly, robbed of a typical childhood by her unpredictable home life.

She recollects those early years in The Baby. Listen to it and the record’s title track below.



  1. Mountain Goats – Shirtless In Hamburg
  2. OCS – The Fool
  3. U.S. Girls – Mad As Hell
  4. Patsy – Tommy, Bobby, Johnny
  5. Gun Outfit – Landscape Painter
  6. Nots – Anxious Trend
  7. Evan Stephens Hall – Burnout  (Green Day cover)
  8. Adults – MSN
  9. Silver Torches – Bartender












MM Shorts 973: Tuvaband

Posted: October 5, 2017 in Acoustic, Folk, Music

Tuvaband are a Norwegian/English duo creating beautiful folk songs reminiscent of oft-featured MM alumni Laura Marling and The Staves.

Featuring female Norwegian vocals and English male guitar playing, the band are in London soon to promo their upcoming EP with shows in Rough Trade In-Store gig on 27th Oct, followed by a show at Mirrors Festival on 28th Oct.

Listen to the stripped-back sound, vocal layering and reverb-drenched guitars of Trees below.


Sharon Van Etten originally released  her excellent debut Because I Was In Love in 2009. Now she is reissuing a remastered version of it with two additional bonus tracks, entitled (it was) because i was in love. It will be released on the 17th November.

Ahead of the reissue release, she has shared a new version of opening track I Wish I Knew, which you can stream below.



Well, better late than never! And some great new tunes.

  1. Ty Segall – Alta
  2. The Limiñanas featuring Anton Newcombe – Istanbul Is Sleepy
  3. Who Is She? – Seattle Freeze
  4. Langhorne Slim – Life Is Confusing
  5. A. Savage – Phantom Limbo
  6. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
  7. Joint Effort – Blue Lightning
  8. Nervous Dater – Don’t Be A Stranger












There isn’t much that sounds better than the gorgeous harmonies created by Swedish sisters First Aid Kit.

New single It’s A Shame is a perfect case in point. Simply lovely.


On the 27th October, The Hanging Stars will release the first single from their forthcoming second album Songs From Somewhere Else.

Taking their cues from both sides of the Atlantic – from the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes – Honeywater opens with a mesmerising steel guitar riff, which drifts into a shimmering melody framed by singer and guitarist Richard Olson’s honeyed vocals, then soars into a rapturous chorus before ending with an intense coda.

Have a listen.