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Woods Explore Darkness on 'Strange to Explain'

Folk rock's Woods create a superb new album, Strange to Explain, that mines the subconscious in search of answers to life's unsettling realities.

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Lord Buffalo Expand Americana's Horizons via "Dog Head" (premiere)

Mud-folk, psychedelic Americana band, Lord Buffalo deliver a new video tracked in Norman, Oklahoma and spotlighting the depth of their upcoming LP, Tohu Wa Bohu.

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"A Certain Kind of Dream Quality": An Interview with Donovan Quinn

Donovan Quinn's (Skygreen Leopards) first solo album in seven years explores memory, love, and loss in no uncertain psych-folk terms.

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Elkhorn Improvise the Hypnotic 'Storm Sessions'

Instrumental guitar duo Elkhorn tweak the formula with a third musician on their latest album, The Storm Sessions. Rarely has a blizzard sounded this good.

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Richard Dawson and the Multitudes Contained in Brexit Britain

Richard Dawson's 2020 is a coruscating state-of-the-nation piece as Britain faces up to its muddled identity at the end of a tumultuous decade.

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Get 'Up on High' with Vetiver

Vetiver get intimate by addressing one person at a time on their new album, Up on High. This music is for dancing alone in one's mind.

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Very Good's 'Adulthood' Is Another Brilliant Exercise in Experimental Quirkiness

The third album from the twisted mind of Sean Cronin shows his band, Very Good, moving in strange, oddly compelling directions.

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Devendra Banhart Finds His 'Ma' in Everything

Devendra Banhart's latest album, Ma, is a tender, beautiful meditation on the bonds that ties us together.

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Sachiko Kanenobu's Psych-folk Cult Classic, 'Misora', Finally Gets a US Release

Reissued Japanese psych-folk cult classic Misora shines a new light on the genius of singer-songwriter Sachiko Kanenobu.

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Poppies: Assorted Finery from the First Psychedelic Age

Poppies is a journey through the outer reaches of obscure but brilliant psychedelic songs on this wonderfully crafted compilation from Craft Recordings.

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'Grief in Exile' Marks a New High in Mariee Sioux's Enchanting, Imaginative Folk Music

Folk artist Mariee Sioux blurs the lines between waking and sleeping as smoothly as the twilight, and Grief in Exile engages the senses, the imagination, and the heart in truly transcendental ways.

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Weyes Blood Gets Cinematic on 'Titanic Rising'

Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering) conjures up a beautiful, cinematic world through with her insightful songwriting on Titanic Rising.

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Astralingua Stunningly Isolates and Introspects on "Space Blues" (interview + premiere)

"Nomadic space-folk" Astralingua are chillingly pensive on "Space Blues" from their upcoming LP, Safe Passage, which they discuss in this interview.

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Pittsburgh Duo Chameleon Treat Unveil Record of Haunting Dream Pop with 'Basketpusher' (premiere)

Neo-psychedelia and achingly beautiful vocals are the pillars of Chameleon Treat's swirling sound, traits they hone on sophomore record Basketpusher.

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Fave Five: The Dodos

Coming off yet another acclaimed set of strum-and-pound indie pop, Meric Long of the Dodos takes our Fave Five challenge and lists the Top Five Records You Can Enjoy With a Two-Year-Old.

Evan Sawdey
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The Dodos Make Their Mid-Life Crisis Album with 'Certainty Waves'

On their seventh LP Certainty Waves, the Dodos continue to make hyperkinetic indie folk. They have made a record of blistering folk-pop poetry that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Visiter.

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Escondido Mix Desert Vibes with Rock 'n' Roll on 'Warning Bells'

Escondido's Warning Bells represents a successful step forward for a band who had their basic sound figured out from the start.

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J Hacha De Zola Sings a Song of Unrequited Love With "Syn Illusión" (premiere)

"Syn Illusión" is a quick pause to reflect on matters of the heart before tearing into his fourth LP does J Hacha De Zola good.

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Globelamp Goes Beyond Stripped-Down for Third LP, 'Romantic Cancer' (album stream + interview)

Elizabeth Le Fey (Globelamp) retreated to the wilds of New York in the dead of winter with a batch of songs intended to pick up where her previous set left off. The result is Romantic Cancer releasing on 12 October.

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Wax Mannequin Is Keeping Canada Weird

Wax Mannequin's latest album Have a New Name gets back to iconoclastic singer/songwriter's roots.

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Thayer Sarrano's Poetic, Gothic "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty" Establishes Exciting New Voice (premiere)

Georgia singer-songwriter Thayer Sarrano explores the boundaries between song and poem on "I Will Never Be Used to Your Beauty".

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Hymn for Her Releases "Blue Balloons", A Call For Hope (premiere + interview)

Hymn for Her issues new video, "Blue Balloons", ahead of roots-based new album which reminds us that roots can be found in soil other than American.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Father John Misty Turns Inward on 'God's Favorite Customer'

Forgoing the epic sweep of his previous album, Josh Tillman takes things down a notch, but still delivers a beautiful, unique album.

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Leon III Finds Unique Psych Roots on Their Self-Titled Debut

Merging a wealth of ideas with precise construction, Leon III push beyond their country music roots into exciting new areas where folk and psych meet.

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Jarboe and Byla's 2007 LP 'Viscera' Gets Reissue Treatment From Translation Loss (album stream)

Still ahead of its time one decade on, Jarboe and Byla's Viscera moves to vinyl for the first time on 20 July. Listen now.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Wrinkle Neck Mules Members Step Out As Psychedelic Folkies on 'Leon III' (album stream)

Wrinkle Neck Mules Members Andy Stepanian and Mason Brent form new group Leon III to explore their more experimental leanings and their new record is stunning.

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Haunted Summer Explores the Strange with "The Woods" (premiere)

Bridgette Moody and John Seasons team with director Brendan Eder for rare video that deftly matches images and words.

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On 'Cusp' Alela Diane Has Discovered Inspiration in Her Own Happiness

On Cusp, singer-songwriter Alela Diane finds closure on the past by embracing the sublime power she finds in motherhood.

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What Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' Is Really About

At the core of Neutral Milk Hotel's highly acclaimed 1998 album is an exploration of love and the process of unity and separation.

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The Mind-Numbing Conservatism of Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros

Traditionalism is the key to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, beginning with their devotion to the past -- but it's a past with all the rough edges, those cuts that make us bleed, rendered dull and ineffectual.

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Nordic Nomadic: Worldwide Skyline

Worldwide Skyline is an impressive release. Ross' musicianship is flawless, and his elegiac lyrics an absolute delight. Ultimately two EPs may have made a lot more sense, but what the hell, it's still streaks ahead of his psych-folk kin.

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Brooklyn Singer-Songwriter Argyle Johansen Showcases Psychedelic Folk

Like a cross between Vandaveer, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, Brooklyn songwriter Argyle Johansen [a.k.a. John F. Wentz] hammers his way into your ears with the multi-layered textures from Inner Demo(n)s, his latest album.

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