PLAYLIST UPDATE – OCTOBER 22: We begin this update with the latest single, the ‘Hot Air’ by Melbourne trio Cyanide Thornton who we featured earlier in the week. It’s from their debut album due out November 9 through Bedroom Suck. Immediately following that is Vancouver based and Calgary raised Kirsten Ludwig with ‘Something I Wanted To Know, the exquisite new single from her forthcoming record We Get It Now out on Friday on Oscar St Records. Irish based singer-songwriter Rosie Carney’s new album Bare has been announced for a January 25 2019 release on Akira Records and one of the deepest and most layered tracks from it is her new single ‘Orchid’ and that’s next. Following Carney is the Polish duo Tęskno (Longing) who we also featured earlier last week with the emotive ‘Kombinacje’ from their forthcoming album, Mi out on November 9. One of a number of impressive long player’s that came out on the October 12 Friday release date was Always from Manchester based singer-songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose. ‘Raindance’ is its gorgeous closer and the latest track from the Gondwana Records released album to appear in this playlist.
Austin artist Carson McHone hits you straight between the eyes next with some good ‘ol modern country music in the form of the confronting and defiant ‘Good Time Daddy Blues’ from her new album Carousel out this Friday followed by Boston artist Turner Cody with the noir like ‘Smoking In The Dark’ from his recent record The Duke Of Decline on Boy Scout. Next is the inwardly contemplative new single ‘Inside’ from What’s Really Real, the forthcoming album from from Malmo avant-garde jazz infused pop quartet We Float. London artist Penelope Trappes, is next with her recent haunting yet hope laden single ‘Connector’ which now has a mesmerising self directed video she shot with Agnes Haus which you can watch below.
Penelope Trappes (ENG)
From the forthcoming album, ‘Penelope Two’, Houndstooth. Out October 26.
Melbourne artist Courtney Barnett rounds on the uselessness of small talk next on her new single of the same name which was recorded during the sessions for her recent album Tell Me How You Really Feel. We head back to Austin for the next track, the smart ‘Without You’ from Molly Burch off her new album First Flower.
John Hiatt, the self effacing veteran music artist of some 40 plus years has a new album called The Eclipse Sessions out on New West and The mighty fine opener ‘Cry To Me’ is up next. This writer was lucky enough to see Marissa Nadler in Los Angeles last Monday night and is still on cloud nine after seeing her performance with more than able support from the dulcet voice of Los Angeles via Portland artist Johanna Warren. The subtle power of ‘Interlocking’ is the latest track from her new album For My Crimes released on Sacred Bones late last month that we’ve featured in this playlist. Los Angeles artist Anna St. Louis follows with the beautifully sparse ‘Desert’ from her first full length If Only There Was A River also released on October 12 on Woodsist. The outstanding ‘Teenage Desires’ is up next from Swedish singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist Majken lifted from her upcoming EP Young Believer out on December 7 via Kollektivet. Fellow Swede Marti West follows with the lush tones of ‘Don’t Hide Your Love Away’ from his self released new record VIII.
We Float‘s glisteningly nostalgic second single off their aforementioned new record ‘We’ follows and is the precursor for ‘False Fantasies’ from the English Lake District artist Melanie Baker off her recently released EP Dreamer. ‘Have We Met Before’, Tom Rosenthal‘s gorgeous and thoughtful duet with Fenne Lily follows as does the heart rending ‘Distant Lovers’, a track from American singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons off his new album Mission Bell on Groenland. Speaking of American singer-songwriter’s Diane Birch follows with her new single, the excellent urbane wonder ‘In It For The Race’.
Cheshire born singer-songwriter Sophie Morgan‘s poignantly telling ‘Black Dog is up next from her EP Sons & Daughters before Jordan Lee’s Mutual Benefit wades in to this playlist again beautifully with ‘Waves, Breaking’ from his new album on Trangressive, Thunder Follows The Light. The effortlessly commanding country music of Carson McHone is next with the lovely traditional feel of the banjo and violin based number ‘Don’t You Think I Feel It Too’. ‘Thousand’, Rosie Carney‘s glistening single with backing from Lisa Hannigan follows before Helena Deland makes another appearance in this playlist with ‘Lean On You’ off the three track EP From The Series Of Songs Altogether Unaccompanied Vol. III on Luminelle.
Irish outfit Villagers follows with the lyrically downcast but musically delightful electronic folk ballad ‘Again’ the opening track from their new album The Art Of Pretending To Swim out on Domino and that precedes Brooklyn singer-songerwriter Alex Toth, with his decisive and steady, ‘Copilot’ .The penultimate track comes from Liza Anne, who had a Top 5 track of the year with us in 2015 with ‘Take It Back’. Her latest single ‘Dreams’ is the title track from her new EP self released in conjunction with Arts & Crafts. The final track is the quirky ‘Run Rings Right Wrongs’ from London’s Cosmo Sheldrake who has a new EP out called Hocking.
This playlist is part of a genre based series of seven revolving 30 track Indie30 playlists share using the Spotify streaming platform. Tracks are roughly ordered by release date and will be replaced by new tracks we like as they become available. To change things up from time to time we may change tracks from the same artist and release if its from the same album or EP. All playlists are regularly updated and limited to original tracks only.
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NEW INDEPENDENT FOLK / FOLK-ROCK / COUNTRY / AMERICANA & CHAMBER POP
Updated October 21
SPECIAL UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 11: Four more tracks just added. Courtney Marie Andrews has released her long promised new single, the defiant and affirming ‘Heart And Mind’, an ode to women’s empowerment. Black Belt Eagle Scout spent some time recently on our Pop/Rock Playlist but she appears here this time with her pensive new single and another act of defiance ‘Indians Never Die’ on Saddle Creek. Her debut LP Mother Of My Children is out Friday. Long standing Dutch artist Monique Klemann has released a super tidy and laid back new single, ‘Sleeping Pill’ on Zip Records. We’ve also just added another Kurt Vile track to go with ‘Loading Zones’. The super languid yet ultra busy 10 minute single ‘Bassackwards’ is out today on Matador and comes from his newly announced album Bottle It In, set for release October 12.
PLAYLIST UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 10: There’s been a seismic shift in our Folk/Rock/Country/Singer-Songwriter/Americana/Chamber Pop Playlist over the past few hours as we’ve added ten brand new tracks to go with the eleven more we added since our last update. We begin with Los Angeles artist Julia Holter, who was our Album of The Year artist in 2015 for her album Have You In My Wilderness. The first single from her forthcoming album Aviary, out October 26 on Domino is the discordant and raucous ‘I Shall Love 2’. Following that in order is Nashville artist Elise Davis with her affecting new single ‘Lone Wolf’ from her new album Cactus on Tone Tree, Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann with the transportive ‘Jaded Lover, Shady Drifter’ from his new album No Recover on Merge, Boston folk experimentalist Anne Malin with the delicate touch of ‘In Waves’ from her self released long player Fog Area and London trio Arctic Lake with their deep and minimal new single, also self released, ‘You Know All Of Me.’
Brooklyn singer songwriter Mirah returns with abrasive beauty of ‘Counting’ from her new album Understanding on K Records. Underrated veteran John Hiatt’s recent revival through his work for label New West continues with ‘Over the Hill’ from his forthcoming album The Eclipse Sessions out October 12. Marissa Nadler returns with her third single ‘I Can’t Listen To Gene Clark Anymore’ from her forthcoming album, For My Crimes due September 28. Rock Island, Illinois artist Lewis Knudsen is next with the self released ‘Drive & Drive’. The gorgeous ‘Which Will’ from Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton is off their new album Been On Your Side out on Free Dirt. And Mark Lanegan has teamed with Duke Garwood to release a new album With Animals and we feature the jilted and foreboding new single ‘Scarlett.’
Melbourne singer-songwriter Angie McMahon slowly brings her authoritative vocals to the fore on her impassioned new single ‘Helpless’ on Covers Inc. Following that is Los Angeles alt-country trio The Devil Makes Three with their ardent slow burner ‘All Is Quiet’ from their all electric new album Chains Are Broken on New West. Born and bred Austin country artist Carson McHone’s self released single ‘Sad’, is next with its uplifting traditional style belying its lyrical content. Nashville artist Matthew Perryman Jones follows with the lush pop stylings of ‘Lovers In Another Life’ from his upcoming new album The Waking Hours out September 21 on Tone Tree. Great Lake Swimmers return with the dense and rapturous ‘Side Effects’ from The WaveS, The Wake their new album on Nettwerk.
Rounding out the last five new additions is Östersund artist/writer/journalist Annika Norlin with her new single, the cautionary ‘Correspondence:Failure for Razzia Records. Swedish singer-songwriter Majken writes about self preservation on her tense yet beautiful new single ‘The War Belongs To You’ from her upcoming home recorded debut album for Kollektivet Records. boy genius, the super talented trio of Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus are next with the brilliant ‘Bite The Hand’ from their three track self titled EP on Matador. Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile is next in a return to his classic vibe and style with some lush guitar work on his new single ‘Loading Zones’. Montreal artist Helena Deland’s gentle and dream laden ‘Rise’ is lifted from the second part of her From The Series Of Songs, Altogether Unaccompanied set. Vol. III & IV EP is out on Luminelle 19th October. We finish with the brilliant retro fitted take no shit ode to women’ssecond single from Austin artist Molly Burch from her new album First Flower out October 5 on Captured Tracks.
PLAYLIST UPDATE – AUGUST 19: It’s been fourteen days since we last checked in to give you the lowdown on the artists and the new releases that are chosen for our Folk/Rock/Country.Americana playlist. In those 14 days we’ve added 14 new tracks all of which are imbued with life in all its negative and positive colours. We begin with Mitski and the poignant nostalgia of ‘Two Slow Dancers’ a stirring ballad full of yearning and honesty that closes the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s fifth and best record to date Be The Cowboy, released on Friday. Following that is searing emotion of Sara Beth Tomberlin‘s new single ‘I’m Not Scared’ which rounds on religion and relationships and can be found on her debut album At Weddings (Saddle Creek). It’s one that pulls no punches in its unflinching willingness to tackle the fragile fine line between keeping things together and totally falling apart The third track comes from Calgary based artist Kirsten Ludwig with the beautifully unsettled ‘There You Are’. Read more about that and the album it will come from We Get It Now (Oscar St Records) in our previous article here.
For her new country record Meet Me At The River (Yep Roc), Kentucky born singer songwriter Dawn Landes relocated to Nashville from Brooklyn, convinced the legendary 86 year old Monument Records founder Fred Foster to produce it and collected a coterie of Nashville’s best musicians to play on it. It’s stellar results and its recreation of the instrument rich Nashville Sound which Foster is famous for should be no surprise to anyone. That instrumentation together with a dose of pedal steel characterises the busy yet spacious ‘Traveling’. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) have been writing and performing for a decade now as Big Red Machine and have a new EP out called Deep Green (Self Released). The country tinged title track, ‘I Won’t Run From It’ follows.
Atlanta based artist Austin Coleman is next with the opener and title track from his new album Long Mile From Home (Self Released) which precedes recent Los Angeles transplant and former New York City artist Johanna Samuels with the opening track and new single ‘Why Do I Go There’ from her defiant and honest new EP Have A Good One (Self Released). Next is Lola Kirke‘s closing track, ‘Point Of No Return’ from her debut record Head Heart West (Downtown). It’s telling on a number of levels but what it most reveals is her considerable musical abilities and at the end of the day that’s all we and she should care about.
The next offering is the second single ‘Blue Vapor’ an inspired piece of raw and haunting folk from Marissa Nadler‘s much anticipated new album For My Crimes (Bella Union) slated for September. If taken together with the nihilist title track that was the first single we’ve got one hell of a dark and deathly album coming. Next on the list is Manchester singer-songwriter Chloe Foy‘s atmospheric and tense new single ‘Asylum’ (Scope) follows and that dark mood continues on the ever underrated Scottish artist Kathryn Joseph‘s unnervingly brilliant ‘Mouths Full Of Blood’ from her new album From When I Wait The Want Is (Rock Action).
Michael Nau‘s soft rocker ‘On Ice’ from his new album with The Mighty Thread (Full Time Hobby) is next and attempts to bring some brief respite to proceedings and an escape from his own demons before 19 year old Winnipeg artist Taylor Janzen contributes the closer ‘Better Now’ from her debut EP Interpersonal (2MM) which documents her ongoing struggles with not only her mental health but the absurdities that society produces in trying to deal with the subject. The penultimate track is the dreamy folk of the new single ‘Awaken’ by another Manchester based artist Caoilfhionn Rose (pronounced Keelin) before unassuming American crooner Paul Bergmann completes the new additions with ‘Death Of Me’ a reprise of a track he originally released two years back but one that struck him again just recently. In Bergmann’s own words (I’m just) trying to be on speaking terms with death. I think it’s important.” (quote from The Bluegrass Situation).
PLAYLIST UPDATE – AUGUST 5: Quick update since last week. New tracks from NYC singer-songwriter Odetta Hartman ‘You You’, the last single from her new album Old Rockhounds Never Die out this Friday (August 10) Winnipeg’s Taylor Janzen ‘The Waiting Room’ is from her debut EP out this Friday* and Jordan Lee’s Mutual Benefit, ‘Shedding Skin’ from the forthcoming album Thunder Follows The Light out September 21 on Trangressive
PLAYLIST UPDATE – AUGUST 2: Thirteen salient delights have been added to our youngest playlist since we posted its first batch of tracks a couple of weeks back. Bordeaux based duo Queen of The Meadow, the project of Helen Ferguson and Julien Pras is first cab of the rank with the fighting melancholy of ‘Withdrawn’ off the forthcoming album A Room To Store Happiness which sees release on October 5. The same date is set down for C’est La Vie’, the new album from Matthew Houck’s Phosphorescent. The first single is the celebratory countrified tropicalia of ‘New Birth In New England’. The driving Americana inspired ‘Light On The Ground’ from Seattle based artist Austin Crane’s Valley Maker and his new record Rhododendron is out a week later on October 12.
The versatile and unique folk stylings of ‘Les Miroirs’, the new single from New Jersey based Frenchwoman Tiphanie Doucet is next before we get a taste of Austin based artist Molly Burch‘s new record First Flower (Captured Tracks) also set for release October 5. Luca Venter directed the video for the low down swinger ‘Wild’.
Molly Burch (USA)
From the forthcoming album, ‘First Flower’, Captured Tracks. Out Oct. 5.
The new album ‘To The Sunset’ by singer-songwriter Amanda Shires is out tomorrow and her vocal power and versatility is all over the stunning ‘Parking Lot Piroquette’. Watch its self made video.
Parking Lot Piroquette
Amanda Shires (USA)
From the album, ‘To The Sunset’, Silver Knife/Thirty Tigers.
New York City singer-songwriter Jason Bemis Lawrence is set to release his debut album in September. The world weary warmth of ‘How Fast Can You Pack’ is the first single from Another Hotel Hallway and boasts the vocals of Heather Woods Broderick. Next is the earnest ‘Receiver’, the second single from Might As Well With My Soul by Toronto’s Little Kid which is followed by the luminescent hymn like ‘Deep In A Haze’ from lo-fi folk duo New Indiana off their new album Darkness Sunshine out in two weeks.
The new single ‘What Hurts Worse’ from Sam Beam’s Iron & Wine is a grand ramshackle affair coming from his wryly named new EP The Weed Garden. Out at the end of August, its made up of offerings that didn’t make last year’s Beast Epic.
Another Austin artist, the Americana and folk inspired Nichole Wagner finally got the chance to record and released her debut album And The Sky Caught Fire funded through a kickstarter campaign. Its an impressive first outing and the latest single from it is the deceptively light and expertly augmented ‘Yellow Butterfly’.
With Alison Crutchfield’s band Swearin’ making a comeback, her sister Katie has teamed up ex-Swearin’ member and her Waxahatchee producer Keith Spencer to release a stripped back EP Great Thunder, the name the duo recorded two albums of material under at the time of the Cerulean Salt recordings. The next track in our playlist is its first single, ‘Chapel Of Pines’ accompanied by a Christopher Good directed video.
Chapel Of Pines
From the forthcoming EP ‘Great Thunder’, Merge. Out Sept. 7.
The final track complete with Kevin Gosset directed video is ‘The One I Love’, the throwback folk-rock inspired new single from Night Shop, the project of Justin Sullivan, formerly the drummer for Kevin Morby and Cassie Ramone. His debut album In The Break is out September 14 on Mare Records.
The One I Love
Night Shop (USA)
From the forthcoming album, ‘In The Break’, Mare Records.
JULY 21: Our Indie30 genre based 30 track playlist series is complete with the release of our Independent Folk, Folk-Rock, Country, Americana and Chamber Pop playlist. It’s taken us a while to select these 30 tracks as these are genres we’ve been voyeurs rather than connoisseurs of for many years, loving individual releases by individual artists that cross our path but never quite getting into each genre in enough depth. Therefore, we wanted to make sure we were sharing not only independent tracks and artists but also quality music. We think we’ve done pretty well.
The futuristic brand of folk emanating from Chicago artist Gia Margaret gets us started with deeply affecting and self released ‘Smoke’ which is sitting at 22 in our main chart while Exeter, England based singer songwriter George Holman’s Peacock Affect follows with his delightful genre blending mix of folk, rock and chamber pop in the form of ‘If I Could. Both tracks are self released. Lexington duo RYVOLI released their debut EP Theories a week back and are riding high in the chart at present with the exquisite ‘Ulysses’. Out of the remaining unreleased tracks from it we’ve gone for the gorgeously rich ‘East’. Next is Los Angeles based Cornelia Murr with the delicately sparse closer ‘You Got Me’ from her debut album Lake Tear of The Clouds released through Autumn Tone last week. The ultra personal ‘Milk’ from New York City’s Samia (Samia Finnerty) rounds out the tracks released in the past week. Other artists in the 30 include self released tracks from Vaudeville Etiquette, Lyla Foy and Eden Mulholland as well as two other tracks currently in our Top 30, Marissa Nadler‘s ‘For My Crimes’ and Odina‘s ‘I’ll Carry You’. You can access our current Top 30 chart here while this playlist is below.