Author: For Folk's Sake

Album | Freddy Parish – A Cold July

With a poet’s eye for hardship and a string-band leader’s ear for lush but focused arrangement, Freddy Parish’s A Cold July in Tucson delivers a mix of lyrical brains and musical brawn that belies an artist releasing their debut. Parish…

Album | Brigid Mae Power – Head Above The Water

Brigid Mae Power’s third album brings a change, or perhaps expansion, to her sound. The Irish singer-songwriter’s first two records had the feeling of being recorded in a small room, her haunting voice soaring above blurry soundscapes comprised of little…

Album | Mavis Staples – We Get By

A group of black children looking through a chain link fence at a carnival in the distance is the cover of Mavis Staples’ new album We Get By. The image is from a photo essay published in 1956 by Gordon…

Album | Lily & Madeline – Canterbury Girls

2018 was a big year when it came to break-up songs. In the pop world, Ariana Grande preached self-reliance and empowerment in Thank U, Next. So fucking grateful for her ex, Ariana suggested break ups are manageable if you can…

Album | Serious Sam Barrett – Where The White Roses Grow

Citing Hull folk dynasty the Watersons as a primary influence, fellow Yorkshireman Serious Sam Barrett’s traditionalist credentials are clear throughout a career now stretching to nine albums and a seemingly never-ending touring schedule. This time around, he has branched out…

Feature | 2018 Highlights

As the year is drawing to a close we asked FFS writers to share their highlights from what, we all agree, has been a pretty good year for music. You’ll find a selection of tracks for these artists on our…

Album | Chorusgirl – Shimmer and Spin

Soccer Mommy; Bad Parents; Dream Wife; Adult Mom; Girlpool; Boygenius; And now Silvi Wersing’s 80s-infused band, Chorusgirl. It’s a list with all the ingredients for one hell of an angsty family reunion, and Chorusgirl find themselves one of a wave…

Album | Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Out of Touch

It’s a genre that has come to dominate alternate music: that combination of 60s psychedelica blended with 90s stoner rock. With Tame Impala’s wash of guitar on one end and Mac Demarco’s synths on the other, a host of bands…

Album | Kitty Macfarlane – Namer of Clouds

On her debut album Somerset singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane presents an occasionally dazzling set of songs that span traditional and contemporary folk, and includes a few numbers that might well deserve a spot among the English folk canon themselves. The press…