Author: Mark Buckley

Album | Josienne Clarke – Parenthesis, I

Hot on the heels of last year’s Onliness, which saw Josienne Clarke recording, reworking and reclaiming a collection of her older songs, comes Parenthesis, I. Thirteen songs about finding who you are through the prism of where you came from and where…

Album | Iron & Wine – Light Verse

When Sam Beam (the man behind the moniker Iron & Wine) was asked for the reasons why he named his seventh solo studio album Light Verse, he spoke about the process of making it “felt like coming out of a tunnel…

Album | Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Past is Still Alive

In a recording studio in Durham, NC just one month shy of losing their father, Aylnda Segarra – the songwriter behind the monicker of Hurray for the Riff Raff – committed to tape the most personal album they’d made to…

Album | Chatham County Line – Hiyo

Since rising from the ashes of previous band Stillhouse a quarter of a century ago, Chatham County Line have been presenting their modern take on the bluegrass tradition to a devoted fan base across the world. Hiyo is their 11th…

Album | Devendra Banhart – Flying Wig

Devendra Banhart is no stranger to anyone who reads these pages. Flying Wig sees the Houston-born musician and songwriter releasing his 11th album into the wild. He is 21 years deep into a recording career and shows no slowing down…

Album | Gregory Alan Isakov – Appaloosa Bones

Gregory Alan Isakov is one talented fellow. He writes bruising songs, sings in a weathered voice and has a knack for writing a melody that stays with you for a long time. He also has heart, a deep lying sense…

Album | Shirley Collins – Archangel Hill

Every generation of the Collins family has been carved from the hills of the South Downs, and it is those hills that act as a silent partner and accompaniment for Archangel Hill, the third album that folk queen Shirley Collins…

Album | Arborist – An Endless Sequence of Dead Zeros

“Sometimes these are the best dreams I’ve ever had/Like a sparkle of crystals in the palm of my hand”. From the opening lines of Arborist’s third album, we are welcomed into a world observed from a different angle. Arborist, aka Mark McCambridge,…

Album | Lucy Farrell – We Are Only Sound

Lucy Farrell has been a name on the English folk circuit for a number of years, duetting with Jonny Kearney for a while and gaining acclaim in supporting slots or the likes of The Unthanks and Bellowhead. After winning the…