Reviews

Album | Eleni Mandell – Wake Up Again

A resident, and well-respected artist, in California, Eleni Mandell publishes what we can call her “prison album”. Even though not actually recorded in prison, the record is inspired by her participation in the “Jail With Guitars” program, bringing songwriting in…

Album | Sachiko Kanenobu – Misora

First released in 1972, Misora is timeless. Sachiko Kanenobu’s classic LP far has garnered critical acclaim and the reverence of folk music enthusiasts around the globe, marking her as a beloved singer-songwriter even though it is still her only release…

Album | Eric George – Where I Start

While Eric George’s songwriting has previously been described as between early Dylan and Appalachia, his eighth release in only half a decade subverts expectations by paying homage to 60s-era rock’n’roll. Where I Start is an album meant to reawaken what…

Single | Annamay – Grandpa (feat. Tom Kimmel)

Oftentimes, the power of folk music lies in its apparent simplicity. Traditional folk isn’t necessarily revered for its groundbreaking melodies or fanciful chord progressions, but for the stories that they tell. Swedish singer-songwriter and engineer Annamay’s latest single is an…

Album | Fruit Bats – Gold Past Life

If ever an album was tailor-made for a road trip (and this road trip has to have the words ‘great’ and ‘American’ in its description), it’s Fruit Bat’s latest record, Gold Past Life. Eric D. Johnson – the project’s singer/songwriter –…

Album | Kevin West – Story of My Life

In his time, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Kevin West has run the gamut on performance style. Starting somewhere around the blues, West’s nomadic studying habits saw him investing in the structures of hard rock, metal, jazz, and hip-hop along the way.…