Album | Sing Leaf – Not Earth

Sing Leaf may have the most appealing album name of the year. Earth in 2020 is a volatile and fragile place, perched precariously on the edge of disaster. Not here, Not Earth? That sounds like a welcome respite. So too…

Premiere | Bobbylene – Rolling Thunder

Bobbylene is the folk-pop lovechild of Bobby Katz and Marlene McCarthy. Two NYC-based musicians, they met while studying at NYU in respective jazz and classical programs. Now, they’re making slickly produced, heartfelt Americana as if they’ve been doing it for…

Premiere | Thomm Jutz – Adios Boys

Between the good and the bad, the past and the present, and conservation and alteration, Thomm Jutz lives in a dual-world of juxtaposition. Hence, his folk LP series, To Live in Two Worlds, fittingly split into two volumes. Volume Two…

Interview | FFS 5 with Eric Anders

Eric Anders and Mark O’Bitz’ American Bardo begins with ‘Matterbloomlight (Revisited)’. Earlier this year, For Folk’s Sake premiered and praised the single for its complex, cyclical themes and the profundity of its arrangement. Now, much of the same can be…

Album | Team Love – Team Love

On the song ‘Vigil’, Ruby McGrath-Lester sighs “I was going to write a song for you / I thought it’s the least that I could do / But I am too damn livid to even think anymore.” It’s lucky that…

Album | Native Harrow – Closeness

Closeness can be a tall order, especially during the ongoing pandemic, but for Native Harrow Closeness is pretty much all there is. The clock is constantly moving ahead, but as singer Devin Tuel notes, “while the clock is moving, we can hold on…

EP | Neil Young – The Times

Having filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for using ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ at his campaign events without seeking permission, Neil Young has helpfully suggested a different tune the US President’s re-election campaign might want to consider. ‘Looking For…

Premiere | Dan Sumner – Let the Light In

Borne of the same artistic ingenuity that has The National or Bear’s Den constantly evolving, Dan Sumner finds himself in a folk-rock foundation that’s twisted and turned time and again. Crafting and navigating through captivating, textured arrangements seems to come…

Interview | FFS 5 with Dan Tuffy

Dan Tuffy really made his splash with 2017’s Songs from Dan. Peppered with mystifying folk narration, the album garnered him praise that saw him tour throughout Australia and Europe. Relaxing from that busy schedule in light of a worldwide pandemic…

Interview | FFS 5 with Mark Vickness

A keen instrumentalist, Mark Vickness’ music lives in the in-between. Between words, the artist composes vivid, emotional expressions alongside his ensemble, Interconnected. Fittingly sharing a name with his collective, Vickness’ 2020 album, Interconnected, features four original pieces alongside four solo,…

Premiere | Jon Danforth – All Our Promises

Jon Danforth first barreled onto the indie folk radar with his 2017 EP, This Could Change. Since the forward-driving Americana of that first release, the Dallas singer-songwriter’s sound has evolved into an eclectic, ethereal, and rock-tinged take on largely folk-informed…

Album | Fay Hield – Wrackline

“We all search to connect with others – we are entranced by those we cannot connect with and find ways to tell their stories to explain our own.” – Fay Hield Wrackline is Fay Hield’s first release since 2016’s Old…

Album | Lucy Feliz – Last of the Sun

“Dreamers stuck in their song,” – this line is resounding in Lucy Feliz’s ‘Paradise’. Well, I wouldn’t mind being stuck in her songs awhile. Last of the Sun, the second album from the Brighton-based folk singer-songwriter, is full of sun,…