Album | Tempesst – Must Be a Dream

Listening to Tempesst’s debut LP is like traveling by cool old van through the inner surreal landscapes, passing by cosmic canyons, giant flowers, sunsets on the beach, and mushroom clouds. There a lot going on around and you don’t know…

Album | Drive-By Truckers – The New OK

When the Drive-By Truckers kept us waiting three years for January’s The Unraveling, it was the longest gap yet between albums in their 20-plus year career. Now, just nine months later, they’re back with The New OK. This surprise new…

Video premiere | She Owl – Glass (Live)

Three years after its initial release, She Owl’s Drifters EP continues to bewitch. And during these strange times one song in particular has taken on a new meaning – ‘Glass’ was written about isolation and the craving for human touch.…

Album | Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

After years of sonic adventure and leftfield swerves, Sufjan Stevens’ 2015 career highpoint Carrie & Lowell saw the restless songwriter drop anchor in the wake of his mother’s death. It’s barely-there arrangements cradled Stevens’ bleak grief with remarkably life-affirming results. I’m…

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…