Folkie Josephine Foster has been pretty busy these past couple years, and now she’s releasing the follow up to last year’s quietly great Blood Rushing. It’s called I’m a Dreamer, and here’s the title track. It has a certain timeless quality, sounding as if it could have come from some distant era but also makes perfect sense for 2013. As always, Foster’s trademark voice is oddly beautiful. Once upon a time that voice seemed like a wild, ungainly thing, but throughout the years she has learned exactly how to use it.
I’m a Dreamer is out November 11 via Fire Records.
Shortstraw plays a rough but incredibly upbeat brand of indie rock that could only come from a place like Johannesburg. Their new record even features a song for morning people!
As far as “Couch Potato” goes, it’s a winner of an opening track, and has a pretty hilarious, infectious hook. Enjoy!
Drone, ambient music, folk, and more come together on this new shyly voiced Ô Paon EP, which was recorded in the magical land of Anacortes, Washington. There must be a lot of rough, noisy textures around those parts, because that’s what this EP is full of. Gentle drones with subtly thunderous characteristics! Somehow, Geneviève Elverum’s vocals find their place amongst this slow-moving chaos, and they sound pretty moving! Give a listen, enjoy!
New York’s Porches. delivers songs that blend folk and indie rock with a hefty dose of melancholy. If pained vocals and dreary chords aren’t your thing, you might wanna steer clear. However, if they are, bon appétit!
With “Take Me,” Sufjan Stevens intimates that even his unused demos are wholly worthwhile. Stevens shared the “repetitive lo-fi pop” song to his Tumblr Ghetto Soundcloud page upon happening across it on a hard drive under his desk. He went on to describe it with a couple of sly quadruple negatives: “It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.” Give it a listen above; the “stay positive” part should come naturally!
In lieu of her upcoming string of live shows, Icelandic folk songstress Ólöf Arnalds (formerly of múm) has dropped a free four-track-long EP of previously unreleased material. Above, give a listen to “Af stað,” originally written by Arnalds for Björk and Sigur Rós’ 2008 Náttúra concert in Reykjavík. You can stream and download the full EP, as well as find info on her upcoming tour dates here via her Bandcamp page. Enjoy!
Earlier this year, Arnalds released her third studio album Sudden Elevation via One Little Indian. Notably, it was her first LP to be sung entirely in English.
Earlier this week, Canadian folk artist Basia Bulat dropped her third studio album, Tall Tall Shadow. Give a listen to the LP’s dynamic title track above. The song opens with plinking organ keys and Bulat’s sober croon, but this quickly gives way to a propulsive drum beat and piano part, and Bulat’s singing for the remainder of the track is delightfully bouncy and utterly captivating. If you like your folk with a bit of pop, then look no further!
Tall Tall Shadow is out now via Secret City Records.
The latest full-length from singer-songwriter Bill Callahan is a wonderful display of adventurous, tender folk instrumentation and poetic lyricism.
Willis Earl Beal has shared another cut from his upcoming sophomore album Nobody knows. “Coming Through” is a passionate, relatively ebullient blues tune featuring an understated vocal contribution from Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.
Nobody knows. is scheduled for release on September 10 on HXC Recordings.
A lovely little track from the forthcoming Lake album, The World Is real. The album is looking at a September release on K, and “Dog In the Desert” is one the cuts from it. With some folky instrumentation, a simple groove, and some gentle vocals, Lake lays out a soundscape that’s inviting and beautiful. Enjoy!