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Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader

Normally when an album has been as anticipated as much as Veckatimest has, it inevitably sinks under the weight of expectation. In the case of Grizzly Bear, everything they have done since 2006’s Yellow House has signalled a band nearing their creative peak. (more…)

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Paavoharju – ‘Italialaisella Laivalla’

To perfect honest, I’m not even sure what this album is yet, but it already seems like one of the more interesting albums of the year. My guess is that this Finnish group have tried to created a carefully sculpted transmission of obscured sounds recycled into fresh composition in the same style as Quiet Village’s Silent Movie. (more…)

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David Karsten Daniels – ‘Martha Ann’

I’ve been fortunate this week. Plenty of musical gems have come my way and this album is most certainly one of them. Evocative of Will Oldham but with enough colour and variety to retain its own identity, Fear of Flying sticks out like a beacon amongst an overcrowded genre of American songwriters.

Just for good measure, have another taste:

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epic 45 – ‘Lost in Falling Light’

I listened to this song while sitting on top of a mountain, staring out at a sea of gentle waves…and it couldn’t have been more perfect. May Your Heart Be The Map is a soothing, softly flowing album ideal to get wrapped up in on a shimmering sunmmer’s day. I only wish it had eluded me until now. (more…)

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Sharon Van Etten – ‘You Didn’t Really Do That’

I’ve just discovered this song and have made an instant connection with it. I want to plaster myself in the words and own it forever…so I’ve gone ahead and bought the EP via her website: $6 (€3.99) for a handmade CD of beautifully stark folk songs recorded in a bedroom in Brooklyn. I encourage you to do the same… (more…)

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Our Sleepless Forest – ‘Nomads’

This album is a beautiful collection of sounds. If you get as little shut-eye as I do, you’ll appreciate ambience as finely crafted as this. I cherish records seemingly created just for sleep (Lucky Pierre, Stars of the Lid, Echospace); whether it be soundtracking a 10 hour bus ride, a 32 hour train trip, or just the drawn-out, restless journey towards morning, it takes something special to gently lull the overactive imagination towards stillness.

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Jens Carelius – ‘Come Back to Me’

I think it’s safe to say that most people will have the same first impressions of this record: Nick Drake. Nick Drake. Nick Drake.

But if you can get past that – and perhaps it’s a big if – this really is a set of similarly beautiful and stark folk songs.

Jens Carelius – ‘Summer Skin’

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