Will Stratton’s second album for Bella Union, “The Changing Wilderness”, is our album of the week. Pastoral folk for troubled times, Stratton’s seventh LP is yet another gem to be explored by fans of fingerpicking songwriters.
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If every album Daniel Romano has released in 2020 was on Spotify, it’s very possible that you would have seen his face in this playlist at least three or four more times. “How Ill Thy World is Ordered”, an album credited to his Outfit, is Romano’s 10th release of the year (ninth? eleventh? We lost track) and probably the best of the bunch. If you want to see someone going from acoustic Dylan to Parsons to Vega to Springsteen to Richman to electric Dylan and simultaneously always sounding as unique as he is, here’s an album for you. Then check his Bandcamp for hours of excellent new music, from proggy jams with Tool’s Danny Carey to traditional country tunes. Daniel Romano is the hottest artist in contemporary rock and roll music.
Plus: brand new tracks by Sam Amidon, Dawes, Randall Bramblett, Grant-Lee Phillips, Native Harrow, Faye Webster, The Shilohs, Rudy de Anda, Tiña, Throwing Muses, John Davey, Porridge Radio, Mary Lattimore, Tomberlin, Trummors, Jennifer Castle, Fenne Lily, Alasdair Roberts, Tyler Childers, Waylon Payne, Becky Warren, Gus Clark, The Bad Oats, Matt Costa, Tyler Ramsey, Yo La Tengo, and Delta Spirit.
We should all be listening to the new collection of bangers from Jessie Ware on our favourite dance floor, but well, here we are. Start your summer right with one of the last great releases of the first half of 2020. Plus 28 other new tracks by David Bruno, Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Cut Copy, Silverbacks, The Suffers, Country Westerns, Pottery, Nana Grizol, Mountain Time, Kalen & Aslyn, Mark Fredson, Corb Lund, Luka Kuplowsky, Roy Ayers, Skinshape, Khruangbin, Nadine Shah, Fenne Lily, Native Harrow, H.C. McEntire, Jess Williamson & Hand Habits, Becca Mancari, Lou Canon, Alasdair Roberts, Bill Callahan, Our Man In The Field, Bonny Light Horseman, and Foy Vance.
You know Spring has arrived whenever there’s a new Damien Jurado album to marvel at. The prolific American singer-songwriter is probably the most featured artist in our playlist since we started five years ago, and he doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down any time soon. We’re not complaining. Plus: new tracks by Lavinia BlackwAll, Alasdair Roberts, Johanna Warren, Talitha Ferri, Big Thief, Andy Jenkins, Courtney Marie Andrews, Christian Lee Hutson, Langhorne Slim, Zachary Cale, Rose City Band, Car Seat Headrest, Man Man, BC Camplight, Chicano Batman, American Aquarium, Grutera, João Pais Filipe, neubauten.org, Protomartyr, Fantastic Explosion, and Diet Cig.
With “The Dream and the Dreamer”, Jeremy Ivey ceases being just Margo Price’s husband and sidekick, and establishes himself as a songwriter worth following. It’s hard to believe this is Ivey’s debut album, and we hope it’s not the last. Some of the best americana we’ve heard this year. Plus: new tracks by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Tindersticks, The Orphan Brigade, Daniel Martin Moore, Christopher Paul Stelling, Alasdair Roberts, Richard Dawson, Matt Dorrien, Lola Kirke, Okey Dokey, Olivia Jean, Dry Cleaning, Pip Blom, Long Beard, (Sandy) Alex G, Angel Olsen, Jenny Hval, DJ Firmeza, Murs, JPEGMAFIA, Yves Tumor, Tørsö, and Swans.