Seamus Cater & Viljam Nybacka – The Anecdotes

Seamus Cater & Viljam Nybacka are Amsterdam-based experimental folk duo. Seamus Cater is british and Viljam Nybacka is from Vaasa, Finland, but has lived in Amsterdam for the past twelve years or so. Together they’ve created a captivating folk album The Anecdotes. At times the album goes out of my comfort zone, but in the end it’s rather refreshing to listen to something more challenging than those three minute pop songs and sad whiskey-soaked country tunes for a change. And obviously there’s the beautifully phrased vocals and the traditional folk elements that will keep simple pop fan on board even if the minimalistic experimentation occasionally becomes too challenging. Just listen to the magic of Folk Music to judge yourself and stream/buy the album on their bandcamp.

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The Tallest Man On Earth, The Great American Desert, Nathan K & Paul Otteson

The last month kind of flew by and my life revolved around new job and the Euro 2012. Therefore it’s time to go through some of the great folk albums that came out during that time. More to come during the next week or so, because I try to get on track and there’s tons of albums I need to write about.

The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

Swedish Kristian Matsson aka The Tallest Man On Earth is quite a well-known folk singer-songwriter and doesn’t really need an introduction. Of course that’s partly a perspective illusion and he is not such a big star outside the world I live in. But he should be. The new album There’s No Leaving Now came out on june 12th on Dead Oceans and it is excellent. This is 1904 from the new album.

 

The Great American Desert – Carson City

Yer Bird’s latest signing is The Great American Desert. The Great American Desert is Max Holmquist who previously crafted captivating folk music under the name South Of Lincoln. His new album Carson City came out on Yer Bird Records on june 26th. Listen to the title track from this beautiful down-to-earth folk album below and hit that bandcamp link for more.


 

Great American Desert Website
Great American Desert at Bandcamp

Nathan K. – Dishes

Michigan-based folk musician Nathan K. featured in the video of the day section a while back, but it’s time for another entry, because his great new album Dishes came out on 26th of june. There’s also a new video for the song entitled Bob Seger, which is an outtake from the new album. Stream/buy at bandcamp.

Nathan K. Website
Nathan K. at Bandcamp

Paul Otteson – Robin Red

Well Robin Red by Paul Otteson was the album of the month in june and it is one of my favourite albums of the whole year. It’s such a beautiful release that I had to mention it one more time. February Fables was already pretty convincing, but Robin Red lifted Wisconsin-based Paul Otteson to the hall-of-fame for unknown folk singer-songwriters. Well I suppose hall of no fame, but magical music would be more approriate. Monstrously highly recommended. Stream/buy at bandcamp.

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Matti Jasu and the Loose Train – Samurai vs. the Computer

The new Matti Jasu and The Loose Train album I mentioned a couple weeks back is now out and available. It’s entitled Samurai vs. the Computer, it is wonderful and the obvious new choice for that album of the month slot in the right. It’s only available digitally at the moment, but you can pre-order the CD from the bandcamp page and you’ll get the download now and the CD when it will be released in mid-august. This one below is You Should Know By Now. You can stream the whole thing at bandcamp.

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Janne Laurila – Musta rasia / Kyynaamat

One of my favourite finnish singer-songwriters, Janne Laurila just released a marvellous new single Musta rasia / Kyynaamat. This beautiful 7″ single came out on the excellent Lumpeela julkaisut. If you can’t play these kind of black round thingies, it’s also available as a digital single from the usual places. Musta rasia and Kyynaamat are first outtakes from an upcoming album that will follow in the winter of 2013. You can preview the songs at iTunes. Physical copies are also available at lumpeelajulkaisut.com in case your local store doesn’t have it in stock.

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