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Arced – Cymbient

New from Welsh psychedelic art-rockers Cymbient - more here.

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The Leidenfrost Effect – Jude C Montague & Wim Oudijk

The latest collaboration from performance artist and poet Jude C Montague and musician Wim Oudijk - more here.

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Tonight, We All Swim Free – Martin Callingham

Superb debut solo album from Joyce The Librarian front-man - more here.

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Writing The Wrongs – Poundstore Riot

Superb home-fi collaboration feat. Ash Cooke & Stu Kidd - more here.

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Aéropop Revisited – Alexander von Mehren

A re-imagining of Alexander von Mehren's Aéropop - get it as download, cd or vinyl here.

NEW RELEASE: Arced – Cymbient

We are proud to announce the release of Arced a beautiful new album from Welsh psychedelic art-rockers Cymbient:

Cymbient is the musical entity of psychedelic artist Andy Fung. Arced, his fourth album, is the second released on Folkwit Records. Andy was the front man and main songwriter of Peel favourites Derrero, and is one half of Welsh duo No Thee No Ess, who received press attention and radio play on BBC 6Music. Andy has also played drums for Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Richard James, Martin Carr, Cate Le Bon, and is currently on tour with H. Hawkline.

Arced is a beautiful album resplendent with psychedelic harmonies, experimental drumming and string arrangements by composer Seb Goldfinch.

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NEW RELEASE: The Leidenfrost Effect – Jude C Montague and Wim Oudijk

We’re pleased to announce the release of The Leidenfrost Effect – a collaboration featuring Jude C Montague and Wim Oudijk:

The Leidenfrost Effect is the latest collaboration from poet and performance artist Jude C Montague and Dutch composer/arranger Wim Oudijk. Always engaging, it’s music that is sometimes challenging, often thought provoking and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Released on 23 February 2015 in collaboration with DiscoFair, The Netherlands.

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NEW RELEASE: Tonight, We All Swim Free – Martin Callingham

We are chuffed to announce the release of Martin Callingham‘s debut solo album Tonight, We All Swim Free.

Recorded at Bristol’s legendary Toybox Studios, the album was co-produced by Ali Chant whose credits include Gruff Rhys, PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Seasick Steve and Yann Tiersen. The Joyce the Librarian singer/songwriter’s 2012 album ‘They May Put Land Between Us’ won critical acclaim and airplay from the likes of BBC6’s Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson as well as BBC Radio 1’s Phil & Alice Show along with some rather high praise from the world’s music press.

Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Order the album from your local independent record store (distributed by Proper Music Distribution – Catalogue Number: f0120).

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Tonight, We All Swim Free has already received airplay from Gideon Coe, Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson on BBC6 Music as well as featured on BBC Bristol’s Introducing.

Press:

“This is really lovely album and I have no reservations about that.”
- Dai Jeffries, Folking.com

” Superb Autumnal fare, its gilded arrangement is perfect for long country walks, crushing leaves as you go.”
- CLASH MAGAZINE

“Portland Square is a beautiful number…a dark, Dickensian ode that resonates with the sombre mood of an English winter spent in yearning. The pièce-de-résistance has to be the spine-tingling finalé, as huge harmonies rise from the depths of a sparse skin-and-bones track to reach out and envelop the listener in a sinister crescendo. Staggering.”
- GLASSWERK – Portland Square was featured as TRACK OF THE DAY

“Portland Square is a warning to prepare for an Alt-Folk revitalization and the only thing you can do is embrace it” 8/10
- NUIT MAGAZINE

“…tonight’s gig feels like a glimpse into the soul of Callingham’s material and everybody in attendance leaves feeling lucky to have been part of such a special evening.”
- SONGWRITING MAGAZINE (Review of pre-release warm-up show)

“Littered with uplifting riffs and gently driving rhythms encouraged by bass, drums and guitars, this album is a shrewd selection of polyphonic musings.”
- FATEA MAGAZINE

“English alt folk singer songwriter Martin Callingham melts me into a puddle with his stringy, pastoral ballad Knots.”
- I HEART MOOSIQ

Martin Callingham: “It feels odd to put this out under my own name. Partly because it’s comfortable to separate your musical self from other aspects of life; it feels sort of like coming out in some way. But also because there have been more people involved in the making of this album than last time around. Some who I’ve played with for a few years now, but also great talents like Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good) and Anna Kissell who I’ve met since the release of the Joyce the Librarian record.”

After a somewhat nomadic childhood and spells in Herefordshire, Birmingham and London, Martin now calls Bristol home. The album, written between a short solo tour of Italy last December and the first studio sessions in April is a collection of acutely melodic and affectingly personal songs, interspersed with the occasional instrumental interlude, field recording and heartening slice of lo-fi pop. The arrangements are sparse in places, lush and expansive elsewhere, with Martin’s delicate guitar and soothing vocal at their core.

‘Tonight, We All Swim Free’ is a record of refreshingly consistent superlative songs guaranteed to vie for space in your best albums of 2015 and quite possibly your best of all time!

For more information visit http://martincallingham.com

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VIDEO: Knots – Martin Callingham

Recently premiered on Q Magazine‘s Q The Music website, here’s the new video from Martin Callingham. Described as a “quirky ‘reality’ interpretive dance video” by Alt Sounds, we love it and it’s a great preview of the forthcoming album, Tonight, We All Swim Free – out on 16 February:

Visit Folkwit’s Bandcamp site to hear another exclusive preview track, Portland Square and pre-order the CD and/or digital download:

https://folkwitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tonight-we-all-swim-free

More information about Martin Callingham and the new album here.

Or here: http://martincallingham.com/index.html

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NEW RELEASE: Writing The Wrongs – Poundstore Riot

Poundstore Riot is a collaboration between Welsh lo-fi maestro Ash Cooke (Pulco, Derrero) and Stu Kidd (BMX Bandits, The Wellgreen). Both being brought together by a mutual love of home-recorded (home-fi) music.

Inspired by an altercation that got somewhat out of hand at a half-price sale at a pound store in North Wales, the album ‘Writing the Wrongs’ has echos of 60s folk-rock psychedelia with the addition of the barn-storming punk grind of the eponymous track Poundstore Riot.

Lyrically intelligent, the album manages to be poignant yet at times laugh-out-loud funny. A must for fans of quality lo-fi music, Super Furry Animals and Teenage Fanclub.

“…a wonderful love letter to the art of home recording.”
- The Album Wall

“These two have really done something special here.”
- A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed

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NEW RELEASE: Aéropop Revisited – Alexander von Mehren

Aéropop Revisited is an EP of remixes of selected tracks from Alexander von Mehren‘s beautifully constructed 2013 debut album, Aéropop. The EP features remixes by Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas), Andy Ramsay & Joe Watson (Stereolab), Orwell, Young Dreams, Dave LeBleu (The Mercury Program) and Crookram and was mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios.

The remixers approached the material from different perspectives writing and recording new parts and even lyrics each of them adding their own signature to von Mehren’s compositions, making the EP feel like a collection of new music rather than remixed tracks.

“While many remix projects end up as incoherent messes or ego trips for the remixers, Aéropop Revisited works as a perfect companion to the original work…”
- Tim Sendra, AllMusic.com

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UK RETAIL CD & VINYL RELEASE DATE: 24 November 2014Proper Music Distribution

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NEW RELEASE: Still The Heart – The Phil Langran Band

Still The Heart is an EP featuring four new recordings from The Phil Langran Band following up on the wonderful album Jukebox Love Songs, Leaving Blues, Border Crossings & Lovers’ Laments“a warm intelligent set of songs” (Ian Sinclair, Morning Star):

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Still the Heart is an EP of four Phil Langran originals featuring the band’s signature sound – lush close harmonies, sparkling intermeshed guitars, highly melodic sax and electric guitar lines, enhanced and underpinned by fretless bass. Through literate lyrics and intriguing melodies the songs tell of friends and family, of love and loss, and trust in the kindness of strangers and kin.

Like the band’s last album, Juke Box Love Songs (2011), the new CD is produced by Frank McCarthy and packaged in a gorgeous sleeve courtesy of Max Langran’s photography and Tom Partridge’s artwork. Two songs, Injury Time and Nothing More have been in the band set for some time, whilst Forsaken and Meeting by the River are new compositions. As Tykes News characterised Phil’s work, these are “proper grown-up love songs” featuring “premier league wordsmithery”.

The line-up features all the band on vocals, Phil Langran and Steve Benford on acoustic guitars, Pippa Marland on soprano and alto sax, Frank McCarthy on electric guitar and Mark Walker on bass. Still the Heart is dedicated to the good folk of Beeston, Nottingham, for giving us all a home from home.

Here are some reactions to previous releases:

“Musically astute and lyrically absorbing” … “A warm, intelligent set of songs for folkies”
- The Morning Star

“His vocals are utterly British and delivered with understated charm” … “The band synthesises folk, Americana, and blues influences to produce a languorous, folksy backdrop for the words”
- R2/Rock’n'Reel

“A Gem”
- BBC Celtic Heartbeat

“Provides a smooth engaging listen for the folk music lover who likes it straight and true”
- David Hintz, Folkworld #49

http://www.phillangranband.com/

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FREE DOWNLOAD: The Sunshine EP – Remixed

We are chuffed to be able to offer this fab FREE download EP. It’s a set of remixes of the tracks from Snippet’s The Sunshine EP:

Download this fantastic companion to Snippet’s wonderful The Sunshine EP for FREE from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Six special artists give Snippet’s Sunshine EP a complete make over, delivering six hand-crafted remix gems like love letters to the Summer that’s been.

“The fantastic British Summer continues with this remixed venture. Time to hang your washing out on the line again!” 9/10
- Louder than War

The Sunshine EP was released earlier in summer 2014 on Folkwit Records.

More Snippet info:

snippetcuts.co.uk

folkwit.com/artists/snippet

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NEW RELEASE: Songs for Sinfonietta – Valeska Gavotte

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Songs for Sinfonietta is the second release on Folkwit Records by 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist Valeska Gavotte (aka Kevin Leahy) who hails from a small fishing village near Boston, US. It’s the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut The Sword and The Shield/Botanica (2013) that attracted airplay on the likes of The Curveball (WCR-FM), The Waiting Room and BBC Radio 3′s Late Junction, a 4 star review in R2 and praise from author Jonathan Coe:

“…a set that might in years to come be regarded in as a maverick release in the same manner that Van Dykes Park’s Song Cycle or Joanna Newsom’s Ys are considered.”
- Americana UK

“…there’s a strangeness at play across the songs…evoking Adem or Devendra Banhart” ****
- R2/Rock’n'Reel

“…an album that, whilst it defies classification, has so much to offer.”
- FATEA

“Elegant and elusive, The Sword And The Shield/Botanica brings together creativity and ingenuity to one of the most rewarding adventures sound of 2013.”
- OndaRock (Italy)

“The work of Valeska Gavotte, aka 23 year old Kevin Leahy, is one of my favourite Bandcamp discoveries in a long time. Leahy’s compositions show incredible elegance, particularly considering he plays everything himself in a stunning mixture of violin, guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin and countless other instruments; it’s undeniably impressive. His sound is the kind without immediately obvious points of reference, but there’s definitely strong similarities with Sufjan Stevens instrumentally, while the feathered production recalls Efterklang and his voice could easily be a less burdened Zach Condon.”
- Sonic Reverie

“…a great record.”
- The Waiting Room

“I listen to it often, with great pleasure…An amazing talent, in one so young. I’m sure he’ll go on to great heights…”
- Jonathan Coe, Author/Journalist

“Films often make me cry, but music almost never does – but Azure posted an album that almost broke my drought – by Valeska Gavotte. It’s like something from edenic pre-tag days, some lazysexy gentle fingers on a banjo-string or piano-key, a voice unembarrassed at not being a singer, a raggedy gnarly muddle of soft bedroom events. It’s love.”
- Great Albums Of The Week

WEBSITE: http://valeskagavotte.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ValeskaGavotte

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NEW RELEASE: Aérosuite (Sean O’Hagan Remix – The House That Jack Built) – Alexander von Mehren

The first single from the upcoming remix album of Alexander von Mehren‘s wonderful album Aéropop: Aérosuite (Sean O’Hagan Remix – The House That Jack Built) is a re-imagination of the original work by the High Llamas front man Sean O’Hagan.

Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

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