Exposition Universelle – Orwell

The latest slice of sophisticated French pop from Orwell - more here.


Glass Fool – Kaurna Cronin

Debut UK release for Australian singer-songwriter Kaurna Cronin - more here

Odessey and Oracle and The Casiotone Orchestra (f0125)

Odessey & Oracle and The Casiotone Orchestra

An extraordinary debut by French band Odessey & Oracle - more here.


Arced – Cymbient

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


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.


Tonight, We All Swim Free – Martin Callingham

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

Writing the wrongs

Writing The Wrongs – Poundstore Riot

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

NEW RELEASE: Exposition Universelle – Orwell

Announcing the release of the latest album by Orwell – Exposition Universelle – Release date: 9 October 2015

Airy, orchestral-pop brilliance from Jérôme Didelot and friends, propelled by guitars, piano, strings, brass, vocal harmonies, vibraphone and vintage electronics (Optigan, Mellotron, etc.). Richly arranged, but ever ready with the odd synth, tuba, backmasking or unexpected chord to pierce the mix, Orwell’s fifth album is a return to French after the English experience of 2011’s Continental. Vous ne parlez pas français? No worries! Sunshine pop and baroque rock are the lingua franca here.

Exposition Universelle was conceived on the tenth anniversary of Orwell’s debut album Des Lendemains. Listening back to the old material, Didelot felt many leads had been left unexplored:

“So I wrote ‘Exposition Universelle’ as if it was a kind of follow-up. The themes—the light and dark sides of mankind, the way the future is linked to progress, the gap between collective and intimate issues—are rather similar, as well as the instrumentation (quite orchestral) but the writing is more mature, I guess.”

Didelot’s collaborators this time around include Thierry Bellia (Variety Lab), Alexandre Longo (Cascadeur), Vincent Mougel (Kidsaredead), Julien Lonchamp (Jack and The’).

Buy as DOWNLOAD, CD or Vinyl via the Bandcamp widget above. The album is distributed in the UK by Proper Music Distribution and is available through all of the usual high street and online outlets.

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COMING SOON: Exposition Universelle – Orwell

Just under 2 weeks until the UK release of French band Orwell‘s latest album – Exposition Universelle – a wonderful slice of orchestral pop, served up for your listening pleasure.

Check out this video (produced by our friends at Hot Puma Records (Belgium)) featuring Je Ne Sais Pas Mourir taken from the album:

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ODESSEY & ORACLE – Shindig! Review

Shindig! magazine is back! The relaunch edition, Issue 48 features a 5-star review of Odessey & Oracle‘s ‘Odessey & Oracle and the Casiotone Orchestra‘:

“The continental contingency (Georgio Tuma, Balduin, Jacco Gardner, Sudden Death of Stars, The Limifianas, Orval Carlos Sibellius) have always been more experimental, weirder and interesting than their UK and US counterparts. French trio (two girls and a boy) Odessey & Oracle certainly win the prize for being the most magical, strange and beautiful.

Circling around avant-garde classical elements (akin to Smile and Van Dyke Parks), folk (there’s a lot of the girly elements of The Incredible String Band, and the forlorn ‘The Cat With Lipstick’ could very well be Vashti Bunyan fronting The Beach Boys) and the layered synths and sound art of electronica originators Mort Garson and Bruce Haak, Odessey & Oracle have a beguiling sound that really can only be described as supernatural. Innocence and the unknown, childishness and the surreal lie at the centre of this, on one hand organic and on the other futuristic, suite of twisted brilliance.” *****
– Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills, Shindig!

Shindig! is a highly influential, truly independent magazine with passion and style – for more, click on the image below:

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Released in partnership with German label Songs & Whispers, Glass Fool is the debut album of the highly talented young Australian singer songwriter Kaurna Cronin.

With grand story-telling, folk jams and a lyrical sincerity beyond his years, Cronin’s unique folk blend and moving performances have been capturing audiences throughout Europe and Australia, establishing this young singer-songwriter as an emerging international sensation.

“Kaurna Cronin could very quickly spark a new genre and sound across the face of music”
– Fortitude Magazine, UK

“Reminiscent of fellow Adelaideans The Audreys”
– RIU Magazine

Having notched up countless shows throughout 2014/15, with highlights including Australia’s National Folk Festival, Festival Of The Sun, Gorgeous Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Clipsal 500, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Blenhiem Music Festival and Germany’s Breminale along with 50+ shows throughout Europe in 2014, the next 12 months will see Cronin come into his own.

With the anticipated release of Cronin’s debut album Glass Fool, 2015 will see Cronin further strengthen his touring throughout Australia with his Single Launch Tour + Album Release Tour and throughout Europe with another 50+ shows booked in U.K, Germany, Belgium, France and Scandinavia for mid-2015, cementing this young talents position at the height of Australian folk music.

Recently awarded the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award at The National Folk Festival, prestigious APRA-AMCOS Emily Burrows Award and Best Acoustic Act at the Fowlers Live Music Awards.This wandering storyteller is on the cusp of a new breed of Australian DIY folk artists, reimagining and redeveloping the way music is shared, written and enjoyed across the globe.

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NEW RELEASE: Odessey & Oracle and The Casiotone Orchestra – Odessey & Oracle

French band Odessey & Oracle‘s debut album is a wonderfully inventive example of baroque pop…

Release date: 1 June 2015

Buy the CD and/or the digital album via the Bandcamp widget (above) or direct from our Bandcamp site:

“…a mad, maverick and kaleidoscopically wilful disc, one that’s perhaps not all that easy to fully assess on even a half-dozen plays, but it nevertheless reaps considerable rewards for me. Geddit!”
– David Kidman, FATEA

“…very enjoyable.”
– Dai Jeffries, Folking.com

“Having just reviewed this for issue #48 of Shindig! and completely fallen in love with this French trio’s charms we’re very happy to introduce this wonderful music to a wider audience…(a) pastoral, eccentric and truly brilliant act…”
– Shindig-mag.com

“Baroque Pop is not one of my favourite names for a genre of music, but it’s as good a description as any for this masterpiece by French band Odessey & Oracle. Simultaneously futuristic and nostalgic, this is a beautiful and very Gallic album whose music seems equally rooted in 60s psych pop, space rock, (slightly twee) C86-style indie, Stereolab (go-to reference for modern French alternative music) and baroque/classical music.”
– Pun-Based Name

“One of the most original sound creations of French music in recent years.”
– Gianfranco Marmoro, Ondarock (IT)

“”Wide-eyed, accomplished, orchestrated and in love with an era that deserves the attention, Odessey & Oracle and the Casiotone Orchestras are not only a fun addition to the baroque-pop canon, but a great reminder of what made that scene so special.”
– Edward Charlton, Clicky Clicky Music Blog (US)

Taking their name from The Zombies 1968 cult album, Odessey & Oracle embrace the spirit of 60s psychedelia and experimentalism through a particularly ornate musical styling often referred to as baroque pop.

By no means an attempt to replicate 60s psychedelia, their music is instead influenced by the optimism and expressive freedom of that era. Their music draws its influences from a broad spectrum: from early classical music (medieval, baroque, renaissance) through to contemporary electronic music and is expressed through expansive and sophisticated arrangements featuring instruments ancient (viola da gamba, baroque cello, flute) and modern (electric pianos, Dobro, banjo, analogue synthesizers).

In the process of recording their first album, Odessey & Oracle drew on the support of a dozen musician friends who recorded vocals and instrumental parts giving birth to a speculative band called The Casiotone Orchestra (hence the album title).

Comparisons have been made with the music of The Left Banke, Brian Wilson, Robert Wyatt and the High Llamas.

Odessey & Oracle are:

Fanny L’HÉRITIER : lead vocals, baroque cello and electromechanical piano
Alice BAUDOIN : electric harpsichord, analog synths, recorders and vocals
Guillaume MÉDIONI : guitar, dobro resonator guitar, banjo, viola da gamba and vocals



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COMING SOON: Odessey & Oracle and The Casiotone Orchestra

We are pleased to announce that we will be releasing this wonderful album on 1 June:

“One of the most original sound creations of French music in recent years.”
– Gianfranco Marmoro, Ondarock (IT)

“”Wide-eyed, accomplished, orchestrated and in love with an era that deserves the attention, Odessey & Oracle and the Casiotone Orchestras are not only a fun addition to the baroque-pop canon, but a great reminder of what made that scene so special.”
– Edward Charlton, Clicky Clicky Music Blog (US)

Find out more here:


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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.

Buy the CD and/or the digital album via the Bandcamp widget (above) or direct from our Bandcamp site:

Also available from iTunes or Amazon MP3:
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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.

Buy via the Bandcamp widget (above) or direct from our Bandcamp site:

Also available from iTunes or Amazon MP3:
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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).

Alternatively, find it on iTunes or Amazon MP3:
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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.


“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.”

“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

“…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.”

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

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:


More information about Martin Callingham and the new album here.

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

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