Ryley Walker – Deafman Glance (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Ryley_Walker-Deafman_Glance-CD-FLAC-2018-NBFLAC
Artist: Ryley Walker
Album: Deafman Glance
Genre: Folk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 9
Duration: 00:41:29
Size: 219.98 MB

I was under a lot of stress because I was trying to make an anti-folk record and I was having trouble doing it. I wanted to make something deep-fried and more me-sounding. I didn’t want to be jammy acoustic guy anymore. I just wanted to make something weird and far-out that came from the heart finally. I was always trying to make something like this I guess, trying to catch up with my imagination. And I think I succeeded in that way – it’s got some weird instrumentation on there, and some surreal far-out words. I’m lucky enough to have some people who are playing on it who had a big part in shaping the songs and writing with me. Cooper Crain, the guy who engineered it, and played all the synthesizers. And when the flute guy, Nate Lepine came in, that was really something that made it special. The producer was this guy LeRoy Bach. I love LeRoy, he’s a really talented guy. He did the last record too. And it’s more Chicago-y sounding. Chicago sounds like a train constantly coming towards you but never arriving. That’s the sound I hear, all the time, ringing in my ears.

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Leonard Cohen – New Skin For The Old Ceremony (1994) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Leonard_Cohen-New_Skin_For_The_Old_Ceremony-REISSUE-CD-FLAC-1994-FiXIE
Artist: Leonard Cohen
Album: New Skin For The Old Ceremony
Genre: Folk
Year: 1994
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:37:06
Size: 160.76 MB

Leonard Cohen was a poet long before he decided to pick up a guitar. Despite singing in a dry baritone over spare arrangements, Cohen is a gifted lyricist who captivates the listener. New Skin for the Old Ceremony may be Leonard Cohen’s most musical album, as he is accompanied by violas, mandolins, banjos, and percussion that give his music more texture than usual. The fact that Cohen does more real singing on this album can be seen as both a blessing and a curse — while his voice sounds more strained, the songs are delivered with more passion than usual. Furthermore, he has background vocalists including Janis Ian that add significantly to create a fuller sound. It is no surprise, however, that he generally uses simple song structures to draw attention to the words (“Who By Fire”). The lyrics are filled with abstract yet vivid images, and the album primarily uses the metaphor of love and relationships as battlegrounds (“There Is a War,” “Field Commander Cohen”). Cohen is clearly singing from the heart, and he chronicles his relationship with Janis Joplin in “Chelsea Hotel No. 2.” This is one of his best albums, although new listeners should start with Songs of Leonard Cohen.

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Dom Flemons – Black Cowboys (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Dom_Flemons-Black_Cowboys-CD-FLAC-2018-FORSAKEN
Artist: Dom Flemons
Album: Black Cowboys
Genre: Folk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 18
Duration: 00:59:54
Size: 309.44 MB

Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys pays tribute to the music, culture, and the complex history of the golden era of the Wild West. In this single volume of music, the first of its kind, Flemons explores and re-analyzes this important part of our American identity. The songs and poems featured on the album take the listener on an illuminating journey from the trails to the rails of the Old West. This century-old story follows the footsteps of the thousands of African American pioneers who helped build the United States of America.

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King Dude – Sex (2016) [FLAC]

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Release Name: King_Dude-Sex-CD-FLAC-2016-FWYH
Artist: King Dude
Album: Sex
Genre: Folk
Year: 2016
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:40:11
Size: 238.55 MB

King Dude returns with an eclectic mix of nightmarish rock n’ roll and post-punk songs entitled Sex.

King Dude’s 6th studio album, featuring production by Drab Majesty and Ancient Methods. For fans of neo-folk, post punk, classic rock and more…

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King Dude – Music To Make War To (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: King_Dude-Music_To_Make_War_To-CD-FLAC-2018-FWYH
Artist: King Dude
Album: Music To Make War To
Genre: Folk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:41:38
Size: 235.64 MB

King Dude is like a million other “Goth” acts out there laying on “darkness” and baritone with a trowel. He’s been compared to Johnny Cash and that’s just laughable. If you ask me, he sounds more like a cookie cutter parody of Sister of Mercy’s Andrew Eldritch doing a parody of Iggy Pop on Quaaludes. Maybe someday, King Dude will find his own singing voice. Until then, here’s another King Dude album— laying on the “darkness” and baritone with a trowel.

Despite its snappy title, Music To Make War To kicks off with the cliched, moody broody menace of ‘Time To Go To War’. If a call to arms, it’s never sounded so sleep-inducing. Musically, the song is a straight line that doesn’t really go anywhere. ‘Velvet Rope’ is a bit more rousing, sounding like indistinguishably cliched 80’s Goth Pop. ‘Good & Bad’, his ridiculously lugubrious duet with Josephine Olivia, is self-consciously “sexy” with the kind of sleazy sax you might find on a good Madruguda album. As for, ‘I Don’t Write Love Songs Anymore’, he might want to give it a shot just to break up the monotony.

‘Dead Before The Chorus’ does the classic move of hinting at Ron Asheton’s classic, ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ riff but it doesn’t rescue things from being mired in mannered vocals and musical mediocrity. The best that can be said about ‘Twin Brother of Jesus’ is that it’s laughably self-indulgent, snail-paced and overwrought. There’s nothing going on in ‘The Garden’ but on ‘The Castle’ he goes all Pop Metal on you. ‘Let It Burn’ is the album’s most interesting moment. A cinematic torch song with Spaghetti Western flourishes. It all ends on the somnambulistic ballad, ‘God Like Me’. King Dude sounding like a lonely man at the piano bar, barely able to keep his eyes open.

Unlike someone like Chelsea Wolfe, with whom he has collaborated, King Dude can’t seem to get over loving the sound of his own voice. Musically, he lacks her eclecticism and vigor. And where Wolfe can paint the day black as a shroud at midnight, she eschews the kind of overbaked self-indulgence King Dude seems to relish in. For my money, this is just run of the mill, cliched “Goth” and it’s dull as bricks. Music to nod off to. Zzzzz…

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Current 93 – The Light Is Leaving Us All (2018) [FLAC]

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Release Name: Current_93-The_Light_Is_Leaving_Us_All-CD-FLAC-2018-D2H
Artist: Current 93
Album: The Light Is Leaving Us All
Genre: Folk
Year: 2018
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:46:05
Size: 257.03 MB

‘The Light Is Leaving Us All’ is the new album from Current 93, everyone’s favourite Hallucinatory Cuneiform SuperGroup. Three years in Her Making and Shaping, ‘The Light Is Leaving Us All’ Spells WithIn Her 11 tracks. The 12″ vinyl edition Skips Out in a gatefold sleeve, with an accompanying insert containing all lyrics and credits. The CD edition PickNicks Along in a gatefold digipak, again with an accompanying insert containing all lyrics and credits. C93 are possibly probably certainly perhaps: Alasdair Roberts, Aloma Ruiz Boada, Andrew Liles, Ben Chasny, David Tibet, Michael J. York, Ossian Brown, Reinier van Houdt, Rita Knuistingh Neven, and Thomas Ligotti. And Remember Remember Your Future Cartoon Is As Soft As The Tarot!

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9Bach – Anian (2016) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: 9Bach
Album: Anian
Genre: Folk
Year: 2016
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:50:22
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz
Size: 878.35 MB
Label: Real World Records

The eleven music tracks, plus twelve on In Your Voice and interpretive booklet make a nice CD package; the only thing missing is the Welsh-language song lyrics. — David Cox

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