For Folk's Sake it's The Schmercuries
Last month we announced the winner of the Schmercuries - our maturely-named spoof of the Mercury Prize (except there's no prize). The team at For Folk's Sake pick our favourite 12 albums of the past year, then we invite readers to vote on them.
Here's some of the albums we chose, all of which come very highly recommended indeed:
The Leisure Society – Into the Murky Water
This is the second album from the London-based seven-piece, who I chose last time I was on Now Playing. The Leisure Society are purveyors of proper music with great tunes, smart lyrics and some of the loveliest orchestration you'll ever hear. Into the Murky Water is a thematically darker album than their debut, but it's contrasted with the light sounds of violin and flute.
Emmy the Great - Virtue
Emma-Lee Moss's second record is a emotional tour-de-force. A break-up album to end all break up albums, it charts the end of an engagement with brutal honesty. Anyone not having a good cry by final track Trellis Tower should check their pulse.
Dark Dark Dark – Wild Go
Minnesotan Band Dark Dark Dark's album Wild Go is made remarkable by the vocals of Nona Marie Invie. At once delicate and strong, confident and awkward she lends weight to anything she sings and her voice works beautifully with frontman Marshall LaCount's. The combination of cello, clarinet and accordion along with a handful of truly great songs like Celebrate and Daydreaming don't go amiss either.
Rachael Dadd - Bite the Mountain
Japan and Bristol based Rachael Dadd is a true folkie. Her pastoral, pretty songs are delivered with gorgeous earthy vocals and feature subjects like baloons, woodland creatures and recipies.
Middle Brother – Middle Brother
This record is a collaboration between Deer Tick’s John McCauley, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Delta Spirit’s Matt Vasquez. Our Record Reviews Editor Ian declared it his favourite album he's heard all year.
Finally there's our winner. Devon Sproule – I Love You, Go Easy. A confident, raw pop album from the ever-wonderful Virginian songwriter.
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