Chris Sand – Horse Graveyard
No gimmicks here, just guts. "Horse Graveyard" sneers and seduces but it always captivates as the lonesome cowboy hero recalls trials and triumphs from ghosts both past and present. Chris Sand's dry and dusky drawl swaggers through the songs of "Horse Graveyard" fearlessly as he croons through a country baritone that is cool and removed yet hearty and exacting.
Briana Marela – Speak from your Heart
Briana's Marela's voice is a lantern light guiding you through a shadow world of beauty and terror. Experimental, without the self indulgence, Briana's first full length recording flirts with ambient electronics, fever-mad drumbeats, and fuzzed-out sk-1, while remaining rooted in solid, beautiful song writing, and a voice that could scatter clouds. (note: CD has alternate artwork)
Rye ‘n Clover – Teeth, Bones, and Knives!
From the Finger lakes region in Central NY, Rye 'n Clover isn't just your average cover crop. This is Folk punk banjo songs. He's singin' for the damn love of music and the passion of livin' free. Singin' for the trees and the water and the mountains.", We gotta win!
Eleanor Murray – Oh Thunder
Olympia, WA, warble-songbird Eleanor Murray weaves songs from ferns and yarn. Music that is like looking into a glittery glass terrarium; each track is a miniature world of fog and trees. An album of country-folk dreams to make you swoon for a forest.
Joe Cappocia – Everything That’s Big Always Happens A Little At A Time
Joe builds his albums like log cabins, made of well-polished driftwood. Country-tinged pop from an Olympia, WA, alt-country darling (The Pasties, Blackberry Bushes). This album is a perfect Autumn record, to remember the sunny summer.
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O'Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand. Combining their solo sets for a last-minute spot at the Camp A Low Hum Music Festival, the Dots charmed crowds with their refreshing blend of folk, tin pan alley, and a cappella styles. Their first album, Love Letter to New Zealand reflected this impromptu musical spirit. This Limited Edition of 500 records will be available in TWO COLORS:200 in TRANSLUCENT ROYAL PURPLE and 300 in TURQUOISE
Eleanor Murray – For Cedar
"Borne through a year of home recording sessions and whittled cautiously from the bark and bulk of a fruitful storm, we now present to you the full-length debut from Olympia, WA songwriter Eleanor Murray. For Cedar's opening track, Throughout the record, a backdrop of strings and distant vocals play commentary to the suits of arpeggios falling over the distance between forest and salt water." - Anonymous Monk
Polka Dot Dot Dot – Syzygy
Three people. One adventure. Cosmic alignment? Polka Dot Dot Dot, based in Olympia, WA, formed when three travelers (Jordan O*Jordan, Onyx of Olympia, and Colleen Johnson or Twig Palace) met on the treefern-speckled shores of New Zealand.On their 2nd full-length release, Syzygy (a term that refers to planetary alignment), the Dots deliver a record that is unique, beautiful, and more patient than their last.Despite the fairly existential themes of this new record, Polka Dot Dot Dot have crafted an album that floats and bobs on a cosmic sea, and is neither too heavy nor too light. Here, gravity has a gentle touch and allows us along on this trip, leaving us star-speckled and beaming at the end.
The Next Door Neighbors – Magic Vs. The Machine
Magic Vs the Machine is a coming of age story, full of images of transformation and struggle against the judgments and false-logic of the machine. From the defiant celebration of Magic Vs. the Machine to the quiet despair of The Train Song, wherever they go The Nextdoor Neighbors lead with their hearts.
June Madrona – Lions Of Cascadia
Cascadia is a dream. Before America, before the explorers came and renamed all of the mountains and the rivers, borders were formed by communities and histories were written in the heart. In their 4th studio album June Madrona returns to some of the wistfulness and instrumentation of the Winged Life. Lions of Cascadia tells the stories of the destruction and rebirth of our communities, our friendships, and our bodies.
Yes Please – For Now For Then For Them
Lily's first full length release is an album diverse in feel and content. Acapella, nylon string guitar, lushly orchestrated tracks; this album displays a greatly expanded musical palette while retaining the well crafted imagery and lyricism she's always shown.
June Madrona – The Winged Life
"He who bends to himself a joy, does the Winged Life destroy..." - BlakeThemed and titled after a work of William Blake's, June Madrona's second album "The Winged Life" explores themes of love and control. The lineup on this record is comprised of four people making use of guitar, cello, harp, glockenspiel, banjo, and of course, their voices.
June Madrona – Battlegrounds
This is the fourth June Madrona album. It features Micah Ellison on melodica and Danielle Chiero on flute, and explores themes of family and place. This lineup takes June Madrona's composition to a new level, as Micah and Danielle are both classically trained musicians. The songwriting is as articulate and powerful as ever, and the musical accompaniment lends a gravity and fullness never before heard in June Madrona.
Jenny Jenkins – Oventoucher
"Like a flightless bird that tries to fly again / somehow I want love so bad even though I don't want love." As in the cover art, Jenny reaches for the frosted cake of love again and again, undeterred by the obvious dangers of the flaming oven. She confronts the subject of love with bravery, brutal honesty and a cast of talented olympians including Derek Johnson (Le Ton Mite, Unwound), Andrew Dorsett (Lake), Jen Kliese (Superduo), and Vince Brown (Tune Stranglers).
Eli Moore – Consuming Fire
Eli Moore's solo release, "Consuming Fire", weaves folk and pop traditions into spacious compositions featuring layers of guitar, piano, and Eli's soft voice. A soundtrack for the unspoken desires of everyday life.
Robin Cutler – No More Danger
Beautiful folk ballads steeped in all the heartache and yearning of the Northwest winters. Whether in collaboration with fellow Olympia musicians Eli Moore, Adam Oelsner and Dan Swier, or all by herself, "No More Danger" showcases an artist clearly in command of her craft as a songwriter and a guitarist. Robin Cutler will break your heart and stitch it back together again.
June Madrona – A Long and Ugly Road
Recorded in a yurt next to chickens and a fountain. The song subjects vary from making out in the back of a car on the freeway, to drinking (just a little) too much, to feeling scared and hopeless after waking up to thunder rolling past you in the middle of the night. A broad range of emotions have been covered here, and they have all been written about quite eloquently. The simple stories within are the ones that, for many of us, often end up feeling the most important.
June Madrona – Waves With Nowhere to Break