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For the first volume of Why the Tapes Play Records' Covers Project series, nine artists interpret work from Swedish electro-folk band Wintergatan. A wide range of reinventions—from solo kalimba to chamber-pop to oddball electronic. 

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Dear Crone is the latest from Olympia's Woolen Warrior. With its expansive take on sparse Northwest indie folk (think early Pedro the Lion or Damien Jurado), Dear Crone is an album about cycles, about (according to songwriter Sam Gray), "How they exist within ourselves and how we exist within them. The comfort of their continuance and the awe of their indifference."

Featuring musical contributions from Pamela Margon (Tattered Dress), Andrew Dorsett (Lake), Ariel Page, and Jen Grady (You Are Plural)...[ continued ]

Christina Antipa never fails to make music that is absolutely stunning. Her songs have a stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of weight that doesn’t come along very often and it makes you wonder why she is not a household name. This album is comprised of 10 songs that never made it onto any of her albums; compilation tracks, beautifully fragile home 4-track recordings, even a surprising cover song.

This edition is limited to 50 copies, hand assembled into little white envelopes, with a vellum insert, and hand-stamped discs...[ continued ] Christina Antipa- Thunderstruck

Olympia songwriter Joe Capoccia leads The Pine Hearts, a tight folk/bluegrass band that wears its punk roots on its sleeve. New old time music for guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Listen on Bandcamp.

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Put simply: This is the Jordan O’Jordan masterpiece we have all been waiting for. His remarkable power of appealing to most everybody is at it’s full glory here--big layers of vocal harmonies mix with stripped down banjo songs, reinterpretations of Appalachian folk tales, snaps, foot stomps, drum machine barber shop numbers, and even a hazed out shoegaze song in the form of a traditional (?!)...[ continued ] Jordan O' Jordan- Lever, Leave Here

Last one + Sale! Joe Capoccia, who’s played in so many great Olympia bands (The Pasties, The Blackberry Bushes, Southern Skies, Oly Mountain Boys, The Pine Hearts, Kite, etc), finally brings us a full length solo effort and it is beyond our wildest expectations. Not the punk or alt-country you might expect, but a nice in between, smart catchy songs that are ready to be played on repeat...[ continued ] Joe Capoccia- The Beach At Night

The first album from Eleanor Murray. Undeniably powerful folk music without boundaries. With music contributions from Olympia all-stars like Pamela Margon (Tattered Dress) and Austin Cooper (Kendl Winter & The Summer Gold). Produced by Ben Kamen and released on Anonymous Monk Records.

Eleanor Murray- Today

Seattle's Appalachian Yard Art has been building an impressive catalog of lo-fi psych folk oddities over the last few years. Fussy is their most concise and unified effort so far—nine surprising, noisy, and often sublime songs. Minimalist outsider mini-epics.

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ] Appalachian Yard Art- Dogwhistle

Noisy and beautiful psych-folk from Seattle. Gloriously hypnotizing. A masterpiece.

Listen on Bandcamp.

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Appalachian Yard Art- From Here to There is Further Than There to Here

The first full-length from The Washboard Abs. Gorgeous, textural bedroom pop from Olympia, Washington. The beginning of something great.

Limited-edition second printing of 100 clear-shelled cassettes. With cardstock covers printed by Eberhardt Press. 

Released on Antiquated Future Records. Listen on Bandcamp...[ continued ] The Washboard Abs- Something New