photo by Heather Wilson Smith

Here are five of my favorite autumnal albums: sounds that emit a subdued, warm glow; and soft, round edges, manifested as organic, woody and resonant instrumentation.

The album she’s waited her whole life to make is urgent and tuneful. Click for full review.

Between his terrific new album and reissues of his obscure work, it’s a great time to discover DIY pop godfather Martin Newell, aka The Cleaners From Venus. Click for full review.

Unassuming style, but terrific song craft. Click for full review.

Melancholy + Elegance = Melagance, Pt. 2. Click for full review.

Their best album yet; a retro blend that sounds both familiar and fresh. Click for full review.

The North Carolina band’s chamber folk gets more muscular. Click for full review.

Traditional Brazilian music with a global twist; groovy, seductive, beautiful. Click for full review.