OFFICIAL FOLK ALBUMS CHART MAY 2024

There are seven new releases in this month’s chart, including a brand new No.1!

Beth Gibbons 'Lives Outgrown' Album Artwork

New at No. 1 is Lives Outgrown (Domino Recordings) by Beth Gibbons of Portishead fame. Her much-acclaimed debut solo record is her most personal work to date, the result of a period of sustained reflection and change — “lots of goodbyes” in Beth’s words. These are songs from the mid-course of life, when looking ahead no longer yields what it used to and looking back has a sudden, sharper focus.

Straight in at No.3 is Ferocious Dog’s thought-provoking and politically charged, Kleptocracy (Graphite). A close reflection of their live shows, the album echoes their commitment to shedding light on the issues plaguing our world today, a rallying cry for change, amplifying voices against corruption and injustice.

No. 4 is Emily Barker’s Fragile As Humans (Everyone Sang). After the expansive themes of 2020’s A Dark Murmuration of Words, this record sees Barker turn her lyrical gaze inwards, providing an unflinching self-examination of grief, pain and loneliness, while also sparkling with hope, optimism and connection.

A collage of album covers featuring Ferocious Dog's Kleptocracy at No. 3, Emily Barker's Fragile as Humans at No. 4 and Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand's Willson Williams at No. 6.

New at No. 6 is Willson Williams (One Little Independent Records), Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand’s collaborative debut. Their modest confessionals, written poetically and over nostalgic melodies, are as relatable as ever and together they find new ways to unpack their feelings.

The summation of over a decade of releasing music and the overcoming of personal struggle, Bright Circumstance (Ronachan Songs) by Blue Rose Code comes in at No. 7. Written between the Isle of Lewis, the Whitstable seafront and his new home of Liverpool, Ross Wilson’s startling vulnerability and honest lyricism give the record an undeniable feeling of redemption.

A collage of album covers featuring Blue Rose Code's Bright Circumstance at No. 7, Josienne Clarke's Parenthesis at No. 17 and Good Habits's Quarter-Life at No. 32.

In at No. 17 is Parenthesis, I (Corduroy Punk) by renowned indie-folk singer, songwriter, and producer Josienne Clarke. Shimmering, warm, intimate and profoundly heart-wrenching, the album signifies a new era for the former Rough Trade-signed artist and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winner.

No. 32 is Quarter-Life (self-released) by Good Habits, one of the most exciting new folk duos to come out of England’s North West, composed of Bonnie Schwarz and Pete Shaw. The record is their existentially optimistic look at life in their 20s as they reflect on themselves, their influences, and their future.

View the full chart HERE.

View the Folk Chart Of The Year 2023 HERE.

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