Ms. Khan deftly pulls from Kate Bush, Björk and Sandy Denny. Y’know, some of the best ladies to ever let lyrics fly from their lips. Plus, Scott Walker pops up! Label: Astralwerks [myspace]

The more understated they are, the harder Callahan’s words seem to hit. Succinct, carefully chiseled phrases leave his tongue as potent figures. Poet, craftsman, philosopher, Bill is this and more. Label: Drag City [myspace]

Much better than Pitchfork says. Eight jams that stretch arms, legs and head. An Oldham inflected feel with Black Sabbath heaviness and Fairport Convention swagger. A shiny pearl indeed. Label: Thrill Jockey [myspace]