As great as your favourite albums are, that just-stumbled-upon treasure is perhaps the sweetest thing music can offer up. Here's one that shines brighter with every listen.

From Minnesota, Parr's travels through folk and blues yield great, lived-in tunes and compelling characters and fire you up to find everything else he's put his name to. He is a fantastic guitarist and, as some of his more ambient stuff here ('Midnight Has Come & Gone', 'Adrift in Lake Superior at Sunrise') shows, he can take his music wherever he wants to and still sound like the real deal.

Not a moment wasted and not one second where you're not wondering about hearing these songs played live.

Harry Guerin