Indie Folk Folks


#1

Pretty broad genre but it sorta really rules. After the recent releases of albums such as Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy and Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked At Me, along with upcoming releases such as Fleet Foxes’ Crack Up, this thread seemed apt.


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#2

I’m so ready for the new Fleet Foxes to happen in my life.


#3

What exactly is Indie Folk? What distinguishes it from normal folk?


#4

I’m not super into folk but if people haven’t listened to him, Josh Ritter is a fantastic artist. Really good storyteller


#5

Indie folk is usually more progressive in terms of structure/instrumentation/lyricism where as traditional folk is more roots-y and focused on storytelling and has instrumentation more in line with country music. Thats just my viewpoint though, and there are plenty more comparisons/contrasts out there. Also I am by no means an authority on music so dont take my flimsy definitions to heart lol


#6

It is very pretty, but perhaps too cerebral for normal relaxing listening haha I really like it though! Thanks for sharing! I thought folk was something people sang in their log cabins haha


#7

I just saw Jenny Owen Youngs live a few weeks ago. She put on a great show, but I think my favorite part of it was actually her witty banter in between songs.


#8

I was pretty unfamiliar with her but I just checked out some of her work and was really impressed! Super unique voice.


#9

I’ll p much take all recommendations from this thread. Really dig the genre even if I know very very little. Will throw out Frightened Rabbit as a band to check out.


#10

To get your feet wet I very highly suggest you check out the album I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning by Bright Eyes! Pretty short album, and its the one that got me into the genre.


#11

Gotta throw out a recommendation here for the album Don’t Let The Kids Win by Julia Jacklin - it’s on endless rotation for me at the moment. I think she got a special nod from Emily Eavis to play Glastonbury this year. Nice to see some home grown talent from here in Australia making such an amazing record too. :+1:


#12

Hello yes I came here to rec ya’ll some of my faves.

Tired Pony, a collective of musicians with vocals by Gary Lightbody, the front singer of Snow Patrol:

Blaudzun. I don’t think he considers himself an indie folk musician but his songs (and especially his voice) are really something:

His second album is a little more uptempo but equally good:


#13

I tend to find a lot of indie-folk stuff a bit tiresome because I am getting old and earnest squeaky singing boys with an acoustic guitar and a banjo don’t appeal to me so much, but Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is one of those rare albums I need to listen to every day.

Within this musical region Iron and Wine do some fine things- particularly The Trapeze Swinger which is one of those songs that I love totally. Tom McRae is an amazing songwriter and Gillian Welch has a feel of real deep-rooted authenticity coupled with subtle and wholly modern songwriting and Emmy The Great is one of the best lyricists around. Her first album is quite something.