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#Freak Folk

Monday, February 11, 2013

by Julia Webster

Freak folk is the genre that concentrates largely on reviving the ideology of the ’60s. It’s a media-created term given to a style of folk music that has evolved from the traditional folk sound. It’s really comprised of hippies bringing back old folky-themes and introducing elements of avant-garde music, baroque pop, and psychedelic sounds. The artists often incorporate strange sounds, lyrical themes and vocal styles which you’ll quickly pick up in the tracks listed.

 

                                                               Devendra Banhart

No one is exactly sure where the term originated but it’s been used constantly to describe this style of music reminiscent of the psychedelic hippy folk era. Lots of people credit Vashti Bunyan with releasing the first freak folk album called Just Another Diamond Day in 1970.

Vashti in the 70’s

 

 Vashti & Banhart giggling in bushes

One of the leading spirits behind this scene today is Devendra Banhart. For those who are unfamiliar, he’s pretty much a freak folk poster boy. He’s really one of the main reasons this genre only recently became popular in 2004 when he released his album The Golden Apples of the Sun where he collaborated with other freak folk artists like CocoRosie.

 

Album art for The Golden Apples of the Sun

Setlist for February 11, 2013

Linda Perhacs // Parallelograms

Vashti Bunyan // Diamond Day

Devendra Banhart & Vashti Bunyan // Rejoicing In The Hands

Joanna Newsom // Bridges and Balloons

CocoRosie // Good Friday

Espers // Dead King

Six Organs Of Admittance // Hazy SF

Animal Collective // Who Could Win a Rabbit

Norwegian Arms // And Then I Found Myself in the Taiga

Stray Dogg // Don’t Go

Baobab // Spring Forward

Wolf//Goat // Madness is Sanity

Wood Spider // Lonesome Shore

Praetors // Role Plays

Nadine Carina // A Difference Face Everyday

Talkative // Get Old




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