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Folk Elimination Round

OK, time to match up our eight winners from the first round. The format is 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, etc. You should be familiar with all of these albums now, but if you can, maybe give them each another listen before voting on the four matchups. Voting will end at 12 midnight ET next Thursday night, 6/11.
1Amigo the Devil
Everything Is Fine


Really fun and dark "Murderfolk" with a bluegrass twinge



do you like your folk medieval, polish and like you're in some kind of apocalyptic luddite church? jam hard or die

3Augie March
Sunset Studies


It's Chamber Folk/ Indie Folk. An Australian band, this was their debut, and had some cracking tracks.

4Clem Snide
Forever Just Beyond


As I'm obsessed with it right now, a new release:


Also available on YouTube
5Matt Elliott
Farewell to All We Know

Northern Skylark

Do you believe in resurrection? You don't? Well, I did when I first heard this. This is the second coming of Leonard Cohen, I mused. He breathes throughout this album somehow. How very odd, how wonderful! It is probably not true, but damn it, he used to play a mean guitar, too. Enjoy!


or spotify
6Gordon Bok
A Tune for November


My pick is on YouTube, I saw it there. He is old school sea shanty New England type stuff pretty cool.

7The Trees Community
Christ Tree


An early "freak folk" album mixing Christian liturgical music, psychedelia, and world music. This is probably the only album I could describe as simultaneously experimental harmonically (microtones in the Asian influences) and instrumentally (sitars, harps, weird percussion), yet quaintly old-fashion and homey (mainly their singing tone). The group's website states their influences "ranged from the Incredible String Band and Moody Blues to Indian Raga and Balinese Monkey Chant, from traditional American sacred folk music to Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Bela Bartak and Claude Debussy."

8Fire On Fire
The Orchard


Very accessible spin on this sort of apocalyptic folk subgenre. Think a less evil sounding Comus.

On Spotify and Google Play.
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