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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.
|1||Amigo 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
It's Chamber Folk/ Indie Folk. An Australian band, this was their debut, and had some cracking tracks.
Forever Just Beyond
As I'm obsessed with it right now, a new release:
Also available on YouTube
Farewell to All We Know
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!
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.
|7||The Trees Community|
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."
|8||Fire On Fire|
Very accessible spin on this sort of apocalyptic folk subgenre. Think a less evil sounding Comus.
On Spotify and Google Play.
|So we've got Amigo the Devil vs. Ksiezyc, Augie March vs. Clem Snide, Matt Elliot vs. Gordon Bok, and The Trees Community vs. Fire On Fire.|
Happy folking everybody.