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Title: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Jaakko V. on June 29, 2015, 08:11:35 PM
Currently listening to Stone Breath's Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis, an began thinking about other good psych folk artists / groups. Heard various things but am rather clueless about actual names, genre in general, etc.

What would be good names to check out? Personally, I'm referring especially to the psych folk stuff with a hint of nature mysticism, and maybe even versions of actual traditional tunes. However, not so much after '60s acid nature vibes, I'm more after Robin Hood trousers.

Recommendations welcome.



Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: m. on June 29, 2015, 09:28:29 PM
you could try with In Gowan Ring / Birch Book and Six Organs Of Admittance
also, Glass Throat Recordings has several good stuff: https://glassthroatrecordings.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Dr Alex on June 29, 2015, 09:46:50 PM
Try Sylvester Anfang II. Great band!!


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: burdizzo on June 29, 2015, 11:37:29 PM
Try The Hare And The Moon, an English band on Reverb Worship. They have three albums, but the first is probably the best.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on June 30, 2015, 02:30:16 AM
I usually love music described as this, but I'm both:  not familiar with Stone Breath and love 60's music.  I'll give them a listen and see if I know of anything.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: MUTTERWILD on June 30, 2015, 02:38:48 AM
Some classic releases. From late 60s/early 70s but might fit your needs.

COMUS "First Utterance" (1970) Essential, beautiful and unhinged. Diana is the keystone. Still unique after all these years.

CROMAGNON "Orgasm" (1969) One of my favorite lps. Probably too strange to actually be called Psych Folk but check it out anyway. Caledonia is the entry point on this one and it gets progressively more out from there. Not at all traditional but worth checking out.

PENTANGLE "Basket of Light" (1969), "Cruel Sister" (1970) and "Solomon's Seal" (1972) All the lps by the original lineup are good but these are the ones I own and listen to. Mix of original and traditional songs with exceptional musicianship.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on June 30, 2015, 04:04:21 AM
Orgasm is a fantastic album. Not sure how it would qualify here, but I'll second the recommendation on quality alone.

This Stone Breath is interesting.  If I was a betting man, I'd bet they listen to Appalachian folk quite a bit.  There are some classic banjo melodies borrowed from the likes of Roscoe Holcomb and what you might find on Mountain Music of Kentucky 2CD on Smithsonian/Folkways.  It's an added twist that, at times, one of Stone Breath sounds like Michael Gira.  I would recommend exploring Novemthree, Arrowwood, and the Little Somebody Records label.

http://www.discogs.com/label/105746-Little-Somebody-Records

https://novemthree.bandcamp.com/

http://bandcamp.com/tag/arrowwood

***I'd like to amend that Arrowwood link.  This is their latest album.  It was on my "best of" that year, and I'd recommend it as the place to begin with them.  It's also on maybe today's best psychedelic folk label (though they have shitty distribution in the USA).  http://merlinsnoserecords.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-grave

In my opinion, this album and artist is a psychedelic folk classic.  It's also droney in nature.  http://pantaleimon.bandcamp.com/album/trees-hold-time

For me, outside of some medieval elements found in the folk revival of the 60s, curly-toed slippered music is personified with this album:  http://peterscion.blogspot.com/2009/05/dark-matters-1995.html

and Peter Scion is a folk genius:  http://peterscion.blogspot.com/

and this contemporary classic is probably already known:  http://tescogermany.bandcamp.com/album/solanaceae


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: acsenger on June 30, 2015, 02:39:07 PM
I really like the only album of Ksiezyc (http://www.discogs.com/Księżyc-Księżyc/master/365258). It's not psych folk, although it has some folkish vibes. I mention it here because it doesn't fit into any category, but it's perhaps closest to folk among the genres covered by this forum.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on June 30, 2015, 06:24:33 PM
The first clear influence for Stone Breath seems to be earlier In Gowan Ring, which I generally prefer to later IGR so good move there

Of those yet to be mentioned here or in the Psyche Volk thread (http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=2138.15) (which was admittedly more the noodling hairies than the robin hood tights), I'd suggest Richard Skelton's A Broken Consort project, which at times very slightly reminds of the more instrumental Stone Breath, though all of his projects are worthy of investigation:
https://aeolian.bandcamp.com/music

For a slightly doomier vibe, perhaps a bit more nature-y than tights, some of the things on Glass Throat Recordings could qualify. Alethes, Fearthainne, The Elemental Chrysalis, others.
https://glassthroatrecordings.bandcamp.com/

Zeno mentioned Little Somebody Records, and for the tights wibe I'd go with Green Mistletoe, which is almost exactly how you'd expect them to sound with a name like that.

Far Black Furlong finds Richard Moult-y piano drone delivered by set of performers with robin hood tights squeezing their collective nuts off. Very delicate squeezing out of the choicest sounds
http://music.farblackfurlong.com/album/the-east-room

I'm not the world's biggest Sol Invictus fan, though they do have their moments. I do like Grey Force Wakeford. Still suffers slightly from the huge reverb with which Wakeford saturates most of his recent work. Duo Noir's Sintra (with Andrew King) is also pretty great. “Black Crusade” is a great booze-it-up-'n-sing-along ditty.

Only vaguely related, but with a slight Appalachian folk connect plus very good- Cye Wood And Lisa Gerrard - The Trail Of Genghis Khan.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: collapsedhole on June 30, 2015, 11:59:52 PM
good thread - thanks


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: holydeath on July 01, 2015, 02:05:51 PM
C.O.B. - Moyshe McStiff And The Tartan Lancers Of The Sacred Heart
A staple of ye olde psych folk, happy yet harrowing tunes played with yer traditional folk instruments.

United Bible Studies
The albums differ quite a lot with each other, as this falls to the more improvisational folk stuff. Works feature Richard Moult, aka. Christos Beest of ONA fame. Very gut-wrenching, very good.

After two artists like these it's hard to recommend any of the sweeter fluff like Vashti Bunyan or such. Judging by your usual taste in music, I'd say go with the more grown-up stuff and leave the children's carols to feeble hippies.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Baglady on July 01, 2015, 03:00:57 PM
There's so much good psych folk from the late '60s - early '70s. Nice to see Comus mentioned. First Utterance is amazing, an album I keep returning to. There simply is no other album like it. Otherworldly music.

Another 60s-70s group I've been listening alot to over the years is Incredible String Band. Some of their albums are a bit too goofy for me, but the self titled debut and The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter are really good. Sort of inbetween the british side of folk music and the more flower powery side of it.

A, for me at least, late discovery is Simon Finn Pass The Distance. At first I mostly enjoyed the instant apocalyptic hit song "Jerusalem", but the rest of the album has grown on me as well over time. Sort of like a disillusioned hippie folk album. Well worth checking out. Don't look for the 1971 first press unless you're rich though.

Ah, and another favorite is Davy Graham and Shirley Collins amazing album Folk Roots, New Routes. Not psych at all, but a folk masterpiece not to be missed.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: pentd on July 02, 2015, 01:01:33 AM
+1 comus

the dark past of bon scott is quite "robin hood" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZY2nl2CwLc

Kuupuu makes spooky stuff

tried stonebreath once, it sucked monkye ass


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: wyngarde on July 02, 2015, 08:10:18 AM
Yeah, the Comus (first!) album is out there on it's own. Creepy music from when England was ruled by strange unnameable gods.

Tek a lissen
https://youtu.be/f9rN6YF5J_o (https://youtu.be/f9rN6YF5J_o)


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Leewar on July 02, 2015, 05:52:03 PM
Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice and rats in the loft.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Eloy on July 02, 2015, 10:44:53 PM
Subway (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbnU5XAo7Hg&list=PL6AEC838586C26B2A&ab_channel=ThePsychedelicGarden)

"Subway was a duo, consisting of an American and an UK- guy, who released their only album in France. There they lived and played both for some time as street musicians, who played their compositons even at Parisien subway, hence the bandname."

http://www.discogs.com/artist/2321075-Subway-18


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: makhlukhalus on July 06, 2015, 10:20:50 AM
at the top of my head :::::: Sir Richard Bishop, Marissa Nadler, Jack Rose


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on July 10, 2015, 10:02:20 AM
For a slightly doomier vibe

The Gray Field Recordings is one of those rare entities who attracted me solely on project name (plus psych-folk associations). “Gray field recordings with a psyche-folk vibe”, how can you go wrong? Actually the project doesn't quite live up to the name but that's fine. Alternately cold/warm droney ambient-folk backdrops served with the often creeped-out sung and spoken nursery rhyme vocals of Ms R.Loftiss.
https://soundcloud.com/the-gray-field-recordings/nancys-song-to-charlie

Timothy Renner / Stone Breath has a few releases under the name Crow Tongue. The Red Hand Mark is the most recent I've heard, and this one ventures heavily into hand percussion, vague drone elements so faint as to be non-existent. This was released together with Prophecies and Secrets (The Red Hand Mark in Dub), which was actually much better than I expected. More focus on laying out a nice, rhythmic, atmosphere, not so much the funkinated head-nodding, maybe a bit of a Muslimgauze influence in there.
https://handeye.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: upturnedeye on July 13, 2015, 07:54:57 PM
Fairport Convention - Leige and Leif
Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
Nature and Organisation - Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude

And of course Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind and other folk-era stuff.

I'll also second Comus, In Gowan Ring, and Pentangle.



Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on September 25, 2015, 03:29:04 PM
Only vaguely related, but with a slight Appalachian folk connect plus very good- Cye Wood And Lisa Gerrard - The Trail Of Genghis Khan.

This Cye Wood chap has a project called Cave In The Sky. The one album released this year on bandcamp is very well put together, if very pretty- a tad overmuch for my tastes. Still I quite like the live version of one particular song, much more stripped down and affecting methinks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSOn2K7XB8g

Nary a set of robin hood tights in sight I'm afraid.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on October 07, 2015, 04:22:10 PM
So a new In Gowan Ring album sees the light of day. Any thoughts from anyone? I will of course be obligingly getting me some but for the moment have but this to go by:

https://youtu.be/x9INIBV7znQ

Sounds not entirely unlike I might anticipate, finding some middle ground in between Birch Book and classic IGR. Lyrically then more earthy than psychedelic amid similarly earthed pastoral phrasing. Not sure if that makes it more or less Robin Hood, but will stand by my earlier suggested critique of latter day IGR. Still undeniably well put together if, much like the above-mentioned Cye Wood, flirting with the icky realms of new age / elevator / hollywood. A couple of online promo/reviews mention DCD which raised my eyebrows but also alarm bells in the said direction.

Which reminds me. Possibly of greater note. Earlier in the year rumors of a new Twelve Thousand Days album were floating around... supposedly due toward the later part of 2015. Well then.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bob on October 11, 2015, 08:44:13 PM
So a new In Gowan Ring album sees the light of day. Any thoughts from anyone? I will of course be obligingly getting me some but for the moment have but this to go by:

https://youtu.be/x9INIBV7znQ

Sounds not entirely unlike I might anticipate, finding some middle ground in between Birch Book and classic IGR. Lyrically then more earthy than psychedelic amid similarly earthed pastoral phrasing. Not sure if that makes it more or less Robin Hood, but will stand by my earlier suggested critique of latter day IGR. Still undeniably well put together if, much like the above-mentioned Cye Wood, flirting with the icky realms of new age / elevator / hollywood. A couple of online promo/reviews mention DCD which raised my eyebrows but also alarm bells in the said direction.

Which reminds me. Possibly of greater note. Earlier in the year rumors of a new Twelve Thousand Days album were floating around... supposedly due toward the later part of 2015. Well then.

Saw In Gowan Ring live last night at Kinsale really great intimate and unique concert well worth to see if you have the chance. Couple of other new songs here http://7ciel.net/ I geuss it follows on from his other works maybe nothing really mind blowing but nice stuff all the same I think.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on October 11, 2015, 09:40:05 PM
https://sangredemuerdago.bandcamp.com/album/o-cami-o-das-mans-valeiras

Thoughts on this group?  They come out of a punk/crust tradition, so I've been surprised by the quality.  I haven't heard this new one, but the past releases have been a little off.  I haven't been able to pinpoint it, but I think it is something about how they record and/or process their recordings.  The strings don't pop out at you in a warm, particulate way.  They aren't raw, either.  They're a little lifeless, or sterile, which makes me wonder if they're using inappropriate, or junky, digital effects.  I think they have a lot of promise, but they've consistently felt like underachievers.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: eyestrain on October 12, 2015, 01:24:26 AM
underachievers.

I share this sentiment, and also that the recordings seem fairly lifeless. They just don't conjure up anything too moving for me. Aimless use of runes always kills appreciation.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: holydeath on October 12, 2015, 02:30:39 PM
https://sangredemuerdago.bandcamp.com/album/o-cami-o-das-mans-valeiras

Thoughts on this group?  They come out of a punk/crust tradition, so I've been surprised by the quality.  I haven't heard this new one, but the past releases have been a little off.  I haven't been able to pinpoint it, but I think it is something about how they record and/or process their recordings.  The strings don't pop out at you in a warm, particulate way.  They aren't raw, either.  They're a little lifeless, or sterile, which makes me wonder if they're using inappropriate, or junky, digital effects.  I think they have a lot of promise, but they've consistently felt like underachievers.

People have given praise to Sangre de Muerdago for ages and I can't get behind them. The overall work sounds well played etc, but the lifelessness certainly leaves me flaccid. There's too much "world music" and empty neofolk themes with nothing too interesting happening musically.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on February 04, 2018, 05:03:00 PM
I am totally enamoured of

Natural Snow Buildings

Not a Robin Hood tight in sight, but simply some of the best psychedelic strumming to be had. The strings strum, the bells tinkle, the wordless voices float atop the occasional tribal percuss.. massed clusters consistently to achieve an all-saturating density. As the mind kicks back and floats in sumptuous clouds of shimmering twilight one only asks why all (psych) folk couldn’t be like this. I admit I am exceedingly perturbed that I’ve heard not a peep in over a year’s time, tell me it ain’t so…

And on that note...
Try The Hare And The Moon, an English band on Reverb Worship. They have three albums, but the first is probably the best.

Totally great! Totally nails the Robin Hood tights, but really out there… in the woods and beyond... out to sea, out in the fields, out to lunch... down in the dungeons, up into the airy fairy air. Strong ritual vibe, darkened, maddened, ok occasionally acid-soaked, but but. Yes, they seem to get a lot of tips along the “acid folk” lines, but. This is really something else. Please see the following, “the final The Hare And The Moon album” (from 2017) and weep:

https://thehareandthemoon.bandcamp.com/album/the-hare-and-the-moon-futur-pass

The first probably was their best, but their apparent last is probably better still. (LAST?! GASP!! Whywhywhy would anyone kill a thing of such singular perv-vection? The world hates me.)

Funnily enough, I ignored recommendations of this band for some time because I confused the name with another somewhat related project by the name of Moongazing Hare. Actually not bad for what it is… pretty much straight down the line, bringing nothing mindblowing but bringing it well enough. His latest is actually reviewed, quite positively, but the Hare And The Moon Guy
http://active-listener.blogspot.jp/2016/03/moongazing-hare-wild-nothing.html

Some pretty nice low-fi vibes, if yer into that kinda thing.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on February 04, 2018, 07:49:51 PM
I am totally enamoured of

Natural Snow Buildings

Not a Robin Hood tight in sight, but simply some of the best psychedelic strumming to be had. The strings strum, the bells tinkle, the wordless voices float atop the occasional tribal percuss.. massed clusters consistently to achieve an all-saturating density. As the mind kicks back and floats in sumptuous clouds of shimmering twilight one only asks why all (psych) folk couldn’t be like this. I admit I am exceedingly perturbed that I’ve heard not a peep in over a year’s time, tell me it ain’t so…
Where to start?

Try The Hare And The Moon, an English band on Reverb Worship. They have three albums, but the first is probably the best.

Totally great! Totally nails the Robin Hood tights, but really out there… in the woods and beyond... out to sea, out in the fields, out to lunch... down in the dungeons, up into the airy fairy air. Strong ritual vibe, darkened, maddened, ok occasionally acid-soaked, but but. Yes, they seem to get a lot of tips along the “acid folk” lines, but. This is really something else. Please see the following, “the final The Hare And The Moon album” (from 2017) and weep:

https://thehareandthemoon.bandcamp.com/album/the-hare-and-the-moon-futur-pass

The first probably was their best, but their apparent last is probably better still. (LAST?! GASP!! Whywhywhy would anyone kill a thing of such singular perv-vection? The world hates me.)
Indeed.  Totally great!


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on February 06, 2018, 04:39:54 PM
I am totally enamoured of

Natural Snow Buildings

Not a Robin Hood tight in sight, but simply some of the best psychedelic strumming to be had. The strings strum, the bells tinkle, the wordless voices float atop the occasional tribal percuss.. massed clusters consistently to achieve an all-saturating density. As the mind kicks back and floats in sumptuous clouds of shimmering twilight one only asks why all (psych) folk couldn’t be like this. I admit I am exceedingly perturbed that I’ve heard not a peep in over a year’s time, tell me it ain’t so…
Where to start?

Looking over their massive discog, that would be the first question. Fortunately, the answer is, any of the more recent things (except Aldebaran), and in particular anything that is readily available (on discogs, at least).

In order, I would say:

Terror Horns
Beyond The Veil
Waves Of The Random Sea


NSB at their full psych-folk density, rich melancholic tonalities reminiscent of Soundtracks For The Blind /  Body Lovers era Swans but free flowing into complex harmonic depths. I wanted to draw comparison to Pelt, but with less “free” exploratory range, more focus on conveying throbbing, ambient, lull.

After that,
Shadow Kingdom
Chants Of Niflheim


The former more raw and hinting at some of the slightly scorched feedback drenchings elsewhere explored, the latter dissolving into unutterably gorgeous fields of reverberant chime-throb.
 
Then,
Isengrind, TwinSisterMoon, Natural Snow Buildings ‎– The Snowbringer Cult
Perhaps this should be the first to recommend. Isengrind is the solo project of the girl, TwinSisterMoon that of the boy, only to conclude with clear demonstration of how much better they are when working together. (Though I do love it all.) If NSB successfully piques the ear, please do look into the solo projects...
EDIT
https://badabingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/isengrind-twinsistermoon-natural-snow-buildings

(i think the above might be the only decent thing readily available on bandcamp for those that care)

And,
Night Country
-which kinda feels like a Isengrind-TwinSisterMoon-Natural Snow Buildlings mixmeisterwerk. Can be perused via archive.org and the freemusicarchive.org, along with a good amount of NSB that is currently unavailable, hopefully to be reissued at some point.

There is plenty of other material. Daughter Of Darkness a good example of NSB when they get properly loud and feedback-drenched. Again, not what I would call their premium material- but still very enjoyable to my ear! But maybe more for those who might appreciate, say, Fushitsusha at their screeching-most. (I freely admit this comparison is retarded at best, just trying to offer some sense of contrast.)


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on February 09, 2018, 08:32:37 AM
Spires That In The Sunset Rise – Ancient Patience Wills It Again
https://spiresthatinthesunsetrise.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-patience-wills-it-again-part-1
https://spiresthatinthesunsetrise.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-patience-wills-it-again-part-2

This is to my knowledge the only STITSR to really nail psych folk. Before APWIA, they were plain weird- witchy wild freakish percussion n twang, dense shambolic masses, vocals as ready to soothe as to declaim slash rant. Since APWIA two members have flown the coop whilst the remainder have gone gamelan freejazz or something.

But in Ancient Patience Wills It Again, both parts, strings and other proper folk trappings dominate a properly dark and drone-prone atmosphere, subdued, properly composed song structures to produce trembling, sometimes gorgeous, quietly insistent, hush and coo. In the sweetened flautist “Revalla” I’m even vaguely reminded of Arrowwood.  As this is STITSR however there is still a tendency, here and there, to indulge skewed twitchy-shaman-ish vocals. No complaints here, great stuff.

If APWIA appeals and one is feeling a bit more adventurous, folk-wise I’d go for their self-titled debut (2003), Four Winds The Walker and Curse The Traced Bird. Quiet little folk gems glimmer amid free ranging freak-out oddities. Love it all I do.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: holy ghost on February 09, 2018, 04:56:38 PM
Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice and rats in the loft.

This is a great one. I admit my first entry into this stuff was Comus and wow, what else is going to come close? But this is pretty friggin’ weird. I never did click with the more mellow folky stuff.

I recently bought an original copy of Catherine Riebero & Alpes “Paix” LP and that is pretty out there, great vocals, great mellow psych in the background. I’d suggest that one although I’m not familiar with the rest of her/their output.

I do give that Buffy St. Marie LP that made the Wire list a spin fairly frequently and it’s cool but hasn’t had the impact it had for others. One day maybe.....

I’d also echo the Silvester Anfang/Sylvester Anfang II suggestion. I’ve been collection their albums forever and while there’s some misses, particularly on the II era of the band that kind of aimlessly jam, the original era had some amazing stuff. I particularly like the double CD with those foxy topless witches on the cover. 


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on February 09, 2018, 08:00:19 PM
I recently bought an original copy of Catherine Riebero & Alpes “Paix” LP and that is pretty out there, great vocals, great mellow psych in the background. I’d suggest that one although I’m not familiar with the rest of her/their output.
A big favorite is Le Rat Debile 1974, but they're all good.  They finally released a box a couple years ago.

EDIT:  I wasn't aware until today, but in 2015, they released a complete discography 9xCD box set.  The one I mentioned is from 2012 and 4xCD.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on May 10, 2018, 04:53:33 PM
Brannten Schnure
Nice low-key low-fi vibe to this bedroom type psych-y folk project, Cthulu Records meets Nekrophile Rekords, very goth, sickly sweet and/or semi-whispered vocals downmixed in beds smoked-out electronic smother. Dear Leader might note the “homemade” qualities, and of these there are plenty and they are persuasive; that is to say, a range of oddities seldom elsewhere heard. So call it folk but also odd electronic experimental project with a drear understated atmosphere for which I am quite the sucker.
https://aguirrerecords.bandcamp.com/album/sommer-im-pfirsichhain
https://featheredcoyoterecords.bandcamp.com/album/getr-umt-hab-ich-vom-martinszug
https://sicsic.bandcamp.com/album/aprilnacht-sicsic075


Baldruin
Not sure this is anything like folk per se, seems a number of reviewers call it “darkambient”, I suppose owing to the ubiquitous drone elements, but has worked with Brannten Schnure and is well ensconced in the field “bedroom electronics”. Low-key low-fi vibe propelled more by the acoustic surface overlay of off-kilter music-box tendency. Far from what one might call top shelf ambient thus perhaps the folk label, but for me at least strangely addictive Cthulu Records bedroom vibes, I keep coming back trying to decide what it is, exactly, I’m supposed to be listening to.
https://baldruin.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Bloated Slutbag on May 11, 2018, 05:27:36 AM
Baldruin
Not sure this is anything like folk per se, seems a number of reviewers call it “darkambient”, I suppose owing to the ubiquitous drone elements, but has worked with Brannten Schnure and is well ensconced in the field “bedroom electronics”. Low-key low-fi vibe propelled more by the acoustic surface overlay of off-kilter music-box tendency. Far from what one might call top shelf ambient thus perhaps the folk label, but for me at least strangely addictive Cthulu Records bedroom vibes, I keep coming back trying to decide what it is, exactly, I’m supposed to be listening to.
https://baldruin.bandcamp.com/

Was slightly soused when I unloaded the above so thought I'd come back to try to parse where in hell I (imagine I) was coming from. Baldruin. Folk, okay not folk, probably more off-kilter goth pop with marked experimental leanings, plus third party folk associations. But legitimate effort in proper song-writing. Melodic music box elements, rhythms, even occasional vocals. Almost ethereal but not really "pretty" nor ominous. None of that heavy "darkambient" billowing drone texture, more pastoral, achieving drone flavors via competing collage of echoing acoustic elements. Like Brannten Schnure, each song is relatively brief, seldom straying over three minutes, so plenty of opportunity to explore a range tightly encapsulated idears. This might be where The Gray Field Recordings were going before the project disappeared hopefully not for good-

https://youtu.be/YgoOfe7svwU


Baldruin and Brannten Schnure came together (once, twice?) in this project-

Diamantener Oberhof
...which sounds pretty much what you’d get if you mixed the two together if, perhaps as these were live stage encounters, more free form in their droning tendencies.

https://youtu.be/EkhpJl6dkBQ
https://manufactureerrata.bandcamp.com/album/concert-au-greffier


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on December 16, 2018, 08:01:16 PM
https://horsecult.bandcamp.com/

Horse Cult - Day Dreams & Night Mares

I'd bookmarked this one and completely forgot about it.  It's a real beauty.  And Tyrsson of Waldteufel, who has an exceptional ear, is at the studio desk to make the sound vibrant and alive.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: absurdexposition on December 16, 2018, 08:47:35 PM
https://walkerphillips.bandcamp.com/

It's a shame there are only two tracks up on the Bandcamp because this has quickly become my favourite album of 2018. An apocalyptic and casually spiritual journey through a neo-occult-psych-folk lens, full of pop hooks and at times Cohen-esque writing. If David Tibet made folk music at the height of the psychedelic 60s it might sound something like this. Or, if this had come from that era Phillips would be ranked among highly-acclaimed lost-and-found outsider artists like D.R. Hooker and Skip Spence, and would have no doubt influenced Tibet equally as much as they did. Took a chance on it based on the incredible single “Son of Death” (and accompanying video) and have been constantly listening to a digital copy ever since, and recently received the LP in the mail. It's absolutely worth taking a chance on.


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: Zeno Marx on April 07, 2019, 10:51:39 PM
Didn't know where else to put this.

Alan Lomax’s Massive Music Archive Is Online: Features 17,000 Historic Blues & Folk Recordings

http://www.openculture.com/2019/04/alan-lomaxs-massive-music-archive-is-online.html?fbclid=IwAR1btiCWTFTHiV8qXgsjjGuRLhcd7i_HBKScyj89Rp4RZD_F5FZJCfnFFZg


Title: Re: Psych Folk Thread
Post by: absurdexposition on April 08, 2019, 12:07:56 AM
They're finally done digitizing everything? That's an amazing feat.