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GENERAL SOUND DISCUSSION => GENERAL SOUND DISCUSSION => Topic started by: Harvest on July 01, 2018, 01:38:58 AM



Title: Neofolk
Post by: Harvest on July 01, 2018, 01:38:58 AM
quick search yeilds no thread for hippy singer/songwriters like Doug, Tony & David. any fanatics or are we all “too tough” to enjoy old men w 12 string sitting under tree? honestly enjoy Di6 albums like Rose Cloud or Nada but not so keen on All Pigs. not familiar with much else outside the well known albums of the genre (thunder perfect mind , trees in winter etc etc)

so in short,  looking for suggestions. new acts and obscure gems from past all welcome.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Zeno Marx on July 01, 2018, 01:53:46 AM
I believe most of the discussions are in the playlist thread, but here are a few threads that you might find useful:

http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=5939.0

http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=2138.0

http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=2546.0

I thought we had one that spanned mountain folk (Roscoe Holcomb etc) to the great offerings of Little Somebody Records (Novemthree, Arrowwood, etc) and Merlin's Nose Label (Gulaab, In Gowan Ring, etc), but I didn't find anything intensive with a search.  There's another newish label I have noted for this, but I can't remember it right now.  I would also watch out for reissues from Kissing Spell and Garden of Delights.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: totalblack on July 01, 2018, 02:17:35 AM
Interesting that this popped up, currently going back through the Allerseelen discography looking for all the highlights. Group with such a huge discography but so much weird garbage music that it's almost difficult to look at.

My impression of the genre currently is that most of the new groups trying to mimic it are incapable of doing it in the proper sound and spirit of the old days- I do like Blood and Sun though. Interested to hear others comments and new suggestions however - this genre acted as a bridge for me into noise and PE as a teenager, getting records from World Serpent, shortly before their demise.

Have gotten to see Doug, Tony, and David all play throughout the last 5 years. DIJ  in Massachusetts on the last North American tour before John passed (RIP), Tony playing in Berlin as Crisis, and David with C93- all great gigs. Even Crisis shockingly, assumed it would be terrible but was surprised


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: deutscheasphalt on July 01, 2018, 09:49:38 AM
quick search yeilds no thread for hippy singer/songwriters like Doug, Tony & David. any fanatics or are we all “too tough” to enjoy old men w 12 string sitting under tree? honestly enjoy Di6 albums like Rose Cloud or Nada but not so keen on All Pigs. not familiar with much else outside the well known albums of the genre (thunder perfect mind , trees in winter etc etc)

so in short,  looking for suggestions. new acts and obscure gems from past all welcome.

Changes, Fire+Ice all you need basically, Pyhä Kuolema for more recent stuff


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: burdizzo on July 01, 2018, 09:54:08 AM
There's certainly threads on C93;

www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=2036.0

and Fire + Ice;

http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=2569.0

this might also be of interest;

www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=3445.0

as might this DiJ thread;

http://www.special-interests.net/forum/index.php?topic=3475.0


The one I would highly recommend is Andrew King - very studied and sincere take on traditional sources, esp. on The Amfortas Wound.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Kayandah on July 01, 2018, 05:27:55 PM
What happened to all those Neo folk labels under Steinklang? I don't think much has been put out for years now, which is odd because even if a label folks the artist should still be going...


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: holy ghost on July 01, 2018, 05:54:23 PM
Hi, just popping in with full disclosure that I have little to zero interest in the "it's just a sunwheel" neofolk that seems to be all the rage these days but about 10-12 years ago I stumbled across this weirdo Austrian folk outfit Sturmpercht and this is one of my favorite folky "wizards and trolls" records: https://sturmpercht.bandcamp.com/album/geister-im-waldgebirg-2014-edition.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Zeno Marx on July 01, 2018, 08:37:05 PM
To my memory, I don't think there is any Sturmpercht that isn't some degree of great.  And while we're here, and to repeat myself like the broken record I am, WALDTEUFEL.  Heimliches Deutschland is an all-time favorite.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: bitewerksMTB on July 01, 2018, 11:17:20 PM
I use to have this by Hekate & thought it was pretty good:

https://hekate-de.bandcamp.com/album/sonnentanz



Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: totalblack on July 02, 2018, 12:25:06 AM
Hi, just popping in with full disclosure that I have little to zero interest in the "it's just a sunwheel" neofolk that seems to be all the rage these days but about 10-12 years ago I stumbled across this weirdo Austrian folk outfit Sturmpercht and this is one of my favorite folky "wizards and trolls" records: https://sturmpercht.bandcamp.com/album/geister-im-waldgebirg-2014-edition.

Nothing wrong at all with Sturmpercht - they have some really great material. But worth pointing out that this is one of the guys behind Rasthof Dachau


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Zeno Marx on September 15, 2020, 08:00:24 PM
https://gruppe-eulenspiegel.bandcamp.com/album/eulentanz

This was a nice surprise for the morning.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Atrophist on September 16, 2020, 02:22:43 AM
quick search yeilds no thread for hippy singer/songwriters like Doug, Tony & David. any fanatics or are we all “too tough” to enjoy old men w 12 string sitting under tree? honestly enjoy Di6 albums like Rose Cloud or Nada but not so keen on All Pigs. not familiar with much else outside the well known albums of the genre (thunder perfect mind , trees in winter etc etc)

so in short,  looking for suggestions. new acts and obscure gems from past all welcome.

Changes, Fire+Ice all you need basically, Pyhä Kuolema for more recent stuff

Pyhä kuolema (not Pyhä Kuolema btw) has a backing band now for live shows. Good stuff.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: absurdexposition on September 16, 2020, 02:57:04 AM
The transition from summer into fall always brings on a neofolk mood. I've already spent some time recently with Sol Invictus' great "Trees in Winter" and Fire + Ice's "Fractured Man". No doubt the usual Blood Axis, Di6, Current 93, etc. playlists are just around the corner, but as time goes on Ian Read/Fire + Ice just proves to be ever more the goat. "Gilded by the Sun" is a perfect album, and the combination of early music, reworked traditional folk songs, subtle synth work, and occult themes all used in the simplest, most effective ways throughout every album, topped with Read's humble vocals (see also his 'Benediction'/'Malediction' on C93's "Swastikas for Noddy", and 'Brown Book' on the Di6 album of the same name)... It's just no frills, true "neofolk".


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Lysergikon137 on September 16, 2020, 03:19:58 AM
I feel it. This has been a very Di6 heavy summer for me, along with Der Blutharsch and Changes, but Neutral's "Serpents in the Dawn" is probably becoming my transition into fall album. He seems surprisingly overlooked among the relatively newer neofolk artists. I've never clicked with Fire + Ice but what you're describing is exactly what I appreciate in the core neofolk crew that I find lacking in newer stuff so I'm going to check out Gilded by the Sun on the way to work tomorrow.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: absurdexposition on September 16, 2020, 03:55:19 AM
https://gruppe-eulenspiegel.bandcamp.com/album/eulentanz

This was a nice surprise for the morning.

The instrumentals are good, big early music vibes, but I generally can't get down with German folk-style vocals. They always kinda just sound goofy to me. Thankfully the album is mostly instrumental. 'Thule' and 'Tedesca' are great and that's as far as I've gotten at the moment. Pairs well with the "Early Venetian Lute Music" album I was streaming yesterday while reading.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Hatefukk on September 22, 2020, 07:10:55 PM
I'm not sure how everyone else feels about them but I always get a kick out of Death In Rome.  They do Neofolk covers of pop songs.  If I am remembering correctly it is made up of members of Death In June so if you dig their output you will probably at least find this new stuff to be mildly amusing.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwYrOCB0_To


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Obetavá.Protivník on September 25, 2020, 09:40:14 AM
quick search yeilds no thread for hippy singer/songwriters like Doug, Tony & David. any fanatics or are we all “too tough” to enjoy old men w 12 string sitting under tree? honestly enjoy Di6 albums like Rose Cloud or Nada but not so keen on All Pigs. not familiar with much else outside the well known albums of the genre (thunder perfect mind , trees in winter etc etc)

so in short,  looking for suggestions. new acts and obscure gems from past all welcome.

Changes, Fire+Ice all you need basically, Pyhä Kuolema for more recent stuff

funny to see these three acts listed together. all three came up in recent conversation between myself and my other half. i've always considered Di6 to be one of my top 3 favorites, but PK has quickly become a runner-up, simply in the respect that i can put them on in any circumstance, regardless of mood and always want to listen to it. was unaware of the Process ties regarding Changes until recently, which lends a bit more to their music for me. decent album, although nothing beats the title track imo.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: FreakAnimalFinland on September 26, 2020, 02:17:39 PM
For the Finns, there is two new neofolk themed interviews here. Tervahäät and Pyhä Kuolema. For those who don't understand Finnish, there is just couple clips from yet-to-be-released 3rd Pyhä Kuolema album!

https://sarvi-podcast.bandcamp.com



Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Obetavá.Protivník on October 02, 2020, 02:33:04 AM
Impatiently awaiting the 3rd release!


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: HateSermon on November 07, 2020, 04:44:22 AM
Been really into Jännerwein, Forseti, and In Gowan Ring lately. Slipping into Autumn has always got me listening to more of this genre.


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: xdementia on November 07, 2020, 09:44:20 AM
Crazy to think we didn't have a neofolk thread yet!

Also crazy to think we got this far without anyone mentioning Rome yet and Of The Wand and the Moon?!?!

Some other favorites of mine from this year:

Crooked Mouth - Earth Becomes Sun
https://crookedmouthcampbell.bandcamp.com/

Blood & Sun - Love & Ashes
https://bloodandsun.bandcamp.com/album/love-ashes

Falgar - Atavismo solariego
https://falgarpr.bandcamp.com/album/atavismo-solariego

Nighttime - ∞
https://nighttimes.bandcamp.com/

Old standbys:

Kinit Her https://kinither.bandcamp.com/album/fire-returns-to-heaven
O Paradise https://lapin.bandcamp.com/album/memorias
Wood Witch https://bravemysteries.bandcamp.com/album/wood-witch
Roma Amor https://romaamor.bandcamp.com/
Steve Von Till https://stevevontill.bandcamp.com/
Wreathes https://wreathes.bandcamp.com/
Scott Kelly https://scottkelly.bandcamp.com/

and finally... not sure if y'all know but the PNW has a HUGE neofolk/pagan folk scene:

King Dude https://kingdude.bandcamp.com/
Witchbottle https://witchbottle.bandcamp.com/
Serpentent https://serpentent.bandcamp.com/
Novemthree https://novemthree.bandcamp.com/
Thunder Grey Pilgrim https://thundergreypilgrim.bandcamp.com/
Disemballerina https://disemballerinapdx.bandcamp.com/
Ekstasis https://ekstasisfolk.bandcamp.com/
Horse Cult https://horsecult.bandcamp.com/
Night Profound https://nightprofound.bandcamp.com/
Aos Si https://otherworldlyinvocations.bandcamp.com/
A Heart In The Stillness https://aheartinthestillness.bandcamp.com/

and finally to round it all out my own project!

Headstone Brigade https://headstonebrigade.bandcamp.com/


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: vomitgore on November 07, 2020, 11:01:14 AM
Really dig Darkwood, although I am not sure how big the appeal would be outside of their homeland, as the lyrics are a major part. A really nice display of how very basic Neofolk elements, i.e. Guitar, one or two other instruments (violin, sax, drums etc) and voice can make for an incredibly well-rounded and somewhat bombastic whole, when they are utilised perfectly.
Apart from that, Neofolk is THE ultimate hit and miss genre for me personally. Stuff is either amazing or kind of unlistenable heh


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: brutalist_tapes on November 07, 2020, 04:31:36 PM
i released this a couple of months ago, may be of interest to some. danish neofolk w/an emphasis on the "industrial folk" aspect. i still have copies if anything is of interest, also i got another tape from the band, that is quite different (more "traditional" NF). (hopefully) enjoy: https://brutalisttapes.bandcamp.com/album/forgotten-youth-the-duty-of-love


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Neithan on November 18, 2020, 12:58:19 PM
I myself love most:
- Death in June
- Et Nihil (just one album and EP, but extremely good)
- Of the Wand & the Moon
- Sol Invictus
- Les Chasseurs de la Nuit (Kim Larsen from OTWATM side-project)
- Luftwaffe
- Changes
- Herr Lounge Corps (he worked with Douglas on Death in June - Peaceful Snow album, great solo albums, worth checking)
- Rome
- By the Spirits (cool one-man band from Poland)
- Darkwood (new album is really good)
- Der Blutharsch
- Sixth Comm

Also from stuff close to neofolk: Spiritual Front, King Dude, Steve von Till, Skin (side-project of Michael Gira and Jarboe from Swans, released 2 albums around 1990).


I also record myself some neofolk with my band Grave of Love, we got 2 EPs released so far and in Spring 2021 Only the Sun Knows will release our debut album. Here is some teaser: https://youtu.be/IcDk15xZD84
and music: http://graveoflove.bandcamp.com


I also made year ago a Spotify playlist with various neofolk music: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4slkhHWFmRdmNpzRBswWI7?si=rvajYVpORhSflyOQTNMRbA


Title: Re: Neofolk
Post by: Zeno Marx on November 20, 2020, 05:52:42 PM
new Brendan Perry album is Rebetiko Greek music.  Dead Can Dance.  I've only listened to the first half.  I'd have no issue with another synth-heavy album, but this is fine too.

https://brendan-perry.bandcamp.com/releases