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« 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.
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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
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« Reply #3 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
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« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 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...
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« Reply #6 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.
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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 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

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« Reply #9 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
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« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2020, 08:00:24 PM »

https://gruppe-eulenspiegel.bandcamp.com/album/eulentanz

This was a nice surprise for the morning.
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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 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".
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« Reply #13 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.
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« Reply #14 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.
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