Category Archives: Folk

Go Your Own Way by Lissie

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Generic band video with candles.

Lissie revisits this Fleetwood Mac song, giving it more of a country feel with her vocals. This is off her EP, Covered Up With Flowers (UK version), composed entirely of covers.

She’s only released one album and three EPs, and will be releasing her second album in the summer. To me, she sounds better when she’s not doing country music, but it seems like it’s so ingrained in her vocals, that I don’t see her varying too far from it.

Care For You by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

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The video is a motley assortment of people singing along to the song. Very low-budget.

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald has a distinct voice, that works well with the simple piano accompaniment.

Other than him being Canadian, I don’t know much about this musician as his horrible website is just a static image with links to other websites. It’s a good thing for him, his music is appealing.

Heartbreaker by Jenn Grant

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This is such a great song, and such a shitty boring video. If you’re going to have a band play their instruments, have all of them. Where’s the pianist???

Jenn Grant, a Nova Scotian, croons this folksy Fiest-like song. This is off her album Echoes.

This Canadian songstress has released 4 albums, and 2 EPs over the span of about 7 years. I’m not really into most of her songs, but this one is great.

I Begged You Everything by Bad Books

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No video for this song.

Bad Books play this sad acoustic ditty. The melody is slow and sad, and the lyrics are emotionally charged. This is off their first album, the self titled, Bad Books.

This band is composed of Kevin Devine and members of Manchester Orchestra. They’ve only released 2 albums so far with the latest II just coming out this year. This collaboration essential sounds just like the mellower side to Manchester Orchestra, and it’s very hard to tell the two apart, but I’m not really complaining, as I love both versions.

Teardrop by José González

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An odd video that reminds me of the Mighty Hercules cartoon series.

José González emotes this epic song with his classic guitar. This Massive Attack cover (click here for the original) is off his second album, In Our Nature.

This Swedish artist has released 2 albums, and 8 EPs. He has a very distinct voice, and sound thanks in part to his guitar tuning. He’s collaborated with many artists and most recently re-joined the band, Junip.

Flume by Bon Iver

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Live video in a radio studio.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver plays a sole acoustic guitar in this live version. A nice soulful folk tune. This is off of their only album, For Emma, Forever Ago.

This American indie band is pretty new to the music scene releasing their debut album in 2008 and an EP in 2009. I’m not a fan of their over-layered studio vocals, but they sound great live. If you can go to their website, you can hear Peter Gabriel doing this song.

Through The Dark by Alexi Murdoch

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No video for this song, so enjoy a fan made one with great dramatic stills that explore light and dark.

Alexi Murdoch plucks out a soulful folky tune on his guitar that borders on melancholy and happiness. This is off Alexi’s latest EP Towards The Sun.

He’s released 1 Album, 2 EPs and that’s all folks. His music has been included in countless TV shows and movies from The OC to Prison Break, Garden State, Gone Baby Gone and the list goes on and on.

Most of his songs were featured in the extremely dull Sam Mendes film, Away We Go, probably to Alexi’s horror. My favourite review off the Rotten Tomatoes website is this: “You may very well enjoy Away We Go more than I did. But rest assured that you will never love this movie as much as it loves itself.”

Scenic World by Beirut

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No video for this puppy.

Beirut play a quick ditty that is not indicative of their style. A simple drum machine, and accordion is all you need. This is off their first album, Gulag Orkestar.

This is an American band who play with an Eastern European folk flavour. Most of their music feature a mandolin, trumpet and accordion. They’ve released 2 studio albums and 5 EPs. They are also huge in Brazil.

Soldier by The Exit

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A video made to look like old 16mm home camera movies. Or maybe it was shot on 16mm. You be the judge.

The Exit are a NYC, indie-punk-reggae band, but you would never know it listening to this song. Soldier from their album Home For An Island is a simple ditty with a harmonica and acoustic guitar. More folk than anything else.

They’ve released 3 studio albums and 1 live EP. They haven’t toured or recorded in some time, but have not officially disbanded. Perhaps lead guitarist Benjamin Bronfman is too busy dating MIA from the UK.

When Your Minds Made Up by The Swell Season

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This video is taken directly from the indie movie, Once.

If you’ve seen the movie then you’ve probably heard this kick-ass song. If not, hopefully, this will inspire you to watch it or at least get the soundtrack.  Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova team up as The Swell Season for this emotionally charged tune.

Together, they’ve released 3 albums and are currently on tour in Europe (that means they’re not on hiatus, like most bands that I’m into. Yeah!)