Freak folk is a loosely defined subgenre of psychedelic folk which involves acoustic sounds, pastoral lyrics, and a neo-hippie aesthetic. The genre originated from the "lost treasure" reissue culture of the late 1990s. Vashti Bunyan has been labelled "the Godmother of Freak Folk" for her role in inspiring the new crop of folk experimentalists. Other major influencea on later freak folk artists include Linda Perhacs, Anne Briggs, Shirley & Dolly Collins, the Incredible String Band, and Pearls Before Swine. Devendra Barnhart would become one of the leaders of the 2000s freak folk movement, along with Joanna Newsom.
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