Freak folk

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Freak folk is a loosely defined[1] synonym[2] or subgenre of psychedelic folk[3] which involves acoustic sounds, pastoral and delightful lyrics, and a neo-hippie aesthetic.[1] The label originated from the "lost treasure" reissue culture of the late 1990s.[1]


Vashti Bunyan has been labelled "the Godmother of Freak Folk"[4] for her role in inspiring the new crop of folk experimentalists.[5] Other major influences on later freak folk artists include Linda Perhacs,[1][6] Anne Briggs, Shirley & Dolly Collins, the Incredible String Band, and Pearls Before Swine.[1] Devendra Banhart would become one of the leaders of the 2000s freak folk movement,[7] along with Joanna Newsom.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Carew, Anthony. "Genre Profile - Freak-Folk". 
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Rough Trade Shops - Psych Folk 2010". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Zeger, Eli (January 13, 2013). "Panda Bear Releases New Album: The Evolution of Noah Lennox in 10 Songs". The Observer. 
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b Rogers, Jude (2 January 2008). "Lie back and think of ukuleles". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  6. ^ Jurek, Tom. "Linda Perhacs". AllMusic. 
  7. ^ MacNeil, Jason. "Devendra Banhart". AllMusic. 
  8. ^ a b Mason, Stewart. "Bobb Trimble". AllMusic. 
  9. ^ Bemis, Alec Hanley. "Freak Folk's Very Own Pied Piper". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d DeVille, Chris (7 July 2017). "For Emma, Forever Ago Turns 10". Stereogum. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Browne, David (8 March 2013). "Freak Folk Courts the Plain Folk: Devendra Banhart's 'Mala' and Changes in Freak Folk". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Jarnow, Jesse. "Arborea – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d Sodomsky, Sam (14 June 2017). "A Brief History of Prog Folk". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  14. ^ McDonald, Steven. "Comus". AllMusic. 
  15. ^ "The Tip-Off: Richard Dawson". Spotify Community. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 

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