Posts Tagged ‘freak folk’

April 27, 2017
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Happened might be one of the most unique and intriguing tunes we’ve encountered for some time. It prowls with a steady pace under cover of dark shadows, mesmerizing us with its tribal drums and ghostly brass. The trip hop, alt electronica, and dark folk concoction comes from Perera Elsewhere, a London born, Berlin based self proclaimed “doom-folk” producer, songwriter, and dungeon DJ. Happened is taken from Perera Elsewhere’s sophomore album All Of This, which arrives on June 2nd. The artist sings about being “insatiable” on the eerie haunting song. I find myself insatiable when it comes to this song. It wiggles its way deep beneath my skin and I can’t get enough of it. Pre-order All Of This from major services and outlets, here.

January 31, 2017

I was so blown away by Toronto’s Jessie Reyez earlier today on my chance encounter with her music that I found myself transfixed on her songs, unable to tear myself away for an inordinate amount of time. Her new single Shutter Island is intense, to say the least, a haunting R&B soul lullaby that melds raw with whimsical, gutsy with desolate desperation. Her unique voice is dazzling, like a twisting, howling mixture of Alessia Cara, LP, and CocoRosie, as bizarre a combination as that may seem. It turns on a dime, tender and exposed one moment, shrill and angry the next. The video for Shutter Island is fittingly eerie and macabre. This fascinating single is out now on iTunes. Jessie Reyez is currently working on a debut EP. In the meantime, with my curiosity so deeply piqued, I had to dive into her prior material. For a very different but just as stunning piece, watch her acoustic performance of prior single Figures below. Its girl-and-a-guitar simplicity allows us to appreciate her remarkable voice even more. It doesn’t get more genuine than this. This is it, the epitome of raw talent.  

January 24, 2017
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One of my favorite freak folk and experimental music projects of all time, CocoRosie, the brilliant sibling duo of Sierra Casady and Bianca Casady, have united with esteemed UK musician ANOHNI on a profound new single named Smoke ‘Em Out. It’s no surprise that the make the perfect union on this jaunty whimsical work of art, a dark haunting, mischievous darting statement about the current socio-political state of things in America. CocoRosie explains: “Today we share a new song to inspire the weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens. We just started working on a new album, but “Smoke ‘em Out” begged to be turned loose on the world now, as a means of participation during these turbulent yet invigorating times. Joined on guest vocals by our fellow Future Feminist ANOHNI, “Smoke ‘em Out” welcomes the new character who will be occupying the White House with a mob of women and children armed with forks and knives. In the wake of this unnatural disaster, we feel a call to rise, shout, and burn the house down. The future is female.
peace, Bianca & Sierra Casady”.

September 28, 2016

Perhaps you missed Get To Know You when we shared the song earlier this month. We might forgive you for that oversight, but your ears will not if you miss out on Sydney newcomer Sparrow’s bewitching tune a second time around now that she’s revealed an accompanying music video. Get To Know You is a haunting spellbinder of a soulful electro pop song that lures you into a tactile sea of dusky twinkling, other worldly charm. Sparrows’ whiskey drenched vocals and the song’s distinct allure evoke Amy Winehouse with the ethereal sprightliness of Oh Land, the dark mystique of CocoRosie, and the whimsicality of Sylvan Esso. The new video for Get To Know You is mesmerizing in itself with its mysteriously masked characters. Get To Know You’s sliver of freak folk eeriness only makes Sparrow ever more endearing. 

June 7, 2016

I’m new to the haunting music of Elizabeth Le Fey, who releases music as Globelamp, but I’ve been thoroughly enchanted by the ethereal eccentricity of her psychedelic folk, which also falls under the sub genre that some call “freak folk”. Globelamp, who used to tour as a member of psych-rock band Foxygen, just released a music video for her song Artist/Traveler. As its name suggests, there’s a very “Bohemian” quality to this gently lilting charmer. The magical song comes from Globelamp’s forthcoming new album. The song boasts some Stevie Nicks and Tori Amos tendencies, but heavily saturated with the organic quirkiness of CocoRosie and the unconventional allure of Kate Bush. Globelamp’s new album The Orange Glow drops June 10th on Wichita Recordings. Pre-order, here.

May 18, 2016

I learned from Pixx’s debut A Way To Say Goodbye over a year ago that this London musician is a visionary artist, one who paints haunting entrancing sonic soundscapes. And I couldn’t get enough of it. The 19 year old artist signed to 4AD soon afterwards and she follows up on last year’s debut EP with eccentric new tune Baboo, revealed alongside a quirky riveting video. Baboo wafts through the air dreamily, an avant-garde experimental pop song that warbles and quivers like a spectral blend of Hundred Waters and St. Vincent. Baboo is utterly bewitching and strangely addicting. It’s available now from various outlets, here.

November 17, 2015

The new Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros is pure magnificence. It’s the first song the band has revealed since they parted ways with Jade Castrinos, and it makes a stalwart statement about the state of their affairs. Hot Coals, which comes from the band’s upcoming fourth album, is a folk rock dazzler that takes us on a over seven minute journey of lush instruments, psychedelic peculiarity, jazzy opulence, and meandering eccentricity. It’s impossible not to lose myself in this brilliant beauty, and it has me much excited for their next album, due out in early 2016.

July 11, 2015
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Spectacular news here for all the CocoRosie fans out there, including myself, and many of my friends. The eccentric sister duo have revealed the first track from their upcoming sixth full length album. Though the reveal is a live version of Heartache City, it’s already so hauntingly, bewitchingly good. A studio version will be available when the album drops on September 18th. Heartache City is a jazzy, snazzy slinker, a poetic work of captivating, simmering art. I’ve always loved the contrast between Bianca’s freak folk voice and Sierra’s operatic one, and that juxtaposition is ever finely balanced and spellbinding here on this passionate new song.

October 10, 2014
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When I first encountered London artist Pix yesterday, it was via her new music video for debut single A Way To Say Goodbye. I found myself entirely transfixed by the video and the haunting, indie freak folk song. The video is dark and gloomy, likely one of my favorite videos of the month. I like the macabre and eerie, and this appealed immensely to those penchants of mine. Pix is a 19 year old newcomer, and her spacey, swirling song is an entrancing experience, a bit Hundred Waters meets Grimes meets Lowell, in an off kilter, artsy way. The video stars Pix, twice, one in reverse. It’s a bizarre but beautiful and ghostly video, pairing perfectly with the song. The end result is a work of art that’s deeply introspective.

October 10, 2014
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When I first encountered London artist Pix yesterday, it was via her new music video for debut single A Way To Say Goodbye. I found myself entirely transfixed by the video and the haunting, indie freak folk song. The video is dark and gloomy, likely one of my favorite videos of the month. I like the macabre and eerie, and this appealed immensely to those penchants of mine. Pix is a 19 year old newcomer, and her spacey, swirling song is an entrancing experience, a bit Hundred Waters meets Grimes meets Lowell, in an off kilter, artsy way. The video stars Pix, twice, one in reverse. It’s a bizarre but beautiful and ghostly video, pairing perfectly with the song. The end result is a work of art that’s deeply introspective.