Folk in is an image of inclusivity and unity in the face of international political upheaval. It's most captivating in its moments of sheer, heart-bearing authenticity and ensnares with new musical bearings introduced by some of its foremost innovators and newcomers to the scene. It was Joni Mitchell who inferred that "When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it's time for artists to make their mark. While not always overtly political, folk in is acutely attuned to the human condition.
Listen up, because these folkies are going to be everywhere this year.
Folk music is as old as the wind. But they all carry the spirit of folksy storytelling, and they all bring acoustic instruments to life in new and exciting ways. Each of these albums arrived in , making it a glorious year for folk and folk adjacent sounds. Read on for 10 essential folk albums out this year. Portland, Ore. Isolation can be both enjoyable and insufferable.
While it's fun to listen to old favorites, every year introduces music fans to incredible new bands and artists. Laura Jane Grace may be best known for fronting Against Me! Vote up your favorite new folk artists, and add any up-and-coming artists we may have missed. In March she released her single, "Butterfly. Canyon City is an indie-folk, Nashville-based band from singer-songwriter Paul Johnson. Since its inception in , the project has become known for its distinctive whispery vocals layered over intimate acoustics orbiting candidly emotional storytelling. The Brother Brothers are Adam and David Moss, identical twins carrying on the folk tradition for a new generation. Using minimal instrumentation, heartfelt lyricism, and harmonies so natural they seem to blend into one beautiful voice, the siblings draw on the energy and creativity of Brooklyn, New York for their full-length debut album, Some People I Know.
When we rounded the up the best folk albums of , the list consisted of veterans like Laura Veirs and Alela Diane and newcomers Tomberlin, Anna St. Louis and Caroline Says alike. But it seemed the newer faces also brought with them a new swath of sounds: St. Louis could just as well be a country songstress, and Caroline Says is paving her own path with a glossy kind of digital folk. These artists are bending traditions, experimenting with their instruments and challenging the definition of acoustic music.