Freak folk

Freak folk is a loosely defined[1] subgenre of psychedelic folk[2] which involves acoustic sounds, pastoral lyrics, and a neo-hippie aesthetic.[1] The genre originated from the "lost treasure" reissue culture of the late 1990s.[1] Vashti Bunyan has been labelled "the Godmother of Freak Folk"[3] for her role in inspiring the new crop of folk experimentalists.[4] Other major influencea on later freak folk artists include Linda Perhacs,[1][5] Anne Briggs, Shirley & Dolly Collins, the Incredible String Band, and Pearls Before Swine.[1] Devendra Barnhart would become one of the leaders of the 2000s freak folk movement,[6] along with Joanna Newsom.[7]

Notable artists

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Carew, Anthony. "Genre Profile - Freak-Folk".
  2. Zeger, Eli (January 13, 2013). "Panda Bear Releases New Album: The Evolution of Noah Lennox in 10 Songs". The Observer.
  3. 1 2 Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. 1 2 Rogers, Jude (2 January 2008). "Lie back and think of ukuleles". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  5. Jurek, Tom. "Linda Perhacs". AllMusic.
  6. 1 2 MacNeil, Jason. "Devendra Banhart". AllMusic.
  7. 1 2 Mason, Stewart. "Bobb Trimble". AllMusic.
  8. Bemis, Alec Hanley. "Freak Folk's Very Own Pied Piper". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  9. Jarnow, Jesse. "Arborea – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  10. McDonald, Steven. "Comus". AllMusic.
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