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The New Folk Movement

Riverhouse
The list author says: ""This list expands on Samantha's list 'Female Voices of the New Folk movement (Freak Folk, Psych Folk, New Weird America, and Naturalismo) and concentrates on male, as well as female singer-songwriters, and also instrumentalist in this highly creative genre. Also included will be a few select older records from American and British artists that I feel have been overlooked. More records will be added and reviews expanded (and edited) over the next month or so."
Dear Companion
Dear Companion
"Esper's lead singer Meg Baird steps out on her own to record this absolutely gorgeous and minimalistic set of songs.  Highlights 'River House in Tinicum', 'Waltz of the Tennis Players', and 'Do What you gotta do'."
Kensington Blues
Kensington Blues
"John Fahey's heir apparent, Philadelphia based Jack Rose, stretches his mighty technique over 8 fingerpicked guitar pieces. Highlights include 'Cross the North Fork', 'Cathedral et Chartres', and John Fahey's 'Sunflower River Blues'."
To Be Still
To Be Still
"California native Alela Diane's second record and one of the best folk albums of 2009.  One of the most distinctive and beautiful voices in the 'New Folk Movement'.  Highlights 'Dry Grass and Shadows', 'White as Diamonds', 'To Be Still', 'The Ocean'."
Woman King
Woman King
"Iron and Wine's expanded sound on this EP is simply stunning...electric guitars, drums. Themes are dark and sensual...and the songwriting is some of Sam Beam's best! Highlight's 'Grey Stables', 'Woman King', and 'Evening on the Ground'."
House of Sticks
House of Sticks
"Arborea's third full length release is a collection of sorts...featuring new songs, and several re-recorded songs from their debut 'Wayfaring Summer'.  Gorgeous vocals by Shanti Curran, one of the most beautiful voices in the 'New Folk Movement'.... accompanied by melodic banjo and tenor ukulele, and shimmering slide guitar. Highlights 'River and Rapids', 'Beirut', and 'Dance, Sing, Fight'."
Vetiver
Vetiver
"Vetiver's gorgeous 2004 Debut. Andy Cabic's songwriting is sublime and provides the perfect soundtrack for a slow scenic road trip. Highlights 'Angel's Share' and 'On a Nerve'."
Leaves of Life
Leaves of Life
"This 2009 compilation to benefit the UN World Food Program features some of the finest artists in the 'New Folk Movement'...including Alela Diane, Rio en Medio, Fern Knight, Marissa Nadler, Arborea, Devendra Banhart, Starless and Bible Black, and many more. Simply Gorgeous!"
Rejoicing in the Hands
Rejoicing in the Hands
"Devendra's third studio record. This record has a very 'magical' and archaic folk blues feeling.  Most of the tracks are sparse with just voice and nylon string guitar.  Joined on the title track by the unique and beautiful British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan. One of the pioneers of the 'New Folk Movement'. Highlights include 'The Body Breaks', 'Sight to Behold'."
True Dare Or Promise
True Dare Or Promise
"An absolutely Brilliant record from 1987. Innovative American Singer-songwriter Jessica Radcliffe, and Legendary British guitarist and singer Martin Simpson debut together.  This record is a prototype for the 'New Folk Movement', as it combines elements of traditional  and free folk. Highlights 'Wholly in my Keeping', 'Doney Girl', 'Black is the Color', Young Man."
Fern Knight
Fern Knight
"2008 Gorgeous Self-titled release by Philadelphia based Fern Knight.  Led by singer-songwriter (cellist, bassist, guitarist) Margaret Ayre, Fern Knight is one the world's best contemporary chamber folk rock units.  Margaret is joined by Jim Ayre on electric guitar, drums, and percussion; Jesse Sparhawk on harp, and electric bass. Highlights include 'Silver Fox', 'Sundew', and the 'Magpie Suite'."
The Letting Go
The Letting Go
"Will Oldham's 2006 album recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Poetic, Visceral, Haunting, and Prophetic songs by one of the leading songsmiths of the 'New Folk Movement'."
II
II
"Philadelphia based Espers gorgeous and atmospheric 2006 release on Drag City Records. A contemporary American super group in the vein of British folk rock groups 'The Pentangle' or 'Fairport Convention'.  Includes Greg Weeks, Meg Baird, Helena Espvall, Otto Hauser, Brook Sietinsons, and Chris Smith. Highlights include 'Mansfield and Cyclops', 'Children of Stone', and 'Dead Queen'."
Song III: Bird on the Water
Song III: Bird on the Water
"Marissa Nadler's Third full length release.  Marissa music is emotive and haunting! She is one of the leading singer-songwriter's in the 'New Folk Movement'.  Gorgeous vocals, lyrics, and fingerpicked guitar. Highlights 'Diamond Heart', 'Dying Breed', and 'Silvia'."
In Our Nature
In Our Nature
"Jose Gonzalez' brilliant second record.  Dark, poetic, and sparse songwriting mostly accompanied by solid and beautifully played nylon string guitar.  A truly unique musical voice.  Highlights 'How Low', 'Down the Line', 'The Nest', and 'Cycling Trivialities'."
Changing Of The Seasons
Changing Of The Seasons
"A new discovery this year.  Ane Brun is a Norwegian singer-songwriter based in Stockholm, Sweden.  Changing of the Seasons is a phenomenal collection of songs based around Ane's evocative voice and adept fingerstyle guitar playing. Highlights 'The Puzzle', 'The Treehouse Song', and the title track."
Leaves of Life
Leaves of Life
"Legendary British guitarist Martin Simpson's 1989 instrumental record.  Atmospheric, dark and uplifting...this record presents Martin's unique, emotive, and gorgeous arrangements of British, Irish, and Australian traditional tunes. Highlights 'Lucy Wan', 'Greenfields of America', 'Streets of Forbes'."
Milk-Eyed Mender
Milk-Eyed Mender
"Joanna Newsom's debut cd.  Powerful musical technique combined with quirky vocals, and gorgeous poetic lyrics.  A leading and unique voice in 'The New Folk Movement'. Highlights 'Sprout and the Bean', 'Swansea', 'Bridges and Balloons'."