Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

Fanfarlo – Reservoir – 2009

June 4, 2009

Fanfarlo is a London based band formed by the Swedish musician Simon Balthazar (vocals, guitar, clarinet). Their name refers to Charles Baudelaire’s novella, “La Fanfarlo.” After issuing the singles PlayTalking Backwards, PlayYou Are One Of The Few Outsiders Who Really Understands Us, PlayFire Escape and Harold T. Wilkins on four independent labels between 2006 and 2008, Fanfarlo travelled to Peter Katis’s studio in Connecticut, USA to record their debut album, Reservoir. The album was self-released in February 2009 to coincide with a tour of England and Scotland, including dates supporting Snow Patrol.

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Similar Artists:
The Joy Formidable, Sin Fang Bous, Harlem Shakes, Cymbals Eat Guitars

Ptarmigan – Our Ancient Friends – 2009

May 5, 2009

Ptarmigan is a modern band of the powerfolk ambioPop genre formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007. Evan Walton, Peter Marting, and Ted Carstensen create intricate, powerful explosions from simple folk roots and catchy melodies over levels of ambiance. Their debut album “Our Ancient Friends” was released on April 18, 2009.

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Similar Artists:
Akron/Family, Woods Family Creeps, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers

The War On Drugs – Wagonwheel Blues – 2009

May 4, 2009

With influences ranging from Dylan and CCR, to Suicide and Silver Apples, Adam Granduciel joins a distinct set of songwriters with his own brand of timeless musicianship. Ushering in a new golden era of polished, yet subcultural exploration, Adam’s voice and music have that unmistakable singularity that comes along only so often. This is not the canon rehashed, rather it is realized with a spirit of invention. This earnest playfulness is at the forefront of the listening experience. Layered with popping ecstatic guitars, with drums sitting firmly and a voice that is urgent and in control, it’s like “I’m On Fire”-era Springsteen with 80s singalong qualities while still being firmly planted in the present.

The War on Drugs started like many bands, primary songwriter Adam Granduciel and neighborly aesthete Kurt Vile were just hanging out and playing their guitars. With the addition of Kyle Lloyd, Charlie Hall, and Dave Hartley and some meandering guest musicians, the band congealed into the current outfit which has been playing out in Philadelphia with increased momentum.

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Similar Artists:
Titus Andronicus, Blitzen Trapper, Plants and Animals