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https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:3WU7FdjtdLSzfRbuPXV61G The Threshingfloor ()

Wovenhand is often a darkened, spiritual act and The Thresingfloor spices things up with a modest flair of Eastern elements and a thick production that shrouds the record in a sense of mystique. Add memorable hooks and melodies to the mix and the total package is a more than enjoyable ride.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4BNmESmfAsNgc9xBT28V4k Niandra LaDes & Usually Just A Tshirt ()

A delightfully disturbing exercise in melodic mental-breakdowns and stream of consiousness. The RHCP guitarist freaks out over their commercial success by showing everyone that he is way to weird for that kind of thing. It sounds unhinged, loose and dangerous but actually makes so much sense.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4WEHCETUETMffvUPK2R7WL Threadbare ()

The last release of sea-faring, folk-pop-bluesers Port O'Brien. Some of their best songwriting and by far cleanest production. The album has a concept and due consistency, and it really iterates on all the good stuff from earlier. Sadly though, no longer. At least they ended on a high note.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0xgm9ojDGh01nTsreKg0oL Shaken ()

With a warm, fuzzy sound and eerie dissonance Maggie Bjorklund takes you on a estranging journey of warm country tunes and ice cold psychedelic folk. A mixture that comes across as very, very effective. Each track stands out, but the total picture is what makes this record. Embrace the freaky.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6YdAMflRiTA2qbM7DKFDbg Songs of Love and Death ()

This dark goth/country/americana record from Nergal (Behemoth) is highly personal and comes from the soul. That's all well and good, but it doesn't make it very good nor memorable for the listener. This record is special because it's Nergal, not because it's good gothfolk. This is not his genre.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6RFix0DOQxB5MLLvVmdIa6 The Devil is Fine , ()

Creativity worth praising. This record outgrows genres as a whole, but keeps roots in negro-spirituals and black metal. Mix it up with whatever you can think of, and you get an amazing must-hear-this-mix of music that is not as coherent as an album could be, but none the less damn impressive!

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:0Pk9kB7L1PkgwxBVGVi8Ch Hindsight ()

All your favorite Anathema anthems redone in extra emo melancholy acoustic covers. You'd think the songs would miss the heavy impact, but the focus just shifted from decibels to emotions. Stunning.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:6mCR1Z53hfZCgvw59SDOOH Work And Sing ()

This is what got me in to folk/americana. Essentially a double album with the Doel EP included. Expect eerie lo-fi folk with a ever so eery edge of psychedelics at it's borders. Heartfelt music and lyrics, performed with passion and care.

The T.S. Eliot Appreciation Society ()

'Tallest Man'-esque lo-fi singer/songwriter folk. Nice, but interchangeable in the whole.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:4HHuUQO7QeHvWC4yiT5dMk Rum on Board ()

Proper seaman shanties in the minimalistic folk-roots lo-fi blues with a pure and authentic sound and feel. Songs bounce between jolly singalongs to more psychedelic mysterious ones. A lovely album to chant along with.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:7gs2IIU3JHsEuiddUN1z9I Warble Womb ()

Get sleazy and get stoned, cuz it's time for a Dead Meadow record. While songs tend to be less memorable in writing than Old Growth, the sound these guys produce is so iconic to their style, that more of the same is always better. Kick back and let the light shine thru.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1uoLxfaYLm5jaJPRZxAiHy Nie voe kinders ()

Wannes did it again, a wayward blues-pop-americana-folk record with a fragile sound and heavy heart. He sounds true, bare and personal.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:1QC4kY7UIk4WQ4p5GwvF0w Shine Black Algiz / Hold My Hand ()

On a more serious note, but still strangely uplifting comes this other EP with darkened folk, remnant of the melancholy heard on Agalloch's masterpiece 'The White'.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:2PmpUOxFDMi7BNGkk4B4ek Something French / Loring Baker ()

Two tracks of the 'new' Banhart, confirming a more poppy-sound in mellow production. Fortunately, it still manages to keep the Cripple Crow vibe alive, especially in the wonderful Loring Baker.

https://embed.spotify.com/?uri= spotify:track:34AZLjwtfHA1ALKCYpIwDJ Dark Bird Is Home ()

The Tallest Man On Earth has a band, and while it adds some much needed variety to his singer-songwriter blues, it also takes away from the personal and soul of the earlier records. Maybe this is another one trick pony gone their course.

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