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Indie folk is a music genre that arose in the 1990s among musicians from indie rock scenes influenced by folk music.Indie folk hybridizes the acoustic guitar melodies of traditional folk music with contemporary instrumentation and is distributed by an independent label.
Jan 31, 2019 · Indie folk (also occasionally called lo-fi indie) is characterized by a slew of up-and-coming bands who pull influence from traditional and contemporary folk music, classic country, and indie rock. Many of them cite influences from Bob Dylan to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Radiohead .
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One of the most common questions I am asked is, “What type of music do you play?” My first response used to be, “I play indie-folk music,” but the blank stares made it clear I was getting nowhere with that one. Now I say something like, “I’m a modern troudabour and singer-songwriter who tells musical stories and plays acoustic indie folk rock music in a similar genre to Passenger, Ben Howard, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, etc.” Yes, I still get blank stares…but I have more fun.
Quite simply, it’s modern folk music, generally with country and rock influences. It usually refers to music which is acoustic in nature as well as being lyrical, melodic and story-oriented. It can’t be called folk music, because that usually refers to traditional folk music, which is beautiful but certainly ain’t indie folk music! Here’s a lovely traditional folk song called The Bold Grenadier. To give you context, when I think of indie folk music I think of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Tallest Man On Earth, Ani DiFranco, Passenger, Ben Howard, Mason Jennings, Sufjan Stevens, Alela Diane, Iron & Wine, Joanna Newsom, Alexander, and Feist…to name just a few. I could go on…and on…and on, but maybe I’ll just make a playlist instead;).
The genre first arose in the 90’s, when some singer-songwriters began playing music influenced by contemporary folk as well as country and rock music.
In the 2000’s some artists began incorporating more experimental cross-genre sounds, some even bringing electronic instrumentation into their music. Artists like the Freelance Whales, Yellow Ostrich and Sufjan Stevens are masters of this new style, and they are some of my favourites of the modern wave of indie folk musicians. Here is a song by Yellow Ostrich, in which he uses a loop pedal to layer his voice over itself, combined with live instruments like drums and guitar to create a hugely atmospheric and beautiful song. The song still retains the strong storytelling and melodic aspects which are so intrinsic to folk music in all its variations.
I hope I have in some way clarified what indie folk music is, although I’m slightly concerned that I may be completely wrong and have confused you even more. At the end of the day, there are so many genres and sub-genres these days that I too find it hard to keep up. One thing I know for certain is that indie folk music and the vegan black metal chefare most definitely NOT in the same genre. Thanks for reading and I hope that in future when you ask someone what they play and they say indie folk music, you’ll know exactly what they mean :D. Indie folk music troubadour singer-songwriter Nate Maingard, signing out! PS: do you agree with me about my definition of this genre? What are some of the strangest sub-genres you’ve heard of? I’d love to hear from you, so please do join the conversation by commenting below.
Indie-folk emerged during the early 21st century, when songwriters from the indie rock community began taking their cues from folk music. Acoustic artists like Elliott Smith and Will Oldham (in his Palace Brothers guise) helped lay the genre's brickwork during the '90s, but it wasn't until the following decade that indie folk truly took hold, with labels such as Saddle Creek, Barsuk, Ramseur ...
Oct 24, 2016 · But, what exactly is “indie” music? Indie music covers a vast span of musical genres and landscapes, from acoustic, folksy singers to sleek, electronic acts to rock-edged, drum-heavy artists. However, they are all tied together with some label of “indie” -- be it “indie pop”, “indie rock”, or “indie folk.”
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Independent record labels are barometers of musical authenticity because artists tend to retain more creative control over their musical and aesthetic direction than if signed to a major label. Subsequently, independent labels are historically and aesthetically aligned to niche genre, as the earlier examples of Sun and Motown illustrate. The Jerry Dammers-founded 2-Tone label (The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat, Madness) was an essential disseminator of early 1980s ska-punk fusion. Independent US labels Def Jam (Run DMC, LL Cool J), Tommy Boy (De La Soul, Coolio) and Death Row (Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg) were synonymous with the “golden age” of 1980s and 1990s hip-hop. Founded in 1986 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in Seattle, Sub Pop (Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, Soundgarden) pioneered a heavier brand of US alternative indie. The label became synonymous with grunge music, largely due to the raw, distortion-laden sound of its most famous signing, Nirvana.
The ways in which indie artists negotiate the commercial mainstream, while simultaneously retaining their authenticity, are as varied as they are challenging. US band REM created a strong indie foundation – five albums released on the I.R.S. label between 1983-1987 – before signing a multi-million dollar deal with Warners in 1988. Nirvana managed a successful move from Sub Pop to DGC (Geffen/ Universal) in 1990 – an example of a band moving to a seemingly independent label that in reality was a major label subsidiary. Major labels recognise independent “authenticity” as currency and as such, often “pass off” their major signings as independent. In the early 1990s, UK indie band Ned’s Atomic Dustbin released three albums to global critical acclaim on Furtive, an independent label created for the band by Sony. Indie music reached a commercial peak in the mid-1990s, culminating in Britpop, a form of guitar-led indie-pop/rock songwriting referencing class politics and culture, delivered...
In recent times, indie culture has been criticised as homogenised, snobby and decidedly lacking in the strong socio-political messages it was once renowned for. Musically, what used to be termed indie is now a multitude of subgenres. In 2012, Pitchfork identified “indie-classical” as a subgenre, recognising a new movement of contemporary musicians, such as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Andrew W.K. shifting into experimental, classical performance and composition. The stripped-back, lo-fi production aesthetics and traditional song form heard in the music of Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) and Bon Iver (4AD) exemplify current, indie-folk subgenre. Today, indie music is most relevant when performed to festival crowds. With their unique brand of art-indie, Montreal-based Arcade Fire (Merge) have played to global audiences in the hundreds of thousands. Abrasive, northern UK indie-rock band, Arctic Monkeys (Domino) are another example of an independent band to have won over festival scenes with t...
Nov 03, 2018 · Amidst the British Invasion and American rock movement, folk artists subverted the norm. This notion of controversy emanates from modern indie music. These commonalities have come to define indie music in and of themselves more strongly than the term’s original definition.
From Rate Your Music: “In respect to the sound, indie rock is related to earlier Alternative Rock in that there is often a disregard for traditionally mainstream qualities with bands expanding upon the core of Rock music by using non-standard inst...
indie music isnt a difinite style of music, but most indie bands are influenced by each other causing a similar sound. the sound is melodic, the instruments are simple but well textured. usually includes a simple but origanal guitar riff, another guitar riff layered to complement it, bass doing the same, simple drum beat (but fitting the song well) either a keyboard or violin or something to ...
Enjoy this playlist with the best indie folk songs of the year 2019! (Acoustic, Indie, Folk) Subscribe: https://goo.gl/58cjHJ ⬇️ tracklist & info in the vide...
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