Folk

Artist: 
Okkervil River
Label: 
ATO

For almost 15 years, Will Sheff has quietly made a convincing case of being the best lyricist of the new millenia. With a subtly brash wit and a Faulknerian sense of gothic tragedy, his band Okkervil River has made some of the most equally compelling music of the 21st century as well. For Okkervil River's first album in three years, Away, Sheff has completely replaced all musicians in the band (save for drummer Cully Symington).

Sounds Like: 
Mountain Goats
Sounds Like: 
Van Morrison
Name: 
Nick Kivi
Date Reviewed: 
09/21/2016
Artist: 
Cálido home
Label: 
BCore Disc

Cálido Home are a folk duo from Barcelona, Spain. Although the lyrics throughout Tones and Shapes, their 2016 release, are in English.

Sounds Like: 
Klak Tik
Sounds Like: 
Nacho Umbert & La Compañia
Name: 
Nathan Gosnell
Date Reviewed: 
09/18/2016
Artist: 
Blind Pilot
Label: 
ATO

Blind Pilot’s newest album, And Then Like Lions is a good album. Yeah that first sentence is a lame way to start a review but that is the best way to describe the album because it isn’t mind blowing by any means but it is still a really solid album. The reason why I think this album is just good, is that I was hoping for some evolution in their sound, and this album sounded suuuuupppppeeeerrrrr similar to their old stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Family and Friends
Name: 
Kyle Morris
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Chris Farren
Label: 
SideOneDummy

I’ve never heard of Chris Farren but apparently this solo debut album has been a long time coming.

Sounds Like: 
Any poppy folk singer
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
09/07/2016
Artist: 
Bibio
Label: 
Warp Records Limited

The Serious EP by Bibio is an ecclectic range of folk-electronic songs. 

1. Why So Serious? is very ambient with rhythmic and jazzy vocals. Picture John Legend as a part of an 80s folk band. That's what the singer sounds like. I liked this track because it was very funky with some heavy late 80s vibes, and it's one of the best on the EP. Note that it is nearly five minutes long, which feels like an eternity with the very steady, repetitive lyrics and instrumentals. 

Sounds Like: 
Toro y Moi
Sounds Like: 
Baths
Name: 
Hannah Isaac
Date Reviewed: 
09/01/2016
Artist: 
Frightened Rabbit
Label: 
Atlantic Recording Corporation

I have heard some of Frightened Rabbit's old music, and this is a slight change of pace from their older music. This is most definetly a indie folk album, with lots of guitar, and soft airy lyrics. Fittingly, this album has a very somber tone to it, working well with the album title of "Painting of a Panic Attack", This album is honestly one of the prettiest albums I have listened to in quite a while. The entire album is catchy, while still packing a punch with their lyrics.

Sounds Like: 
The National
Sounds Like: 
The Shins
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Deakin
Label: 
My Animal Home

         Deakin’s new album Sleep Cycle has been infamously delayed since being Kickstarter’d in 2009, and now in 2016 it’s finally here. At only 6 songs in 34 minutes, it could pass for an EP from most other artists, but in this case we should be thankful for what we get.

Sounds Like: 
Animal Collective
Sounds Like: 
Avey Tare
Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/27/2016
Artist: 
Sam Moss
Label: 
Lost Honey Records

Sam Moss is a Bostonian, whose music is heavily inspired by Americana music. This album sounds exactly how the album cover looks(and what the album name suggests): calm, relaxed, and tranquil. I would say that this is basically the epitome of indie-folk (not quite bordering on country, though). It is heavy on the acoustic guitar, with tons of fingerpicking (almost sounds like the banjo), and has a very organic vibe to it. There is nothing complicated about the sound. If you like more grass-rooty, crooning singer-songwriter music, this is the album for you. 

Sounds Like: 
Mumford and Songs
Sounds Like: 
More spright Johnny Cash
Name: 
Samantha Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2016
Artist: 
Jesse Konrad
Label: 
Self-Released

Jesse Konrad’s new album ‘Sophrosyne’ has got a lot more sustenance than your average acoustic folk album. It is laced with lovely guitar melodies layered on top of resonant instrumentation that makes each of the tracks on this album sound fuller and more interesting to listen to while still keeping with the album’s overall acoustic folk-y sound. The tracks on this album are very laidback and acoustic-guitar-centric, but incorporates cool synth-y effects and the manipulation of his voice which he alternates between gruff and melancholy soft vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Lord Huron (but more acoustic)
Sounds Like: 
Sjufan Stevens
Sounds Like: 
The Growlers (but more subdued)
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
04/25/2016
Artist: 
The Lumineers
Label: 
Dualtones

Let me start off by saying that I am a big fan of The Lumineers, their self titled debut album was one of my favorites from high school.

Sounds Like: 
The Lumineers
Sounds Like: 
Like you wrote a beautiful poem in the forest
Name: 
Payton Wells
Date Reviewed: 
04/24/2016