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Folkin’ Around: Freak Folk

In the early 2000s, folk music started to make its way back into the indie scene, but it wasn’t quite folk.  The sound — drawing from ’60s and ’70s acts such as The Fugs and the Holy Modal Rounders — was more eclectic, pairing acoustic instrumentation with rock and psychedelic sensibilities.  Like other contemporary folk musicians, freak folk artists don’t necessarily stick to acoustic instruments.  Often they employ thick harmonies with percussion, exotic instruments or electronic keyboards. While classic folk is an influence,  avant garde is a more accurate way to brand the sound — a fusing of the different genres represented.  So the sounds of the past are melding together in the present.

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