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Any Fans of Dark Americana and Dark Folk? 
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I have been a big fan of Dark Folk, Apocalyptic Folk, and some "Americana" bands for quite some time.

Probably my favorite single Dark Americana musician right now is David Eugene Edwards, the apocalyptic Nazarene son of a preacher. His current band is the amazing WOVENHAND, but he was also the lead in 16 HORSEPOWER.

DEE is an epic, frightening, powerful performer. I have seen him twice in San Francisco. And, per Wikipedia, a new album is pending in 2014. Which means another tour!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ReYwN_qglY

There is a whole scene related to Wovenhand, with the various MUNLY projects, SLIM CESSNAS'S AUTO CLUB, LILIUM...

And now...CRIME AND THE CITY SOLUTION has relaunched. Not "Americana" per se, as the lead was originally Australian, but David Eugene Edwards has joined them on their new album

Although from the biography the Hipster is strong in them, O'DEATH'S new album OUTSIDE also impresses me. A little more "twee" than Wovenhand (which can be scarier than any silly black metal band), I love the strong bluegrass roots in this album.

Finally, I have to give props to my favorite apocalyptic folk English bands: Sol Invictus and Current 93.


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Have you heard of Black Oak Hymnal/Narrow Lake?

http://blackoakhymnal.bandcamp.com/
('Hand Drawn Map Through A Killer's Heart' is the weakest of the 3 albums)

Or Roselit Bone?

http://roselitbone.bandcamp.com/

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Not sure whether they'd count, but have you listened to Midnight Choir? They have strong Americana influences and are pretty dark (or let's rather say: melancholic) most of the time. "Amsterdam Stranded" is a classic, I even covered the title track once; I'd suggest to start with that album and move on to "Olsen's Lot" and "Waiting for the Bricks to Fall" from there. Great band at any rate. I'm not that much into the Current 93/Sol Invictus style Apocalyptic/Neofolk, but I love In Gowan Ring/Birch Book and Backworld, who'd qualify as Neofolk with a more traditional side to it.

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I deeply respect David Eugene Edwards. Great artist. I love everything he put out.

I think you'll find this more than interesting:


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Thanks Guys! I will get busy and check these out.


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Basenjibrian wrote:
Thanks Guys! I will get busy and check these out.

You do realise that 'get busy' can have a very different meaning...? :;): Anyway, enjoy!

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LOL.

Now listening to Black Oak Hymnal.

I actually live on the edges of the Central Valley (Sacramento Valley, to be precise), so the local color is great.


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Check out three for silver:
https://threeforsilver.bandcamp.com

I was lucky enough to have seen them live twice so far. They are just as good live.

Some good songs are:
- wildwood
- looking exactly like nothing at all
- rivers
- I know

Even their lyrics are really nice and sometimes venture into "doomy" territory. Also dual male/female vocals!

Espers can get kind of dark as well:
https://espers.bandcamp.com/album/ii
(listen to the last bit of "Dead King")

They also use plenty of interesting instruments and sounds.


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Across Tundras - Dark songs of the prairie, one of my favourites...


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I love new versions of traditionals:

https://burningworldrecords.bandcamp.co ... untry-maid
https://sol-invictus.bandcamp.com/track/edward
https://ampsforchrist.bandcamp.com/trac ... ough-shore

@unwashed: pretty neat


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I'm going to see this band from Berlin for the first time. Nice dual vocals as well:

Rufus Coates & Jess Smith



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Dark folk with nice female vocals. NYP:

stroszek - a break in the day


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This guy needs to be included here. He's also known for his "The Third Eye Foundation" project which is very different, more electronic.

Someone on BC described him and his deep voice: "Elliot's always leaned towards a plague-days minstrel-like sound". An apt description. Check out "The day after that":

Matt Elliott - Farewell To All We Know


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