January 15, 2010

Folk Folk

Lately I've been on a big folk music kick. And I'm not talking about folk music-lite, like Iron and Wine and Fleet Foxes (though I love them too). No, I'm talking about folk music: the more traditional, sometimes very dark ballads and story-songs, full of betrayal, deaths, and star-crossed lovers. Heavy stuff, I know, but also beautiful and haunting in a deeply Romantic way. Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and Jackie Oates are two bands that are interpreting these old songs and putting amazing and intense spins on them. I've been sipping tea and listening to these albums on repeat--highly recommended.

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