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Category Archives: Freak Folk

No-Neck Blues Band – Make Love

The Harlem collective with a restrained number that has vocalist Takahashi Michiko at front and centre. This is from their 2008 album ‘Clomeim’.


Kemialliset Ystävät – Antihistamiinimatkaaja

The soundtrack to a ritual in the Finnish woods by the Finnish Freak Folk figureheads Kemialliset Ystävät (Chemical Friends). This is the second track on their 2004 albumAlkuhärkä.

Aranos – Confessions

Aranos (pronounced “Aranyosh”) with a beautiful home made, Slavic folk ditty. This is from the Czech’s 1999 album ‘Making Love in Small Spaces’.

Master Musicians of Bukkake – Eaglewolf

One can almost see and smell the swirls of incense smoke when listening to this track. Freak folk from Seattle released in 2009.

Fursaxa – Firefly Refrain

Freak folk number from Tara Burke’s first album, 2000’s ‘Mandrake’, which was released on the Acid Mothers Temple label, also called ‘Acid Mothers Temple’.

Fursaxa – Russian Snow Queen

Some droney folk for wintery nights from the 2005 album ‘Lepidoptera’.

No-Neck Blues Band – Untitled 1

Eerie folk from the Harlem collective’s 2001 album ‘Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Names Will Never Hurt Me’. The band are in full Hillbilly voodoo mode here, with a track that sounds a bit like Biota without all of the studio processing; or John Fahey with a backing band and creepy acid.

Fursaxa – Firefly

Freak folk from Tara Burke’s album ‘Mandrake’ released in the year 2000. If this had come out post-2003, no doubt the David Keenans of this world would have labelled it ‘New Weird America’, or something. Minimal and monolithic; also effective.

Danielle Dax – Cutting The Last Sheaf

Creepy avant-folk from Dax’s 1983 album ‘Pop-Eyes’.

Fursaxa – Troglodytes

Tara Burke makes perfect music for frosty winters; or even sweltering summers. Whatever the weather, you’ll feel as though you are in the deep, deep woods. This is from 2016’s ‘Immured’ album.

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