Posts tagged ‘Freak-Folk’

Sneak Preview – Sleepy Sun : Spine Hits

By | February, 20, 2012

So from melody driven bands carrying the essence of psychedelia and the spirit of California, we will shift gears to bands whose psychedelia is more overt, heavier and darker. The first time I posted about Sleepy Sun, the song was one of their lighter, more acoustic based tunes, that definitely draws from the same vibe as Devendra Banhart’s freak-folk. Unlike Banhart, who primarily stays in that zone, Sleepy Sun leans more on rock, yet it differs from Howlin’ Rain, Blitzen Trapper and The Mother Hips as it’s ties to blues and other roots styles is much less direct. The sound is obscured by more stylistic use of effects and darker tones.

Below is a trailer that shows the band hard at work in a studio in the iconic desert near Joshua Tree. They are gearing up to release their third studio album, Spine Hits, on Tuesday, April 10th. I heard about this first from the nice folks over at Relix. From what we hear in this brief clip, it sounds as if the band is pushing their sound in slightly different direction. It will be really interesting to see if it retains enough of their core, while incorporating enough new ground to be a success.

The band will be touring the country in anticipation and support of the new album. Here are some dates in the Northeast:

  • Apr 08 : Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
  • Apr 09 : Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
  • Apr 10 : Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
  • Apr 11 : North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 12 : Church of Boston – Boston, MA
  • Apr 13 : Monkey House – Burlington, VT

The complete tour list can be found here.

New Weird America

By | February, 17, 2012

To close out our week, I want to offer one more artist operating in the cross section of psychedelic music and more traditional forms like folk, rock, blues and soul. Devendra Banhart has been on the cutting edge of this revival, releasing his demo album, The Charles C. Leary a decade ago. His trippy-hippie tone poetry style of freak-folk has garnered him much critical acclaim and a loyal indie fan base. Check out the video for “Seahorse” below. The song starts out with some pastoral folk and transitions to a bossa nova/tropicalia feel, finally resulting in Crazy Horse styled guitar jam that is absolutely revelatory.

Sleepy Sun for a Rainy Day

By | January, 12, 2012

I wanted to continue the thread from yesterday with another California band, and I really need it today as it is a gloomy, rainy day up here in the Northeast. Sleepy Sun is a San Francisco band just like Girls, but the California sound they present is a different side of the spectrum from the light, bouncy Beach Boys inspired pop tunes of Girls. Sleepy Sun plays a much heavier brand of music mixing dark psychedelic rock and proto-metal with some blues, freak-folk and Indian textures to create a sonic tapestry that hearkens back to the halcyon days of the counter culture. This song “Golden Artifact” is the most entrancing and pastoral track from their 2009 debut album Embrace. Even though it’s a few years old, the album still holds up really well. This computer animated video fits the song perfectly.