Some really fantastic folk albums to follow. One of those top ten lists (listed in no particular order).

 

  1. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  2. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal
  3. Mumford and Sons – Babel
  4. Passenger – Whispers
  5. Sarah Harmer – Oh Little Fire
  6. The Postal Service – Give up
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – Plans
  8. City and Colour – The Hurry and the Harm
  9. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  10. Half Moon Run – Dark Eyes

 

All of these albums are a slightly different style of folk than the last. Some are much better known, others less so. Nonetheless, each album is worth a full listen to on their own.

I would let them speak for themselves, but in case you need a small intro to get you started…

Nick Drake has very beautiful, emotional lyrics. He speaks to you of growing up, the corruption of youthful innocence, feeling lost, the coming of spring, and of feeling that you are parasitic. A leech. His music is slow and powerful. It’s great to sit and relax to, despite the sometimes laden lyrics.

Of Monsters and Men is a true beauty. If you have not listened to more than just the song Little Talks, you have abandoned a truly remarkable compilation of music. Intelligently constructed, and backed by stunning but different voices. Particularly, track number 7 is a favourite of mine. The opening of the song is a cappella, leading into a beautiful stirring of drums that builds into the rest of the tune. Definitely worth an afternoon. As a side note, perhaps for the future, the Iceland band has an extraordinary presence on stage and a true talent for performing. Their passion resounds in their performance.

Mumford and Sons are incredibly well known. And as such, they barely need an introduction. I will say this though: A common complaint that I have heard of their music, and have in fact said myself, is that their songs are rather repetitive and their style rather limited. The same banjo riff seems to play behind every song. However, I have found that if you give the album enough of a listen to so that you can pick apart and identify each new tune, it really is worth the effort. The songs are catchy, the lyrics are great, and Mumford and Sons are worth their famous name.

We all know the song Let her go. I challenge you, the next time you hear a really beautiful or well rounded song, to listen to the rest of that album in turn. Passenger‘s new album features a gorgeously lilting song Heart’s On Fire that I have come to fiend. Passenger has one of those wonderfully unique and interesting voices and his accent adds an extra element to his music. This musician is terribly underrated.

Sarah Harmer is a particular favourite of mine, as much for my own reasons as it is for her music. Not only is each of her songs different, beautifully sung, and wonderful to listen to, but also her lyrics are breathtaking and the poetry of the music takes you along the story of the songs. A personal favourite on this track would be Careless. It is upbeat, and is carried by it’s lyrics, it’s tune, and the light but strong voice underneath it. This album has every aspect to look for in music.

The Postal Service is an interesting album in itself. Sharing the same singer as Death Cab, and a hodgepodge of band members from various other names you would probably know, it brings in a few different elements and expertises. The acoustic version of Such Great Heights is a personal favourite. The album style isn’t confined to one genre and stirs in a techno sound as well as the common acoustic feel.

Death Cab is very popular, as it should be. It has a great arrangement of different songs with different subjects and meanings. I Will Follow You Into The Dark is a gut wrenching song with a hauntingly beautiful message. What Sarah Said is also a favourite for it’s meaning and it’s power in its lyrics and in its message. The album is very interesting, and very thought provoking.

City and Colour, Dallas Greene. An interesting slow album with all that lazy afternoon feel to it. It’s great as background music, sing along music, or for simple relaxing. The message is clear and profound, and the songs aren’t all about some lost love or some new love. He has a beautiful voice, and I dare say, this is his best album yet.

Now chances are you’ve heard of Alt-J, or rather on my keyboard. They sing a rather different tune to what you might typically be used to on the radio. I think it speaks worlds of popular music interest right now and social shifts that bands like Alt-J are being given more of a chance. I say this only because a few weeks ago I showed this album to my boss and he responded saying, “Is this even English?” The album is well technically constructed, and if you can figure out the lyrics, they are just as skillfully chosen. The entirety of the pieces are beautiful, and interesting to listen to. You’ll find yourself humming or singing along, depending on how many of the lyrics you can make sense of. Overall, a wonderful, wonderful album. Enjoy it.

Half Moon Run. Where even to start. This album is incredibly interesting, especially as a new Canadian band. A touch of patriotic pride as I boast about the beautiful music, the interesting sound, and the simply unique album that they have produced. If you haven’t heard of Half Moon Run I absolutely insist that you give this a listen. They’re new, but they won’t be incognito forever. In fact, I just saw them play the other week with City and Colour in the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, and they, were, incredible.

Any other albums I forgot to mention? Comment below!

Enjoy!