The other night we baby-sat our 8 year old granddaughter while our daughter and her partner had a date. They told me in advance that they were going to a concert by "Witch Bottle", a band from Seattle and they didn’t know what the music would be like. The fear was that it would be loud and so they decided not to invite me. (Besides they needed a baby-sitter.)
Afterwards, my daughter said that I would have liked it. It was a genre known as neofolk.
A brief search on the internet revealed that the genre is far from homogenous. It has roots in acoustic folk, but often employs elements of “neoclassical dark” and “martial industrial” music. I am so out of the loop. I knew about neoclassical, but not dark and never heard of some of the other elements influencing the Neofolk genre.
This is a YouTube video of Witch Bottle. I watched another live performance and I would characterize their music as pre-historical fantastic, mystical, post-heroin music. Not to be too critical.
The genre appears to be international. I listened to a MIX from a German group. I didn’t need to understand German to understand the music, and there was another group with a piece titled; “L’Effet C’est Moi” That seems to be a play on "L'Etat C'est Moi". (I am the nation) "LEffet C'est Moi" would translate "I am the effect".
From the German group:
One of the downsides (among many) of growing older is that the creative energy of the young is almost completely lost, and the opportunity to experience it is as well. I no longer go to concerts or clubs. The band is usually tuning up about my bedtime, and old people in a club stand out like a black sheep. So, this was a rare opportunity to find something new.
Oh, about charachterizing Neoflolk; I forgot to mention monotonous.
In its favor, Neofolk is so much better than the popular music coming over the department store P.A. now. I realize that that is a low bar, but it is true, nonetheless.
Services like Pandora have given me the opportunity to sample “stations” devoted to music genres and artists that are unfamiliar. I find that what I listen to fits my mood. One day it may be “Buddha Bar”; on another “Townes van Zandt”, and I don’t have to stay up late to do it.
What are you listening to? What else have I been missing? I am more in tune with this piece of country/folk:
Gillian Welch ~ Pass You By