Loud soungs with some folk and not about mashed potatoes
December 2, 2011 9:00 AM   Subscribe

Folksy, loud, strong music. Is this a genre? I recently discovered this song, and would like to find more with a similar sound.

So I discovered this song from a Citibank commercial. I know, I know… but it was more to find out the lyrics, because the few seconds they played in the commercial sounded like "nobody mash potato!" to me. I needed to know - why won't anyone mash the potatoes?!

After googling around listening to the full song and realizing that my crappy TV was deceiving me, I just love the song and its sound. Very, very much. This folksy, loud sound just resonates. I need to find more music like this.

Florence and the Machine's Dog Days Are Over is one, but what else?

Doesn't have to be sung by a woman, or in English, or contemporary.
posted by raztaj to Media & Arts (29 answers total) 55 users marked this as a favorite
You could try Wye Oak, especially their new album, Civilian. My personal favorite is The Altar.
posted by lockstitch at 9:03 AM on December 2, 2011

Maybe Mumford and Sons?
posted by pantarei70 at 9:11 AM on December 2, 2011 [4 favorites]

Fleet Foxes? This song was recorded in an old cistern in the State Park in my town.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:19 AM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

I am a fan of this sort of music and I like me some John Butler Trio.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:21 AM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

You probably already know it, but Neutral Milk Hotel's Two-Headed Boy
posted by seriousmoonlight at 9:33 AM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

Neko Case.
posted by Feisty at 9:37 AM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow might appeal to you.

Brandi Carlile also has a pretty powerful, scream-y voice.
posted by enlarged to show texture at 9:41 AM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

Two of my favorite Neko Case:

John Saw That Number
The Needle Has Landed
posted by Feisty at 9:41 AM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

You might like some loud country music. Try Dwight Yoakam for starters.
posted by yarly at 9:53 AM on December 2, 2011

You might like some Old 97s. Seconding Neko Case. And you might have seen this, and it might be more on the rock and less on the folk side for your tastes, but you should go click the links in the fantastic post about Ida Maria.
posted by rtha at 10:03 AM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]

I think you are looking for Melissa Ferrick. Neko Case is also great, but Melissa Ferrick is high energy and right up in your face. Neko Case has some high energy stuff, but I find that her style is actually very ethereal and dreamy.
posted by pazazygeek at 10:10 AM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hank III
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:16 AM on December 2, 2011

You might like a lot of the Mountain Goats stuff like See America Right, Going to Georgia, or This Year. His later stuff starts to have a backing band, but most of his older work is just him, a guitar, and tons of intensity.
posted by MsMolly at 10:38 AM on December 2, 2011

OK, it is basically impossible to find listenable recordings of this band on the internets, but you want the Nields, I am pretty damn sure. Go listen to this cover of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. Are those harmonies not completely bananas? If you are the least bit fond of them, maybe listen to the rest of the album that's up on the same youtube channel, but it is actually more folky and less loud than the stuff I have in mind. What you really want is to get your hands on their version of Goodnight Irene, the title track from the album Gotta Get Over Greta, and the song Snowman from the album Play.
posted by clavicle at 10:57 AM on December 2, 2011 [4 favorites]

Oh my god, I can't believe someone else has heard of the Nields! And I can't believe that I was dumb enough to not recommend them. They are fantastic.
posted by rtha at 11:27 AM on December 2, 2011

Laura Love
posted by saffronwoman at 11:39 AM on December 2, 2011

Sweden's Dylan, The Tallest Man on Earth, does this well. (Link is to a live performance with funny cutaways to swooning girls in the audience, whose boyfriends obliviously peck them on the cheek.)
posted by Beardman at 12:01 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm also a big fan of this style of music. More votes for Neko Case, Mumford and Sons.

I suspect you will LOVE this new song from Dan Mangan, too.
posted by jbickers at 12:30 PM on December 2, 2011

Buddy and Julie Miller's Keep Your Distance.
posted by kirst27 at 2:05 PM on December 2, 2011

Damien Jurado has some slow, depressing folk songs, but you might enjoy some of his up-tempo ones - Gillian Was A Horse is a good example. I love this song.
posted by tacodave at 2:35 PM on December 2, 2011

Folksy, loud, strong? Sounds like Gillian Welch to me.
posted by qldaddy at 4:16 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

I've been a fan of Big Smith for quite a while. They do a "loud strong" bluegrassy-gospely thing.
posted by DaddyNewt at 7:30 PM on December 2, 2011

If you like Niko Case, try Eilen Jewell.
posted by CathyG at 7:58 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]

Michelle Shocked

Her song Gladewater is a much better example of what you're looking for, but I couldn't find it on YouTube.
posted by marsha56 at 6:41 AM on December 3, 2011

The Cave Singers are chock full of foot-stompy goodness. The first video on that page (Dancing on Our Graves) is one of my favorite songs from them.

Timber Timbre's Oh Messiah has a similar sound; sort of the backwoods gothic foot-stompy sound with a few twists (and shouts).
posted by redsparkler at 9:19 AM on December 3, 2011 [1 favorite]

Okay, and just in case you listen to MsMolly's linked Mountain Goats songs and swoon, I have to step up for Estate Sale Sign, which is one of my favorite shouty songs from them, although not necessarily folky as much as it's rough around the edges.
posted by redsparkler at 9:24 AM on December 3, 2011

Holy crap, rtha, I can't believe someone from the west coast has heard of the Nields! Awesome. I agree that Neko Case and the Old 97s are also awesome.
posted by clavicle at 11:59 AM on December 3, 2011

This is one of my favorite kinds of music. Some stuff in this vein that I love:

The Head and the Heart, Lost in my Mind (Down in the Valley is not loud and strong, but it is lovely nonetheless).

The Decembrists, Down by the Water.

A lot of Rilo Kiley's older stuff fits this definition - check out Does He Love You? and With Arms Outstretched.

Also, thank you so much for posting this! I've been meaning to ask a similar question forever but hadn't gotten around to it.
posted by lunasol at 3:02 PM on December 3, 2011

check out these two songs by florence and the machine:
"remain nameless" and "only if for a night" it has exactly what you are looking for
posted by sincerely-s at 11:25 PM on December 7, 2011

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