What other music sounds like this?
January 2, 2019 8:14 PM   Subscribe

I'm having trouble searching for artists/albums with a particular sound. Here's an example of the kind of thing I'm after. It's folky, but not traditional, percussive, acoustic, and upbeat. Please recommend anything similar!

I heard some music like this in a play last night and wanted to listen to more. I'm having trouble tracking down such a specific type of sound, but hopefully the YouTube clip linked gives you an idea.

More specifics on what I like about this kind of music:

- Stringed instruments including guitar and violin
- Modern (I know some traditional stuff sort of fits, but it's not quite the same)
- Specific types of percussion: clapping, hitting guitars or other instruments in an unconventional way, stomping, moving chairs etc. for percussive effect
- Upbeat (there might be slower, quieter stuff that fits, but it's not what I want)
- Driving rhythm (not sure a better way to describe what I mean, so hopefully that makes sense)
- I like it when lots of people join in to sing the chorus, too

I'm totally open to musical theatre or other types of music that fit the sound but aren't straight up mainstream artists.

TIA if you have any recommendations! I've had no luck searching for what I want but I'm sure it's out there.
posted by bellebethcooper to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Oh, I should add that I'm looking for artists/albums rather than one-off songs. Thanks!
posted by bellebethcooper at 8:17 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

I would think that the Lumineers would fit most, if not all, of your criteria.
posted by jonathanhughes at 8:26 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]

Maybe Phox, as well.
posted by jonathanhughes at 8:27 PM on January 2

Billy Bragg's and Wilco's Mermaid Avenue records, which feature lyrics/previously unfinished songs by Woodie Guthrie: Airline To Heaven.

One of Sigur Ros's founding members, Jonsi, has a solo effort out which includes Go Do.

The Gourds: Ringing Dark And True.

Looking forward to hearing what else folks come up with, as this kinda stuff is My Jam.

(edit: I'm not recommending these as one-off songs; they're representative of the artists as far as I know.)
posted by Sing Or Swim at 8:36 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Some example tracks from artists who seem close to what you're asking for:
· nana grizol - circles 'round the moon
· Beirut - "East Harlem"
· Basia Bulat - In The Night.
posted by scruss at 8:38 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]

THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR (i like his solo stuff better than the full band stuff. if it matters, i'm biased, i toured with him a couple times.)
With God On Our Side
posted by capnsue at 8:39 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Typhoon! This is a band that I adore so much. It is also the only band that I listen to in the car anymore. They are a large band out of portland. Guitars, hand claps, strings, horns, group sing alongs. They do very upbeat songs, although the lyrics are sometimes pretty dismal.

White Lighter is a great album to start with. Then listen to Hunger & Thirst. Their newest album "offerings" is less of what you are looking for, but still wonderful.
posted by August Fury at 8:43 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Ingrid Michaelson
posted by ananci at 9:06 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Langhorne Slim
Noah and the Whale

It's basically indie folk. I stopped listening to the genre around 2010, so two of these at least appear to be defunct (but you may still like them).

You'd probably also enjoy some contemporary bluegrass groups, like The Infamous Stringdusters .
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 9:11 PM on January 2

Thanks for the suggestions so far! A few of these are artists I like, but aren't what I'm looking for right now. Stornoway, Noah and the Whale, and Ingrid Michaelson are all artists I like. The Lumineers I like, but they're not consistently upbeat enough for this specific question. Typhoon I like but their sound can be a bit too heavy.

The example from Mermaid Avenue is great, and Phox is really close to what I want, but again not upbeat/driving/urgent enough.

I think what I'm looking for might be a bit closer to Irish folk music, but I'm looking for something modern and not too traditional sounding. Thanks again for all the help!
posted by bellebethcooper at 9:25 PM on January 2

OK, this might not be what you want on a content level, but you've basically described the sound of Rend Collective (example - My Lighthouse), an Irish worship band.
posted by freethefeet at 9:40 PM on January 2

That is my favourite 21 Pilots song too! Have you listened to Ashley MacIssaic? Mary Jane Lamond sings on that track and you may like her stuff as well. Maybe
Spirit of the West?
posted by saucysault at 9:45 PM on January 2

Spirit of the West: try Home for a Rest or If Venice is Sinking.
posted by maudlin at 9:46 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Maybe The Young Dubliners or Seven Nations?
posted by TwoStride at 9:50 PM on January 2

Kinda reminds me of Steve Earle songs. This is an upbeat cover by Daoiri Farrell.
posted by cichlid ceilidh at 9:53 PM on January 2

freethefeet This is spot on! And it's a problem that's plagued me for years. I'm a staunch atheist but for some reason my music taste is decidedly religious. I keep accidentally listening to Christian bands because those are the bands with the sounds I like. At least this might be a good lead for me to go on. Thanks so much!
posted by bellebethcooper at 9:54 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]

I bet you'd like AJJ. The Folk Punk wikipedia page may be worth surfing.
posted by azarbayejani at 10:16 PM on January 2 [1 favorite]

I wonder what you'd get if you threw the best of these suggestions into Pandora. I like seeing how the music genome project describes what I like since I don't describe it well myself.
posted by orchidarea at 10:19 PM on January 2 [2 favorites]

Country Bear Jamboree
posted by ageispolis at 11:18 PM on January 2

Are you familiar with Bellowhead?
posted by Candleman at 1:30 AM on January 3

Mount Righteous: A Little More, When the Child Awakes, The Feeling You Bring (the last one is hard to hear there due to clapping, but you can listen/download on their Bandcamp)
posted by unknowncommand at 5:26 AM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Maybe Rusted Root (from the 90s) would work? They had one "hit," but if I remember correctly their whole catalog was similar to this: Send Me On My Way

bonus: Spin magazine article that calls them "raggle-taggle gypsy wimps"
posted by elmer benson at 10:06 AM on January 3

My first thought was the Oh Hellos.
posted by qldaddy at 10:34 AM on January 3

Watkins Family Hour
posted by Lanark at 2:34 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

Makes me think of The Avett Brothers.
posted by Duffington at 4:48 PM on January 3

Guster Do You Love Me
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:16 PM on January 3

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