#1
Hey. I think I'm making this thread in the right place? There's no big thread I could find where I can ask for recs so I'm making this...

I have ventured out of the metal forum (for once) to here, where I hope to find some music recommendations. I really love Nick Drake's music, along with James Taylor, Fleet Foxes and a few other alt/folk bands I've heard. My folk music knowledge is very small, so where do I go from here? Anything melancholic (but not overly so) I'm bound to enjoy, but even if not, try me anyway. Feel free to suggest the obvious, if you think it's suited

Much appreciated!
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#5
elliott smith.

also, alexi murdoch, horse feathers, jose gonzalez, and anything involving will oldham.
#6
Anatomy Anatomy
Whale Blue Review

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Drop that phone
Sleep on the floor
Dream about me
#7
Do you really need anything else besides Nick Drake? ..................Bill Withers maybe.
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#8
Jackson C Frank
Gary Higgins
Fairport Convention
Sibylle Baier
Red House Painters (try Ocean Beach first) + Sun Kil Moon

i could toss some more things out there, but more suggestions likely depend on your reactions to what people have already suggested.
#9
You really need J Tillman, he's the drummer for Fleet Foxes but he's been doing his own solo stuff for a long time and is incredibly underrated. He just came out with a new album a week or two ago called Singing Ax that is amazing but you can only get it on vinyl or digitally. His album Year In The Kingdom is amazing as well.
#11
Laura Marling is one of my favourites at the moment, and is actually quite similar to Drake in the way she plays and all the tunings she uses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18CMUs-XBFY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppSCEaT6SIA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QirL0HXnyS4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsIKbH9p9zI

Gary Jules isn't quite the same thing - he's more Americana, sounds all relaxed and laid-back. Still, lovely stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiSBJIqEYvg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsI0qY4kkwU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rNRefx55zM&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpvGsNCBRz0

Anais Mitchell is also really good, some people find her voice weird but I love it. Not many good vids for her, but I'd recommend her album The Brightness a whole lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yrnaP0oGjo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DNBBtwWWf4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6HLTBwCFO0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIBqYsbkoNs

Meursault are even more different - half proper minimal folk, half noisy electronica. Here's some of their acoustic stuff to start with, though the rest is totally worth listening to, one of my favourite new bands of the last few years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME6ix0WKKc8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnsktlyHAMM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8OnyuSjSbY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY3LF4fH12M&feature=related

Iron & Wine would also be worth a listen, although I know less of their stuff so I can't really recommend any particular songs.
#13
Totally forgot about Laura Marling, and my (plus Kurt Cobain's) favorite singer: Mark Lanegan. His first solo album, The Winding Sheet, sounds like winter in the Pacific Northwest. Plus Whiskey for the Holy Ghost and Scraps at Midnight are simply amazing.
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#14
Awesome recs guys, loving everything I've checked out so far. Iron & Wine are my favourite listen yet. I have alot of new stuff to hear now
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#15
Phil Selway (yeah the drummer from Radiohead) just released a folk album called "Familial", which is a'aight, nothing great but ok.

Iron and Wine of course... is Grizzly Bear considered folk? Jose Gonzales too...

Now if you want melancholic folk, I'll tell you: "Out of Season" by Beth Gibbons (singer from Portishead), I absolutely love this album, one of my all time favorite... edit: she is of course very influenced by Nick Drake, there is a song called "Drake" in it
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#16
Go and download 'Dreaming with Alice' by Mark Fry and some Pearls Before Swine. And I will always add +1s any time Jackson C Frank and Laura Marling are suggested.
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#18
Mumford & sons, Graham Coxon's folk album is also very nick drake. maybe davy graham and mississippi john hurt but thats more bluesy than folksy stuff
#19
I always kind of saw Elliott Smith as the Nick Drake of our day.
they have a pretty similar style, vocally, I think.


and then there's that whole, mysterious death thing.
#20
Quote by Andrewbiles
Go and download 'Dreaming with Alice' by Mark Fry and some Pearls Before Swine. And I will always add +1s any time Jackson C Frank and Laura Marling are suggested.

what is your take on Pentangle? how about just Bert Jansch?
#21
Pentangle were great, as is Jansch's solo material but (out of Pentangle's ashes) I've spent a considerable amount longer listening to Renbourn's solo albums. That man blows my mind. Had I not invested so much time in Renbourn - 'The Hermit' and 'Another Monday' in particular - I'm sure songs like 'Needle of Death' and 'Rosemary Lane' would have filled the gap.

There's a 3CD compilation called 'Pentangling' with separate discs of Pentangle, Renbourn and Jansch which is well worth owning.
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