The Verso Playlist: Gettin’ Folky


Move over, Mumford & Sons. There’s a new folk band in town.

This week on The Verso Playlist, we’re tackling a genre of music that brings a large amount of variety to your tingling musical tastebuds. It’s a kind of music I’ve grown to appreciate over the years?I find it’s usually perfect for whatever mood I’m in. My days usually transition from work to the good ol’ student lifestyle (I sometimes toss in a workout). The tracks on this playlist helps me unwind after a long day and gets me in the zone for nighttime studying all at once.

Indie folk has been on the rise since the early 90’s. Some of the earlier artists of this genre include the Decemberists and Fleet Foxes among a slew of others. It combines the melodies of indie rock with the contemporary sounds of folk music. Now that it’s catchin on, I’ve noticed more and more artists who are taking the time to incorporate this wonderful sound into their songs.

What I love most about folk artists is that they break away from a traditional band formatting. A lot of rising indie folk bands don’t have your standard setup: they’ll add in a fiddle, banjo, ukulele, keyboard, or a tissue box with an elastic band if their mood called for it. But hey, any excuse to hear a banjo is music to my ears (pun intended).

A perfect example of this kind of instrumental creativity? Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Made up of 12 members, this band incorporates the trumpet, ukulele, saxophone, banjo, mandolin and piano on top of their regular vocals, drums, guitar and percussion. (I can rock the recorder, no big deal.) As you can probably imagine, they also put on an incredible live show.

Edward Sharpe is just one of the many indie folk bands on my rapidly expanding playlist. If you’ve yet to dabble into the indie folk scene, here are some goodies to get you started.

“40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

“1904” by The Tallest Man on Earth

“Down In The Valley” by Head and The Heart

“Southern Sun” by Boy and Bear

“My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit

“Carousel” by Miner

“Love Ain’t Enough” by The Barr Brothers

“Time to Run” by Lord Huron

“Honey Come Home” by Elenowen

“Underneath a Mountain” by The Strumbellas

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