Indie-folk

indie-folk

Leisure Class Records

Leisure Class Records

A good label with some great artists. I'd give special attention to Liz Isenberg, her songs are a beautiful folk/pop medley with some of the best lyrics I've heard in awhile. So here's a nice little indie music label for ya'll.

  • The latest and greatest endeavor from the indie-folk-punk rockers. Don't let their name fool you.

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  • After completing the first installment of his planned series of 50 records -- one album dedicated to each state in the U.S. -- indie folk overachiever Sufjan Stevens returns with Seven Swans, a collection of stripped-down, introsp... After completing the first installment of his planned series of 50 records -- one album dedicated to each state in the U.S. -- indie folk overachiever Sufjan Stevens returns with Seven Swans, a collection of stripped-down, introspective musings on life, love, and faith that chart the geographic location of the heart and soul. Many of these themes were dealt with eloquently on Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State, presenting the singer/multi-instrumentalist as a first-rate interpreter of the human condition, as well as a gifted musician. The 12 tracks on Swans yield the same bounty, but with a leaner arsenal, due to Stevens' sparse arrangements and production from Danielson Famile mastermind Daniel Smith. Fellow Famile members Elin, Megan, David, and Andrew -- who also appeared on The Great Lakes State -- lend their vocal and percussion talents to the mix, resulting in a surreal campfire environment that's part confessional and part processional. Beginning with the gorgeously titled "All the Trees in the Field Will Clap Their Hands," Stevens saunters out of the gate with nary an overdub to be heard, letting the banjo lead the parade, slowly picking up piano, percussion, and the angelic voices of Megan and Elin before disappearing over the hilltop. He channels Bert Jansch on the love song "The Dress Looks Nice on You" and Eric Matthews on "To Be Alone With You," striking a winning balance of '60s British folk and indie Americana. Like the Violent Femmes' seminal pseudo-Christian masterpiece, Hallowed Ground, Seven Swans treats religion with simplicity and sincerity, approaching the subject with an almost feverish peacefulness. "Abraham," "We Won't Need Legs to Stand," and "He Woke Me Up Again," with its fiery, overdriven organ, are all effective tomes of the singer's faith, but that faith can be tested. Stevens is quite aware of the dark, and no more so than on the Flannery O'Connor-inspired "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," a first-person murder narrative that reveals a subtle current of menace only hinted at in the earlier portion of the record. Like faith, these songs require patience, as their almost mantra-like arcs take their time to fully form. By the time he reaches the spirited closer, "Transfiguration," an affirming take on the Gospels that reaches an almost Polyphonic Spree crescendo, the listener has no choice but to conform -- if only for the length of the record -- to the writer's unabashed spirituality, and at just under 45 minutes, it's an easy choice to make. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • Kings of Convenience are an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. The musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies. Beautiful music and one of my highest recommendatio... Kings of Convenience are an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. The musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricate and subtle guitar melodies. Beautiful music and one of my highest recommendations are given.

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  • Shockingly, they've ended up being right on with the title. The Kings of Convenience throw it back into chill mode, but also have no problem picking up the tempo, if need be. I like this one for sitting on my porch or riding my bi... Shockingly, they've ended up being right on with the title. The Kings of Convenience throw it back into chill mode, but also have no problem picking up the tempo, if need be. I like this one for sitting on my porch or riding my bike along the beach.

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  • Wheat is clearly a classic indie folk band. However, as their new material has been sporadic, at best, it's easy for them to redefine themselves. And that's exactly what they did with their newest, White Ink, Black Ink. Sure, they... Wheat is clearly a classic indie folk band. However, as their new material has been sporadic, at best, it's easy for them to redefine themselves. And that's exactly what they did with their newest, White Ink, Black Ink. Sure, they've got their roots, but this album brings new life to indie folk, with all sorts of unexpected elements and drama mixed in. This one is fun.

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  • Honestly, i had never heard of this guy or this album until last night. For the last little while, I've been listening to their songs on MySpace -- on repeat. It's liek an alt/indie/folk and it's really awesome. I get wait to get ... Honestly, i had never heard of this guy or this album until last night. For the last little while, I've been listening to their songs on MySpace -- on repeat. It's liek an alt/indie/folk and it's really awesome. I get wait to get home and download the whole album.

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  • Beautifully somber song. I guess the best I could characterize Bonnie Prince Billy's music is alternative folk. Contemplative, beautiful songs of loneliness and love and hardship.

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  • Yelp, it's about time for some new Bishop Allen tunes -- a fact that I only know because of You Ain't No Picasso's obsession with the band. However, I did get the leak, loved it and will be purchasing it when it's out March 10. So... Yelp, it's about time for some new Bishop Allen tunes -- a fact that I only know because of You Ain't No Picasso's obsession with the band. However, I did get the leak, loved it and will be purchasing it when it's out March 10. So, get excited for some fun pop music. ...plus, I've really got to live an album where the best song is titled "Oklahoma."

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  • With his 8th studio album, Andrew Bird pull through with (at least close to) his best performance yet. It's the typical indie folk rock you'd expect, but you'll inevitably be bobbing your head.

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  • To be honest, I had almost forgotten about Beirut. I'm not really sure how because this was one of my favorite albums of '06 and he is completely amazing. Indie folk, pop lovers will all appreciate this one.

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  • It's not out, but I can personally attest that this four-track EP is equally as good as anything of For Emma, Forever Ago. In fact, it almost seems like a continuation.

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  • There has been all sorts of hibity dibity surrounding Iron & Wine for some time. The moniker of Samuel Beam has gained cult status in the indie folk world. This is his new album. I don't love it, but I like it. It's a good and re... There has been all sorts of hibity dibity surrounding Iron & Wine for some time. The moniker of Samuel Beam has gained cult status in the indie folk world. This is his new album. I don't love it, but I like it. It's a good and relaxing listen.

  • At the tender age of 20 Conor Oberst, poet, singer, songwriter and founder of the band Bright Eyes, released Fevers and Mirrors, an outstanding compassionate and angst ridden indie folk album. Oberst is pretty much a musical geni... At the tender age of 20 Conor Oberst, poet, singer, songwriter and founder of the band Bright Eyes, released Fevers and Mirrors, an outstanding compassionate and angst ridden indie folk album. Oberst is pretty much a musical genius who at age 14 fronted the band Commander Venus. His musical maturity is outstanding and makes you wonder what is up with all the popular whiny 30-something rock bands screaming about the angst of youth. Oy. Fav Tracks: "Something Vague", "Sunrise, Sunset", "Haligh, Haligh, a lie, Haligh"

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  • This is a great album. I'm more inclined to categorize it as indie folk. Its a tender, tentatively optimistic and sweet album. Favorite Track: "Sovay".

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  • bold and simple. layers of instrument upon instrument for a lo-fi indie folk, electronic sound. a great listen as you make your way home to the setting sun.

  • The Honey Brothers sweet and endearing indie rock band that features the ukelele, the banjo, and Adrien Grenier (Entourage, Devil Wears Prada, Drive Me Crazy). This indie folk band is based in New York and has been together since ... The Honey Brothers sweet and endearing indie rock band that features the ukelele, the banjo, and Adrien Grenier (Entourage, Devil Wears Prada, Drive Me Crazy). This indie folk band is based in New York and has been together since 2001. The Winter Tour EP features 9 songs such as "O Dear," "Ze Last Drag," and my favorite "Some of Them Are Nice Days."

  • If you're into indie/folk rock music, or are simply into relaxing music, this band will raise your spirits. To me, they sound sort of like a blend of death cab for cutie and the national. Perfect for a lazy summer day.

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  • Beautiful falsetto voice. catchy hooks.

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