New LoFinds: Indie Folk

This fairly new Indie Folk / Neo Folk genre (where old timey sounds are new again) has been enjoying quite a lovely time at the top. With bands like Beirut, The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers pioneering the way I’m sure there is plenty more of this sound on its way. Here are a few bands that we’ve come across while on the Indie Folk trail.


The Last Bison is a seven piece act led by Ben Hardesty. With all these members an instruments to choose from (including a Cello a Violin, a Banjo and a few guitars) it is easy to create an orchestra of folk sound. Self proclaimed as a Mountain-top Chamber or Alternative Folk band, The Last Bison has a lot of inspiration to pull from in their homestate of Virginia, but their latest single borrows from somewhere quite a distance further away. “Oh Switzerland, you’ve taken away my breath now, once again…”


Ivan & Alyosha are a four piece indie folk act from Seattle, Washington. “Running For Cover” is a solid honest sounding track with some strong sing-along melodies to accompany the locomotive-like percussion. Ivan & Alyosha have already released three EP’s but “Running For Cover” is a new single off of their highly anticipated debut full-length album entitled All The Times We Had. The album should hit stores later this month, but keep an eye on the Ivan & Alyosha website for more details and tour dates.


We first came across Kings at the Etsy Holiday Shop in New York. They’re a three piece band from Brooklyn with a foot-stopping sound and some tremendous harmony. “I Got Stuck” is the story of a lesbian wedding gone wrong.


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12 Responses to “New LoFinds: Indie Folk”

  1. Eli 

    Awesome, but you gotta add Little Sur to the list http://littlesur.bandcamp.com/track/continental-love-song

  2. The New LoFi 

    Hey Eli! Agreed, Little Sur is pretty rad.

  3. D-Hall 

    This awesome yellow music blog that i was reading often wrote about ivan and alyosha last summer. they played some free shows around nyc. they rocked. their shirt was my favorite shirt for a while. good people. http://thenewlofi.com/2011/07/global-twang-vol-5/

  4. J-Oats 

    There’s another yellow music blog out there??! Hahaha
    You are always ahead of me when it comes to finding new music first D-Hall. Ivan & Alyosha is a great find though… thought they were worth mentioning again in light of their upcoming full-length album.

  5. Upstream.fm 

    Nice post!

    We compiled a mixtape called ‘indie folk preachers’ (http://upstream.fm/?p=1)

    Inspired by a performance of the tallest man on earth. Feel free to take listen and comment suggestions as we will revisit the mixtape later this year.

    Cheers, G

  6. Riz 

    .Hey hey. Indie folk record from Melbourne Australia! http://ryansterling.bandcamp.com/album/two-mountains-and-the-sea

    Thanks
    Bye

  7. Hannah 

    Great Bands
    My New favourite alternative Indie folk band is at

    http://www.soundcloud.com/rebelandthehearts

    they deserve a follow, the singer sings with soul and is hot too x

  8. Timmy P 

    this is my new song, hope you guys dig it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbmVgjqXxPk

  9. Lojah 

    I just released free downloadable MP3s of my raw-cut ep “Pub Songs on Palafox.” Please give it listen. http://www.Lojah.com

  10. Adam 

    Hi! Our band Motel Talk just released our debut EP, “Sleeping Through the End of the World”! We’re an indie pop/folk band and we’d love if you guys could give it a listen, it would really meant the world to us! I linked two songs at the bottom to check out! Happy holidays everyone!

    http://www.facebook.com/moteltalk

    These Words:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvA0T-JnOMM
    Folklore:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSSL2YE2gmE

  11. Lavon 

    AFAIC tha’ts the best answer so far!

  12. koala 

    .I love this blog. Do you review more offbeat indiefolk? I’ve included a link to my music…its ugly horrible violent folk…like woody Guthrie survived a nuclear disaster and started drinking heavily and listening to the Jesus lizard and Steve albini….

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