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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:07 pm 
 

Greetings,

I'm looking for moody, somber, mostly minor-key songs (or entire albums) by singer-songwriters that perform in a mostly (but not exclusively) solo setting but a backing band is fine too. Good examples would be Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate, Gordon Lightfoot's Summertime Dream, the acoustic Opeth stuff, Green Carnation, etc.

I'm not looking for quasi-'medieval' or pagan folk-inspired anything, more country/western/blues influenced typical 60s and 70s stuff.

Aware of all the obvious singer-songwriter greats: yeah I've heard scarborough fair by s&g (EXACTLY what I'm looking for) and love all the PP&M, Tim Buckley, type stuff.

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Unity
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 5:39 pm 
 

Tom Waits?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:10 pm 
 

Wovenhand/16 Horsepower, Townes Van Zandt, Chelsea Wolfe or King Dude are decent recs for this if you don't know them.
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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:59 pm 
 

Unity wrote:
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Cahm ahnnnnnmnmm

Thanks Metantoine, I'll dig into those. I'm already digging Townes Van Zant

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Opus
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:24 am 
 

Christian Kjellvander

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Zerberus
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:38 am 
 

I'll repost my post from the simple acoustic folk thread, there might be something for you there.

Came here to mention TVZ, Nick Drake and Jackson C. Frank, but I guess I'm late to the party.

Maybe they're a bit too much on the country side, but I've enjoyed Handsome Family in the past. Most probably know them through True Detective, but their discography is great.
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Kimi Kärki
(from Lord Vicar and Reverend Bizarre) is another possibility. Reminds me of Nick Drake with his naivité, but also somewhat different.
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Wovenhand might be up your ally if you're into something a bit more gothic.
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Splinterskin is definitely some of the most unsettling folk I can think of. Great, simplistic compositions with an eerie atmosphere.
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I suppose Riitaoja doesn't really fulfill your need for simple instrumentation, but it's really good if you don't mind a few minor jazzy influences.
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Pearls Before Swine reminds me a lot of old Cohen. It's kind of got the same feeling to it, if you can get past the singer's slight lisp. I think they did a cover of a Cohen song as well. The whole Balaklava album is really good.
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David Thomas Broughton
's got this simple, down to earth demeanour as well. It's just him and his guitar, as well as a few samples once in a while. He uses loop-pedals all the time to make a sort of canon effect. It's great.
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Let me know if any of this is any good
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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:24 am 
 

Thank you! I'm really enjoying Wovenhand and Splinterskin.

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SolstafirAquilaria
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:19 pm 
 

Maybe check out Red House Painters.

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Erotetic
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:39 am 
 

TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah wrote:
yeah I've heard scarborough fair by s&g (EXACTLY what I'm looking for) and love all the PP&M, Tim Buckley, type stuff.


that song kinda reminds me of Espers (American hippie stuff)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6L_rVDgQQc
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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:59 am 
 

I like this Espers group a lot, thank you.

Red House Painters have nice songs but something about the vocalist kills it for me.

So far, Splinterskin totally wins this thread. On the nosey.

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TheHellstorm
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:20 am 
 

You might like this:

http://thempulpcriminals.bandcamp.com/releases

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TheMizwaOfMuzzyTah
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:18 am 
 

While I'm not crazy about what they've got up I have a feeling those guys will be really good one day. More like this!

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