Freak Folk Music Brought to The World by Neo-Hippies

Neo-hippies are what people typically think about when you hear the phrase “freak-folk music.” Freak-folk isn’t defined well by its name as many other music genres. The bonds that tie it together doesn’t have much to do with the music at all. Freak-folk’s focus is on getting the 60s ideology revived.  Fans of freak-folk are people that love the imagined hippie mythology of hippyish daydreaming. Freak-folk is about beards that you’d see on someone in the bible as much as it is about the music.

Freak Folk Music Brought to The World by Neo-Hippies
Freak Folk Music Brought to The World by Neo-Hippies

The Sound of Freak-Folk

The freak-folk movement has artists such as Newsom and Banhart as its figureheads. There are a few freak-folk fans that think that a prerequisite is that you need to have a singing style that is divisive, vivid, and individualistic. The aesthetic is as significant of a point as much as the sound is in freak-folk. With freak-folk music, acoustic sounds are mandatory. If there are stringed instruments involved, then they should be picked with fingers instead of a pick. If you’re wondering about the lyrics of freak-folk, they’ll be infused with the pastoral and mythical. The hippy spirit is picked up on by the land’s romanticism. The defining quality of freak-folk is that it sounds like it’s out of our time. The reissue culture from the late 90s that came up was how freak-folk came to be.

Two Major Misconceptions People Have About Freak-Folk

People will usually have at least one of two conceptions when they think about freak-folk. The first misconception is that anyone who uses an acoustic instrument is someone who’s into freak-folk. The second misconception is that a hippy donning a beard on their face is someone who is a part of the freak-folk movement. There is a young intellectual who works hard and creates intricate compositions. But because he’s using a banjo for his music, people think that his works belong to the freak-folk movement. He doesn’t fit with the movement’s ideals at all, though. There are two hippies that camp inside of a chicken-shack that they renovated that’s deep in the woods in California. The barefoot duo is called Brightblack Morning Light. They fish for their daily meals, and they live their lives away from modern life. The duo’s male member coincidentally has a bushy beard. But the music they make is a psychedelic and soulful mixture of electric slide-guitars and electric organs. The music has no folk elements in it, and there are no acoustic guitars. The only thing that fits in with freak-folk with them is their back-story. The duo may look like hippies and fit the stereotype of neo-hippies, but the music they make isn’t the right fit for freak-folk.

How The Name Of Freak-Folk Came To Be

Freak-folk’s name is a generic name for a genre. The generic name makes it extremely difficult to trace it back to its first use by a person. It could’ve been given to a record that was a freaky folk one or anything else far from it. There are many types of names the genre could’ve had or actually had. There was a name it had before it solidified as freak-folk however, and it was almost called freak-revival-revival. But as you can see, it didn’t get that name.

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