Three Folk Duos for the Early Fall
We always like folk music around here, but it does seem to be particularly perfect for the pastoral transformation of the Autumn season. Some songs just seem to need a cup of hot cocoa or a pumpkin spice something-or-other. Folk, unequivocally, is the music for flannel-clad friends, standing in circles around a few stringed instruments and beautiful vocals. Here’s some for you this fall.
Forest Mountain Hymnal – Self Titled
-I try not to make a habit of quoting PR information, but this married couple say they hope, “with our music to celebrate love, nature, peace, and community.” Beautiful. And they perform as beautifully. The harmonies are sweet, but perhaps more impressively is how they’ve managed to tell so many real, authentic stories. What they call “fables,” these are the kind of lyrics that come across as literature. There’s a real feeling of peace with the full album and it’s definitely perfect for this season and for the readers of this site.
Diamondwolf – Your Time Has Come
-Diamondwolf are a Seattle-based folk duo whose musical style is hard hitting in the Grace and Tony vein. Alicia Dara and Glen Cooper sing harmonies together like they’re meant to. While Alicia’s vocals are theatrical and powerful, Glen’s are softer and complimentary. Together they make for big folk sounds that are more Lumineers than smaller duos. The track “Unbound (You Know My Name)” is layered with strings and big production. It’s just the kind of new folk that sounds like it should fit right into an arena more so than a busking corner. Every track and every lyric delivers a larger-than-life punch.
Tamar and Netanel – Peace of Mind
-This might be the single most peaceful album I’ve heard all year. Tamar and Netanel have a remarkable ability to bring peace and calm over their listeners. Their harmonies harken back to the golden days of folk music in the 1960s. Hailing from Israel, it’s beautiful to hear how their songs of love and comfort translate so wonderfully for listeners all over the world. Check out their song “Autumn Wind” for exactly the theme of this playlist. This is a truly beautiful album by two extremely talented musicians.
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