Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email. It’s that time of year again where, as the editor, I get the joy of selecting my personal favourite Top 100 folk music albums of 2020 which have been covered on Folk Radio UK by our team over the last year. Lenker has never been more intimate, nor human, in her performance before now. 0. The album’s title is one of Robert Macfarlane’s lost words for ‘weaving, braided horizon lines on hazy days in hill country.’ A perfect word for peak-experience performances. December 8th 2020 by FLOOD Staff. -- Elisabeth Woronzoff. 1, 2, and 3 tips this list from a top 20 to a top 22. Start your journey and discover the very best music from around the world. Folk n' Roll Vol. The 50 Best Albums of 2020: Staff Picks . Marling's album is heavily centered on popular culture. Giving it a listen, now, then, offers an ironic nostalgia for the fairly recent. Times like Fly on the Wall, shared between the Sweater Set and their most dedicated listeners, will once again be feasible, at some point. -- Elisabeth Woronzoff. Refreshed by the label for a 2020 reissuing, the album is as relevant as ever. More often, though, it is business as usual for Powell as she leaves room for the dreamy and open-ended. All of the folk music albums selected have featured on Folk Radio UK. The Guardian. new releases; staff reviews; best new music; Best Indie Folk Albums of 2020 01 : The Microphones Microphones in 2020. <a href="https://treburtmusic.bandcamp.com/album/caught-it-from-the-rye">Caught It From The Rye by Tre Burt</a> Phil Elverum unearths his former alias The Microphones to record the 45-minute single-track album Microphones in 2020. Facebook. The harpist and singer recorded To the Awe in isolation through April and May (vocals were done in a bedroom cupboard), with remote support from her regular band. – Jonathan Frahm. From the off, with Scottish witch Isobel Gowdie’s ‘Hare Spell’, through to the closing ‘When She Comes’, dark traditional songs combine with Hield’s originals to conjure a liminal, between-worlds magic. At its core, Andrews' album contextualizes a break-up. The Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2020. by: UPROXX Music Twitter December 3, 2020. Morgan's acknowledgment of folk standards is a scintillating benefit, informing her more contemporary artistic conscience instead of bogging it down into a 20th century do. December 8, 2020 Karma Oak. Instead, he calls for action on behalf of the Black Americans "constantly worrying / Kicking and fighting, begging to breathe". Regardless of Elverum's moniker, specific themes emerge across his oeuvre, specifically considerations of existence and the purpose of his art form. -- Elisabeth Woronzoff, As Brigid Mae Power puts it, Head Above Water is "a continuing tale of everyday survival". At the moment, we are very top loaded with stellar releases, with many albums already feeling like strong contenders for Album of the Year. The Observer. In contrast, all three volumes capture moments of jubilation. Wednesday 9 December 2020 5:30pm Share. Ondara, arrived in the U.S. from Nairobi in 2013. In nearly every field—from sports, to film, to politics—2020 has been the year of asterisks. She first heard "The Merry Golden Tree", for example, in Arkansas while conducting field research with Alan Lomax in 1959. Here you’ll find tributes to the Witch of Wapping, Aleister Crowley’s ‘Pan to Artemis’ and a spectacular 17-minute ‘Song of High and Low Magic’ to spirit you away. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He's the Leader: An Interview with Aretha's "Main Man" Fonzi Thornton. and. Heart's Ease rejects ahistorical readings of folk music and narratives while delivering unequivocal descriptions of humanity. <a href="https://brigidmaepower.bandcamp.com/album/head-above-the-water">Head Above The Water by Brigid Mae Power</a> Bonny Light Horseman formed casually but have since evolved into a folk supergroup. Leonie Cooper. It is the album's finale that rings his call for morality and solidarity. On the same trip, she first recorded "Wondrous Love" at a Sacred Harp Convention. View reviews, ratings, news & more regarding your favorite band. Twitter. Fruit Bats' singer Eric D. Johnson, veteran instrumentalist Josh Kaufman, and singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell teamed up to explore ancient folk songs. He summons the ghosts of those forgotten, those who have passed away, and those that will escape the pandemic with trauma. Photo: Republic Records. Fittingly, then, is the album named after Anansi, a rebellious spirit from West African folktales who is incredibly persistent despite all attempts to quash its momentum. Old Flowers documents Andrews' shifting mindset and eventual arrival at restoration. 20. It features other Black roots artists, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell, and Sunny War. In doing so, he allows his audience to draw their own interpretations of his work. For years, they sat on the unreleased materials until they decided to revisit the collection while in quarantine during the pandemic. – Jonathan Frahm. The artists in this year's list all use their music to create a sense of unity. As such, Boots No. Never miss an issue – subscribe today. Bonny Light Horseman's power is derived from their ability to enshrine folk, ultimately proving great songs will withstand obscurity. Spider Tales is another fantastic album from Blount, having successfully recaptured and reframed some of yesteryear's best folk music for a modern audience. As we grappled with what it means to shut down and rise up, music in 2020 gave us an outlet, a voice, and an escape. At its most hopeful, the husband-and-wife duo leave us to wonder if that hope finds its warrant. As such, Saint Cloud presents narratives that are hardwired in wisdom. That's all to say that what, perhaps, is most striking is what is left unsaid; in the spaces between music, where the crunch of detritus and lilting birdsong find center stage, Lenker is her most unfeigned. See which music tops the charts, read reviews, and rate albums. In "Fire", for example, Crutchfield moves between desperation and emancipation, likely the mindset she developed after getting sober in 2018. Mixed in early lockdown and released in its aftermath, singer Nicola Kearey and guitarist Ian Carter dig deep for their brew of Saxon spellcraft, salty 17th-century London slang, and a musical mash-up of electro, spiky rock and acoustic for a record that sets the struggles of the past against the dystopian present. Andrews is methodical in her delivery as she deconstructs her break-up to focus more on grief and loss. Discover the best new indie, pop & folk music in our January compilation! 40-31) December 2, 2020 • Our guide to the greatest albums (Nos. The music featured is not restricted to the British Isles. What, purely by description, sounds like a one-off side dish to the main Big Thief course instead bares enough sinew to stand firmly on its own. <a href="https://arlomckinley.bandcamp.com/album/die-midwestern">Die Midwestern by Arlo Mckinley</a> We may have never heard of Tré Burt without dearly departed John Prine's influence. Sputnikmusic. © MA Music, Leisure & Travel Ltd (A part of the Mark Allen Group) 2020 All rights reserved. 12/7/2020. On Spider Tales, traditional folk tunes are injected with vibrant and inspiriting new life, from the forward-driving, joyous string-work of Cuje Bertram's "Blackbird Says to the Crow" to the palpably dark implications of "The Angels Done Bowed Down". – Jonathan Frahm. <a href="https://courtneymarieandrews.bandcamp.com/album/old-flowers">Old Flowers by Courtney Marie Andrews</a> While Sarah Jarosz's musical world continues to grow exponentially outward, World on the Ground finds the artist looking inward for answers. Recorded with a live audience of 50 lucky fans—something that would be nearly unthinkable at the time of this piece's publication—Fly on the Wall is cleverly named as such after its attendees. A masterful storyteller, she incorporates vivid imagery when comparing oneself to a bird in flight. The fruits of such constrained labours will be seen in the second half of the year (see forthcoming releases below), but in the meantime here is our considered best of 2020 – so far. Sansome’s solo debut, produced by Ben Walker and featuring Sansome’s voice and guitar across ten traditional songs, is an intimate set that draws you into their stories, whether that’s the seduction of ‘Gown of Green’, seafaring adventures on ‘The Bold Princess Royal’ or Nic Jones’ account of ‘Bonaparte’s Departure For St Helena’. The Line of Best Fit. He doesn't shy from protest, either, attacking the racist, imperialistic structure of the U.S. government head-on in tunes like "Undead God of War", whose most biting divulgences are all too sadly true ("And Mother Nature, I guess she caters/To those with white skin"). He implores his audience to sees the intersection between racial and economic oppression. Folk music's offering is its monumental reflection of social consciousness. Cloud… Here, though, Jarosz is humbled reflecting on oneself and the world around her with a thorough, acerbic wit. 20 best folk music albums of all time. The Best Indie Albums Of 2020 So Far. An album composed of ringing Aplachanican folk music, Childers intentionally leads listeners into a sense of placid complicity. Perhaps it is also his most intimate. She adroitly finds a balance and uses Saint Cloud as a pathway towards authentic restoration. Inspired by Maya Angelou's book Letter to My Daughter (2009), Marling sings to an imaginary daughter relating a myriad of roles women play in society. <a href="https://thesweaterset.bandcamp.com/album/fly-on-the-wall">Fly On The Wall by The Sweater Set</a> On its surface, Bet on Love looks, feels, and sounds like a bucolic reflection of their small-town life. In relentless pursuit of his musical dreams, McKinley gained the attention of the legendary John Prine, another songwriter familiar with midwestern ennui. Staff . on. "Mountain Rain", for example, revisits the standard John Henry ballad to echo the lament of workers who did not want to jeopardize their lives in the name of capitalist-driven progress. The 25 best rock albums of 2020 so far. The 30 best country and Americana albums of 2020, including records by Ashley McBryde, Elizabeth Cook, Jason Isbell, and Hailey Whitters. <a href="https://pharisjasonromero.bandcamp.com/album/bet-on-love">Bet On Love by Pharis &amp; Jason Romero</a> Laura Marling's Song For Our Daughter can be is easily conflated with a collection of vignettes. From the perspective of a new American, Ondara is often critical of the American dream ideology, with his music centered in between self-reflection and socio-political commentary. 2020 has pretty much been a … 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. The 10 Best Folk Albums of 2020 By Tim Cumming. – Jonathan Frahm. Discover and listen to new music releases and 2020's best new album releases this week and every week here. There are barbed moments, especially as he sings to the working-class and reminds them to stay vigilant of false-idols and empty promises. Childers' convictions takes the struggles of dominantly white communities to shine a light on the overlap with the fight for racial justice. -- Elisabeth Woronzoff. Performing with a buoyant and unabashed hopefulness feels nearly uncalled for in the current era. George Hoyle, aka Cunning Folk, is a folklorist, storyteller, and, with this album, a musician extending his art into the world of spells, magical workings and protective hexes in sound. Image by joshuaianclark from Pixabay. Die Midwestern is a timeless album, written by an artist simply trying to make sense of his circumstances. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 By Paste Staff November 30, 2020 | 9:00am; The 25 Best Albums of 1990 By Paste Staff November 11, 2020 | 1:43pm; The 10 Best Albums of October 2020 … Whereas hopelessness and anger are apparent throughout, the album reads more like a confessional rather than an emotive plea for sympathy. Composite: PR/Rex/Shutterstock/Chris Spivey/Getty . Folk music alone is not capable of dismantling the powerful or subverting the oppressive. Sputnikmusic's list of the best Indie Folkalbums of 2020, rated by users. Dark as its undertones may be, Bet on Love finds solace in a head held high and towards a brighter tomorrow. by: UPROXX Music Twitter June 25, 2020. See how well critics are rating the Best Music and Albums for 2020 20 essential albums from 2020 so far - as recommended by 6 Music To mark the halfway point of 2020, here are our 20 must-hear albums from the year so far. In this way, Collins' album concretely connects the past to modernity. Often is it that her ethereal vocals are juxtaposed directly against earthbound lyricism that tells it straight. The 20 Best Folk Albums of 2020 Jonathan Frahm. But Crutchfield's songwriting is realistic, never myopic. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 By Paste Staff November 30, 2020 | 9:00am; The 25 Best Albums of 1990 By Paste Staff November 11, 2020 | 1:43pm; The 10 Best Albums of October 2020 … Angelo De Augustine has always been Sufjan Stevens’ successor... Aoife Nessa Frances: “Here in the Dark”. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far Fiona Apple, 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters' Halsey, 'Manic' Selena Gomez, 'Rare' Lil Uzi Vert, 'Eternal Atake' Run the Jewels, 'RTJ4' Dua Lipa, 'Future Nostalgia' Bob Dylan, 'Rough and Rowdy Ways' Bad Bunny, 'YHLQMDLG' Lady Gaga, 'Chromatica' Waxahatchee, 'St. 2020 is the year that rock keeps rolling, whatever the world throws at it: here are the best albums of the year so far . 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