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bands/musicians The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists  

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Freak folk is a subgenre of folk music that takes elements of psych folk, avant garde music and baroque pop. These strange genre bedfellows is what comprises the sound of freak folk. Similarly to psych folk, the genre's origins are sewn in the 1960s and like folk music, freak folk bands use acoustic instruments. Over the years, freak folk bands have managed to build a rabid cult following that centers on the hippie-like musicians in the scene. A lot of the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists channel those 1960 hippie folk songs.

So what are the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists? While as we said before freak folk as we know it began in the 1960s, it wasn't until the 2000s where the freak folk genre became to gain more prominence with a larger audience. That can be attributed to the success of the likes of Animal Collective and it's individual members, who have become one of the most popular freak folk bands. That's why Panda Bear and Avey Tare are on here. The same goes for Joanna Newsom and Devandra Banhart, other relatively established freak folk artists who are known among freak folk fans.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best freak folk bands and freak folk artists. If you notice a freak folk band isn't on here, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best freak folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest freak folk musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular freak folk bands that you might've heard of. (38 items)

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Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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N. Penston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
N. Penston Freak-folk, math-folk, jazz

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CocoRosie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
CocoRosie Hip hop music, Psychedelic folk, Experimental music

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Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Devendra Banhart Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Vashti Bunyan Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk

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Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Panda Bear New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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Bowerbirds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Bowerbirds Indie folk, Freak folk, Nu-folk

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Brightblack Morning Light is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Brightblack Morning Light Folk rock, Freak folk, Funk

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The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
The Fugs Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

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Jackie-O Motherfucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Jackie-O Motherfucker Psychedelic folk, Musical improvisation, Space rock

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Birdengine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists

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Espers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Espers Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music

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Deakin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Deakin Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Freak folk

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Avey Tare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Avey Tare Folk music, New Weird America, Electronic music

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2D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
2D Alternative hip hop, Trip hop, Trip rock

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Alexander Tucker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Alexander Tucker Experimental music, Freak folk, Blues

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Bird By Snow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Bird By Snow Indie rock, Freak folk

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Vetiver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Vetiver Jam band, Indie folk, Freak folk

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Bermuda Triangle Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Bermuda Triangle Band Psychedelic folk, Country pop, Pop music

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Backwoods Warriors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Backwoods Warriors Grunge, Folk rock, Post-grunge

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Pocahaunted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Pocahaunted Experimental rock, Drone music, Noise music

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Voice of the Seven Woods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Voice of the Seven Woods Experimental music, Freak folk, Psychedelic rock

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Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Julean Rai Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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Nerdkween is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Nerdkween Pop music, Folk music, New Weird America

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O'Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
O'Death Americana, Romani music, New Weird America

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Wendy Penney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Wendy Penney Americana, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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Rio en Medio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Rio en Medio New Weird America, Freak folk

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Freeze & Fur Coat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Freeze & Fur Coat Indie rock, Freak folk

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The Raw Men Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists

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Gregory Rogove is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Gregory Rogove Indie, Progressive rock, Freak folk

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Yo Zushi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Yo Zushi Alternative rock, Country, Freak folk

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Saibou Bungaku is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Saibou Bungaku Psychedelic folk, Freak folk, Blues

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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Julean and the Rai Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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FOUND is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
FOUND Experimental rock, Electronic dance music, Noise music

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Mr Alboh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Mr Alboh freak folk, indie folk, folk - Mr Alboh is a young european singer-songwriter and solo artist who has decided to let breathe his dreams for a while.His songs are folk/blues with some fresh shades of pop, bossa nova and jazz.A voice soaked of emotions and ...

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Tobacco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Tobacco Alternative hip hop, Electronic music, Psychedelic rock

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Plastic Crimewave is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Plastic Crimewave Psychedelia, Drone music, Stoner rock

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Wildbirds & Peacedrums is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Wildbirds & Peacedrums Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock, Freak folk