Folk Music 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
Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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17 3
N. Penston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
mondriaanlied added Freak-folk, math-folk, jazz

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24 12
CocoRosie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Psychedelic folk, Experimental music

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15 6
Devendra Banhart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, New Weird America

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9 2
Vashti Bunyan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Freak folk

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8 3
The Fugs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Rock music, Experimental rock, Psychedelia

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11 6
Panda Bear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music

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8 4
Bowerbirds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Indie folk, Freak folk, Nu-folk

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8 4
Brightblack Morning Light is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk rock, Freak folk, Funk

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4 0
Jackie-O Motherfucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Musical improvisation, Space rock

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6 3
Birdengine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists

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6 3
Espers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Rock music, Folk music

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5 2
Deakin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia, Freak folk

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10 8
Avey Tare is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk music, New Weird America, Electronic music

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10 8
2D is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Trip hop, Trip rock

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8 6
Alexander Tucker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Freak folk, Blues

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8 6
Bird By Snow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Indie rock, Freak folk

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4 2
Vetiver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Jam band, Indie folk, Freak folk

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7 6
Bermuda Triangle Band is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Country pop, Pop music

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5 4
Backwoods Warriors is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Grunge, Folk rock, Post-grunge

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3 2
Pocahaunted is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Drone music, Noise music

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2 1
Voice of the Seven Woods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental music, Freak folk, Psychedelic rock

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2 1
Julean Rai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

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2 1
Nerdkween is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Pop music, Folk music, New Weird America

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2 1
Rio en Medio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
New Weird America, Freak folk

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3 3
O'Death is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Americana, Romani music, New Weird America

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1 1
Wendy Penney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Americana, Psychedelic folk, Rock music

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1 1
Freeze & Fur Coat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Indie rock, Freak folk

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0 0
The Raw Men Empire is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists

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0 0
Gregory Rogove is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
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
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
Psychedelic folk, Freak folk, Blues

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0 0
Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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1 2
FOUND is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Experimental rock, Electronic dance music, Noise music

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1 2
Mr Alboh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
ebok added 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 dreamlike lyrics.
As singer-songwriting tradition he plays: acoustic guitar, harmonica, guitalele and tambourine..even 3 together at once!

Mr Alboh on "Handmade":
"I wanted to give a shape to my childhood dreams and follow my heart, i wanted to give a name to these unborned daughters and sons called songs.
I hope you will share my idea, i wish you all the best and to follow your heart!"

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1 2
Tobacco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Alternative hip hop, Electronic music, Psychedelic rock

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0 1
Plastic Crimewave is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelia, Drone music, Stoner rock

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0 2
Wildbirds & Peacedrums is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Freak Folk Bands/Artists
Psychedelic folk, Experimental rock, Freak folk