2016 has been a pretty solid musical year so far. We’ve had great rap and hip-hop music from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Denzel Curry, Joey Purp, and Death Grips. We’ve had stellar rock’n roll from artists like Radiohead, Weezer, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and Iggy Pop and Josh Homme. Excellent pop efforts have been released by artists such as Beyoncé and Charli XCX. Anderson Paak has 15741839050_d7e0206673_bdominated this year’s R&B. Ambient music has come from Tim Hecker, Vektor gave us kick ass metal, and Kaytranada covered us on the electronic music front. Hell, we’ve even had amazing country music this year with crooner Sturgill Simpson’s third full-length release. It’s been a pretty full year, and we’re only at the halfway point. However, something seems to be missing.

Folk music. Where has the folk rock been in 2016? Man oh man, I’ve been craving some silky acoustic guitars accompanying worn yet angelic vocals and thought-provoking, cathartic lyricism. But halfway through 2016, I’ve yet to get any that really caught my attention.

Am I the only one that finds it strange that we have not had a single earthshaking folk album in six months? In 2015, we had Father John Father_John_Misty_042415-10Misty’ s I Love You, Honeybear and Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell. 2014 gave us great Sun Kil Moon and Mac DeMarco. But nothin’ in 2016…

And what’s worse, I don’t even know of any great folk artists planning to release music this year. Someone needs to step up in the second half of 2016 and give us an amazing album. If you’ve heard great folk music this year that perhaps I’ve overlooked, I beg you to please let me know.


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