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The English word “folk,” as we use it today, has Germanic roots and was at one time was defined as all of the following: “people”; “army”; “common people”; “men”; “tribe”; “multitude.” Antiquarian William J. Thoms invented the word folklore in 1986, reviving a modern sense of something that was “of the common people, whose culture is handed down orally”, and opened up a flood of related things, including folk art (1921), folk dance (1912), and folk music (1889). The nature of folk art is specific to its particular culture; varied geographical and temporal prevalence and diversity of folk art make it difficult to describe as a whole, though some patterns have been demonstrated.

The use of the keyword “folk” on REDEFINE can be used to describe:
     1. Traditional folk music (1889): Music that may be: transmitted by worth of mouth; music of the lower classes; music with unknown origins. Also known as “traditional music” or “roots music” in the United States.
     2. Contemporary folk music (1958): A evolved form of traditional folk music that reached a zenith in the 1960s. Also known as “folk revival music.”
     3. Folk art: Works of art that may be: produced from an indigenous culture or laboring tradespeople; utilitarian or decorative rather purely aesthetic; characterized by a style where “traditional” rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.

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Ben Sollee – “Embrace” Music Video

If you didn’t know that twine being pulled in different directions or the slight bowing of cello strings could be beautiful, this video will make you think otherwise. This video is gentle like “Embrace” from Ben Sollee’s upcoming album, Inclusions; it is slow and calming, like a church hymn. Directed by David Ingram. Director of...Read...
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Agnes Obel – Philharmonics Album Review

Thanks to sustaining crisp production throughout her latest record, Philharmonics, Agnes Obel sounds like a faerie whispering sweet nothings — and occasional sour musings — into your ear. Philharmonics is pleasant enough, but more than that, it’s patient — trumping along in a way that savors its own angelic purity, without all the trappings of...Read...
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El Boy Die – “Dead Kings” Music Video

Unfortunately, El Boy Die’s 2010 release, Black Hawk Ladies And Tambourins, slipped any kind of major coverage on REDEFINE, but this video for “Dead Kings” will have to serve as a primer. A video collage of grainy archival war footage, the sights are incredible but haunting — showing mushroom clouds silencing soldiers to the point...Read...
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Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean” Music Video

This grainy video for “Grown Ocean” takes on a documentary bent, capturing the vibes of small, woodsy towns that could be as easily be set in the Pacific Northwest as in near the Appalachian Mountains. And perhaps this is the beauty of this video; without words, it seems to capture the entirety of Fleet Foxes’...Read...
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O’Death – “Bugs” Music Video

O’Death are an “American Gothic Country band” — which might not seem to make that much sense, until you listen to their music while watching their music videos, which seem bizarre and ritualistic in a creepy, East Coast woodsy kind of way (and serving as one of the best interpretations of such). All the better...Read...
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