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    Posted: May 08 2017 at 02:23
I absolutely love albums such as First Utterance by Comus, Sacrifice by Black Widow, St. Radiguns by Spirogyra.

I've been looking for music similar to this but haven't been able to find anything that comes close to these albums. By that i don't mean something that sounds exactly the same but music as interesting or as dark as that.

If anyone has any recommendations I would be extremely happy.
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Not sure if it fits exactly your taste, Daniele, but give CATAPILLA a try and report back, I'm curious Big smile


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If you don't know it, check this out:

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Try this



The Jan Dukes De Grey is an excellent suggestion.
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I have quite a few albums in my collection that fit the description (although some of them rather loosely):

Tim Buckley - Starsailor or Lorca
Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer
Joanna Newsome - Ys
Catherine Ribeiro + Alps - Ame Debout
Nya Ljudbolaget - s/t
Nico - Desertshore
Third Ear Band - s/t
Exuma - s/t
Wovenhand - Consider the Birds
Tom Zé - Todos Os Olhos
Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem - L'incendie
Robbie Basho - Zarthus

Oh and if you're prepared to lose your sanity completely I recommend you check out Brast Burn's Debon. Madness.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

I've listened to a bit of catapilla and i really like it (even though it's pretty different than the stuff i posted).

Jan dukes de Grey are great but i already knew them.

I'll listen to the other stuff now.
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I have quite a few albums in my collection that fit the description (although some of them rather loosely):

Tim Buckley - Starsailor or Lorca
Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer
Joanna Newsome - Ys
Catherine Ribeiro + Alps - Ame Debout
Nya Ljudbolaget - s/t
Nico - Desertshore
Third Ear Band - s/t
Exuma - s/t
Wovenhand - Consider the Birds
Tom Zé - Todos Os Olhos
Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem - L'incendie
Robbie Basho - Zarthus

Oh and if you're prepared to lose your sanity completely I recommend you check out Brast Burn's Debon. Madness.

re Wovenhand, I would put their album "Mosaic" front row center

also any of the earlier stuff by Finnish group Tenhi.  Not as crazy as Comus or Jan Dukes, but oh so morose
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Love Comus and Spirogyra, and acid folk is one of my favourite categories.

Not mentioned already, but I think you might like   Fern Knight's Music for Witches and Alchemists

Just speaking faves in the acid folk scene that could appeal: As already mentioned, Perry Leopold's Christian Lucifer. I also love Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms, the Incredible String Band you probably know, and another folk album which is more creepy when you know the film is the Paul Giovanni Wicker Man soundtrack.   And I've been digging Mark Fry's Dreaming with Alice. For a really weird folk albums, you might want to try Exuma's self-titled (very different, but...)

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I've never thought of Nya Ljudbolaget as dark folk, they're actually a little jazzy at times.

Definitely agree with Wovenhand, especially 'Mosaic', also Tenhi, perry Leopold and Exuma.

You might also want to have a listen to these:

Long Live Death, 'To Do More Than God, To Die' - mostly acoustic, definitely folkish, somber.  They skirt the margins of Wyrd Folk with some GY!BE-like post rock leanings.

Rasputina, 'Thanks for the Ether' - A couple female cello players in corsets and sometimes a guy who plays drums (and sometimes just Melora Creager solo).  The albums run the gamut from goth to cabaret to steampunk to weird covers of classic rock, this album may be the closest to what you're looking for.  The music tends to be dark (cello, so...) but the lyrics are what made me list them.  Melora Creager loves to tell tragic tales of downtrodden, morbid and cursed souls.  If this one appeals to you check out 'Sister Kinderhook' and 'Melora a la Basilica' next.

Bruce Lamont, 'Feral Songs for the Epic Decline' - If you like Wovenhand you'll probably like this.

Larkin Grimm, 'The Last Tree' - Almost pagan-like at times, Grimm combines a lot of influences including folk, Avant and outsider music.  Her most approachable album is 'Parplar' but this one is the closest to the Comus sound.

Spires that in the Sunset Rise, s/t - Another Wyrd folk group, heavily acoustic, gloomy and depressing.

Rada & Ternovnik, 'Sorrow Sounds' - Russian band so dark is implied, although their catalog is sort of all over the place with darkwave, post-punk, folk revival and even operatic tracks interspersed with dirge-like heavy epics.  This is their gloomiest record.

Cerberus Shoal, 'Mr. Dog Boy' - These guys are listed as Avant here on the Archives but this particular album (along with 'The Land We All Believe In' has strong folk as well as post-folk influences.  Unlike most of the albums listed above, this one is heavily electric including lots of drone.  Also unlike Comus and most of the above bands, the lyrics aren't particularly dark, in fact for the most part they are unintelligible.

Also of course check out Skip Spence's 'Oar' and anything from the nut-jobs Jandek and Michael Hurley (if you can find them).
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Originally posted by ClemofNazareth ClemofNazareth wrote:

Rasputina, 'Thanks for the Ether' - A couple female cello players in corsets and sometimes a guy who plays drums (and sometimes just Melora Creager solo).  The albums run the gamut from goth to cabaret to steampunk to weird covers of classic rock, this album may be the closest to what you're looking for.  The music tends to be dark (cello, so...) but the lyrics are what made me list them.  Melora Creager loves to tell tragic tales of downtrodden, morbid and cursed souls.  If this one appeals to you check out 'Sister Kinderhook' and 'Melora a la Basilica' next.


This is such a great album!  I hadn't thought about it in ages, but now I'm going to have to dig it out, if it can be found amongst the chaos that is my "collection".
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Originally posted by ClemofNazareth ClemofNazareth wrote:


Also of course check out Skip Spence's 'Oar' and anything from the nut-jobs Jandek and Michael Hurley (if you can find them).


I got Oar about 20 years ago and listened a few times, but it never really made much impression on me. Another one to unearth for further listening.
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Lately I have been very impressed by the work of Current 93; sometimes it's less prog, but it's never not dark or weird, and from the late 1980s onwards it's been in a mostly folk mode. Thunder Perfect Mind, All the Pretty Little Horses hit what you're looking for quite nicely and there's some really interesting deep cuts in their discography too. (Horsey even has a Comus cover.)
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try this! Also Peter Hammill, Matthew Parmenter (2004), Espers, Six Organs of Admittance, Steve von Till, Scott Kelly, Harvestman, Nick Drake (obviously), etc
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Something from the USSR, maybe?


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I think SCHICKE FUHRS & FROHLING's Symphonic Pictures.
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Wolf People- Fain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTuDcoskS5k

These guys are very interesting....dark, psychy , folk rock


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^ Great suggestion
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