11, 10. Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Middle Cyclone, Neko Case
And my favorite tracks off either, respectively? “Maybe Sparrow” and “Prison Girls.” Not necessarily the folksiest off either album, but there’s certainly some old-fashioned twangy soul to either. Neko Case’s amazing voice and amazing lyrics and amazing just — putting it together skills. Beautiful. I’m a terrible person and don’t have her older albums, yet, but — well, I assume it’s more of the same epic.
9. The Ditty Bops, the Ditty Bops
And I think “Ohh La La” is my favorite track off of it, but it really does change all the time. Another case of my not having anything else in the collection, save an EP, but — aw. This is the really girly, innocent, sweet kind of twangyfolk, the kind that’s just, well, aw. Sure, some of the songs are a bit darker, some are lighter, but still.
8, 7. A Book Like This, Down This Way, Angus & Julia Stone
Favorite tracks, respectively, “Lonely Hands” and “Draw Your Swords.” On the bluesier side of twangy, but still folksy and amazing and just — well, there are many reasons. I love their accents, I love their overall style, I love the lyrics they write and sing. I love the way a lot of their songs are super sexy. I love that I can say that without even feeling ashamed or awkward, really.
6. Rabbit Fur Coat, Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins
And today, my favorite track is “Melt Your Heart.” This is a big departure for Jenny from her usual California indie style, but I love her for trying it. I love the Watson Twins’ harmonies. I love that I’ve had this album for — gosh, five years? Longer than any others on this list, anyhow. I’ve had it for that long and still get a refreshed feeling from listening to it. I honestly don’t think it will ever get old.
5, 4. Hold Time and Post-War, M. Ward
Favorite tracks would be probably “Never Had Nobody Like You” and “Right In The Head,” for entirely different reasons. Oh yeah, remember the part where he’s my new god of music? Well. I feel wrong even attempting to categorize him entirely, but he’s definitely got the twang folk blues amazing vibe, from the happy like “Never Had Nobody Like You” to the decidedly not like “Right In The Head” to the slow like “Hold Time,” another favorite of mine, to even the jams like “Neptune’s Net.”
3. She Ain’t Me, Carrie Rodriguez
And “Infinite Night” and “Absence” would be tied for favorite. This is pure fiddle-ridden countryindiefolk twang goodness here, and that is awesome. It’s just pure of intent and of sound, it’s genuine, it’s not trying too hard, it’s not maudlin, and it doesn’t hurt that Carrie Rodriguez has a precious voice and also I’m a huge sucker for fiddles.
2. The King Is Dead, the Decemberists
Favorite track being probably “Down By the Water” as mentioned before, or maybe “Rox in the Box.” I love their baroque stuff, but this album I love, too. Anyone who bitches about it obviously isn’t listening closely to the epic intensity of it; they’re just all “someone said country therefore shun~” and that’s sad. Because folkycountry influence on indie lyricism? Yes, please. I don’t dig on modern country whatsoever, but modern stuff with old country roots is amazing. Toss Colin Meloy in the mix and I’m a happy camper.
1. Would Things Be Different, the Spring Standards
Favorite track being “The Hush,” or “Trouble,” or “Queen of the Lot,” or — well. There are lots of them. This is an album of those beautiful influences, of harmonies galore, of lyrics I worship, of simplicity and intricacy all in one. Of more fiddles. Sometimes I want to dance to some of these songs, in the folk dancing kind of way not that I know how but sort of like square-dancing minus the hoedown thing, and sometimes I just want to soak up the beauty.
–your fangirl heroine.