New Weird America

The term New Weird America ( roughly: The new weird America ) refers to a musical and pop-cultural movement since the late 1990s, their stylistic emphasis in Weird or psychedelic folk. Coined the term in 2003 by the Scottish music journalist David Keenan as part of a report on the Brattleboro Free Folk Festival in Vermont. Keenan was referring to Greil Marcus's phrase " Old Weird America " that Marcus in his book "Invisible Republic " for the American folk music from the first half of the 20th century until the 1960s used.

Style and artistic self-

Stylistically, many of the subsumed under the New Weird America - term performers thus in the tradition of folk and psychedelic bands of the 1960s and 1970s; as a precursor, the Holy Modal Rounders American or British groups like the Incredible String Band, Pentangle or Donovan can be mentioned. An acoustic -based guitar sounds instrumentation, usually in combination with modern rock elements and occasionally with quotes Asian music are just as style icon as several voices and some longer song structures. Groups like Six Organs Of Admittance, Espers, Animal Collective, inter alia, that tradition continues. In many places, the influence of free jazz, the Stoner Rock, Metal of various genres and the Drone music also discernible. Furthermore, contemporary European folk artists like Current 93 are influential for some of the NWA- performers. While the successor of the folk music around 1970, but less in the psychedelic area, such as Devendra Banhart popular artists Joanna Newsom or are situate. However, since bands like Antony and the Johnsons and CocoRosie, whose music has only limited folk elements are associated with the movement, the purely formal aesthetic categorization is relativierbar. Substantive aspects such as a themed texts and gestures outsider and the associated standard critical implication also seem to be connecting elements. Overall, the majority of classified under this movement musicians, both in terms of his own artistic self-understanding as well as in view of the plate a paragraph Independent status are attested. Some performers are to settle on the border between underground and mainstream.

New Weird America as a media phenomenon

Many of the decisions taken under the concept artists do not understand themselves as part of a movement, however, were classified in the music press as the New Weird America. In the years after 2000 can be said to be some hype bands. In German-speaking magazines such as Rolling Stone contributed to the popularity of many of New Weird America acts in the United States is next to Pitchfork Media, especially the Los Angeles-based magazine Arthur mentioned. The publication was compiled by Banhart out the compilation " The Golden Apples of the Sun", which the New Weird America Kanon sustainable coined.

Selected Artists

  • 500mg
  • Akron / Family
  • Alec K. Redfearn
  • Animal Collective
  • Andrew Bird
  • Andrew Phillip Tipton
  • Angels of Light
  • Antony and the Johnsons
  • Ariel Pink
  • Asa Irons
  • The Badgers
  • Baptist Generals
  • Castanets
  • Charalambides
  • Circulatory System
  • CocoRosie
  • Crix crax Crux
  • Dame Darcy
  • Danielson Family
  • David Dondero
  • Davenport
  • Deek hoi
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Diane Cluck
  • Dirty Art Project
  • The Dodos
  • Entrance
  • El Guincho
  • Espers
  • Eyes and Arms of Smoke
  • Faun Fables
  • Feathers
  • Fursaxa
  • Grant Olney
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Gabby La La
  • Hubert Matezl Jr.
  • The Hypermodernity Club
  • Iron & Wine
  • Jack Rose (guitarist )
  • Jackie -O Motherfucker
  • Jana Hunter
  • Josephine Foster
  • Joanna Newsom
  • June Madrona
  • Lavender Diamond
  • Live Your Dreams Stay off Drugs
  • Marissa Nadler
  • Michael Holland
  • The Microphones / Mount Eerie
  • Mirah
  • The MV & EE Medicine Show
  • No- Neck Blues Band
  • Old Time Relijun
  • The Feminists
  • Tony Ortega / Orem ( the sink )
  • Portable Folk Band
  • Pothole Skinny
  • Rivers & Mountains
  • Scorces
  • Serena Ryder
  • Six Organs of Admittance
  • Subtonic Monks
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Sunburned Hand of the Man
  • Tower Recordings
  • Town & Country
  • Vetiver
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Will Oldham
  • We the Royal
  • Winter Flowers
  • Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice