Folk Off: Folk Music to Make You Feel Something

I can’t believe I created an entire playlist geared towards folk music, without including Ezra Bell. Not sure I was okay in that moment, but to make up for it, I’ve made an incredibly long mix of new folky tunes for you guys.

Second try’s the charm, right? This playlist is filled with folk songs that are more personal to me, whether they’re songs I listen to pretty often or bands that make me feel.


Folk Music Playlist - Folk Off

Welcome to this short list of music, old and new finds, that makes me emotional about this life. These songs are moving, each in their own way. They help me see that you can live in the moment. That sometimes it isn’t so hard to tune IN to life, to truly enjoy it, and when you feel it, you’ll know.

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AMSTERDAM – MANDOLIN ORANGE

I actually discovered this song through Spotify song radio, which was an incredibly happy accident for me. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It made my mind shout, “go for goodness”, ha – kind of sounds like a catchphrase for some kind of spirituality cult or church retreat. On a serious note, this song is beautiful, grounding, and it reeks of inherently good energy. It’s a “wow”.

Sidenote: Is it weird that something about it reminds me of A Walk to Remember? (Comment if you remember that movie.) Somehow, my poor pre-pubescent soul failed to realize how inappropriate most of the humor in that film was. Then again, what deems the marker for appropriateness when you’re a kid? This MIGHT be the reason I am the way I am today.

SOUND & COLOR – ALABAMA SHAKES

Just fucking listen. Listen to the levels that have found a home in the body of this song. Listen to the way it makes your heart leap. Listen to the xylophone (like who uses xylophones in their music?! That’s the shit).

WORD OF MOUTH – SHAKEY GRAVES

Can you imagine sneaking through the dark, your toes whispering their longing for the taste of green grass through the cracks in your floorboard? Or otherwise, pooling heat on cold tile?

Listening to the start of this song, I want the wind to whisper to me – to share the secrets of the moon (who is undoubtedly hiding the keys to the universe). Maybe if I chat her up enough, she’ll reveal her secrets in time.

BUILT TO ROAM – SHAKEY GRAVES

I’ve put these songs right next to each other, because they’re both Audiotree Sessions, which leak every bit of his brilliance through the mic, straight to my soul.

Tell me this isn’t magic, and I’ll simply refuse to listen to your treasonous words.

THIS FEELING – ALABAMA SHAKES

Shakey Graves flows into Alabama Shakes, and together, the two slowww this list all the way down. Smoothed over, they compel you to embrace the pace of their southern-laced songs.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG – ED MASUGA

I chose this song for the hypnotizing instrumentals. Imagining fingers flying so melodically, dancing across strings and charming delicate notes through my earways, I can only lay back and enjoy the beauty-filled complexity of the story being told through song.

A FRIEND TOO FEW – ED MASUGA

Masuga’s song, Arizona, is indubitably beautiful and would have been my top choice as it’s the song I’ve listened to most, but I’m trying to avoid repeating songs on my playlists, as there’s so much music in the world to be shared.

A Friend Too Few is a deserving substitute, with a different, and perhaps more relevant, message that I’d like to share.

THE JOKE WAS ON ME – EZRA BELL

This is a new find. A good find. An innocent song that tells the tale of what seems to be a search for acceptance – the pursuit of satisfaction. I could be wrong though. I mean, I am writing this at 2 am – peak fake deep hours.

THEY THINK WE’RE STUPID – EZRA BELL

Imagine a world where the sweetest fiddle introduces you to every good memory you’re about to make. A beautiful melody, unique to each moment, spills from the corners of your mind. Embrace it lovely, live in the beauty of impending joy.


These are the first few RKS songs I fell in love with, that I’ve been waiting to share. Partly because I also feel that most of these are some of the band’s more popular creations, and partly because I’ve yet to give myself an opportunity to share so many Rainbow Kitten Surprise songs on the same playlist. Sure there was my Spotlight Showcase, but the focus there was diversity. Here? I’m focusing on all the RKS songs that you’re meant to hear together.

HEY PRETTY MOMMA – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Can’t write….too busy listening. Meet me at the next track.

FEVER PITCH – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Fiery, spirited, and sort of sexy, don’t you think?

DEVIL LIKE ME – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Officially deciding not to write much for these songs. They speak loud enough themselves.

Whatchu care to die for?

SEVEN – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Listen to the audiotree version of Seven for an idea of what they’d be like live, which is different, but no less incredible.

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

3.

LADY LIE – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

2.

BARE BONES – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

1.

THE COMEDOWN – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Blast off. In conclusion, I guess RKS is one of those bands I love without words. I don’t have much to say about their songs – and that’s something I can’t say for many other artists.

I’ve been fucking up hard, and I hate it when you lie in the thick of it all.


Sharing some of Graves’ new songs. His latest album is much more indie than anything else he’s produced (or at least released) before, and I love it just the same. Indie music is home to me, and I marvel at the way this man can create such gorgeous music across a number of genres.

KIDS THESE DAYS – SHAKEY GRAVES

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHAT’S THE MEANING OF IT ALL?

How’s this for an angsty tune? It has that sort of subdued sadness, coated in sarcasm and salt. Shoot it back and hope it doesn’t burn too hot, as it flows down your spine and into the air around you.

I definitely would have played this shit out of this song during my Arctic Monkeys years.

COUNTING SHEEP – SHAKEY GRAVES

This starts off as a very “touch my body” type of tune, that quickly transitions into a head-bopping, air-guitar playing, idiot-making sort of song, and eventually fades into a sleep-inducing lullaby. I love it.

FIRST CLASS – RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE

Leaving you on a low note, which should be fine if you’re as tired as I am too. I love this song. I love these songs. I love you for reading my blog.


Enjoy this playlist! I truly hope you will. Click the image below to give it a listen. It is a bit longer than usual, but I’m bringing you over an hour of play time which means it will take you that much further!!

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