American Folklore / American Folklore
Album: American Folklore   Collection:General
Artist:American Folklore   Added:May 2009
Label:Haymaker Wax  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2009-07-26 Pull Date: 2009-09-27
Week Ending: Sep 13 Sep 6 Aug 30 Aug 23 Aug 16 Aug 9 Aug 2
Airplays: 1 2 2 2 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 06, 2011: And Other Useful Bibles
16 Bit
4. Sep 03, 2009: Alternatives
16 Bit
2. Feb 07, 2010: You Can Do What You Want!
Driving Wheel
5. Sep 01, 2009: Hipster Garbage (sub)
16 Bit
3. Sep 09, 2009: Subbing - A Surprise Awaits You
6. Aug 29, 2009: lost and found

Album Review
Trent Kay
Reviewed 2009-07-29
Folky alt-country with all the fixins -- banjo, harmonica, full-on twang, and some truly inspired percussion choices (see: kitchen utensils). Corey Crawford is a one-man band and calls himself American Folklore. He recorded this album (his first) in Waco, Texas, and it sure sounds like it. This is great road-trip music for hillbillies in pick-up trucks. Can get bluesy, but leans most toward southern-fried indie-rock. Experiments with synth, samples, and 8-bit elements add a modern edge to an otherwise classic sound. Sounds a lot like Beck.

try: 5, 3, 1, 6
FCC: 4, 9

*1. opens with the bass bend from ‘papa was a rolling stone’, but ends up sounding like ‘ride my see-saw’ (moody blues). wacky percussion, tambourine, handclaps, cheerleader callouts, a big band radio sample, picked guitar.
2. uptempo. bells and spoons. crackly lo-fi vocals in the chorus. bass breakdown at 2:10.
*3. rockin bass and harmonica. low-reg beck-style vocals. cool twangy keys breakdown at end.
4. FCC lean and mean groove. sparse banjo, harmonica, handclaps under breezy vocals. nice beat & guitar effects.
*5. oh, the twang. slower, indier vocals. percussion that sounds like moving machinery. could be travis. winds down with “da da da da” singalong vamp.
*6. jazzy flute, funk beat and totally unexpected synth. sounds like stick-drumming on bicycle spokes and trash cans. beck beck beck.
7. low vocals (the cheerleader callouts are back!) and acoustic guitar. 8-bit samples and synthy bass.
8. kicks off with a lot of noise. straight vocals, chorus harmonies, strummed acoustic guitar, a time signature that seems unsure of itself. truly random outro.
9. FCC start at 0:27 to skip profanity. weird rap / sample / girl-vox combo. not sure if it works.
10. acoustic country-tinged folk, sighing beachy “ah” backing vocals. guitar, warm bass, vocals, and very occasional vibes only. no drums.

Track Listing
1. Rebel-Rebel   6. Revelator
2. Don't, Alright   7. Aeroplane
3. Switchblade Comb   8. We Are All Together
4. Driving Wheel   9. Shout!
5. 16 Bit   10. Tinhorns And Calico