Neo-folk music is an outgrowth of post-industrial and post-punk music, fused with the acoustic roots and spirit of folk music. The term was first used by artists such as Sol Invictus, Death In June, and Current 93 to describe esoteric bands who took traditional folk tunes and incorporated experimental electronics and elements of industrial music into their songs to create a darker, more ambient atmosphere. Despite the use of modern elements, neo-folk bands focus on themes like ancient mysticism, heathenry, occultism and archaic cultures; these themes appeal particularly to pagan circles.
Many neo-folk compositions are instrumental, but for those that aren't, lyricism is of high importance in creating the atmosphere of a song; medieval literary references, allusions to mythical folk figures, songs evoking minstrel ballads, and the use of obscure indigenous languages abound.
Look for many more neo-folk bands to be added soon. For now, I highly recommend checking out Tenhi, Empyrium, In Gowan Ring, :Of The Wand & The Moon:, and Tony Wakeford as excellent contemporary examples of the genre.
- Love Is Colder Than Death - Mental Traveller (#6, 1992)
- :Of The Wand & The Moon: - Nighttime Nightrhymes (#10, 1999)
- Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio - O N A N I - [Practice Makes Perfect] (#1, 2009)
- Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio - Songs 4 Hate & Devotion (#9, 2010)
- Rome - Confessions D'Un Voleur D'Ames (#10, 2007)
- Rome - Masse Mensch Material (#5, 2008)
- Rome - Flowers From Exile (#2, 2009)
- Rome - Nos Chants Perdus (#1, 2010)
- Sol Invictus - The Death Of The West (#3, 1994)
- Sol Invictus - In The Rain (#6, 1995)
- Tenhi - Maaäet (#9, 2006)
- Vàli - Forlatt (#5, 2004)