Search: '60s/'70s Folk/Folk-pop/Psych-pop/Soft-pop With Haunting Female Vocal Harmonies

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I love this sort of thing, but it's hard to say exactly what attributes I'm looking for (lots of reverb? near-monotone harmonies? a certain choral quality?), so I'll just post some youtube links to start with. The first Vainica Doble song is exactly what I'd like to hear more of.

Vainica Doble - Caramelo de limón and Un metro cuadrado
Third Wave - Waves Lament
Wendy & Bonnie - Children Laughing
Charms - A Sunny's Dawn
Jan & Lorraine - Life's Parade
Inner Dialogue - The Touch
Linda Perhacs - Parallelograms
Heaven & Earth - Tell Me How to Know You
The Caravelles - Forever
Judee Sill - The Donor
Kathy & Carol - Sprig of Thyme
The Lewis Sisters - It Matters Not At All (a jazzy track from 1958, but it almost fits in with the rest)
The Carousel - Sorrow Is the Way to Love (revivalist stuff from the early '90s, so I'm obviously cheating here)

any more like this?

first geir, it's alright (hongro hongro go faster faster) (unregistered), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 20:52 (seven years ago) link

lol your dn took me a sec

wk, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:10 (seven years ago) link

yeah, I should probably do something about that ;)

Maybe Ruthann Friedmann would be up your alley?

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:19 (seven years ago) link

or some Karen Beth?

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:19 (seven years ago) link

This is one of my top ten songs for this kind of mood:
Jeff Alexander & Bonnie Beecher – Come Wander With Me

This is a working mp3 playlist that Bubbachups made for motel de moka years ago:

http://www.moteldemoka.com/2007/12/20/only-the-sweetest-voice-could-save-me/

Mariee Sioux – Wizard Flurry Home
Peggy Honeywell – Peach and Yellow
Kimya Dawson – Trump Style
Larkin Grimm – Link in Your Chain
Pantaleimon – We Love
TwinSisterMoon – Demonized Nature
Meg Baird, Helena Espvall, Sharron Kraus – Barbry
Sibylle Baier – Forget About
Josephine Foster – An die Musik (Schubert)

Moka, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:19 (seven years ago) link

that baird/espvall/kraus record is really good.
also the baird sisters LP.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:20 (seven years ago) link

Youtube link for come wander with me:

http://youtu.be/lVdIf8BJME8

I guess it wouldnt hurt to throw Vashti Bunyan' - 17 pink sugar elephants in here too:

http://youtu.be/tIyG6iQB7Ao

Moka, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:23 (seven years ago) link

not as soft and whispery as some of this stuff, but I think the Luv'd Ones are pretty haunting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pG9YPs12Zhk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0fHqxkrpCE

wk, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:41 (seven years ago) link

sorry about the embeds

London Phogg - The Times To Come
http://youtu.be/YshrRshsMVA

wk, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:44 (seven years ago) link

MARGO GURYAN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_ZC-x77a8

authentically inauthentic (Pat Finn), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:48 (seven years ago) link

Not really harmonies, but this song's pretty haunting:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0WvXpyufT8

Fetchboy, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 21:51 (seven years ago) link

Simon Sisters - Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod

Josefa, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:11 (seven years ago) link

i'm really enjoying these links

authentically inauthentic (Pat Finn), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:13 (seven years ago) link

The Shangri-Las - I'll Never Learn

Josefa, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:19 (seven years ago) link

The Three Degrees - Collage

Josefa, Tuesday, 16 April 2013 22:47 (seven years ago) link

I'm really liking the Luv'd Ones, Three Degrees, London Phogg, and Reparata tracks — I think the Luv'd ones come closest to the droning sort of harmonies I'm looking for. Margo Guryan was one of the most sophisticated pop songwriters of the '60s, but vocal harmonies weren't really her strong point, imho.

second geir, lean right (little hongro hongro go faster faster) (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:00 (seven years ago) link

glad you like the luv'd ones. there's another song that sounds almost exactly like them that comes up on shuffle on my itunes all of the time but for the life of me I can't figure out what it is. it's driving me nuts.

wk, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:43 (seven years ago) link

does the song have no identifying info even though it's in your itunes? weird.

I downloaded the Luv'd Ones collection years ago but never gave it much attention for some reason, but the tracks you posted have convinced me to give them another listen. the fuzz guitar solo in "You'll Never Know" is intense!

second geir, lean right (little hongro hongro go faster faster) (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:00 (seven years ago) link

no it has info, I just usually use shuffle when I'm driving and don't bother to look.

wk, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:05 (seven years ago) link

ah

second geir, lean right (little hongro hongro go faster faster) (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:23 (seven years ago) link

shameful omission from my OP:

Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Heart Like A Wheel

second geir, lean right (little hongro hongro go faster faster) (unregistered), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:24 (seven years ago) link

The Bitter Sweets - What a Lonely Way to Start the Summertime

Josefa, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:27 (seven years ago) link

The Shannons - Mister Sunshine Man
http://youtu.be/jWEWYsRY_x8

The Chymes - He's Not There Anymore
http://youtu.be/4Ufi4Pz1-pA

The Serpent Power - Up and Down
http://youtu.be/4vYJA6TQP_Y

a lot of curt boettcher stuff gets into similar territory even though it's not female vox

The Oracle - Don't Say No
http://youtu.be/fsVlr-1AqpI?t=31s

wk, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:30 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4A_p43aFFc

glumdalclitch, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 16:40 (seven years ago) link

don't forget my hero shelby flint! i'm her number one fan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE-bZlwh5Cg

scott seward, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:39 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsuRT223ImE

scott seward, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:49 (seven years ago) link

from my personal collection:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEHRtZ4BC4E

scott seward, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:52 (seven years ago) link

yo unregistered, honey ltd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGCppOjLNmA

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:09 (seven years ago) link

hazelwood produced choral psych folk girl group

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:10 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68hL87sJ74E

the whole album that features this is classic from start to finish, and i would like to think it fits the needs of this thread perfectly ..

mark e, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:46 (seven years ago) link

Hmm.. I can't do links but my song suggestions:

"This bird" by Michaelangelo - post-psych folk with autoharp.
"Of broken links" by These Trails - curious Hawaiian folk, very haunting.
"Reverend sisters" or "Sheep season" by Mellow Candle, lovely English acid-folk.
"Morning way" by Trader Horne, spooked folk from ex-Them and Fairport alumni.

Sorry if I'm a bit obvious. Or maybe I'm not, I don't know.

Rob M Revisited, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:47 (seven years ago) link

Oh, seeing as you mentioned The Carousel I'll mention Red Chair Fadeaway, another splinter from the same band (C86 bowlcut boys Razorcuts) whose folk pop harmonies on early singles and album "Curiouser and curiouser" were seriously out of step with what was going on in the early 90s.

Rob M Revisited, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:53 (seven years ago) link

Not sure if I can do this, sorry if it fucks up, let's have a go...

"Tiffany glass" by Orriel Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bMCk9fUHfE

Rob M Revisited, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 18:58 (seven years ago) link

this too (from the same comp)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKIcY7EeK9U

tylerw, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:10 (seven years ago) link

Get this comp:

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Folk-Is-Not-A-Four-Letter-Word/release/407181

Moka, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:18 (seven years ago) link

And the sequel:

http://www.discogs.com/Various-Folk-Is-Not-A-Four-Letter-Word-Volume-2/release/2438475

Feats some of the artists mentioned Vainica Doble, Jan Lorraine, Wendy and Bonnie...

Moka, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 19:21 (seven years ago) link

Not a real 60s/70s band but Purson would be a good match for this threAd

pssstttt, Hey you (dog latin), Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:01 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el26qhwXZSw

Delicate as you like.

Tim, Thursday, 18 April 2013 14:01 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

You might know Norma Tanega's "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog." You probably don't know this, the B-side--I didn't until five minutes ago. Fantastic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYOvlRcpmHM

clemenza, Saturday, 19 July 2014 17:36 (six years ago) link

Yowza, that's a fantastic track.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:40 (six years ago) link

http://rymimg.com/lk/f/a/054831515243c12ba124946b2610a9a6/2511021.jpg

Esperanza Encantada were a trio of siblings who released one album in 1970 - half covers, mostly sung in Spanish, with some local pick-up band. I know nothing else other than it was released by Centron in Nashville and I absolutely love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5f5rKgGtbiM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9bsTRa5VK0

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:51 (six years ago) link

You might know Norma Tanega's "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog." You probably don't know this, the B-side--I didn't until five minutes ago. Fantastic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYOvlRcpmHM

― clemenza, Saturday, July 19, 2014 1:36 PM (2 hours ago)

the echo effect in the outro is a nice touch. I just hope she got a songwriting credit for Steppenwolf's 'Rock Me Baby' a few years later, because they're basically the same song. Dusty Springfield's recording of Norma's 'No Stranger Am I' is beautiful (just hearing it for the first time now).

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 19:55 (six years ago) link

Oh, seeing as you mentioned The Carousel I'll mention Red Chair Fadeaway, another splinter from the same band (C86 bowlcut boys Razorcuts) whose folk pop harmonies on early singles and album "Curiouser and curiouser" were seriously out of step with what was going on in the early 90s.

― Rob M Revisited, Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:53 PM (1 year ago)

yeah, I'm big fan of their first two singles and the first side of Curiouser and Curiouser. it's funny how they sound almost nothing like The Razorcuts or any other contemporary indiepop groups — twee + psych-folk seems like such an obvious combination in retrospect. "My Brother's Room" is probably my favorite song of theirs.

(belated OTM to your These Trails and Trader Horne recs, btw)

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:29 (six years ago) link

I'll have to check out that Esperanza Encantada album. never heard of it until now!

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:31 (six years ago) link

this Third Wave album is pretty good...like a loungier Wendy & Bonnie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZUYcrOYrC8

Third Wave was a pop jazz vocal group consisting of 5 teenage Filipino sisters from California that was discovered by funky keybordist and long time Zappa collaborator George Duke. Duke brought the sisters over to Germany in 1970, where he produced and recorded the album "Here and Now" for German label MPS.

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:40 (six years ago) link

Read up a little bit on Norma--Wikipedia says she and Dusty were in a relationship for a while, and that Springfield recorded a number of her songs.

I love where she laughs in that clip at the 1:29 mark. Hard to know what she's laughing at--maybe at the idea of lip-synching (seems to be identical to the recorded version). Great line: "People always live and die in 4/4 time."

clemenza, Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:42 (six years ago) link

" .412 is not your name" ???

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:50 (six years ago) link

I hear that as "'Point forward to' is not your name." Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense either.

clemenza, Saturday, 19 July 2014 20:52 (six years ago) link

dunno, I hear "four-one-two" pretty clearly. I guess it's an "I am not a number, I am a free man" thing, which makes sense within the context of the song (but why the decimal?)

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Saturday, 19 July 2014 21:00 (six years ago) link

Sunforest - And I Was Blue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE1Vvg4IXlg

macklemore looks something like you (unregistered), Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:01 (six years ago) link

We were talking about xpost Honey Ltd.'s Complete Recordings on the Lee Hazelwood thread: finally released last year, by Light In The Attic (some killer HL tracks and a couple by their country-pop reincarnation as Eve, minus one voice but just as devastating, are on There's A Dream I've Been Saving, the leviathan Lee Hazelwood Industries box, also out in '13)(Both releases are on Spotify).
Think the reissue of Michele's Saturn Rings is cut out, but several tracks are still on YouTube. She was a 60s session ace, sang on several Boettcher projects, among many other dates, and he produced this, with Mothers like Lowell George and Elliot Ingber making supportive, non-showboat sounds, and stranger cats than that writing lines, but it's not so in-your-face, more like highly proficient psych-pop as a new mainstream, though the sweet starry vibe gets weirder as it goes along, in a canyon garden:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7E0839D64B2D0B20

dow, Sunday, 20 July 2014 23:00 (six years ago) link

Oh yeah, and then there's The Cake, cutting class and passing around cough syrup in the Girls Room, droning doom--yeah they made to the Smothers Brothers Show, but they still know the score:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTF4GPJ97Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DPP7QofRds

dow, Sunday, 20 July 2014 23:10 (six years ago) link

Quarteto Nova Era - Apolo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujxn-39BeCY

cock chirea, Monday, 21 July 2014 06:05 (six years ago) link

Quarteto em Cy - Incelensa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGD2Xx_zmHQ

cock chirea, Monday, 21 July 2014 06:06 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

this is from 2006, but it's a perfect evocation of this vibe/era, obviously inspired by Vainica Doble:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xYFiS2Hu68

yusef latifah (unregistered), Friday, 9 January 2015 03:15 (six years ago) link

^(that's Pauline en la Playa - 'Lo que pesa un hueso de cereza')

yusef latifah (unregistered), Friday, 9 January 2015 03:16 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

no harmonies but whoa (h/t clemenza 3 years ago)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImAlx0amAIc

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:28 (three years ago) link

man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYOvlRcpmHM

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:30 (three years ago) link

wait what

During the late 1960s Tanega had a romantic relationship with singer Dusty Springfield.[3]

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:31 (three years ago) link

!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:31 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Just saw that Tanega's album is being re-released this Friday, and knew the name was familiar (figured it was in the Hipster Kisses thread but found it here). Went to play the clip of "You're Dead" and damned if it isn't the theme to the series version of What We Do In The Shadows! Have been meaning to check what song that was.

nickn, Monday, 3 June 2019 23:45 (one year ago) link

The algorithms have been foisting "You're Dead" for about a week. Keep seeing it come up.

bendy, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 14:21 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Reissue has a few sq problems but this record is really good. This one almost sounds proto Neutral Milk Hotel or something:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hk3_YWGryE

I hope someone releases the follow-up because I love the tune "Illusion" from it that appeared on the Sad About The Times compilation

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 20 February 2021 13:12 (one week ago) link

Sounds promising.

What a fine thread more generally. That Third Wave clip at the top is possibly the best thing I've ever heard. Where the hell were they hiding?

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:31 (one week ago) link

"Under the Sky" by Giles, Giles, and Fripp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THg0Hr97GwQ

frogbs, Sunday, 21 February 2021 04:32 (one week ago) link


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