I often wonder what would happen if I were to live life on the road with only a portable plastic record player and five albums for music? These are my favorite forest bands, the ones I simply cannot live without...
Forest - Full Circle
One year for my birthday, my friend Anika gave me a burnt cd of this forest album, a gift in proxy from her boyfriend Jimmy, a true mountain man in training. Listen to classic psychedelic forest folk tracks such as 'Gypsy Girl and Rambleaway', 'A Glade Somwhere...', and 'Bluebell Dance'
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes EP
I discovered Fleet Foxes on my own when searching online for foresty, folk type bands about two years ago. I've always loved forest animals, especially foxes and their sound really goes great anywhere...on a hike, listen to 'Blue Ridge Mountains'...
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
I bought this album at Sounds Like..., an old record store. The summer I loved Rilo Kiley. I was 15, young and just getting into the forest scene. I would listen to this album while wearing vintage dresses and playing 'Accidental Death' or 'Portions for Foxes'...I would imagine a group of older hipsters in a log cabin with an inflatable deer drinking beers in the winter...I guess you could say it inspired me!
The Decemberists - Hazards of Love
I recently discovered this concept album about forests and faries and I adore it! It tells a tale of a girl who lives by a river and falls in love with a shapeshifting fawn... The song 'Margaret in Captivity' goes really well with one of my favorite books, A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter.
Woods - Echo Lake
Another band I discovered a few years ago when I started focusing on forest folk. They're the band I want to bring along on a camping trip for a round the fire jam session! Listen to the songs 'Echo Lake', 'Down this Road' and 'Pick Up'