Editors’ Notes As sampling ramped up in the ‘90s, many producers—particularly those with backgrounds in indie rock and instrumental music—came to a startling conclusion: Electronic music didn’t have to sound electronic. In addition to the usual synths and drum machines, they could avail themselves of acoustic tones evocative of another era, teasingly mixing digital techniques with the sepia-tinged timbres of yesteryear. Folktronica was born, and pioneers like Four Tet, Caribou, and Lali Puna set about reworking the synthetic textures of IDM with plucked harp, fingerpicked guitar, and brushed percussion, all rendered as gently as a snowflake settling on an eyelash. The concept had legs: The French duo Air parlayed the sound into film soundtracks, and Argentina’s Juana Molina spun it into a kind of avant-garde ambient pop, while Bon Iver picked up the baton and ran in the other direction, seeding full-on indie folk with rich layers of glitch and Auto-Tune.

SONG
ALBUM
Petals
2:36
 
Cherry Blossom Girl
3:39
 
She Moves She
4:41
 
Everybody Had a Hard Year
4:08
 
Ghost Ship in a Storm
3:54
 
Hendrix with Ko
3:57
 
Holocene
5:36
 
(This Is) the Dream of Evan and Chan [Remastered]
5:44
 
3:36
 
Bonfire
5:25
 
Take Pills
5:23
 
Cocoon
4:28
 
Keep Me There
5:21
 
Un Día
5:35
 
Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke)
6:02
 
4:03
 
It Never Changes to Stop
4:02
 
Always Up
5:28
 
It Feels Like Floating
11:31
 
Nichts Muss
8:06
 
Eavesdropping (Simon Bookish Remix)
4:48
 
Squares
3:46
 
Not a Number
3:59
 
Mushaboom (Mocky Remix)
5:01
 
5:34
 
Human Range
6:59
 
Lipostudio... and So On
5:35
 
This Is How We Walk on the Moon
5:06
 
Consequence
5:13
 
People Folk
4:09
 
Green Grass of Tunnel
4:51
 
Ringing in My Ear
3:56
 
Men of Station
3:48
 
Too Many Kids Finding Rain In the Dust
3:28
 
715 - CR∑∑KS
2:12
 
Playground Love (feat. Gordon Tracks)
3:31
 
The River
5:13
 
I’ll Read You a Story
6:49
 
Harmonics
4:07
 
¿Quién?
2:40
 
4:18
 
The First Daffodils
2:57
 
Glue of the World
5:02
 
I Sing I Swim
3:39
 
Mark’s Guitar Piece
4:27
 
Running On Fumes
6:36
 
Faking the Books
4:00
 
Reprise (T Hemingway Remix)
3:51
 
Under a Anvil Tree
4:37
 
Sleeping Ute (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
7:48
 
Anywhere Anyone (Remastered)
4:37
 
Hello from the Edge of the Earth
3:34
 
The Arched Window
3:03
 
My Room Is White (Flying Lotus Remix)
3:03
 
Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive
6:55
 
Eine Verabredung
4:04
 
Yeti
5:01
 
Sweet Unrest
3:33
 
6:02
 
High Fives
5:08
 
Lonely Wanderer
4:19
 
Pilot
4:28
 
From Stardust to Sentience
3:32
 
Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
4:06
 
Soul Alphabet
4:54
 
Baby (How Much I LFO You)
4:31
 
Tricycle
2:47
 
My Moon My Man (Grizzly Bear Remix)
4:57
 
Something To Do With My Hands
3:33
 
Roads Must Roll
3:58
 
Modern Drift
4:53
 
For the Trees
3:31
 
Micael
Son
3:03
 
LUX (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
7:40
 
We Have a Map of the Piano
5:19
 
I Heart L.A
3:56
 
IMpossible
4:10
 
Tropic of Cancer
6:12
 
Familiar
3:29
 
Black Water (Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear) Remix) [Bonus Track]
4:27
 
Push the Boat onto the Sand
4:16
 
My Angel Rocks Back and Forth
5:07
 
Because to Why
5:27
 
Over the Ocean ('91 Party Dance Mix)
6:38
 
Unison
6:45
 
Perfect Speed
3:36
 
Dye the Water Green
5:24
 
Chrysalis
3:44
 
By Your Side
3:59
 
After Sunset
3:41
 
Let It Carry You (Dino Soccio Remix)
6:29
 
Sandy
4:09
 
Fifth Ave
5:31
 
Storm Returns (A Prefuse/Tommy Guerrero Interlude)
5:15
 
Auroville
2:34
 
Dasher, Prancer, Donner & Blitzen
3:32
 
November
2:08
 
Sleeping Ute (Grizzly Bear Remix)
5:56
 
4:27
 
DJ - Guy?
6:47
 

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