Nov 272019
 
ava marie

Ava Marie bills themselves as folk music – their Bandcamp handle is literally “avamariefolk” – but don’t expect any acoustic guitars on “White Hides.” This is folk music as channeled through mewithoutYou, weird and knotty and hyperliterate. Or, if a mewithoutYou comparison means nothing, try The Decemberists – this song does toss in words like “loam” and “brackish” – if someone turned the dials up on all their distortion pedals.

The Vermont collective hasn’t released anything since this 2015 EP, but some of them morphed into A Box of Stars, which does more ably fit the “folk” descriptor (albeit still weird).

Check out more entries in our month-long series on The Best Songs of the 2010s.

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