NPR Field Recordings: The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars, like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and a host of other bands coming out the new folk movement are marked by their earnestness. There’s a sincerity to their music that’s appealing, but also a pervading sense of nostalgia. Indeed, I’d say that earnestness is part of the early 21st century culture of quirk that marks so much of what William Deresiewicz calls “upper middle brow“. It’s something I’m still mulling over, although I wish Deresiewicz had puzzeled out his thoughts more.

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