is for me a fusion of ancient and modern music: the hang drum was invented just a few years ago, but you can just imagine one of our ancestors stumbling about a hollow tree trunk, drumming and having fun with creating different sounds...
I usually associate all kinds of percussion with paleo-music. Hitting woods, stones or bones on a rhythmical manner was the way our ancestors made their music.
Nowadays we can find many groups who experiment with percussions and synthesizers making amazing melodies which I think could be considered as a good revision of what our ancestors listened.
I have no idea why but I consider heavy metal to be paleo, probably because i associate it with tribal warriors making deep growls to intimidate their enemies. hahaha atleast thats my mental image when I am "singing" along... (I'm a girl by the way so its a very interesting, and funny scene) I <3 heavy metal hahaha
I love Africa, so I often (not always) love its music. What's very raw and energetic for me is the music of Fela Kuti (who actually was influenced very much by afro-american musicians). Really frees the animal in me (you should see me playing the drums on this ;) )
Great question, I look forward to checking out the musicians in the responses. Would add Mickey Hart's Planet Drum and related releases. Percussion, world and folk music also came to mind for me first.
I'm not sure why, but serious music like classical and jazz hit me at a very basic human level. I can't articulate why I consider that related to paleo, except maybe that we don't activate the parasympathetic nervous system often enough in modern life. Popular music seems so commercial in comparison.
BOB DYLAN. I immediately started listening to him daily as soon as I got serious about Paleo, especially when I'm cooking. From the looks of the other answers I'm really dancing to the beat of my own you know what!
Wonderful African vibe, combined with the precision afforded by modern technology, progressive, energetic groove, sonically colorful, and a few minutes in it really emotionally soars! What's not paleo about it?
Great thread. I normally would have said American Indian flute and drum. But I have been reading The Bushman Way of Tracking God by Bradford Keeney, so I would have to go with the African suggestions. Fela Kuti sure sounds and looks like what Keeney describes as the dances of our Bushman ancestors.
Raucous acoustic folk punk? Ala early Against Me! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-tzCyjmmOM&feature=related
That style of music encourages crowd participation and taps into an ancient urge to find melody: the wooooahhhhhhshsss allow everyone to let go and sing. There were no stages, bodyguards, barricades or rock idols in the paleolithic era....
Many different genres have bands that perform in a communal fashion like Against Me! but they're MY favorite. They don't want beer to be the life of the party...beer has gluten in it. :P