Well, you could say that I’ve been around the block. Maybe I just started in the wrong place and am slowly working my way to the place in music where I want to be. Maybe I grew up. I don’t really know.
…I forgot to mention Radiohead. What the hell is wrong with me?
I guess I only got into them because my drawing teacher [Who used to call me padawan, haha] listened to their music all the time. Which is funny, because there was some NIN around as well, and I knew a couple of songs. But when I really started getting into it… damn! Falling asleep with Trent’s songs… it makes for interesting dream material.
And nope, I haven’t listened to Ministry or Stabbing Westwards… I’m pretty new to industrial. Actually, I still feel like I’m really new to music in general [I feel like Knives from Scott Pilgrim: “I didn’t even know there was good music until two months ago!”]. There’s just so much to listen to… and I wasted a lot of time on just Green Day. Damnit.
It might be relevant that I’m getting to see NIN live next month! Ahhh! It’ll be the first big concert that I attend… well, actually it’s a festival. Arcade Fire will be there as well, and the band that’s linked to my school? Mooi? They got in too, it’s pretty crazy www.vivelatino.com.mx/cartel/
HTDA though… it’s funny, the sounds are distorted as hell but I can’t help but see their music-verse as …organic? A sort of… hi-tech-but-still-tied-to-nature tribe? And the people there would have feathers as earrings and flowers and seeds and patterns and dots painted on their bodies, and at the same time, spaceships and spears glowing blue that give electrical shocks and… Yeah, it’s sort of hard to describe because I’ve daydreamed about that for quite a while, so there’s a lot of material and I don’t know where to start.
The things I imagine while listening to Pendulum’s albums are stories that take place in that same civilization, but a couple of centuries later. [Btw! You asked about Knife Party: two of Pendulum’s founding members took that name and produce dubstep. You might like it even if you don’t dig their previous band that much, it’s a lot different]
Actually, there’s a lot of music that I make up stories for in my head, and it all ties together at some point… If only I could show you the “music videos” in my head for some of it… or if only I knew how to and had the time to animate. [Basically, if I was the guy who made this vimeo.com/14803194 and applied my skills to something slightly different, but that still flowed and looked as organic as that does]
…I got a bit carried away there.
Anyway, about Muse: “Up until Black Holes and Revelations though, it's like the apocalypse in every song”. Yes it is! It’s so great, and so dramatic... I love how Bellamy writes a dance-able revolutionary anthem, you turn around and next thing you know it gets all personal… I’m not the best at describing it.
I wrote Arcade Fire [I’ve listened to a couple of songs] and Anekdoten [I didn’t remember their name but apparently I do know a song by them, just found it in my Grooveshark collection] down.
…I hadn’t even heard the term hellektro. I’ll have to check that out.
And oops, I’m going to let you down there- I don’t know Glitch Mob, but if they’re something along those lines, I’ll definitely give them a listen.
Let’s see what other artists I know of…
I went rummaging through my bookmarks and found this: wolfgun.bandcamp.com/album/pro… [I found them thanks to R-WOLFE -this piece, specifically r-wolfe.deviantart.com/art/vac… - whom I’ve followed almost since I joined dA… their universe and the characters in it are very dear to me… so maybe the music isn’t mind-blowing but it’s tied to them and… yeah]
I just found Gazelle Twin a few days ago… I haven’t listened to that much of her music [“Fun” innecessary fact: a quick google search revealed she’s from Brighton, and I was born there… hopefully some of her awesomeness comes from there and rubbed off on me as well, hah], but what little I have is just so good… The atmosphere is remarkable.
Oh! There’s also Agnes Obel. Quite different in style from other stuff I’ve been talking about… it’s mostly piano and her voice, but I like her twist on it.
I was a bit obsessed with the piano-and-voice thing [plus drums] a little while ago: I really really loved Keane. I suppose you do know of them, but there’s more to it than “somewhere only we know” [“The night sky” is a lovely little favourite of mine, as is “call me what you like”, one of their oldies]. I still have a soft spot for them… there’s just something about the sweetnesss of how it sounds and the bitterness of what it says… And I’m also a little [or a lot…] jealous of the singer’s voice.
Hmmm… other bands I like are Zero 7 [They worked with Sia before she was “cool” and featured on David Guetta’s songs… she’s on “somersault”. The whole album it’s on –When it falls- is great, as is “Yeah Ghost”], Massive Attack [I’d recommend albums Mezzanine and Heligoland… though it’s a lot more likely you’ll know them. Hmm], Mogwai [How the hell did I not mention them earlier?].
Yep, Koda is great, and Daniela too- except that she got YouTube famous because of her covers and doesn’t have much original stuff. And what she does release isn’t available for download all over the internet, so… yeah.
QOTSA’s a chick band? That’s sort of new, haha… I guess I can see why it might attract some more girls than usual- Josh isn’t exactly bad looking lol. Anyway, I do like them. I can’t claim to be their #1 fan, but the music’s pretty damn awesome.
I’ll definitely check out all of the things you recommended… eventually. Because it’s exam week! Yay! I’m not nervous, but teachers go slightly nuts and ask for some biggish projects and stuff, so yeah.
I mostly used Grooveshark, then download [From the site itself, I have a Chrome extension for that. Downloading may be part of the reason why I get stuck though… hmm]. I just discovered 8tracks too.
…Whew, that was one hell of a message… Aaand I'm back to the homework I should've started when I got home seven hours ago! My organizational skills are simply wonderful.