I do blather on about alternative rock quite a bit on this blog, don’t I? Well, considering that it’s been a major part of my life for over thirty years now, I’d say I’ve earned the right to keep blathering.
It occurs to me, though, that I don’t give enough time to some of my other favorite styles and genres. I’ll mention them in passing, especially when I’m doing my new release round-ups, but I don’t dedicate nearly all that much blog space. I should probably do something about that.
I don’t often mention it, but I also listen to a lot of electronic music. I tend to lean more towards the chill-out / ambient / moody stuff, of course, considering I’m definitely not what you call a club-hopper. I find a lot of remixes tedious and little more than a keyboard preset left running for ten minutes (with maybe a few seconds of the original recording thrown on top somewhere in minute eight), and I find the bass drops and overmodulation of dubstep kind of ridiculous. [In fact, overmodulation really irritates me because it just sounds like unprofessional crap. But hey, that’s just me.]
On the other hand, I find Primal Scream’s Screamadelica an absolutely PHENOMENAL album that everyone should have in their collection. It’s a perfect blend of psychedelic hippie rock and 90s UK techno. I also particularly love the 90s trip-hop of Massive Attack, Tricky and Sneaker Pimps.
That’s not to say I don’t like the loud stuff. I jumped on the Chemical Brothers bandwagon pretty early during my HMV days. I find Aphex Twin weird as hell but amazingly creative. I love Lords of Acid‘s sexy freakishness.
But yeah, for the most part, I’m more the laid back guy who’ll lose himself in a really cool groove. [For the record, I’m not a listener who uses additives (so to speak) during my listening. I tried that once and found it irritating as hell.] I love to listen to this sort of stuff, especially during my writing sessions, because more often than not it creates a positive, consistent mood that works well with my mindset when I’m working on projects.
So yeah…maybe it’s time I started talking about more electronic bands here in the future!