Wednesday, July 22, All of which apparently seeped into the consciousness of these young twentysomething musicians when they were toddlers. With words like "spectral" and "revenant" appearing before we're half way through the first paragraph, I started to get the distinct impression, as I read further, that yer man Keenan was struggling to avoid using the word "hauntology. Sure enough, Pink soon pops up as a reference point and an ally of a few of these musicians.
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Wednesday, July 22, All of which apparently seeped into the consciousness of these young twentysomething musicians when they were toddlers.
With words like "spectral" and "revenant" appearing before we're half way through the first paragraph, I started to get the distinct impression, as I read further, that yer man Keenan was struggling to avoid using the word "hauntology. Sure enough, Pink soon pops up as a reference point and an ally of a few of these musicians. The New Age thing one of the main imprints, run by the Skaters, is actually called New Age Tapes cracked me up initially, in a "hipsters!
Windham Hill-type music was really big in America in the Eighties and doubtless a lot of these noiseniks had parents who played it. One aspect to the uptake of New Age is the cultural economics of hipsterdom, the way that margin-walking creatives seek out music that is discarded and disregarded, and therefore susceptible to transvaluation.
But there's a kind of aesthetic logic to the interest in New Age too. Maligned as it is, New Age music has a fairly respectable ancestry: many analog synth epic artists and kosmische Krauts Ash Ra, Deuter etc were making wishy- synth washy, meditational sounds by the Eighties.
And it's a thin blurry line between Ambient and New Age at the best of times. Take Laraaji , who uses hammered dulcimer and zither to weave blisscapes of pulsing chimes.
The word that sprang to mind was "half-baked". Compared to the UK stuff, it has an off-hand, even tossed-off quality and would almost have to be, given the insane output of releases that's the norm in this zone; Ferraro's done something like forty under an array of pseudonyms in just a few years.
But "half-baked" isn't necessarily a pejorative. One angle of critique with the British hauntologists that's been voiced by some is that it's over -baked: just a little too neatly wrapped up as a conceptual package of sound and artwork and mapped-out reference points, with little scope for imaginative drift on the part of the listener.
I don't find this a problem myself, or at least rarely, but I can see the argument. Less overtly footnoted, the American stuff has more of a Rorschach ink-blot aspect. Or perhaps it's just completely baked, in the other sense? Newer Post Older Post Home.
Hypnagogic Pop and the New Pop Culture Mutations
Hypnagogic pop abbreviated as h-pop is pop or psychedelic music   that evokes cultural memory and nostalgia for the popular entertainment of the past principally the s. Recordings circulated on cassette or Internet blogs and were typically marked by the use of outmoded analog equipment and DIY experimentation. The genre's name was coined by journalist David Keenan in an August issue of The Wire to label the developing trend, which he characterized as "pop music refracted through the memory of a memory. As a response to Keenan's article, The Wire received a slew of hate mail that derided hypnagogic pop as the "worst genre created by a journalist". Hypnagogic pop evolved into vaporwave , with which it is sometimes conflated. Hypnagogic pop is pop or psychedelic music that draws heavily from the popular music and culture of the s    — also ranging from the s  to the early s. Per the imprecise nature of memory, the genre does not faithfully recreate the sounds and styles popular in those periods.