Genres of music have evolved into a measurement of a time and place as much if not more than a description of music itself. Like every generation there’s an urge to be “post” whatever was happening just a second ago and this practice of evolving, deconstruction, and rebuilding music has finally lead us back to some of it’s most influential moments. Everyone seems to be going old to be new and for the sake of all things new you can’t call it something old. Here’s the descriptions of two “new” genres that have already started to take over.
1. Chillwave: Characterized by heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines. predecessor genres are a variety of almost anything 80s including Post-Punk, Synth-Pop, and most of all New Wave. Taking it’s roots mainly in San Francisco, Brooklyn, parts of Canada, and Europe the effect “Chillwave” has on all things art is everywhere you look. Have you not found it odd that so many things have an 80s flair?
2. Surf Rock Revival: For whatever reason around 2008/2009 indie rockers and garage rockers alike out of the blue became infatuated with 60s beach culture and the music produced by a once “Surf Crazed America”. Many debates and discussions have arisen out of this genre further driving it into or psyches. A couple of heated topics have included, “Is it inspiration or imitation?” Along with the question of “Is it all for the sake of hipster irony?” Either way this genre has already sparked a rock revival like non other we’ve seen before and is sure to exceed the rock revival that took place a generation ago in the 90s.
Below are a few samples free for download (right click and save as)
Surf Rock Revival:
Video: Wavves – ” No Hope Kids” (Surf Rock)
Video: Twin Shadow – “Shooting Holes” (Chillwave)