SQUELCHED. Notes on modern music.
So there’s this thing going on all over the world … The adult generation in their 20s are infatuated with electronic music. It’s more than a fad or trend. It’s a shift into another realm. Certainly its roots are in the 70s-80s music of Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and the many innovators in Hip Hop.
If you look at just the headlines of this entire page of music reviews, there’s a theme you can’t miss — electro mash ups of modern genres (with overt nods to dance music) based on established cultural forms (cumbia, salsa, etc). http://remezcla.com/music/
This glowing review of the Bomba Estereo hails their use of electronics as reaching new artistic heights. http://remezcla.com/releases/bomba-estereo-deliver-some-of-their-best-songs-yet-on-amanecer/
It reminds me of the progression Talking Heads made in the early 80s. Many of their early fans bemoaned the loss of their more simple, electric guitars and drums format. But they extended themselves into the instrumentation and format that was on the cutting edge of that era — analog electronics, African rhythms, expanded instrumentation.
Likewise, Bomba Estereo are doing the thing that fits the aesthetic and progressive modes of their current generation. In fact, they’re already leading their genre in age — the band has been actively recording and touring for TEN YEARS already.
Longer than the Beatles or Talking Heads. Yeowch.
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On Jun 4, 2015, at 8:52 AM, Mitch M. wrote:
These new tunes seem more artificial … I don’t feel the sweat of that beast of a drummer pounding away, and the killer bass lines have now become synth bass blips … and no guitar skanking away in the background. “Maturing” toward the center, EDM-style.
On Jun 4, 2015, at 8:42 AM, Miguel G. wrote:
Electro-dance-pop-alternative-rock has been very prominent in Colombia for a long time. Another way of looking at it is the trajectory of Talking Heads. First couple albums were awkward and arty, then as their fortunes and popularity rose they entered the pop mainstream. They also matured as both musicians and conceptual artists.
It’s just the way it is. Trade off of the quirky and off beat with the current and more refined production.
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On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 6:38 AM -0700, Mitch M. wrote:
Sounds like a Colombian version of Santigold (whom I like well enough). Not nearly as special as the electro-cumbias we love for such a long time.
They worked with some “hot” LA hip hop producer to veer toward the mainstream, it seems. All their photos feature just Lilliana and Simon (bass), minus the guitarist and drummer. Hmmmm … ?