The 34-year-old is part of a wave of artists remodelling classical music for the 21st century. Often listed under the genre tag “neo-classical”, the “neo” is really a misnomer. Frahm is in fact closer to an older time, when composers were popular musicians writing for cash and pianists were celebrity performers. His approach, combining virtuoso musicianship with a pop hit-maker’s ear for melody, jazz’s freeform patterns and a DJ’s gift for euphoric builds, may be unorthodox but it has also put him at the forefront of his sound. His past, spent frequenting Hamburg and Berlin techno clubs, along with the electronic sounds that complement his productions, have also allowed him to find fans outside the classical community. … [Read more...] about Nils Frahm: ‘My music can be quite heavy. Some people faint’
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Puppy Entombed If you’ve watched as many Nirvana docs as I have, you’ll know that grunge was a scuzzy reaction to pompous 80s hair metal. But what if those genres hadn’t fought, but merged? London three-piece Puppy answer the question, combining big, processed metal riffs and noodly fretwork with shoegazey can’t-be-arsed vocals. It’s a spectacular truce between metal pomp and grungy nonchalance, making every trite observation about 1992 obsolete. … [Read more...] about Puppy’s Entombed: the best of this week’s new music
What with all the time-consuming acid trips and having to grow your hair long, psych-rock hasn’t generally attracted a lot of people with a strong Protestant work ethic. That’s at least until bizarrely titled Melbourne seven-piece King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard gave the genre a shot in the arm and made everyone else look downright idle by releasing eight records in the last four years. Now they’ve upped the ante even further, announcing that in 2017 they’ll release no fewer than five new albums. … [Read more...] about King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: can the psych band release five albums in one year?
Wetter than, er, a lake by the ocean, Maxwell’s bore-off is a middle-of-the-road ballad that your worst Tinder date would panic buy when you went back to their flat, to mask their Lighthouse Family playlists. It doesn’t help that the song features lyrics (“Love is the medicine/ I can heal us”) that sound like an over-keen dating profile. Next time, swipe left. … [Read more...] about Cadenza’s No Drama: the best of this week’s new music
The more alarming yet oddly Disney-esque Satan Speeds Up spawned a video that could be have been used by teachers to warn against the dangers of acid. Hot Wax was their cuddly psychotic pop one that recalled the Harry Potter-style mystic experimentation of rock talisman Super Furry Animals. And Head On/Pill was a 16-minute mind-blaster of epic trip, I mean track, that evoked the scorched psychedelic intensity of the UK’s Hookworms. High praise indeed. … [Read more...] about King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Quarters! review – mind-altering musical patterns