Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Lee gave me Gotye's Making Mirrors c.d. the other day.
On first listen, I was definitely disappointed.
It's strange. He's really into throwback music.
I like the music of the early eighties as much as anyone.
But I tend to like contempo musicians to quote it, or satirize it or do a little tribute in the middle of a song to it.
But to live in it seems so strange.
Gotye's album (with a few exceptions) seems to reside there.
Even the seeming parodies (like "State of the Art" above) seem to still sound like parodies written several decades ago.
Doesn't that sound like a slack parody to you? A slack song in general? It would have sounded pretty novel in, say, 1982.
It's not Laurie Anderson. It's not Art of Noise. Even if it came out in 1982 it's not going to touch the musical and lyrical inventiveness of either of those.
This almost sounds like ad work. It would work in the context of a commercial, I think.
Maybe you'll say: whatthehell you want? More dubsteb? More cow bell?
It definitely stands out from the current crop. Like a purple cow.
And if there are any kids who never heard the eighties sounds, they might love this just because of this largely dated quality.
Not every single song sounds dated. But songs like "Eyes Wide Open" (a single) definitely do. I don't think the first single ("Somebody Who I Used to Know) does exactly, but its choice of instrumentation (which I love actually) is very much an early eighties choice.
He's too young to remember these songs the first time around.
Maybe Wally de Becker inherited his parents' record/cd collection and listened only to that.
There are a few gems on here.
Lee wanted to surprise me. And I had made the mistake of talking about Gotye too much.
I've been playing this Gotye album a lot and I don't even have Bjork's new one.
They hate her in England. I thought it was so funny she was up for a Brit award. The audience got virtually dead silent when her name was announced and her clip was shown.
I remember how she could never get a break in the English press even while she was becoming a household name in the rest of the world.
I think the word most commonly applied to Bjork in the British press in those days was "slag." Usually "that Icelandic slag." Which was probably racist used that way. Since sometimes they substituted a not-so-nice adjective for "Icelandic."
I don't think it's only because she was dating Goldie (who was pretty loved) and they had an ugly breakup.
I think Bjork had a lot of hipster qualities before anyone was saying the word hipster.
Maybe more hippie qualities, I don't know.
I can't see British culture embracing that (then or now) without doing it from a very great height, say as a condescending, archly amused article in the Guardian.
In general, British culture feels like a guardian at most times.
American culture feels more like a slut.
With her legs spread wide and giggling.
A slut on helium, talking funny.
And I'm proud of that.