Get lost in a dark dreamy world with French group Fragrance. Their underwater sounding vocals lull you into a colorful world of airy and grimy synths. I’m really starting to get into dark pop and this is a good segue into the subgenre.
Songs you might like:
“Malibu” – L’An2000
“Into those woods” – Bragolin
“Lust for Life” – Fragrance
Artists you might like: Liste Noire, HoRD, Black Nail Cabaret, Paradox Obscur, Antipole, Geometric Vision, ACTORS, L’An2000
I’ll be visiting in France in a few short weeks and its the closest I’ve ever been to the land of my ancestors, Spain. That being said, I decided to start another spotlight segment, international artists. I love a lot of international music, this is just a taste. Stay tuned for a bunch of international segments like this one!
On this playlist you’ll hear a array of genres and influences: synth pop, synth rock, post-punk revival, dream pop, folk pop (with emphasis on the pop) funk synth and more! Even if you don’t speak Spanish you’ll love these melody driven tracks.
With the overarching postmodern thought, it seems that irony taints everything with its cynicism. Sentiment is something that we are lacking, and something that we crave. Yet most artists today are heavy handed in their use of irony.
In an interview American writer David Foster Wallace talks about the effects of postmodern thought on artists, and his hope that this oppressive trend will come to a close:
“Postmodern irony and cynicism become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. Few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what’s wrong, because they’ll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. Irony’s gone from liberating to enslaving. There’s some great essay somewhere that has a line about irony being the song of the prisoner who’s come to love his cage.”
Ernest Green breaks free from the bondage of irony and starts a trend of sentimentalism with his new single “Face Up.” We find relief from cynicism in this soothing new track. Although the song evokes nostalgic sounds, it does not step over the line into a postmodern self-conscious meta pop culture.
The song was produced for the Adult Swim Single Series, an ironic nighttime programming, and yet the song is anything but ironic. This song is not a product of postmodern irreverence, instead the track goes back to the basics with its smooth “Take My Breath Away,” inspired synth and light shoegazy vocals. Ernest Green elaborated on the sentimental nature of this song to Stone Throw Records, “This song was the first thing I wrote post-Mister Mellow and it contains none of the sample-driven craziness or detached irony found in that era. Instead it’s a simple song with a simple sentiment.”
Far removed removed from last year’s “Mister Mellow,” this fresh new single restores my hope for dream pop. Thank you Ernest, we need more simple songs with simple sentiment.
Watch a “The problem with irony” here to learn more about the issue of irony in pop culture.
Songs you might like:
“For Phoebe Still A Baby”- Cocteau Twins
“Colored Emotions”- Night Moves
“Pretty Haze” – Summer Heart
“Cassie(Won’t You Be My Doll)”- Part Time
Artists you might like: Craft Spells, Moses, Inner Wave, Part Time, TV Girl, Operators, Blouse, Still Corners, Night Moves, El Ultimo Vecino, Von Sell, Drab Majesty, Lost Tapes, Keep Shelly in Athens
David Foster Wallace, in interview with Larry McCaffery, in “A Conversation with David Foster Wallace,” The Review of ContemporaryFiction, Vol. 13 (Summer 1993): 147.