Opeth's Heritage, the new (debut) Storm Corrosion, Kate Bush's latest, Anathema's Weather Systems, Peter Gabriel's orchestral disc, countless recent others...I'm definitely not complaining, as a massive fan of the music of Godspeed You Black Emperor and classical cats like Gorecki (who is a huge influence on the music of Steven Wilson and Godspeed). This odd new mini-movement is being labelled dark and depressing by some, transcendent beauty by some more, and a dearth of musical ideas by yet others, who say it is the music of tired artists who have no vital ideas anymore and are putting out hour-long CDs of slow dirges masquerading as high, profound art.
Personally I find this an interesting and very unexpected development in music. It's going to pass under the radar in the scheme of things, because most of the bands I'm talking about are hardly world-famous, but I'm loving it. It's hit and miss, for sure. Parts of Opeth's Heritage and Storm Corrosion are irredeemably the sound of artists who have become comfortable enough to commit to disc things which collapse under scrutiny, music which is not high and challenging art but rather artists who are successful enough to allow them to think (musically) out loud and put it out on disc. But there are also gorgeous parts in all the CDs I mentioned.
5 years ago, this new development (that's what it feels like to me - a new kind of minimalist music being made by artists who made their names playing flat-out musical intensity) would have left me cold. Now I'm at a place in my life where it just connects with me perfectly. I still routinely spin the odd early Metallica or Iron Maiden or Omerta, but right now I'm absolutely loving what Wilson, Akerfeldt, Bush, the Anathema boys, et al are experimenting with.
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