Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tickle Me Emo


                               Valgeir Sigurðsson, Iceland Airwaves, 2006

In honor of the currently ongoing Iceland Airwaves I've been listening to Valgeir Sigurðsson's Ekvílibríum quite a bit; his deliberate, music-box compositions aren't everyones cup of tea, but I enjoy them in two different ways- either as a stimulating background or, more intensely, as a challenging ear-puzzle. What is puzzling to me, as it also was on Björk's tracks with 'Anthony' on the CD Volta, is the intrusion of wavering, uncertain vocals. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (Will Oldham) and a 'J. Walker' perform the aural graffiti on this occasion. I have heard that this style of singing is called 'Emo', and has gained some traction in recent months. The track Kin, which was a high point of last year's Airwaves, is nearly sabotaged by Oldham's strangled vocalizations, in spite of a strong lyric.

A new trick for an old dog?

Arf!

By Professor Batty



4 Comments:

Blogger Kristín said...

Sit!


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... I have this bad habit of jumping on laps...


Blogger Kristín said...

In that case it's back to dog school for you...


Blogger Professor Batty said...

... I could use some obedience training...

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