Sound of 2009 – The sound of being middle-aged

Just having a listen to the acts the beeb are tipping as contenders for the ‘Sound of 2009′ with colourful, teasing descriptions of what to expect..

… gritty beats, droning guitars, abstract effects and dreamy vocals to create a soundscape that is arty yet tuneful.
… cerebral electronica, combining layers of sunny vocals, warped samples, glitchy beats and euphoric effects with a sturdy rhythmic backbone.
… high-energy robopop in which fast neon beats jump out of ’80s-tinged tunes.

Out of the fifteen, only one track sounded remotely appealing. The others, I just didn’t get… which got me thinking about how I used to religiously watch the charts, and how I’d know every word to every song in the top ten. Nowadays I don’t have a clue who’s number one, and I don’t particularly care since all modern artists sound the same and you can’t make out what half of them are singing anyway.

*grump*

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. But I tell you what… the oldies stations… now they rock. But if you fancy chancing your ears with the music the young ‘uns are all listening to, you can check it out here:

One thought on “Sound of 2009 – The sound of being middle-aged

  1. I get exposed to a lot of this modern stuff via my teenage children and it always amazes me how much of it borrows from the kind of music I listen to. Franz Ferdinand (I know, they are now old) sounds very like Tom Verlaine’s Television.

    I guess there’s only so much you can do with guitars, bass and drums.

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