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What MUSIC are you listening to?
Have you listened to any classic era (like Virgin years) Tangerine Dream?
Phaedra, Ricochet, Rubycon, Atem, Alpha Centauri, Cyclone, Stratosfear, that stuff was fucking off the chart man. Kraftwerk? They were trying to climb on the shoulders of the giants that were Schulz and Froese
if that stuff is a bit too trippy for you, then Logos, Le Parc, maybe even the soundtracks to Sorceror and The Keep and Thief you might like
theyve done loads of more modern stuff but I never really caught up with them in that era
"Redshift" are the only band that really captured the Virgin era Dream at their best.
I listen to a lot of 90s vocal/baleric trance while commuting. I
JJ, maybe you ought to listen to Bowie's "Low"...in addition to it being one of the absolute top shelf, candidate-for-the-best Bowie records, it's probably his most experimental and it has a whole side of ambient, very electronic tracks. Side 1 is poppy, but it's angular art-rock with the last remnants of his funk flirtations meshing with this more Germanic/Eno approach. Even the more traditional arrangements are pretty out there for the time. If you hear only two, make it "Warszawa" and "Always Crashing in the Same Car". Although "Breaking Glass" is my favorite on there. "Don't look on the carpet/I drew something awful on it".
"Heroes" might not be a bad pick for you either, although I think "Low" is much stronger overall (despite "Heroes" being one of the absolute top shelf, candidate-for-the-best Bowie tracks). It also has some of the arty, electronic stuff on it like "V2-Schneider".
"Lodger" is the third Berlin/Eno record and it is more rock oriented. Specifically, it's getting more into new wave. "DJ", you can almost imagine Bowie saying "I want to write a song like Talking Heads". Some folks regard it as something of a misstep, others declare it underrated...I'm sort of in between on that, I like that he was getting back to a rawer rock sound after dabbling in more cutting edge material, but it lacks cohesion. But we're still talking about a 4 1/2 star out of 5 record here, it's not like it sucks.
Likewise, "Scary Monsters" is more new wave rock...but it's from 1979/1980, so it was really right there before new romo and all of that started happening. The ads at the time declared "There's the new wave, and then there's Bowie". It's a great record and it has "Ashes to Ashes"...another absolute top shelf, candidate-for-the-best single.
I actually think you might really like "Blackstar" too...it sounds like a record he would have made if he didn't veer away from "Low" and "Heroes".
bocaJnoJ wrote: that stuff sounds a lot like when Tangerine Dream went a bit crap and Airwolfy though, but I agree Drive OST was awesome, my office mate plays that Kavinscky? song all the time.
Makes sense. Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter are big influences. However, it does sound to be the 80's era Tangerine Dream moreso than the 70's .So, yeah, Airwolf and Near Dark soundtracks, those sort of thing. 80's movies, commercials, video games, aesthetic, etc. Not so much Kraftwerk either.
Oddly enough, I haven't been able to get into Kavinsky so much besides that one Nightcall track.
Anyway, they kind of disappeared after a couple of really great albums ("Love at Absolute Zero" and "The Happiest Days of Our Lives" which is not on Spotify) and I sort of forgot about them. At random, I put on their record the other day and one of the "see also" bands was The Secret History. Come to find out, it was pretty much My Favorite but with a different female singer- Lisa Ronson. That would be that daughter of the late Mick Ronson, Bowie's Spiders from Mars guitarist.
So I listened to their records, "The World That Never Was" in particular, and it's just blown me away. It captures that sense of nostalgic tragedy, those kinds of willfully insufferable odes to the every day apocalypses of teenage life. But it turns out that Lisa Ronson is an awesome singer, and her voice fits these songs perfectly.
Ironically, for being so caught up in youth, it's grown folks music. At least it is now, in 1986 it wouldn't have been. The new wave and British indie influences are still strong, but there's also a little 1960s girl group stuff going on and more glammy rock than what was on the My Favorite records. So it is, in some ways, like comparing the Morrissey records to the Smiths records.
I've barely listened to their second record, but it seems like after 2013 they dropped off the face of the earth.
It's the story of Alexander Hamilton, and if you think that's boring, I assure you it's not. The songs vary between rap, R&B, hip-hop, and other areas. They're all amazing, with great rhymes and wordplay. I don't know how much there is in the musical other than the songs, but you can get the entire story from just the soundtrack.
I'm not a Broadway dude. I'm not even much of a rap dude (though I'd like to know more). I can't stop listening to this thing. Seriously, check it out.