So there I was, promotin', looking for bloggers, and it hit me like a bad mood - my genre is no lengre. That's an exaggeration; it's still here, it's just gone all ghost. You spend a few years making babies with your beautiful wife, and all of a sudden it's like no one remembers that people can still play drums. The biggest thing I'm seeing is that most of these 'tastemakers' are just looking for more checkboxes; kazoo: yes!, choir of screaming children: yes!, toy piano, yes...
And what I would call nuance is being missed; not always, but a fair amount. That's ok; nuance is itself a gimmick. But that's what can be funny about music - people look at it like it's the car you drive. Status symbol, interchangeable, inarguably mass-produced; but it's really like health care. Human, personality-driven, nurturing; unique to the person.
The first mistake we made as a modern species is pretending that uniformity is inherently good. That is the danger of mass social media. We homogenize and over time we just have a bunch of camps that don't talk.
So if you are in my genre, which is the one where everything sounds like itself and people still do full takes, you might be alarmed by this:
The real story is that there are only a very few direct roots rock or roots-rock sister genres. Glaringly missing:
And what the hell is chillwave?
Music writer and podcaster.