||Maybe it's just that my tools for finding it are so much better now, but maybe this is also the Golden Age of Indietronic Synthpop.|
||Sipario Power Metal Act
||Eclipse of Sorrow
||We wouldn't need such fancy tools for finding music if every band would give themselves names that are both unique and genre-declaring.|
||The Fall of Hearts
||But then, what would you do if your doom-metal band turned into a confident modern rock band, albeit a few years too late for that to make much commercial difference?|
||Dhi [Deluxe Edition]
||And what about UK-based Zimbabwean singers of hyper-ebullient Afropop?|
||Unknown Mortal Orchestra
||"First World Problem"
||Never mind US/NZ indie-something bands kind of making laptop-funk records.|
||Cymbals Eat Guitars
||Or New Yorkers making ragged-glory lo-fi-Springsteen sound like old UK punk.|
||Beyond Memory +3
||And yet: how do I let go of the dream of name-reform when new German pop singers can name themselves "Nina"?|
||It would be so easy, really. The Amazing could be "The Swedish National".|
||"The Poisonous Path"
||The Poisonous Path
||Behexen are totally fine as they are. Any reform plan has better prospects if it doesn't require you to argue with Satanic Finnish black metal demons.|
||"My Leathery Rind"
||Even if they're from Atlanta.|
||"Place à la comédie"
||Conversely, the French pagan metal bands more often actually sound like they would like to argue with you.|
||Your Way +2
||Or like maybe they want to know if you're up for a walking tour of old buildings with really great windows.|
||"Running up That Hill"
||But anyway, there is now a metal cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill". Arguing is a waste of valuable time.|
||"The Eye in the Sky"
||The Norwegian Dream Theater.|
||"Придумай светлый мир"
||Придумай светлый мир +1
||"Epidemia is a Russian power metal band famous for doing the Elven Manuscript metal opera in 2004." What did we do before Wikipedia when we knew perfectly well what the thing meant but had no idea how to form the characters?|
||Masters Of Disguise
||The Fine Art of Aging Gracefully 6
||I guess we just listened to German power metal bands because they were easier to find.|
||"Take Me Home"
||Or the Italian gothic metal ones, who are even willing to come meet you in daylit spaces.|
||"A Thread Dissolves"
||By the time you get to Australia, death metal and post-rock start to seem like complementary impulses.|
||"Rotten Teeth - feat. Kate Nash"
||Just like shiny pop and snarly electro-punk.|
||Which can totally be shinier and snarlier at the same time.|
||"WE WILL RULE 背水一戰 - 電影「魔獸 」中文推廣曲"
||Or, sure, like coast-terrorizing sea monsters dressing up as human rappers for Halloween.|
||"The Price Is Wrong"
||Djent is what metal would sound like if you made it in Minecraft by just hitting recording studios with gigantic magic hammers.|
||All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
||But then didn't police the place well enough for a while, so it started getting a little dangerous after all.|
||At least enough so the Hero can come back and save it.|
||I love you so much I can't even title this
||If you don't have an hour to listen to quiet evolutionary sounds, the titles of these pieces are not as good as the music, but will take up a lot less of your time.|
||"Cosa non si fa"
||This is what it sounds like to sing an earnest, fearless hug.|
||"Non era vero"
||Even Italian hip hop sounds nurturing. Hug Life?|
||Warmth is more than just a climate, obviously.|
||But you have to start somewhere.|
||And once you're there, might as well look around and see what it's like.|
||Relentless winter and churning doom will reassert themselves soon enough.|
||Civilization, arguably, is a temporary communal belief in the illusion that fragility is sustainable.|
||Which is no stupider than pretending that it isn't.|
||Art, pretty much, is everything that happens once literal survival stops requiring all your energy. This includes worrying.|
||Pye Corner Audio
||"Stream Four - Original Mix"
||Run for the Shadows EP 4
||Arguably most art is some kind of worrying.|
||Miracle Of Sound
||"Hell to Pay"
||The Expanse (Original Television Soundtrack)
||Is it weird that I don't watch TV or play video games, but have become fascinated with all these epicore scores for them?|
||No weirder than dancing with headphones, probably.|
||More amazing, frankly, is that I could keep listening to nothing but the kind of music I'm supposed to like, and still not run out.|
||I'd miss the Finns, though.|
||I've so far only been in Finland once, for about 7 hours. But given how few Finns there are, the chances seem fairly good that I walked past somebody who's in one of these bands.|
||Grey Sky over Black Town
||And I was in Denmark for days.|
||Conversely, I've been to Sweden a lot, and have yet to see a single troll.|
||Norway: not yet.|
||"Empty Picture Frames"
||The Home Inside My Head
||We have all this redemptive pop punk to bring them, at least.|
||Half Hearted Hero
||"Throw It Away"
||One vital industry we've not yet outsourced.|
||You live long enough, you find you're sometimes pleased to see people you once knew regardless of what you used to think about them.|
||"Chat Shit Get Banged"
||Which is better than the embarrassing thing where you become attached to triumphs with which you truthfully have no explicable cultural connection.|
||On the other hand, isn't that what you're trying to do if you leave your own house?|
||"I'm Back Again"
||Isn't that why we record songs instead of just muttering them under our breath?|
||"House on a Rock"
||Isn't that the purpose of wrapping a perfectly good rock in a tenuous layer of air?|
||"What About Me"
||Pictures of your own heroes are idolatry, but pictures of other people's idols are culture.|
||Ditto listening to dance music in private.|
||"Lies Cost Nothing"
||Lies Cost Nothing +1
||I will dance if I want to.|
||The Evil Divide
||I will dance if I want to.|
||"Capital of War"
||Division Of Blood
||And yes, I totally call this dancing.|
||Movement for reasons other than transportation, that's what counts as dancing. Undulating against waves of atmospheric metal is dancing.|
||Levitating into anthems in other people's beautiful languages.|
||Leaning forward to hear what the robots are whispering.|
||Following frayed wires into the wall to find out what they are powering.|
||"We Do Change"
||Stripping the reverence out of other people's prayers as if truth is a formalism you could isolate.|
||"Get Up (Can U Feel It)"
||Letting trivial winds twirl you around.|
||Niki & The Dove
||"Sunset Tyger - Bonus Track"
||Loving a tiny animal so much, and then setting it free. Inside a piano.|
||Not hoarding gifts.|
||"Kill 'Em with Kindness"
||Sponge State EP 4
||Not guarding injuries.|
||"New Theories of How We Know"
||New Theories of How We Know +1
||The air when the catacombs open, the starlight expiring, your ships on the shore.|