||You could put this in a time capsule to explain the shiny non-hip-hop wing of pop as of 2016. If, you know, you didn't have any Carly Rae Jepsen songs.|
||Starchild & The New Romantic
||Or this for the vein of indie R&B that's kind of laptop Prince with fluttery swoon instead of precision funk.|
||"Same To You"
||But this one comes out of the capsule from early 90s alt-country guitar-roar.|
||"Es wächst aus seinem Grab"
||Of course, what does it really matter if the capsules are all going to be ground into a fine magnetic dust, anyway?|
||"Toil and Mockery"
||"Exegesis" means "explanation". This is less of a close reading of texts than a methodical shredding of them. Which may well be more productive.|
||"Pro Patria Mori"
||When Gods Walked the Earth
||It's a lot easier to demonstrate divinity than to explain it.|
||"My Gift, My Curse"
||As the World Collapses
||Imagine combining In This Moment, Arch Enemy and Madder Mortem.|
||Forest Of Fog
||Swiss one-man epic melodic pagan black metal.|
||Highland anthems of loneliness.|
||"Uboczny efekt narzekania"
||What if CHVRCHES had a traditional band line-up?|
||"The Only Young Ones Left"
||The recombining of post-metal and post-punk.|
||Sweeping, glorious epic black metal. You have to be able to put up with raspy non-sung vocals, but at some point objecting to this becomes like saying you might appreciate Notre-Dame if the gargoyles were painted in true-to-life colors.|
||"Black Skies, Red Flag"
||"The Secret Pt. 2"
||Soaring melodic progressive metal.|
||"There and Back Again"
||Heroes of Mighty Magic
||I often deliberately pick shorter metal songs from albums with longer ones, but sometimes grandeur really needs a few extra minutes to develop.|
||"One Of These Days"
||Sometimes progressive metal is where melodic hard rock went to hide.|
||Eventually we'll stop calling any music "laptop" because how would you make music without a laptop? But for the moment there's still sometimes a sense of acoustic displacement that works as a personality.|
||The Naked And Famous
||Whereas this, despite similar nominal elements, feels like it originates from completely within a single dreamworld.|
||"Far from Now"
||Like fun., but with less punctuation and more fun.|
||Part 1: PARIS YK - EP 3
||Of course fluxpop is a thing.|
||Imagine pet dragons.|
||Slow-motion heartache in the old Cowboy Junkies vein.|
||And then slow-motion speeds up again because it can't stop falling in love.|
||And sometimes even weird clattery noises line up into grooves and sparkles.|
||Zero Bedroom Apartment
||Ambient Works, Vol. 2
||Moonbathers (Deluxe Edition)
||If this were a gothic symphonic pop metal tribute to Patty Smyth's band, it could pretty much sound the same.|
||We Are the Catalyst
||Heavy pixie post-rock.|
||Carly Rae Jepsen
||EMOTION SIDE B
||But you do have more Carly Rae Jepsen songs.|
||I think there's an informal agreement in extreme noise-metal that nobody should call a song "Pulverized Skull", because then why wouldn't everybody?|
||Like doom-thrash played by gnostic goblins.|
||Ebulliently twee popgaze.|
||Thick, blurry, faintly Madchester post-rock-gaze.|
||I don't pretend to really understand what's going on in Chinese pop, but that means that Greatest Hits albums can sound perfectly new to me.|
||"不愛, 也是愛我 (feat. 李佳薇)"
||And also that Hong Kong can make grand rap-verse-soaring-guest-chorus anthems as rousing as "Love the Way You Lie" or "Written in the Stars" or "Read All About It".|
||Also in Italy.|
||"A Golden Crypt"
||Lore: Book Three
||Yes, this is what music by something called "Druid Cloak" should sound like.|
||Pretty sure "Kemper Norton" translates to "Druid Cloak on Fire" in something.|
||"Världen genom lånade ögon"
||Transnational electro-pop admits its Swedishness.|
||Swedish anthem-folk Americana. (Made with high quality Swedish ingredients.)|
||"Scary (From UNPRETTY RAPSTAR 3 Track 3)"
||Meticulously frenetic Korean talent-show trap.|
||Jimmy Eat World
||Emo in the meditatively churning mode.|
||Emo in the coy pop-song-covering mode, which is kind of not terribly different.|
||Taking Back Sunday
||"You Can't Look Back"
||Emo in the bouncy John Cougar Emocamp mode. Little foreclosed houses for you and me.|
||Tense, simmery Mexican arena pop with trace EDM murmurs.|
||"Wool in the Wash"
||Crinkly, joy-bleary math pop in the sense that ultimately everything is some kind of math.|
||Giraffes on the cover is Illuminati code for Math Rock Within.|
||New Model Army
||At this point Justin Sullivan has almost owned this name longer than Cromwell.|
||"Light Me Up"
||It Doesn't Have to Make Sense
||If Adult Alternative is still a living thing, as opposed to a brand conception frozen in its initial target-moment, I think this is it.|
||Shovels & Rope
||"St. Anne's Parade"
||New old-fashioned country folk.|
||Kind of Japanese emo, if you imagine an emo bordering on visual kei instead of on pop-punk.|
||Kind of Japanese alt-rock, if you imagine alt-rock bordering on j-metal instead of electric blues.|
||Finns who could arguably pass as Japanese in either of the two previous modes.|
||"Children of the Night"
||M. Laakso, Vol. 1: The Gothic Tapes
||In which a Finnish doom-metal band completes what now seems like it could easily have been a planned-all-along 3 album migration from gritty dolor to dark secret love-metal extravagance.|
||In relative terms, it takes only a few fairly subtle tweaks to make Rush's immortal anti-suburban anthem into a slashing progressive-djent epic. But to get to the point where you can make those tweaks, you have to be able to play the thing in the first place.|
||"Where We Were Before (feat. Sarah Bird)"
||We will march, together, with tiny camera drones whirring around our heads, banking footage for our movie of how it felt.|
||"I Know How It Is"
||It felt like angels were watching us from invisible hurricane clouds precessing through a perfectly clear sky.|
||Too Close To Touch
||At least until the angels started landing on the hoods of cars.|
||Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2
||And we finally got a look in their eyes.|
||Abuse / Plague
||And then the riots.|
||But don't worry, give this planet a good corrosive scrubbing for a few thousand years and it'll be reusable for something.|
||"Where Will We Go from Here"
||Meanwhile, we'll be on guitar-shaped spaceships headed into glittering voids.|
||Don't forget about us.|
||Neither the new demigods in their domes, nor the new engineers in our sentimental labyrinths among the power cells and conduits.|
||"Alpha ist Imperium"
||Rhetorically, at least, you can cut a human society free from almost everything without changing the essential fears and compensations.|
||And we are only more beautiful and seductive in sparser light.|
||Only more organic silhouetted against the newest materials.|
||Elenco de Soy Luna
||Soy Luna - Música en ti
||Most defenseless when we are caught with our glossiest facades edgewise.|
||Most vulnerable when our force-fields flutter. As they must, for they are generated by our own insistent, welcoming doubt.|