I’ve been struggling with my musical identity ever since dad turned up Vivaldi and mom spun The Beatles. Am I a classical, old-fashioned music lover? What about the cutting-edge discoverer? Garage rock, cool girl? Maven of minimalist, cathartic, chamber pop? I’ve never been able to pin it down but trust me when I say: there is a science behind musical identity and it’s development.
Iran’s youth is called a “music-less” generation in this article from The British Council. I’m not saying I agree with everything they say in here, but the idea of floating between retro music and popular Western hits without a genre or group to call your own seems maddening. Grappling with two musical identities that have no basis in your adolescent experience makes it difficult to find an expressive outlet so crucial in teenage years.
While my music identity crisis doesn’t compare to Iran’s youth navigating restrictive musical access within the age of information—it is, however, difficult to bring together on-the-rise musicians from all over Brooklyn’s (and everywhere else) diverse and individual music scenes.
Much like the water featured in the image for this month’s playlist (see what I did there?) when everything is compiled into a streaming, seamless musical experience, there’s room to privately love a super pop anthem or an ambient drone track, even if you might be a devout glam rocker. Let yourself enjoy all types of music this month from Basement Revolver’s sleepy psych-rock to The Acid’s visceral electronic pop.
Sprawling guitars + heartfelt vocals = goosebumps
This full album coming out in June is a pop MASTERPIECE.
I'd marry Daniel Wilson's voice.
You don't have to make me breakfast but you can buy it and then tell me what's wrong. Win win?
Like, if The Kooks wanted to dance.