katherinestasaph asked: 6, 7, 14.
6: most overrated bands.
You’re gonna be disappointed by my answer I’m afraid. I mean, if you want something juicy then I can point to any current or past critical darling: Animal Collective, EMA, Kanye West, Charli XCX, Adele, Beyonce, etc. But the reasons I’m wary of these musicians are complicated and fall way beyond anything the word “overrated” alone can account for.
I plan on writing about this in more detail somewhere down the line, but basically: for better or worse, it’s an absolute neccessity for me to remain ‘above the influence’, so to speak, so as opposed to Henrdik (and I remember many of you expressing that same view as well), I sort of see everything as a guilty pleasure. This is because music badly warped my view of the world. For the longest time I thought my life would improve if only I could surround myself with actual Katy Roses. Of course things are a tiny bit more complicated than that. I learned the hard way that disenchantment + disenchantment =/= happiness and I’m pretty bitter that artists encourage this view, even if it’s indirect/subconscious/not actually their fault.
But the fact that the call can sometimes be coming from inside the house is a real danger precisely because the possibility is at first invisible, and it’s a danger I feel isn’t explored nearly enough when we talk/write about art.
So which bands are overrated? All of them. Even my faves.
In other words, relatability itself is the culprit. Totally overrated. I mean, it’s a valuable quality in art, but also one with hidden dangers that will sneak up on you if you’re not careful.
7: most underrated bands.
Again because of the toxic influence even objectively talented musicians had on my values. I have an incredibly hard time seeing any of them as particularly better or worse than any other. But no, I’m not gonna waste the opportunity to plug some faves. So: Katy Rose, Emm Gryner, The Ropes, Queen Adreena, Switchblade Symphony, Skye Sweetnam.
But I honestly, really. truly believe that Shakira is the most talented person on the planet. Of course when put that way you’re free to disagree, but what’s more objectively apparent is the fact that there’s a huge discrepancy between Shakira’s sheer talent/mastery of that talent and the praise (or even mere acknowledgement) she gets from the music institutions I follow and respect. Why? Idk but I have a theory. I think since her English crossover, her sound has been exoticized in a way that can be really off-putting. Nowadays it always has to be “Latin American Superstar Shakira!” you know? The fact that she can straight up rock, with absolutely no gimmicks, gets lost in the way her handlers chose to market her here.
But go to one of her concerts. I guarantee you she’ll blow your mind.
14: my favourite film soundtrack.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The movie had its problems, and as a collection of songs you can buy/download (a few standouts aside), the soundtrack isn’t much. But the movie uses the songs extremely well which creates this great synergy between the plot and the music. As lame and transparent as this sounds on paper, the music becomes a character of its own, and it’s awesome.
Also want to cherry-pick some individual tracks from other films (these fall better into the category of “score” which may or may not be synonymous with “soundtrack” idk):
Batman Begins - “Vespertilio”
Lost and Delirious - some song by Yves Chamberland
Deathly Hallows 2: - “Statues”. The students and staff bracing themselves for the Battle of Hogwarts is my favorite part of the entire series. This is only partly because of this song but definitely partly because of this song.