There are two musical trends in the world right now: psychedelic and electronic. Maybe there’s more. I don’t know. I can only see the trends as they explode around me. I admit it. Those trends are trends inside my own musical tastes, but I’m not sure if they’re blossoming flowers or rusty handcuffs.
I do not have the benefit of history since, looking back on today requires strange vehicles from Michael J Fox movies. I don’t have such a vehicle available (mine’s in the shop), so I just have to make it up. Every bit of new appealing music I see fits into one of two categories: psychedelic or electronic. Sure, sometimes it’s a poor fit. Is it psychedelic if it’s just sloppy garage rock? I guess it depends on the substances used in the studio. Is it electronic if there are rocking guitar breaks? If the guitar pedals come from Moog, you can be damn sure it is!
Of course, this trend I see probably has nothing to do with reality. A quick glance at Billboard’s current charts proves that … WTF! There it is, loads of electronic music except not the cool creative stuff, but the generic danceable DJ stuff. Of course, alongside that are the big personality big stars you might expect, but, aside from possible personal psychedelic experience, none are overtly psychedelic.
I can explain, I think. Everything new I hear that is not psychedelic or electronic really sucks. OK, everything except Savages. They don’t suck. But everything else. Really.
Actually, I could have saved you the time. Right now, that’s just what I like. Pop? No thanks, too fluffy. Punk? Nah, the new stuff doesn’t feel as raw as it once did. Metal? Sure, for a few minutes, but it’s just so aggressive. Hip-hop? Check the ego at the door and what’s left. I’m in my rut because I choose it. This is my sandbox. Now, pass the dumptruck, will you?