Com’mon, you recognize the Mighty Boosh reference in that subject heading, don’t you?!
In the meantime, it’s day 5 of the Snowcation, as DC is undergoing yet another foot of snow fall that promises to make getting around and doing things just a bit trickier. Hopefully, this time, the power remains in tact. …Ugh!
Browsing song selections to post here, I’ve run across a few female soloists that might more accurately meet the “freak folk” criteria than do Coco Rosie, St. Vincent, and indie harpist (yes, harpist!) Joannna Newsom. At least those guys are new and interesting and seems to have taken off well, especially considering how many times you’ll find Regina Spektor playing in the background of indie films and on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. And man, they sure do play her stuff alot!
Then along came Miacachu (and her Shapes) and the Tune Yards, and others who are classically trained androgynous girls that play under psuedonyms who have pulled together some interesting lo-fi songs (check out Tune Yards ‘Hatari’ and ‘Lions’). Common among them is that they play small acoustic guitars that are usually taped up for a muted effect. The backing band is usually an assortment of percussion and keys. It’s a little bit primitive and vaguely African, and when I first heard a session recording of Tune Yards, I imagined they were made up of two or three older, black musicians hailing from the islands somewhere. The lo-fi final product seems like stuff you could imagine being borne out of quick inspiration to write a song, and that it was done in a day. I’ve heard it called cheap and weird, but I think it’s cool to see another little pull on the direction music is taking.
I haven’t heard enough of any of it to really sift through lyrics and meaning, so I don’t know if this might represent a new kind of Grrrl movement. At this point, I could only guess it might be something like that. So there’s your music lesson for today.