Music today sucks. Turn on the Top 40 radio stations and suddenly everything is violence, drugs, sex, and other YOLO-related activities (cringe) rattled with profanity and set to a grading, gurgling noise some people call a beat.
Not only is this offensive to those who appreciate verbal intelligence – as well as the entire female gender while we suffer hours a day being objectified over blaring alien grunting sounds – but this highly offends those who still appreciate what we know as MUSIC. The folk songs were grew up with, the singer-songwriters we came to love, the composers we learned to respect…this, to us, is music.
And it’s hard to find that echo of our old favourite tunes in today’s culture. I suppose, as I’ve done for most of my young life, we could listen to oldies, but sadly AM radio no longer exists, whatever record players and records remain in our parents’s possession are on their way to a musical grave, and YouTube is not always available. We few are forced to hunt for our music, fiddling the with the radio in the hopes of hitting something good, spending the time in public transport trying to get a free wi-fi signal to listen to a favourite song, and relying on our memories for enjoyment.
My brother Mica is a big classical music fan, and I too enjoy the beautiful tones of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. I’m not the classical junkie he is, but I still find myself at the mid-morning radio station as the violins, cellos, and pianos sing. It’s so…real, compared to Top 40 music. Even without words, the strings and bows and brass knobs are more capable about capturing a purer sense of human emotion and understanding than a rapper or pop star from this decade. They sing a story and evoke feelings; these sounds make you think, wonder, imagine. Top 40 music makes me weep for humanity.
I know there must be other people out there that feel the same, struggling to find musicians that offer than balance between nostalgia and desire for something new and meaningful.
Over the past couple years a genre has popped up, a genre that (for me at least) fulfills these requirements. Alternative. It’s rapidly gaining popularity, and (HALLELUJAH) more than once you’ll hear a member of this genre playing in the Top 40 in the run of the day.
Thusly, I’m compiling a list of artists who fall under this genre (or near enough it, or maybe I just like them) for your enjoyment!
Some of them are an acquired taste and are kind of weird, but hey, I’m weird.
So feel free to listen in and please leave any recommendations either in the comments or via Twitter with the hash tag #AlternativeMusicRoom! (@StormRoseBlog)
*Disclaimer: I haven’t listened to every song by every artist on this list, and some of them I’ve only heard once or twice – but think they’re awesome so far. The content in these songs/videos do not represent my opinions, etc…They’re not really in any particular order, but but the first 7 are definitely the artists I am listening to the most at the moment.*
Of Monsters and Men
Bon Iver (profanity in this song)
Family of the Year
Walk off the Earth
Tallest Man on Earth
Noah and the Whale
James Vincent McMorrow
Bombay Bicycle Club (kind of a creepy video)
The Honey Trees
Emily and the Woods
Kate Rogers Band
Mumford & Sons
The Wooden Birds