In our time, every second – vocal Affairs expert. We watch “Voice”, “X-Factor”, compilations and master classes on YouTube of the best vocalists in the most different styles of music. We measure the ranges of favorite singers. Someone we blame – “not the one”, and someone give “still!”. This is not Ian Gillan, this is not Axel rose, and where is Whitney Houston?!
It seems that we are well versed in what and how to sing, what is euphonious and what is terrible. We don’t really know a damn thing about it. In our country, what can be done in music, having an idea and demonic performance, perfectly owning a voice apparatus and spitting on the laws of show business, we do not know yet. As it happens in the West – can be traced to the biography of Mike Patton. Continue reading
For some reason, Chinese music, even popular, eludes the European listener. People are frightened by strange symbols instead of the usual Latin or Cyrillic, a strange incomprehensible language and a slightly different melody, sometimes incomprehensible or even cutting hearing. Another reason is the isolation of the Chinese Internet. Most of the European music resources in China are not available without VPN: bandcamp, Youtube, soundcloud and so on and so on. From the outside it may seem that in China there is nothing but the ubiquitous Jackie Chan and his faithful squire Jet Li, and the music is limited to the epic soundtrack of Tao Tung to the film “Hero”. Continue reading
2010’s can rightly be called the decade of nostalgia for the eighties. And nostalgia is not for discos, but for deeper signs of age — by culture, attitude, naivete, understanding, and a feeling of impending future, and another fear of that future.
Today, the future has already come and turned out to be quite different from what was imagined thirty years ago. On the one hand it is good, and on the other — sad. Machines still do not fly, the galaxy is not inhabited, and artificial intelligence is not so intelligent. Modern “new sincerity” turned out to be more synthetic than synthetic postmodernism of the late twentieth century: the world is ruled by Finance, terror, wars, cataclysms and politics. Continue reading
To sum up the musical results of the year – every time the lesson is not for the faint of heart. Certain things can be said at once, without looking at the calendar and without straining imagination: well, for example, a lot of new music came out, but most of it did not cause much interest, quite a lot – listened to on rewind… But surely there were records that were delayed in your playlist.
Summing up the results of the year, DARKER once again offers you a survey of our authors: what impressed us the most this year, what we consider the best albums of the year. It is clear that these lists will be impregnated with subjectivity for all 140 percent – but it is absolutely normal. Continue reading
Blood Axis is a band that is unique in many ways. For most of their career, they have had exactly one Studio album at heart – absolutely nothing like their live sound. And, for that matter, they also had an official live album – and in fact belonged to the third direction. Moreover, among the pillars of dark folk, a style imbued with the spirit of medieval Europe and its myths, our heroes – perhaps the only Americans.
Michael Moynihan, the founder and, it seems, for a long time the only permanent member of the team, started in the NON-notorious Boyd rice, but later decided to establish his own project, which he called Blood Axis. Continue reading