Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Familiar Sound: Making sense of Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, and the suprising revival of 60's and 70's influenced rock


During the last decade, there has been an emergence of independent rock bands that have adopted eerily similar sounds to bands of the 1960’s and 70’s.  The music featured throughout the podcast is by current artists that embody this nostalgic sound and the two bands analyzed during the piece are Fleet Foxes, a band from Seattle that plays predominantly folk-rock and Tame Impala, a psychedelic rock band from Australia.  The intrigue of this reversion to heavily influenced music of the proclaimed ‘golden era’ of rock is the question of why these young musicians have established a sound that so closely channels their predecessors.  Has it been caused by something as simple as a preference for this sound? Or can it be attributed to the advances in technology and the amount of both new and archival music that we are able to easily access? A Familiar Sound delves into these potential influences on the revival of classic sounding rock music and provides examples of this current yet nostalgic sounding music in independent rock, a surprising and thought provoking trend. 

Music Featured during podcast in order of appearance: 
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- "Baby"
Real Estate - "Kinder Blumen"
Fleet Foxes- "He Doesn't KnowWhy"     
Tame Impala- "Be Above It" (Intro, record player rip)
Tame Impala- "Apocalypse Dreams" 
Tame Impala- " Feel Like We Only Go Backwards"
Girls- "Lust For Life"  

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