Friday, September 21, 2012

My top Electronica artists

Hello everyone!  I'm flying solo today, mostly because Kristy isn't a fan of this type of music and doesn't know of enough artists to have any opinion one way or another.

The first thing you may imagine when you think about electronic music is cheesy, synthesized dance beats over a tapestry of record scratching and noodling 'bleep' sounds.  But these days, there is so much more you can do with electronic music.  Electronica music can be moody, disjointed, dissonant, ambient, and soulful just in the matter of how samples are mixed.  Some DJ's or artsists can do the job better than others.  If you haven't explored the realm of electronic music, there is a lot of great music you have been missing.  I love exploring new music and have only really 'discovered' electronica in the last year, so naturally, there is a lot I am missing.  My top three artists are as follows.

3. The Luna Sequence.  Similar in style to Celldweller or Blue Stahli, The Luna Sequence (aka Kaia Young) produce a rock-fused blast of hypnotic, dancy music that is really fun to listen to.  As with most electronic music, you have to go into it with an open mind or you will find yourself judging it before the sound registers in your brain.  Rock beats merge with higly distorted guitar sounds, loops, and samples to create a dazzling effect.  Listen to Sanctuary in Dying light from "This is Bloodlust" below.

2. Trentemøller.  Anders Trentemoller is a Danish producer and electronic musician who has been on the scene since 2006 with his album "The Last Resort."  This album is a fresh take on electronic music with twists of atmospheric ambiance bleeding through the rich texture of the music on most of the tracks.  Especially for a debut album, Trentemoller puts out an impressive array of sound that you really must hear to believe.  The track I have chosen is Always Something Better from "The Last Resort."

1. Ulrich Schnauss.  Over the years, German producer Schnauss has performed under various pseudonyms such as View to the Future and Ethereal 77 to name two.  He produces a musical downbeat variety similar to chillwave music on most of his projects.  In the music you hear lots of looping reverb with samples that sound much like acoustic guitar.  He has two albums under his real name, one with Jonas Munk and the other with Mark Peters.  Both are interesting listens, but the music on "Underrated Silence" is stunning.  Take a listen to Gift Horse's Mouth from "Underrated Silence" and see for yourself.
Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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