Wednesday, 17 September 2008
One rewarding aspect of this almost wilfully naive approach to listening, where eras are puree-ed into sonic paste, is how the actual tunes become freed from context. An also ran new romantic song, for example, released way after the genre itself hurtled over the shark, would in its time sound cliched, cynical and desperate. When you don't know how you would have felt when that song was released first time round, what was the context of its release, what the sound of that year was (this is something i want to come back to in later posts, how a year not only can, but in fact always does have a sound strung through it, that i think only certain people can hear - and i'm not talking about 'tastemakers' here), then all you can hear is the tune. Do you like it? Then that's ok.