Very underwhelmed by American pop music right now. Same producers, same lyrics, same chords, same images, same video treatments. Is everyone lapping it up without a thought? I refuse to believe this is what people are genuinely ‘lovin’ with all their hearts? So sad for me and bizarre. Do artists do that because they are told it will sell or because few have a strong artistic vision?
There is plenty of good music out there but judging from what i hear on commercial stations in LA etc, it is the same auto-tuned songs revamped time and time again. Trying not to be cynical but it is kind of impossible at times.
Am by no means insinuating this happens exclusively in the US, it’s everywhere and that’s life, blah blah blah. In Greece, for example, you get the worst kind of watered down commercial stuff from the states/ uk/ europe and that’s the only foreign music that gets played.
At the end of the day, people eventually end up liking/ remembering what they are ‘bombarded’ with. And of course, that could include my music too. Am sure all the auto-tune ‘Im in the club drinking whatever-alcohol-du-jour, hangin with ma ladiez etc etc’ artists probably don’t like me much either.
Something else bizarre that I’ve noticed is that american ‘pop’ artists who write 100% of their own songs don’t seem to exist. Most of the acts marketed to you as bands and singer-songwriters do not write their material or co-write it. 99% of acts co-write, which is fine, but it’s disappointing and weird that I cant think of any big female pop artists in history who wrote albums alone. I feel perhaps labels think you’re work is not good enough if you do it alone and that it has to have a name attached to it to be deemed ‘good’. I suppose hooking artists up with esteemed pop writers lessens the risk ‘etc’ even if the end product sucks. Even Madonna (<3 you, Madonna) co-wrote or, like many artists, got songs given to her. Contrary to belief, I was never influenced by Kate Bush but she is a relevant subject here- among pop artists, she has set an incredible example.
How do you listen to and find music? Send me some of your favourite new artists..!.