parodies by nacrowe
there are just too many TRANSFORMATIVE bands that have been on the iconic BRITISH label 4AD RECORDS. acts like BAUHAUS, SCOTT WALKER, PIXIES, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, LUSH and COCTEAU TWINS, not to mention STEREOLAB, CAMERA OBSCURA, THE BREEDERS, THIEVERY CORPORATION or more recent acts like GRIMES, DEERHUNTER, ST. VINCENT, TUNE-YARDS, ZOMBY, MARK LANEGAN (RIP), PURITY RING and TWIN SHADOW. for the past 4+ decades, it just feels like every successive generation of EXCEPTIONAL musicians with an EXPERIMENTAL and INNOVATIVE edge somehow find themselves on this amazing label.
as someone who is interested in music and constantly jaded by the seeming triviality and copycat nature of new material (even personally experienced the internal pressures and incentive structures of such as a former co-owner of a recording studio), it is A GIFT to have a resource like 4AD available to seek out new acts that are pushing the boundary. whether i am ready for such or not is a different matter, but i love and appreciate the opportunity to be confronted with THE FUTURE by a curation i inherently trust. and that best describes my relationship with 4AD as a listener and music consumer: TRUST.
and there are other labels i similarly TRUST as well, namely FAT POSSUM, DOMINO, MUTE, WARP and MATADOR, but first among equals has always been 4AD. im always looking forward to what NEW SOUNDS theyve found and unleashed on the world.
embedded below is a DEER GOD RADIO episode on nonprofit internet radio station MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC that originally aired about two and half years just before the pandemic. the 4AD RECORDS playlist showcases a whole host of ECLECTIC music from throughout their CELEBRATED catalogue. enjoy!
photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
part of the same 1990s GLASWEGIAN INDIE POP scene that brought the world BELLE & SEBASTIAN, there is something both UPLIFTING and uniquely TRAGIC about the voice of singer TRACYANNE CAMPBELL that makes CAMERA OBSCURA a SINGULAR POP phenomena. its that same SWEET-AND-SOUR dynamic that makes listening to tracks like "HE HIT ME (IT FELT LIKE A KISS)" by THE CRYSTALS, "GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA" by THE SMITHS, "HEY YA" by OUTKAST, "EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE" by THE POLICE or "HELP" by THE BEATLES so compelling.
im practically obsessed with HOOK-LADEN POP music that is SUBVERSIVE upon repeat listens and moments of self-reflection. that level of songwriting is not common and im constantly asking myself when bobbing my head to a CAMERA OBSCURA track whether this ANTHEMIC track is building me up or letting me become EMOTIONAL for a long fall. maybe that is the sound of falling in love. dont know. if anything, it makes CAMERA OBSCURA something well worth checking out.
parody by nacrowe
check out HERE this recent streaming video episode of DEER GOD RADIO dedicated to the influential BRITISH independent record label 4AD RECORDS.
past episodes of DEER GOD RADIO as well as other MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC shows like MAKE HER SPACE, NOWHERE FAST, THE SYNTHESIZER SHOW and CLASSICAL-ISH WITH NUTMEG are available here at the DEER GOD website.
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