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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!
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check out HERE this recent secret, unannounced episode of DEER GOD RADIO that celebrated recording artists i've written about in the CHECK OUT THIS BAND section of the DEERBLOG over the past year. writing about music and exposing artists i admire is a passion of mine so this is a special episode for me. more to come!
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.
and if you haven't done so already get the FREE PHONE APP for IOS/ANDROID and enjoy listening to MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC 24/7 at your convenience!
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when i moved to JAPAN a few years ago i came across GRIMES and her expansive electronic-baed production through my students. to me her work is what modern pop music should be: inventive, youthful, intelligent, ebullient and just a little bit eccentric. and as witnessed in the videos below, her music and their corresponding visuals are beyond eccentric in the tradition of BJÖRK, M.I.A, FKA TWIGS, MADONNA and LADY GAGA.
i put her within that tradition of female artists since their visuals match the expansiveness and depth of creativity found in their music. in recent years there has been a wide swath of artists that are eccentric for the sake of attention (cough, cough, KATY PERRY, RIHANNA, NICKI MINAJ, etc). not the case with GRIMES at all. she's the real deal. a respected musician / producer in charge of her image and blurring lines the lines between art and music. all hail.