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What do you make of this piece? http://idolator.com/tunes/you.ve-got-to-be-kidding/an-idolator-real-talk-special-report-the-black-kids-hype-must-be-stopped-313517.php
and relates to a train of thought I got onto when I heard Kate Nash's new single for the first time last week. Basically I realised why I don't enjoy pretty much any big "indie" act at the moment is that I can't relate to any of them.
You've got these 18, 19, 20 year olds suddenly pushed into the spotlight with their own songs which, regardless of whether they have any potential songwriting ability, still sound like the work of people with barely any life experience and nothing to write about.
I've no idea how old the black kids are (young, I'm guessing, as I can't imagine anyone particuarly old choosing that name) but I think there's a lot of acts at the moment with potential that get hyped too soon and then
a) they either be complacent in what they were doing when they were 18 so never try to progress or
b) their career's over and their forgotten about before they reach song-writing potential.
Although occasionally great songs have been written by teenagers I honestly don't believe most consistently good song-writers become so until their mid-20s and the trend to sign acts up when they're young is, whilst fantastic as a marketing tool, killing potentially great music.
but thinking about it,
however annoying it may be that bands
are chewed up and spat out so quickly
these days, I do think bands can still
make time to grow, and if they really are
as talented as early stuff may make you believe,
they'll still be able to back it up.
in a way it's bands own faults. rehearse,
practice, small gigs LOADS before setting
up a myspace or recording and sending out
demos if you want to develop. simple.
primarily the anti-blog polemic. The sad fact is that a lot of the rising tastemakers are sycophants and hyperbolisers with little to say other than "this is fresh and new and awesome - listen now". The mass disposability of current music is in fact killing music appreciation, making it a race to have an opinion on whatever fresh new martyr the blogocracy has selected. Witness the numerous leak threads on DiS with the half intuited / half overheard opinions put forward: i find them really fucking unhelpful to be honest
On the other hand, i've always been a big fan of "the early work". If you looked at a list of my favourite albums most of them are debuts - i like my musicians to arrive fully formed, and a lot of the time the earliest vision is the purest, the closest to the "true" form of the artist. Although, i do have to contend that immediate exposure has to be having an adverse effect on the removed world of the artist.. people are being hyped to the ceiling when they haven't had time to even decide what they're about
how much I hate blogs. It took a little while to realise it. But I can't help thinking now that no good can come of 99% of them. I really can't be bothered to get into why. Just trust me.