J.W. Anderson Spring 2015
Visual Discography - Body Talk
ROBYN APPRECIATION POST
cuz she’s AWESOME
I could go on for pages and pages about how awesome this woman is and how much I love her music but no one wants to hear that so I’ll keep it short(ish) and sweet ^-^
- First off her music is refreshingly pop, and unashamadely so. But, she writes and performs great pop songs without compromising her artistic integrity: she has her own sound. Though she may dabble in different genres and draw in some sounds from the ‘flavour-of-the-month’ (see the dubstep wobbles on Dancehall Queen) she still has a style that is so obviously her own. In short all this (and the fact she, owning her own label, has complete control) makes it obvious that she is making this music because she wants to, not because it is what will sell the best.
- Her lyrics are really adventurous for pop music. Yeah, they’re almost always about love but always from a new, relatively unexplored angle. [For examples see: Dancing on My Own and Be Mine - is the protagonist struggling to get over an ex or is it more sinister, are these tales of unrequited love bordering on stalking? Call Your Girlfriend is sung from the perspective of the ‘other woman’, not a villainess as pop often portrays her but a kind person advising her lover as to how he should let his girlfriend down easy; Bum Like You refutes the gender stereotypes that a dependent man is a bum and celebrates the idea of female breadwinners…. I could go on and on tbh]
- Go see her live! It will blow your mind! I could try and explain how amazing she is as a performer but I really can’t - perfect vocals, insane dancing, and great energy are just some of the things you will bear witness to - but seriously just go see her if you can :D
- She doe’s what she wants and doesn’t care. Basically the same as point 1 but it’s not just about music. Just look at the way she dresses, for example. This idea is probably best expressed by the lady herself in Don’t F**king Tell Me What To Do :P
Robyn is a rare breed in the world of pop and though this may make us appreciate her that much more it is still a sad fact; we could do with more adventurous people like her in pop music.
and would if I thought people would bear with me :Pgo on and on about favourite songs, favourite lyrics etc, etc. but I shan’t. If you love good pop music I would urge you to go listen to this woman right now, if you haven’t heard of her that is. If you have? Go listen again ;)
p.s. I would like to point out that I am talking about her releases from Robyn (2005) onwards, I am not totally familiar with her work before then. That album and all 3 parts of Body Talk are all gold though, go get em :D
p.p.s. One can never have too much Robyn on their blog, so are there any Robyn fans out there for me to follow?
1314 - Arnaud Rebotini
Arnaud Rebotini’s musical voyage has been an interesting one. He was in an Electroclash group, a Death Metal band, and he released a Pop record before he went on to create the synth filled Tech House he makes now.
I say now, but to be honest I’ve no idea what he’s up to these days. His latest output dates back to 2011, when he released his second LP Someone Gave Me Religion accompanied by a series of EPs featuring brilliant remixes by The Hacker and Gesaffelstein, among others. For his remix of Rebotini’s track All You Need Is Techno Gesaffelstein did what he does best: add cowbell.
The track I’ve picked is featured on Music Components, the first record released under Rebotini’s own name in 2008, which feels like ages ago so I guess I could’ve also saved this for #TBT. It’s a fantastic record that has many great tracks on it like Cm and Decade of Aggression, to name a few.
Sadly I’ve not ever seen him live, but I’d really like to because his live set up is a very special one. He decided to ditch computers altogether and surround himself by a circle of analog synths and other vintage machines to pretty much do as much as he can live. While this video sees him making perhaps a bit more laidback music than he usually does, it gives a great insight into his live set up.