Monday, March 11, 2013

Interesting Article on Resurgence of Goth/EBM Influences

Electronic Beats magazine has an interesting article on some of the up and coming underground acts that are utilizing influence of the goth and EBM scenes in their music.  The article makes the argument that it's the goth/EBM genre recycling itself, but I'd argue that this is something different.  It's music that is clearly influenced by goth/EBM, but it's developing independently and outside of the actual goth and EBM scene itself and appealing to a different audience.



6 comments:

Anonymous said...



I think you are right, it is for a not-traditionally EBM audience. I do think it is just as goth/EBM, though. It is just that the last shared ancestor of that goth scene and the traditional one is in the mid to late 80s, this 'new goth' seems to hover around Death in June, Suicide, Depeche Mode of the era, Front 242, PIL, and that moment of 80s alternative dance generally.


I think it has 2 'causes,' the first being that the 'real goths' have a distinct style and approach to music. It's fun but it really doesn't relate to anyone outside of their scene, and the music is differently evolved from what brought these people to goth, the new goths have a real reverence for goth classics. From outside of goth, the cause would be that so much of modern alternative, indie music is super sweet, folk derived, feel good. New goth would be like an indictment of that, a retreat from that kind of thing. Look at the growing artists, like Grimes, a lot of the new goth is a dark turn New goth also has huge influences from the internet, it has a strong visual aspect because it evolves from visual platforms like tumblr, the aesthetic is super-developed and appeals to a lot of people who wouldn't be drawn to traditional goth/ebm stuff.

Artists I can recommend are Lust For Youth, VÅR, and especially Tollund Men. These are more lofi oriented, though. Sorry for rambling on, I am just pretty interested by this as a listener and musician.

Line of Control said...

Sorry.
I tried to read that article but it literally hurt my brain...

Terrible syntax and name-dropping tripe.

Someone get me some Skinny Puppy to make my head feel better...

John Kennard said...

Line of Control:

Have a little rap to clear your head.

John Kennard said...

Line of Control:

Missing link added:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDEhCm0pxCo

Anonymous said...

Gesaffelstein? more Kraftwerk than Kraftwerk, amazing.

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