I don’t know song names. I don’t know band names. I know melodies. And this is why my husband often gets frustrated with me. “But you’re a music teacher! You should know this!”… umm no. I can describe what makes the music clever or beautiful to me and this is enough.
I heard somewhere that the reason young people like formulaic pop music is because their brains at that stage like the expected, the predictable, and as we age the more we like the unpredictable in music. I know I love unpredictable music and as soon as I hear unexpected chord changes or timbres in a song I ask – who is this?
Two bands I can’t get enough of for their exceptional musicianship and love of unpredictable musical structures are ‘incubus’ and ‘Reign of Kindo’. My only issue with either group is their rambling lyrics. I’m sure those who know me will find it amusing that the title of a favorite incubus song of mine is ‘Sick Sad Little World’!
Here are two favourites.
In ‘Sick Sad Little World’ by incubus listen out for
- – the guitar and drums synchronization, and how they feed off each other in the lead into the verse.
- – the timbral effects DJ Kilmore adds in the pre chorus
- – the koto-inspired melody within the guitar solo
(Plus check out the bonus video of Jose Pasillas demonstrating the drumming for Sick Sad Little World in a free drum workshop for fans)
In ‘Till We Make Our Ascent’ by The Reign of Kindo listen out for
- – unexpected chord changes
- – ridiculously clear sounding instruments and vocals
- – multiple layers of sounds that are equally complex yet compliment each other beautifully
(Plus check out the bonus video of them playing a song called ‘Symptoms of a Stumbling’ in the studio)