Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

‘Is this the beginning or the end of time?’ — Jimi Hendrix. Eric Gales is back with a blues record to compete with contentions to foundation of a new genre of music, along the lines of Bach’s foundation of classical music in the baroque period. The opening track of Gales’ record ‘Death of Me’ echoes … Continue reading Crown by Eric Gales: Blues but for the grace of Bach

Blackpink in Dallas, Texas: Dancing in the Moonlight — a Comprehensive Concert Review

What a show. Blackpink’s solid and surprising debut to 20,000 fans at the KSPO Dome in Seoul, South Korea, has been matched by an extremely competent and at times riveting performance to thousands more fans at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The opening ‘How You Like That’ is a perfect way to introduce … Continue reading Blackpink in Dallas, Texas: Dancing in the Moonlight — a Comprehensive Concert Review

It’s bad music but it’s a bop? Revisiting ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift

Today I have been alternating between the music of five era-defining musicians: 1. Taylor Swift (Midnights), 2. Kanye West (Donda), 3. Jacob Collier (Djesse Vol. 3), 4. Drake (Honestly, Nevermind), and 5. Blackpink (Born Pink). Mastermind or pretender to the throne? Ms. Swift’s tenth LP Midnights echoes Mr. West’s tenth full-length Donda in more ways … Continue reading It’s bad music but it’s a bop? Revisiting ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift

Midnights by Taylor Swift Review: This Is Not Music, And It Is No Art — But It Is Excellent Propaganda

There was once a time when Taylor Swift made music. Then she encountered the music of Billie Eilish, and she decided to make art to rival nemesis Kanye West. But she herself anticipated Billie Eilish’s 2019 LP with her 2017 LP reputation, inspired by Kanye West’s Yeezus. Now Taylor Swift prefers to follow trends rather … Continue reading Midnights by Taylor Swift Review: This Is Not Music, And It Is No Art — But It Is Excellent Propaganda

(G)I-LDE – ‘I love’ (EP): Music Review

Fourth Wave K-Pop is already confronting and surpassing its third-wave heritage. As Blackpink goes on tour with second LP Born Pink, the ‘self-made’ group (G)I-LDE takes steps towards new musical heights for the global genre. The EP ‘I love’ was co-written with three of the six members of the group, with Soyeon writing each song … Continue reading (G)I-LDE – ‘I love’ (EP): Music Review

Clare Fischer’s Baroque Jazz: A Clash Brought To Life

When baroque music came on the scene in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, music was leaving its medieval phase of homophony, or music with one line of melody and harmony (without systematic rhythmical structure). The baroque polyphony followed the rise of complexity in Renaissance, culminating in bridging composers like Monteverdi. When Bach entered … Continue reading Clare Fischer’s Baroque Jazz: A Clash Brought To Life

Why the people know best, and elites know nothing

The people know best, and the elites know nothing. I would like to demonstrate this fact with reference to the knowledge of elites themselves, and compare this knowledge to the understanding of the people. I argue that wisdom, or reason, can balance between the factual nonsense of elites, on the one hand, and the real … Continue reading Why the people know best, and elites know nothing

Kant do charisma: Why Anthony Fantano is wrong about Kanye West

I have for more times than I can recall drawn a distinction between two pillars of modern music: 1. Technique, and 2. Art. Technique relates to instrumental skill and general musical nous. Think musical theory but also the practical application of this theory. What space, then, does this leave for art? Art relates to a … Continue reading Kant do charisma: Why Anthony Fantano is wrong about Kanye West

Stravinsky, Jacob Collier, and the return of the 1920s in modern music

I go in circles with music. I love music so much and have great respect for all musicians. I approach politics and philosophy similarly, and am inclined to view politicians and philosophers in a similarly sympathetic light (however difficult this may, admittedly, sometimes be!). It is easy to critique things that shine. Once I much … Continue reading Stravinsky, Jacob Collier, and the return of the 1920s in modern music

How music survived: The turn from romanticism to jazz

Modern music began with J. S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, which laid the foundations for a new harmonic structure of overlapping melodies to replace the medieval unison chorus, and Renaissance eclecticism. Bach took folk tunes and made them the ‘themes’ of his new architecture. After Bach’s ‘baroque era’ of the early eighteenth century, Mozart developed the … Continue reading How music survived: The turn from romanticism to jazz