Dear Music Industry, I Am Here To Stay. Join Me!

Dear Record Labels and Music Industry,  I am a solo musician with a range of competences but a focus especially on pop, alternative, and hip hop fusion: a genre I call ‘wambop.’ My debut album trilogy ‘The Divine Tragedy’ is rolling out right now — my self-produced EP ‘Born’ is already streaming, and my two … Continue reading Dear Music Industry, I Am Here To Stay. Join Me!

The critique of capital, then and now: Why the ‘right’ is the new left, and Ye is the new Roosevelt

‘A Trump campaign with Bernie Sanders principles.’ Ye’s presidential platform ‘If the poor people all unite, then it’s much harder to control us.’ Andrew Tate, who grew up in extremely impoverished circumstances ‘Capitalists posin’ as compassionate be offendin’ me.’ Kendrick Lamar, ‘Savior’ ‘I’ve got to formulate a plot / Or end up in jail or … Continue reading The critique of capital, then and now: Why the ‘right’ is the new left, and Ye is the new Roosevelt

Donda: A track-by-track review

See also: my review of Kendrick Lamar’s latest album. I’ve decided to write up a complete review of Donda, the tenth studio album by Ye, the musical artist/producer/rapper formerly known as Kanye West. I’m going to open with my basic claim: this album is enormously influential but also extremely competent and creative on its own … Continue reading Donda: A track-by-track review

A message for 2023: Stop imitating past greats, I want something new

I am getting tired. I hear the same music again and again and again. The charts are driving me crazy. Because I like this kind of music. In the shadow of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and The Fame Monster, the 2010s saw the reinvention of music through R&B (Anti) and alternative pop music (WHEN … Continue reading A message for 2023: Stop imitating past greats, I want something new

Pop Album of 2022: ‘emails i can’t send’ by Sabrina Carpenter

I mean, as they say in Chicago, he had it coming. — Sabrina Carpenter, ‘emails i can’t send’ song outro It’s that time of year. Musical round-up of 2022 … So, the pop album (LP) of the year — drumroll — is: emails i can’t send by Sabrina Carpenter. An astonishing record in many ways, … Continue reading Pop Album of 2022: ‘emails i can’t send’ by Sabrina Carpenter

The art of questioning: A complete set of predictions for 2023

I would like to give a systematic set of predictions — some general and abstract, some more precise and concrete — for the coming year. I make predictions not principally to make a ‘prophecy’ about the future. Rather, I wish to test, in a very loose way, my analysis of the present by extending current … Continue reading The art of questioning: A complete set of predictions for 2023

From technique to artistry: The theory of music in ‘Whiplash’

Tropes of ‘music theory’ are as oft trotted out as are their counterparts in the department of ‘practice makes perfect’. But in the philosophy of Mozart’s time, Immanuel Kant already bridged these polar opposites of musical weather reports: the faculty of judgement, specifically concerned with aesthetic concepts of beauty and the sublime, bridged between abstract … Continue reading From technique to artistry: The theory of music in ‘Whiplash’

The Art of Music: My plans and prospects

I think music always comes in two steps. To make a musician, you need technique, or the sheer raw skill to play the instruments well and in tune, to sing powerfully and persuasively, and to produce slickly and elegantly. But then you need artistry. This is about creative expression, revealing truths about the soul that … Continue reading The Art of Music: My plans and prospects

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

‘Dice’ by NMIXX Music Review: Jazz-infused pop fusion — Worldwide Wambop comes of age

The ‘Korean wave’ is easily confused by westerners with the better-known phrase ‘Mexican wave’. But despite its dance focus, the Korean wave has an abstract connotation: the globalisation of Korean ‘culture’, especially the revolution that is K-Pop, popularised in the West by PSY’s Gangnam Style, inaugurating the YouTube age of pop music. Now with the … Continue reading ‘Dice’ by NMIXX Music Review: Jazz-infused pop fusion — Worldwide Wambop comes of age