In my previous blog post I talked about how it was important for young generations to explore “classics”. Given the streaming platforms like Spotify’s libraries it’s really no wonder that we are sifting through old back catalogues and embracing almost forgotten classics. Whether through Dadrock or some Motown everyone should take a look at the roots of music to see how far we’ve come, or digressed in some crotchety “born in the wrong generation” types opinion. If you listen back to the likes of Otis and Dionne and find yourself longing for the sounds of old there’s plenty of revival music bringing the sound of the classics to the modern era.
There have been several success stories of new talent demolishing the pop universe lately, one could even argue that Amy Winehouse’s success was due to her voice which ditched the over produced, pristine nature of pop vocals in favour of a raspy, earthy classic timbre. A few years later another British singer Lianne La Havas
came out of nowhere with serious vintage vibes, rocking some old guitars and injecting soul into the scene. Not to be outdone the men of London also took a few stabs at the revivalist style with Michael Kiwanuka serenading us with a guitar and such a soothing voice while Benjamin Clementine chilled us through his unusual style paired with a comfortably classic voice.
How could we not mention the US when talking about clinging to old styles, they keep the classics electrified like nobody else. Heavy guitars are the focus here with Alabama Shakes belting out some meaty riffs backed by almost gospel soul singing while Gary Clark Jr. gives a clinic on the true Blues sound. Not to mention out of nowhere Bruno Mars himself ditches the pop idol look for something very James Brown-esque.