Thursday, August 16, 2007

Chamber Pop (Baroque Pop)

Baroque pop as a style originated in the mid 1960s as the flipside of sunshine pop. It used similar orchestrations but was infused with a melodramatic edge which differed. Much of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds would fall into this category, as would a lot of the later work of Phil Spector. Scott Walker is another important figure in the genre. Others include:

-The Beatles
-The Association, particularly owing to Curt Boettcher
-Burt Bacharach
-Serge Gainsbourg
-The Left Banke
-The Millennium
-Nirvana - the original UK-based band lol
-Harry Nilsson
-Van Dyke Parks
-The Free Design
-Judee Sill
-The Zombies
-Emitt Rhodes

Modern baroque pop, characterized by an infusion of orchestral arrangements or classical type composition within an indie or indie pop setting, is often referred to as chamber pop, and sometimes chamber rock.

Popular baroque pop artists today include:

-Kate Bush
-Antony and the Johnsons
-Fiona Apple
-Arcade Fire
-The Dears
-Metallica (the "S&M" album)
-Badly Drawn Boy
-Richard Barone
-Belle & Sebastian
-Andrew Bird
-Jon Brion
-Broken Social Scene
-The Decemberists
-The Divine Comedy
-Jeremy Enigk
-Final Fantasy
-Wolf Gaffigan
-The Hidden Cameras
-Kings of Convenience
-Jens Lekman
-Sondre Lerche
-Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
-Mean Red Spiders
-Mercury Rev
-Naked Raven
-Neutral Milk Hotel (now on indefinite hiatus)
-Joanna Newsom
-Okkervil River
-Peter Bjorn and John
-Matt Pond PA
-The Sharp Things
-The Shins
-Duncan Sheik
-The Sleepy Jackson
-Elliott Smith
-Regina Spektor
-Sea Wolf
-Sufjan Stevens
-Kevin Tihista
-The Unicorns (now defunct)
-The Velvet Teen
-Very Secretary
-The Visible Men
-Rufus Wainwright
-Patrick Wolf

Next time I will discuss:
Fugue Pop, Dirge Pop, Madrigale Spirituale Pop