Sunday, 19 June 2011

Dark and Goth-friendly music #12: trip hop, Mittelalter and more

Yup, I still have yet more content for these music posts... just as a reminder, we are now in the spectrum of 'genres and bands which may not be specifically Goth, but that are popular within the Goth scene'.

Trip hop
Trip hop is a form of downtempo electronic music and has inspired many Goth-beloved artists such as Collide. It developed from the hip hop and house music scenes and is characterised by a bass-heavy drumbeat, breakbeat rhythms, a mellow tempo, female-dominant vocals and often - this bit is key, I reckon - a melancholy and surreal aesthetic. Many trip hop artists were inspired by post-punk bands - Tricky and Massive Attack, for example, have covered and sampled songs from Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cure - and have in turn inspired bands such as Nine Inch Nails.

Trip hop and trip hop-inspired Goth-friendly bands include: Massive Attack, Portishead (who provided the audio for the tear-jerker animation created by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation), Hungry Lucy, Lunascape, Collide, Antimatter.

New Age
New Age music is an umbrella term for styles of music that are considered to be relaxing and artistically inspiring. Samples of nature sounds and hypnotic, repetitive melodies are often used. Much New Age music features Native American, Tibetan or Gregorian chanting, with the latter being especially popular amongst the black-clad throng. Lyrics may be based on mythology, such as Celtic legend or Faerie folklore.

Goth-friendly New Age musicians include: Enigma, Enya, Tori Amos, Deep Forest, Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard, Loreena McKennitt.

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Tribal belly dance music
Many Goths are interested in bellydance, particularly Gothic and tribal fusion styles. Therefore it's no surprise that a lot of Goths enjoy listening to the music that accompanies such styles of dance. In fact, Goth model Wednesday Mourning is reportedly a fan of Beats Antique.

Tribal fusion musicians include: Beats Antique, Jehan, Pentaphobe, Mosavo, The Upper Egypt Ensemble.

Pagan rock
Pagan rock is created by and/or for those who follow occult, Pagan and neo-Pagan faiths or traditions; the definition is also sometimes stretched to include bands whose music is enjoyed and embraced by modern Pagans, such as Goth rock band Faith and the Muse. Bands making this type of music often address occult themes and may use Pagan imagery in their lyrics and artwork.

Bands which are or have been defined as 'Pagan rock' include: Inkubus Sukkubus, Cauda Pavonis, The Dreamside, Faun, Qntal, Rhea's Obsession, The Shroud, Turisas, Unto Ashes, In Extremo, Aesma Daeva (most of these bands are also considered 'Goth').

Medieval rock
In the last edition of this music gide, I mentioned 'medieval' bands. Fans of those bands may also enjoy bands which come under the subgenre of 'medieval rock', aka 'medieval metal' or 'Mittelalter'. I will later be touching on genres of metal which many Goths enjoy (stop looking at me like that, tradgoths, there IS plenty of crossover nowadays between Goth and metal - one look at the WGT line-up for any given year proves that), but Mittelalter enjoys possibly the most crossover as one can usually admit to listening to it without any tradgoth eye-rolling.

This genre of music blends hard rock or heavy metal music with Medieval folk music and emerged from Germany in the 90s. It is often characterised by the use of traditional folk and Medieval instruments.

Mittelalter bands include: Corvus Corax, Subway to Sally, In Extremo, Schandmaul, Tanzwut, Morgernstern, Schattentantz, Letzte Instanz, Cultus Ferox, Saltatio Mortis.


Tenebris In Lux said...

Trip-hop is pretty cool. I've been a fan of Massive Attack for awhile. And I'm obsessed with the song 6 Underground by the Sneaker Pimps.

Hahaha, YES, there ARE Goths who love metal! I may or may not be one .. =)

PinkPlumFairy said...

Great post :) And I thought I'm the only one listening to trip-hop^^. And it's really interesting I've found bands like "the shroud", "rhea's obsession", "letzte instanz" and "hungry lucy". They developed to some of my favourites in the last years.
Especially the german medieval bands are common to me, maybe because I live in germany^^
Keep up the good work.

Catharina said...

yay, i love getting "confirmed" that im still goth when i find myself in what you write! :D

Sal Kaye - Still Dark @ Heart said...

Great post, Amy!
I, too, am a big fan of both Medieval and Pagan Rock.

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