The Gothic-Folk Rock Queens

While I was on vacation in Florida my sister gave me two Florence and the Machine CDs and I've been listening to them like crazy since. 

I know that all the hipsters and culturally relevant people have long since discovered Florence and the Machine. I had heard of them and heard them perform on some show once, not sure what the show was, but I remember thinking she had a cool voice and their sound was interesting.

Christina Perri
But I've been slow in attaching affection to this new Gothic-Folk Rock music ("Gothic-Folk Rock" is MY term that I created like I did the term "Swamp Hollywood". How is it that I don't get paid to come up with these spectacular titles?)

The vocals are heavy, salty, spicy butter. (any vocals that are soothing or easy going down, I call "butter") And there's a somewhat Ethereal quality to it. I have always liked this style in small doses, I just never wanted to eat a whole slab (butter reference) of it.

But like everything else that we are inundated with constantly, consciously or sub consciously, I started to acquire a taste for it (inception maybe?)

As I type, the song "Heavy" by Florence is invading my soul via my ears. And I like it.
The Civil Wars

The vocal style of this Gothic-Folk Rock music was birthed, in my opinion, in the early 90' by groups like The Cranberries and Sixpence Non The Richer. But the music and lyrics were more perky and more upbeat. In their day they were the soft contrast to Grudge Rock.

As we entered and then left the first decade of the new millennium a deep melancholy settled into the music industry and Emo music rose from the ashes.

But Gothic-Folk Rock is not Emo. Like The Cranberries and Sixpence Non The Richer of the 90's, it is the soft contrast to the dark heavy sadness of Emo music. The Civil Wars, Adelle, Christina Perri, Florence and the Machine all consist of that salty spice butter vocals, deep, soft melodies, rock drives and falls and the earthiness of folk guitar. (Although Adele does have more of a jazz foundation to her music).

The dark makeup, black hair and clothes of Emo gave way to classic Hollywood glamor..with a Rock edge. Basically we now have a hybrid of Emo contemplation, elegance, rock and folk music.

And I'm starting to dig it.

In my highly professional opinion (I sing and play tambourine in the church band AND I do Karaoke a few times a year so, yes, I am a qualified professional), I believe that THIS is the music of the 20-tens.

In case you've been under the same rock I have been, here's one of my favorite Florence and the Machine songs.

Listen and enjoy.


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