There’s just some music that’s not built for 2012, and this track from Princess Music is about as un-2012 as you can get. Which is why I’m completely taken by it. There’s nary an electronic element in here, buoyed instead by five classically trained musicians floating in domestic harmony:
Is that a music box? The Sufjan Stevens fan in me just woke up seven years after Come On! Feel The Illinoise, slapped me for listening to Holy Other, and hooked my nipples up to a car battery until “White Wave” was over. But I’m better for it. We would all be better having absorbed what Princess Music and “White Wave” seems to offer: honest songwriting, musicianship and god damn gaul to use an actual photo of the artist in your press shot. What’s up, Princess, didn’t find a good enough pic of kids dancing on a beach in 1972? What, retro-collage isn’t your thing? Bullshit! It’s everyone’s thing. Screw your ambition to be your own artist with your own aesthetic!
And so on…
The truth is, we need a hell of a lot more music like this in our lives. There’s too much gunk from years of neglect, distorting what really matters. I remember when the beauty of technology and the Internet was to lessen the divide between producers and consumers, to allow anyone access to their five minutes, and to give a stage for talented people who otherwise might not have a shot. But now there’s so many looking for the spotlight, and so many that arguably don’t even deserve it, that we’ve come to believe it’s actually cool to sound like a shitty musician, or to mask your lack of talent in reverb and lo-fidelity, or to blatantly steal work from 80s Italian disco artists with no remorse (never gonna let it go, Washed Out).
Real musicianship, talent, dedication and hard work. Those are very cool things, and I’m confident we’ll never ultimately lose sight of that. And then the day of reckoning against Best Coast will come.