Andrew Sullivan points to this important query: Why are white men singing so much less in popular music these days? I don't know! Also, while I have you here, let me just mention that I, while late to the party, have been listening to Julia Holter's Tragedy pretty much nonstop over the last couple of weeks. It is an amazing record, although it is probably not for everyone. There are a ton of elements that could seem gimmicky or annoying in the wrong hands, but these hands seem to do everything right. Give it a listen.
"Here is an album so severe, so hopelessly ambitious in scope, that I began to imagine it as an idealized sonic incarnation of all the wi-fi signals invisibly enveloping, intersecting and overlapping a modern city…. It’s both heartening and heartbreaking at the same time." —Sondre Lerche really likes Julia Holter's Loud City Song. So do we! Maybe you want to pick it up.
It has been pretty amazing to watch the evolution of Julia Holter's work over the last, what has it been, only two years? I cannot believe she will ever reach a point where she is "mainstream," but I can certainly see her pulling whatever "mainstream" is closer to what she does. Anyway, she's got a new album coming in August and this is on it.