the nether-reaches of genre
Tomorrow is the first full-moon of Summer. It is the day I will send out into the world the music video for the first "single" from these fountains rare here.
My record. !! It has made it through the ardours of post-production and is on its way to be aggregated and burned. Like the witches.
But I shouldn't think of it like that.
I am keeping the part of my brain that dreads release (the witches? people destroy them) busy researching tags and writing press and in doing so I am
confronted with the realities of genre.
I'm always late to the party and wearing the wrong clothes. I'm not cool and I have no genre.
I made a Venn diagram of the music that helped me make this record. Venn is a cool word. And I like circles.
The sound of this record is very far from Quadrophenia, and yet that record shaped theses fountains more than any other. I charted the songs' semi-narrative flow through space (boardwalk, seashore, parent's house, town...) and time (interior, past, actual...) . I fixated on the placement of the ocean wave motif, and on the echoing key themes ("Is it me / for a moment...").
Quadrophenia is a concept album evoking a boy's coming of age at a particular place and time. these fountains rare is a concept album about a woman's coming of age in an imaginary place and time.
Imaginary places and times are more my specialty. And, yes, I said "woman" and not "girl". I'm exploring a different age-of-becoming.
There are other influences. these fountains started as a radio play and I'm a poet so the D. Thomas link is clear. I directly riff on and feminize the classic "Crossroads Blues". Church hymns, which I grew up singing, play their part. The band Garbage, in particular "Stupid Girl", was accessible and grounding. I studied extended voice techniques (in the Roy Hart traditition) for years; Diamanda Galas (and Mariana Sadovska and Tanya Tagaq!) are the masters of the wild female voice I aspire to release into the world.
Everyone who has heard these fountains so far mentions Laurie Anderson. Even though I don't listen to her much, it's obvious she is one-who-came-before.
I could put myself in genres I like the names of:
Instead I'm researching genres for: Anderson, TuneYards, Kate Bush, Joanna Newsome...