If there’s one thing we should learn from the runaway success of Adele’s 21 this year, it’s that regardless of pop music trends, the most innovative, interesting music always finds its way to the top. This year may have seen its share of Katy Perrys and Lady Gagas who seem to leech every ounce of their fame from what moments they get in the media spotlight, but their albums live or die based on the next hot single. Adele’s music lives on its timeless nature; it could have been released any time in the last three decades and it would have found an audience, because the music stands head and shoulders above the mere hype.
And let me tell you, 2011 has been a year filled with amazing releases which prove that, while radio still tells us singles rule the world, audiences are telling radio they’ll gravitate to great albums if the music is there to support their demand. I submit for your approval these four artists who are currently making waves in the underground, all of whom deserve wider acclaim. They come from different musical corners, but all feature challenging elements which make them typical hard sells in the world of radio. Yet they’re producing music beyond the reach of their contemporaries, and those listeners among you who are willing to do some exploring will certainly find plenty to relish here.
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Merging elements of Rufus Wainwright’s pop flair with Sufjan Stevens’ sense of cinematic orchestral arrangements, Gabriel Kahane seems poised to assert himself as this decade’s first truely avant-garde pop tunesmith worthy of note. He’s emerged as a leading voice among young composers, innovating both classical and pop norms to create a style which, as cliché as it may sound, seems uniquely his own.
On Where Are The Arms, his deft touch is evident on songs like the album’s opener, “Charming Disease,” which features an unnerving description of the effects of runaway alcoholism remarkably melded to a time-shifting melody of piano and strings which proves utterly intoxicating. Adventurous listeners on both the classical and pop sides of the coin are going to find themselves infatuated with Kahane’s vision for the future of the craft, if they take the time to give these songs a thorough listen.
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