This is the first time in 5 years that I haven’t created a “top ten” list of my favorite music from the previous year to post on my blog. One reason I stopped is that music is a very subjective experience. I hated feeling like I was contributing to the music hipster plague that has become rampant on the Internet over the last few years.
I started writing about music in 2005 because it’s always inspired me. But for the past 9 months I’ve been widening my topic coverage quite a bit. I’m still a voracious music listener, and lately I’m even more excited about audio/visual experimentation. Music videos have always been great for that! Plus, I figured everyone can thrive on some positive energy.
With that in mind, I’m planning five brief posts about the artists and albums from 2010 that I had on repeat over and over again, with an official music video from each album. More specifically, this series is about MIND EXPANSION—the kind of music that you’d want to have if you were leaving tomorrow on a tour of the galaxy. The styles and sub-genres that I consider to be at the forefront in that regard are dubsteb, ambient techno, experimental electronic, glo-fi, glitch hop, and a few others.
But enough about labels. The first entry in this mini-series is the album Lucky Shiner by Gold Panda, a solo artist from the UK (myspace.com/goldpanda). This was his first full-length album, after releasing a few exciting EPs over the past couple of years. The music video below is for the song “Snow and Taxis,” which is strange, because it contains neither snow nor taxis. However, it does contain a dreamlike stroll through a forest, which is at times phosphorescent and vibrational. It makes me miss living in a place where forests are more plentiful. (Sigh)
- Mind-Expanding Music from 2010, part 4: Flying Lotus (February 21, 2011)
- Mind-Expanding Music from 2010, part 2: Emeralds (January 25, 2011)
- Mind-Expanding Music from 2010, part 3: Teengirl Fantasy (January 25, 2011)