I struggle to define what Postmodern music is. I associate the genre with longer tunes, mainly instrumental and more jazz like than, say, Prog or Psychedelic. In spite of my conceptual difficulties, here is a whole mix of tunes with a postmodern vibe.
A playable playlist follows, or try this link to Grooveshark…
Public Service Broadcast – 3 clips here… Post modern in all the senses. This band played at the recent Womad festival in New Plymouth. They would have been magnificent playing on the pond stage. Their latest album recycles space travel themed audio. Watch them play and be interviewed on KEXP if you want to find out more (it’s the third clip)
Chasing Rainbows from Epic, a 2012 collaboration between Ulrich Schnauss and Jonas Munk, two German producers of note.
Listen to the whole album below…
Remurdered from Mogwai’s 2014 album – Rave Tapes . I saw Mogwai recently. Very loud. Nothing else to add. Did I mention that they were very loud?
Eat the City Eat It Whole by …And so i Watch You From Afar, the last track from their self titled album of 2009. Instrumental rock with lots of sonic variety.
Anchoress by Polvo from their 2013 album, Siberia. I can’t find any clips of this tune, but here’s a clip to give you the vibe of this 1990’s band which recently started playing live again.
Isis Unveiled from the 2009 album The Century of Self by …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Save me from the Cyclops by Robert Savage from The Adventures of Robert Savage Vol.1. This is an obscure band from the 1970’s and no, there wasn’t a volume 2. I am probably tipping over into Prog, so what.
Darker My Love – Blue Day from the album 2 (2008)
Cousin – Tension at the Lido from And Other Relations EP (2011) from Brighton (UK, not Dunedin)
The Electronic Hole – Love Will Find A Way (part 3) from The Electronic Hole – The Electronic Hole (1970). Another obscure band.
Early Morning by The Collectors from Grass and Wild Strawberries (1969). Ditto
Envy – All That’s Left Has Gone To Sleep from Abyssal (2008). Japanese noise merchants. Move over Mono. Different song follows, but you get the idea.
Scouter – Broken Scouter from Scouter (2011) (Boston, Massachusetts)
Hella – Netgear from Tripper (2011) (Sacramento, USA)
No video of this song, but check out the most excellent drumming
And this what they look like live.