There is great music in New York City. You just need to know how and where to find it. Fortunately, I have got the know how to find out about all the fantastic music that comes out of New York City. People say that music is dead, but in the New York area music and creativity in music is very much alive. There are really talented musicians that create beauty with their instruments. I am involved in the music scene in New York, so let me just be upfront about music that is kind of hidden but rich in its quality.
1. One band is the Dirty Projectors. The band uses all kinds of strings, woodwinds, and interesting precussions, while infusing it with a duet of male and female vocals. The music also is blended with an R&B style and electronic elements. The rhythyms are very sophisticated, and might be a little too intricate for some people. However, if you are looking for originality, like a real fresh sound, you will find it in the Dirty Projectors. They have released many albums. A couple are the Getty Address and Bita Orca.
2. Animal Collective is an excellent band coming out of Brooklyn. They delve into all kinds of genres of music. If you want to listen to some of their pop phenomenons, listen to “Who Could WIn A Rabbit”, “Grass” and “Fireworks”. Their songs are arranged so beautifully with all sorts of effects, a combination of soothing and raging vocals that the effect is a simultaneously chaotic and orderly arrangement of sound. Animal Collective can really wake up to the marvel in sound. They are really artists in the way that they assemble their different effects, beats, and vocals.
3. Grizzly Bear. These guys’ new album, “Veckatimest” is sensational. This band is really meticulous with their craft, and the music comes off as basically perfection. All the notes in the song are layered over each other so delicately and efficiently that the album will inspire any listener. They are a soothing pop band, but their music will give you the impression that you are going on a journey with them. When listening to Grizzly Bear, it almost feels like you are moving.
4. White Williams is an artist who you definately do not know about. If you like feel-good dance music, you have to listen to his album, “Smoke”. White Williams has been compared to Beck by many people in the industry, because his music is so unapologetically unconventional. There are many other musical artists from New York that are geniuses. If you like hip-hop, AZ is an arist that has been in the business for a long time, but does not get much credit for his conscious, cerebral lyrics and poetic flow. Another band who is pretty famous is Modest Mouse. Their song “Float On” is one of the greatest songs according to most rock and roll fans. Another phenomenal band is The National. They are a mellow band who perform catchy and somewhat psychadelic songs accompanied by terrific lyrics.
So do yourself a favor and check all of these artists/bands out!