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Slowcore

Slowcore is a subgenre of alternative and indie rock. The music of slowcore artists is generally characterized by bleak lyrics, downbeat melodies, slower tempos and minimalist arrangements. Slowcore is often used interchangeably with the term sadcore.[1][2]

Contents

  • Characteristics 1
  • History 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Characteristics

Slowcore is characterised by minimal musical backing [2] played at extremely slow speeds.[3] Guitars are normally clean and undistorted but often feature heavy use of reverb.[4] Some singer-songwriters who have been labelled slowcore include distinctive and unusual vocalists, such as the Swedish singer Stina Nordenstam, and bands with creative drummers, such as Codeine.[2]

History

Early acts such as Galaxie 500 and American Music Club were hugely influential, but are not generally considered slowcore acts.[4] The genre began in the early 1990s[2] as an act of rebellion against the predominant energy and aggression of Grunge.[4] The genre is linked to the band Low, who began experimentally to play quietly and slowly to traditional rock audiences.[2]

The term slowcore itself is unpopular. It is related to the trend in heavy rock and dance music where the suffix “-core” can be attached to any genre name to distinguish itself.[4] The term has not been widely adopted by the bands it is used to describe nor the music press but, it is still current amongst fans of the genre as a badge of honour.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ AllMusic Guide genre entry for Slowcore
  2. ^ a b c d e The Sunday Times Culture's Encyclopedia of Modern Music, February 1, 2009
  3. ^ Pitchfork album review
  4. ^ a b c d e Genre Profile – Slowcore

External links

  • slowcore - Groups at Last.fm
  • Subgenre on CDBaby
  • Top Ten Slowcore albums on Altmusic
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