Posts Tagged ‘David Keenan’

Horizons: What, if any, are the Politics of Hypnagogic Pop?

Monday, September 28th, 2009

huge.84.423296The first thing I did when David Keenan’s hotly debated “Hypnagogic Pop” article came out in The Wire last June was log on to the Terminal Boredom message board–not because I read it all the time, but because it was the site where that debate began, as far as I could glean from a preliminary Google search. And the first thing I saw when I logged onto Terminal Boredom was a question that would make a really big imprint on my subsequent readings of the piece, partly because it was written in all capital letters and tickering from right to left across the screen:

Sightings: Spanish Prisoners, “Los Angeles Guitar Dream”

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

When people describe 21st century psychedelic music as “lo-fi,” are they talking about the ends of that music–what we hear–or the means that go into its creation? I think that most people use the term to signal a certain sound: the golden, degraded, passed-twenty-times-over-a-cassette-recorder aesthetic, minted by acts like Ariel Pink and The Skaters and forming a primary earmark of what David Keenan recently termed “hypnagogic pop.” But let us not forget that there are millenial psychedelic artists who employ equally “lo-fi” recording technologies without necessarily building a shrine to the crackle and warp of low-fidelity.