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Who originated this style of singing?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by RickH, Nov 21, 2020 at 12:53 PM.

  1. RickH

    RickH Senior Member Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC

    Seems to be a popular style these days, especially for females. OMG, I can’t stand it! :cry:
  2. fairaintfair

    fairaintfair I Buried Paul

    SF Bay Area
    I'm with you. I think it's some kind of rough stab at twee/honest/unrefined "authenticity"? Authentic to what, I'm not so sure. Maybe good singing.

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  3. Alert

    Alert Forum Resident

    Great River, NY
    The example you cite sounds a lot like the way Regina Spektor sang circa 2006 on her Begin to Hope album which I really enjoyed at the time. Since then I've heard lots of songs like the one you selected and often (wrongly) thought it was something new by Regina Spektor.
  4. Harp Of Glass

    Harp Of Glass Forum Resident

    Not sure but it reminds me of Kat Edmonson.
  5. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

    I tend to think of Sinead O'Conner with this vocal style, but it's been refined since then.
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  6. Stuggy

    Stuggy Forum Resident

    wasn't that Karen Dalton and she was partially compared to Billie Holliday.
    Not sure who else her predecessors were thought the warble sounded like Bolan but was earlier. Thought it might be where Devendra Barnhart picked it up as much as Bolan
    May be earlier even more traditional folky sources Dalton got it from
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  7. awizard

    awizard Forum Resident

    God-awful! Sad state of affairs.
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  8. DanaDotCom

    DanaDotCom Forum Resident

    Syracuse NY
    I can't listen to men or women who sing like this. They sound like they have a mouth full of novoaine. Sometimes Bjork goes a bit too overboard with it.
  9. monotone

    monotone I know noothing.

    Are we sure it's not a plug-in, the authenticitune? Cause they all sound the same.
  10. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    It is a pain in the butt. I investigate a lot of albums proposed by members of the forum as "great new music" and it very often turns out to be skittles like that or some stupid bearded/tattooed twats moaning away on an acoustic guitar.
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  11. More Than A Feeling

    More Than A Feeling Forum Resident

    I don't know who started this, seeing that tons of music is recorded every day but Lana Del Rey was the one who popularized it. I call it "Hipster **** that people call the best of the decade" when it is actually just ****ty LDR knockoffs.
  12. Philbo

    Philbo Active Member

    Glad I'm not the only one who's noticed this!

    In the UK, the fashion is for adverts/commercials to interpret songs from the 80's or 90's in this way ie completely butcher them.

    I think they think it adds some 'weight' or authenticity? Or perhaps it's just blatant commercialism, targeting two demographics at the same time.

    Agree, it's unbearable!
  13. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    it’s called
    ...and there’s nothing “wrong” with it.....
  14. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    Starting rant - Over the past 15 years of so there are lots and lots of songs where it seems its all about the lyrics. These "artists" think they have something to say (mostly about themselves) and of course that is much more important than how it sounds like or whether or not they can play the guitar. Guess what? I'm not interested in those little issues they are singing about. They are irrelevant to me. What they are doing is an affront to my ears. Just plain awful. - Rant over.
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  15. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)

    No more "bored", "lazy", "tired", "airy" singing please.
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  16. Rne

    Rne Sufferin' succotash!

    The singing in that video sounds like Regina Spektor's singing indeed, or at least like one of her singing styles, because Regina is aesthetically pretty multifacetic (or at least, she used to be). And that's the crux of the matter: without variations, this way of singing, which sounds nice to my ears, gets boring pretty soon. So I hope Laura Gibson doesn't perform the whole album this way.
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  17. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

    Toronto, Canada
    I'm guessing you're talking about "vocal fry" (the bubbling on the low notes)? It's a popular thing for boomers to make fun of young women about.

    If you mean the slightly drowsy phrasing, it probably started with shoegazing (My Bloody Valentine, etc.) and became hip when Feist was a thing. And the close-miking thing became a fad at around the same time.
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  18. Ryan Lux

    Ryan Lux Forum Resident

    Toronto, ON, CA
    Regina Spektor
    Amy Winehouse

    I think these singers are the most influential on this new singer's "accent". I also think Billie Holliday's style influenced it as well as we know Amy was a big fan.
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  19. drad dog

    drad dog Forum Resident

    New England
    "I'm your venoisiiise..."
  20. astro70

    astro70 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL
    Don’t like it? Don’t listen to it. That’s folk music these days. Styles change through generations. As I recall, Dylan didn’t really have a good voice for singing either. Not sure who started this style but Lana Del Ray popularized it. It only makes sense for pop music to influence folk music of the same era. Let’s get back to sh*tting on rap/hip hop I guess :rolleyes:
  21. BSU

    BSU Well-Known Member

    Which can't you stand the vocals or the guitar ?
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  22. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Usually singing about not much at all in an affected whiny voice and playing guitar as boringly as possible. Putrid.
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  23. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Mastering Engineer Your Host

    I always blamed Rickie Lee Jones.

    That being said, I don't mind the style..
  24. Jamsterdammer

    Jamsterdammer Forum Resident

    I agree Dylan never had a good voice for singing. That's why I'm not a fan. For me, it's the music that counts. Nice lyrics are merely a bonus.
  25. Liam Brown

    Liam Brown Forum Resident

    That was clearly someone who listens to Karen Dalton. Who is a fine singer, and who as noted above, was often compared to Billie Holiday. Also agree with the Rickie Lee Jones reference.
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