I’ve been listening to some new kind of music lately. No set genre, but whatever sounds nice in general. Musica Nortena, Indie rock and psychedelic rock mostly. I’m also scouring for some rad groups who never got made into the industry, so if you, reader, have some artists in mind please do share. I’ve also gotten more attached to photography and art; so a camera purchase might be in order this summer; using my own money of course. I’ll keep this post short, because as the title reads- zero inspiration. Frankly speaking, I’m missing the creative flame in me for a long time now. Rekindling that flame quickly isn’t to be absolutely frank, a priority.
I’ve been interested in all things Mexico for a few months. La musica, la cultura, la comida; the whole package. I’ve come to realise that I really need to learn Espanol to enrich my mediocre subsistence. It was exactly the same with Japanese a few years ago. Thankfully, our college has provisions to conduct language courses. Un-thankfully though, Spanish wasn’t an option this semester.
I went on a rushed ten day vacation to Rajasthan with the peeps. It was rushed beyond reason. I managed to capture some brilliant photographs (my humble opinion), which was one of the highlights.
Then there was the Total Lunar Eclipse which the media butchered as the “Super Blood Blue Moon”.
Just like my dear friend Kartik asked me to, I watched Mindhunter and it was nice. I also started watching Mad Men and I must say, it’s going great so far. It really brings you back to the late 1950’s where drinking at work and infidelity were common practice; at least at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. My favourite TV show however, has to be The Wire which I watched and re-watched in November. Its beautiful and I cannot stop recommending it. As for music, here’s some of the artists I’ve been listening to for a couple of months now:
One of the finest pieces of music from the 1980’s come from Roxy Music, who capture the mellow rock essence combining it with a hint of pop. And Bryan Ferry’s dreamy and elegant voice is ever so comforting. ‘More Than This’ remains amongst my all time favourite songs.
Plastilina Mosh are one of the finest duo in Mexico whose music is smart and quirky. Coming from Monterrey, the most Americanized city in Mexico, their early work was fun and original before shifting to a more Daft Punk-esque music, finally settling on pop for their latest album.
Then there’s this Nortena music I mentioned before- a collective of bands (much like Alan Parsons Project) who performed under the name Nortec Collective. Their music is surreal and inspiring to say the least. Most of their songs reflect daily life in northern Mexico.
And finally the two bands whom I discovered on Spotify and fallen for recently. The Orielles are an up and coming indie trio who are making quality and original music, which let’s face it, is hard to come by these days. I liked their singles ‘Let Your Dogtooth Grow’ and ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ so much, I went ahead and pre-ordered their debut album from Play Music.
2/3rds of the Orielles are siblings whose father is a drummer for The Train Set who used to gig around Manchester in the late 1980’s. ‘She’s Gone’ reminded me of the time when I discovered the Stone Roses about four years ago. Their album Never California is absolutely delightful; and you know you’ve got your hands on a quality album when your intelligent friends like and appreciate it.
What college has taught me so far is, self learning is instrumental in growing up. I’ve become a lot wiser than I was two years ago. Wiser in knowing that there are hundreds of fools trying to drag you down to their level; but hundreds more who are willing to help you up to theirs. Ask and you shall receive. I’ll take your leave for some months now because this post definitely turned from ‘zero inspiration’ to ‘hero inspiration’ with all this talk of music.