With all the sage verbiage about modern music, it’s interesting to note that really new ideas always seem to come as a surprise to the pundits. With Emo music, for example, it took years to find a definition, and by the time they did, the definition was basically irrelevant.
One of the most noticeable things in modern music is that the entry of performance art and storytelling has made a huge difference. All those anime video clips may have desensitized the critics, or maybe they just didn’t get it in the first place.
Contemporary music artists are lumbered with an industry which seems to have a very hard time keeping up with all the new stuff coming on the market every second. In the case of Emo music, it was passed off as mere teenage angst for years, during which people missed out on some very good, if nerve-racking, songs.
The good news is that some modern artists aren’t waiting for the seal of approval from whatever ivory tower it comes from. Natalie Roth, a Los Angeles music artist, is a case in point. Roth isn’t a vacuous formula pop singeror some sort of progressive music ideologue. She’s a songwriter with a track record in acting, and a definite knack for telling stories in her videos.
The result is a type of performance art, using two art forms to deliver a third form. Her song Daddy, for example, is Emo music to the nth degree, just much better done. This is a portrayal of a situation in a particularly effective way, leading the performance tell the story with the song.
If opera is an art form, so is this. It’s simply being done in a different way. This actually is a type of performance art, too, without the elaborate hype. With straightforward, it’s effective, he gets the message across, and yes, it is art.
The question is whether or not the hopelessly out of touch entertainment industry will figure it out. Meanwhile, make up your own mind. Visit her website here at http://natalieroth.net/.