Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Pitchfork.com illustrates my point on genres.

If you have nothing better to do, you might like to read my piece today on the absurd proliferation of genres within music criticism. About half-way through, I say this: Clued-in websites such as Pitchfork or Cokemachineglow largely dispense with …

Thu, Jun 24, 2010, 14:34

   

If you have nothing better to do, you might like to read my piece today on the absurd proliferation of genres within music criticism. About half-way through, I say this:

Clued-in websites such as Pitchfork or Cokemachineglow largely dispense with such flourishes for a rigorous cataloguing of all the genres to which the current band apparently belongs. Here’s where the analogy with entomology comes in. One imagines the writers counting each verse’s legs and measuring each chorus’s thorax as they attempt to discern the correct genus and species.

Well, what do you know? I just glanced at today’s Pitchfork and encountered the following line in a review of Forest Swords’ new album Dagger Paths: “If there’s any space left between micro-genres like witch house/drag, hauntology, hypnagogic pop/chillwave, and drone-step, Matthew Barnes has found it.”

You really couldn’t make it up.