After months of procrastination I finally took the plunge recently and signed up to Spotify Unlimited. So far it’s been a very worthwhile decision as the amount of music available to listen to is vast, maybe too vast at times?
As I’m sure many others have done themselves, I’ve taken this ‘Unlimited’ opportunity to explore and listen to albums and artists that I’d not heard before, for many reasons. I’ve also checked out some of those critically acclaimed and award winning albums and artists too.
This has led me to some great new music and has even had me dipping into my wallet to buy albums by artists that I would probably never have listened to without this opportunity.
But, the other thing I’ve noticed is just how often I’ve been disappointed by what I’ve heard. Many of those critically acclaimed artists and award winning albums have left me cold.
I realise you can’t like everything, but I must admit to being surprised at the lack of quality of some of what I’ve heard. That old story about the Emperors New Clothes has come to mind on at least one occasion.
Yesterday was a case in point. I spent the morning listening to some of those aforementioned albums and artists and came away unfulfilled. It was then that I saw a link on Facebook to a new album by a local act, which I duly followed. Immediately the difference in quality was apparent.
This brought home to me, once again, just how well much of the original music output of the Hastings area stands up to the worldwide competition and on many occasions actually surpasses it.
As I’ve tried telling many people over the years, just because music is local doesn’t mean it’s not any good. Often the reverse is true. After all, all music is local to somewhere.
So, if you listen to music via the Internet and want something new to whet you musical taste buds, why not have a go at listening to something from the local area?
Many of our local bands and musicians can be heard via sites such as Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Why not search for them the next time you’re there, or just follow the links on their Facebook page or website? It is often the only way you can actually get to hear the recorded works of local artists too.
So far this week I’ve listened to such diverse local artists as Hornet, Dollboy and Vile Electrodes online.
Why not give it a go yourself? You don’t know what you’re missing.