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The Age of Clank: Why Genres are Important

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By Princess Stomper

A few weeks ago, Chris Razor wrote about clank – a new genre title he’d coined, and I was grateful, because I’d been trying to think of a word for it for ages. I was getting fed up of saying “experimental electronica”, because that makes it sound like it sounds more like this and it doesn’t. Instead, it sounds like this.

Chris describes clank as “ramping up the colour saturation of keys, guitars and percussion until your eyes are screaming”. It’s like a luminous pink sort of psychedelia. Retro-futuristic. The way music is supposed to sound in the 21st Century.

It feels so good to finally put a name to it. Bands spend their whole careers trying to resist being labelled, which is oddly selfish and self-defeating if you have a consistent sound. It doesn’t restrain you from being able to evolve and try out new ideas, but it does allow fans to play a tagging game of recommendations.

Would you say No Mas Bodas are clank? Chris seemed to think so – especially their song ‘Floating’.

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