Sa Ugoy ng Musika

by aLfie vera meLLa
alfie@filipinojournal.com

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 38

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 38

aLfie vera meLLa

Another set of albums by solo endeavourers this is! Interesting how most of these artists had managed to carve respective starry niches of their own despite the stellar status of the bands they were

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 37

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 37

aLfie vera meLLa

This set consists of albums by offshoots of high-profile pioneers associated with the genre. Arcadia and The Power Station were almost the two separate halves of Duran Duran–Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 34

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 34

aLfie vera meLLa

At some points in their respective band careers, many artists decide to embark on their own to pursue solo endeavors. I always find delight in listening to what they had to express musically on

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 33

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 33

aLfie vera meLLa

In the heart of the genre is what many enthusiasts regard as Synthpop–a portmanteau of ‘synthesizer’ and ‘Pop’–best characterized by the dominance of synthesizers and drum machines in the instrumentation (even the guitar, when

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 32

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 32

aLfie vera meLLa

Here’s another batch of releases by individual artists, some of whom started their respective careers as a member of a band; but who, remarkably, achieved greater success after embarking on their own. Of the

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 31

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 31

aLfie vera meLLa

One style of music that I really love, especially when I’m in a somber or romantic mood, is what many regard as Sophistipop–a portmanteau of ‘sophisticated’ and ‘pop.’ It is best characterized by its

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 30

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 30

aLfie vera meLLa

The latter part of the 1980s was a great time for me as music enthusiast and collector. A university student at the time, I had a bigger school allowance, a good portion of which

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 29

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 29

aLfie vera meLLa

As a music genre, New Wave has become a broad palette through the decades, from its humble and obscure beginning in 1967. Supported by many published books, Internet articles, film documentaries on the subject,

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Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 28

Ultimate New Wave Evolution (& closely related styles) part 28

aLfie vera meLLa

Most of the New Wave enthusiasts I know think that New Wave and ’80s music are one and the same. That’s understandable; New Wave, which was first coined in 1967 in a musical context,

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