It has happened. I no longer have any interest in hearing ‘vocals’ in music. I’m over it. The whinings of indie rock’s newest heart-throbs, the ‘reality check’ of every new hip-hop act, the random poetry and other bullshit that is most likely coming from someone who performed poorly in even the most basic high school english class, I’m done with it. With very few exceptions (Aesop Rock being the only one I can think of offhand), I have lost all interest, and actively avoid, music with vocals in it now.

The most common sound I’ve heard in my life thus far has easily been the human vocal range. So when I sit down to listen to new and interesting sounds, quite frankly, the human vocal range is the last priority on my list. Not to mention people have such low standards when it comes to ‘acceptable’ writing quality for content conveyed by the human voice layered over music nowadays.

Here is an important lesson I learned in about the second year of Merck. Take any music, layer vocals over it, ANY vocals. It will sell 2-3 times as well as the version without vocals. That being said, I have to give out a little respect to individuals who have gone the instrumental route and ‘kept it real’ for many years, and are now adding vocals to reach a larger market (so they say). Cause people gotta eat. But please, release an instrumental version (and maybe even add some extra flare to those versions for my sake), cause there are people out there who will appreciate it. In my view, just like the guitar has faded from much edgey music nowadays… so has, or will at least, the voice eventually. That being said, my next post is going to be a review of a superb instrumental guitar masterpiece of an album, by Pelican.

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