January 7, 2011

Music Flavor Profile: An Umami Wall of Sound

Umami as Ethereral: An essential ingredient for a full-flavored song.

The flavor "Umami" is a recent creation in the world of food. It seems like 4 tastes weren't enough. Because there was this "other" that didn't fit anywhere. How do you define "brothy", "savory", "meaty"? Ok. Umami.

It's a new sound in the music world, too. Arguably popularized by Sigur Ros and the attached song, "Svefn-g-englar". A wall of sound. Liquid tones. Keynesian music that avoids sharp turns.

Today's tip. Get rid of the gaps. Fill up your song. Now, this doesn't mean you have to be complex. Just give it some umami.

I don't know if we're done yet. We'll see on Monday :)