"Designer lives. Designer films. Designer music."
Thus proclaims The Guardian (Friday 11th July) in their analysis of thirtysomething lifestyles. The thesis? As we get older, we lose our edge. We begin to consume, shall we say, more highbrow fare that is easy on the ear or eye. And with music, the "coffee table" genre is born.
Music that you put on in the background to set a mood. Stuff The Guardian reviews. Bands you might hear at the Latitude Festival.
There is no need to apologise about the coffee table music in your collection. In fact, as I was reading the article, Sigur Rós's 'Untitled 3' came onto the pod, followed by The Beloved. Attributes such as melody, a downtempo pace, and artistic integrity tend to get bands tossed into the genre (just look at every Mercury Prize winner for the past five years ... pre-Klaxons of course).
Maybe I'm just being defensive. Gaymonkey did deliver Ebb to the world, after all.
Ebb - "When Dusk Begins"
taken from Loona