回顧2014年的國際樂壇 – 2014 And Beyond

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回顧2014年的國際樂壇,當中不乏一些重要的「回歸」。Kate Bush今年重回舞台,舉行35年來首次演唱會; Slowdive、Ride的重組固然教一眾獨立樂迷為之興奮,連「教父級」的 Pixies、The Vaselines也在這年發表新作; 雖然現今EDM   (Electronic Dance Music)盛行,Warp廠牌旗下的電音皇牌Aphex Twin卻以一張Old Skool IDM (Intelligence Dance Music)  專輯《Syro》作出反擊; 當然還少不了Pink Floyd二十年來的「新作」《The Endless River》。

 

不過,若論2014年最重要的音樂「回歸」,相信就不得不提黑膠唱片。在這個樂迷可以在Spotify、Rdio這些線上串流平台聆聽音樂,連U2也要向iTunes靠攏、Thom Yorke讓自己的專輯在Bit Torrent任意下載的數碼年代,當人們以為實體唱片已死,黑膠唱片的銷售數字這一年卻錄得超過50%增長,甚至是自1991年以來的最高水平,除了一眾資歷深的老樂迷,年青樂迷也因為嚮往黑膠唱片暖和的Analogue聲音「重返」唱片店找尋他們的心頭好,趕緊買一台台唱盤回家。究竟這是黑膠唱片年代正式回歸,還是音樂工業的一種迥光反照,抑或是傳媒吹捧出來的Hipster文化,2015年大家拭目以待吧!

 

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展望2015年,三人女子崩樂團Sleater-Kinney新專輯《No Cities To Love》力壓Adele、Radiohead、New Order成為 樂迷最期待的新專輯,The Libertines即將發表十年來的全新專輯同時也不要忘記樂隊成員Carl Barât的個人作品,近二十年來英國最成功的電音組合The Prodigy新專輯已經蓄勢待發,而重組後的Fleetwood Mac巡迴演出也教人期待!

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Looking back in the 2014 music scene, we see a series of important “Comebacks”. The fabulous Kate Bush is on stage again since 35 years ago; the reunion of Slowdive and Ride was probably the most exciting news for some of us; the Pixies and the Vaselines – some of the “godfathers” of indie rock – resurfaced with new albums. Though EDM is sweeping across nowadays, Aphex Twins brought back an IDM (Intelligence Dance Music) album to the battle with Syro. On the frontier, there is The Endless River, the first Pink Floyd Album since 20 years.

 

However, the most significant “Comeback” in 2014 is undoubtedly the vinyl disc. Just when everything is available on Spotify or Rdio; when U2 is befriending iTunes and Thom Yorke has totally abandoned physical release putting his album on Bit Torrent; just when we think that physical music record is on its deathbed drawing the last breathe, the sales of vinyl records last year has surprisingly increased over 50%, reaching its highest since 1991. The trend is not for old pal’s only. Young music lovers realize the analogue sounding and warm tone of LPs and so a lot of them return to treasure hunting at record stores, flipping and digging through shelves and racks. Is it a renaissance for vinyl record? Or is it the last mourning song at the funeral? Or is it just a hipster shit? Let us find out in 2015!

 

In early 2015, 3-piece punk band Sleater-Kinney is releasing No Cities To Love, surpassing Adele and even Radiohead and New Order to be the most anticipated albums of various music magazines. Love it or hate it, the Libertines is preparing their new album since 10 years ago while one of the likely lad, Carl Barât is releasing his second solo album. Mind you, the greatest UK electronic group of recent decades – the Prodigy – is coming back with brand new album!  Please stay with us for more stories of indie music!

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