What the fi?

There’s a trend in Indie music and it ends in -fi.  From the summer that brought you the ‘chillwave’ movement in music, there are now the lo-fi, glo-fi, and even no-fi genres of music.  Fidelity, of course, has to do with the quality of the music, or how true-to-life recordings sound.  Lo-fi, then, would be music typically recorded on inexpensive equipment (think eight-track) giving it that raw, noisy sound somewhat similar to the analog sound of vinyls, I’d say.  Expect some background noise and plenty of fuzz.  Yeah, it’s been done before, but it’s definitely making a comeback in the likes of Neon Indian, Wavves, and Panda Bear.  Though the suddenly increasingly popular genre of indie music may leave many fi’d up with the growing trend, you have to admit that it’s appeal is due to a uniqueness comparable to few other sounds in music, and, hopefully, there is plenty more from where it came from, to steer music in a new direction for better or for worse.

Some personal favorites:

Ducktails- Roses

Washed Out- Get Up

Toro Y Moi- Blessa

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti- I Wanna Be Young


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