If you read a lot of album reviews, you end up seeing "coherence" and "incoherence" bandied about alot. But what does it really mean to be "coherent"?
I was thinking about this as I listened to Lykathea Aflame
a band a friend of mine has been pimping for years now. He said, "So what do you think." And I answered, "You know, this band has a lot of...ah...parts." It was all superbly played, and the individual fragments of song were well thought out and brilliantly executed. But there was no unifying concept, nothing to tie it together into a meaninful whole. Nothing but parts
. Taken individually, each of the riffs 'stands out' - but viewed as a whole they blur together, always going some place, but never getting anywhere.
Our society demands novelty, a freshness of style - something that rolls around in the aisles and announces its uniqueness without the need for us to pay any real attention to discover it. It puts a premium on parts and kicks coherence - the marriage of meaning and execution - to the curb.
Ask fans of Drudkh or Sunn o((( or Opeth why their favorite bands matter, and all you'll get is a litany of parts. Oh, they have folk interludes, dissonant feedback, clean vocals etc. etc. fill in the _________.
But where's the MUSIC?