“Our generation’s so estranged to unconditional love
All these relationships
Just can’t commit
Yet loneliness hurts even more…”
Where Elli Ingram brought the soul to last week’s Hot Track Tuesday, this week’s artist brings the synth… in the sexiest way possible. I’m a big fan of the Weeknd because when I listen to him, I feel like I’m in an egg-shaped chamber drowning in music. Honestly, one of the best feelings to have, and a big reason I don’t mind sitting in the car just to immerse myself in sound.
Boy/Friend’s got that sound.
To better put into words the genre Boy/Friend falls into, I turned to the best, most legitimate source of information: Wikipedia. I discovered the genre artists such as the Weeknd and Boy/Friend dabble in has been coined PBR&B: an “indie” type of R&B music in the modern day.
“Frank Ocean states that he does not like being called an “R&B” musician and he does not like being confined to one genre. By contrast, Miguel says that he is “comfortable” with the term “indie R&B” because it “insinuates a higher art. Or a deeper or somehow more artistic delivery of rhythm and blues music. It suggests there’s more artistry within a genre that has become more of a cliche of itself.”
Writes Brandon Neasman of music website The Grio:
[A] lot of the production is echo-laden and lofty, often using a lot of synthesizers and filtered drums—sonically giving a nod to Prince‘s vintage ’80s sound. Additionally, for the most part, it doesn’t feel as if these artists are selling sex as their main entrée. Granted, they still sing about the topic, and in explicit detail, but it’s in equal proportion to drugs, spirituality and personal philosophies. You don’t get that same diversity in subject matter from the majority of modern R&B singers.