The Psychedelic Funk Rock Revival

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The Psychedelic Funk Rock Revival

The Psychedelic Funk Rock Revival is a movement that began in the early 2000s, characterized by a return to the sounds and styles of psychedelic funk and rock music of the 1970s.

Psychedelic funk is a genre of music that combines elements of psychedelic rock, funk, and soul. It typically features lengthy jams, groovy basslines, and horn-laden soulful melodies.

The Psychedelic Funk Rock Revival was led by bands like The Daptone Horns, who helped to create a new sound that was heavy on groove and light on pretension. Other notable bands of the Revival include Antibalas, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, and The Menahan Street Band.

The Revival has been credited with bringing back an appreciation for classic soul and funk music, as well as helping to revive interest in vintage instruments and recording techniques.

The Bands

The Psychedelic Funk Rock Revival was a movement that took place in the early 2000s, characterized by a sound that combined elements of psychedelic rock, funk, and electronica. The genre is often associated with bands like The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The Music

Psychedelic funk rock is a subgenre of funk rock that takes Funkadelic’s use of psychedelic elements and fuses it with the heavier sound of 1960s and 1970s psychedelic rock bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Parliament-Funkadelic. Psychedelic funk rock is characterized by its heavy use of improvisation, synthesizers, and distorted guitars.

The Legacy

The psychedelic funk rock revival is a subgenre of rock music that began in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Drawing inspiration from the psychedelic and funk rock of the 1970s, the revivalists are known for their eclectic sound, which often incorporates elements of hip hop, R&B, and electronica.

The subgenre owes its origins to the renewed interest in classic rock music that arose in the early 2000s. This was evident in the popularity of acts like The Strokes and The White Stripes, who were heavily influenced by the garage rock and punk of the 1970s. Around this time, several other bands began to experiment with incorporating elements of psychedelic and funk into their music. These include Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Animal Collective, and LCD Soundsystem.

The subgenre gained mainstream prominence in 2012 with the release of Tame Impala’s album Lonerism. The album was a critical and commercial success, earning Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Album. It also helped to popularize the use of classic rock samples in modern pop music.

Other notable releases from the psychedelic funk rock revival include Arctic Monkeys’ AM (2013), Hozier’s Wasteland, Baby! (2014), Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Multi-Love (2015), St. Vincent’s Masseduction (2017), Portugal. The Man’s Woodstock (2017), Beck’s Colors (2017), and Khruangbin’s Con Todo El Mundo (2018).

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