The Genre of Loft-Rock

There is a new genre forming, and I’ve been trying to come up with a name for it.  Just as chillwave came about a few years ago after a number of bedroom pop acts exploded from their homes, a group of bands today seem to be influencing each other’s sound in the same direction.  These bands have reverb-drenched guitars mixed with soaring harmonies layered over bombastic drums.  Often, there are moments of yelling, and the songs usually build to a climax of some sort.  Can you think of and bands like this?  How about these:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Local Natives
  • Suckers
  • Young the Giant
  • The Union Line
  • Surfer Blood
  • The Morning Benders
  • Ravens & Chimes
  • Avi Buffalo
  • Funeral Party
  • The Walkmen
  • Wildlife

Getting the picture?  Here’s some that are close but not quite.

  • Tokyo Police Club (too rocking I’d say)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (a bit closer to chillwave)
  • Freelance Whales (a tad too folky)
  • Foreign Born
  • Fanfarlo (folktastic)
  • The Ruby Suns (tropical)
  • Fool’s Gold (really tropical)

So yeah, if you’re familiar with a few of the bands above, I think you can start to see this trend.  The name I came up with is Loft-Rock, taking the word “lofty,” which is clearly the feeling of the genre, and adding “rock” to it.  Simple enough, right?  I’m hoping this catches on, because there really hasn’t been a category to place these bands in except for just “general indie rock.”  I think it’s about time this changed.  So, without further ado,  I now present to you Loft-Rock, the biggest genre of 2010…

Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)

Local Natives – Sun Hands

Suckers – Black Sheep

Young the Giant – My Body

The Union Line – Goldmine

Surfer Blood – Swim

The Morning Benders – Excuses

Ravens & Chimes – January

Funeral Party – Finale

The Walkmen – Angela Surf City

Wildlife – Stand In The Water



2 responses to “The Genre of Loft-Rock

  1. orchestral rock, methinks.

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