Is There a New Minimalism Underway in Popular Music?

Is there a new minimalism underway in popular music? It seems two of the most recent number one songs, “Blurred Lines” and “Royals,” consist of little more than a catchy percussion driven beat with bass and harmony vocals. It is a very effective combination, if the lyrics are strong, because minimal accompaniment focuses the listener’s attention on the words making them more important to the success of the song.

There are a number of artists who have built careers using minimal accompaniment including Bob Dylan, in his early folk period, and Neal Young. Can you name other artists who use minimalism?

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8 thoughts on “Is There a New Minimalism Underway in Popular Music?

  1. Yes, David i think there is something on the way too. In the complex world that our youngest are living in there is a continual search for KISS happening. It is coming out in writings like the old Cantus Firmus although I do not think it will get to more than two or three species in popular music. Students have more knowledge early, often mature younger and are opened early to everything due to technological and digital advancement. So in many ways int is inevitable that they may feel the need to challenge minimalism ideals. Great topic and well done for opening it up.

  2. Michael Jackson – They Don’t Care About Us
    Depeche Mode – Free Love

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