What's the most virtuosic catchy music you know? Or, alternatively, what's the catchiest virtuoso music you know?
I love complex, demanding music, and I love mindlessly simple joytunes. And most of all, I love the nexus where the two intersect!
I find this most readily in classical music and bluegrass, such as with Gli Incogniti
or with the Goat Rodeo Sessions
. In rock you have performers like Cardiacs
or Frank Zappa
, though they tend towards weirdness and not, like, glittery pop perfection. Then there's John Zorn
and Guy Klucevsek
and Justin King
and a bevy of other very enjoyable instrumentalists.
But I'm looking for more than pleasant music here – I want things with hooks, choruses, things which are singalongable (though I am okay with things where the vocals move too quickly to sing along to). Things I could listen to on a long drive with friends and do the whole group-yell-y thing, yet which also kind of blister my brain to listen to. Does such music exist?
Note: I am okay with pretty much all genres of music, but melody is important to me here. I know there are a dozen million virtuosic metal groups, but I need metal to be, like, really non-harsh, in order to get me. Things like Rhapsody of Fire or Blind Guardian, or even ofter than that. Similarly, I can deal with a certain amount of atonality/wonky rhythms in music, but in this case if it's too atonal/wonky to get stuck in my head, it's probably not for me right now.