Is Uplifting Drone a Genre?
August 22, 2013 3:17 AM   Subscribe

Is "uplifting drone" a genre? Because that's what I need: many more tracks that sound like Blanck Mass at its most altering. Layers and layers of sound; a structure that builds and builds; an intense, relentless, and repetitive melodic payoff that goes on for longer than you'd think was feasible. So basically, Fuck Buttons, but a little less percussive. Or something along the lines of this. My profile should indicate what is—and is not—currently on my musical radar. Thanks!
posted by Sonny Jim to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: It's all-guitar and perhaps a little darker than your examples, but on reading your description what leapt immediately to my mind was the album Earth 2 by Earth.
posted by usonian at 3:48 AM on August 22, 2013

Try Tim Hecker. I'm thinking especially of Harmony in Ultraviolet and An Imaginary Country, but definitely branch out from there if you like what you hear.
posted by The Michael The at 4:14 AM on August 22, 2013

Jim O'Rourke released an acoustic piece years and years ago that is similar-ish. its a fairly brief, major key melody on an acoustic that is repeated enough and short enough to seem drone-ish, and all sorts of instruments are layered on top of it as it goes on for roughly an hour. not quite what you're looking for, but arguably in the ballpark.
posted by jpe at 4:55 AM on August 22, 2013

From taking a quick listen at the music posted here and skimming your profile, you might like The Inventors of Aircraft and North Atlantic Drift
posted by Gev at 5:14 AM on August 22, 2013

Best answer: How much guitar are you willing to accept, and what's your threshold for "uplifting"? By way of calibration, here's Pyramids and Nadja - Nadja do a lot of stuff that sounds like this, but it can get quite noisy. If you're willing to listen to "songs", Justin Broadrick's Jesu might fit the bill.
posted by vanar sena at 5:17 AM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Black Walls, maybe -
posted by scruss at 5:56 AM on August 22, 2013

Ever listen to The Disintegration Loops? This is the definition of repetitive, and I find it sounds haunting and uplifting simultaneously..
posted by dobi at 6:24 AM on August 22, 2013 [2 favorites]

Maybe Godspeed You Black Emperor? Try yanqui u.x.o.
posted by shothotbot at 7:19 AM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

The Orb circa "Orbus Terrarum" is a little droney, like Plateau.

This reminds me also of Edgar Froese and by extension maybe some Tangerine Dream?
posted by drwelby at 7:57 AM on August 22, 2013

More acoustic than techno, but Low has always had its droney aspects.

Like a Forest
In Metal
Two Step
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:59 AM on August 22, 2013

You may like Harvestman (Steve von Till of Neurosis in his drone persona).
I find it very uplifting, if a bit down tempo and less electronic than your examples.
posted by Seamus at 11:52 AM on August 22, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Jesu?
posted by Rube R. Nekker at 12:49 PM on August 22, 2013

Hmm, I was just listening to Good Night & Good Morning? Maybe they're up your alley?
posted by zusty at 4:37 PM on August 22, 2013

Here is an article you might enjoy.

I have a lot of this stuff on the old hard drive at home but am having a lot of difficulty immediately remembering any names. Emeralds springs to mind as a possibility, as do Cocteau Twins and perhaps even Boards of Canada. Brian Eno and Aphex Twin have a few tracks that fit your requirements, as does Coil and Stars of the Lid. Jesu is a good recommendation. Explosions in the Sky is exactly what you want, but with guitars.
posted by turbid dahlia at 5:06 PM on August 22, 2013

Best answer: Look up Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, particularly his album "Love is a Stream", and the band Belong, their album "October Language".
posted by gucci mane at 5:27 PM on August 27, 2013

Hammock. Especially their most recent album.
posted by softlord at 6:39 PM on August 27, 2013

Have you listened to Mogwai?

Or perhaps Explosions in the Sky?

What about The Asteroid #4?

Also, check out Mahogany (I can't find a link right now)!
posted by zyxwvut at 6:43 PM on August 28, 2013

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