Caitlin Vaughn Carlos
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“Sweet Dreams,” Endless Hooks and the Creative Power of Home Recording
In 1983, a new, almost entirely electronic sound, dominated the charts as Annie Lennox and David Steward’s Eurythmics broke into mainstream success with their experimental, and now iconic, hit track “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These).” With a never-ending hook,…
How Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” Turned Baroque Pop into a Psychedelic Masterpiece.
In 1967, Procol Harum was still in the process of putting together it’s original line-up when it got the chance to record its first single, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Two weeks later, they had the number 1 hit in…
Non-Conformist Grooves: “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2”
Pink Floyd began their career as an experimental, psychedelic rock group of the late sixties, but by the seventies the band had shifted directions to progressive, conceptual art rock under the newly assumed leadership of Roger Waters. In 1979, Waters…
The Riveting Singularity of John Martyn’s Solid Air
By the early seventies, John Martyn had already begun to showcase his remarkable fusion of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, alongside captivating folk-rock songwriting. But it was his 1973 album Solid Air, which truly showcased the singular sound he had created,…