Simon Reynolds on maximal music Maximal Nation

Articles: Maximal Nation | Features | Pitchfork.

When I first heard the term maximal, I though it described the 90’s Transformers spin-off Beast Wars. Apparently, it’s a genre I’ve followed without even knowing it existed until this article.

The one worry I have is that the term “maximal” may be used as a genre term to pidgeonhole artists that follow a similar process but have different sounds. This sort of thing happened with IDM and genres that prefix with post and suffix with core (I like their output, but influential music blog Avant-Avant is guilty of using these as buzzwords)

One other gripe is that dub isn’t mentioned . The live element of dub an integral part of the music history that informs maximalism.


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