This very good Simon Reynolds thinkpiece on electroclash
(notable for quoting one of my, ahem, "rare" moments of derivativeness) is much more comprehensive and balanced than I expected given the recent negative sentiments expressed on his blog
. I distrust unequivocal electroclash-sceptics as much as the hype-generators - there's just too many good tunes floating around to dismiss this stuff out of hand (and it looks like Simon's heard a hell of a lot of them). Personally I find the idea behind the scene to be as boring as anything; the fact that so much great music results from surprises but also pleases.
I'm still waiting for an article on this stuff that explores further the odd resonance that electroclash shares with other current music - one that talks about Kompakt and Girls On Top and Brandy's "What About Us" in the same breath as Adult and Fischerspooner. Any volunteers?