Taylor Swift - New Romantics Jul 19, 2020 4:35:50 GMT -7
Post by pieter on Jul 19, 2020 4:35:50 GMT -7
It is funny that Taylor Swift uses the New Wave 'New Romantics' music genre name for her song. When you know the meaning of 'New Romantics' you listen differently to this song of her sang in that American stadium, especially if you listen to the electronic music which merges with her voice. This has clearly the sound of the late seventies and early eighties British 'New Romantics'.
According the English language Wikipedia section Taylor Swift's 'New Romantics' received universal acclaim from music critics, many of whom named it one of the best pop songs of Swift's catalogue. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone ranked "New Romantics" as the second best song of 2014, stating "I have no idea why she left a song this urgent and glittery and perfect off her album (it's a bonus track), but geniuses are weird".
American online magazine Pitchfork's Vrinda Jagota commented that the song exemplified Swift's new attitude towards romance and heartbreak, as it shows that "your best defense is to channel the burning energy of your big hopes and desires into a night of uninhibited hedonism." Pitchfork (Launched in 1995 as Turntable) developed a reputation for its extensive focus on independent music, but has since expanded to a variety of coverage on both indie and popular music.
The New Romantic movement
The New Romantic movement was a pop culture movement that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. The movement emerged from the nightclub scene in London and Birmingham at venues such as Billy's and The Blitz. The New Romantic movement was characterised by flamboyant, eccentric fashion inspired by fashion boutiques such as Kahn and Bell in Birmingham and PX in London. Early adherents of the movement were often referred to by the press by such names as Blitz Kids, New Dandies and Romantic Rebels.
Influenced by David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Roxy Music, the New Romantics developed fashions inspired by the glam rock era and the early Romantic period of the late 18th and early 19th century (from which the movement took its name). Though it began as a fashion movement, several British music acts in the late 1970s and early 1980s adopted the style and became known to epitomise it within the music and mainstream press, including Steve Strange of Visage, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Classix Nouveaux and Boy George (of Culture Club). Ultravox were also often identified as New Romantics by the press, although they did not exhibit the same visual styles of the movement, despite their link to the band Visage. Japan and Adam and the Ants were also labelled as New Romantic artists by the press, although both repudiated this and neither had any direct connection to the original scene. A number of these bands adopted synthesizers and helped to develop synth-pop in the early 1980s, which, combined with the distinctive New Romantic visuals, helped them first to national success in the UK, and then, via MTV, play a major part in the Second British Invasion of the U.S. charts.
By the end of 1981, the original movement had largely dissipated. Although some of the artists associated with the scene continued their careers, they had largely abandoned the aesthetics of the movement. There were attempts to revive the movement from the 1990s, including the short-lived Romo scene.