Though the stigma seems to be lifting-as producers such as Pharrell can make any former teenybopper sound forward thinking and innovative-making pop music can still be a frightening proposition for artists who are ingrained with the mindset that all good music must be difficult to be substantial. For Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, this mindset produces an impulse to apologize for making a record that can be enjoyed on first listen, one that doesn’t require any of the details of his rise to fame as a critically adored but deeply troubled artist. Recorded in fits and starts over five years, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain is the sound of a master craftsman wondering whether he can make a pop album, equally afraid of failure as he is of success. (via Sparklehorse: Fearing Pop | Under The Radar)

Though the stigma seems to be lifting-as producers such as Pharrell can make any former teenybopper sound forward thinking and innovative-making pop music can still be a frightening proposition for artists who are ingrained with the mindset that all good music must be difficult to be substantial. For Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous, this mindset produces an impulse to apologize for making a record that can be enjoyed on first listen, one that doesn’t require any of the details of his rise to fame as a critically adored but deeply troubled artist. Recorded in fits and starts over five years, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain is the sound of a master craftsman wondering whether he can make a pop album, equally afraid of failure as he is of success. (via Sparklehorse: Fearing Pop | Under The Radar)

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