Musical Chameleons: Bands Who Have Radically Changed Their Sound

4 of my favourite musical shapeshifters

Coldplay released the new single “Midnight” this week and we all agreed that it was quite a departure from their trademark sound. This got me thinking about some of my favourite musical shapeshifters, i.e. bands who sound totally different now from when they started out. Take a listen.
 

Wilco

A band that started out as an alt-country outfit and have evolved into something much more experimental. I think many of their fans (myself included) have loved to watch this metamorphosis unfold.

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Cut Copy

These Aussies have always been leaning more or less towards the dancier end of music but they have gone full out 90’s disco on their latest release. Earlier material sees them in a much more post-punk/new wave phase.

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Lilys

This is one of my favourite bands of all time and they happen to be one of the best at sliding seamlessly through genres. Early albums were in the My Bloody Valentine shoegaze vein. They went through a Monkees-like 60’s pop phase and ended up doing funky indie stoner jams. Every album is completely different and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Caribou

Dan Snaith is not only the hardest working guy I know in music, he also challenges himself and listeners with each new release. From his early electronic instrumentals (under the name Manitoba) to his The Zombies phase, each record has been interesting and has dabbled in several genres. I’m very excited to see what the new record will sound like.

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