Calvin LeCompte – ZAGAT Rated EP

Artist: Calvin LeCompte
Title: ZAGAT Rated EP
Keyword: pop
Reviewer: Honest Abe

The following review request (now turned review) was tagged with the genre ‘pop’. I’m a sucker for pop, but releases like this makes me question what pop is. I always presume that catchiness is a trademark of pop, but now I doubt that; pop might actually just mean pop as in popular. If something is catchy there is just a bigger chance it being more popular. But what is popular these days? And what is popular these days is probably not the same what was popular in another decade? Somehow this two short track release becomes a philosophical ordeal of what ‘pop’ is. What defines pop? Maybe it’s a good idea to pick up a Wikipedia page because you know how trustworthy that website is…

Pop is an onomatopoeic word for a small explosion

And what is music?

Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound and silence, which exist in time.

So pop music is an explosive art form and cultural activity in exploding sound and silence which exist in time. Melodic fireworks?

But when going for a specific search for pop + music the Wikipedia comes up with this (completely different) curious description:

Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the Western world during the 1950s and 1960s[not verified in body] as a softer alternative to rock and roll. The terms “popular music” and “pop music” are often used interchangeably, although the former describes all music that is pop
ular and includes many styles. “Pop” and “rock” were synonymous terms until the late 1960s, when they were increasingly used in opposition from each other.

So according to the trustworthy site Wikipedia pop music is a genre that is completely been confused from the very day the term was used. Pop and rock and rock was pop and now everything popular (doesn’t need to be rock) can be pop, although in the early days a softer version of rock was synonymous with pop; it pops my brain… pop plop pop rock pop up blop pop…

Coming back to these two ‘pop’ tracks that I supposedly should mumble about over here… I guess the Wikipedia gives it a yes to be named pop. They might not be in the charts (just yet!) but it’s clear that catchiness has nothing to do with it & it does come across as soft rock, which (now that we have been re-educated) is synonymous for pop from the early years on… in fact these two songs sound as if they had been there from the very beginning, that 1950 / 1960 vibe…

Maybe it’s me, but they might be done in a extra soft rock way just to make sure the ones in the know will not confuse it with rock, but will say its pop. Personally I didn’t think they are very memorable, but they did get nicely placed in the big memory-hole; the one that all the nice music goes and flows. Some singing and jangling on a acoustic guitar and all done at a very short time length. It should be easy to stick it somewhere on the playlist of a radio station, but for the time being I can place a link for you to click and hear these two pop songs with your own ears:

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One Response to Calvin LeCompte – ZAGAT Rated EP

  1. claudia moore ob says:

    Perhaps definitions of pop and music should be left roomy, say, like jazz. i hear a sound that captures me. The combination of the ‘soft’ sounds and uncomplicated guitar with a quileless – almost holding back – singer creates a unique sound replete with honesty and intelligent naivete.

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