07:28:59 PM Jan 6th 2012
So what do we do with the "wispy, perishing voice" that *is* emotional?
05:28:55 PM Dec 17th 2010
Does Peter Hammill from Van Der Graaf Generator qualify?
05:59:49 AM May 14th 2010
This seems to be two separate phenomena mashed together. On the one hand, you've got your whispy vocals a la My Bloody Valentine. On the other hand, you've got vocalists with plenty of volume who sing in a disaffected monotone a la CAKE. While I'm sure there are some singers who do both, I still think these are separate things that only sometimes overlap.
08:06:36 PM May 14th 2010
Happy to have it sub-troped if there's a case for it, but I'd still maintain there's a common thread here.
03:37:13 PM May 15th 2010
Specifically, both share 1) a lack of energy in the vocal projection, regardless of volume or whispiness 2) a curiously flattened emotional tone (cf. the Dissonant Serenity MBV exhibit on just about everything - sex, death, messed-up relationships, identity problems... and that's speaking as a long-time fan). This isn't claiming they all sound the same - as per the trope description, this way of singing takes a number of forms.