I caught Tinariwen perform a joint gig with Tunng at Koko. It reinforced the power of the niche – songs that fit like a gloves on a cold day. Also there isn’t a single spare, stray note – everything has gravitas. Now people are more likely than before to want quality music that is considered, cutting, purposeful. Not lumps of noise.
That’s really hard. Simple but boring is easy; simple but right is hard to pin down. Getting guitarists to stop twiddling is another. No egos checked, no feelings offended, everything just comes out as one bright but blunt looking plasticine.