Off the Wall and Out of This World


Gorgol Bordello brought the unique blend of Romani music and punk rock known as Gypsy Punk to a wider audience.

My search for new music is never-ending. Combine this mission with my eclectic music taste, and I end up down some really strange rabbit holes.

I’ll tell you all a little secret though: some of the best music is hiding down there, waiting to be discovered.

Maybe it’s because we live in an age where everything needs a specific title, but some crazy subgenres exist out in the music world. Below are a few such subgenres that you probably have never heard of, but don’t let their intimidating names scare you away. There’s some great music that fits into each category.

Pastel goth

Goth has always been associated with lots of black, leather and dark fringe hairstyles. However, the subculture of goth is extremely diverse. It includes everything from faerie goth to Victorian goth and all that’s imaginable in between, including pastel goth.

The easiest way to describe the aesthetic of this genre is “goth lite.” As the name might suggest, lots of pastels (including the trendy hairstyles) are in, with a mode of dress that is much more pop mainstream than goth, but anchored with cutsie gothic accessories.

What kind of music falls into the category of pastel goth? You may be surprised to find some hit mainstream artists make the list (Alessia Cara, Ryn Weaver, Lorde, Halsey). This subgenre is particularly unique because most of the bands that fall into this category are not purposely writing in the genre. They all have commonalities that run through and connect them.

First, they are songs about outsiders for outsiders. Secondly, they have a definitive pop sound. Halsey’s appearance and songs are as close to pastel goth as one can get without officially belonging to the subculture.

Those who like pop instrumentation and mainstream style, but connect with the feelings of being out of place or pushed around, are perfect candidates for this genre.  

Bands: Andy Black (Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides), The Chemical Brothers, Marina and the Diamonds, Melanie Martinez   

Gypsy punk

Intriguing name, right? Gypsy punk first began to draw a sizable audience with the Romani punk band Gogol Bordello in the late 1990s.

A subgenre of punk rock, gypsy punk blends traditional Romani music with use of such instruments as saxophone, fiddle and accordion, with punk phrasing.

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