Bucknell Music Culture: First Impressions
1. “Hoppipola” by Sigur Ros
A friend introduced me to this little gem during one of many music sharing sessions I’ve had with other students. Sigur Ros is a band from Iceland and their songs are written in a combination of Icelandic and a made-up language they call Volenska. “Hoppipola” is Icelandic for “Jumping into Puddles.”
2. “Shoegazer” by Pasteboard
Shoegaze is a style of music classified by heavy guitar effects and hazy vocals, dubbed “shoegaze” because musicians stereotypically look at their shoes while performing (probably because they use so many guitar pedals). WVBU has its very own show, Showgazed (Monday 8:00-9:00 pm), dedicated to the genre.
3. “Sunrise Requiem” by Apparitions of Myself
Justin Eyster is one of the many examples of musical talent at Bucknell. “Sunrise Requiem” is off his second album, Of Love & Loss, released in 2012. Justin is currently recording his third album, Reach You.
4. “She’s Losing It” by Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian performed their entire first album Tigermilk live at open mic nights before it was released. I was ecstatic when this song - one that I’ve been jamming to all summer - started playing over the speakers at the Craft Center.
5. “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
One of my favorite Bucknell moments thus far was when a majority of the Bingo Blingo attendees sang along to “Piano Man” as it played over the cafeteria loudspeakers. As with any type of interest, the many subdivisions of musical tastes each have their own niche at Bucknell, whether it takes the form of a common room jam session or a Weis Center performance; but students will still come together to sing an old classic at the caf.