Are there any artists whom you enjoy listening to, whose sound has changed considerably throughout their career? Feel free to share, as well as to describe how their musical style has changed over time.
One band that comes to mind from my listening is the heavy rock band Elder:
I think that perhaps one of the reasons that I like Elder so much is that they have recorded albums in a relatively wide range of musical styles; and I nearly always enjoy their releases, despite each one sounding different from the last one.
The crushing stoner/doom metal sound of their eponymous debut album (released in 2008) was built upon further on 2010’s Dead Roots Stirring, which included more uplifting melodies and psychedelic elements amidst the fuzzy riffs, and became a classic album in the stoner rock community.
With the release of Lore (2015), the band explored more progressive-, post-, and space rock influences. And on 2017’s Reflections of a Floating World, the band blended elements of psychedelic- and progressive rock in their music, including keyboard as well as a second guitarist, which added new textures to the band’s sound.
On their experimental 2019 EP, The Gold and Silver Sessions, Elder’s music took to a more relaxed, hypnotic psychedelic/krautrock style. And on their most recent release, Omens, Elder’s music is perhaps most influenced by progressive rock, with their complex interwoven melodies incorporating keyboards more so than on previous releases.
I’m excited to hear what the next release by Elder will sound like; and I think it’s safe, based on how much their sound has “evolved” over time, to expect the unexpected!