Need More Accordion – Turbo Folk in America, Rd. III
Regular readers will at this point be familiar with our (still possibly tongue-in-cheek) assertion that turbo folk is coming to America. So we note here with glee Hallie Golden’s article at The Atlantic entitled, “Accordions: So Hot Right Now”. If the turbo folk revolution is going to get off the ground in any meaningful way, we’re going to need more accordion.
While the accordion is, as Petosa says, “one of the only instruments that’s basically found in every style of music throughout the world,” it’s largely associated with European and American folk music. Which, of course, is cool again, as seen in the popularity of acts like Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men.
In this environment, American turbo folk is almost inevitable; a retro-inspired wave of interest in folk music is cresting just as EDM has started to run out of ideas. Avicii was the first to pull from the former as a solution to the latter, but if he hadn’t, you have to imagine it was only a matter of time before somebody else did.*
More generally, pop music in the United States is painfully deficient in the “dance accordion” genre. Notable exceptions in recent years have been “Stereo Love” and “Danza Kuduro“, but of course both of those are imports from Romania and France, respectively. Hopefully the accordion’s increasing popularity means this is all about to change.
*Yes, Avicii is not American, so perhaps it is more accurate to speak of turbo folk coming to Western pop music rather than America specifically