Need to get the disclaimer out the way first…I’m not talking about artists at the level of Bowie, or even necessarily similar in sound. I started thinking about it after reading about Bowie comparisons made with Harry Styles. That in itself was insulting, but I wondered which modern artists do follow some of the ethos that Bowie stood for. It could be someone who makes truly unique, oddball music…someone who changes styles in an inventive way (as opposed to just "doing a “Kid A”)…someone who doesn’t stick to the usual album/tour cycle every 3 years. I’m hoping this makes sense…anyway here’s a below list. I’ll probably explain my choices in the ensuing thread if asked.
Kanye? Generally goes away and comes back with a new sound, and often a new style to go with it. Massively influential and popular but not afraid to go against the grain. Think he fits the bill pretty well
I love Nick Cave…but he doesn’t fit this entirely arbitrary category in my head. I feel like his body of work is more of a gothic exploration of the darker side of humanity…he’s been really inventive but I feel like he works in a narrower palate than Bowie.
I realise this argument is brought down by the fact that I’ve got the likes of Joanna Newsom and Swans in my list…but for me Cave is more an heir to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits or even Dylan than Bowie.