1. Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) My favourite crying voice is Xiu Xiu. If you don’t feel bad when you hear him scream “Ian Curtis... OH MY GOD, I CAN'T BELIEVE I SAID IT... Wishlist”, you have no heart.
2. Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls)
His voice is more stylised, but something sad definitely pops up in your head.
3. Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) Phantasmagoric falsetto + sad music = tears. And when the voice breaks, the effect is instant.
4. Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade)
Spencer has sadness to share, whether it be with Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake, Fifths of Seven or Moonface. 5. Miguel Ángel Blanca (Manos De Topo) This man wins hands down. He took the definition of “voice to cry for” and injected it with steroids.
6. Tim Kinsella (Joan Of Arc) As a good pioneer of emo, the crying voice was essential.
7. Freddy Ruppert (Former Ghosts) Many people know him from Former Ghosts, but with This Song Is A Mess But So Am I he really went all out with the heartbreaking singing (the name should give you some indication).
8. Gareth Campesinos! (Los Campesinos!) Three Los Campesinos! records and the voice has been “cryified” at breakneck speed.
9. Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) This guy has it down perfectly. Playing rock with Desaparecidos and folk with Bright Eyes and Monsters of Folk, there are always tears involved.
10. Tim Kasher (Cursive) Stop crying, Tim. Life’s not that bad.
There’s one thing that turns Venezuelan Algodón Egipcio more than a small bedroom studio to create electronic pop marvels: voices that are about to break, transmitting an infinite sadness. Here’s his list.
PG Podcast 030: Algodón Egipcio