Ok. My tastes – as noted elsewhere – are varied. I spent most of this last weekend listening to Eric Raymond’s “Intricate Fire” Pandora list. It’s self described as “I’m a long-time jazz fusion fan who has more recently gravitated to virtuoso guitarists and a harder, more metal-edged sound.” and is rooted in bands like Liquid Tension Experiment, with odds and ends of Satriani and harder metal popping in. This also explains why my collection, even before Spotify and similar streaming services were readily available, included bands like the Cruxshadows that are kinda-sorta darkwave but incorporate violins, and Voltaire, who can be best described as “acoustic goth-punk” (though he has done country).
So on an unrelated note, I’m utterly amazed, but unsurprised to discover the following. Check out the video. Yes, those are bagpipes. and a harp, and a lute, a… nevermind.
Call of the Mountains, by Eluveitie.