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So, Pink Floyd is by far the greatest band I have ever heard in the English language. To put it in the simplest terms as to why they are my most beloved group: Pink Floyd is me. By that I mean the musical sounds that derive from the master works of the Floyd is the closest any piece of music performed by any group or individual has ever come to describing what is going on in my brain. The lyrics, the musical progressions, the incredible solos authored by David Gilmour--that is who I am in my most musical form.

Recently, I have acquired the remaining of Pink Floyd's studio albums (minus Ummagumma and some Early Years Singles). It has dawned on me that there won't be any new Floyd to listen to once I've burned through multiple repeat listens of all fifteen albums. The amazing sonic sounds of this legendary English rock band will be all I have to turn to for such a musical experience...

...so I attempted to search for a band that has a close/similar sound to the Floyd. And--by golly! There seems to no such group in existence! I have lightly scoured forums that share a similar fandom, but no recommendations have turned up a group that is close enough to the Pink Floyd sound for my liking.

On the one hand, this is amazing! It means Pink Floyd is just so timeless and standout from everything else that any group that has ever tried to imitate their style have failed to capture the Floydian sound. That's incredible in of itself. On the other hand... I can't get my fix for some new Pink Floyd music! Why is it that plenty of bands can sound like The Beatles or Modest Mouse but none seem to replicate the musical repertoire that can double for my own personal being in melodic/harmonic form?

So, I turn to you, Gametalk. Does anyone have any recommendations for a band that most sounds like Pink Floyd, almost as if it were a group with an EVOLVED Pink Floyd sound? Any recommendations are appreciated! I do have much of David, Roger's, and even Rick's solo albums in my possession, so scrap mentioning those. I also read groups like The Machine (who started out as a Pink Floyd tribute band) and Tame Impala (a band I am going to post about later) are similar, but they aren't even close to the Pink Floyd sound I crave so deeply.

Thank you, all!


P.S. I am mostly interested in the Pink Floyd sounds of Meddle onward, in terms of albums. Their early stuff sounds unfocused and too much like The Beatles of the time. Just my opinion, but any album from Meddle and onward would be the sound I seek most of all.

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tame impala was the first thing that i was going to recommend.

animal collective, goat, and the mars volta are not close to being pink floyd, but they both do share some similar elements such as "strange" or "atmospheric" movements, instrumental solos, and non-typical song structures. animal collective and goat are more vocal-focused, and feel almost tribal. the mars volta is more hard rock. i can recommend specific songs if you'd like.

i don't know if there's going to be anything that's exactly what you're looking for. i'll keep digging to see if i find any other near-matches.

Posted January 30th by EN
EN

Tame Impala's lyrics are not quite as..."deep" as the Floyd ("The Less I Know the Better" comes to mind). The sound is good, but closer to The Beatles than Pink Floyd.

Yes, recommend me some songs.

Posted January 30th by Laxan
Laxan
 

Life is the best song in the animals album by Pink Floyd imo. Great guitar solos, great synths. Was the last song that’s I heard on the radio four years ago before going stone deaf.

Posted January 30th by Weid man
Weid man
 

not a big fan of pink floyd or the band i'm about to suggest, but try porcupine tree

Posted January 30th by poptart!
poptart!
 

I meant to say PIGS, NOT LIFE. Fucking autocorrect error on iPhone.

Posted January 30th by Weid man
Weid man
 

I've seen Porcupine Tree cited as PF-esque as well.

Posted January 30th by nullfather
nullfather

Well, Porcupine Tree's "Anesthetize" sounded close in the opening! But it got a bit heavy after a while, more like Tool.

I read a comment that the lyrics aren't on the level of Pink Floyd OR Yes, and Yes is another band I've had reccomended. I've listened to Yes...but I don't know if it's enough like the Floyd. Although, the front man for Yes did a cover of "Breathe" from The Dark Side of the Moon...

The length of Porcupine Tree's song is right, but I'm not sure about the lyrics or that Tool-esque heaviness in there. Hmmm....

Edited January 30th by Laxan
Laxan
 

I know Pink Floyd is clumped in as "progressive rock", but there IS a distinct sound to them.

I've seen other prog bands like Genesis and Rush that compare in people's minds. I guess I'll just have to listen to each one and see...

Any specific songs you guys can share from recommended bands in your minds compared to Pink Floyd?

Posted January 30th by Laxan
Laxan
 



Posted January 30th by poptart!
poptart!
 

"I read a comment that the lyrics aren't on the level of Pink Floyd"

i will say that the one thing pink floyd has going for them is that their lyrics are fucking wonderful, so you're probably not going to find much on that level

Posted January 30th by poptart!
poptart!
 

Yeah, Tame Impala's "The Less I Know The Better" has a great sound, but the lyrics are simplistic in comparison to:

Long you live, high you fly

The smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry

All you touch and all you see

Is all your life will ever be


Yeah, Pink Floyd dominates with lyrics. BUT I know other bands also have amazing lyrics! I'm just looking for a close combination.

Posted January 30th by Laxan
Laxan
 

I've seen other prog bands like Genesis and Rush that compare in people's minds. I guess I'll just have to listen to each one and see...

Personally, I don't see Rush (or Yes, for that matter) as being all that similar to Pink Floyd. They're both prog, but Rush has its own distinct style much like Floyd does. Genesis is probably closer (particularly the Peter Gabriel era), though I'm not as familiar with their catalogue.

It's hard to come up with a band that's both good and effectively the same as another band--most artists (at least within this genre) are popular because their sound is unique. Kansas has some good lyrics, but it's often closer to mainstream rock than prog. King Crimson is great, but they might get a little too hard for your liking. I'm partial to the Moody Blues and think they aim for a similarly atmospheric style, but they have a lot more of an orchestral feel than Floyd does.

Posted January 31st by white lancer
white lancer
 

Did you know that Mortal kombat’s blood code is abacabb on the Sega GENESIS is a tribute to the rock band’s most famous song and album. The song is endless but the synths are like psytrance music which is what makes it so special and makes it stand out from any other song.

Can somebody groove to the solo yyz by rush? I miss being able to listen to music so somebody needs to act this out for me. Rush is known for their drummer Neil Pearl who is arguably the best drummer in the world, and their guitarist is very good too; but the vocals are VERY BITCHY.

Edited February 2nd by Weid man
Weid man
 

@White Lancer:

Orchestral, you say? Hm, I'm intrigued!

Posted February 3rd by Laxan
Laxan
 

Yeah, they blended orchestral instruments with the traditional rock ones. Days of Future Passed is one of my all-time favorite albums and is the first of what Moody Blues fans refer to as the "Classic Seven" albums, and it's also probably the most Floyd-like? Their most popular song is "Nights In White Satin," but much like Floyd, their songs are better appreciated within the context of the full album.

It might be close to what you're looking for--like I said, it's not an exact match, but they have some similar characteristics/style to Floyd.

Posted February 5th by white lancer
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