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Pop embraces a dirty new sound
Khhhhk. Zzsst. Shrmm. Hear that? They’re sounds that never used to be heard in pop music, at least not intentionally: the crunch of digital distortion, of speaker cones fluttering helplessly under seismic bass assaults and drums turned up so high they sound like tearing cardboard. And now that guttural, grinding sound is crawling up the charts.