While learning more about music theory, I started diving off into the world of musical modes and Locrian mode stood out like a sore thumb with a flat 5th. This was intriguing so I am trying to find modern songs that use Locrian mode.
The problem is that all of the songs I have found seem to be either in Phrygian (natural 5th) and are using a flat 5th to accent the song in some way, or are quite deceptively accenting Locrian with a natural 5th from Phrygian which gives a more natural tone.
I did find a YouTube video discussing this topic during my Google searches which was quite entertaining, but only lead to more deception. It covered three songs in particular:
- Army of Me - Bjork
- The bass line is in C Locrian, but the vocals accent this by avoiding the flat 5th and sticking to C Phrygian.
- Juice Box - The Stokes
- The base line is in Locrian but is accented by a natural 5th in the guitar piece.
- Master of Puppets - Metallica
- The first bar of the intro is in A Locrian, but the rest of the song is in E Phrygian.
I've also found another example called Dust to Dust by John Kirkpatrick but I can't seem to find an audio copy that I can listen to.
Are there any modern songs (1950's and up) that use true Locrian from start to finish?
- By true Locrian I mean that they do not accent it in any way.