I'm looking for obscure music. If anyone knows about an underground artist, or genre, I would be pleased to have your help. I'll take anything from any year or century, as long as it is complex or weird (creative).
You may be looking for "outsider music". Daniel Johnston, who passed away earlier this week, was perhaps the most famous modern "outsider artist."
Outsider music (from "outsider art") is music created by self-taught or naïve musicians. The term is usually applied to musicians outside the music establishment or who exhibit childlike qualities, and especially those who suffer from intellectual disabilities or mental illnesses. The term was popularized in the 1990s by journalist and WFMU DJ Irwin Chusid.
It can also refer to music that is deliberately outside the mainstream:
- Party - Daniel Johnston
- Fire Extinguisher - Howell Dawdy
- Unremarkable - Marvin the Robot
- The Most Unwanted Song - Komar & Melamid
- Cindy Electronium - Raymond Scott
You might also enjoy anti-folk:
Anti-folk (sometimes antifolk or unfolk) is a music genre that arose in the 1980s in reaction to the insularity of the remnants of the 1960s folk music scene. The music tends to sound raw or experimental with the intention to shock and protest. It generally mocks perceived seriousness and pretension in the established mainstream music scene. Artists of the anti-folk genre seem to observe the "rules" of music, but then deliberately break them
Another deliberately boundary-pushing genre is experimental jazz:
On the classical side, you might enjoy the work of the experimental modernist composers:
- Knee Play 5 - Philip Glass
Or maybe some surprising funky baroque music:
- Chamber Sonatas - Buxtehude
I often personally find some of the most interesting music to be songs from outside of the Euro-American pop tradition.
For whatever reason, Brazilian musicians seem to be particularly creative and innovative...
- Fingers - Airto
...particularly the ones associated with the Tropicalia movement.
- Panis et Circensus - Os Mutantes
- Elaeu - Tom Ze
- Meiu Lua Inteira - Caetano Veloso
- Domingo No Parque - Gilberto Gil
Plunderphonics is a new style that creates deliberately surreal sound collages from found sounds:
- Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches
Of course, there are some well-known artists who have become famous because of their own idiosyncratic or eccentric visions:
- Mouth's Cradle - Bjork
- Clap Hands - Tom Waits (Tom's music gets much much weirder than this, but this is one of my personal favorites)
- Camarillo Brillo - Frank Zappa
- Frownland - Captain Beefheart
- Water Fountain - tUnEyArDs
- Time Has Come - Chambers Brothers
- If You Must - Del the Funkee Homosapien
- Senses Working Overtime - XTC
- The Whole World - Outkast
- Superfast Jellyfish - Gorillaz
- Once in a Lifetime - David Byrne
And even thoroughly mainstream artists sometimes get a little crazy:
- Zilch - Monkees
Genre for weird, obscure or underground music
I'm looking for obscure music. [...]
I don't think it's weird, but I don't know what you would think (what's to be weird in 2019 by the way?).
You might enjoy crust punk. Here's an example works by the defunct band ICTUS. It's dark. Is it obscure too?
What's obscure music?
Cybergoth is one strange sub-culture that involves music.
Psychedelic trance should be noted, but you can dispute adding this subculture, as it has somewhat entered the mainstream.
[Warning: Noisy, disorienting, and harsh sound in the YouTube link directly above.]
If you choose to interact with these sub-cultures directly, take the usual pre-cautions. Some of these sub-cultures just have eccentric but harmless folks, while others have varying levels of very real danger.