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"Ee-een-0ah; Thosa-roah lai bah-ah-flai-eyes..."[1]
Pearl Jam, "Even Flow"

"Eddie Vedder threw me for a loop when he came out, vocally; it sounded like he was singing backwards".

Nose Yodeling is a singing style popularized in The Nineties, in particular in Grunge and Post-Grunge bands, and has featured in a lot of indie music since. It dates back much further, however, having been popular with folk singers since at least the early twentieth century.

It is characterised by a nasal baritone drone, with many of the words being slurred or unenunciated, thus making singers who choose this style prone to becoming The Unintelligible and their audience prone to Mondegreens. This type of singing is controversial among music fans. It tends to add a rough edge to a song, which may or may not be desirable, depending on the genre.

And while it was commonly used in Grunge, it didn't become seen as a defining trope of the genre until many of the Post-Grunge bands that Flanderized it made this the main trait of the music by exaggerating this vocal style.

See also: Perishing Alt Rock Voice, which frequently overlaps with this trope. Both can be seen as vocal equivalents of Three Chords and the Truth.


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  1. :"Evenflow, thoughts arrive like butterflies"
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