"To be modern, I said, is to experience personal and social life as a maelstrom, to find one's world and oneself in perpetual disintegration and renewal, trouble and anguish, ambiguity and contradiction: to be part of a universe in which all that is solid melts into air.To be a modernist is to make oneself somehow at home in the maelstrom, to make its rhythms one’s own, to move within its currents in search of the forms of reality, of beauty, of freedom, of justice, that its fervid and perilous flow allows." MB
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"We've let technology develop miraculously but we haven't bothered to change ourselves. If we change physically, then our way of perceiving things changes and we need to change the way we perceive everything. That's our dream, but for some people, it would be a nightmare. It's about whether people are sentimental about the human body or not. People are surprisingly resistant to change." Genesis P. Orrige
Indepth analysis of albums that are groundbreaking influential,weird and misunderstood bi monthly review By Filipe Melo
Featured album: Scott 4 by Scott Walker
A Case for MOR (Middle of the Road)
The adjectives experimential, DIY, indie, noise are used to describe music which challenge the traditional universals of what a song, and more generally, what music should be. Even within the hallowed tower of "indie" there has always been an internal coup demanding that whatever recognition a tangent of the genre be furthered to the point of complete metamorphosis. Blocks of sound in place of melody, unconventional instrumentation, homemade production and an achingly nihilistic sincerity are all indicative of a recent trend within the Los Angeles music scene which at once is refreshing and disconcerting. Despite the exciting atmosphere surrounding the possible discovery of some sacred language hidden within the depths of the MPC, there is something to be said of using the language of convention to expound on the more confounding puzzle of postmodern/existential ennui. Enter into this situation the Ohioan Righteous Brothers reject come reclusive genius Noel Scott Engel, or as his is known Scott Walker. His fourth solo album Scott 4 is arguably the most profoundly elegant statement of humankind's struggle against its own insouciant futility. The forays it makes into such generalized ideas like war, love, and intimate minutae are mostly tawdry but beautifully signify that in some cases that convention is the most comfortable springboard to creativity.
Scott 4 was the last in a series of poorly received but pretentiously acclaimed solo albums by an American expat in England who at one time was more popular than the Beatles. Its...to be continued.