The voicemail tape rewinds.
Iâ€™m harkened back to the sound of the early aughts where futuristic bloops bled from blog house and into the house synths of Kanye Westâ€™s Graduation; American Apparel outfitted futurist seeking youths with threads that wouldnâ€™t look out of place from an episode of The Jetsons. We had these looks that screamed futurism but we still carried phones in our pockets that played a mean game of Snake on a bitmapped 150x150px screen. What is it about the current state where our aesthetics harken a past but the technology moves beyond a bleeding point? We grasp for a time of yesteryear in order to take back control.
So that brings us to the present day, where we are in an exciting place in futurism and music. Future, the namesake himself, creates music that comes from the hurting pain of addiction and pain, sloshed in a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure in a dark world. Pusha Tâ€™s King Push project is doing the same, creating a firm combination of using sounds of the past while sounding darkly futuristic. Itâ€™s as if the futuristic thoughts that we imagined in the early aughts did not come true and we are coming together to shatter that expectation through darker, textured, flawed cultural production.
Itâ€™s likely that we will be recording police injustice using devices as thin as credit cards while our surroundings appear more decrepit. Itâ€™s likely that we will be sharing the latest inequality of our queer identified family through digital HUD eye implants. Perhaps the warm hiss of a tape recorder brings ease to our lost expectations of the future.
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Here's some interesting links I found this week:
I had someone touch my hair over the weekend so stores like this are forever relevant.
Rusty's new newsletter is one to watch.
I finally read On Pandering. Time well spent.
Identity in the context of Spotify streaming.
The "Nerds" issue of Bitch is so dope.
Thanks for reading, and see you next week.
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