The wages of art is misery, for the muse lingers all hours at the bank of our sufferings waterways.
Algiers is a group that communicates an organically grown sound and message. There’s a thread in their sound that takes me back more than a few years. An older co-worker had passed on and his funeral service was held in an old south of the tracks Baptist church. The music at the service was extremely powerful and the energy brought forth was ancient natured. How cavernous would our Sunday temples be without music? If there be a God than His inhale is our sufferings and His exhale is music.
It’s about time that a band like this came along. Been listening to them for over six months and still feeling the pain and anger arise as I did the first listen. Listening to this band from Atlanta, Georgia draws similar feelings that Rage Against The Machine always brings forth. It points to the evidence of how stupid a creature we collectively are. Which I am complicit with stupidity as the next one, but the first step to understanding is realization. And without realization and understanding stupidity and it’s intoxicating effects on our perspective; there will be no growth into intellectualized beings collectively. Love in a form of freedom seems the answer, but what the hell do I know?
Links to the Algiers
“For, like almost everyone else in our country, I started out with my share of optimism. I believed in hard work and progress and action, but now, after first being ‘for’ society and then ‘against’ it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities. What a phrase – still it’s a good phrase and a good view of life, and a man shouldn’t accept any other; that much I’ve learned underground. Until some gang succeeds in putting the world in a strait jacket, its definition is possibility.”
― Ralph Ellison