On occasion, I run into artists that take me to places of almost pure feeling. It can be feelings of joy, peace or of guilt and angst. This band takes me from joyful peace to angst and back to joy in nanoseconds. Don’t let me forget to make note of the beautiful harmonies….Heavenly, blissful harmonies.
Been listening to this band for a little over a month. Genius at work here on what lies under the tip of the iceberg of my consciousness. There’s a great number of spirits at play, dancing from other realms with ours where Car Seat Headrest echoes.
These are beautiful artists creating good medicine for the souls that share these times.
“For myself, I cannot live without my art. But I have never placed it above everything. If, on the other hand, I need it, it is because it cannot be separated from my fellow men, and it allows me to live, such as I am, on one level with them. It is a means of stirring the greatest number of people by offering them a privileged picture of common joys and sufferings. It obliges the artist not to keep himself apart; it subjects him to the most humble and the most universal truth. And often he who has chosen the fate of the artist because he felt himself to be different soon realizes that he can maintain neither his art nor his difference unless he admits that he is like the others. The artist forges himself to the others, midway between the beauty he cannot do without and the community he cannot tear himself away from. That is why true artists scorn nothing: they are obliged to understand rather than to judge. And if they have to take sides in this world, they can perhaps side only with that society in which, according to Nietzsche’s great words, not the judge but the creator will rule, whether he be a worker or an intellectual.”- Camus
Here is another band from The Island. I have been keeping tabs on Factory Floor, formed in 2005, for close to a year now. Electronica is not a genre that I have any level of deep listening experience to bank on when listening for bands that sound interesting to me. I just looked up my first share from this genre, Mystery Skulls, and while they haven’t taken over the world, they have enjoyed some moderate success since 2013. I like the name of this band and their music motivates my body to contort a little. It’s good shit.
The Science Museum in England announced today that Factory Floor will be performing a live score to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (announcement) . Metropolis is one of the most interesting films that I have ever watched. What a wonderful opportunity for the band this is. I recommend watching Metropolis being scored with Pink Floyd. This is the version that I watched and the film shows anti-Semitism being in full force in Germany by the late 1920’s. It isn’t that difficult to figure out how this came about when your philosophy is dominated by matter. It took a few centuries for it to build up, but when one considers that the churches would not permit Christians to loan money what would happen for the folks that were not under that dogma. They flourished materially and with that flourishing came much power and influence. Much is the same today. There were some wise men roaming the Middle East deserts over 2000 years ago. Although, I do wonder how much they considered of the dangers of jealousy and envy. Maybe they weren’t wise at all and were under the natural influence of desires for survival and for their offspring to flourish. Who knows, but much hasn’t seemed to change when it comes to power and influence. It craves money and money it gets.
I do hope that the band is able to produce and distribute this performance. I think it would be worth the effort if possible.
“I regard anti-Semitism as ineradicable and as one element of the toxin with which religion has infected us. Perhaps partly for this reason, I have never been able to see Zionism as a cure for it. American and British and French Jews have told me with perfect sincerity that they are always prepared for the day when ‘it happens again’ and the Jew-baiters take over. (And I don’t pretend not to know what they are talking about: I have actually seen the rabid phenomenon at work in modern and sunny Argentina and am unable to forget it.) So then, they seem to think, they will take refuge in the Law of Return, and in Haifa, or for all I know in Hebron. Never mind for now that if all of world Jewry did settle in Palestine, this would actually necessitate further Israeli expansion, expulsion, and colonization, and that their departure under these apocalyptic conditions would leave the new brownshirts and blackshirts in possession of the French and British and American nuclear arsenals. This is ghetto thinking, hardly even fractionally updated to take into account what has changed. The important but delayed realization will have to come: Israeli Jews are a part of the diaspora, not a group that has escaped from it. Why else does Israel daily beseech the often-flourishing Jews of other lands, urging them to help the most endangered Jews of all: the ones who rule Palestine by force of arms? Why else, having supposedly escaped from the need to rely on Gentile goodwill, has Israel come to depend more and more upon it? On this reckoning, Zionism must constitute one of the greatest potential non sequiturs in human history.”
― Christopher Hitchens