A deep dive into Blake’s latest single and its accompanying music video

Image from James Blake’s “Say What You Will” Video

In the final scene of the music video for James Blake’s latest single, “Say What You Will,” the camera slowly moves away from a sign in front of a concert hall that screams to the world: TOMORROW / FINNEAS / SOLD OUT in humungous letters above significantly smaller letters that feebly read: TONIGHT/ JAMES BLAKE / LOADS OF TIX LEFT. The scene is a perfect representation of the essence of both the song and its accompanying video in that it’s equal parts hilarious and devastatingly sad. …

If there’s one album you should check out from this year, this is it — even if, like me, you don’t understand a word of it

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There’s something funny about falling in love with an album that doesn’t contain a single lyric you understand. After all, shouldn’t a prerequisite for inspiration be a basic grasp of what who you are inspired by is actually saying to you? You would think so, but somehow To See the Next Part of the Dream by Parannoul communicates more to me than anything I’ve heard in a long time even though I don’t speak a word of Korean.

I guess the best way to categorize this project would be to call it shoegaze with its deafening flavour of rock that…

Using the German philosopher’s theory of tragedy to address one of the most complex and pressing issues today

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It probably goes without saying by now that one of the defining features of the world today is its polarization: we’ve got liberals and conservatives endlessly throwing virtual jabs at each other on social media, atheists blaming religious faith for the problems of the world, religious fundamentalists blaming atheism for the same thing and so on. In fact, you could probably take any belief you are certain is true about the world and find someone within a matter of seconds who is just as confident that that belief is completely false.

In terms of trying to get a handle on…

Taking you from the artist’s more mellow, low-key tracks to the heavier joints to help you acclimatize to a strange but wonderful world of music

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On an unassuming November day in 2017, the world abruptly suffered the loss of a creative giant whose angsty brilliance was comparable to no one before him save a scrawny, blue-eyed poet named Kurt Cobain.

It’s an ambitious comparison, I know, but not an inaccurate one: with the ease it took him to blend together the most seemingly incompatible genres, with his commitment to express his pain without even a hint of inauthenticity and with his undeniable charisma as an icon for those on the fringe who never felt like they belonged, there is no doubt in my mind that…

What songs have gotten you through the past year?

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Now that we’ve had about a year of adapting to a weird, semi-hermitical lifestyle built around a global pandemic under our belts, you probably have a pretty good sense of what has kept you *relatively* sane so far.

And while I’m not sure how many of us are coming out the other side any wiser than we were before, there is at least something to be said for how insights that have always been taken for granted now seem to pop in radical new ways — you know, cliches like friendship is priceless or always make sure you are setting…

25 years after the monumental book’s release, I reflect on what makes its protagonist so polarizing and yet so universal at the same time

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Chris McCandless was a young explorer who died in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992 and whose life and death happens to be documented in one of the most monumental books of the past 30 years: Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild.

Now if we temporarily set aside the cultural impact that we now know Into the Wild has had, it might seem surprising that a story like this would gain so much traction. After all, as sad as Chris’s fate may have been, how many other thousands of cases have there been of young travellers falling victim to the unforgiving depths…

My experience struggling with the possibility that what I love to do is purposeless…. but maybe that’s okay

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“Oh… What do you hope to do with that?”

As any philosophy student knows, there is no question more soul-crushing than that one.

Maybe it was a concerned friend wondering how you were going to make any money when you were out of school or someone you met at a party who was not-so-subtly judging you for taking an interest in something so impractical. But whatever the context is, the question always rears its ugly head at some point. And as someone who has experienced it many times firsthand, let me tell you that man, it hurts. …

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When a drunken man falls from a cart, he may be hurt but he will not be killed. His bones and joints are no different from those of other men, but the degree of harm done by the fall differs radically, for the spiritual in him forms one intact whole. Having been unaware that he was riding, he is now unaware that he is falling.

For every inspirational speech I’ve heard, every pithy Instagram caption I’ve stumbled upon and every grandiose solution to the meaning of life I’ve come across, nothing quite hits me like the quote above.

For one…

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After seeing Rolling Stone’s newly released list for the 500 best albums of all time, I found myself yelling at them from my computer screen for a while for not including some of my favourite projects in it. Thinking that my energy could be better spent somewhere else, I figured that it might be a good idea to create a list of my own.

Now I should make something clear from the get go: I am in no way some music criticism savant who just knows every album ever made and can make some authoritative list about which ones are…

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The Miserable Genius Hypothesis

Whenever I come across a brilliant thinker, it’s hard not to feel a little insecure.

I mean, just imagine being able to write with the same kind of dark prose of a Kafka or having even just a speck of the creativity of a van Gogh. All the while, the rest of us have to make do here on planet earth.

But usually before I drown in my own self-pity, a somewhat counter-intuitive fact jumps out at me: that the greatest minds in history have often not been able to enjoy their achievements because they otherwise had miserable lives.


Dylan Skurka

Just someone who likes writing about the philosophy of music and the music of philosophy.

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