||Blackgaze into the abyss.|
||The abyss has been watching you for eons already.|
||Over time it has developed complicated beliefs about infrastructure.|
||But, I guess, they're no more implausible than our own.|
||"A Million Miles Away"
||HERE, I MADE THIS FOR YOU (Beach Slang Mixtape Volume I)
||Things are only ever really simple in retrospect.|
||Wolf Parade - EP 4
||Which is how nostalgia can be the third most basic creative energy.|
||The second is the inspirational tumult of chaos.|
||"Fire and Ocean"
||The first is fragility.|
||"The Outcast Hall of Fame"
||The Outcast Hall of Fame
||We have a range of coping mechanisms for fragility. Effusive denial is obviously a good one.|
||Trick or Treat
||Another good one is starting an Italian Helloween tribute band and then forgetting to be terrible.|
||The Heathen Dawn
||I'm pretty sure France has more metal bands with "wolf" in their names than they do actual wolves.|
||And if we now have more chvrches than churches, let the buildings stand as reminders that drama used to be the domain of superstition and control.|
||Our crowns of thorns are now all fiber-optic, glimmering more fiercely the more wistfully we sway.|
||On a ball of unsteady rock always merciless half-scorched, we chase after quiet liminal hours.|
||And then rend them with noise.|
||And thus transport ourselves blearily to nirvana.|
||We stand on impossible bridges and watch things we might have loved walk away.|
||Niki & The Dove
||"Lady Friend - Bonus Track"
||Like Douglas Fairbanks, waving his wedding ring.|
||The Temper Trap
||And it makes us stronger, or at least it makes us sound stronger from outside.|
||"Il vuoto di questo tempo"
||Noi siamo la scelta
||And this method of encasing our emptiness is what we refer to as culture.|
||And to get from culture to fashion, all you have to do is lose track of the implausibility of being alive.|
||Which metal never does.|
||There is no such thing as a desperate nihilism-courting/defying hat.|
||There is always a slanted power-dynamic between architecture and dance.|
||"Coming in Hot"
||You can build up some unwise speed sliding down it.|
||"The Right Way"
||Enough momentum, sometimes, that you notice you're still moving 30 years later.|
||Why don't we have an Amerivision Song Contest? We totally should.|
||Las Ganas +1
||And if Australia can compete in Europe, we can surely pretend Spain was reverse-colonized by Mexico.|
||"Dead Girl Walking"
||Or maybe ours shouldn't be geographic, it should be emotional. We can have Eurovision for the sentimental, and Indivision for the conflicted.|
||"Nattpojken & Dagflickan"
||Då Som Nu För Alltid
||A stadium spectacular for the muted and anthem-resistant.|
||Love songs for adaptive borderlands, rather than abstracted expo pavillions.|
||"Leap Of Love"
||We can fill floodlight stages with songs designed for walking home through darkness afterwards.|
||Songs for watching our enemies approaching, for admiring the way they walk.|
||XXX Rottweiler hundar
||"Í næsta lífi"
||Songs for pointing out that we predicted this.|
||We can score them on how many things they are post-, and from how insular contexts they have emerged.|
||Or on how we would feel if these were the last few minutes before the end.|
||Our American Eurovision, of course, is really Country music. This is the music of our national caricature.|
||Metsutan - Songs of the Void
||Which is why we have to have a separate contest, because the music of Finland's national caricature would put a smart-axe through the windshield of our rusty pickup-truck.|
||"Shackles of Hope"
||Destroying the Barriers
||You don't want to bring a coy bro-country smirk to a weaponized cyber-metal fight.|
||Tiny Moving Parts
||But I guess, in a way, South by Southwest is our anti-Eurovision already. Instead of one song for each whole country, competing to depict a collective future in barely-edible icing, we assemble 3 bands per audience member and vie to see who can concede most poetically to futility.|
||We try to find even more layers of costuming to remove.|
||"Dare Me to Dwell"
||Or even more haunting ways to dress up as the selves we secretly fear.|
||The Gospel Youth
||We try to sing songs not of shining catwalks into the heavens, but of the exact tired footprints that brought us exactly only this far.|
||Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties
||"67, Cherry Red"
||We trace inexplicable hopeful messages in the blood that emptied itself out of our hearts.|
||"I Am a Nightmare"
||And we gather it up and begin again.|
||"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
||Wouldn't It Be Nice / God Only Knows
||Because maybe that's actually the best way.|
||Against The Current
||"Running With The Wild Things"
||In Our Bones
||Maybe that's how we are most heroic.|
||Dawn Of Ashes
||"Tribe of Chemosh"
||What is art if not the conviction that there can be better blood than what we started with?|
||Dogma - EP
||A reductive contest relies on redefining your opponents' goals in such a way that they become a subset of your achievements. An expansive contest consists of redefining your own goals so that you are unopposed.|
||"Heaven (Is A Grocery Clerk)"
||"Everybody gets a trophy", somebody will mutter, but the whole point is that everybody has their own trophies already.|
||You're standing outside a broken phone booth with a smart-phone in your hand that recapitulates the entirely of human history.|
||We are not besieged by monsters, we are reinforced.|
||We are not diminised by pain and sadness, we are buoyed by realization.|
||These marks on us are maps to the center.|
||Synthesizers matter because they are valves to release the symphonies inside us.|
||"Take it All"
||Minimalism matters because it suggests the removal of symphonic exoskeletons.|
||Or at least new technology for printing circuitry directly on skin.|
||British Road Movies
||And seeing where you end up when you just start walking.|
||If Eurovision glosses over real distinctions, our Indivision will celebrate boundaries for their chalk-line transience.|
||Our contest will be a carnival cacophony of "Here, can you dance to this?"|
||Tegan and Sara
||Our flag anthems will be songs of "I don't want that, but I still love you even more."|
||We will have street-punk even where our streets are properly socialized.|
||"Take Another Turn"
||You haven't been properly lost until you've been lost in Texas.|
||"First Girl from Wales in New York"
||But we all think we come from somewhere unique, and are somehow the only people here from there.|
||Heavy Over The Home
||And we're half right.|
||Right up until the moment when we embrace being from nowhere.|
||Ghosts of Pandora
||Which is the first step towards being nowhere.|
||Lonely The Brave
||"Wait in the Car"
||Things Will Matter
||Which is the next step towards not being contained where you are.|