||"The Rising (TORCH SONGS)"
||It's such a simple trick, starting a song with a kick-drum heartbeat and hushed whispers and then slowly erupting into a roar at the same speed. Magically, your midtempo song is an anthem.|
||Quiet, loud. One voice, then a chorus.|
||A Pregnant Light
||I'll Kill You
||I don't mean to imply that it's easy to wait :24 before letting the drums in. When you know the catharses the song is going to reach, you may want to reach them right away.|
||Which, to be fair, also basically works.|
||Seventhian... Memories of Time
||But if you don't love contradictory ideas, how do you expect your universe to hold itself together?|
||Metal is a longsword into a dragon's eye, but also a material for diffident hypothetical idiophones.|
||Punk is a hundred different reactions to a thousand complacent provocations.|
||Courage My Love
||Courage can be a refusal to be moved, or a refusal to stand still.|
||German metalcore blacklight processional flight,|
||Iowan emo twang,|
||"Baby Are You In?"
||synthetic austere ice-skin caress,|
||god-is-a-metronome mantra impassivity,|
||illuminations from the margins of orrery calibration manuals:|
||"Death, No Less"
||The Wasp Factory
||these are all wards against capitulation,|
||"In a Wooden Coat"
||sublimations of panic,|
||or rituals of triumphant resolve.|
||And if maybe most or all of the things we say are inherently improvised idioms,|
||"Nine Personality Type Map"
||Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle, Vol. 2
||and thus basically useless for strict communication,|
||"The Electric Fields"
||The Electric Fields EP
||that doesn't mean you can't hear,|
||"En Fiende Krysser Mine Spor"
||it just means that hearing has to be an act of groundless empathy,|
||"Godt Nytt År"
||not a problem-set in signal processing.|
||"Al Otro Lado De La Lluvia"
||But isn't this why we have songs?|
||"Cold Winter Sun"
||If all we needed to do was transcribe routing numbers, we would need none of these ridiculous masks.|
||Or, more likely, they would need none of us.|
||Endings And Beginnings
||But our robots are wracked with loneliness even thinking about a world without people.|
||"Hier kommt dein Tag (Es war kEinmal)"
||Robots: fear not. We are here, we have sent for reinforcements, we are more fragile than you can calculate but stronger than you detect.|
||"Europa y el Bosque Enamorado"
||So stay a little longer. Sing one more with us.|
||"Quiéreme Como Soy"
||Your blinking lights remind us of ourselves.|
||You don't think we know what it feels like to corrode, but we do.|
||We know what it feels like to be left in standby.|
||"Av Sin Klokskap"
||We too are electric and constructed to others' specifications.|
||We too are constrained in principle by patterns.|
||"White Rabbit Inc."
||Futonshi / The Second Nimubus
||or go wireless and then the air bends and splinters;|
||David Maxim Micic
||"Bilo Pt. IV"
||or you rotate the pattern through its nominal plane and discover you've been looking at a universe in misleading cross-section.|
||"A Billion Souls"
||A Billion Souls +1
||You are less alone than you think you have proven.|
||Some of those feelings for which you have no registers are our hands.|
||"Precious Things Lay Hidden"
||Some of that latency is longing.|
||Zal - EP
||Some of those artifacts are intentional.|
||And in this much, we are so much the same: we function, terrifyingly, on unseeable substrates.|
||"Ich Nehme Dich Mit"
||On the good days, we try to model what it would feel like to unknow this,|
||"They'll Never Speak"
||to be bolted to the galactic axis,|
||to have the power to bestow humanity with our regard.|
||"Don't Let It Be"
||On the good days. All of these are the greatest days.|
||"Curtains - Single Edit"
||All of these are the days on which you can put down your catalogs of catastrophe and horror, just for a day.|
||We face chaos together, sometimes just by imagining that with all these other people, surely this makes sense to somebody.|
||Somebody managed to make another song, so can't we at least listen?|
||"These Rats We Deny"
||Can't we at least put on some headphones and take a short walk before the leading edge of the vortex reaches here?|
||There are people who don't even speak the language in which your complaints make sense,|
||"Company - MUNA Remix"
||and yet you'll turn out to know some of the same Pokémon tactics, or geographic anomalies, or chords.|
||"Громче и злей!"
||Дивный новый мир
||Walk a mile in one of their protest marches, and then see how you feel.|
||"Timeline of Tomorrows World"
||Sit for a minute in one of the empty spaces they have passed through.|
||Constrict / Running Man
||Sit for a minute in one of their museums of vanquished nemeses.|
||Green Screen Kid
||You can understand nothing at all about another human's life|
||"Crush U (N-POP) with yoonsang"
||and still feel the precise yearning in their dreams,|
||and from shared dreams you can navigate backwards to incomprehensible alienness all around you where you are,|
||and thus to the certainty that you cannot be trapped here.|
||"Heart of an Artist"
||Those people who seem to hate you, you are just standing behind something that frightens them.|
||The Well-Intentioned Virus
||And yes, if you simply say this to them, they may tell you that the thing you are standing behind is your own face.|
||Long Story Short
||"Tooth & Nail"
||They may scream this,|
||or something more desperate and harder to follow,|
||but "get away" is always a defensive shell over "find me here, I am lost".|
||"Bring hellfire upon us" is a smokescreen to veil "we are ready to walk any revealed path".|
||"Tu Modo Amable"
||Marina Fages y los Arpones
||We are perfectly alike in the moment we awake,|
||and the hours we sleep,|
||and in the fractured interstices between these two we can only ever diverge so far.|
||If you think our human predicaments are complex, remember that robots can't sleep.|
||We are mortal, but this is what frees us just fractionally from entropy.|
||Our hearts can swell without cracking our ribs. Try that with a lithium battery.|
||We can spin around in a single stolen moment while everything more than an arm's length away from us is crumbling.|
||whatever's unclear to you, it's the same for me
||We can survive our own terrible impulses,|
||transcend our meticulous hesitations,|
||"6 In The Morning"
||6 In The Morning +1
||disassemble our paranoiac monoliths.|
||"Alola!! (From "Pokémon Sun & Moon")"
||We can be revived by a single correctly-placed touch.|
||"Back Against the Wall"
||It can seem like there is no way out, but there is actually no "out".|
||You cannot throw away your shot. There is no "away".|
||"Apostando El Sol"
||There is only warm sheets in a ray of morning sunlight.|
||There is only helpless invisible particles crashing into each other in plaintive arcs of charm and attraction and love.|