the New

Why am I suddenly so all about this band? Oh, I don’t know… Something about their aesthetic appeals to me, I guess. They “exemplify and counsel disengagement, self-seeking, [and] a luxurious cynicism”, according to Robert Christgau, who meant those words as an insult. But all those things can also be taken as compliments, and I find them to be fascinating virtues. Is it a contradiction to say it appeals to me to romanticize disengagement and cynicism? Because I feel like that’s an entire sub-genre that’s very much a thing.


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