Living In An Hourglass
Thorr's Hammer - Norge (1998 / Death Doom)
Hello internet pals of music. Today I’m waiting on an Ikea delivery on my day off, so we’re marking the s l o w passage of time with this pre-SUNN O))))) sludge feast.
Time waits for no one. Death does, maybe, until it doesn’t.
How do I even write about music right now, when just opening my laptop feels like opening the Ark of the Covenant in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or the trunk of the car in Repo Man: the release of an energy so uncontrollable that it vaporizes human matter.
Things are so bad out there. Things have always been so bad out there.
Is me sending out these little missives a balm or a distraction?
I’ve lost all perspective. But I’ve also lost focus. You’ve probably lost focus too.
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“Fuckin’ with me and shit, how the hell am I supposed to rest in peace?” - Point Blank, After I Die
I can’t form the words to talk about the current state of affairs. I also don’t want to bear the responsibility to do so that has developed in this social-mediated present.
I started this with a dumb comment about death to frame this recommendation as both a look at this doom project, with it’s inevitably short lifespan (the singer was a 17 year old Norwegian exchange student, in the US for a summer) and as an open ended question for myself about the life and death of this newsletter I’ve been writing for two years and has started to feel more Sisyphean than anything.
But then I open my laptop and the energy I have gets sucked into the swirling vortex of bullshit that is the curse of the digital apple from the tree of knowledge.
Turn this up loud, in the dark with two candles burning: one to represent time and one to represent the final inevitability of life’s last call, two things that tie every single one of us dumb, brilliant humans together.
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