Hurry up! We're dreaming: A Sociological Curation Playlist

Με αφορμή την επέτειο του Πολυτεχνείου (και την προσωπική μου εμπειρία με τον COVID-19 τις τελευταίες ημέρες), η 4η βερσιόν της εκπομπής Late Night Mancunian Tales στο Strummer Radio είχε κοινωνικοπολιτική θεματολογία.

Η εκπομπή βασίστηκε σε ένα άρθρο-playlist που δημοσιεύθηκε πέρυσι στο blog του The Sociological Review, το οποίο μπορείτε να διαβάσετε εδώ και παρατίθεται ολόκληρο και παρακάτω. Η playlist δανείζεται το όνομά της από το τίτλο του album του Μ83, Hurry up! We're dreaming, που κυκλοφόρησε το 2011 από τις Naive και Mute Records. O σκοπός της playlist είναι να εξερευνήσει την καθημερινή μας ενασχόληση με τη μουσική και να καταδείξει τις κοινωνικοπολιτικές προεκτάσεις της, ειδικά σε δύσκολους καιρούς και στα πλαίσια της νεοφιλελεύθερης εποχής και καπιταλιστικής κοινωνίας στην οποία ζούμε.

Hurry up! We're dreaming: A Sociological Curation Playlist

The Sociological Review,

In these challenging times, individuals engage with music in many different ways and often enact its emancipatory potential to escape everyday life, to find comfort and to foster a sense of community, amongst others. This playlist aims to highlight the emancipatory potential of music as a cultural and aesthetic experience in the COVID-19 era. In other words, this playlist unravels the political aesthetics of music asylums (DeNora, 2013), that is the ability of music to ‘feed processes of concern, sympathy and engagement, against helplessness and isolation in a world that is significantly marred by injustice, inequality, alienation and oppression’ (Hesmondhalgh, 2012: 368).

The playlist lends its title from a 2011 album by M83, a French electronic music project formed in 2001 and includes a selection of indie music artists, bands, and songs. Indie music culture has long been associated with a range of alternative oriented music styles (Hesmondhalgh, 1999) which cut across its association with the DIY ethos and authenticity discourses of the post-punk era (Hibbett, 2005), and its subsequent establishment as a popular music genre (Skandalis et al., 2020). Independent music offers ‘a testing ground for the achievement of vernacular cultural opposition in the era of neo-liberalism’ (Hesmondhalgh and Meyer, 2014: 109).

This playlist aims to navigate across these lines by highlighting the emancipatory and socio-political aspects of popular music in helping us make sense of neo-liberal society amidst the pandemic. It incorporates elements of dream-pop and shoegaze, which entail dreamy aesthetics, ethereal vocals, and reverberated feedback, and represent ‘umbrella’ terms covering a wide range of music styles largely influenced by British post-punk guitar music scenes (Wiseman-Trowse, 2008). From Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain to Beach House and Spiritualized, this playlist invites listeners to immerse themselves into dreamlike sonic utopias and construct socio-political narratives of optimism and hope.

  1. BroadcastTender Buttons
  2. The Jesus and Mary ChainJust Like Honey
  3. Lotus PlazaRed Oak Way
  4. School of Seven BellsIamundernodisguise
  5. Cocteau TwinsLorelei
  6. SlowdiveStar Roving
  7. M83Kim & Jessie
  8. Larry GusGirl You're No Failure
  9. Panda BearBros
  10. Beach HouseDark Spring
  11. CaribouMelody Day
  12. A Sunny Day in Glasgow, ‪5:15 Train
  13. Joy DivisionAtmosphere
  14. DIIVDoused
  15. RideLeave Them All Behind
  16. LushOut of Control
  17. Mood RingsThe Line
  18. Atlas SoundThe Recent Bedroom
  19. SpiritualizedLadies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
  20. DeerhunterHe Would Have Laughed
  21. John MausHey Moon

Ακούστε ολόκληρη την εκπομπή όπως αναμεταδόθηκε στο strummer radio στο mixcloud εδώ ή το mixtape της εκπομπής εδώ.

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