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Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism
A1Hard Rain
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Lawrence English
Cruel Optimism

Room 40 | Item No: 519914
Vinyl LP | 2017 / EU – Original | New
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Notes on Cruel Optimism from Lawrence English, October 2016...Cruel Optimism is a record that considers power (present and absent). It meditates on how power consumes, augments and ultimately shapes two subsequent human conditions: obsession and fragility. This pyramid is an affective ecology of the (ever)present moment.This edition owes its title and its origins to the wonderful text of the same name by American theorist Lauren Berlant. I had the fortune to come across her writing almost a half-decade ago. In Cruel Optimism, I found a number of critical readings around the issues that have fuelled so much of the music I have been making recently. Beyond her keen analysis of the relations of attachment as they pertain to conditions of possibility in the everyday, it was particularly her writing around trauma I found deeply affecting. It was a jumping off point from which a plague of unsettling impressions of suffering, intolerance and ignorance could be unpacked and utilised as fuel over and above pointless frustration.When I made Wilderness Of Mirrors, clouds of unease were overhead. As I have worked through Cruel Optimism, what seemed an unimaginable future just a few years prior, began to present as actual. Over the course of creating the record, we collectively bore witness to a new wave of humanitarian and refugee crisis (captured so succinctly in the photograph of Alan Kurdi’s tiny body motionless on the shore), the black lives matter movement, the widespread use of sonic weapons on civilians, increased drone strikes in Waziristan, Syria and elsewhere, and record low numbers of voting around Brexit and the US election cycle, suggesting a wider sense of disillusionment and powerlessness. Acutely for me and other Australians, we’ve faced dire intolerance concerning race and continued inequalities related to gender and sexuality. The storm has broken and feels utterly visceral.Cruel Optimism is a meditation on these challenges and an encouragement to press forward towards more profound futures.
Item Details
Item No:519914
Artist:Lawrence English
Titel:Cruel Optimism
Label:Room 40
Format:Vinyl LP, Vinyl, LP
Pressing:EU – Original
Release Date:2017
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Style:Downbeat / Electronica / Leftfield
Available since:09.02.2017
Price:28,99 €
Weight:250g (plus 250g Packaging)
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