Are artists, consumers and critics guilty of a stubborn addiction to the past? Or have we become too obsessed with the new?
Music critic Giuseppe Zevolli ties American artist Holly Herndon’s forthcoming album Platform – to be released on May 18th – to the wider phenomenon of nostalgia for the past and the future of music, while confronting her experimental compositions in the here and now.
San Francisco based electronic musician Holly Herndon does not have much time for nostalgia. In her view it is better spent on reviving the ‘world-making’ potential of music and do away with pre-existing tropes. On her track Unequal, off of her upcoming album Platform [RVNG Intl. & 4AD], a male voice recites:
To change the shape of our future/To be unafraid to break away
A climactic rush of shuddering electronica accompanied by meditative, pitch-errant vocals, the song tackles social inequality, while those two verses – echoing the manifesto-like messages appearing in her video for Interference – could equally be seen to encapsulate her aesthetics as a whole.… Read the rest