The only thing which consoles us for our miseries is diversion, and yet this it the greatest of our miseries. For it is this which principally hinders us from reflecting upon ourselves, and which makes us insensibly ruin ourselves. Without this we should be in a state of weariness, and this weariness would spur us to seek a more solid means of escaping from it. But diversion amuses us, and leads us unconsciously to death.

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Pascal’s Pensées, by Blaise Pascal.


Danilo Bortoli: “I love the people but they never seem to wanna talk” is pretty much a line Cat Power wrote when she tried to express her feelings over the places where she has been and the people she has met: despair, insecurity and the general sensation of alienation and lack of strength, an outcome of the simple act of existing and (sometimes) getting your heart broken. In Sofi’s case, “Vermillion” shows she has other ways of expressing these perceptions; the song’s Italo-disco background suggests an evocative atmosphere, but its dreamy influences never make it feel torpid or dormant. There is neither escapism nor numbness here. Instead, Sofi’s persona is very conscious of the problems that arouse from a city (and eventually a lover) that doesn’t seem to care about her individuality. Therefore, “Vermillion” seems to encapsulate the universal feeling of unbelonging while still being very realistic about its themes.


Potential candidate for song of the year, I think.

Also: I was afraid that the Heidegger reference in the “existing” link would come out as simple snobbery, but I think that, whenever we’re talking about alienation, we all should remember that, just sometimes, death and sadness can also mean beauty. Actually, that’s one of Heidegger’s greatest contributions to Western Philosophy in general: realising the influences of modern living on a person’s consciousness. And I guess this has a lot to do with Sofi’s song.


"My Song 5 (Remix)" by Haim (ft. ASAP Ferg) [Columbia]

Top five things about the new Haim video:

5. ASAP Ferg actually showing up for the video
4. Este being into… mimes.
3. Alana as the assistant
2. Este’s already-GIF’ed dancing-thing
1. Danielle casually chillin’ with Grimes before she goes on air