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Jessica Sligter - A Sense of Growth


posted by Emmanuel on 21.02.16 23:32 in Music Reviews Print  

SCORE: 3 HUZZAH!*
Jessica Sligter is probably one of the most interesting artists to have emerged during the last decade in the field of experimental pop music. This inexhaustible new album is a considerable step ahead in an already impressive catalogue. She deserves a wider audience. May this help it grow.


Are popular music and political theory compatible? There are legitimate reservations: pop music is perceived as the quintessential anti-intellectual art, an expressive form of immediate, indeed bodily, experience. Plus, it is, at least in its contemporary incarnation, an exemplary product of capitalism, submitted to the rules of a merciless industry which favours efficiency over exploration, experimentation and audacity.


Which does not mean that popular music can not be political. But then it has to find the right balance between aesthetics and claims, with an acute consciousness of how it is to be received. One of last year's best records, Jenny Hval's Apocalypse, girl, addressed such issues as feminism, gender, religion, health, and the intertwining of capitalism and popular culture, through the construction of little melodic tales drawing from gospel and karaoke references, and reducing the narratives and arrangements to the very core of their matter: that to free itself ...


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